Harker teams are reporting in and the news is all good!
The Eagles dominated Yerba Buena High School Aug. 31, winning 49-0 on Davis Field. “They worked hard and looked sharp,” said Dan Molin, athletic director.
“They executed very well,” agreed Ron Forbes, head coach. “When we got a big lead the boys didn’t play down — they did well for a young team. I liked that we had seven touchdowns scored by six different players.” Forbes added a shout out to the defensive squad, noting, “Last year, we had 56 points scored against us in each of three games in a row so kudos to the defense and defensive coordinator, Mike Taribassi,” for the shutout. Tonight, they play Andrew Hill High School.
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The team went 2-1 at the Hollister Tournament Saturday with a 14-3 victory over Harbor, a 10-4 victory over San Lorenzo Valley High School, and a 11-5 loss to Monterey. Ryan Hume, grade 12, led all Harker scorers with 14 goals over the three games; Eric Holt, grade 10, and Karan Das-Grande, grade 12, added four each throughout the day. They participate in the Wilcox Tournament this weekend.
Varsity is 2-1, after a five-set, exciting win over Priory, a victory over Fremont and a tough loss to seventh-seeded Homestead. The key players so far have been Mercedes Chien, grade 11, on defense and Shreya Dixit, grade 10, Divya Kalidindi, grade 11, and Shannon Richardson, grade 9, on offense,” said Theresa “Smitty” Smith, head coach.
JV is 3-0 with crushing defeats of Priory and Fremont and a close win over Homestead. “Key players so far have been Selin Ekici, grade 9, at setter, and Hannah Bollar, grade 10, Tasia Belton, grade 9, and Sheridan Tobin, grade 10, on offense,” Smitty added. Next up, Saratoga High School!
The first competition was against Gunn High School and though full results haven’t been reported, the San Jose Mercury News listed Corey Gonzales, grade 10, as having won the 2.5-mile course in 11:36 in their Highlight Reel column yesterday.
The 2012-13 girls tennis team opened their season this week with two victories. In their opener, the team traveled to Milpitas and defeated a strong Milpitas squad 5-2. The team was lead by junior Katia Mironova and sophomore Arden Hu at #1 doubles, who bageled their opponents, 6-0, 6-0. In their second match, the team defeated Fremont 7-0. In their victory, the girls failed to drop a set. Next week, the girls travel to Monterey to defend their championship at the Santa Catalina Invitational Tournament.
Tanya Schmidt ’08 is a top 30 finalist for the 2012 NCAA Woman of the Year Award. Finalists were selected from 429 nominees from Division I, II and III. Those nominated must have “demonstrated academic and athletics excellence and engaged in community service and leadership opportunities,” according to the NCAA website.
Schmidt graduated from Santa Clara University this spring and her reaction to being a finalist and her comments can be found on the SCU athletics website. She moves on to grad school with a number of accolades and a scholarship.
Usua Amanam ’09 has found a new niche on the Stanford University football team, switching from running back to defensive back. Amanam attended middle school at Harker and high school at Bellermine. Read about it in the San Jose Mercury News!