Last week was a big week for Harker sports! The girls varsity basketball team won the Pescadero tournament, thanks to an amazing comeback victory, while three fall athletes were honored for their tremendous seasons.
The girls won the Pescadero High School Hoop Dreams Small Schools Invitational basketball tournament last week, defeating Pescadero and Alma Heights before roaring back for a come-from-behind 45-42 victory over Stevenson School in the championship game. Sophomore Jordan Thompson was named to the All-Tournament Team, thanks to her 16-point, eight-rebound performance. Freshman Elizabeth Beamish scored 14 points in the final game against Stevenson. The girls will celebrate their victory with two home games this week, hosting Oceana on Friday and James Lick Saturday.
The boys varsity squad, meanwhile, went 2-1 at the James Lick Invitational Tournament, coming away with a third-place finish. Their only loss was a nail-biter in double-overtime to Wilcox High School. The team bounced back from that heartbreaker with a 62-36 win over North Monterey County High on Friday night, thanks to 16 points from junior Rohan Desikan and 14 from senior Dylan Patel. Senior Sriv Irrinki also scored a massive 35 points in the victory over Andrew Hill. The boys play in the Lynbrook Tournament this week.
The girls played a tie and a loss last week, matching Lynbrook 2-2 and then dropping their match to Fremont 4-3 despite goals from sophomores Joelle Anderson and Kailee Gifford. The Eagles play home games all week, hosting Redwood Christian on Tuesday and Terra Nova on Thursday.
The boys tied Saratoga High last week 2-2 thanks to goals from juniors Omar Hamade and Kevin Hu. They travel to Terra Nova Wednesday before returning home to host San Mateo on Friday.
Freshman golfer Katherine Zhu was recognized as an All Mercury News athlete by the San Jose Mercury News, an honor bestowed upon the top eight golfers in the entire section. The award was well merited: Zhu won the WBAL Individual Championship this year and reached the Northern California Championships, the furthest of any golfer in Harker history.
For the second year in a row, senior water polo player Billy Bloomquist was recognized as All-CCS Division II by a group of section coaches.
Senior Keanu Forbes was featured in the San Jose Mercury News’ Highlight Reel for his outstanding football performance in last month’s Senior Night game. In that game, a 48-15 win over St. Francis CCC, Forbes carried the ball 14 times for 223 yards and had 91 yards on two kick returns.