Our boys, one of the top eight CCS teams, competed on Tuesday at the CCS Championships in Monterey, where they finished sixth, ahead of league archrival Sacred Heart Prep. This year marks the team’s first-ever appearance in the finals. The entire squad returns next year, so the future of Harker golf is exceptionally bright!
The No. 5-seeded boys headed to Sobrato High on Tuesday for a first-round matchup, where a victory would mean a trip to the quarterfinals at Soquel High on Thursday. Indeed, the boys won their game handily, 25-21, 25-17, 25-18. The win sets up a quarterfinal match today at Soquel High in Santa Cruz at 7 p.m. The boys are now 20-13. Fans are encouraged to trek to Santa Cruz for some coastal air and great volleyball! Tickets to CCS games are $8 for adults and $4 for students.
The girls’ season came to a close with a victory last Friday as the team avenged an earlier loss to Sacred Heart Prep by blowing them out, 13-7. The girls finished in second place in the league with a 5-3 record.
The boys won their final year with a triumphant 12-2 blowout of Trinity Christian. Freshman Nic Bean went 3-4 with an RBI, while senior Varun Kamat had two hits and pitched a complete game with eight strikeouts in the final game of his outstanding Harker career. Junior Keanu Forbes, freshman Alex Lam, and sophomore Arthur Wolff Goldstein also had hits to finish out the season.
The girls wrapped up their season this week as well, losing to Castilleja despite two hits from junior Vivian Isenberg and freshman Marti Sutton.
The swim team competed at the league championships last Wednesday and Thursday, where it qualified for all the relays at the CCS Championships after excellent swims from both the boys and the girls.
Junior Aaron Huang is now league champion in both the 200mm IM and the 100m breaststroke. Senior Kimberly Ma is second in the 500m freestyle, behind only a member of the USA national team. She is also third in the 100m breaststroke. Despite an injured foot, sophomore Grace Guan finished sixth in the 100m backstroke and 100m fly. Freshman Jack Farnham competed in his first league championships and dropped his time to finish third in the 100m backstroke and fourth in the 500m freestyle. Senior Manon Audebert finished third in the 100m and 200m freestyle. Sophomore Sandhana Kanna was third in the 100m fly. Freshman Michael Auld finished third in the 100m freestyle and seventh in the 100m fly. Sophomore Angela Huang placed third in the 50m freestyle and, though she does not usually swim it, competed in the 200 IM and finished seventh.
A solid half of Harker’s swimmers and divers will be competing in the CCS Championships, including league finalists Audebert, Auld, Farnham, Guan, Angela Huang, Aaron Huang, Kanna and Ma, as well as freshman Justin Culpepper; sophomores Joshua Hung, Philip Krause and Karen Tu; juniors Stacey Chao, Leon Chin, Delaney Martin, Craig Neubieser, Ryan Palmer and Jackelyn Shen; and senior Kenny Zhang.
The CCS Championships are this Friday and Saturday at the Santa Clara International Swim Center. Come support the team!
Track and Field
The track and field finals are this Saturday at Gunn High School.