This week’s sports scores are hot off the presses – literally! The San Jose Mercury News recognized both an Eagles volleyball player and football player, while a freshman golfer won an WBAL championship! Let’s get to the scores and news:
Freshman golfing sensation Katherine Zhu shot a 71 at Poplar Creek to win the WBAL individual championship! Zhu’s spectacular performance launches her into Tuesday’s section championship at Rancho Canada in Carmel, where she will have the opportunity to compete against the best in CCS.
At Poplar Creek, the team came in third overall, while junior Ashley Zhong tied for ninth. Last week, the girls lost to both first-place Castilleja and to Menlo, but overpowered Notre Dame-San Jose en route to a 210-249 victory. The team finished the regular season with a .500 record at 5-5-1.
With a 14-8 record, the girls varsity volleyball team was ranked No. 15 on the San Jose Mercury News’ CCS rankings. Meanwhile, the Merc named senior Shreya Dixit Santa Clara County girls Athlete of the Week for her 31 kills in a 3-2 win against Menlo, 22 kills in Harker’s 3-1 victory over Notre Dame-San Jose, and average of 12.2 kills in Harker’s four victories out of five matches in the Notre Dame-Belmont Tournament. The paper also commended Dixit for being accepted into Yale next year!
Last week, girls volleyball won against both Notre Dame-San Jose and rival Menlo, giving them a share of first place with Menlo in the WBAL-Foothill Division. The girls reached the finals in the Notre Dame-Belmont Tournament.
The Merc also commended a freshman standout on Harker’s varsity football squad. Nate Kelly was featured in the Mercury News’ high school sports highlight reel of top performances for the last week. He was recognized for throwing for 210 yards and five touchdowns and running for 108 yards in three touchdowns in Harker’s 64-40 victory over Emery. Kelly’s unbelievable game gave the Eagles’ their third win of the year. Harker also got touchdowns from juniors Johnathon Keller and Miles DeWitt, and seniors Sid Krishnamurthi, Christian Williams and Keanu Forbes. Senior Alyssa Amick was perfect on extra points, kicking all four of her attempts through the uprights. Today, the team travels to Fresno to take on Immanuel High School.
The girls varsity squad won twice last week, trumping both King’s Academy and Crystal Springs by scores of 6-1, catapulting the team’s record to a fantastic 14-4.
Last week, junior Lev Sepetov, and sophomores Andrew Rule and Steven Cao, all ran personal bests for the boys. On the girls’ side, sophomore Niki Iyer led from the start and won by 20 seconds with a 18:24 time, while junior Alex Dellar ran a 21:03.
The girls avenged an earlier double-overtime loss to Monta Vista by crushing them 10-5 last week. The team is now 7-12 overall and playing their best games of the season heading into the league tournament. The boys lost to strong Wilcox and Los Gatos teams, dropping their record to 9-10 overall.