The varsity A team finished second place in the WBAL at 7-1, making them 14-1 over the past two seasons! Key players were Michelle Pagnon, Mercedes Chien and Nithya Vemireddy, all Gr. 8.
The varsity B team ended the season 9-1, taking second place in league. Key players were Jordan Peetz, Gr. 7, Saachi Jain, Gr. 8 and Savi Joshi, Gr. 7.
The varsity B2 team finished 7-3 in league, tying for second place. Christina Wong, Gr. 8, Leeza Kuo, Gr. 7 and Pooja Chirala, Gr. 8, were all key players.
The junior varsity A team, Gr. 6, went undefeated for the second year in a row, accumulating a record of 15-0 over the past two seasons. Coach Vonda Reid reported that the team’s outstanding ball control and tough serving helped them with this impressive record, including their easy defeat of Pinewood in their last match to win the league championship. The girls finished in first place in the WBAL at 6-0. Thanks to some great passing from the back row, Alex Dellar put up good sets and Doreene Kang, Shannon Richardson and Lauren Speckman were able to take some solid swings at the net to give the team an aggressive front row attack. Coach Reid continued, “They were a fun and hard-working group and one of the most talented sixth grade teams that I have coached here at Harker.”
The JV B6 team ended 5-2, which placed them second in league.
The JV B1 team finished in first place in the WBAL at 7-1! This is the third league championship for the Gr. 5 girls this year, having also won the league in softball and soccer; they missed the basketball league championship by one basket. Key players were Stefanie Ting, Joelle Anderson and Chetana Kalidindi.
The JV B2 girls ended the season 0-7 in league. They showed vast improvement in their skills throughout the season with fifth grader Tara Parimi’s excellent serving skills scoring many points and Surabhi Rao, Gr. 5, being the most improved of the team. Coach Casey Henderson enjoyed working with the team, reporting that the girls have been very positive and fun to practice with.
The intramural volleyball team, Gr. 4, learned important skills that were built on throughout the season. Coach Tobias Wade reported, “We practiced our serving techniques with games like ‘dead fish’ and contests against the fifth grade teams.” The girls worked hard on their footwork bumping and setting and made great strides in their skills. Wade added, “I am proud of the effort they put forth. The girls will be great assets to future Harker volleyball teams.
The varsity A team was 5-1, playing an out-of-league schedule. Key players were Andrew Zhu, Kevin Moss and Jithin Vellian, all Gr. 8.
The varsity B boys ended the season 6-0 playing an out-of-league schedule.
The junior varsity A team finished 3-2, also playing an out-of-league schedule. Key players were Kurt Schwartz, Spencer Powers and Connor Powers, all Gr. 6.
The junior varsity A team finished at 1-5 in league. Key players were Trevor Lee, Suraj Jagadeesh and Kevin Wang, all Gr. 6.
The JV B team ended the season 0-5 in league. Despite the season record, the boys had some close battles with St. Joe’s and the Harker Gr. 6 team. Nicolas Bean, Gr. 5, led the team with his athleticism, leadership and knowledge of the game. Other key players included Andrew Gu and Alex Youn, both Gr. 5. Overall, reports coach Walid Fahmy, “The season was a great success with the boys learning how to work together and really understanding the team concept.”
The Gr. 4 intramural baseball team began the season with a couple of students with Little League experience. The team moved forward from that point and progressively learned the rules, the art of hitting, proper fielding techniques and base running. The season finished with many spirited games where the players put their individual skills to the test while helping their team compete. Coaches Tomas Thompson and Jim McGovern commended the sportsmanship and strong play of Nirban Bhatia, Will Holaday, Sunny Jayam, Michael Kwan, Brando Pakel, Aadith Srinivasan, Vince Vu and Maxwell Woehrmann.
Varsity A tennis finished in a three-way tie for first place in the WBAL with a record of 7-1. They also participated in the MTP league where they ended 5-1. The team qualified for the playoffs in both leagues! Key players were Katia Mironova, Gr. 8, Kilian Burke, Gr. 8, Srivinay Irrinki, Gr. 7, Andy Wang, Gr. 8 and Andrew Jin, Gr. 7.
Both boys and girls water polo teams showed improvement all season. The boys had some very close games against some very good teams, with top players being Charles Manchester, Gr. 8 and Eric Holt, Gr. 7.
Key water polo players on the girls team were Anna Levine, Gr. 8, Lea Daran, Gr. 8, Sadhika Malladi, Gr. 6 and Emma Malysz, Gr. 7.