The grade 5 boys basketball team just finished a spectacular season, winning the WBAL tournament with a 33-16 victory over Sacred Heart. The team went 7-0 in league as league champs, and had an overall record of 9-0.
The Harker School’s boys varsity basketball team started the season strong, defeating Del Mar 62-46, and then defeating Santa Clara in what Dan Molin, upper school athletics director, called “a nail-biter,” with a final score of 59-57. Nikhil Panu, grade 11, led the charge against Santa Clara, scoring 14 points, with Nick Nguyen, grade 9, adding another 12. The team then went 1-2 at the Lynbrook Tournament, narrowly losing to the host school 60-57 on the first night. Among the highlights, Molin said, “was a victory over Sobrato 66-27, and Panu earning All-Tournament recognition.” The team now stands at 3-2. The JV squad also played in the tournament, and took home third with a 2-1 record. Huck Vaughan, grade 10, “had an outstanding tournament,” said Molin.
The girls basketball team also started the season off with wins, going 2-1 at the Pescadero Tournament last week, where they defeated Geyserville and Kirby, and suffered a loss to Pacific Collegiate. In all three games, Daniza Rodriguez, grade 11, scored scored an impressive 62 points total! Following the tournament, the team went 2-0 in their next games, with victories over San Jose 62-46 and Cupertino 45-23 to improve to 4-1 overall. Rodriguez scored 19 points, and sophomore Nithya Vemireddy scored another 10, along with 11 rebounds, in the game against Cupertino.
The boys varsity soccer team also opened their season with a victory, defeating Mills High 3-1. Proteek Biswas, grade 12, had two of those goals, along with assists from Jeffrey Hanke, grade 10, and Avinas Patel, grade 12. Patel scored the third, which was assisted by Biswas. The team then suffered a defeat to Wilcox 4-0 to drop to 1-1.
Girls soccer started their season at Redwood Christian with a 2-2 tie. Gabriela Gupta, grade 9, scored both Harker goals, which were assisted by Alyssa Amick, grade 9, and Julia Fink, grade 10. The team then hosted three games here at Harker, going 2-1 with victories over DCP 10-1 and ECP 4-0. Safia Khouja, grade 9, scored twice against ECP, with assists by Diba Massihpour, grade 9, and Gupta. Gupta scored twice herself, assisted by Samar Malik, grade 10, and Massihpour. The final match, Crystal Springs, saw our opponents score two goals late in the game to defeat the Harker team 2-0. The girls are now 2-1-1 as they go into the Bakersfield Tournament.
The Harker School wrestlers competed in the Webber Lawson Tournament at Fremont High. Corey Gonzales, grade 9, finished fifth in what Molin said was his first-ever varsity competition, losing to the eventual winner of the 106 lb. class. Sophomore Darian Edvalson earned his first varsity victory in the 182 lb. class.
As seen on our website, quarterback Spenser Quash, grade 11, was recognized by the San Francisco 49ers as their player of the week for his homecoming game performance. Quash earned this honor by completing 12 of 15 passes for 190 yards and two touchdowns. He also rushed for three more touchdowns, Molin said, to account for all 35 of Harker’s points in the game.
Senior Akshay Ramachandran was named to the boys water polo division II All-CCS team. Akshay joins past year’s honorees Michael Clifford ’10 and Chris Ng ’11 in this elite category.