General News, Upper School

Eagle Update: Boys water polo takes tournament, girls volleyball tops league

Boys varsity water polo went 3-0 at the prestigious St. Francis Tournament to earn the team’s first ever title at the event. The Eagles defeated Arroyo Grande 14-11 and Jesuit-Sacramento 14-11, and earned a 12-10 finals victory over host St. Francis. Senior Lachlan Rossi had 19 goals over three games, junior Vyom Vidyarthi had 15 assists, and junior goalie Caio Cammer had 10 saves in the finals. The boys travel to Gunn today.

The girls water polo team fell in a hard-fought match against St. Francis 11-10 in sudden death overtime Friday, and defeated Los Altos and Lynbrook earlier in the week. The team has a busy week with Gunn tomorrow, Castilleja Thursday and the Menlo tournament this weekend.

The Harker cross country teams opened the season at the De La Salle Invitational in Concord on Saturday. Many newcomers made strong debuts, including Axel Szolusha, who turned in the fastest 3-mile time by a ninth grader in school history (17:23). In addition, nine returners ran personal bests, improving on their performance from the same meet last year: sophomores Jayden Chen, Sophia Ou, Emily Bryan and Robinson Xiang; juniors Robert Fields, Nelson Gou, Harriss Miller and Jonny Xue; and senior Adam Sayed. The cross country team will return to action on Sept. 30 at the Ram Invitational at Westmoor High School in Daly City.

Girls varsity and JV volleyball currently sits atop the league standings after their straight game victories over Pinewood last week. The frosh/soph team earned its first victory of the year at Stratford 2-1. The teams host Castilleja today and Crystal Springs Tuesday with the frosh/soph team competing in the Presentation Tournament Saturday.

Football fell to Branson School Friday as  Jack Ledford connected on a scoring pass play to ninth grader Pedro Castro. The team plays Sept. 30 at Anzar before gearing up for Harker Day vs. Crystal Springs on Oct. 7.

On Monday, the Harker girls golf team placed sixth in the annual Helen Lengfeld tournament at Los Lagos. The Eagles were led by frosh Joyce He with a 75, supported by junior Khanhlinh Tran and senior Emi Fujimura’s 76. The next day, Harker defeated Sacred Heart Prep, 204-255, with junior Allison Yang earning her first medal this season at one-over-par 36. The girls were also triumphant at Moffett Field yesterday over third place Castilleja with a score of 224-255 and against Mercy High School, 224-262. They return to Moffett today to face Notre Dame Belmont. 

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