Coming off one of the best athletic seasons in Harker history, our student-athletes were showered with end-of-the-year accolades by their leagues, the CCS and the Mercury News for their efforts in competition and in the classroom.
The grade 5 JVB1 boys basketball team had an impressive December! Coaches Dan Pringle and Karriem Stinson led the team to a league title and the WBAL tournament championship, finishing the season with a 9-0 overall record as Harker defeated St. Matt’s 23-16 last night in the finals of the WBAL Tournament! Congratulations on a great season!
With another great season on the books, the girls volleyball team ended as co-league champs and CCS semifinalists. Doreene Kang, grade 12, and Rachel Cheng, grade 11, received first team recognition. Jackie Chen, grade 12, Lindsey Trinh, grade 11, and Melissa Kwan, grade 10, took home second team honors, and Shannon Richardson, grade 12, received an honorable mention.
The football team had its best record in school history (8-2) and made the playoffs for only the second time in school history, but the team racked up many personal awards as well! Nate Kelly, grade 10, was named league offensive Co-MVP, and Anthony Contreras, grade 10, was named league defensive co-MVP. First team honor went to Demonte Aleem, grade 9, Johnathon Keller, grade 12, James Pauli, grade 10, and Jadan McDermott, grade 10. Receiving second team recognition was Jalen Clark, grade 10, Saketh Gurram, grade 11, Will Park, grade 11, and Trenton Thomas, grade 12.
The girls golf team had one of its best seasons in school history, finishing eighth in CCS and being named CCS academic champions in their sport. Leading the way was Katherine Zhu, grade 10, who was league champ, league MVP, tied for third in CCS and tied for 12th in NorCals. Ashley Zhong, grade 12, took home a first team award, Daphne Liang, grade 12, was among the second team standouts and Vienna Wang, grade 11, received an honorable mention.
The girls varsity tennis team was a CCS quarterfinalist this year, and the doubles team of Pamela Duke, grade 9, and Elizabeth Schick, grade 10, took second in CCS doubles. League first team honors went to Duke, Schick and Liza Egorova, grade 9. Izzy Gross, grade 12, Gloria Guo, grade 10, and Riya Singh, grade 9, were on the second team, with Aliesa Bahri and Kathleen Cheng, both grade 10, receiving honorable mentions. Duke was also named to the All-Mercury News girls tennis second team.
Boys Water Polo
The boys water polo team was named CCS academic champion for team members’ stellar work in the classroom. In the pool, Edward Sheu, grade 12, was named to the league first team, as well as the CCS coaches D2 second team. Arnav Tandon and Arben Gutierrez-Bujari, both grade 11, also received first team honors, with Zeyad El-Arabaty, grade 12, named to the second team.
Girls Water Polo
The girls water polo team was also well represented in the league awards as Yasemin Narin, grade 12, and Meghana Karinthi, grade 10, took home first team recognition, and Helena Dworak, grade 12, was on the second team.
Boys Cross Country
Jack Rothschild, Lev Sepetov and Connor O’Neill, all grade 12, received league honorable mentions, and the team was named CCS academic champions for their sport.
Girls Cross Country
The girls cross country team ended its season with an eighth place CCS finish as well as some huge individual accomplishments. Niki Iyer, grade 11, was league champ, league MVP, second place in CCS, fifth in state and named to theAll-Mercury News first team (http://www.mercurynews.com/sports/ci_29223827/allmercury-news-girls-cross-country:-gunn-s-gillian-meeks-is-the-runner-of-the-year). Alex Dellar, grade 12, was named to the second team, with Anika Rajamani and Lilia Gonzales, both grade 9, receiving honorable mentions.
Congratulations to all fall athletes for an amazing season. GO EAGLES!