Midweek Flash Update: Our boys golf team clinched the league title for the second consecutive season yesterday by beating Pinewood 192-207 at Sunnyvale Golf Course. Sophomore Ryan Vaughan earned his second medalist honors with an even par 35 with two birdies and two eagles. Fellow sophomore Avi Khemani carded a 37 by sinking a 5-foot eagle putt on the 478 yard par 5. Also on Monday the team placed second overall in the prestigious Atwater Invitational, edging third-place Bellarmine by one stroke. The boys hope to go undefeated in league vs. Crystal Springs today.
Boys tennis defeated rival Sacred Heart Prep 5-2 yesterday on their Senior Day to improve to 15-2 overall. Congratulations to seniors Sohil Singh and John Dobrota on their stellar careers thus far as they get ready for CCS play.
Baseball earned a league win yesterday over Jefferson 8-2. Kedar Gupta, grade 10, had two hits and Varun Haltore, grade 10, pitched for the victory. The boys travel to Jefferson tomorrow as they try to improve upon their 7-10 record.
Softball defeated Fremont Christian 21-0 yesterday to improve to 8-4 overall. Wish them well at Pinewood tomorrow.
April 21, 2015
Quarterback Keanu Forbes, grade 12, was awarded a huge honor and will play this summer on the San Francisco 49ers’ home field. Forbes was selected to play in the 41st Annual Charlie Wedemeyer All-Star Football Game at Levi’s Stadium on Aug. 1 at 6pm. Over the years, the game has had a slew of participants go on to become collegiate standouts and NFL stars. It represents the very best graduating football players from all 46 Santa Clara County high schools.
Forbes follows in the footsteps of a few Eagles athletes who have competed in the classic. In 2011, three Harker community members participated in the Silicon Valley Youth Classic 37th Charlie Wedemeyer All-Star Football Game, which was held at San Jose State University’s Spartan Stadium. Harker coach Karriem Stinson was named head coach of the north squad, while new graduates Rishi Bhatia and Gautam Krishnamurthi were selected for the team.
The first Harker athlete selected to start in the classic was Arman Gupta in 2009. Gupta started at free safety and, according to Stinson, “played more than any other defensive back in the game.”
The boys remain undefeated and in first place after stretching their run of victories to eight to start the season, with wins last week over King’s Academy and rival Sacred Heart Prep. Senior Shrish Dwivedi celebrated Senior Day in style by leading all scorers against Sacred Heart with a 35! A win this week over either Pinewood or Crystal Springs would award the team their second consecutive league championship.
The boys tennis squad won three matches last week, defeating Aragon, Priory and Crystal Springs to improve to 14-2 overall. The team will celebrate seniors John Dobrota and Sohil Singh at Senior Day this Tuesday when they play Sacred Heart Prep at the Santa Clara Tennis Center.
The Eagles had two key league victories last week, highlighted by a 5-4 come-from-behind win at Castilleja Friday, which kept them in a tie for first place in the league standings. The girls have a busy week ahead as they travel to Palo Alto, Fremont Christian and Pinewood this week to try to improve upon their 7-3 record.
Track and Field
The track and field team competed in the Bearcat Invitational track meet at San Mateo High School last Saturday, setting 16 personal bests. Freshman Grace Koonmen won her heat in the 100m and 200m sprints. Sophomore Davis Dunaway won the frosh-soph 110m hurdles, placed third in the long jump and finished second in the pole vault, setting a new school record with a 10’6″ pole vault. The 400m relay team of juniors Johnathon Keller and Calvin Kocienda, freshman Anthony Contreras and sophomore Lucas Wang placed sixth out of 25 teams, with a season best of 46.50, the best Eagles time in five years. Wang and fellow junior Jonathan Hochberg threw personal bests in the shot put and discus throw.
Last week’s swimming action was filled with improved scores and top finishes! Divya Periyakoil, grade 11, dropped 10 seconds in her 100 Free. Junior Philip Krause dropped 6 seconds in his 100 Free. Freshman Rishi Chopra improved by 5 seconds in both his 50 Free and 50 Back. The team also saw a number of first-place finishes, including sophomore Michael Auld in the 200 Free; junior Grace Guan in the 200 IM and 50 Fly; freshman Adriano Hernandez in the 100 IM; freshman Shikhar Solanki in 50 Free; freshman Taylor Kohlmann in the 50 Free and 100 Back; junior Angela Huang in 100 Free; sophomore Austin Zhang in 50 Back; sophomore Jack Farnham in 100 Backstroke; and Joshua Hung, grade 11, in 100 Breast. Junior Angela Huang qualified for CCS in the 100 Free with a time of 55.66, while freshman Vivian Wang qualified in both of her individual events, the 500 Free (5:07.83) and the 100 Breaststroke (1:09.64). The swimmers host King’s Academy on Wednesday, when they’ll celebrate Senior Day. Thank you to our seniors, Stacy Chao, Sanjana Kaundinya, Delaney Martin, Jackelyn Shen, Leon Chin, Aaron Huang, Craig Neubeiser and Harry Xu.
Baseball played well last week, despite losses to Pinewood and Cupertino. Freshman Dominic Cea had two hits in Tuesday’s loss, and freshman Nate Kelly and sophomore Varun Haltore had two hits Thursday. The team will look to improve upon its 6-10 record when they take on Jefferson this week.
The boys volleyball team went 0-3 last week, despite solid play from senior Matt Ho, junior Kurt Schwartz and senior Jeremiah Anderson. They travel to Lynbrook, Homestead and to the Harbor Tournament this weekend.
The girls team lost to Sequoia and Woodside last week but rebounded to eke out a 12-11 victory over Mercy thanks to four goals each from seniors Leeza Kuo and Hannah Bollar and a whopping 23 saves from sophomore goalie Meilan Steimle. They play Notre Dame on Friday.