This article was originally published in the fall 2014 Harker Quarterly.
Welcome back! After a long summer, the fall season is up and running, with cross country, golf, volleyball, football, water polo and tennis matches just now underway. The summer was not without news, however, as a Harker coach snagged a top award for the second straight year, lacrosse athletes were recognized for their academic achievements and a member of the Harker Board of Trustees grabbed the gold.
The girls tennis team went 5-0 and was crowned Division 6 champions at the prestigious California Tennis Classic in Fresno. The girls earned their victories while battling 100 degree heat in early September. Congratulations, girls!
Girls varsity volleyball lost to a strong Homestead team Sept. 5 at Blackford, one game to three. “They did really well,” said Brighid Wood, assistant to the athletic director, “and I don’t think you could ask a group of young women like that to represent our school any better.”
Boys water polo won one and lost three at the Lynbrook Tournament Sept. 5-6.
The varsity golf team took care of some old business this week: hanging the banners for last year’s league championship and the banner for winning the state academic championship!
Middle School Flag Football
The middle school Varsity A flag football team, coached by Karriem Stinson, Jeff Martarano and Scott Rudolph, nailed it versus Menlo the second week of September, winning 14-0. The photo is from practice earlier in the week.
Our young football squad lost to Overfelt 38-21 in the season opener. Quarterback Keanu Forbes, grade 12, threw touchdown passes to freshman Nate Kelly and senior Christian Williams. He also ran 13 yards for a touchdown. Alyssa Amick, grade 12, kicked an extra point. The Harker cheerleaders did a fantastic job supporting the team, noted Dan Molin, athletic director.
Middle School Cross Country
The middle school cross country team ran the Crystal Springs Relay at Hallmark Park in early September. Pictured are second place winners for grade 8, Lilia Gonzales, Aneesha Kumar, Julia Amick and Karen Krause. The grade 7 boys – Vedanth Sundaram, Grant Miner, Datha Arramreddy and Mihir Sharma – also took second, and grade 7 girls Anna Gert, Jasmine Wiese, Jenny Shaw and Gina Partridge, took third.
This summer, five Harker students were named as U.S. Academic All-Americans by the U.S. Lacrosse Association. Christine Lee, Mabel Luo and Brinda Perumal, all of whom graduated in June, and seniors Hannah Bollar and Allison Kiang received the honor. This past spring, those girls helped lead the team to a second place finish, including a redemptive victory against Sacred Heart Prep in the final game of the season to avenge an earlier loss. Off the field, the team claimed a CCS Scholastic Championship Team Award as well, finishing with a cumulative 3.67 GPA, the second best in the league.
Swimming and Diving
Harker Board of Trustees member Martin Lundie won gold medals in both the 3-meter and platform diving competitions for athletes ages 60-64 at the World Masters Diving Championships in Montreal, beating out rivals from across North America and Japan. Lundie’s performance is a triumph of perseverance and dedication, and his lifelong passion for excellence, development and athletic competition sets a sterling example for Harker’s young sports stars. Last spring, the Harker swim team qualified for all of the relays at CCS and sent a solid half of its swimmers and diver Stacey Chao, now grade 12, to the championships. So check back in a half century to see if any Harker alumni can match Lundie’s success!