The cross country team started their season recently with a match at Blach Intermediate School. Because the meet was non-league our runners did not officially place, but several did very well unofficially. The meet consisted of six races, all one-and-a-quarter miles in length, with athletes competing against only students of their gender and grade level. Corey Gonzales, grade 8, posted the team’s fastest time at 7:56, which earned him 15th place. Grade 8 students Alyssa Amick, 8:13, and Diba Massihpour, 8:16, placed fourth and fifth respectively. Alex Dellar, grade 7, took tenth place with a time of 9:05 and Joelle Anderson, grade 6, took the highest place for the team at third with a time of 8:35. The squad is looking forward to their first official meet this week.
Varsity A football lost a close match to Menlo, 20-6, last week. The team’s defense was strong with the exception of two big plays where they got beat long for touchdowns. The team is looking to rebound at additional games this week.
Varsity B has their season opener this week; check back next week for results.
Junior varsity A had a big opening victory at home against the King’s Academy. The team is relying on their dominant offensive power to get them a lot of victories this season.
Both softball and swimming have their season openers this week, so check back next week.
The varsity football team is also off to an excellent start with two big victories. The first came at the season opener at Davis Field on Sept. 3. The Eagles defeated San Jose High 14-6 with big plays by several key players. Middle linebacker Greg Cox, grade 12, had 18 tackles and sealed the win with a late interception. Meanwhile, quarterback Rishi Bhatia, grade 12, threw for 150 yards and two scores, one to Danish Jamal, grade 11, on the first play of the game and one to Gautam Krishnamurthi, grade 12.
Their second game was a stunning 34-0 victory at Marina High on Sept. 11. Touchdowns were scored by a slew of Eagles. They were Chris McCallaCreary, grade 12; Krishnamurthi; Bhatia; Ejaz Haque, grade 12; and Cox.
The team looks forward to their next game, a non-league match, against Soledad High.
The girls varsity volleyball team is currently 4-0 with victories over Mt. Pleasant (3-0), Westmont (3-2), Evergreen Valley (3-0) and Santa Teresa (3-1). They are led by their senior captains, Shireen Moshkelani, who has 100 digs in just four matches, and Henna Mishra, as well as seniors Christine Chien and Ava Rezvani. They are also led by the amazing play of Julia Lambertz, grade 11, who currently leads the team in kills with 60 in just four matches!
The JV volleyball team is 7-2 after competing in the JV Spikefest over the weekend, where they took first place in the Red Division. They also have victories over Mt. Pleasant (2-0), Evergreen Valley (2-0) and Santa Teresa (2-0). The team is led on defense by Lucy Xu, grade 11, and on offense and serving by Divya Kalidindi, grade 9.
For the first time ever Harker is also able to field a freshman team which is coming together nicely. The coaches were very pleased when they started tryouts this fall to find so many girls interested in playing. These 11 girls have been working very hard to improve their skills and have their first game on Sept. 17. The team has been led by Christine Lee and Sapna Suresh.
The Harker volleyball coaching staff has been happy with the efforts of all the girls in the program. Look for them this Thursday and Friday in home games against Saratoga and Leigh respectively.
The boys team has competed strongly in two tournaments already this season. Currently their record is 4-2 with victories over Monterey, San Lorenzo Valley, Mt. Pleasant and Terra Nova. Chris Ng, grade 12, leads the team with 23 goals.
Both the boys and girls teams open league play Wednesday at home against Wilcox.
This week is a big week for Harker sports as many of our teams have games scheduled. Girls golf has their first test this week at the Fall Classic Invitational at Monarch Bay Golf Club. Girls tennis also opens their season this week with back-to-back matches Tuesday and Wednesday. The cross country team starts their season off with a meet this Saturday in Salinas.