Harker kicked off the basketball season with an eight-win day! On Thursday, all eight Harker basketball teams that played won their games. That includes the upper school varsity girls, varsity boys, junior varsity boys and freshman boys, as well as the middle school varsity A boys, varsity B boys, varsity B2 boys and junior varsity A boys.
The upper school varsity girls opened the season with three wins and a tournament championship as they beat KIPP San Jose, Point Arena and Alma Heights at Pescadero High School. Senior Nithya Vemireddy made the all-tournament team and freshman Jordan Thompson scored 16 points in the championship game. The girls head into another tournament Thursday night, facing Santa Clara in the opening round.
The varsity and JV boys each opened the season with two wins over Gunn High and Monta Vista High School. For the varsity team, senior Will Deng was 7-9 in shooting and a perfect 2-2 from the free throw line against Gunn, while junior Eric Holt had a double-double against Monta Vista, scoring 16 points with 19 rebounds. The freshman boys went 1-2, including a dramatic 27-25 victory over Woodside. Varsity plays Homestead in the Lynbrook Tournament on Thursday.
Girls soccer won twice last week, outscoring their opponents 14-0 after a 5-0 victory against Andrew Hill and a 9-0 blowout against Redwood Christian. Against Redwood Christian, Kailee Gifford, grade 9, led the offense with four goals. Julia Fink, grade 12, and Joelle Anderson, grade 9, put up two apiece, while Safia Khouja, grade 11, scored one. Goalies Alicia Clark, grade 12, and Sadhika Malladi, grade 10, combined for the shutout, with Clark saving four shots in the first half and Malladi saving three in the second half. The team’s schedule gets tougher this week as it faces off against Wilcox High today and Pacific Collegiate on Thursday.
The boys varsity team kicked off its season on a high note, defeating KIPP Collegiate 6-2 in the season opener Wednesday. Nikhil Kishore, grade 11, and Omar Hamade, grade 10, each netted two goals, while Jeff Hanke, grade 12, and Alan Guo, grade 11, also scored. The boys play Terra Nova today. The JV team lost to KIPP 3-1 on Wednesday, with Joseph Krackeler scoring Harker’s lone goal.
Harker’s wrestlers compete against Fremont High on Saturday.