Harker Aquila

Brian Pinkston (12) swings during the boys volleyball team’s victory over Prospect in the CCS Championships on June 5. After a slow start to the season, the boys volleyball team swept through CCS, not dropping a single set in their consecutive victories against Palma, Sacred Heart Cathedral Prep, and Prospect in CCS.

Girl tennis and varsity boys volleyball teams win CCS Championships

by Vishnu Kannan, Co-Managing Editor June 11, 2021

Prior to this year, Harker sports teams had been crowned CCS Champions on three different occasions: boys volleyball in May 2019, girls volleyball in November 2019, and boys soccer in March 2020. In the...

Mark Hu (11) pitches during the baseball team’s game against Crystal Springs. Mark pitched a perfect game against Priory on May 11, in which he struck out a record-setting 18 batters, making Harker and CCS history.

Junior pitches perfect game: Mark Hu ties CCS record with 18 strikeouts

by Vishnu Kannan and Muthu Panchanatham May 23, 2021

Mark Hu (11) pitched a perfect game for the Eagles against Priory on May 11, making Harker and Central Coast Section (CCS) history with a record-tying 18 strikeouts. A perfect pitching game in baseball...

Arjun Virmani (12) fights with a defender for the basketball in the team’s match 50-44 victory against Crystal Springs on April 21. The team’s next match is against Sacred Heart at home at 6 p.m. on Wednesday.

Weekly recap: Upper school sports teams continue to dominate their competition

by Vishnu Kannan, Co-Sports Editor May 3, 2021

Soccer The varsity boys soccer team fell to King’s Academy in their season opener on April 20, but bounced back in a big way two days later, dominating Crystal Springs Uplands 6-0. This past week, the...

Olivia Guo (12) looks on after swinging at the golf ball during the team’s match against Notre-Dame Belmont. The Eagles won the match 210-297.

Weekly recap: Upper school sports drive ahead of competition

by Vishnu Kannan and Muthu Panchanatham April 21, 2021

Volleyball Having finished their four game season, the varsity girls volleyball team achieved a 3-1 record, with three wins against Notre Dame, Castilleja and Mercy after suffering a loss in their first...

Jock of All Trades: Episode 11, Talking March Madness with Coach Alfredo Alves

Jock of All Trades: Episode 11, Talking March Madness with Coach Alfredo Alves

by Vishnu Kannan and Muthu Panchanatham April 11, 2021

From Harker Aquila, Jock of All Trades is a sports podcast hosted by Kushal Shah (12), Muthu Panchanatham (11), Vishnu Kannan (11) and Saurav Tewari (11). In this episode, hear Vishnu and Muthu interview...

Jock Of All Trades: Episode 10

Jock Of All Trades: Episode 10

by Vishnu Kannan, Muthu Panchanatham, and Saurav Tewari April 11, 2021

From Harker Aquila, Jock of All Trades is a sports podcast hosted by Kushal Shah (12), Muthu Panchanatham (11), Vishnu Kannan (11) and Saurav Tewari (11). In this episode, hear Vishnu, Muthu, and Saurav...

Brian Flores, Ron Rivera, Robert Saleh, Mike Tomlin, and David Culley (all pictured above) are the only five minority head coaches in the NFL, heading in to the 2021 - 2022 NFL season. This translates to just 13% of the league’s 32 head coaches, which is surprising considering that over 70% of the NFL’s players are of color, according to The Institute For Diversity and Ethics in Sports’ 2020 NFL Gender and Racial Report Card.

Racial disparity persists in NFL coaching and ownership despite league’s efforts to promote diversity

by Vishnu Kannan, Co-Sports Editor April 7, 2021

Mike Tomlin. Ron Rivera. Brian Flores. Robert Saleh. David Culley. The names of the only non-white head coaches in the NFL. In a league where minorities make up the majority of the player pool, one would...

Rigo Gonzales (10) sets up in his ready stance at the start of the track. Rigo qualified for CCS as a freshman last year, after running three miles in 17 minutes and 22 seconds at the CCS qualifier meet.

Apex: Hustle and heart

by Muthu Panchanatham, Co-Sports Editor April 2, 2021

A crowd forms at the end of the race, anticipating a close finish by the top competitors. As the runners come into view, they can be seen making a last ditch effort to pull ahead, exhaustion already set...

Kick Back with Kushal: Preaching patience

Kick Back with Kushal: Preaching patience

by Kushal Shah, Sports Reporter March 29, 2021

What an absolute rollercoaster of a season it has been. From Klay’s devastating torn Achilles mere days away from the start of our season, to the hype that surrounded James Wiseman, to the two blowout...

Natalie Vo (12) hits a tee shot with her driver during the girls golf team's victory against Notre Dame Belmont last Wednesday. The girls now have a record of 3-0, with three matches still left on their schedule.

Girls golf and girls tennis teams dominate in league, more sports to kick off soon

by Vishnu Kannan and Muthu Panchanatham March 22, 2021

As COVID-19 cases continue to decline in Santa Clara County, a majority of Harker sports have been allowed to resume practice, and in some cases, competition. Sports seasons were initially scheduled to...

Anushka Mehrotra (10) swings at a ball during the team’s CCS semifinals’ matchup against St. Francis last school year. Girls tennis resumed three weeks ago, and since then, the team has racked up three victories, against Monta Vista, Sacred Heart, and now, Menlo.

Girls tennis team defeats Menlo, snapping 24-year-long win streak in league play

by Vishnu Kannan and Muthu Panchanatham March 13, 2021

The varsity girls tennis team defeated Menlo 4-3 yesterday in the first game of their season, snapping Menlo’s record-setting 24-year, 266-match-long win streak in league play. The Eagles were represented...

Fitness Fridays #4

Fitness Fridays #4

by Vishnu Kannan and Muthu Panchanatham March 12, 2021

Before the pandemic, it was no problem for us to get some steps in — all we had to do was walk from one class to the next, from Dobbins to Shah. Nowadays, it’s fair to say that it’s been more challenging...

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