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The student news site of The Harker School.

Harker Aquila

The student news site of The Harker School.

Harker Aquila

Players congratulate each other on a powerful kill during the first set. The varsity girls volleyball team upset Pinewood 25-15, 25-12, 25-6 in a home game victory on Sept. 12.

Varsity girls volleyball prevails over Pinewood with decisive three set win

by Eva Cheng, Reporter September 21, 2023

The varsity girls volleyball team upset Pinewood 25-15, 25-12, 25-6 in a home game victory on Sept. 12.  Pinewood opened with the first serve, and Harker won it as they started the game off strong...

Juniors Khanhlinh Tran and Allison Yang walk together on the first hole of Sunnyvale Golf Course. The two were the first to tee off at around 4 pm.

Varsity girls golf team defeats Sacred Heart Prep 204-255

by Ashley Mo, Reporter September 18, 2023

The varsity girls golf team triumphed over Sacred Heart Preparatory 204-255 in their fifth match of the season on Tuesday at Sunnyvale Golf Course.  Juniors Allison Yang and Khanhlinh Tran teed off...

David Kelly (9) lifts his arm in preparation to pass the ball. The junior varsity boys water polo team defeated Fremont High School 12-3 at home on Thursday.

Junior varsity boys water polo scores 12-3 win against Fremont High School

by Mia Tang and Olivia Xu September 15, 2023

Junior varsity boys water polo defeated Fremont High School 12-3 on Sept. 7.  Despite a slow start, Harker soon pulled ahead as Alex Zhong (11) and Aman Chandran (10) scored one goal each to end the...

Safety Daniel Lin (12) hits a wheel during a tackling drill. Daniel has played for the Harker football program since his freshman year, and he is a co-captain of the team this year.

Athletes ramp up skills during off-season

by Emma Milner, Co-Sports Editor September 12, 2023

From a range of winning records to invaluable learning experiences, all seasons ultimately come to an end. But with every final hit, run or shot comes a new era: the off season.   For high-paced sports...

Ashley Hong (12) performs a butterfly stroke while racing for the Palo Alto Stanford Aquatics (PASA) swim team. “I like that swimming is a team sport but also individual,” Ashley said. “I also really enjoy relays — I feel it’s super fun [because you] work with your team. (Provided by Ashley Hong)

Apex: Deep dive into swimmer’s success

by Emma Milner, Co-Sports Editor September 10, 2023

Gliding through the water, her fingertips touch the wall and her head bobs up out of the water as she hears the last of her teammates’ cheers. The timer stops, and she quickly turns around to see a ‘1’...

Running back Jackson Powell (10) powers through a Turlock Christian defender in the first quarter. Jackson ran for 62 yards against Turlock Christian, scoring 2 touchdowns.

Back with a bang: Varsity football dominates Turlock Christian 62-14 in home opener

by Brandon Zau, Kinnera Mulam, and Mendy Mao September 10, 2023

Varsity football won their home opener game against Turlock Christian 62-14 on Sept. 2 at 6 p.m. Harker set the tone for the game with a rushing touchdown from running back Pedro Castro III (9), bringing...

Outside hitter Elie Ahluwalia (10) tips the ball over the block of Scotts Valley. Players switched between swinging and tipping in order to take advantage of openings in the opponent’s defense.

Varsity girls volleyball conquers Scotts Valley three sets to none in home opener

by Kevin Zhang, Aquila Co-Managing Editor September 6, 2023

Varsity girls volleyball triumphed over Scotts Valley High School in the Eagles’ home opener on Thursday, winning three consecutive sets 25-22, 25-21 and 25-18. Scotts Valley scored the first point...

Judi Abdelrazik (10) squats down in a defensive stance, ready to receive an incoming serve. At the libero position, Judi plays in the back row and helps control possession of the ball.

Frosh and sophomore girls volleyball team defeated by Scotts Valley in three-set match

by Ashley Mo, Disha Gupta, and Margaret Cartee September 6, 2023

The frosh and sophomore girls volleyball team lost to Scotts Valley High School 25-23, 16-25, 11-15 in their first home game on Thursday in the Zhang Gymnasium at 4 p.m. The Scotts Valley Falcons scored...

The U.S. Women’s National Team’s (USWNT) fame brings benefits to female sports. “It is really inspiring to see that increase in popularity, attention [and] brand deals with female players,” varsity girls soccer player Sara Glusman (11) said.

“I felt really inspired:” Women’s World Cup ushers in new era

by Gabe Sachse, Katerina Matta, and Saahil Herrero August 28, 2023

Your alarm clock blares to life. Its neon digits read “3 a.m.,” the sun has yet to rise and summer vacation is in full swing, but no matter. You rub away the tiredness from your eyes and drag yourself...

Game Talk with Gabe: Predicting the NFL MVP through history

Game Talk with Gabe: Predicting the NFL MVP through history

by Gabe Sachse, Sports Columnist August 25, 2023

It’s a tale as old as time. As the summer draws to a close and football season begins, fans and analysts alike start speculating which teams and players will be most successful in the coming campaign....

Apex: Competition as Collaboration

Apex: Competition as Collaboration

by Katerina Matta June 13, 2023

Picture game point, 24-22 in the second set. Edis Mesic (11) readies himself for the opponent’s serve, feeling no shakiness, no nerves, just a quiet calm. Despite entering the match as underdogs,...

Triumphant, head coach Zachary Mattson holds the trophy of the varsity boys volleyball teams Central Coast Section Division Two victory against Carmel High School on May 13.

Varsity boys volleyball wins CCS Championship, sweeps every game in three sets

by Margaret Cartee and Brandon Zau May 21, 2023

The varsity boys volleyball team won the championship match 25-17, 25-21, 25-21 against Carmel High School on May 13 at Saint Francis High School, earning first place in Division Two of the Central Coast...

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