Harker Aquila

Across the virtual board

Quarantined by an unfortunate pandemic, Harker students have turned to new and surprising hobbies to quash their frequent boredom. Among these new hobbies is chess, a well known board game that originated nearly 1500 years ago in India.

by Muthu Panchanatham, Co-Sports Editor

October 17, 2020

Black and white pieces dance across the digital board at the direction of two unseen players, attacking and defending in complex maneuvers. The junior class watches through Zoom as a white knight jumps over a row of pawns to simultaneously attack a black bishop and rook. Two voices deliver live analysi...

Four alumni inducted into Harker Athletics Hall of Fame

A.J. Reid (‘04), Candace Silva-Martin (‘09), Chris Davis (‘03), and Isabelle Connell (‘13) (clockwise from top right) were inducted into the Harker Athletics Hall of Fame at 6 p.m. on Friday.

by Vishnu Kannan and Muthu Panchanatham

October 17, 2020

Four alumni were inducted to the Harker Athletics Hall of Fame at 6 p.m. on Friday in a virtual ceremony with approximately 60 people in attendance. The four inductees were A.J. Reid (‘04), Chris Davis (‘03), Candace Silva-Martin (‘09), and Isabelle Connell (‘13), each of whom will be permanentl...

Tennis preseason workouts scheduled to begin on Oct. 10

Sophomore Sara Wan swings at the tennis ball during a CCS semifinals match last year. Competitive boys and girls tennis seasons for this year are scheduled to begin in the spring, as per the California Interscholatic Federation’s (CIF) revised sports schedule for the 2020 - 2021 school year.


by Vishnu Kannan and Muthu Panchanatham

October 13, 2020

Tennis preseason workouts are scheduled to begin this Friday, Oct. 10, as per a Schoology announcement released by upper school’s athletic trainer Jaron Olson.  The workouts will be split up into two sessions, each four weeks long, and practices will be held at the Blackford Campus on Mondays and Frida...

Jock of All Trades : Episode 6

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), and edited by Michael Eng (12). In this episode, hear the quartet discuss the NBA finals and interview junior Pranav Varmaraja, a safety and wide receiver on the Eagles football team.

by Vishnu Kannan, Muthu Panchanatham, Michael Eng, Saurav Tewari, and Kushal Shah

October 9, 2020

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), and edited by Michael Eng (12). In this episode, hear the quartet discuss the NBA finals and interview junior Pranav Varmaraja, a safety and wide...

Captain’s court: Seniors reflect on postponed athletic seasons

Captain's court: Seniors reflect on postponed athletic seasons

by Vishnu Kannan, Co-Sports Editor

October 6, 2020

The CIF announced in a press release in July that high school sports for this school year will only start in December of 2020 or January of 2021. The three usual high school sports seasons — fall, winter, and spring — will be condensed into just two seasons — season 1 and season 2. Season 1 spo...

Staying healthy and fit at home

Marcus Anderson (12) performs a box jump at a workout hosted on Davis Field during summer break. Box jumps are an effective exercise for strengthening the lower body, increasing one’s vertical jump. and improving athletic explosiveness overall.

by Saurav Tewari and Kushal Shah

October 2, 2020

Having been quarantined at home during this pandemic for months on end at this point, it’s fair to say that staying both mentally and physically fit during our time at home has been challenging, to say the least.  Yet, despite these unfortunate circumstances, it’s still important to prioritize ...

Jock of All Trades: Episode 5

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), and edited by Michael Eng (12). In this episode of Jock of All Trades, hear the crew discussing the NBA bubble, the return of school sports and a quick soccer update on the Champions League. Scroll down to see our NBA bracket, and comment below whether you agree with our picks.

by Vishnu Kannan, Kushal Shah, Saurav Tewari, Muthu Panchanatham, and Michael Eng

September 5, 2020

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), and edited by Michael Eng (12). In this episode of Jock of All Trades, hear the crew discussing the NBA bubble, the return of school sports and...

Remembering our playing fields

Remembering our playing fields

by Vishnu Kannan and Muthu Panchanatham

September 4, 2020

Since we were whisked off campus nearly six months ago, one of the many notable shifts in our lives has been the lack of sports. Although professional leagues have begun to return in some capacity, Harker athletes remain unable to practice and compete with their teams as the pandemic drags on. Read on...

Professional sports leagues boycott games in wake of Jacob Blake shooting

Washington Wizards point guard Rui Hachimura warms up his jumpshot prior to the team's game against the Charlotte Hornets earlier this season. Athletes in professional sports leagues across the nation have boycotted their games in light of the shooting of Jacob Blake in Kenosha, Wisconsin.

by Vishnu Kannan and Muthu Panchanatham

August 29, 2020

Athletes in professional sports leagues across the nation have boycotted their games in light of the shooting of Jacob Blake in Kenosha, Wisconsin. The NBA was the first league to do so, temporarily postponing all playoff games scheduled for Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, before resuming play on Saturda...

NBA season to resume on July 30

Capital One arena bustles with energy before a game between the Washington Wizards and Charlotte Hornets on Nov. 23, 2019. The NBA is set to resume with a matchup between the New Orleans Pelicans and the Utah Jazz tomorrow.

by Vishnu Kannan and Muthu Panchanatham

July 29, 2020

It’s back. After being on hiatus for five seemingly endless months, the NBA is set to return on Thursday at the Walt Disney World Complex in Orlando, Florida, after the 2019 - 2020 season was suspended on March 11 due to the coronavirus.  The 22 teams participating will play eight games each to complet...

Start of high school sports delayed until at least December

High school sports for the upcoming school will be divided into two seasons and will only start in December 2020 or January 2021. Students who normally play multiple sports will now have to make a decision if their sports have been moved to the same season.

by Vishnu Kannan and Muthu Panchanatham

July 26, 2020

High school sports for the upcoming school year will only start in December 2020 or January 2021, according to the California Interscholastic Federation’s (CIF) announcement on Monday.  The three usual high school sports seasons – fall, winter and spring – will be condensed into just two sea...

Status report: Sports leagues prepare to reopen

An empty 49ers stadium on Feb. 1. At this time,  the team was in Miami, finishing their last practice before the Super Bowl LIV game against the Kansas City Chiefs.

by Vishnu Kannan, Muthu Panchanatham, and Saurav Tewari

May 20, 2020

Many professional sports leagues across the United States have suspended their seasons indefinitely in light of COVID-19’s continued spread, and in this dormant time for the world of sports, fans are growing more eager than ever to see their favorite leagues resume play. “I can’t wait for [sports] to come back ...

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