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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 ...

Athletic recruiting in the time of COVID-19

A pair of long-distance running shoes lies on an empty track. The cancellation of interscholastic spring sports has drastically changed the recruiting scene for athletes looking to play in college — especially juniors.

by Vishnu Kannan, Winged Post Sports Editor

May 4, 2020

While stuck at home during quarantine, Harker student-athletes have found creative ways to continue practicing their sports from home. For track and cross-country athlete Anna Weirich (11), this means supplementing her daily runs with biking as a form of cross-training. For junior baseball captain Nic...

Jock of All Trades: Episode 4

In episode four of Jock of All Trades, the crew goes over and provides their own take on what they have determined to be the most important picks of the first round.

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

May 3, 2020

From Harker Aquila, Jock of All Trades is a sports podcast by Kushal Shah (11), Muthu Panchanatham (10), Vishnu Kannan (10) and our newest member Saurav Tewari (10). This edition is a quick recap of the 2020 NFL Draft, where the crew goes over and provides their own take on some of the most importa...

Live coverage: 2020 NFL Draft

Round 1 of the NFL draft will take place today, from 5 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. PST.  The draft will be in a fully virtual format due to the coronavirus and will be airing on ABC, ESPN, and NFL Network.

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

April 23, 2020

This concludes Harker Aquila's coverage of the top 15 picks of the 2020 NFL Draft. 7:04 p.m. The Denver Broncos have selected Alabama wide receiver Jerry Jeudy with the fifteenth overall pick. Jeudy was projected to go higher in the draft, but the 49ers, Bucs, and Raiders did not select wide receiv...

Decades of excellence: Tom Brady named to All-Decade team before leaving Patriots

A Tom Brady jersey, along with a football and receiver gloves. As a result of Brady's move from the Patriots to the Buccaneers, there are many different predictions regarding how this transition will affect both teams.

by Muthu Panchanatham, Sports Reporter

April 22, 2020

There wasn’t much point in watching further. Down 28-3 to the Atlanta Falcons in what appeared to be a disappointing Super Bowl LI, I turned off the TV with a sigh and gathered my friends to play basketball in my backyard. Not my finest moment as a New England Patriots fan, I’ll admit. But when I f...

Upper school athletic department helps athletes stay in shape with spring sports season cancelled

The tennis courts at Westmont High in Los Gatos remain locked up. “It’s sort of hard to transition from playing tennis every single day to just not doing anything and sitting around,” varsity tennis co-captain Ramanand Vegesna (12) said. “Sometimes when you’re doing your own workouts it’s hard to stick to something and you kind of get lost in what you want to work on, so I think [Volt is] a really good tool, and people who don’t have a lot of experience working out can use it and figure out what exercise they want to do.”

by Saurav Tewari, Reporter

April 18, 2020

Eight upper school sports have had their seasons canceled after the California Interscholastic Federation (CIF), the statewide regulatory body for high school sports, released a statement on April 3 announcing the statewide cancellation of the spring sports season due to the COVID-19 pandemic.  ...

Review: the top 5 golf courses near the Bay Area

Review: the top 5 golf courses near the Bay Area

by Athreya Daniel, Reporter

April 14, 2020

Having played golf since I was six, there is nothing quite like playing 18 holes on a beautiful California golf course. I love the unique challenge that every course poses, whether it be the narrow fairways, thick rough, or fast greens. After the shelter-in-place period ends, here are my reviews of f...

Going pro: From high school to the big leagues

Both paths yield entirely different benefits –– the path to the big leagues brings potential fame and glory, while the academic path hauls in a steadier lifestyle. So perhaps Shakespeare had it wrong, after all. To sport or not to sport  –– now, that is the real question.

by Kushal Shah, Sports Reporter

March 19, 2020

In the world of sports, it is fair to say that an athlete’s journey to the professional leagues, more often than not, begins in high school. This is how it’s been for years—since back when Stephen Curry graduated from Charlotte Christian High School in 2006 and even further back, when Lebron James...

NBA suspends season as sports world, Harker athletics brace for COVID-19

An empty Davis Field, home to Eagles' athletics. 	“As long as school is in session and we feel everything’s in place, we’re business as usual until we’re told otherwise,” upper school athletic director Dan Molin said. “We’re anticipating [game cancellations], and we’ll cross that bridge when we get there with each individual game.”

by Aditya Singhvi and Anna Vazhaeparambil

March 11, 2020

As COVID-19 continues its worldwide offensive, the NBA has suspended its season as athletic organizations both at Harker and in the professional world ramp up precautionary measures. 

Boys soccer looks to upset Ygnacio Valley, advance to NorCal finals

The varsity boys soccer team celebrates after clinching their first CCS championship in school history after a win in penalty kicks against St. Francis on Saturday. “The fact that four years ago we’d only been to CCS once. Then we start going to CCS, we start making it further and further. And now we’re the CCS champions, that’s insane,” goalie Laszlo Bollyky (10) said.

by Vishnu Kannan, Winged Post Sports Editor

March 5, 2020

The boys soccer team faces off against first-seed Ygnacio Valley High School today at 4:30 p.m. for their Division III NorCals semifinals match. “In the last game, we had many chances at goals but were unable to convert them. In general, we need to be cleaner and eliminate careless errors,” Mu...

Varsity boys soccer clinches NorCal quarterfinals in penalty kicks

Darshan Chahal (12) attempts to head the ball over a Galt player during the boys' NorCal Division III quarterfinal win yesterday. After ending regulation tied at 1-1 and a scoreless overtime period, the boys won 5-4 in penalty kicks.

by Aditya Singhvi and Anna Vazhaeparambil

March 4, 2020

The varsity boys soccer team won their NorCal Division III quarterfinal matchup against the Galt High Warriors in penalty kicks 5-4 after ending regulation 1-1 and going scoreless in overtime. With goals from Andrew Cheplyansky (12), Arthur Kajiyama (10), Ishaan Mantripragada (10), Jeffrey Fung (12)...

Varsity boys soccer crowned CCS champions, advance to NorCals

The varsity soccer team celebrates after clinching the CCS championship 3-1 in penalty kicks after ending overtime tied at 1-1. During the penalty kicks, Andrew Cheplyansky (12), Justin Fung (10) and Darshan Chahal (12) all scored, and goalie Laszlo Bollyky (10) made two close saves, securing the win for the Eagles.

by Aditya Singhvi and Anna Vazhaeparambil

March 3, 2020

The varsity boys soccer team defeated the St. Francis Lancers 3-1 in penalty kicks after ending 1-1 in double overtime in the Central Coast Section (CCS) Division III finals on Saturday, advancing to the first round of the NorCal Division III championship.  Following a back-and-forth first half, the E...

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