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Harker Aquila

The student news site of The Harker School.

Harker Aquila

The student news site of The Harker School.

Harker Aquila

Mr. Irvine prepares to throw the ball at a recent Kayak Polo tournament.

From kayak polo to archery, students and faculty get involved in niche sports

by Ariana Goetting, Reporter December 6, 2021

When upper school chemistry teacher Andrew Irvine played kayak polo for the first time 11 years ago, as per his wife’s landlord’s recommendation, he wasn’t expecting to find a passion that would...

From his years as a promising rookie to recent ones as a seasoned veteran, Buster Posey was the heart and soul  of the Giants. Since the start of his career in 2009, Posey played 1093 games as a catcher, one of the hardest defensive positions in baseball, and was also a very offensive player, hitting a batting average of .302.

Celebrating Buster Posey: the backbone of San Francisco

by Desiree Luo, Assistant Sports Editor November 22, 2021

The 2021 Major League Baseball season concluded with the Atlanta Braves winning the World Series over the Houston Astros on Nov. 2. For Giants fans, the offseason ahead offered a welcome respite from the...

From left to right, Kieron Pollard from West Indies, Virat Kohli from India and Rashid Khan from Afghanistan pose together. In their careers, Pollard, Kohli and Khan have cemented their places as top T20 cricket players internationally.

International Cricket Council to hold a T20 championship shaped by current events

by Trisha Iyer, Assistant Features Editor October 18, 2021

As tropical storm Shaheen made landing on the Arabian peninsula earlier this week, residents of Oman scrambled to find shelter and stay safe. Amidst the devastation of the storm, several worried officials...

Game 1 of the National League Division Series (NLDS) between the San Francisco Giants and Los Angeles Dodgers was held at Oracle Park. The Giants won 4-0.

A series for the ages: Giants and Dodgers face off in National League Division Series

by Mark Hu, Winged Post Managing Editor October 14, 2021

Here we are. Game 5 of the 2021 National League Division Series (NLDS) begins tonight and with it comes the fall of one of the top two teams in baseball this year: the San Francisco Giants, the Major League...

The San Francisco Giants face the Los Angeles Dodgers tomorrow night in a decisive Game 5 of the NLDS series. This column explores a fan’s perspective on the Giants’ legendary 2021 season.

Bringing back orange and black: A historic season

by Desiree Luo, Assistant Sports Editor October 13, 2021

When the San Francisco Giants won the World Series on an October evening in 2014, I was in ballet class in Fremont, with my left hand resting on a barre and my right toe tracing the floor. My fellow ballerinas...

The baseball team poses with their CCS Championship Plaque after their 16-14 victory against Stevenson. Down 5-14 by the end of the penultimate inning, the baseball team staged an incredible comeback in the final inning to win the game, scoring 11 consecutive runs on a single out.

Baseball team comes back from 5-14 deficit in final inning to win CCS Championship

by Vishnu Kannan, Co-Managing Editor June 28, 2021

Down 5-14 with two outs in the seventh and final inning of their CCS Championships matchup against Stevenson on June 19, the varsity baseball team staged an incredible comeback, scoring 11 consecutive...

Olivia Guo (12) swings her club during the girls golf teams Senior Night on June 10. The boys and girls golf teams both won CCS Championships last week.

Boys and girls golf teams win CCS Championships

by Vishnu Kannan, Co-Managing Editor June 16, 2021

The boys and girls golf teams brought home CCS Championships last week on Tuesday and Wednesday, respectively. The boys scored 388, five strokes ahead of second-place Mitty, and the girls followed up the...

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...

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...

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