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Kick Back with Kushal: California Does Right By Collegiate Athletes

Kick Back with Kushal: California Does Right By Collegiate Athletes

by Kushal Shah, Sports Columnist

October 16, 2019

On Sept. 30, free labor in California’s college athletics programs finally came to a close with California’s newly instituted “Fair Pay to Play Act,” also known as Senate Bill 206. Of course, while students can’t expect anything like Stephen Curry’s $37.46 million annual salary from thei...

Monthly recap: Fall sports go the distance

Monthly recap: Fall sports go the distance

by Anna Vazhaeparambil, Sports Editor

October 9, 2019

Cross Country During the past month, the upper school cross country team competed in three meets: the Jackie Henderson Memorial Invitational on Sept. 14, the De La Salle Nike Challenge on Sept. 21 and the Capitol Cross Country Challenge on Sept. 28. Over the course of the three competitions, nearly...

Mia Purnell coaches students through the race that is life

Mia Purnell coaches students through the race that is life

by Muthu Panchanatham, Sports Reporter

August 30, 2019

Newly appointed cross country and track head coach Mia Purnell stands proudly beside her bicycle, wearing a bright green Harker Athletics polo and a wide smile on her face, watching her student-athletes run around the track at the Blackford Campus.  As a child, Mia Purnell “wanted to race everyone.” From raci...

Loren Powers uses football as a mantra to life

Loren Powers uses football as a mantra to life

by Vishnu Kannan, Sports Editor

August 30, 2019

Sitting in a swivel chair in his office in the Harker weight room, new Harker football head coach Loren Powers fondly recalls watching the 49ers as a child and being captivated by “the glitz and glam of the 49ers’ red and gold.” Powers said that watching greatness in motion through the likes of ...

Harker awarded CalHi D4 School of the Year

Harker awarded CalHi D4 School of the Year

by Aditya Singhvi, Aquila Co-Sports Editor

August 30, 2019

The Harker School was awarded the CalHiSports.com Division 4 school of the year award for the Eagles’ overall athletic performance over several sports last year, including boys volleyball, swimming and girls golf.  The honor, presented to schools that perform remarkably in several sports, is the...

Weekly Roundup: Spring sports clear the competition

Weekly Roundup: Spring sports clear the competition

by Anna Vazhaeparambil, Asst. Sports Editor

April 21, 2019

Baseball: After a solid performance, the baseball team ends this week with two more wins under their belt: they beat Terra Nova High School 8-6 on Tuesday and Westmoor High School 20-6 on Thursday, before facing a tough 8-5 loss to Harbor High School on Saturday. “We’re having a really strong ...

Weekly roundup: Spring sports approach hurdles

Weekly roundup: Spring sports approach hurdles

by Anna Vazhaeparambil, Reporter

March 26, 2019

Baseball After a strong performance, the varsity baseball team ended this week with two consecutive wins, beating Jefferson High School 6-5 on Tuesday and Crystal Springs Uplands 16-7 on Thursday. Their game against Thomas More on Friday went three innings before it was rained out with the team up ...

Social justice transforms sports

Social justice transforms sports

by Varsha Rammohan and Gloria Zhu

October 17, 2018

In light of recent events regarding Nike’s campaign featuring former 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick and Serena Williams’ controversial defeat at the 2018 U.S. Open, sports fans and activists worldwide have ignited a conversation regarding athletes’ political and social liberties. Kaeper...

Alternate Sports: The unconventional aspect of non-traditional sports doesn’t make them any less valuable

Alternate Sports: The unconventional aspect of non-traditional sports doesn’t make them any less valuable

by Saloni Shah, Columnist and Assistant Humans of Harker Editor

September 20, 2018

Sweat dripping in a constant stream down their exhausted faces and feet pounding across the lush, green field in an attempt to catch the flying disc, a group of teenage boys and girls laugh while playing Ultimate, also known as Ultimate frisbee, at the Heritage Oaks Park in Los Altos. The teens bask...

I Promise: LeBron James opens school for at-risk youth in hometown of Akron, OH

I Promise: LeBron James opens school for at-risk youth in hometown of Akron, OH

by Gloria Zhang and Varsha Rammohan

August 31, 2018

"Nothing is given. Everything is earned” is the motto of LeBron James’ I Promise School. Closely linked to his I Promise initiative that tackles high school dropout rates, the motto serves as a reminder for the Akron youth to never give up on their academics and finish school. The LeBron Ja...

Fall sports train over summer, begin seasons

Fall sports train over summer, begin seasons

by Anika Rajamani and Aditya Singhvi

August 31, 2018

Girls Volleyball Girls volleyball has finished tryouts and is into the season now, with 16 people on the varsity team. Due to a large turnout for tryouts, the coaches decided to create an intramural team, so this year there will be four teams, with freshman, JV, and varsity participating in g am...

Taking a knee: Athletes and activists across nation kneel to take a stand

Taking a knee: Athletes and activists across nation kneel to take a stand

by Rose Guan and Vivian Jin

October 12, 2017

Former NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick dropped his contract with the San Francisco 49ers after last season, when he began to kneel during performances of the national anthem before games in order to protest the mistreatment of people of color in the U.S. This season, Kaepernick remains unsigned. Kaepernick began to play for the 49e...

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