Mariel Rosenberg has been on the Berkeley High School crew team since freshman year. Having started as a novice after going to a Learn to Row summer camp, she now rows on the varsity team. Throughout high school, she has developed a love for the sport. She described her favorite parts of the sport: “the feeling of weightlessness when everyone is rowing together perfectly, and the adrenaline of passing boats during races.” She hopes to train hard this winter so the team can win many races in the spring. She looks forward to training with her teammates, because the bond they share is amazing.
Tennis is an incredibly universal sport, played for fun by five-year-olds, competitively by eighteen-year-olds, and recreationally by fifty-year-olds. Up until 2001, when Berkeley High School underwent construction and lost its tennis courts to staff parking, the school’s tennis teams had a home next to campus. Since then, the teams have had to make do with the courts at Martin Luther King, Jr. Middle School. However, this year, the middle school has reclaimed the courts for their own after-school program.
Two weeks ago marked the end of the Berkeley High School football season. Starting out rather slowly with eight consecutive losses, the team finally found its rhythm in the last two games. On Halloween, it had their its win against Tennyson, which was a huge upset, as Tennyson is ranked number one in the league. The following week, the team beat Encinal on the last game of the season.
Winter is coming, and so basketball season begins. Last year, both the Berkeley High School girls’ and boys’ varsity basketball teams had tremendous seasons. Boys’ varsity had a record of 22-5, but lost to Pittsburgh High School in the first round of the playoffs. Girls’ varsity made it all the way to the Northern California Finals, where they were unfortunately eliminated by Pleasant Grove High School. This year, both teams are ready to build on their skills from last year and have even better seasons.
The crew team has become a defining aspect of Berkeley High School culture in recent years. Each day after school, the numerous participants can be found running on the track, practicing on the rowing machines, or working out in the gym. The visible hard work put forth by both the boys’ and girls’ teams payed off during their recently concluded fall seasons, and they hope to continue their successes in the fast-approaching spring season.
Berkeley High School senior Nate Diamant runs the 5k with the rest of his varsity teammates, and has been an instrumental part of the cross country team since his sophomore year. The team practices six days a week in order to stay competitive and in top running shape.
One of the most unknown sports at Berkeley High School is orienteering. Orienteering is an adventurous sport that combines racing and navigation. The BHS orienteering team has won state championships for the past several years.
Winter sports are fast approaching, and with them comes the Berkeley High girls’ soccer season. BHS girls’ soccer has a history of high achievement, and this year, the girls are gearing up for a strong season.
The NFL season is in full swing, and the two Bay Area teams are off to shaky starts. The Forty-Niners have shown flashes of dominance both offensively and defensively, which have come to be expected ever since Jim Harbaugh gave Colin Kaepernick the starting quarterback position over Alex Smith. He has led the team to consecutive Super Bowl runs, and has solidified his role as an elite quarterback in the NFL. At running back, Frank “the Tank” Gore is at the helm of the Niners’ power run attack, and their passing offense contains a mix of veteran and young talent.
Perhaps one of the lesser known and unique Berkeley High School sports teams is the Berkeley High Sail Team, a team of serious caliber and firm determination. The BHS Sail Team began six years ago, founded with the purpose of giving BHS students the unique opportunity to sail. Dan Brandt, Youth Sailing Director at Richmond Yacht Club, said, “This year, thanks to Raffi Altman and Bear Lundegaard, the team is the biggest it's been.”