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.”
While the season of fall brings change in the color of leaves and the flu, it also marks the beginning of the Berkeley High School football team’s season. So far, the Yellowjackets have not won a single game. They have lost to Monte Vista, Liberty, and Pittsburgh. In all of these games combined, the offense has only scored 20 points and the defense has given up 116 points. Obviously, this has been a disappointing start to the season and something needs to change quickly for the Jackets to get back on track.
While the start of the school year brings sadness and gloom, a good thing that comes along with it is the start of the NFL season. Teams will look to get off to a good start for the season; however, early September will also crush the hearts of many hopeful fans around the country. September 4 will cap a long off-season which either showed promise for young players or instated dread into the hearts of the fans who now know their beloved team will be in for a long season.
Since the age of seven, Scott Sowko has had dreams of being an incredible water polo player. He has now reached that goal. Sowko is entering his senior year at Berkeley High School in CAS, and for the second straight year in a row he will be the team captain for varsity water polo.
As the fall semester begins, so does the Berkeley High School boys’ water polo season, and coach Bill Gaebler is hoping that the boys will get off to a good start. Last year, the team consisted of many first-year players, and they played well. However, the league in which they competed was very tough. This year, the veteran team shows lots of promise. Many players who were first-year players last year will be returning with more experience and improved fitness. With this added experience, the boys have set their sights high.
Amira Cohan, Berkeley High Varsity diving captain, began the sport in sixth grade and has continued diving since then, honing her skills each year. With the season nearing its close, Cohan is proud of her team’s efforts.“We added a lot of new divers this season,” Cohan said. She continued, “[The new divers] are very dedicated and are making great progress.” One aspect that has kept Cohan engaged in diving is “the feeling you get after you do a great dive and the feeling you get once you finally master a new dive.” Diving takes a lot of courage.
After a long season, the Berkeley High Crew poises for the culmination of their lengthy season: the Junior District Championships in May. Depending on how they do at the District Championships, the team may be able to compete in the National Championships in June.
Last Tuesday, the Berkeley High School athletics department hosted a wheelchair basketball scrimmage between the Jr. Road Warriors of the Bay Area Outreach and Recreation Program, or BORP, and our very own boys basketball team.
BORP is a local, nonprofit organization that works to improve the “health, independence, and social integration of people with physical disabilities through sports, fitness, and recreation programs.”
Spring at Berkeley High School means the start of the girls’ lacrosse season. This year’s team is a mix of experienced older players and young, talented freshmen and sophomores. Although the beginning of the season hasn’t been going very well, BHS senior and team captain Sarah Lake is hoping for a successful season.
Rugby is an old sport with a storied history, and is also the father of America’s most popular sport, football. Although the best players in the world generally originate from the Pacific Islands and down under, Rugby is steadily rising in its popularity in the U.S. It is also an internationally popular sport in its sevens form, in which seven players are fielded by each team rather than the traditional 15. A new Rugby sevens event is to be included in the 2016 Olympic Summer Games in Rio de Janeiro.