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.
After a stellar regular season, the Berkeley High School boys’ soccer team lost in the second round of the North Coast Sectional (NCS) to San Ramon Valley High School. Despite the disappointment of a playoff elimination, the team finished undefeated in league play for the second year in a row. Setting a strong league precedence in the past two years, the team will look to reaffirm their strength and make a deep playoff run next season.
March is always the craziest month of college basketball. The competition is fierce, as teams battle it out to achieve the preeminent collegiate athletic honor: reaching and then winning the NCAA Basketball tournament. Reaching the tournament is difficult in and of itself. Teams must navigate the unpredictable waters of college basketball, filled with buzzer beaters and upsets, not to mention confusing NCAA rules. Just last week, five of the top ten teams in the country all lost on the same day.
Elisha Davis, Langston Morris-Walker, and Rachel Howard are a few of many Berkeley High School alumni that are now Division 1 college athletes. These three players in particular are all alike in that they play college basketball. Davis plays for the Arizona State Sun Devils, Morris-Walker for the Oregon State Beavers, and Howard for the University of San Francisco Dons.
Sarah Lake is the charismatic and dedicated captain of the girls’ varsity lacrosse team. She manages to deal with the responsibilities of being team captain and keeping up academically in a rigorous senior year. Lake enjoys playing on the team, as it allows her to get to know lots of new people from various small learning communities. This year’s varsity lacrosse team is extremely talented and is ready to play an amazing season. Lake believes that the team has the potential to win the league this year.
In May of 2013, former Stanford basketball forward and NBA player Jason Collins announced he was gay. In what may have been a surprise to some, he was supported and applauded. First Lady Michelle Obama tweeted, “So proud of you, Jason Collins! This is a huge step forward for our country. We’ve got your back! -mo.” L.A. Lakers forward Kobe Bryant tweeted that “it was very brave of him, we need to support him.”
As winter drifts into spring, the Berkeley High School boys’ tennis team is ready to go. BHS senior James Stoner and BHS junior Daniel Anderson are excited for a terrific season as captains of the team this year.
The arrival of spring to Berkeley High School has brought along a new swim season. Coach Bill Gaebler, along with Captains Nils Gohlke and Sophia Emmons-Bell, is hoping for a successful season.
“As a team, some goals are to become close as a team, seeing as it’s such an individual sport,” Gohlke said. “[We also need] to really work on achieving racing goals and doing what it takes to get your hand on the wall first.”
As the winter comes to a close, the Berkeley High School golf team is getting into full swing.
To ensure the team’s success, the team has appointed a new head coach, Brandon Chapman. Chapman, assistant coach of last year’s team, is taking over for long-time golf coach Tommy Scales. “The Berkeley High golf team is a losing a coach with a lot of passion and experience in golf,” said BHS senior and varsity golfer Amitesh Kataria.
Since he began to play soccer at the tender age of four, Jasper Hebert has played by this motto: “If you only ever give 90 percent in training, then you will only ever give 90 percent when it matters.” This attitude has motivated Hebert to push himself to his best. At age seven, the soccer star joined the Bay Oaks youth team, and after honing his skill with that club for ten years, he has become a maestro to his teammates as the captain of the varsity soccer team. Freshman year, Herbert became the only player from his class to make junior varsity.