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.
As the Berkeley High School basketball and soccer teams aim to finish their regular seasons and vault into the postseason, the spring sports season has arrived. With many teams including baseball, softball, lacrosse, tennis, golf, swimming, diving, and badminton starting their seasons, a whole new wave of students has taken to the field.
The opening ceremony of the XXII Olympic Winter Games in Sochi, Russia, began much like a circus. Giant inflatable animals bounced around in circles while a little girl flew through the air on a tightrope. The over-the-top ceremony and beginning of what has been the most expensive games in history were designed to wow viewers and silence the many critics of the controversial Sochi games. The ceremony took viewers back through Russia’s history, paying respects to Tolstoy, Sikorsky, and Nabokov. The history skimmed past darker times in Russian history, such as Stalin’s purges and the gulags.
The Warriors haven’t always made the Bay Area proud. You may remember the playoff runs of years past: in 2007, Warriors fans rose up out of the woodwork, only to see their team routed by the Utah Jazz in the conference semifinals.
But those are the Warriors of the past. We have seen not only a rebranding of our beloved team, but also a complete change of the guard (yes, literally and figuratively). With the dismissal of Andris Biedrins, the old was out and the new was ready to take over.
Winter sports fired back up before break, which means the Berkeley High School girls’ soccer team is back in action. After tryouts in the second week of November, the team jumped into the pre-season at the very beginning of December, a month in which the team won two games and lost two. Since then, the team has gone 7-2 in league play. This sets an excellent precedent for the rest of the season, and for Northern California Sectionals (NCS).
Last year, girls’ varsity reached the NCS championship — the farthest that BHS girls’ soccer has ever gotten in the tournament.
Senior Miles MacClure has been wrestling since his freshman year at Berkeley High School. He has honed his skills in the sport and has established himself as a leader on the team. He was persuaded to try wrestling by a former team captain, and fell in love with the mindset of the sport. Sophomore year, he even gave up baseball to concentrate on wrestling. In a sport like wrestling, it is imperative that one have good instincts and reactions. Another noteworthy facet of the game is conditioning, as wrestling is often a war of attirition.
As has become usual during past years, this winter’s ski season has been very lackluster. There are record-breaking low levels of snow, and resorts have had to rely heavily on man-made supply. While sunny days and fifty degree weather in the mountains are nice, they are not ideal for hard core skiers.