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.
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.