Throughout the regular season, Berkeley High School’s sports teams fight to earn a spot in postseason tournaments such as North Coast Section (NCS) or West Alameda County Conference (WACC) league championships.
Girls volleyball made it into the NCS championships as the eighth seed out of 15. In their first round, on October 25, they faced Heritage High School, the ninth seed, and won a riveting five setter. They then played the first seed, Monte Vista High School, in the quarterfinals. Camille Jacala, a junior on the team, said that they struggled in the quarterfinals since “post season games are … more competitive. The teams who made it to NCS had mostly winning records.” They lost in three sets, which brought their season to an end.
Macy Wiles and Sarah Lim of the BHS women’s golf team made it into the individual NCS championships and competed on October 24, but were unable to place. Lim, a junior, pointed out the difficulty of facing NCS championships as an individual, which felt “different in that you didn’t have everyone’s energy before and after the match.”
The football team was playoff-bound after going undefeated in their WACC league games this season. Elijah Dupaty, a senior, attributed their success to their coach, David Perry. “He made us really believe in ourselves and this team,” he said. On November 11, BHS, the eighth seed, played San Ramon Valley, the first seed, in the NCS quarterfinals. San Ramon Valley beat BHS 56-20, which brought their season to an end.
Cross country competed in WACC league championships on November 5. Both teams secured first place, becoming league champions. NCS qualifiers will take place on November 19, and both teams hope to send runners to NCS championships.
Boys and girls water polo placed fifth and sixth out of eight in their WACC championships, respectively. Neither made it into NCS championships.
Girls tennis and field hockey teams failed to make it into their postseason tournaments.