Sports

Athlete Profile - Tilda Koven

Tilda Koven, senior and co-captain of the Berkeley High School womens’ crew team, is not the first in their family to be a rower. “Most of my dad’s family has rowed or still rows,” they said.

Girls soccer joins together in a community huddle.

Winter Senior Nights

The Berkeley High School girls soccer team played against Piedmont on Feb. 9 for their senior night. The game ended in a tie, 0-0,  placing them second in their league.

A student is swinging a badminton racket.

Excitement for badminton grows at BHS

Badminton at Berkeley High School is not the same today as it used to be. Badminton was often regarded as a no-cut sport or as a way to get easy PE credits.

Zariyah King

Black Athlete Spotlight

Zariyah King is a junior and guard for the Berkeley High School girls’ varsity basketball team. While she and her family were living in Georgia, they lived across from a basketball court where her brother would take her to play with him.

Senior Oliver Gill winds up for a dangerous free kick.

Critical boys soccer game against O’Dowd ends in 0-0 draw

On Thursday, Jan. 25, 2024, Berkeley High School boys soccer faced off against Bishop O’Dowd High School. This was a vital game for the team, as they had already lost to O’Dowd earlier in the season.

BHS students practice in their home gym.

BHS wrestling bests Hayward and Tennyson in home meet

On Wednesday, Jan. 24, 2024, the Berkeley High School wrestling team had their only home meet of the season in the Donahue Gym. The team fought against Tennyson and Hayward High School and claimed their ultimate victory, beating both schools.

Juniors Sebi Minn-Murray and Elouan Pecson set up a soccer camp for kids last summer.

Coaching younger kids allows athletes to build connections

Student-athletes are always searching for ways to improve at their sports. It’s been said that there is no better way to get better at something than to teach other people what you already know.

Proper pregame meals serve as crucial fuel for athletes

Preparing for games involves not only physical training but also careful consideration of a pre-game meal. Athletes need this crucial fuel to optimize their performance on the field.

Freshman Sylva Roubinian is grateful for the support she

BHS underclassmen learn, grow, and develop on varsity 

With a substantial number of student-athletes at Berkeley High School, athletes trying out for school sports often must compete for a spot on a team. Varsity teams usually consist of upperclassmen, who generally have the most experience with a sport, with limited spots for underclassmen

A BHS student tackles a climbing route.

Climbing grows in popularity across BHS

Rock climbing has emerged as an increasingly popular sport in recent years, both outdoors and even more so indoors at climbing gyms. According to Github.org, by the end of 2020, there were 580 indoor climbing gyms in the U.S.

Sad girl alone while other people hug each other in the background.

Social hierarchies in sports impede growth

In the world of sports, a subtle social hierarchy may exist among athletes on a team, emphasizing excellence. Falling short can affect an athlete’s ability to fit in on a team.

BHS athletes battle performance anxiety

“I think a very natural thing for all athletes to go through, especially when you’re doing pretty competitive sport …  you’re always going to have expectations for what you should be doing,” said Felix Waterman, a sophomore at Berkeley High School and an archer in the Regional Elite Development Program.

Photo of Ollie Miller holding a basketball and pointing at the camera.

Athlete Profile

Ollie Miller is a senior on the Berkeley High School basketball team. He has been part of the varsity team since his sophomore year, along with many of his peers.

Illustration of a person taking a long path around a hill to get to a building implied to be college.

For athletes, the college process is complex

The college application process is complicated enough, but for student-athletes who want to continue playing in college, it can be even more complicated.

Illustration of a student sports team in a circle with everyone

BHS team captains navigate leadership and communication

“The duty of the captain is to listen to the team, and communicate anything that they hear about, and the needs of the team, to the coaches and communicate from the coaches to the team,” said Tilda Koven, a Berkeley High School senior and co-captain of the womens varsity crew team.

Coach Reginald Figgs is excited to see the team grow.

Girls basketball falls short against Pirates

Berkeley High School girls basketball had their tenth game of the season on Tuesday, Dec. 19 against the San Leandro Pirates. With a relatively young and inexperienced team, this season has not been the easiest.

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Coach Figgs marks new era for girls hoops

Reginald Figgs is Berkeley High School’s new head varsity girls basketball coach. Growing up in Oakland, he has always loved basketball and played the sport throughout his life.

Girls cross country runners pose for a photo after becoming NCS champions.

Cross country shows out at NCS, girls land spot at state meet

On Saturday, Nov. 18, the cross country team went to Hayward for their North Coast Section championships. For the first time in 41 years, the Berkeley High School girls cross country team won NCS, which landed them a spot at state championships.