Sports

Athlete Profile: Sienna Prak-Perry

When Sienna Prak-Perry first began playing lacrosse in sixth grade, she was one of few players of Asian and Black descent on her team. At that age, she believed that she was an outsider in the Berkeley Bear Lacrosse community.

Jade Terry-Jones and Nataly Garcia practice hitting.

BHS Softball Suffers Defeat vs. O’Dowd

Berkeley High School’s girls varsity softball team took on Bishop O’Dowd High School on the evening of May 12. The match concluded with O’Dowd winning 3-0 against BHS, who put up a good defense, but didn’t counterattack offensively.

Crew To New Jersey Nationals

On April 24, for the first time since the pandemic shut down athletics, the Berkeley High School crew team was able to compete in the Scholastic Regionals against fellow Bay Area high schools.

The Solano location of West Wind Schools is open for instruction.

Martial Arts In a Modern World

Shortly after World War II, something new was introduced to the American mainstream: martial arts. With high value placed on tradition and discipline within these ancient practices, maintaining heritage while moving to the US proved difficult.

BHS Recruited Athletes Approach College Transition

For Berkeley High School athletes, chasing the dream of collegiate sports takes hard work and perseverance.  “It’s been really tough, but I’ve had people that are with me along the way [and have] helped me and pushed me through challenges,” said Chase McFarland, a senior in Academic Choice, when describing his journey of

The dragon boaters’ spirit was apparent as they paddled across the Berkeley Marina waters on January 1.

Dragon Boating: “First In Friendship”

Since 2014, the dragon boats of the East Bay Rough Riders, a youth dragon boating team home to students from Berkeley High School and El Cerrito High School, have flitted across the iridescent water of the Berkeley Marina.

Crew To New Jersey Nationals

On April 24, for the first time since the pandemic shut down athletics, the Berkeley High School crew team was able to compete in the Scholastic Regionals against fellow Bay Area high schools.

Benjamin Nathan is a Berkeley High School wrestling coach and 11th grade math teacher

Then and Now: BHS Teachers in Athletics

Benjamin Nathan, a Berkeley High School wrestling coach and 11th grade math teacher, attended North Springs High in Atlanta, Georgia. Nathan played on his school’s wrestling and tennis teams for all four years and participated in football as well.

Youth organization Waterside Workshops anchors local kayakers in supportive communities.

Students at BHS Learn Trust While White Water Kayaking

“The first time I went in a kayak was on a small, calm lake with my dad and brother,” said Haley Goetting, a Berkeley High School senior. “We were just paddling around and shooting each other with water guns.

Athlete Profile: Luca McKerley Coronado

Luca McKerley Coronado is a senior in Berkeley International High School on the boys varsity baseball team. McKerley Coronado started playing baseball at four, inspired by his father and grandfather.

‘Power, Prestige, Privilege:’ Pillars of BBQ Club at BHS

    “[The Barbecue Club wanted] power, prestige, privilege. They wanted all the benefits of being part of the club and none of the responsibility or accountability of being tied to one of the most visible aspects of rape culture on campus,” said Angela Coppola, a Berkeley High School social studies teacher in Academic Choice

Conversation on Menstruation: Athletes Tackle Taboo Topic

When Anna Eisen, a swimmer and water polo player at Berkeley High School, was younger, nobody on her swim team talked about periods. Since it was never discussed, “[Eisen] had no idea how to deal with [her] period as a swimmer.” She said, “I used to skip a week of practice every month because

BHS Wrestlers Learn to Drop Weight Responsibly and Safely

In the weeks leading up to a tournament, stepping onto a scale is an everyday ritual for wrestler Paola Bedolla Garcia, a Berkeley High School junior.

Athlete Profile: Phoebe Wells

Phoebe Wells is a senior in Berkeley International High School and a captain of the Berkeley High School diving team. Wells is driven, dedicated to both athletics and academics, and is currently aiming to earn the International Baccalaureate  diploma.

The mysterious BHS mascot, Jac, performs the splits in Donahue Gym.

Beneath the Suit: BHS’s Beloved Mascot

Dressed head to toe in black and yellow and covered in fur, the Berkeley High School mascot sticks out among the athletes and the cheer team during BHS sports games.

In Conversation: Athlete and Her Mentor

G’azelle Dewitt-Henderson, a Berkeley High School junior in Arts and Humanities Academy, is a member of the cheer team. Dewitt-Henderson sat down with Tiffany Sutherland, the BHS cheer coach and Dewitt-Henderson’s female role model in sports, for a conversation about mentorship and growth.

Scaled Scoring Enables Unconscious Bias

Passionate sports fans cannot resist offering their opinion when it comes to the outcomes of their favorite teams. When their team doesn’t win, fans are quick to blame the judges, accusing them of bias or error.

Megan Melgaard will step into the role of BHS head swim coach starting this season.

Megan Melgaard, Seasoned Athlete, Is New Swim Coach

This year, Megan Melgaard, a seasoned athlete, swimmer, and coach, is excited to share her knowledge with students as she begins her first year as a Berkeley High School head swim coach.