Photo of Jonah Lachs.

Athlete Profile: Jonah Lachs

Senior Jonah Lachs began playing volleyball his sophomore year at Berkeley High. “I wanted to play a sport, so I went to volleyball tryouts, somehow made the team, and just fell in love with the sport from there,” he said.

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Recap of  the spring athletic season at BHS

With the 2024 spring athletics season at Berkeley High School coming to a close, many BHS spring sports teams have experienced  yet another successful season.

A swimmer dives into the pool at senior night.

Swimmers send off their seniors and coach 

On Friday, April 12, the Berkeley High School swim team had their senior night, a goodbye to both their teammates and their coach. The women’s team won, beating Castro Valley, Bishop O’Dowd, and Hayward.

BHS junior Zael Johnson poses with his skateboard.

Competitive skating offers a mixed bag

In skateboarding competitions, competitors can participate in a variety of categories such as street, park, and bowl skateboarding. They are given two to three attempts to complete their combination of tricks called ‘runs.’ Judges award points based on the execution, difficulty, and flow of the run.  Zael Johnson, a junior, started competing in skateboarding during

Bo Speirs at the tennis courts.

Athlete Profile: Bo Speirs

Bo Speirs is a Berkeley High School senior who has spent the last four years on BHS’s varsity tennis team. He began playing tennis in fifth grade, whilst he was still playing competitive soccer.

Rose Levine (from left), Keller Greer, Allie Weinberger are all currrent dancers.

Dance: both an art and a sport

What sets dance apart from other sports is the element of art and visual beauty within it. Dance is meant to be an artistic medium, which means the dancers must always be wearing their best face and putting on the most captivating performance.

Yasir Zara displays his cricket bat on the Campus Green

Informal cricket games at BHS fosters new community for Pakistani cricket players 

“Last year when I came, no one was playing … so I had a bat, and my friend brought one bat, and we just started playing here, and the balls got stuck every day.

Senior players take a photo with coaches and supporters on Senior Night at Jacket Gym.

Boys Volleyball wins at home

On April 23, 2024, the Berkeley High School boys volleyball team won their senior night game against San Lorenzo. BHS took an early lead, winning the first set 25-15, then losing the second set 23-25.

Sophomore Isaiah Mays lunges for a pitch in the bottom of the first inning

Bring out the brooms: Jackets sweep O'Dowd with home win

On Friday, April 19, Berkeley High School’s varsity boys baseball team had a home game against Bishop O’Dowd. Berkeley won 3-2, bringing their record this season to 10 wins and 6 losses.

Illustration of women doing different sports.

Oversexualized uniforms on women's teams harm atheletes

From being oversexualized in media portrayals, to being treated with a lack of respect in professional settings, obstacles are constantly being launched at women in everyday life.

Photo of Oona Capristo

Athlete Profile: Oona Capristo

“Play with no doubt,” is Berkeley High School junior Oona Capristo’s motto as a dedicated softball player of ten years. As a female athlete, Capristo noted that the sports environment doesn’t always prioritize competitiveness among girls.

Berkeley and Dublin players run down the field at Jacket stadium.

Women's lacrosse bests Dublin

On March 7, 2024, Berkeley High School girls varsity lacrosse faced off against Dublin High School. This was the first time the team had played against Dublin in three seasons, so coach Jess Seggman was unsure of what to expect.

A hockey player skates on the ice at the Oakland Ice Center, one of the few ice rinks in the Bay Area.

Limited access hurts female hockey players

In the diverse sports landscape of the Bay Area, opportunities to play a wide variety of sports at different levels of competition are abundant. However due to the lack of ice in the Bay Area, the ice hockey community is noticeably smaller than those of other sports.

Woman going for a layup as the next generation watches.

Bay Area gains its first two professional women’s teams, inspires athletes at BHS

This year, the Bay Area welcomed its first professional women’s team, sparking a wave of empowerment for young athletes, especially girls. Bay FC, a women’s professional soccer team in San Jose, has recently become part of the National Women’s Soccer League and played their first game on March 17, 2024.

Shiella Paredes-Akimoto plams to move to Japan to wrestle next year.

BHS women’s wrestler makes it to states

On Thursday, Feb. 22, girls wrestling captain Shiella Paredes-Akimoto competed at the state championships. It was a three-day long event held at Mechanics Bank Arena in Bakersfield, California.

Photo of Lane Imen holding a lacrosse stick.


The Berkeley High School girls varsity lacrosse team is led by senior Lane Imen. As captain, Imen expressed that “learning how to implement different leadership styles and interact with different types of people has really been one of the hardest things, but also one of the most beneficial things learned.” Imen said, “I take

Boys soccer won four games to be declared champions.

BHS boys soccer declared North Coast Sectional champions

After finishing second in their league, the Berkeley High School School boys varsity soccer team advanced to the first round of the North Coast Sectional Division 1 playoffs, having only lost two games in the regular season.

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.