TKA had a great day of racing Sunday at the Frogtown Cross Country Invitational.
Varsity Boys: The varsity boys just missed taking home 1st place by 7 points and placed 2nd overall out of 24 teams. The boys scored a total of 76 points (xc scores in the following fashion, if you finish first you get 1 point. Lowest score wins after adding the top 5 runners on one team together.) Out of 194 runners in the race all 5 of our top boys finished in the top 20 boys overall. Jeremy Miller finished 6th in 17:28. Following him in a very close pack of TKA runners were Kyle Bergstedt (14th, 18:10), Ryan Negrette (17th, 18:14), Jack Monaco (19th 18:16) and Sam Ferrante (20th 18:18). Edison Pegram and Trey Kenyon rounded out the varsity team finishing with times of 19:45 and 19:50 respectively. A few things to note. The top five boys were all faster than Abin Thomas who had the previous TKA school record on this course from 2012 and Jeremy Miller broke Abin's time by 52 seconds! This was a great way for these veteran Seniors and Juniors to start off the XC season. The race had a total of 194 high school boys.
JV Boys: Junior Dylan Glenn led the JV boys team off to a great start by winning the race in a time of 18:58. The JV boys placed second overall (this might change because Justin Hanna was left out of the results, I just emailed the race director about the error.) Dylan was followed by a strong showing by the following knights, Robbie Ridder (6th, 20:30), Caleb Pethel (11th, 21:54), Micah Jensen 14th, 21:29) and I believe Justin Hanna. Justin Chiang finished well in the race and was the sixth runner in 22:10 and placed 21st overall.
Varsity Girls: The varsity girls were led by team captain Isabella O'connor to an overall 4th place team finish. Isabella ran a strong race and finished in 23:16 and and placed 25th out of 137 runners. Sophomore Guilanna Giordano and new frosh runner Sophia Lee placed 29th and 31st overall in 23:48 and 23:58 respectively. Running in the fourth position was senior Ursula Ott (our other team captain). Ott finished 54th overall in a time of 25:29. Annalise Vargas rounded out our last scorer by placing 68th overall in the race with a time of 26:15.
Overall, TKA had an excellent day! The next meet is at the Scott Bauhs Invitational in Pleasanton on Saturday, September 30.
- Watch this highlight video: "4th Annual Sunnyvale Jets Alumni Reunion Game"
- The online sign-up page goes live starting Monday, July 17, and includes; Football, Cross Country (Girls and Boys), Girls Golf, Girls Tennis, Water Polo (Girls and Boys), and Girls Volleyball.The form is to be filled out by the student participating, not the parent.
- If you have not already completed the athletic clearance process and physical, you must be complete the athletic clearance prior to the first day of practice or the athlete will not be able to practice/try-out until the process is complete. The process is outlined here.
- Questions? Contact High School Athletic Coordinator, Kevin Johnson.
- Boys 4 x 100 - 21st - 44.51 - Third All-Time at TKA (Kamau Carlisle, Ben Arledge, Daniel Tran, Matthew Teh)
- Anna Mokkapati - 11th in the 1600- 5:10.89 - Moves on to CCS Finals.
- Jeremy Miller - 15th in the 1600 - 4:29.56 - New school record holder in the 1600.
- Kamau Carlisle - 100 meters -11.55- 30th, 200 meters 16th 23.15 (new PR)
- Jake Ostman - 5'7" in the High Jump - 21st
- Luke Troyer - Triple Jump - 40' 6.25" - 21st
- Bryce Falkowski - 104" - 30th
- Bralyn Lux - 22' 3.5" - 1st overall in trials - PR - Breaks his own school record. Moves on to CCS finals.
- Kamau Carlisle - 21'-10.75 - 2nd overall in trials - PR - 2nd all time at TKA. Moves on to CCS finals.
The varsity boys 4 x 100 meters started off hot to trot running a PR for the season with a time of 44.73 and took second place to qualify for CCS. The team of sophomore Kamau Carlisle, junior Ben Arledge, and seniors Daniel Tran and Matthew Teh ran great together and earned the 5th fastest time in school history.
Immediately following the 4x100, Anna Mokkappati ran an great race in the 1600 meters and placed second with a new PR of 5:09.68 and improved her school record by over four seconds. Anna is now ranked 12th overall in all of CCS.
Junior Jeremy Miller, ran well in the boys 1600 meters to take 3rd place in a time of 4:38.66 and also qualified on to CCS.
Sophmore, Bralyn Lux broke his own school record in the 110 hurdles by nearly a second and ran 16.76 to win and qualify for CCS. Bralyn also qualifed in the Long Jump as well (results still pending). Currently Bralyn is ranked fifth overall in CCS in the Long Jump.
In the boys 100 meters sophmore Kamau Carlisle continuted his improvement to place second in a time of 11.44 and moved him up from sixth to 2nd on the TKA all time list.
Soon after that, Kamau returned in the 200 meters and took 2nd place as well in a time of 23.16 where he moved up to fifth on the TKA all time list. Finally Kamau qualified in the Long Jump with his teamate Bralyn. Kamau and Bralyn both jumped about 21' 6' to easily take 1st and 2nd place overall (official results pending).
Field Events -
Senior Trent Portman and sophmore Bryce Falkowski both had strong showings in the boys discus and they placed first and second overall earning them both CCS berths (results pending). They both threw approximately 112' and 109' feet respectively. Trent also placed second overall in the Shotput which also earned him a spot to CCS as well with a throw of 39' 4".
In the high Jump, Senior and newcomber Jake Ostman took second place in a jump of 5'10" to secure a spot also to CCS.
In the triple Jump, Senior Luke Troyer won in a jump of 40' 2.5" to secure him a spot as well on to CCS.
Finally from last week as well Allie Nguygen and Bonnie Chu placed 1 and 2 overall to qualify for CCS in the girls pole vault as well. They jumped 8'6" and 7'6" repectively.
Sports Physical Day: Monday, May 15, 5:30-8:00 p.m.
- Sign Up Here!
- Who: All Current & Prospective Student-Athletes
- Where: W Building
- Cost: $35.00
- Why: A student-athlete is eligible ONLY after the Pre-participation Physical Evaluation form is signed by a physician and on file with the Athletic Department. Baseline ImPACT Concussion tests will also be completed this day and Athletic Clearance Packets will be on hand for parents/guardians to fill out and sign. All Student-Athletes' physical forms are only valid for one academic year.
Congratulations to Willie Yao (Grade 11) for moving on to the Central Coast Golf Championships by placing 5th overall and first as an at-large player to advance to CCS golf championships. Willie played well in 95 degree heat shooting a 7 over par in really tough conditions. He and Luke Li represented TKA well and we are so proud of them. Willie plays next Wednesday for the start of the state championships! Willie also earned 2nd Team All League Honors!
- Allie Nguyen won the pole vault in 8'6". Bonnie Chu placed second in 8'0" and Corina Chen vaulted to a P.R. of 6'6". Allie and Bonnie will compete at the CCS trials in Gilroy on Saturday, May 20.
- League trials - Palo Alto High school - Saturday, May 6, 3:00 pm
- League Finals - Palo Alto High school - Friday, May 12, 5:00 pm.
- Anna Mokkapati (9th PSP) winning the 1600 meters in a new school record in 5:16.41. (She also is second now on the all time list in the 800 with a new PR of 2:24.41
- Kamau Carlisle (10th) wining the Long Jump (He also broke the school record at an early meet this year in the Long Jump.
- Jeremy Miller (11th) placing third in the boys 1600 with a time of 4:31.82 and now is the 2nd on the all time list at TKA.
- Luke Troyer (12th) placing second in the boys triple jump (He broke the school record in the HJ and Triple Jump a couple of weeks ago too.)
Mercury News 3/23/17: "For her entire career at The King’s Academy, her last name—Lasher—has been a pretty accurate description of her abilities to hit a softball. Sara Lasher is currently in the midst of her fourth season of varsity softball, and is lashing hits like there is no tomorrow. The hard-hitting senior catcher, who brought a solid .321 career batting average into this season, is ripping the ball at a lusty .542 clip for the year after going a sizzling 8-for-12 (.667) in three games last week, leading King’s to a pair of victories, including a rout of Pinewood in the Knights’ West Bay Athletic League opener.
Pete Lavorato has been selected Head Varsity Football Coach for The King’s Academy and will officially begin his duties as both teacher and coach, starting with the new school year on August 1st. Since 2003, Pete Lavorato has coached football and taught English and drama at Sacred Heart Preparatory in Atherton, California. Lavorato turned the small Atherton private school into a Central Coast Section (CCS) powerhouse. With Lavorato as the head coach for 14 years, his teams achieved a record of 123 wins, 46 losses, and 1 tie. The Gators were the League Champions six times; won five CCS championships, four consecutively; became the NorCal Champions in 2013 and 2015 and had two state championship game appearances. The San Mateo Daily Journal (3/21/17) wrote a beautiful article, “Family, faith, and football,” that details his accomplishments, his commitment to his Christian faith, and reasons why he chose to come to TKA: “I’m a Christian and I’ll be able to share my beliefs about a God who loves with a bunch of new kids. I feel very blessed,” Lavorato said. “I’m going to be able to share my love for Christ. That’s what my whole life is really about, sharing the good news that Jesus loves us. It’s not a religion, it’s a relationship. That’s kind of what drives my life since I was 33 years old." Read the press release here.
The boys varsity basketball team finished a very successful season. They finished 3rd place in league 16-10 overall Winning their 1st round playoff game v. Soquel 55-38 and losing in the quarterfinals of the CCS to the 2 seed Pacific Grove 42-40 in a very good game.
"Loss for King's" - Read the 3/9/17 Mercury News article here: In Division IV play, The King’s Academy Knights knocked off Soquel in their tourney opener, but then suffered a heartbreaking 42-40 loss to second seed Pacific Grove last Saturday in the quarterfinals.