- Most Valuable Player: Tyler Farnham
- Offensive Player of the Year: Bralyn Lux
- Defensive Player of the Year: Sebastian Yee
- Lineman of the Year: Robbie Chatterton
- Pride, Hustle and Desire: Nikkos Kolokousis
- Knight Award: Mario Cassara
- Bralyn Lux - First Team Running Back
- Robbie Chatterton - First Team Offensive Line
- Chris Sielski - First Team Kicker
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- Boys Baseball
- Boys/Girls Golf Tournament
- Boys/Girls Tennis
- Boys/Girls Track
- Boys Volleyball
- Girls Volleyball
"After a series of losses despite a promising non-league schedule, The King’s Academy was eager to get its league record back on track on Tuesday night against Pinewood, and proved to be the better conditioned team in their battle against the Panthers, walking away with a 70-55 win." Read the full article here from Prep2Prep.
After a rocky start to the pre-season, the boys varsity soccer team has started to play much better in league. A tie vs Sacred Heart and win vs Eastside Prep gave the boys confidence heading into their match with Crystal Springs. The game started off with Crystal catching a break and scoring an early goal to go ahead 1-0. The boys were playing well, but just had to be patient for their opportunities. Right before the first half was over, TKA got a corner kick and Tyler Farnham blasted it into the back of the net to tie the game up 1-1. Next, the amazing work rate of Freshman Agustin Pekary aided him as he was able to beat out three Crystal defenders and take a great left footed shot to score. Up 2-1, the Knights were rolling and would continue to attack. Ben Arledge then got the ball only a few minutes later and dribbled up the sideline beating out multiple Crystal defenders, took one quick move to his inside and hit an absolute rocket right over the goalkeeper to make the score 3-1. The game was capped off by another goal from Ben to make the score 4-1. With the first half of the league over, the Knights are hoping to carry this momentum going into the second half.
The varsity girls soccer team had a tough to start to their very competitive league season, but were hoping to change the tides with their match against Crystal Springs. Even with two starters missing from the lineup, the girls looked poised and ready. The game got off to a great start with multiple scoring chances that just missed. The energy was high and the girls were playing with confidence. Off of a great through ball from Kelly Huang, Julianna Silkwood would be the first to score a goal 15 minutes into the game. The score was 1-0 at halftime, but the girls would need a few more goals to feel secure. Crystal Springs relies heavily on their talented forward who plays hard and kept our defense honest. Another great through ball from the midfield fed Julianna again who scored to make the score 2-0. With about 20 minutes left in the half, Crystal Springs gets a PK and their good forward is taking the shot. Freshman Goalkeeper Lana Porter waited in the net for the shot, guessed perfectly, and blocked it! The stands and sidelines erupted after the huge save which also deflated Crystal Springs. For good measure, Julianna scored another goal to cap off her hat trick and secure the 3-0 victory. The Knights hope the win will give them good momentum going into the second half of the league season.
The King's Academy all-time scoring record had been held by Michelle Maemone who scored 36 goals. Senior Julianna Silkwood entered the season with 32 goals to her name hoping to break the record early on. Silkwood opened up the season with a hat trick against Half Moon Bay scoring 3 goals putting her just 1 away from the record. The anticipation rose with each game knowing it was just a matter of time before she broke it. Two games later against Carlmont, she tied and broke the record and currently has a total of 37! Follow her and the Varsity Soccer team as they go throughout the season. Congrats Julianna!
The boys varsity basketball team has started off the season in excellent form. With 11 out of the 14 players being new to the team, you would expect more growing pains, but the Knights have gelled nicely in the pre-season. They started off against Live Oak and dominated from the opening tip off. Taking an early 29-10 lead in the 1st quarter, the Knights never looked back as they won 71-26. Junior Rustin McManis led scores with 14 points and 6 rebounds. The TKA Paul Spates tournament was next against Marina High School. Similar to the Live Oak game, the Knight started off fast getting out to a 24-3 after the first quarter. The defense stayed steady as Marina was held to 8 points in the first half. This time it was Sophomore Malachi Mitchell who led the way with 18 points including 3 3-pointers as the boys won 64-24. Senior Eric Peterson was the star for the Independence game in the second round of the Paul Spates tournament. He had 19 points and 8 rebounds as the Knights had to battle a little harder for this win. The defense again was the star of this game as Independence scored in single digits in 3 out of the 4 quarters. A 60-37 win advanced the team to the Championship game of the tournament against Los Gatos. Los Gatos was the defending tournament champion and there was a good reason why. Their offense was led by a D1 recruit who scored 30 points and helped Los Gatos win the Championship 71-55. Oceana was next as the Knights looked to get back on track after their first loss of the season. Eric Peterson had a career night scoring 28 points while grabbing 16 rebounds leading the Knights to a 77-45 victory. Pacific Grove will be the next opponent on Saturday, December 16, at Pacific Grove.
- When: Wednesday, November 1 @ 7:00pm
- Where: TKA Gym!!!
- Adult $10,
- Senior Citizens, High School Students, & Children 6 and older $5
- Children 5 and under Free
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TKA faced off against Mercy Burlingame for the second time this season, hoping to sweep them for the year. It was a full team effort as all 7 matches were won by the Knights! #1 Singles, Sarah French, again faced the same opponent as in the first round. Mercy B’s serves were like rockets, but Sarah returned with the same force, much to the dismay of her opponent and won 6-1, 6-1. #2 Singles, Emily Engelkemier played a backboard player and averaged 12- 15 shots a point, bringing each other to net and then side to side. Emily’s stamina helped her gain the upper hand and won 6-3, 6-4. #3 Singles, Hannah Zhi, played an opponent who hit with a lot of top spin, and hit a variety of shots. It took Hannah a little while to adjust and the match was close, but she still won 7-6, 7-6. #1 Doubles, Hannah Stothard and Ariel Yu, also faced a determined team who proved to be quite formidable opponents. In the second set, Ariel dialed in her volleys and started putting them away while Hannah made some amazing cross court returns and good pick-ups on Mercy’s volleys and the won 7-6, 6-3. #2 Doubles, Katelin Tharp and Marissa Apy, played the same opponents they beat fairly easily in the first round. This time, Mercy B was tenacious and took the close first set. With a little encouragement from the Coaches, Katelin and Marissa won the second set despite feeling the heat. They dominated the match tie-breaker and got the win 5-7, 6-3, (10-5). #3 Doubles, Joyce Pham and Gitika Chaudhry, played a team of sisters today. We had trouble keeping the ball away from the net in the first set, but managed to eek that one out. Both Joyce and Gitika focused on making cross court returns ended up winning 6-4, 6-4. The Knights improve to 4-4 in league this season.
The Varsity Volleyball team headed into this week 2 wins away from winning their first League title in years. The Knights were tied with Crystal Springs for first place as both teams only have one loss in league. First, the team would have to get through Eastside College Prep who gave us fits the first time around. They are also the only team who has beaten Crystal Springs this season. Kristen Simoes started off set one on fire from the outside blasting balls at the other team. Eastside made a run and battled hard to eventually take set one 23-25. With their home crowd behind them, Eastside wanted this match badly. Head Coach Phil Wang made some adjustments going into the second set, but it was still close as we beat them 25-21 to tie it up 1-1. The third set would end up begin the decider for momentum. Megan McEwen led the charge in attacks as she put 3 big points down in a row to give the Knights a 18-11 lead. Eastisde then went on a crazy scoring run and got the game back to 19-19. In the midst of all the chaos, it was Freshman Valerie Legates who helped calm some nerves on the court. Sophomore Elizabeth Chae came in to help seal that game with some timely, big serves to take it 25-23. The fourth set was was all TKA as they rolled offensively to a 25-15 victory. The Knights will now play for a League Championship!
Senior Night for Volleyball is tonight at TKA vs Crystal Springs @ 5:45 p.m.
Brian Copley, a TKA PSP student, made a verbal commitment to swim for the University of Denver. Congratulations Brian!
"Copley is a USA Swimming Scholastic All-American from The King’s Academy in Sunnyvale, California. He placed third in the 200 IM (1:50.42) and fifth in the 100 breast (57.02) at the 2017 CIF-Central Coast Section Championships; he also anchored the 200 free relay (21.21) and 400 free relay (47.31). Copley then went on to the California State Meet and took 13th in the 200 IM (1:51.49). After winning a swim-off for the last spot in the consolation final, he placed 15th in the 100 breast (57.37)."
The Girls Varsity Tennis team headed into a non-league match vs Willow Glen. A fiery, competitive spirit throughout the team helped give good energy for the Knights. Playing at #1 singles was Sarah French whose big topspin forehand proved to be too much for her opponent. She would win 6-3, 6-3. Playing at #1 doubles was Hannah Stothard and Ariel Yu. Their consistent steady play wore down their opponent and gave another win for the Knights. All 3 of the doubles teams would win their matches that day with the #2 team (Katelin Tharp and Marissa Apy) and #3 team (Joyce Pham and Gitika Chaudhry) winning in straight sets. Sarah Singh would be the final point for the Knights who would take the victory over Willow Glen 5-2! Heading into their next match vs Mercy SF, the Knights carried that momentum with another sweep by all 3 doubles teams. Two of those matches were won 6-0, 6-0. Sarah French, Sarah Singh and Emily Engelkemier won their singles matches with Katelin Tharp coming so close at 2 points away from winning her match. The Knights won 6-1 and started off league with a bang!
Heading into week 4, the Varsity Football team was hoping to gain some momentum before heading into their league schedule. The Knights would be rounding out their very difficult non-league schedule with the Aragon Dons, who are a good team from the PAL Bay league. A quick start by the Dons to get them up 10-0 did not fluster the Knights as was evident by the intensity on the sidelines. Quarterback Chris Boccignone would find Tyler Farnham in the corner of the end zone for the Knights first touchdown of the night. A 35-yard field goal by Chris Sielski would close the gap to 10-24 in the 3rd quarter. The Knights defense was finding their rhythm stopping the run fairly well. Senior linebacker Sebastian Yee and Niko Taylor helped energize and lead that group. Another touchdown pass to Farnham ignited the crowd as the Knights now only trailed by 7. Aragon would respond with a score of their own, but then Junior Bralyn Lux scored on a run to keep the game within reach. The offensive line really opened up good holes for Lux who had a great night running the ball. The score by Lux would be the last of the night even though an interception by Senior Kaleb Chung gave the Knights another opportunity. The game would end with a loss 24-38, but the way the team played against that good of an opponent still gave them confidence.
The Knights will start league play this week going against Menlo school this Friday @ Menlo @ 3:15 p.m.
The Girls Varsity Volleyball team started off their WBAL Skyline league season with 2 familiar opponents, Priory and Pinewood. The Knights have had good success over these teams the past few years and continued with 2 convincing victories to kick off league play. Led by Senior Megan McEwen, the Knights would have to learn new chemistry with key seniors graduating from last year’s team. Freshman setter Valeria Legates has been a surprise talent and has seamlessly found her rhythm with the hitters on the team. Priory was a good test, but The Knights were too strong both offensively and defensively and handled Priory in 3 straight sets. Next was Pinewood and the game was almost a carbon copy of the Priory game. Libero Erin Lee along with outside hitters Kaitlyn Underhill and Kristen Simoes seemed to dig every attack by Pinewood. Sophomore Elizabeth Chae then put on a serving clinic serving and helped put Pinewood away in 3 straight sets as well.
The Knights have 2 home games this week on Tuesday vs Castilleja and Thursday vs Eastside College Prep. Come out to the games!
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.
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