CCS Track & Field Finals took place Friday, May 17, and TKA came out with another CCS champion for three years in a row in at least one event.
- Bralyn Lux won the CCS long jump competition with a jump of 23 feet and 4.25 inches and broke the school record! Currently Bralyn is ranked 16th in the entire state of California and will compete at the California State Meet this Friday in Clovis, California at Buchannan High School. Read Mercury News article here.
- Update! Bralyn Lux competed May 24-25 at the CCS State Track and Field meet. He finished in 7th Place with a jump of 22'10". He is the first TKA athlete to score points at the California State Meet!
The other highlights of the meet were:
- Kamau Carlise placed 4th in the 200 meters and 8th in the long Jump.
- Bralyn Lux placed 4th in the 100 meters and is now ranked second all time for TKA in the 100 meters behind Kamau.
- Joanna Yu placed 7th in the pole vault.
- Hailey Richey placed 11th in the Long Jump
- Molly Clarke placed 12th in the Long Jump
- The TKA boys team placed 8th overall out of all schools in CCS.
TKA Sports Camps Are Open to the Public:
We are excited about TKA's Summer Sports Camps for 2019. Please pass this information on to any families that you think could benefit from our Christian sports camps: Coed Football (ages 8-13), Coed Volleyball (ages 9-13), Coed Soccer (ages 4-18).
The Knights won their a rain-shortened game on Saturday against Palma in the first round of the playoffs by a score of 10-3. On to Semi-Finals!
Baseball: Division 3 CCS Semi-Finals vs. Pacific Grove High School
- When: Thursday, May 23 (Postponed from Tues. May 21), NEW OFFICIAL START TIME 6:00 p.m. (could start as early as 5:30 if game before finishes early)
- Where: Washington Park, Santa Clara
- Admission: Adult-$10; General-$5(Senior Citizens, High School Students, & Children 6 and older); Children 5 and under: Free
- Bracket: Linked here.
GO KNIGHTS, GO!
CONGRATULATIONS KNIGHTS - HEADED TO CCS!
Please support these TKA student-athletes with your cheers and prayers, as they represent The King's Academy at the Central Coast Section (CCS) tournament.
Softball: Division 2 CCS 1st Round vs. Carmel High School
- When: Wednesday, May 15, 4:00 p.m.
- Where: Carmel Middle School (4380 Carmel Valley Rd, Carmel)
- Admission: All 12 and over-$5; All 11 and under-Free
- Bracket: Linked here.
Track and Field: CCS Finals
- When: Friday, May 17, 4:00 p.m.
- Where: Gilroy High School (750 W 10th St, Gilroy, CA 95020)
- Admission: Adult-$10; General-$5 (Senior Citizens, High School Students, & Children 6 and older); Children 5 and under-Free
- Schedule: Linked here.
Qualifiers: Bralyn Lux (100m, Long Jump), Kamau Carlisle (200, Long Jump), Hailey Richey (Long Jump), Molly Clarke (Long Jump), Joanna Yu (Pole Vault)
Baseball: Division 3 CCS Quarter Finals vs. Palma High School
At the WBAL Track and Field league championships on Friday night at Gunn High School in Palo Alto, both the varsity boys and junior varsity boys won the League championship.The varsity boys have now won five years in a row!! The varsity girls team finished third overall and the JV girls finished fourth in league out of thirteen teams.
TKA had more CCS qualifiers and event champions, 2nd place, and 3rd place finishes than ever before in school history.
Come out and support our Knights at the CCS Track and Field Trials!
When: Saturday, May 11, at 10:00 a.m. (Finals are Friday, May 17)
- Adult: $10
- General(Senior Citizens, High School Students, & Children 6 and older): $5
- Children 5 and under: Free
10 Boys Qualify to CCS in 12 out of 16 events for Track and Field
- Kamau Carlisle, Bralyn Lux - 100 meters
- Kamau Carlisle - 200 meters
- Micah Jensen - 110 Hurdles
- JT Williamson - 300 Hurdles
- JT Williamson - 400 M
- Bralyn Lux, Kamau Carlise, JT Williamson, Noah Short - 4x100
- Micah Jensen, Dylan Glenn, Raymond Ho, JT Williamson - 4x400
- Bryce Falkowski - Discus
- CJ Durand - High Jump
- CJ Durand - Triple Jump
- Bralyn Lux, Kamau Carlisle - Long Jump
- Caleb Epps, CJ Durand - Pole Vault
5 TKA Girls Qualify on to CCS in 4 events
- Anna Mokkapati - 1600
- Anna Mokkapati - 3200
- Hailey Richey, Molly Clarke - Long Jump
- Joanna Yu, Corina Chen - Pole Vault
Pictures From League Championship (Courtesy of Principal Williamson)
- Bralyn Lux won the Stanford Invitational in the long jump with a jump of 23' 3" and is now second on the all time TKA leader board. He is only .25 inches off the school record. Next week he competes at the most competivive track and field invitaional in the country at the Arcadia Invitational in Los Angeles.
- Kamau Carlisle ties the school record in the 100 meters in a time of 10.95 and finished 5th at the Stanford Invitational. He will compete next week as well at the Arcadia invitational in the 100 meters, 4x100, and Long Jump. Kamau tied the TKA school record in the 100 meters as well this weekend.
- The boys 4x400 meter relay team consisting of JT Williamson, Micah Jensen, Kamau Carlisle and Noah Short, placed 14th overall in a time of 3:29.22. The team ran the third fastest time in school history. JT Williamson ran 51.5, Micah Jensen ran 54.0, Kamau ran 52.3 and Noah Short ran 50.2 respectively in their relay splits.
- Also last week at our regular WBAL meet Joanna Yu had a life time best in the pole vault of 11'3" and broke her own school record. She also will be competing at the Arcadia invitational in Los Angeles.
- Stanford Results for all athletes - https://www.athletic.net/
- Noah Short in his first 100 meter race every broke the sophomore school record set by Kamau Carlisle. Noah ran 11.34 and his now 3rd overall on the school leader board.
- Leah Tasker ran an excellent 100 meter race and ran 12.98 and moved up to fourth all time on the TKA record board.
- Molly Clarke also had an excellent 100 meter race and ran 13.32 and moved up to 8th overall all on the TKA record board.
- Fremont Meet Results --- https://www.athletic.net/TrackAndField/meet/353794/results
TKA had a plethora of Personal Records (PRs) among all the athletes. Congrats to all. Please pray for the athletes traveling down to Southern California for a safe and fulfilling trip and for continued health and for God's will to be done. - Coach Tompkins
Sports Physical Day: Monday, May 6, 5:30-8:00 p.m., $35
TKA Campus, Registration in W Building
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. 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 school year. The physical can be done at TKA or by your family physician.
The Central Coast Section has announced the 14 recipients of the CCS Scholar-Athlete Scholarships for the 2018-2019 school year including TKA senior, Kyle Bergstedt. Kyle runs Cross Country and Track & Field for TKA.
These exceptional student-athletes were nominated by their schools and put forth to their leagues for selection. One male and one female were selected from each of the leagues that make up the CCS. The applications from these females and males were then submitted to the CCS Scholarship and Awards Committee.
The 14 scholarship winners will each receive a $500 scholarship at the CCS Scholar-Athlete Awards Breakfast on Monday, March 25, at the Silver Creek Sportsplex.
ALL Junior High Sports Tryouts Begin on Tuesday, March 12, After School. Please make sure they are properly dressed for the sport they are participating in. Please make sure your son or daughter have all their paperwork done for the athletic clearance process so they can get their clearance ticket. Sports will meet at following locations:
- Baseball - Fair Oaks Park
- Volleyball - Main Gym or Auxiliary Gym
- Tennis - Tennis courts
- Track - Track
- Osman Cheng (10) got two new PRs - the first in 50 Freestyle (beating his previous PR by 1 second) and 100 Breaststroke (beating his previous PR by 2 seconds)
- Hannah Po (10) has a new PR in 50 Freestyle (beating her previous PR by a whopping 1/10th of a second)
- Megan Porter (PSP 10) has a new PR in 50 Freestyle (beating her previous time by 3/100th of a second)
- Akshitha Venguideshe (10) has a new PR in 50 Freestyle (beating her previous PR by 16/100th of a second).
- Gregory Irwin (11) has a new PR in 100 Freestyle (beating his previous PR by 4 whole seconds).
- Osman Cheng (10), Andy Huang (11), Joshua Ridder (10), Issac Irwin (PSP 10) had a great time in their 200 Freestyle Relay of being only 10 seconds shy of a CCS cut! And Josh and Issac are newbies to swimming competitively!
- Anna Mokkapati won both the 1600 and 800 meters.
- Leah Tasker won the 100 meters and placed 2nd in the 200 meters.
- Noah Short won the 400 meter race.
- Kyle Bergstedt placed 2nd in the 1600.
- JT Williamson placed 2nd in the 400 meters and 3rd overall in the 200 meters.
- Joanne Yu won the pole vault at the Willow Glen Invitational
- Junior Anna Mokkapati places 2nd overall in the 1600 in a time of 5:07.99. (CCS leading mark)
- Senior JT Williamson places 3rd overall in the 300 meter hurdles in 41.84.
- Sophomore Joanne Yu places 4th overall in the pole vault in 10 feet 6 inches.
- Senior Kyle Bergstedt places 9th overall in the 1600 in a time of 4:38.47 and moves up to 7th overall on the TKA record board.
- Frosh Leah Tasker (in her first track races ever) places 10th overall in the 400 meters in 63.17 and moves up to 7th overall on the TKA record board.
- Junior Caleb Epps and sophomore CJ Durand are now 1 and 2 on the record list with vaults of 9 feet and 8 feet 6 inches respectively (It is the first time ever we have had boy pole vaulters ).
TKA Boys Basketball team is headed to the Division IV CCS Semi-Finals for the first time in school history! We won 62-51 vs Jefferson in a hard fought game. Sophomore Noah Short played an incredible game scoring 34 points to help lead the Knights to victory!
BOYS BASKETBALL v. CARMEL HIGH SCHOOL
- When: TOMORROW (Thursday, February 21) at 7:00 p.m.
- Where: Hartnell College (411 Central Ave, Salinas 93901)
- Bracket linked here
- Admission: Adult-$10, Seniors/Students/Children 6 and older-$5, Under 6-Free; Family Plan (2 General/2 Children) - $28.
Read article here about TKA's win over Jefferson: "King's Academy beats Jefferson behind Short's 34-point night"
The boys varsity Basketball team has had an amazing start to their league season under their new head Coach Nate Carroll. Starting off against Pinewood, the Knights took control of the game early and never gave it back. Solid guard play from Senior Malachi Mitchell and Sophomore Noah Short gave the Knights a big boost as they score 15 and 19 points respectively. The Knights defeated Pinewood 72-51. Next up was an away game at Sacred Heart Prep. The Knights historically have not had good fortune in their gym, but a quick 11-0 start in the 1st quarter gave our boys some early momentum. Sacred Heart slowly but surely battled back and actually took the lead by 1 point going into the 3rd quarter. Some big 3 pointers by Rustin McManis and Noah Short coupled with Matt Wilson grinding out some tough points in the paint ignited the second half. The 4th quarter was where the Knights poured it on outscoring Sacred Heart by 10 points. TKA won 57-45. TKA easily handled Crystal Springs 62-28 with a dominant performance. Another tough matchup over the years has been the Priory Panthers. Again, TKA played hard and with intensity against the Panthers and lead by 9 after 2 quarters. The third quarter was where the Knights really showed up. With a solid home crowd cheering them on, the defense stepped up and got stop after stop leading to a huge block by Mitchell. TKA outscored Priory 24-9 in the third quarter and never looked back. The final would be 61-44 which improved the team to 4-0 in the league.
The Knights next home game will be vs Pinewood on 1/25 @ 6:30 p.m.
The Girls Basketball team took on the Mercy San Francisco Skippers in their first league match of the season. Mercy has been a dominant basketball program and TKA had never beaten Mercy in Varsity Basketball. The game opened up with Mercy on an offensive tear almost scoring at will. The Skippers strong forward and guard one-two punch proved to be a match-up problem for the Knights. After the first half, Mercy was up 26-14 and seemed too strong. The second half, however, was a completely different story. Defensively the Knights stepped up and some shots finally started to fall on offense. Senior Rebecca Philip was the spark that got the Knights going offensively hitting some huge 3-pointers. A new addition to the team, sophomore Kristin Barton also scored some big buckets and was efficient distributing the ball around the court. The Knights outscored the Skippers 19-5 in the 3rd quarter to give them a 2 point lead going into the 4th quarter. Mercy didn't go away though. They battled hard and gained the lead back by one point with about 1 minute to go, but then Senior Sarah French hit a huge shot to put the Knights back up be one. The lead would hold and the Knights would win 44-43! This huge win for the program will hopefully give them some momentum going into next week.
Their next home game is Tuesday, 1/22, @ 5:00 p.m. vs Crystal Springs.