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Posted 10/18/2018 10:26AM
Sunnyvale High School Jet's 5th Reunion Football Game Highlights: Watch the video (3:07) of the event that took place at TKA's football game on October 5.
Posted 10/16/2018 11:53AM
Braylin Lux and Jayden Frazier, King’s Academy football. Head coach Pete Lavorato’s TKA team improved to 3-0 in PAL Ocean Division play with a 51-10 dismantling of Sequoia. The Knights rushed for 333 yards as a team with Lux leading the way. The 5-9, 170-pound senior carried 15 times for 192 yards and two touchdowns. Frazier balanced the attack, taking 14 carries for 98 yards and three touchdowns, all career-highs for the first-year varsity junior. (San Mateo Journal 10/16/18
Posted 10/16/2018 08:15AM

The junior high boys cross country team won the WBAL Middle School Championship October 15th. The TKA team was led by Thomas Tasker, Joshua Lin, & Joshua Han finishing 1,2, & 3 respectively in the race. Kyle Kohri & Joshua Hu finished in the Top 10 to help the team place 1st in league.

Posted 10/08/2018 08:00PM

High School Winter Sports Sign-Ups: October 8-22, 2018:  For questions, please contact High School Assistant Athletic Director, Kevin Johnson.

  • Boys Basketball
  • Girls Basketball
  • Boys Soccer
  • Girls Soccer

Sign up here!

Posted 10/05/2018 12:08PM

Under windy, gusty and cool conditions, the Knights took on the Priory Panthers in a WBAL league match. The coaches were very excited to see players implement in competition today some of the specifics we have been working on in practice!  Sarah Signh started the match a little tight and a bit nervous at #3, but she fought hard, hitting good ground strokes, and sharp angles to her opponent’s backhand. She got two low balls and kept them in play to stay in the point, and finished with a 6-1, 6-2 win. Rishika Jandhyala dominated her match from the start. Her opponent at #4 didn’t really like hitting backhands and Rishika capitalized with a 6-1, 6-2 win. Emily Engelkemier faced a rather scrappy player at #2 who was able to run down quite a few balls. Things were rather close at the onset of each set, but Emily’s consistent play helped her to get the 6-1, 6-2 win. Sarah French, in the #1 slot did an effective job of moving her opponent around, forcing errors, and then finishing the points. Sarah won her match 6-2, 6-2.  Ariel Yu and Katelin Tharp teamed up at #1 today and both hit some great volleys. They closed to the net and put the ball away when they had the opportunity and won their match 6-3, 6-2. Joyce Pham and Marissa Apy played together at #2. Marissa was strong at net and Joyce had some terrific returns, as well as good volleys. They worked well together and effectively put balls away and won their match 6-2, 6-3. At #3 Abby Kellar and Amy Li worked hard at net. Abby could read the ball well and moved in to volley multiple times. Amy hit some nice angled backhand returns which proved hard for their opponents to handle. A hard fought 6-4, 6-4 win. The Knights swept Priory 7-0!

Posted 10/04/2018 10:56AM
The Knights had many highlights from the Scott Bauhs meet on Saturday, Sept. 29. The first was that junior Anna Mokkappati won the varsity girls race in excellent form and ran the 18th fastest girls time in the history of the Shadow Hills 2.95 mile course since it came into existence about 10 years ago. Anna posted a time of 17:44 and had a 29 second improvement over last year's race. 
The second highlight was how three of the top five varsity boys improved quite a bit with three of the varsity boys improving their times by about 1 minute each. Chethan Choksi, Tyler Hartley and Robbie Ridder improved significantly over last year.   Full results here.
Thursday, October 4, is our first league championship at Crystal Springs race course in Belmont. We have a number of injuries on the team this year. Please pray for a quick recovery for athletes on the XC team both in regards to their physical wellness and their ability to come back from injuries.   - Coach Matthew A. Tompkins
Posted 10/02/2018 03:41PM

After a successful pre-season featuring wins over Monta Vista Christian, Homestead High School, and Aragon High School, the 3-1 Knights returned home to fight against the Hillsdale Knights in a highly anticipated league opener.

The fly sweep offense has generated 134 total points against their opponents in the past four weeks. From the opening kickoff, The King’s Academy Knights started the game where they left off in previous weeks. Through a series of runs, the Knights fed star running back, Bralyn Lux, until he scored from 7 yards out to give the Knights an early 6-0 lead. Hillsdale tried to answer back but the Knights defense held them to a 3 and out. Junior, Zach Lewman then blocked a punt and Noah Short returned it for a touchdown which increased the Knights’ lead to 14. Again, the defense responded to the following Hillsdale possession when Zach Lewman intercepted a pass and returned it for a touchdown. After the defense provided them with a 21-0 lead, the offense began to work. Continuing with the strong running game, the Knights got into scoring territory twice more before the end of the 1st half. Bralyn Lux finished those two drives with touchdowns to give the Knights a 33-0 lead as they headed into halftime. After halftime, the Knights eased off of the gas pedal but not before Lux scored for a 4th time. The King’s Academy Knights completed the blowout with a final touchdown by Zach Lewman in the dying embers of the match to finish with a final score of 47-0.

The King’s Academy Knights will stay at home for the following week playing host to San Mateo High School in what will be the Sunnyvale High School Alumni Night. Look for the Knights to continue to build on their 4-1 record as they attempt to go 2-0 in league football.

Posted 09/17/2018 08:02AM
Prep2Prep Article 9/15/18: TKA ground attack too much for Homestead
"The King's Academy had its ground game working on Friday night, as the Knights raced past Homestead, 43-6. Senior back Bralyn Lux enjoyed the biggest night for King's Academy, carrying the ball 13 times for 202 yards and three touchdowns, including a 77-yard burst. In all, head coach Pete Lavorato's Wing-T attack was highly efficient in the win over the Mustangs, as seven different TKA players carried the ball, and the Knights racked up 337 yards on the ground."  Read the full article here.  (Photo: Hansen Ma)
Posted 09/11/2018 12:24PM
Junior High Early Winter Sports Sign-Ups: Open until September 14.  Online sign-ups are mandatory.  Go to Athletics-->Sports Sign-Ups.  NEW This Year! There will be a $50 late registration fee for any student who does not sign up during the allotted time period. 

For questions, please contact Junior High Assistant Athletic Director, Pete Lavorato.

  • Boys Basketball
  • Girls Soccer
Posted 09/05/2018 01:31PM

Junior High Early Winter Sports Sign-Ups: Open until September 14.  Online sign-ups are mandatory.  Go to Athletics-->Sports Sign-Ups.  NEW This Year! There will be a $50 late registration fee for any student who does not sign up during the allotted time period. 
For questions, please contact Junior High Assistant Athletic Director, Pete Lavorato.

  • Boys Basketball
  • Girls Soccer
Posted 09/05/2018 01:29PM
TKA Varsity Football Participating in Stanford Concussion Education Research: For the study, this Thursday, the football team will be randomly divided into 3 groups and receive different concussion education via online video. They will take a pre- and post test to determine effectiveness of instruction.  In three weeks, the players will be given a retention survey. Watch this video to learn more about Stanford's CrashCourse concussion education program.
Posted 08/31/2018 01:33PM
The highlights of the day were Anna Mokkapati winning the girls varsity race by over 90 seconds and Kyle Bergstedt taking 4th place overall in the boys varsity race. Also Sophia Lee had an impressive race as well and placed 12th overall in the girls varsity race. The times were very slow as the course was very technical with lots of turns, sand, and small up and downhills plus the warm temperatures. Many of the runners placed in the top ten of their races.
Here is the link to all the results:  TKA @ Jaugar Invitational - Aug. 30th 2018 
Posted 08/27/2018 02:22PM

Celebrating 15 Years of Football! Come cheer on the Knights on Friday, August 31, 4:30 p.m. JV, 7:30 p.m. Varsity. This is the second home game of the season against Monte Vista Christian of Watsonville (non-League). At half-time, we will be recognizing our alumni players from the 1st TKA team and honoring former coach, Ron Kellner!

For more info about TKA football, go to

Posted 08/12/2018 12:21PM

Junior High Fall Sports Online Registration Open Until August 17: cross country, golf tournament (boys/girls), football, softball, swimming. Go to

NEW This Year! There will be a $50 late registration fee for any student who does not sign up during the allotted time period.


Posted 08/12/2018 12:00PM

PE GEAR: You may now pre-order PE uniforms online at  Only the t-shirt and shorts are required for PE uniforms.  The sweats are optional.  The PE uniforms have not changed; thus, gear purchased in previous years is still acceptable. PLEASE ORDER BY MONDAY, AUGUST 20. Orders will be shipped to your home on Tuesday, September 4. Students will be required to wear uniforms beginning Tuesday, September 11. We only place one order for P.E. uniforms during the first semester, so please don't delay!

SPIRIT GEAR:  Get your spirit gear at Support The King's Academy! Order sweatshirts, polos, t-shirts with The King's Academy logo or Knights logo. New! We've added a few moisture management items, as well as some new styles! PLEASE ORDER BY MONDAY, AUGUST 20.

Posted 07/16/2018 12:05PM
  • NEW THIS YEAR!! There will be a $50 late registration fee for any student who does not sign up by Monday, July 30.

  • The online sign-up page goes live starting Monday, July 16, 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.
Posted 07/10/2018 11:23AM

Sports Physical Day is Wednesday, August 1, 5:00-7:00 p.m. in W Bldg. All student-athletes must have an ANNUAL PHYSICAL. Cost is $35. Sign up online below.

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Posted 05/28/2018 05:04PM

"No. 2 The King’s Academy 14, No. 1 St. Francis-Watsonville 2: With a 10-run outburst in the fourth inning, TKA (23-6-1) earned its first-ever CCS baseball title Saturday afternoon during a five-inning affair at San Jose Muni." (Read article here. Mercury News, 5/27/18)

The Baseball team faced off against St Francis SCP in the Division 3 CCS Championship. The Knights had outscored opponents 15-1 in the first two games and were hoping to keep up that dominance. The game was tied 2-2 going into the 3rd inning and that's where the bats really came alive for the Knights. A huge 10 run inning gave the Knights a decisive lead and all of the momentum for the rest of the game. Steven Grizzle and Matt Wilson pitched the first 4 innings and Erik Peterson came in to close the game out. Up 14-2 in the 5th, the Knights had a chance to mercy rule (If you are up 10 runs after 5 innings, the game is over) St Francis. Erik was recently named the PAL pitcher of the year and had one final stage to show his stuff. The first two outs are fairly routine. The final out was reminiscent of Buster Posey catching the final out to win the World Series, but it was Kaleb Chung instead. The boys stormed the field winning 14-2! This was TKA's first CCS team title since 2013 with girl's soccer. 

Posted 05/26/2018 05:18PM

Dear TKA,

We had a yet again another wonderful day of Track and Field at the CCS championships yesterday. The highlight of the day was Anna Mokkapati win in the 3200 meter race (2 mile race). However the story is what makes it so exciting. Let me set the stage. 

The weather is perfect, barely any wind, the lights are on and the temperature is cool. It is 8:20 pm and the gun goes off. Anna begins the race in the middle of the pack and it is crowded in the first lap as the top runners come by the first 200 meters in about 37 seconds. It is a solid pace to begin the race. As Anna goes by in the middle of the crowded pack, I yell "perfect." However as the pack moves on the coaches around me and I all notice that one of the runners lost her shoe but nobody can tell whose it is. It is a nice bright reddish shoe but hard to tell whose  shoe it might be. The shoe lays quietly in the middle of lane one and one of the coaches runs on to the track and tosses on to the infield.  

I say to myself "Please don't let it be Anna's shoe." As the first lap finishes the paces slows a bit and the girls come  through the 600 meter mark (1 and 1/2 laps) I realize that Anna is wearing a bright reddish shoe on her right foot but she is only wearing a thick gray running sock on her left. I become despondent and figure it is only a time before she drops out  of the race as I have had runners lose shoes in track races and the races haven't ended well. I yell to Anna, perfect and tell her split all the time dreading the fact that if her foot begins to blister and hurt that she might slow down or drop out of the race. 

However, the opposite happens, as each lap goes on Anna covers every move the lead girls make and the pace begins to quicken lap by lap. With three laps to go, I know she can win the event and I know she is running fantastic and that the she is ignoring the fact that she lost her shoe. She doesn't care about her foot she is determined to win. With 600 meters to go she begins to move to the front and I frentically yell at her "Ride the wave!" (That was are code phrase we were using to mean "Go for it and try to win the race"). She attacks and begins to pull away from the 3 of the best finishers in CCS and continues to pour on the assualt. With a lap to go she is leading by 2 or 3 seconds, with 1/2 a lap to go, I grab Kevin Johnson, climb the fence and start yelling "She is going to win CCS with 1 shoe!" Kevin Johnson and I go bannanas and she wins the 3200 meters by six seconds with a personal best of 10:47.

After the race she is completely exhausted and winded. I help her off the track and inspect her foot. Her foot is bleeding but not badly and she has a large blood blister under her big toe. She is fine though, after resting for a while and talking to one of the San Jose Mercury reporters she celebrates by running another 2 miles. I finish running her cool down with her and we talk about how crazy the race was and how the race went. The only think she says about winning the actual race though in disbelief, "I won." 

Well, I can tell you her race will forever be etched in my mind and I now know to never give up hope when things don't go our way. Anna is a testament to toughness and perserverance. She reminds me bible verses Hebrews 12:1-3 and 1 Corinthians 9:24-27. "Do you not know that those running in a race course, indeed all run, but one receives the prize? Run thus, that you might obtain it."

I want to end this story with saying how grateful I am to be able to coach at The King's Academy, where our athletes can run and strive for the one True thing, and that is to serve our Servant King, Jesus Christ. 

Other incredible highlights from the meet. 

  • Junior Kamau Carlisle - battles in the Long Jump in a loaded field of jumpers and hits the auto-qualifying mark (22' 5") for State meet with a jump of  22' 8" feet. He makes the podium at CCS and places 4th overall in the Long Jump. He earns a trip to the CIF State Meet with Anna next week in Clovis CA at Buchannan High School. 
  • Sophomore Kelaiah Moore - places sixth in a time of 15.51 breaking her own school record by .28 seconds and and makes the podium at CCS. Last year her personal best was only 19.07. She improved over 4 seconds in the 100 meter hurdles races (unheard of). 
  • Frosh Joanna Yu places 8th in CCS in the Pole Vault as a freshman! She vaulted 10' 5" inches in the competition and finished out the season being the number one frosh vaulter in all of CCS and the 2nd best frosh vaulter in the entire state of Califorina. 

Well, it has been incredible year of track and field and we have one more week to go. God Bless you all, and thank you for all your support and love. 

Coach Tompkins

(Photo credit: Mark Foster)
Posted 05/25/2018 03:19PM


CCS Baseball CHAMPIONSHIP Game vs. St. Francis SCP of Watsonville

The Knights advance after a 6-1 win against Alma Heights!

  • When:  Saturday, May 26, 4:00 p.m.
  • Where:  San Jose Municipal Stadium
  • Admission: $12-Adult, $5-General (Senior Citizen, Students, Children 6 and over), Children under 5 are free. There will be a parking charge.
  • Bracket linked here.


Posted 05/21/2018 12:36PM

CONGRATULATIONS KNIGHTSPlease support these TKA student-athletes with your cheers and prayers, as they represent The King's Academy at the Central Coast Section (CCS) tournaments.

TKA BASEBALL: CCS Baseball Semifinals vs. Carmel High School: The Knights advance after a 6-1 win against Alma Heights!

TKA TRACK & FIELD: CCS Track & Field Finals

Posted 05/17/2018 11:56AM

CONGRATULATIONS KNIGHTS! Please support these TKA student-athletes with your cheers and prayers, as they represent The King's Academy at the Central Coast Section (CCS) tournaments.

CCS Track and Field Trials
Qualifiers: Ben Arledge, Kamau Carlisle, JT Williamson, Suvrat Gowda, Jeremy Miller, Ryan Negrette, Anna Mokkapati, Kyle Bergstedt, Kelaiah Moore, Tim Alsan, Christian Durand, Joanna Yu, Allison Nguyen
When: Saturday, May 19, 11:00 a.m.
Where: Gilroy High School (750 W 10th St, Gilroy, CA 95020)
Bracket here

Division 3 CCS Baseball Quarterfinals vs. Alma Heights
When: Saturday, May 19, 2:00 p.m
Where: Bellarmine High School, San Jose
Bracket here

Posted 05/17/2018 11:55AM

TKA had some great swims over the weekend and our Knights were brave and courageous! We are so proud of them and all of their many accomplishments! Here are some of the highlights from Friday and Saturday's swims:


Women's 200 yard Medley Relay - Zoe Jacobs (10), Priscilla Min (12), Kaitlyn Mina (10), and Caroline Barnett (12) swam a great relay and placed 17th overall! They swam their fastest times of the entire season and did amazingly well! (Final Time: 1:51.80). Elinor Yeo (11) helped our girls get to success during the season but couldn't swim the relay at CCS because there wasn't enough time to recover before she swam in the next event - her 200 yard Freestyle!

Men's 200 yard Medley Relay - Brian Copley (12), Andy Huang (10), Luke Cho (12), and Zach Alford (12) swam brilliantly and swiftly as they got their absolute best time in two seasons! They ended up placing 25th at CCS!  James Robinson (12) was a large component to getting our boys relay team to success earlier in the season but sadly he couldn't swim at CCS due to scheduling conflicts. (Final Time: 1:42.79)

Women's 200 yard Freestyle Relay - Caroline Barnett (12), Elinor Yeo (11), Priscilla Min (12), Zoe Jacobs (10) and Kaitlyn Mina (10) all swam amazingly and ended up placing 13th - beating out Valley Christian, Homestead and St. Ignatius schools. Our girls placed in the top 16 of all of Central Coast Section schools! Way to go! (Final Time: 1:40.41)

Men's 200 yard Freestyle Relay - Luke Cho (12), Andy Huang (10), Zach Alford (12) and Brian Copley (12) swam their hearts out and advanced from their original 39th (timed) placing to end up in the finals at 19th place! James Robinson (12) was a large component to getting our boys relay team to success earlier in the season but sadly he couldn't swim at CCS due to scheduling conflicts.  (Final Time: 1:30.96)


Caroline Barnett (12) - Caroline swam fast in her 50 yard Freestyle event and placed 30th (out of 69 girls) overall with a final time of 25.06 seconds. Caroline also swam in the 100 yard Freestyle event and placing 50th with a final time of 55.36 seconds! Caroline will be swimming at The Master's University next year, along with playing soccer for them too! Great job Caroline! 

Brian Copley (12) - Brian swam the 200 yard IM and the 100 yard Breaststroke events. In the 200 yard IM event, Brian swam his fastest final time of the season at a 1:51.47 and earned him 9th place overall! Brian also swam the 100 yard Breaststroke and swam his best time of this season - a whopping 57.99 seconds and came in 9th place overall! Brian will be swimming in both of these events - the 200 yard IM and the 100 yard Breaststroke at the CIF State meet in Clovis, CA this upcoming weekend! Brian has been a huge asset to our aquatics program for the past four seasons and will be moving onto swimming for University of Colorado at Denver in the fall. 

Zoe Jacobs (10) - Zoe qualified and swam in the 50 yard Freestyle and swam her fastest time of the entire season (a mere 25.24 seconds) and ended up placing 35th overall. Zoe also swam in the 100 yard Freestyle and came in at a 57.29 seconds - Zoe placed 68th overall! We are excited to have two more years of swimming with Zoe as a Knight! Way to go Zoe!   

Priscilla Min (12- Priscilla swam in both the 200 yard IM and the 100 yard Breaststroke events. In her 200 yard IM event, Priscilla swam her fastest time of this season with TKA coming in at a whopping 2:11.76 (she placed 24th overall)! Priscilla also swam the 100 yard Breaststroke event and also received her season's best time of a 1:07.95 and placed 25th overall (after originally being placed 47th in time before the race began on Friday). Great job Priscilla! She will be swimming at Wheaton College next year as a Freshman!

Kaitlyn Mina (10) - Kaitlyn swam her heat out received her season's best time at a 2:14.86 in her 200 yard IM event. She's worked so hard all season long and placed 44th overall. Kaitlyn also swam fiercely in the 100 yard Backstroke and ended up placing 44th overall with a final time of 1:02.61! We are excited to have two more years of swimming with Kaitlyn as a Knight! Great job Kaitlyn!

Elinor Yeo (11) -  Elinor jumped in final placings from 51st to 39th in the 200 yard Freestyle and swam her very best Personal Record at 1:59.68! She had just qualified for her CCS cut time less than a week prior at the final swims at our League Championships! Elinor also swam her best in the 100 yard Freestyle event and she also got a new PR for herself coming in at a mere 55.87 seconds! Elinor placed 56th overall for her 100 Freestyle event. We are excited to have one more year with Elinor for her senior year - she has come so far in swimming and we are so proud of her! 

Posted 05/15/2018 02:43PM
WBAL League Finals - Boys Win League championship 4 years in a row! TKA's track qualified more athletes to CCS than in any other year since the T&F team began. Well done, Knights!!!

Kamau Carlisle - 4x100, LJ, 100 and 200 
JT Williamson - 4 x 100, 100 hurdles and 300 hurdles
Survat Gowda - 4 x100
Ben Arledge - 4x100
Jeremy Miller - 1600 
Ryan Negrette - 1600
Anna Mokkappati - 1600 and 3200
Kyle Bergstedt - 3200
Kelaiah Moore - 100 Hurdles and Long Jump 
Tim Aslan - High Jump and Shotput
Christian Durand - High Jump 
Joanne Yuh - Pole Vault 
Allie Nguyen - Pole Vault 
CCS Track and Field Trials
  • TKA is sending 13 athletes to CCS in 14 events
  • 8 individual champions and 1 relay champion this year.
  • Varsity Boys win the meet in 150 points and win by 75 points. 
  • Varsity Girls place 2nd in the meet out of 12 teams. 
  • Suvrat Gowda, Ben Arledge, JT Williamson and Kamau Carlisle won the 4x100 race and broke their own school record by nearly 1/2 second.They are now ranked 7th in CCS out of 120+ teams in CCS. 
  • See video of Kamau anchoring the 4 x 100 here - TKA photos and videos of WBAL Finals - 2018 
  • Anna Mokkappati wins both the 1600 and 3200 meter races - See Anna finish the 1600 meter in a video here TKA photos and videos of WBAL Finals - 2018 
  • Jeremy Miller places 2nd in the boys 1600 meters and 3rd in the 3200 meters. 
  • Ryan Negrette places 3rd in the boys 1600 meters
  • Kelaiah Moore runs 15.79 in the 100 hurdles, and breaks her own school record placing 2nd. 
  • JT Williamson wins the 110 hurdles in 16.61 and wins along with breaking the school record. 
  • Kamau Carlisle places 2nd in the 100 meters in a time of 11.01 and is ranked in the top 12 runners in CCS. 
  • JT Williamson wins the 300 hurdles in a new school record of 40.97
  • Micah Jensen places 3rd in the boys 300 hurdles. 
  • Kamau Carlisle places 2nd in the boys 200 meters and breaks the school record in a time of 22.27. He now ranked 7th in CCS. 
  • Kelaiah Moore wins the girls Long jump in 16' 10 inches
  • Kamau Carlisle wins the Long jump in a new school record and PR of 23 3.5 inches and is now ranked 11th in the entire state of California and 2nd in CCS. 
  • Kyle Bergstedt places 2nd in the 3200 meters in 10:01.91 and is now third all time on the school record board.
  • Hailey Richey places 3rd in the Girls long jump.  
  • Tim Aslan wins the boys High Jump in 5'8"
  • Christin Durand places second in the High Jump in 5'4"
  • Ben Arledge places third in the high jump in 5'2"
  • Tim Aslan wins the boys shot put in 36' 4".25 inches
  • Joanne Yuh and *Allie Nguyen all move on to CCS in the girls Pole Vault 

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