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Posted 04/13/2018 12:22PM

Eleven TKA Athletes Sign College Offers: The King's Academy held a signing celebration this week and the following athletes were recognized. Read full press release here.

  • Zach Alford: Water Polo, California Lutheran University (Div. 3)
  • Caroline Barnett: Soccer and Swimming, The Master's University (Div. 1)
  • Shane Benetz: Volleyball, University of California, San Diego (Div. 1)
  • Liah Bosworth: Gymnastics, University of California, Davis (Div. 1)
  • Brian Copley: Swimming, University of Denver (Div. 1)
  • Tyler Farnham: Football, Doane University, Nebraska (NAIA)
  • Matt Johnson: Baseball, Merchant Marine Academy, New York
  • Megan McEwen: Volleyball, Clarkson University, New York (Div. 3)
  • Jeremy Miller: Cross Country/Track & Field, University of Northern Colorado (Div. 1)
  • Priscilla Min: Swimming, Wheaton College, Illinois (Div. 3)
  • Sebastian Yee: Football, Concordia University in Chicago (Div. 3)


GO KNIGHTS!

Posted 04/12/2018 07:32PM

TKA had five additional athletes make CCS cuts in both individual and relay events and a total of eight new Personal Records (PRs)! Make sure to congratulate them if you see them on campus!

CCS Cuts: 

  • 200 Medley Relay (Girls) - Zoe Jacobs, Priscilla Min, Kaitlyn Mina, Elinor Yeo (new cut)
  • 200 Freestyle Relay (Girls) - Zoe Jacobs, Priscilla Min, Kaitlyn Mina, Elinor Yeo (new cut)
  • 200 Freestyle Relay (Boys) - Brian Copley, James Robinson, Zach Alford, Luke Cho(new cut)
  • 200 IM (Girls) - Priscilla Min (additional cut)
  • 100 Backstroke (Boys) - Brian Copley (additional cut)

New Personal Records:

  • Osman Cheng - 50 Freestyle and 100 Breaststroke
  • Darren Chin - 200 Freestyle
  • Luke Cho - 50 Freestyle
  • Andy Huang - 50 Freestyle
  • Carly Nakano - 50 Freestyle
  • Hannah Po - 50 Freestyle and 50 Backstroke
  • Sarah Starke - 100 Freestyle
  • Philemon Wong - 50 Freestyle
Posted 04/12/2018 06:54PM
Ilona Sullivan (Grade 11) Throws No-Hitter! Ilona pitched 19 strikeouts in 21 at bats for 3:0 win gainst Notre Dame.
Posted 04/12/2018 08:26AM
Thank you all who came out to support the Track and Field team this week!
Highlights:
  • Anna Mokkappati broke the school record in the 3200 meters with a time of 10:55.77 and won the girls race. The previous school record was 11:54 so she broke the school record by 59 seconds. She is currently ranked 3rd overall in all of CCS. 
  • Kelaiah Moore ran her first 100 meter hurdle race of the season and broke the school record as well. She posted a time of 17.02 and broke the record by .28 seconds. Kelaiah also jumped 16' 4" in her first Long Jump competition ever and is now second overall on the schools all time list. 
  • The boys 4x100 consisting of Survat Gowda, Ben Arledge, JT Williamson and Kamau Carlisle moved up to the number #5 spot on the all time list with a PR of about .2 seconds and they ran 44.59. 
  • The girls 4x100 continues to improve. Janice Ngai, Hailey Richey, Molly Clarke, and Keliah Moore all moved up to the number #5 on the school all time list where they ran 52.25. 
  • JT Williamson in his first 110 meter hurdles race of the season ran 17.95 and put himself at the #3 position all time in that event. 
The next meet is Tuesday, April 24, at TKA.
Posted 03/19/2018 08:43AM
The TKA Knights had another busy weekend, with several good outcomes.  We competed on Saturday at two different meets. The St. Francis T&F invitational and The Dublin Distance Fiesta.  Here are links to the results (some of the results for St. Francis are still pending). 
Highlights from the two meets:
  • Senior Jeremy Miller broke his own school record and ran 4:23.99 (nearly 4 seconds faster than his previous PR this season) He placed 6th out of 600 boys in the 1600 meters country's biggest Distance Invitational. He is now ranked amongst the top 50 runners in the state of California in the 1600. 
  • Junior JT Williamson broke his own school record as well in the 300 hurdles in a time of 41.76 and placed fifth at the St. Francis Invitational. 
  • The Frosh-Soph girls 4x100 meter relay ran well and won the their race in a time of 52.39 a new PR for the team. The team was led by sophomore Kelaiah Moore and included sophomore Hailey Richey and frosh girls Janice Ngai and Molly Clarke. 
  • Sophomore Survat Gowda and frosh runner Christian Durand also ran well in the 400 posting Prs of 55.32 and 56.46 respectively. 
  • Finally the boys placed 4th in the 4x100 meters and had a team PR for the season and moved up to the 5th place on the all time list on the school record board by running 44.72. The team included Kamau Carlisle, Ben Arledge, J.T. Williamson, and Survat Gowda.  
Posted 02/21/2018 11:45AM

With the CCS playoffs out of the picture, the Girls Varsity soccer team headed into their last game hoping to end on a high note. A win would keep the girls in the upper division for the next year and send their seniors off well. Julianna Silkwood, Kelly Huang, Lydia Marku and Caroline Barnett would play their last game. This game mattered to the Knights and they played like it did. Senior Kelly Huang would be first to score with a great free kick from about 20 yards out. Kelly again then dribbled the ball down the sideline and found Julianna Silkwood in front of the goal and she scored to take the score to 2-0. After that goal Julianna had 46 goals in her career and the possibility of getting to 50 goals was looming. Crystal Springs then responded and with 2 goals of their own to take the game to 2-2 with only a few minutes remaining in the first half. Julianna then turned on the jets and flew past her defender and fired a rocket that bounced off the keepers hands and into the goal. The score was 3-2 at halftime and now the Knights were just hoping to secure the win. The score would remain 3-2 until about 10 minutes left in the half. Julianna then got another break away and put her thrid goal of the game past the keeper to take the score to 4-2 and her career total to 48. Exhausted from sprinting throughout the game, Julianna kept fighting and her teammates cheered for her intensely to help her get those last 2 goals. With 4 minutes left Julianna struck again to give her 49! Now only a few minutes of stoppage time was left in the game and Julianna got one final opportunity. From midfield, she dribbled through defenders and had just the goalkeeper left and put it past her to score number 5 for the game and 50 for her career! The final whistle blew right after her goal and her teammates stormed the field to congratulate her. All of her teammates celebrating with her showed just what kind of player she is. She dominated on the field and is loved by her team off the field for who she is. What a great way to end her TKA soccer career!

Posted 02/21/2018 09:00AM

It was Senior Night for the Varsity Boys Soccer team and they were hoping to send out their seniors in style. Ben Arledge, Tyler Farnham, Kyle Wong, Chris Sielski, Mario Cassara, Davis Conklin, Edwin Cazares and Everett Bella were our honored seniors! The Knights would take on the league leading Harker Eagles. Harker had not lost a game all year long, so the Knights had a big challenge ahead of them.  The game started off with King’s matching Harker’s energy both offensively and defensively. A couple of early chances for King’s gave the boys some confidence that they could play with Harker. The pressure and intensity kept up and finally, a corner kick for King’s. Freshman Agustin Pekary sent in a beautiful kick which was headed into the goal by Noah Altabet! The boys had their 1-0 lead going into halftime, but now needed to keep the pressure on as you could expect Harker would respond. King’s was the aggressor in the second half as well and had Harker a little more on their heels. With under 10 minutes left to play Kyle Wong put in another goal to make it 2-0 and seal the game! With that huge win, the Knights now have a chance to make it to CCS! Their final game is this Friday, the 16th against Sacred Heart Prep. A win on Friday could get the Knights into the playoffs.

Posted 02/14/2018 12:04PM
2017-2018 Football Awards
  • 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
All League Awards: Peninsula Athletic League:
  • Bralyn Lux - First Team Running Back
  • Robbie Chatterton - First Team Offensive Line
  • Chris Sielski - First Team Kicker
Posted 02/02/2018 10:15AM

If you are interested in the following spring sports, it is mandatory to sign up online by Saturday, February 3. Sign up here.

  • Boys Baseball
  • Boys/Girls Golf Tournament
  • Boys/Girls Tennis
  • Boys/Girls Track
  • Boys Volleyball
  • Girls Volleyball

 

Posted 01/25/2018 02:10PM

"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.

Posted 01/25/2018 02:06PM

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.

Posted 01/25/2018 02:03PM

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.

Posted 01/08/2018 03:08PM
Spring Sports Sign-upsIf you would like to participate in a high school spring sport, it's mandatory that you sign up online. The online signup will be open from January 8-January 22. Simply go onto the TKA athletics page, click on the Sports sign-up link, select your sport and fill out the form. The form is to be filled out for the student participating, not the parent. There is also a video that can be watched that explains the process. The sports available in the spring are: Baseball, Softball, Boys Tennis, Boys Volleyball, Boys/Girls Track and Field, Boys/Girls Swimming and Boys Golf.
Posted 12/12/2017 03:35PM

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!

Posted 12/12/2017 03:34PM

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.

Posted 12/07/2017 11:56AM
Congratulations Anna!  She was also voted All CCS 1st Team!
Posted 11/17/2017 03:09PM
Congratulations to TKA senior Liah Bosworth who signed with UC Davis to compete on their gymnastics team. Liah received a full scholarship! TKA is proud of your dedication and perseverance to your sport.
Posted 11/13/2017 10:05AM
TKA Cross Country had an excellent day of running Saturday at Toro Park in the CCS Division IV race at Toro Park in Salinas.

Varsity Girls
Sophomore Anna Mokkapti led the TKA girls with a 2nd place finish in the girl's race and finished with a personal best of 11 seconds with a time of 18:38She earned a spot to compete at  CIF State Meet in Clovis CA which will be held on Saturday, November 25Anna had the fastest time of any freshmen or sophomore girl in all of CCS.  The girls team ran well overall and had several strong personal records (PRs) and placed 7th overall as a team. Frosh Sophia Lee finished in 44th place with a time of 22:17 and had a PR of 62 seconds. Sophomore Giulanna Giordano followed soon after in a time of 22:18 and had a PR of 111 seconds. Senior captain Isabella O'connor ran 22:32 and ran a PR of 36 seconds. The team was rounded out by Kayla Stonum, Annalise Vargas, and Ursula Ott. Kayla ran a strong race in 24:12 and  ran a season best by 72 seconds and placed 77th overall.  Annalise ran a PR of 47 seconds in a time  24:25 and placed 82nd overall. Ursula ran a time 24:56 and finished in 88th to finish out the girl's varsity race. 
Varsity Boys
The boys finished 8th overall and were unfortunately hampered by illness. The team was led by Senior captain Jeremy Miller and he finished 10th overall in the boys race in a time of 16:43 and a 5 second PR. Ryan Negrette and Sam Ferrante ran well together and finshed in 32nd and 33rd in the race in 17:30 and 17:33. The two had PRs of 65 seconds and 44 seconds respectively. Jack Monaco and Dylan Glennrounded out the the top five in 17:59 and 18:32. Jack placed 54th and Dylan placed 66th. The two had PRs of 33 seconds and 22 seconds. Unfortunately, Kyle Bergstedt and Edison Pegram both were sick and ran to the best of their abilites but had muted performaces as they struggled through illness. 
Please give a high five to all the TKA runners on a job well done.  Thank you for all your prayers and kind words. 
Sincerely, 
Coach Matt Tompkins
Posted 10/30/2017 08:51AM
Congratulations to the 2017 varsity team for winning the league championship! The Knights swept second place Crystal Springs Upland (25-15, 27-25, 25-18) in front of a ruckus home crowd on Oct. 26. Special thanks to the football team and all the teachers and staff who came out in support of the team.
Megan McEwen (match high 16 kills), Jennifer Howe, Jessica Yeh, Lydia Marku, Emily Wagner, Erin Lee, Kristin Simoes, Kaitlyn Underhill, Emily Park, Elizabeth Chae, Hannah Petersen, Kelly Murphy, Valerie Legates (freshman starting setter!)
And of course, amazing assistant coaches Phil Wang & Jill Lipert!
Girls Volleyball 1st Round CCS Game vs Santa Cruz High School
Posted 10/26/2017 01:47PM

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 DoublesKatelin 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.

Posted 10/26/2017 01:37PM

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.

Posted 10/23/2017 09:08AM
TKA Varsity beat Sequoia 54-21 and JV won 13-0 last Friday night. Read the 10/21/17 Mercury News article "King's Academy Trending Upward"...
Posted 10/20/2017 11:13AM

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)."

Read the full article about Brian here.

Posted 10/20/2017 11:08AM
Thanks to everyone who came out today to cheer on the boys and girls XC team at the Sunnyvale Baylands. We had a plethora of personal records and it was a great day for racing. The team ran a 5k course in great weather (68 degrees). - Coach Tompkins.
Varsity Boys
The varsity boys for the first time ever won both the 1st and 2nd WBAL league meets. They now head into the final league championship race with an excellent chance to win all three meets and end up being league champions. The varsity boys were led by senior Jeremy Miller who placed 3rd overall in a time of 16:37 (Personal record (PR) of 38 seconds). Senior Ryan Negrette had a big PR of 53 seconds and finished 7th. Junior Kyle Bergstedt also had a PR of 13 seconds and placed 10th overall in the race. Jack Monaco (14th) and Sam Ferrante (17th) finished close together in 17:34 and 17:38 respectively. Jack had a PR of 36 seconds. Today the 6th and 7th men stepped up to displace Crystal Springs scoring 5th runner. Juniors Dylan Glenn (21st) and Edison Pegram (22nd) ran 18:02 and 18:05. Dylan had a PR of 34 seconds and Edison dropped 69 seconds from last year. The TKA boys team edged out Crystal Springs Upland by 3 points.  Jeremy now holds the TKA course record for the baylands course. 
Varsity Girls 
The girls team was led by sophomore Anna Mokkapati who ran extremely well on the fast course. She won the varsity girls race handily in a time of 18:09 and now holds the school record on the course as well and holds the 5th fastest time ever for a girl on the course. After 600 meters she took the lead and reached the first mile in a time of 5:37, through the 2 mile she went through at 11:27 and continued to run strong the rest of the race. Anna had a PR of 112 seconds.  She was followed up by her senior teammate Isabella O'connor (25th) in a time of 21:47. Izzie had a PR of 12 seconds.  Sophomore Giulianna Giordano(31st) and Frosh Sophia Lee (32nd) finished together in 22:27 and 22:29 respectively. Giordano had a PR of 54 seconds.  Junior Kayla Stonum (48th) had a strong race and rounded out the top 5 scorers with a time of 23:27.  
JV Boys 
The JV boys ran well over all and finished 2nd once again. The team was led by Trey Kenyon who won the race in a time of 18:22. Trey had a solid PR of 16 seconds. He was followed by sophomore Chetan Choski (7th) who had a breakout race. Chetan ran a PR of over 133 seconds. Junior Micah Jensen (11th) followed soon after in a time of 19:07. The final scorers for the team were junior Caleb Pethel (15th) and senior Norman Chang (16th). The two finished together with times of 19:21 and 19:24 respectively. Norman had a PR of 37 seconds and Caleb a PR of 13 seconds.    
JV Girls
The JV girls improved dramatically from their first race placing 6th overall out of 11th teams. Where else in the first race they placed 10th out of 11 teams. The team was led by sophomore Ava Minami in a time 25:26 (23rd) and she had a large PR of 93 seconds. She was followed by sophomore Viktoria Raquel Gonzales (29th) in a time of 25:49 She had a PR of 11 seconds. The team was rounded out by frosh Sydney Lee (41st, 26:37), and sophomores Lydia Kim (57th, 27:46) and Allyson Kaemingk (28:20). Allyson ran a PR of 41 seconds.   
Next Meet - We will be back on the Crystal Springs Course on Friday, November 3rd in Belmont, CA for the League Championship meet and CCS qualifying race.  

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