Sports

The football team huddles after their quarterfinals game

BHS fall sports reflect postseason 

Throughout the regular season, Berkeley High School’s sports teams fight to earn a spot in postseason tournaments such as North Coast Section or West Alameda County Conference league championships.   Girls volleyball made it into the NCS championships as the eighth seed out of 15.

A student facing their fear to return after injury

Return from injury plagued by hesitation

A couple years ago, Samir O’Brien, a junior on the Berkeley High School varsity basketball team, went up for a layup and fell on his hand.   “I knew right away that my pinky was messed up,” O’Brien said.

Student Athlete

Athlete Profile: Talia Antell-Proulx

Talia Antell-Proulx, a Communication Arts and Sciences senior on the girls tennis team, was taken by surprise when her senior night was rained out twice.

Pictured left to right at the November 9 signing: Isabel Bessette, Melinda Pullin, and Ruby Hill.

Signing ceremony celebrates BHS athletes

Wednesday, November 9, was National Signing Day, which marks the opening of the signing period for high school athletes across the country. Berkeley High School held a signing ceremony on November 9, where students who committed to colleges for  National Collegiate Athletic Association sports signed their National Letters of Intent.

The Two Brothers

Student Athlete Profile: Jackson and Jalen Harris

Brothers Jackson and Jalen Harris have been star players this season on the football field. While being brothers who play together isn’t always easy, they say that the whole team is very connected.

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Fall Senior Nights

Girl’s Water Polo With chants ringing through the swim hall and benches packed with viewers, Berkeley High School proudly displayed its love for the girls’ water polo seniors on senior night, October 19, against San Leandro High School.  “It was so amazing to see so many of my friends come, the parents, the celebration, and

Athlete Profile: Camille Jacala

Camille Jacala is a junior at Berkeley High School, and captain of the girls varsity volleyball team. Jacala started playing volleyball at 13, inspired by her mother, who also played.

On October 12, BHS cross country competed against nine schools at a Point Pinole course.

Cross country races rivals over rolling hills

On October 12, the Berkeley High School cross-country team traveled to a meet at Point Pinole, where they raced against nine other schools. The course was three miles long and consisted of rolling hills as well as paved and unpaved paths.  The meet was successful for BHS, with men’s varsity taking first place and women’s

The BHS football team charges the field with force from a cloud of blue smoke.

BHS takes Huskies in Homecoming win

A crowd, decked out in colorful flower necklaces, packed into the tropical Homecoming football game on the afternoon of Saturday, October 15 to watch the Berkeley High School Yellowjackets defeat the Washington Huskies in a 53-19 blowout.   There were many BHS football alumni in attendance, including Nathan Dahl, class of 1999.

Camille Jacala

Athlete Profile: Camille Jacala

Camille Jacala is a junior at Berkeley High School, and captain of the girls varsity volleyball team. Jacala started playing volleyball at 13, inspired by her mother, who also played.

An athlete sleeping

Coaches overlook importance of sleep

For high school students, sleep is often sacrificed in favor of homework, college applications, friends, and extracurriculars. Despite a generally callous attitude towards sleep, it is foundational to mental and physical well-being.

The BHS Snack Bar

"Everybody's hungry": Snack bar returns after two year hiatus

The Berkeley High School snack bar brings delicious snacks to BHS home games. On September 23, a Friday night, fans of all ages came up to the window to buy chips, candy, drinks, and more.

A Brazillian Soccer Player

Soccer rooted in Latin culture 

Natalia Quezada Hernandez, a senior at Berkeley High School, has played soccer since eight years old, and it has surrounded her since.  Upon its arrival to Latin America in the late 1800s, soccer became a sport that brings families together and influences children growing up in Latin households.  Being a Latina soccer player, Quezada Hernandez

BHS goalie Lior Schifrin reaches towards the airborne ball in the September 13th game.

Boys’ varsity waterpolo defeat shows lack of team chemistry

On Tuesday, September 13, the Berkeley High School varsity men’s water polo team dove back into the water with a game against BHS rivals, Bishop O’Dowd High School.  The Jackets held the lead throughout the first half of the game.

BHS senior and captain Brianna Smyth powerfully palms the ball on September 13.

Girls water polo fights to score

On September 13, the Berkeley High School varsity women’s water polo team took on Bishop O’Dowd High School.  In the first half of the game, the teams seemed very evenly matched.

Student athlete Brianna Smyth

Athlete Profile: Brianna Smyth

Brianna Smyth, a senior in Academic Choice, had never even heard of water polo before she got to Berkeley High School. When her close friend Krithi De Souza, Class of ‘22 graduate and last year’s captain, recommended she try it, she did.

A girl jumps towards a volleyball in the Jacket Gym

BHS girls volleyball defeats Deer Valley

On August 24, the Berkeley High School varsity girls volleyball team took on the Deer Valley Wolverines in the first game of their 2022 season. BHS came out on top, winning the game in straight sets.  Early in the first set, neither team was able to get a significant lead.

Football Coach David Perry

‘Full circle:’ Alum coaches return

The journey of attending Berkeley High School as a student, diving into a lifetime of sports, and becoming an alum coach is one that is profoundly rewarding.