Noah Hayes, Senior
After winning several races as a junior, top Skyline mountain biker Noah Hayes has absolutely dominated the Varsity Division of the Southern Conference of the NorCal High School Cycling League, which stretches from Salinas up to Marin.
And, by dominating, we mean he has won all three races so far this season, with blisteringly fast times over 25 miles of dusty or muddy single-track.
Noah is interested in pursuing a pro career in the sport, and he seems well on his way.
Jayden Kael, Senior
The team captain and goalie, Jayden Kael has been leading the Skyline women’s soccer team since her freshman year when she started on varsity, says Coach Durkin.
“Throughout the years Jayden has lead the team by example on and off the field,” he said. “Jayden creates a fun environment during practice and then turns on her competitiveness during the games.”
Jayden lead the team to the finals 4 years in a row.
“One game, she had 28 saves!” said Durkin.
Oakland Athletic League Launches Men’s Circuit
By Leroy Yau
Skyline finally has a men’s volleyball team at last. Long an organized sport for girls, the Oakland Athletic League (OAL) had a push to start up a league for the boys. There was enough interest, and the girls coach, PE teacher Ms. Hansen agreed to coach the team, so the Titans will be part of the founding season.
“During the summer, I went to open gym in Chinatown and over time I enjoyed volleyball,” said co-captain Eric Ly, who was excited to find out that Skyline would have its first team in recent memory. For Ofa Paua, he had played the sport before and was glad to join a team “since all my sisters play volleyball.”
So far, in the preseason, wins have been hard to come by but they are getting some good experience and learning the rules of league volleyball.
The team goal for this season, Ly said is, “I hope the team will have some basic skills with everything in volleyball.”
Paua was more ambitious: “We are trying to win all our games.”