Durand leaves, former assistant fills in

By Katharine Hacking Strength and conditioning coach Mike Durand resigned this summer to join his wife who has been working at the University of Washington for the past year. Durand said that his commitment to the school and the athletic program enticed him to stay at Harvard-Westlake another year after his wife moved. “He is […]

Putting sports first: 3 athletes transfer

By Lucy Jackson, Jordan Odiakosa and Lucas Shaw Two varsity basketball players and a nationally ranked tennis player withdrew from the upper school during the summer to give priority to their sports. Over this past summer three top athletes left the school: Kieran Ramsey (basketball), Hilary Barte (tennis), and Peter McMillan (basketball). Two of them (Ramsey […]

New lacrosse coach brings international perspective

By Seth Goldman Mark Haddad replaced Dan Usaj as varsity lacrosse coach late last week. Haddad has played for and coached several teams in his native Australia. He was a member of two second-place Australian national teams at the world championships in 1982 and 1986. Haddad also won a national championship playing for the Victorian […]

How To: Water Polo

By Lucas Shaw Water polo is a team sport played in a 30 meter pool. A team consists of six players and one goalie. The purpose of the game is to score as many goals as possible, with each goal worth one point. With each possession there is a 30-second shot clock. Each team has […]

Hell week: hour by hour

By Zack Goldman and Anderw Schein Not all weeks are created equal. Once a year, at the end of the summer, the football team goes through “hell.” It is breakfast, downtime, practice, lifting, shower, meetings, lunch, meetings, more downtime, more meetings, another practice, another shower, pool and dinner packed into a 16.5 hour day: 6 […]

Field hockey avoids hurricane, plays tournament

By Mark Seraydarian Launching the season with a tournament at Walt Disney World, Florida, amid some weather uncertainty, the varsity girls’ field hockey team defeated Woonsocket School 6-2 last Thursday for their second straight win. The game was threatened by inclement weather from Hurricane Ernesto, but the skies cleared in time to make play possible. Jamie […]

Girls’ cross country vies for title as boys adjust to new coach

By Will Baskin-Gerwitz, Cathi Choi and Zack Goldman Despite the departure of many key runners, including Bridget Ballard ’06, Sarah Mills ’06 and Katherine Humphreville ’06, the girls’ cross country team will try for its sixth straight Mission League title. Their season starts Sept. 14 in a preseason meet against Chadwick and Marymount. “We don’t […]

Field hockey coach resigns without warning

By Ali Pechman Field hockey players were not met by varsity and junior varsity Field Hockey Coach Gino Grajeda on Aug. 7 at the start of his Gold Medal Field Hockey Camp, but rather by Head of Upper School Harry Salamandra, wielding a letter written by Grajeda announcing his sudden resignation. The news of his […]

Girls’ volleyball eyes elusive CIF championship

By Michael Vann After coming within two points of a CIF Division III championship last year, the girls’ volleyball team is determined to win the championship that barely eluded them before. During June, many members of the team competed on various club teams that played in the biggest national girls’ volleyball tournament in Reno. A […]

Girls’ tennis copes with departure of section champion

By Lucy Jackson When the girls’ varsity tennis team plays their first scrimmage on Tuesday against Beverly Hills High School, they will do so without Hilary Barte ’07. “It will be interesting to see how we do with Beverly Hills; it will be our first big test,” head coach Chris Simpson said. With the loss […]