Education

One player’s family keeps Kennedy JV alive

The crowd that watched John F. Kennedy High School’s junior varsity football team play Piedmont High on Thursday could have fit in an AC Transit bus. Half the 50 fans were one player’s family. “We love you, Bobby!” 16-year-old Shanice Robinson yelled from the front row of the bleachers. Robinson, a Kennedy senior, held a sign she made supporting her cousin, Bobby Henderson, a sophomore and the team’s captain. A handful of other cousins waved similar signs. Each week, the…

Salesian’s star guard has a big impact

Cal star running back Jahvid Best still casts a giant shadow at Salesian High, his alma mater. But as for shadows, Freddie Tagaloa nearly blots out the sun. The hulking Tagaloa has played all of five varsity football games for Salesian, but is already the school’s most ballyhooed prospect since Best, who won the state 100-meter dash before heading down Interstate 80 to suit up for the Golden Bears. When Tagaloa’s name is mentioned, Salesian head football coach Chad Nightingale’s…

Kennedy High cross-country team: On equal footing

It’s a good thing footraces aren’t won or lost based on looks. Judging by looks alone, Kennedy High’s cross-country team wouldn’t stand a chance. They toed the starting line at a recent meet in baggy white T-shirts and mismatched basketball shorts. Their shoes run the gamut from worn-out Air Jordans to low-cut soccer trainers. But they’re allowed to race, because in the end, if you can out-run the next man in flip-flops, you win. The starting gun goes off, and…