Real men don’t stand by

The My Strength training program teaches men how to intervene in acts of violence against women. Also called bystander training, My Strength should have been offered regularly at Richmond High, as dismayed advocates pointed out in the aftermath of the Richmond High rape.

De Anza’s cheerleaders an irrepressible bunch

Homecoming night tends to transcend temporary discomforts, like chilly nights and shaky home football teams. On the biggest night of the high school sports season, cheerleaders have to bring their best, and that’s just what De Anza’s squad did.

De Anza Dons demonstrate big heart

The De Anza High School Dons, a much-maligned football team, got clobbered in their homecoming night game. But the full story does not show up in the box score. The Dons were blown out 49-7 by a much better Alameda High School team. The Dons gave up hundreds of yards, but never yielded an inch when it came to heart. They came in 0-9, and they left 0-10. Most of the  23 players who suited up were seniors, playing possibly…

Cheering to the end

The Richmond High football team was getting slammed 42-0 in the last quarter of its game against Pinole Valley. The Varsity cheer team stood in position looking at the field, hands in the pockets of their matching jackets, trying to hold their stoic poses in the chilly air.