Last minute fundraising campaign gives Richmond’s Steelers Cadets football team shot at national title

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While families across the Bay Area celebrated Thanksgiving, Richmond’s Steelers Cadets football team had an extra reason for thanks: they’ll be heading to Florida next week to compete in the national youth football tournament. Although the Steelers Cadets played well all season and won the NorCal title with an 11-1 record, a trip to the…

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Former gang member finds redemption on the field

Munoz, now 17, is a lineman on the Richmond High football team, a team leader and a jovial presence. He smiles when he talks and seems to emit positive energy. He’s getting good grades in school and for once, has a plan for his future. All of this, he attributes to joining the football team.

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Budding football stars train early, first snap five months away

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They say you can’t teach blistering speed. Don’t tell that to 68-year-old Donald Jackson. He and his Richmond Steelers youth football coaching staff had 10 boys out in Kennedy High’s grassy baseball field Sunday morning, pumping their knees and arms like runaway freight trains. Jackson said they’d be in right field every Saturday and Sunday…

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From Eagle to Golden Bear, Kennedy High football star commits to Cal

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The legend of Takkarist “Takk” McKinley began his sophomore year. That’s when Kennedy High’s track coach, Carl Sumler, saw the young Eagles defensive end rush a Piedmont High quarterback, turn around, race 15 yards up field and catch a wide receiver trying to break loose with the ball. But that’s not what impressed Sumler the…

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Eagles clash with Pride in first round of playoffs

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There’s nothing like a little drama two days before the first round of the playoffs. On Wednesday after practice Takkarist McKinley, the Eagles 6’3″, 240-pound all-world linebacker threatened to walk out on his teammates. The situation on the field was so bad that the Cal-bound football player went nose-to-nose with head coach Mark Carminer and…

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Oilers take back the Richmond Cup on senior night

The Richmond Oilers capped off the season with their second win, taking home the Richmond Cup in a 14-6 home victory over the De Anza Dons. For senior Devonte Anderson, the win fulfilled a goal he set in last year’s dispiriting loss to De Anza. “I wasn’t going to forget that moment,” Anderson said.  He…

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Gunfire disrupted Richmond homecoming, not school spirit

In the week after gunshots disrupted Richmond High School’s homecoming events, school officials, police and parents said they were glad the situation wasn’t worse. Eight minutes were left in the football game against the Kennedy Eagles when a gun was fired near 23rd and Maricopa just beyond school property. After responding to the scene, police…

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