Kennedy Spring Sports
By Eddie Rodrigues, Clarion Staff
Track & Field
The track and field season is off and running at Kennedy with the largest team they’ve ever had with over 100 athletes. The talent runs across many events according to coach John Gallen. A few of those Kennedy competitors shared how the season has gone so far. “I look forward to going to the meets as a team and having a good time,” says Serentena Rositani (11), the best 100 meter runner. Jaden Fong (9) stated, “Track has been great so far, and I’m looking forward to the rest of the meets we have.” Despite the foul weather, Kennedy has competed in numerous meets already including their season opener at the Clarke Massey Relays at Cordova HS on Feb 24. The Boys Varsity and Frosh/Soph team finished first in a field of 27 teams. Their most recent meet, a Metro Invitational at Burbank on March 24 again provided some of the best track and field programs with 17 schools competing. Kennedy was victorious again with many first place finishes for Boys & Girls including a sweep of the top three spots in 100 Meters event by Rositani, Karissa Jones and Genesis Tholmer.
The Kennedy swimming team has been warming up as the Spring weather arrives. They have been practicing every day under coach Derek Perkins, who is also the Kennedy water polo coach. Perkins states, “We have a lot of experienced swimmers who also play other sports, a very athletic team that is capable of training very hard. Both the boys and girls [sic] team should have strong seasons and finish in the top three of the league standings. I am looking forward to seeing how each of the athletes [sic] progress throughout the course of the season and I am excited to see how they race at the league championships at the end of the season.” Kennedy has a prided history when it comes to water sports, and is looking to produce another successful season this spring. The swimmers are ready to see what they can do in the pool, and so are we.
Tennis is here and the players are excited to take the court and dominate this season. Coach Parsh said the weather had prevented the team from playing and practicing for almost two weeks. However, they managed to get their first league match played on Monday, March 19 with a 9-0 victory over Florin. “I am excited about the progress that players made leading into the season. Our play is greatly improved compared to last season,” Parsh shared. Kennedy has been victorious (3-1 overall) in most of their matches so far this year. The history of Kennedy’s tennis team has been well-documented with many victorious tournaments and matches, and under Parsh, the team looks forward to another productive season. Now that the weather has cleared, go see players compete at their next tennis match, Tuesday, April 3 at Burbank.
Kennedy is a very competitive sports school with baseball being no exception. The Kennedy Varsity and JV teams have suited up for the tough, enduring but fun baseball season that might include some twists and turns along the way. With the wet weather, the Varsity team of Kennedy has played only one metro league game, a 17-0 victory over Valley on March 21. Both Varsity and JV teams lost several of the pre-season games, but know they are a great team and work well together. Their next game is against rival McClatchy team on Wednesday, April 4 at McClatchy. Good luck Cougars for the remainder of the baseball season.
Girls softball is now in full swing. The official season began on Tuesday, March 20 against Valley at home. “To everyone else, we are just a team, but to each other we are a Cougar family, and we are heading to the playoffs,” says coach Caitlyn Seymour of the Varsity squad. Her team is 3-2, and 1-0 within the league. Seymour says the future of softball looks bright with the young talent on the JV team. Freshman Syraya Jones, a position player on the JV team says, “I’m looking forward to seeing my team and myself build up our confidence and skills, and maybe even bring home a trophy.” Their next game is this Tuesday, April 3rd against Florin at home. Hit it out of the park ladies, and as Jones stated, “Let’s bring another trophy to Kennedy.”
Men’s volleyball is set to excite Kennedy’s volleyball fans. Both Varsity and JV squads have been practicing regularly (indoors where the weather isn’t a factor) and have started the season successfully. Under head coach Jakira Rand, the teams are looking toward another successful volleyball season at Kennedy. The Varsity squad’s overall record is 9-6 and 3-1 in metro league. With a good season and a trophy in sight, the men of Kennedy’s volleyball team are ready to leap higher and spike harder in a quest to bring home a championship to the great school of John F. Kennedy High School. We are all looking forward to watching these competitors go out there and kill it this year. Their next game will be against Laguna Creek tomorrow, April 3 at Laguna Creek.
Coach Sean Finegan and company are driving forward this 2018 golf season. You may think golf can be boring, but it actually includes great patience, skill, and endurance to be a good golf player. The season has been progressing with several invitationals and many matches so far. One of the top golfers, junior Dylan Van Ostrand, says, “My personal goals for the season are to help the team advance to state, and earn League MVP as an individual.” The Varsity team is currently 1-1-1, and have their next game against McClatchy at home today April 2. Ethan Lu, a Kennedy freshman on the JV men’s team states, “We finished in second in our first 18-hole tournament this year, finishing four shots behind Whitney. Then we tied Rio Americano 215-215 in a match, and defeated River City 196-311. We came up short against Lodi due to having players missing, and didn’t play as well in our second 18-hole tournament.” The Kennedy golf team has had a positive season so far, and will continue to compete for advancement in the sport that they love.
Hopoate Koloamatangi (11) tips the ball over the defending team’s outstretched hands. Photo courtesy Lifetouch.
Photo courtesy Lifetouch
Connor Dorais (11) warms up with the team during one of the few dry days in March.
Clarion photo by Miya Murata
Girls Softball JV pitcher Alyson Eystad (9) prepares to release her wicked pitch.
Clarion photo by Sarif Morningstar.
Dylan Van Ostrand (11) tracks the trajectory of his drive.
Photo by Cody Mak
Varsity pitcher Daniel Nevis (12) bears down on the opposing batter.
Photo by Meng Thao
- Cummings (12) keeps ahead of Sacramento High opponent in the sprint relay at Clarke Massey Relays, Feb 24.
Clarion photo by Sarif Morningstar