Kennedy Recap:

Winter Sports

Another winter season has finally come to a close.  As we prepare for spring sports, we have to remind ourselves of the accomplishments for the winter season.  Our student athletes worked very hard during the season on and off the field of play.  There were strides that were accomplished that set the path for future years to come.  Out of the 195 students that participated, we only lost 9 to grades.  That is a continuing theme with our sports.  So we will begin by looking at each individual sport:



At the varsity level we went 1-5 beating Irvington.  At the jv level we went 0-4-1 by tying perennial wrestling power, Mission San Jose.  Even though the results were not fulfilling, there is much to be proud of.  Our team consisted of primarily freshmen and sophomores.  As well, there we many meets where we lost in the last match or two of the meet.  This program will continue to grow.  We sent two wrestlers to NCS, Omar Nasser and William Dixon.  William Dixon lasted into the second day, but was forced to retire from the event due to an injury.


Boys Soccer:

At the varsity level, we went 6-13-5.  At the jv level, we went 9-7-3.  After last seasons successes, this year was a rebuilding year for our program.  However, our team missed playoffs by 1 game.  The soccer team's worked very hard to stay in the race, and, even with a couple bad bounces, they were able to be in the hunt at the end for playoffs.  With the jv teams success and many of the pivotal players returning, next year will show the improvements that our soccer team is making.


Girls Basketball:

Our girls basketball team was in the same boat as our boys soccer.  We had the majority of the team as freshmen and sophomores.  Again, we did take our lumps, but the girls continued to learn the system.  The varsity went 3-21 overall and the jv went 4-14.  


Boys Basketball:

Our varsity team went 2-23, our JV went 4-20 and our frosh team went 5-19.  We played very well in the second half of the season and there is definite promise for the coming years.  The students continue to work hard, and have already begun preparing for the next season.  


Girls Soccer:

Our girls soccer team performed very well this year.  They were in the chase for the league championship until the last game.  The varsity team went 12-5-2 overall and JV went 6-9 overall.  The varsity team made the NCS playoffs, and were selected as the number 10 seed in the Division 2 round.  They eventually lost to Tamalpais 2-1 in overtime.  It was literally the windiest and rainiest game that I personally have ever been to.  The wind was blowing so hard, the referees had to stop the game to put the goals back in place  since they were being blown all over the place.


As well as having the different sports, we also have had many of our teams earn the mark of being an NCS Scholastic Team.  This is when the cumulative GPA is over a 3.0.  The following team reached that accomplishment:

Varsity Girls Basketball- 3.59

Junior Varsity Girls Basketball- 3.45

Varsity Girls Soccer- 3.34

Junior Varsity Girls Soccer- 3.29


We have had some of our athletes also recognized as all league nominations for the MVAL.  This is an honor that is rewarded to students that do well on the field.  These students are chosen by the league coaches in each sport.  The following students were named as all league:

Boys Soccer:

David Ngandu- First Team Forwad

Adrian Cisneros- First Team Defender

Brandon Harris- Second Team Midfielder

Liam Kilgarrif- Second Team Defender

Kameron Jeffery- Second Team Defender

Misael Ramirez- Honorable Mention

Jesus Loiaza- Honorable Mention

Boys Basketball:

Arsh Gill- Honorable Mention

Girls Soccer:

Athena Balal- First Team Forward

Haley Chitwood- First Team Defender

Laticia Martinez- First Team Goal Keeper

Ariana Fuentes- Second Team Midfielder

Danielle Vis- Second Team Midfielder

Jasmine Pacheco- Honorable Mention


Lastly, we recognize two athlete each season for excelling on and off the field.  While we always strive to compete at the highest level on the field, we also have to excel in the classroom.  The following student have performed well on the field by both participating in NCS playoffs, as well as earning the distinction of being NCS Scholar Athletes.  This means that their GPA's for the season of sport are 3.5 or above.  For the male athlete of the season, it is William Dixon who was a wrestler, and came in 2nd place in the MVAL.  For the female athlete of the season, it is Athena Balal who was a captain, and participated on a team that came in third place in league play.


Please congratulate all of our athletes.  They continue to strive for excellence.  Sometimes we do meet bumps in the road, but we move forward without resolve.  I also thank you as a staff for allowing myself, and these athletes to represent the school in a positive light.  I know that sometimes I call students out to, let's say motivate them of their behavior in and out of the classroom.  I really appreciate your continued support.  It was really encouraging to see so many staff members constantly coming to watch the students perform.  The students remember that, and they excel when they see that we as a staff support them.  

Again, thank you.


Paul McDermott

Athletic Director
Mathematics Dept.
J.F.Kennedy High School