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She Knows How to Get Her Point Across

Students practice at the Sport Fencing Center in Richmond.

Students practice at the Sport Fencing Center in Richmond.

BY FERNANDO GALLO //

Karen Ladenheim has been operating the Sport Fencing Center in Richmond for seven years, bringing a lifetime of fencing experience along with her as she coaches East Bay youth on the art of swordsmanship. The El Cerrito resident gives us some insight on the center, her students and how we all have a little swordsman inside of us. Read the full story

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Gauchos Fall to Kennedy High 34-9 in First Round of Playoffs

BY FERNANDO GALLO//

The first year for Kenny Kahn as head coach at El Cerrito High was marked by comebacks: The Gauchos stormed back from an 0-3 start by winning six of their final seven regular season games, and came from behind in two of those wins with late touchdowns.  But the No. 8 Gauchos could not muster another rally on Friday night, losing to the No. 9 Titans of Kennedy High 34-9 in El Cerrito. With the loss, the Gauchos were eliminated from the NCS Division III playoffs.

Gaucho player Malcolm Carson watches the final minutes of El Cerrito's loss to Kennedy from the sidelines.

Gaucho player Malcolm Carson watches the final minutes of El Cerrito

“When you get to playoffs, you can’t play from behind,” Kahn said. “JFK of Fremont was able to show up and play with intensity, play with tenacity, play aggressively, where there were times where we looked timid.”

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Berkeley Wins ACCAL Title Despite Impressive Challenge from El Cerrito

One of many goal line stands for the Gauchos.

BY MATT DURNING //

The El Cerrito Gauchos fell just short of an improbable upset to clinch the conference title Friday night, losing a nail biter to perennial powerhouse Berkeley High, 21-16, in the final game of the regular season.

Both teams entered the contest undefeated in league play and tied atop the ACCAL conference standings. Berkeley was the undeniable favorite, however, having shut out their five other conference opponents by a combined scored of 220-0. Read the full story

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Faces in Focus: Kenny Kahn

BY MATT DURNING //

When Kenny Kahn played high school football in El Cerrito, he made a promise to himself and his coach.

“I told him when I graduated one of my goals was to come back and coach under him and learn as much as I could,” says Kahn, now 26, flashing a wide, toothy smile as he recollects. “He’s the reason I wanted to become a football coach.”

Today, walking across the El Cerrito High School football field amid a sea of his players’ green and white jerseys, Kahn, the youngest head coach in the history of ECHS football, has met that promise and much more. Read the full story

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El Cerrito High Weathers Storm, Dominates Richmond, 32-2

BY MATT DURNING //

The rain poured down. A cold wind blew. The scoreboard even stopped working.

It wasn’t pretty, but the El Cerrito Gauchos manhandled the Richmond Oilers, 32-2, in a soggy, sloppy, grueling contest of force and determination on the first Saturday of November.

“The elements always change the chemistry of a football team,” said El Cerrito head coach Kenny Kahn after the game. “I was happy to see my team was able not only to keep their composure but also go out there and have some fun in the wet atmosphere.”

Wet would be an understatement. Read the full story

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SLIDE SHOW: El Cerrito High Football vs. Alameda

BY FERNANDO GALLO//

The Gauchos took on the Alameda Hornets for their homecoming game on Oct. 10. See the action up close in this slideshow.

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El Cerrito High Rides Late Touchdown to Victory, 23-17 Over Alameda

BY FERNANDO GALLO//

After a seesaw battle all night, El Cerrito High emerged victorious on a late touchdown for the second consecutive week, beating the Alameda Hornets 23-17 on Oct. 10.

After losing the lead in the fourth quarter, backup quarterback Isaac Goins connected with Kenneth Green for a 77-yard touchdown pass with less than five minutes remaining in the game. The long score put the Gauchos up 20-17. Kicker Jose Fuentes then put up a 49-yard field goal that barely cleared the crossbar and gave the Gauchos a 23-17 lead. Read the full story

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