8-year-old San Jose boy who joined high school gun protest gets encouragement from actors, authors

By Alyssa Pereira, SFGATE Published 3:06 pm, Wednesday, March 14, 2018 An 8-year-old boy in San Jose walked out of his classroom on Wednesday morning to join the millions of students protesting for more gun control regulations across the country. Tied around his neck was a simple, brown cardboard sign with earnest, marker-written text: "Guns are cruel, not cool." The young student, named Leonardo Aguilar, was the only one in his 2nd-grade class at San Jose's Trace Elementary to walk out. With none of his classmates to join, Aguilar (and his mother) walked to Lincoln High School to stand with the older kids. KPIX reporter Len Ramirez and a cameraman spotted the little boy as he swayed against a wall, watching and listening to the high schoolers making speeches nearby. Ramirez took a photo of the boy and tweeted it shortly before 11 a.m. It immediately went viral. Leonardo Aguilar was the only one to walk out of his second grade classroom so he joined the highschoolers at Lincoln High in San Jose. @CBSSF #walkout pic.twitter.com/v9SQAAEn4f— Len Ramirez (@lenramirez) March 14, 2018 RELATED: Thousands of students protest gun violence in nationwide walkout Over the next few hours, the picture got nods of encouragement from thousands of Twitter users, including actors Piper Perabo, Constance Marie, and Patton Oswalt (the last of whom plays a high school principal on TV's "A.P. Bio"), Recode reporter Meghann Farnsworth, and New York Times best-selling authors Jenny Han and Jamie Ford. Marvel and D.C. comic-book writer Brandon T. Snider praised Aguilar as "my hero": Leonardo Aguilar is MY HERO!!!! https://t.co/ndnuQxBJWd— Brandon T. Snider (@BrandonTSnider) March 14, 2018 RELATED: 'Guns are stupid': The devastating signs of the national high school campus walkout window._taboola = window._taboola || []; _taboola.push({ mode: 'thumbnails-c', container: 'taboola-interstitial-gallery-thumbnails-5', Continue Reading

‘Guns are stupid’: The devastating signs of the national high school campus walkout

By Michelle Robertson, SFGATE Published 11:20 am, Wednesday, March 14, 2018 window._taboola = window._taboola || []; _taboola.push({ mode: 'thumbnails-c', container: 'taboola-interstitial-gallery-thumbnails-5', placement: 'Interstitial Gallery Thumbnails 5', target_type: 'mix' }); _taboola.push({flush: true}); window._taboola = window._taboola || []; _taboola.push({ mode: 'thumbnails-c', container: 'taboola-interstitial-gallery-thumbnails-10', placement: 'Interstitial Gallery Thumbnails 10', target_type: 'mix' }); _taboola.push({flush: true}); window._taboola = window._taboola || []; _taboola.push({ mode: 'thumbnails-c', container: 'taboola-interstitial-gallery-thumbnails-15', placement: 'Interstitial Gallery Thumbnails 15', target_type: 'mix' }); _taboola.push({flush: true}); window._taboola = window._taboola || []; _taboola.push({ mode: 'thumbnails-c', container: 'taboola-interstitial-gallery-thumbnails-20', placement: 'Interstitial Gallery Thumbnails 20', target_type: 'mix' }); _taboola.push({flush: true}); window._taboola = window._taboola || []; _taboola.push({ mode: 'thumbnails-c', container: 'taboola-interstitial-gallery-thumbnails-25', placement: 'Interstitial Gallery Thumbnails 25', target_type: 'mix' }); _taboola.push({flush: true}); window._taboola = window._taboola || []; _taboola.push({ mode: 'thumbnails-c', container: 'taboola-interstitial-gallery-thumbnails-30', placement: 'Interstitial Gallery Thumbnails 30', target_type: 'mix' }); _taboola.push({flush: true}); window._taboola = window._taboola || []; _taboola.push({ mode: 'thumbnails-c', container: 'taboola-interstitial-gallery-thumbnails-35', placement: 'Interstitial Gallery Thumbnails 35', target_type: 'mix' }); _taboola.push({flush: true}); Photo: Olivier Douliery, TNS Image 1of/35 CaptionClose Image 1 of 35 Students gather at the U.S. Capitol to protest gun Continue Reading

Threat of Thursday night snowstorm prompts several area schools to move up sports event start times

The threat of a snowstorm late Thursday evening has led many area high school athletic directors to move up the start time of prep sports events. Here is the list of changes, taken from official conference scheduling websites from the area and region, as of 1:30 p.m. Thursday. No events were listed as off the night's schedule as of 1:30 p.m., but several time changes were noted. THURSDAY TIME CHANGES BOYS BASKETBALL Barneveld at Albany, now 6 p.m. Beaver Dam Wayland vs. Oshkosh Lourdes, relocated to Oshkosh Lourdes, 7:15 p.m. Cuba City at Boscobel, 6:30 p.m. Darlington at Fennimore, now 5 p.m. Highland at Argyle, now 6:30 p.m. Mineral Point at Southwestern, now 6:30 p.m. River Ridge at Benton, now 5 p.m. Shullsburg at Belmont, now 6:30 p.m. Williams Bay at Madison Abundant Life/St. Ambrose, now 6 p.m. Wisconsin Heights at Cambridge, now 6:30 p.m. GIRLS BASKETBALL Brodhead at Whitewater, now 6:15 p.m. Cashton at Necedah, now 7 p.m. Clinton at McFarland, now 5:45 p.m. BOYS HOCKEY Middleton vs. Madison Edgewood at LaBahn Arena, now 7:30 p.m. Continue Reading

High school football: Wagoner standout Nikia Jones left with nowhere to go

WAGONER — Nikia Jones played a waiting game with college football recruiters and lost. At least, he has for now. The Wagoner High football standout was like a groom left at the altar Wednesday as he watched three teammates sign National Letters of Intent. “I’m definitely glad for them, but I also wanted to see myself here,” he said. Linebacker Patrick Curley signed with Texas Tech in a ceremony in Wagoner’s Don Reiderer Fieldhouse. He committed to the Red Raiders on Monday night. “It’s very rewarding because a lot of hard work has gone into this day,” Curley said. Linebacker/running back Steve Adair signed with Northeastern State University and quarterback Blake Dumond signed to play soccer at NSU. Jones, rated a three-star prospect by Rivals.com, helped lead Wagoner to three straight Class 4A state titles (2014-16) and an Oklahoma 11-man-record 48-game winning streak over his four seasons. “He’s made some plays for us that will go down in the archives as some of the best in Wagoner history,” coach Dale Condict said. Condict said Jones is “probably the second-most recruited kid I’ve had in 24 years of coaching,” after 2009 linebacker Gus Jones, a University of Oklahoma signee. The 6-foot-3, 200-pounder had as many as eight Division I scholarship offers — Eastern Michigan, Iowa State, Kansas, North Texas, Oregon State, Stephen F. Austin, Utah State and Wyoming. But he is likely the state’s top senior who was left without anywhere to go on signing day. How did it happen? It started when Jones’ early offers began to disappear as the respective schools filled their signing quotas while Jones waited and hoped that the area Division I schools would get into the act. “I always appreciated all the offers I had,” he said. “But it would have been nice if OU, OSU or Arkansas had offered me something.” Oregon State of the Pac-12 Continue Reading

Top 10 boys high school basketball teams in Knoxville area

1. Bearden (32-1) — The Bulldogs beat Cleveland and Austin-East to finish their regular season before taking on William Blount in the District 4-AAA semifinals. Maryville coach Mark Eldridge said Bearden is "by far the most talented team in East Tennessee."2. Maryville (24-5) — The Rebels had an easy time beating Catholic in the District 4-AAA semifinal. Joe Anderson put up 22 points and DaVon Kimble had 14 before Maryville took its foot off the gas.3. Webb (26-5) — The Spartans bounced back from two losses to Grace Christian in a week span to beat the Rams in the Division II-A East Region final. Myles Rasnick scored 32 points in the semifinal win over Chattanooga Christian and 16 against Grace.4. Oak Ridge (20-7) — The Wildcats' 70-game district winning streak came to an end in the District 3-AAA final against Powell, but Oak Ridge still advances to region play. Seth Caldwell had a double-double in the game with 19 points and 10 rebounds.5. Grace Christian (23-7) — The Rams advanced to the East Region final and will go on to section play. Grant Ledford and CJ Gettlefinger each scored 10 points in the semifinal win over Notre Dame.6. Powell (19-10) — The Panthers beat Karns decisively in the District 3-AAA semifinals and then went on to end Oak Ridge's winning streak in the final. Josh Woods scored 18 points and made eight rebounds and was named tournament MVP.7. Catholic (20-7) — The Fighting Irish beat Farragut in the quarterfinals but couldn't keep up with Maryville in the District 4-AAA semifinals. Brock Jancek had 21 points against Farragut. Jack Sompayrac had 11 against Maryville.8. Karns (21-7) — The Beavers fell to Powell in the district semifinals, ending their season. Karns finished second in District 3-AAA in the regular season.9. Fulton (19-7) — The Falcons cruised past Scott to make it to the District Continue Reading

Knoxville area top 10 boys high school basketball teams

1. Bearden (22-1) — The Bulldogs continue to roll through their in-state schedule with a win over William Blount on Saturday. Ques Glover scored 23 points and Trent Stephney followed with 18. Bearden averages 76.4 points per game.2. Maryville (18-2) — The Rebels beat Lenoir City on Friday and remain second in District 4-AAA at 8-1. Joe Anderson scored 18 points and made six steals in the win.3. Webb (18-3) — The Spartans played a strong second half to earn a win over Grace Christian on Friday. Myles Rasnick led Webb with 25 points, followed by Chase Ridenour with 22.4. Catholic (16-2) — The Fighting Irish held on for a close win over Fulton on Friday, led by Jack Sompayrac's 19 points and Brock Jancek's 11, and beat Grace Christian on Saturday. 5. Oak Ridge (11-6) — The Wildcats fell to Blackman, one of the top teams in the state, 71-64, after winning the previous five straight. Oak Ridge still sits atop District 3-AAA at 7-0.6. Powell (12-8) — The Panthers have won their past three games and 10 of the past 12 to move into second in District 3-AAA at 7-2.7. Karns (14-3) — The Beavers did not play any games last week because of the weather.8. Austin-East (14-2) — The Roadrunners did not play any games last week because of the weather.9. Fulton (14-4) — The Falcons routed Scott on Friday and remain atop the District 4-AA standings. Edward Lacey had 25 points and six assists, and JaShaun Fenderson added 15 points and seven rebounds.10. Grace Christian (14-6) — The Rams lost to Webb and Catholic over the weekend. Jordan Crawley led Grace with 17 points against Catholic. CJ Gettelfinger had 16 against Webb. Continue Reading

Pennsylvania girls high school basketball rankings for week ending Feb. 25

Compiled by Jeff Reinhart, here is @PaGirlsHoops' top 10 state girls basketball rankings for each class through Feb. 25, plus honorable mention selections, with home district in parenthesis and overall record.CLASS 6A1. North Allegheny (WPIAL) 22-1 — last week: 12. Cardinal O'Hara (District 12) 19-5 — last week: 33. Cedar Crest (District 3) 26-0 — last week: 44. Penn Hills (WPIAL) 21-2 — last week: 55. Central Bucks West (District 1) 22-4 — last week: 66. Cumberland Valley (District 3) 19-5 — last week: 87. Plymouth-Whitemarsh (District 1) 24-1 — last week: 108. Central Bucks South (District 1) 19-5 — last week: NR9. Central Dauphin (District 3) 20-3 — last week: NR10. Abington (District 1) 20-5 — last week: NRMoving out: Boyertown, North Penn, Pine-Richland.Coming in: Abington, Central Bucks South, Central Dauphin.OTHERS TO WATCH (listed alphabetically): Altoona (6) 15-8, Bethel Park (WPIAL) 18-6, Boyertown (1) 22-4, Cedar Cliff (3) 18-6, Central Bucks East (1) 15-9, Central Dauphin East (3) 14-9, Central York (3) 24-2, Coatesville (1) 20-7, Council Rock North (1) 17-8, Dallastown (3) 13-12, Easton (11) 22-4, Garnet Valley (1) 22-3, Hazleton (2) 15-8, Hempfield Area (WPIAL) 14-9, McCaskey (3) 18-9, McDowell (10) 12-11, Mt. Lebanon (WPIAL) 18-5, Nazareth (11) 21-4, Northampton (11) 15-9, North Penn (1) 21-4, Norwin (WPIAL) 17-6, Parkland (11) 18-6, Peters Township (WPIAL) 14-9, Pine-Richland (WPIAL) 21-2, Scranton (2) 17-5, Souderton (1) 18-6, State College (6) 8-16, Upper Dublin (1) 19-6.CLASS 5A1. Archbishop Wood (District 12) 18-6 — last week: 12. Southern Lehigh (District 11) 24-1 — last week: 23. Trinity (WPIAL) 22-2 — last week: 34. Hampton (WPIAL) 22-2 — last week: 45. Harrisburg (District 3) 20-3 — last week: 56. Oakland Catholic (WPIAL) 21-3 — last week: 77. Springfield—Delco (District 1) 21-4 — last week: 88. Slippery Rock (District 10) 18-4 — Continue Reading

Prep notes: Cross country ski season begins; Beaver Dam school renovation means change in basketball venue

The high school cross country ski season is scheduled to start for the High School Blackhawk Nordic ski team on Saturday (Jan. 6). The High School Blackhawk Nordic ski team will compete in these major races this year: Hodag Challenge – Jan. 6-7, Cedric A. Vig Outdoor Center, Rhinelander. Southern Conference meet – Jan. 27, Greenbush/Northern Kettle Moraine, Kettle Moraine. Wisconsin State Championship meet – Feb. 10-11, New Birkie Start Area, Cable. The program’s middle school girls team won the state championship last year, so the outlook for the high school team is promising. Reedsburg-Beaver Dam boys basketball game set for South Gym Due to the continuing building project at Beaver Dam High School, the school’s field house will not be available for the Reedsburg and Beaver Dam boys basketball game Tuesday (Jan. 9). The varsity and JV games will be played in the South Gym at Beaver Dam High School and the JV2 games will be at Beaver Dam Middle School. Those attending the games at the South Gym should be aware the gym has limited seating. Therefore, Beaver Dam must limit the amount of spectators in the facility. Beaver Dam asked Reedsburg officials to hold a pre-sale of their tickets and Reedsburg was given an initial allotment of 100 tickets. Reedsburg announced previously that it would sell tickets for $4 per ticket in the main office until 3 p.m. Tuesday, but it wasn’t known Saturday if Reedsburg’s allotment of tickets was gone. Continue Reading

Knoxville area high school boys basketball preview: Teams to watch

1. Bearden (22-10): The young Bulldogs made a surprise run to the state Class AAA tournament, losing to Independence in the quarterfinals. Bearden’s talented junior class is a year older, bigger and more experienced, starting with the high-scoring and disrupting backcourt tandem of Ques Glover and Trent Stephney. Drew Pember, Roman Robinson and Kordell Kah are other juniors who garnered lots of playing time.2. Maryville (24-6): Coach Mark Eldridge’s Rebels have all the ingredients for a deep postseason run. Maryville is deep and can shoot the 3-pointer. Super sophomore point guard Joe Anderson and senior forward Jake Giles are the returning starters. Four of Maryville’s top seven players are still tied up with football. More: Knoxville area high school boys basketball preview: Players to watch 3. Oak Ridge (31-3): It’s a new era for coach Aaron Green’s Wildcats following graduation of one of the most successful senior classes in school history. Gone is a  class that made three trips to the Class AAA state tournament and compiled a 126-18 record. Levert Smith is the lone returning starter. Oak Ridge will get a boost from the return of 6-3 Caleb Martin and 6-5 Seth Caldwell, who haven’t played since their sophomore and freshman seasons, respectively.4. Fulton (24-4): Few teams will be able to match the Falcons’ talented backcourt tandem of junior Trey Davis and sophomore Edward Lacy. Davis led Fulton to the state Class AA title two years ago as a freshman. Falcons coach Jody Wright, in his 33rd season and a four-time PrepXtra Boys Basketball Coach of the Year, expects Lacy to have a breakout season. Deshawn Page, a bruising 6-2 junior, will man the post for the Falcons who go nine deep.5. Catholic (31-2): The Irish graduated standout point guard Luke Smith off last season’s standout team that lost to Maplewood in the Class AA state championship game, but the deck is still stacked Continue Reading

‘Tainted’ water sickens five Millennium High School students

Five teens were rushed to the hospital Friday after they claimed tainted water in a downtown school made them sick, officials said.The teenagers said the water inside Millennium High School on Broad St. near Beaver St. made them nauseous at about 11:30 a.m., officials said.The incident was still under investigation, but sources said no contamination was immediately found in the school's water supply. The drinking fountain in the surrounding area also was tested and deemed safe, sources said.The students were treated at New York Downtown Hospital and were expected to make a full recovery.Nearly 75 elementary students in Queens were hospitalized last month after drinking contaminated water. A chemical was dumped into the water supply by a worker fixing the air conditioning system.  Join the Conversation: Continue Reading