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Seventh Heaven for the heroes of Woodley Avenue
2006-05-27 17:37
by Bob Timmermann

In a matter of interest to very, very, very few people, except me, John F. Kennedy High School of Granada Hills, California won its seventh L.A. City baseball championship Saturday afternoon at Dodger Stadium, upsetting the #6 team in the country (according to Baseball America), Chatsworth High, 4-2. (So sayeth the L.A. Times website.)
The Cougars had previously won in 1981, 1985, 1989, 1995, 1996, and 2000.

Notable alums who played baseball at Kennedy are:
Garret Anderson, Jon Garland, and Terrmel Sledge.

A profile of Kennedy and its longtime coach, Manny Alvarado from the Daily News.

Alvarado, in his 18th year at Kennedy, says he has made an effort not to "be a dinosaur." But his way of keeping up with the younger generation is a little different than you might expect.

Instead of learning how to IM or text message, he teaches players about Babe Ruth and Joe DiMaggio.

"They've got to know who Sandy Koufax is so when we talk about baseball, they know what I'm saying," he said.

It actually has gone over pretty well with the team.

"You should know who those players are and what they did for the game," Quezada said. "They played for the love of the game."

A lot has changed over the years, but what Alvardo has done so successfully at Kennedy is teach his team that the game still is the same.

Daily News coverage of the game.

L.A. Times story.

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