She’s killin’ it in the classroom and on the tennis court; he’s leading Tigers football to CIF championships
■ By Corey Evan / Reporter
Once you’ve been an athlete for a while, it’s hard to hide from the spotlight. This time around, that spotlight has found Nancy Romo and Kaleb Hervey at San Jacinto High School for our Fall MVP Spotlight.
A senior, Romo made a racket on the tennis court with her racquet as part of the varsity team, and was nominated to our MVP Spotlight by Coach Christopher De Ronde and his team. De Ronde was not available for comment, so SJHS Athletic Director Amanda Galliano shared a few words about Romo: “Nancy is what the term ‘student athlete’ epitomizes. She takes all IB & AP classes while also completing dual enrollment classes at MSJC and is currently ranked number two in her class. She has managed to not only be highly successful in the classroom, but on the athletic fields as well. She has participated in both varsity tennis and varsity softball.”
Romo and her fellow Tigers made it to round two of the CIF playoffs in the 2018 season, before being ‘out clawed’ by the Vista Del Lago Ravens on Halloween Day.
About her time on the tennis court, Romo said it was all spur of the moment how she got into it: “I tried out to do it last year: I realized it was getting (popular) in not just high school, but internationally. So I thought, ‘High school is the time to try out new things!’, so I thought I would.”
Romo says some of her favorite moments on the team have just been getting to know her teammates, and just “making the experience worth it.”
After graduation, in addition to continuing to making a racket with her racquet, Romo wants to put her writing skills to the test in college: “University of Chicago and Washington are my two priorities, and the UC’s as well.”
Romo said she gives thanks to De Ronde and his coaching staff, and her teammate Elena Pirelli.
Also a senior, Hervey plays Tight End and Defensive End for the Tigers and was nominated by Head Coach Aric Galliano who said, “Kaleb has been working hard on and off the field. He has multiple scholarship offers and a ton of huge plays in the field. His play on the field warrants such awards.”
Hervey says Coach Galliano led him away from the basketball court, where he had been since age three, and onto the gridiron. “He’s been there ‘my whole life’ since freshman year.” He also has been running around the track as far back as fifth grade.
According to Hervey, his time on the gridiron has helped improve his leadership skills: “[I]… take it as a hard lesson, and put it towards becoming a better man.”
His future plans include studying Kinesiology, towards which football has no doubt given him first-hand experience. In December, he plans to visit the campus of Fresno State.
With Hervey’s help, the Tigers pulled off a 9-1 season, held onto the famed victory bell for a fifth straight year and are now in the CIF Division 11 Championship match this Saturday Nov. 24 at 7 p.m. at Tiger Stadium.
But if Hervey’s to lead the Tigers, and himself, to victory, Coach Galliano advises him never to let his guard down: “He needs to remain focused on and off the field.”
Hervey said he is thankful for his mom as well as Coach Galliano for helping him get this far.
Congratulations to the Tiger nominees for earning their stripes, and their place in the Chronicle’s MVP Spotlight!
Do you have a student athlete to nominate for our MVP Spotlight? If so, Corey Evan can be reached at 760-270-5625 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.