DeMatha Express - January 5th

Posted January 5, 2012

Happy New Year to the DeMatha Community!

1. The DeMatha Campus Ministry is starting the year with a service trip to Victoria, TX. Twenty-five upperclassmen and four faculty members will leave next Wednesday to work for five days at Our Lady of Sorrows Parish, as well as with local agencies serving those in need. The students will stay with host families during their visit. Both Fr. Stan DeBoe, O.SS.T., Pastor at the Trinitarian parish, and Br. Pat Wildgen, O.SS.T., Pastoral Associate, were members of DeMatha’s faculty in the past. Fr. DeBoe is also a current member of the Board of Trustees.


2. Calling for artists! The Student, Staff, Alumni & Parents Art & Photography Show will open on Sunday, April 15th from 3:00 to 5:00 PM. Deadline for all framed art work and photos must be delivered by March 30th to Mr. Holsey in the Tony Fotos Art Center. Mr. Holsey can be contacted at or by calling 240-764-2216 to make arrangements.


3. In Dr. McMahon's 25th blog installment, he addresses how teachers might decide what material they teach. Highlights include thoughts about Christopher Nolan's movies (Inception, Memento, The Prestige, Batman Begins, The Dark Knight) and the stories of Washington Irving ("Rip van Winkle" and "The Devil and Tom Walker").


4. In Memoriam:

-- Justin Izlar ’04. Justin, who has been battling cancer for several years, has passed away.
Here is a news story that was done on Justin when he graduated from Coppin State two years ago:
Wednesday, Jan 11th - Viewing 9-11 and Service 11 at the New Samaritan Baptist Church, 1100 Florida Ave NE, Washington DC

-- John E. McKee ’67, father of Shawn ’89, husband of Carol, staff member. Brother of Francis '69, uncle of Ed Goundry '82 and Colin Stevens '06:

-- James Mulroe, father of Kevin '90:

-- John (Jack) Scully, father of John '80 and Jason '90:

-- Angela Tiernan, wife of Mike '78, sister-in-law of Frank '79:

-- Joe Cefaratti, father of Mike ‘97. Arrangements: Arlington National Cemetery on 1/10/12 at 10 am.

-- Curtis L. Martin, grandfather of Dosh Jackson '15


5. Prayers requested:

-- Russell Berard '99.

-- Ava Del Ricco, daughter of George '91. (To assist the family: )

-- Ken Richardson, father of Ken '95 and Kevin '97


6. Basketball – Thursday night (tonight) we play against Our Lady of Good Counsel at home at 7:30pm, and Saturday at 5:30 PM in Wheeling, West Virginia against Neumann-Goretti of Philadelphia, PA at the Cancer Research Classic: . The team also plays at Ireton next Tuesday at 7:30pm.

The Stags won a prestigious tournament in San Diego over the holidays. For links, etc., click here:

DeMatha won on Tuesday versus St. John's. To see highlights, etc., click here:


7. Congratulations to John Brewer ’12, who finished second on the 1,000 meter run (2:39.65) at the Friends of Indoor Track Invitational at the Prince George’s Sports and Learning Complex.


8. DeMatha wrestlers placed 3rd out of 14 teams at the Arundel Holiday Tournament. First place winners were Steven Simpson (106) and Dylan Devine (195); 2nd place: Lewis Riggs (120) and Tito Onyekweli (152); 3rd place: Shane Wilson (113), Jonathan Turcotte (132) and Sean-Patrick Meehan (160) and 5th place: Seldon Wright (138). Follow DeMatha wrestling at:

JV winners at the Ireton Holiday Tournament were: Lewis Riggs 1st (120) and Mike Divver 2nd (120)


9. Ryan Gough '13 (son of Craig '85) was selected to the Top Prospect Game in the 2011 Perfect Game National Underclass Showcase-Main Event during the winter break. Sophomores Antonio Rosanova and Ben Prada also had great showings in Fort Myers, FL.


10. The DeMatha Hockey Prep team is coming off a positive showing at the Maine High School Showcase in Portland, Maine over the Christmas break. The team played Biddeford and Greely High Schools from Maine as well as St. Joe’s from Connecticut. The team is gelling for a busy January when the team compete in 4 MAPHL League games. Most notably of these is this Friday (Jan. 6th) when the team will play in the rematch of last year’s state championship title game against Landon. The team currently has a 1 – 0 record in league play while having played 22 games to date in one of the most competitive schedules of any high school team in our area.

We have this slide show showing the history of the hockey program:


11. Want to show your pride in the National Champion Soccer Stags? Order National and WCAC Championship Nike soccer apparel (t-shirt, hoodie and hat) online at , click on Spiritwear, and use the code DMSOCCER. Sale closes next Monday, January 9th. Thanks to Paul Albrecht of Marlow Sports for his help! Ordered items will be delivered to DeMatha.


12. News/Notes:

-- Calling DeMatha Alumni (and friends) in and around New York City! Join us for an evening gathering at Rosie O'Grady's at 5:30 next Thursday (January 12). Address: 7th Avenue & 52nd Street.

-- Steve Deggendorf ‘77 had his letter on budget woes for higher education in The Washington Post:

-- Chris Favret ‘01 and Jamie Connor of State College, PA, are looking forward to a May 2013 wedding. They are currently living in San Diego and their mothers are looking forward to their move back to the East coast in the fall!

-- News from the Theis family: Michael '01 is returning to Hyattsville to accept a position as an editor and journalist at Patch. He has received several awards, most recently for his columns for the Fredericksburg, VA, Patch. Eddie Beall '00 is engaged to Michael’s sister, Hilary.

- Daniel McMahon ‘05 is currently coaching JV basketball at The Field School. The team is 3-2 and has already won two more games than they did last year!

-- Mike Mewshaw ’61 reviewed “Rome: A Cultural, Visual, and Personal History” by Robert Hughes for the Washington Post’s BookWorld.

-- Pete DeMattei ‘99 sent along this link from the Army Corps of Engineers web about the Tough Mudder event. Pete was one of several DeMatha grads teamed together to honor LT. (SEAL) Brendan Looney and support the Wounded Warrior Project. .

-- We recently learned that Math Department faculty member Melissa Rabano also completed the Tough Mudder course. An avid runner, Mrs. Rabano has five marathons to her credit, including the Ragnar Relay with other DeMatha faculty members.

-- Victor Oladipo '10 scored the winning basket in Indiana's upset of Ohio State last week. If you watched ESPN last night, you would have seen highlights of former Stags Jerian Grant '10 (Notre Dame), Jeff Peterson '06 (Florida State), Mikael Hopkins '11 (Georgetown), and Quinn Cook (Duke).

-- The Washington Post recently ran a story about the Capitol Steps entering their 30th year. Mike Carruthers ‘74 appeared in a 1997 photo with that article (scroll to the second photo):

-- Baritone Garrett Jackson ‘02 will perform the extraordinary musical works of Henry Thacker Burleigh accompanied by Maestro James Glover on Sunday, January 22nd at 2 PM. The concert will take place at the Church of the Redeemer, Presbyterian, on 1423 Girard Street, NE, in Washington. Admissions is free, donations are accepted.

Thomas Ponton '78
Director of Development


The Brotherhood

It was on Christmas night when Edwin Williams '05, a member of the Chicago Bears, let a National TV audience know that he went to "DeMatha High School" in the spot where normally a player would announce his college. And, we might add, good things then followed. Edwin picked up a fumble and scored a touchdown in the game, something offensive linemen almost never do, and, a week later, received a two-year contract extension. Of course, Edwin made his way to Chicago with the help of Bill McGregor and Dennard Wilson '00, now a scout for the Bears.


There was a nice contingent of alumni/DeMatha supporters at the DeMatha basketball games in San Diego last week. Kevin McCarthy '69 brought his wife Molly down from LA to celebrate their 40th wedding anniversary by watching the Stags win the first game in the event and Adrian Harewood '76 drove two and half hours in fog from LA on Friday to see DeMatha capture the tourney crown.

The consummate host was James Behun '75, who "borrowed" a yacht (James is in the boat business) and took the team and others out on San Diego Bay one day last week. According to all who went, the trip was great. James also took out Mr. & Mrs. Gerry Truman and Vince and Roy '77 Scalco on not one, but two boats, the next day. Along the way, James found a gym for our guys to shoot in for two days and bought the team pancakes last Friday. When I called James last Friday to thank him, he said, "There is no way I can ever repay what DeMatha did for me."

Other alumni/friends out at the games (besides those mentioned above): Harold Nitowitz '83, Tom Carruthers '77 (with his son Mitch, an honorary Stag), Lester Hayes '11, Eric Beach '95, Paul '95 and Steve '97 Babbington, Vince '69 and Mary Kerley (staff member), Chris '01 and Stephen '07 Favret, and sophomore Jamal Robinson, brother of James, a senior on the team. (If we missed someone, sorry! Let us know).

DeMatha has been blessed to have other alums treat our teams in the past (John Vitto '75 comes to mind) and we must say it is nice to hear our alums get so excited on the news that the Stags are coming into town. With the Stags championship win, Mr. Behun now says he can trash talk for years to come with his "people" in San Diego. We were happy to help.


Johnny McKee '67 passed away over the holidays. Johnny was suffering from ALS (Lou Gehrig's disease) but it was a cardiac arrest that took him away last week. Johnny and his wife Carol, a 14-year employee of the school, had become truly entrenched at DeMatha. Johnny, in his wheelchair, had been volunteering here for the past few years and both he and his wife were fixtures at DeMatha basketball games. Of course, the two, like many, had their beginnings at DeMatha as well as their wedding reception was held in the Antler Room back in 1970.

So it was only fitting then that Johnny's funeral was held in the DeMatha Convocation Center on Monday (with a luncheon afterward in the Antler Room). Over 400 people were in attendance. Father Damian was the main celebrant as Father James and Johnny's son (Shawn '89) delivered eulogies as well. And it was Father James who echoed a sentiment of mine -- Johnny had such a great attitude, despite his illness, that he was an inspiration to us all. He truly was. Indeed, after spending a wonderful Christmas day with his family, Johnny told his wife, Carol, of 41 years, "I am a very lucky man."

Johnny died the next day.

Without question, Johnny McKee was a lucky man but we too were most fortunate to have him a part of us.

We'll miss you Johnny!

Rest in peace.

God Bless.


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