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DeMatha Express- February 22nd
Here is the latest from DeMatha:
  • Principal Dr. Daniel McMahon '76 spoke this week at a National Catholic Education Association convention in Kansas City. The topic was, 'Is There A Catholic Way To Play Sports?'
  • The Mock Trial team fought hard, but lost a close 56-55 matchup to Wise HS earlier this week.
  • Fourteen of DeMatha's student musicians will be a part of the 2018 Honors Orchestra for the Washington Archdiocesan Music Teachers Council (WATMC). They will participate in rehearsals and perform a special concert on Saturday at Good Counsel HS.
  • Faculty member Homer Twigg and his wife Jocelyn welcomed their son, Homer Twigg V, who was born last night.
Prayers Requested:
  • Rosemary McFadden, mother-in-law of Dave Diluigi '88.
  • Ross Tschiffely '14, son of faculty member Doug.
In Memoriam:
  • Retired Staff Sargent Carlos E. García (Air Force), uncle of Omar Torres '06 and Sergio Torres '10.
  • Joe "Sonny" Lasick '53, father of Joe '74: Obituary.
  • Thomas Paul, father of Carol McKee, longtime staff member, grandfather of Shawn McKee '89. No arrangements yet.
  • Gioan Baotixta Chi Tran, father of Philip, staff member.
  • Christopher Todd Young '81, brother of Timothy '86: Obituary
  • Melvin McCorkle, father of Christopher '85.
Athletics:
  • DeMatha hockey defeated O'Connell on Feb. 15 to win the WCAC Championship and again this past Tuesday in the MAPHL Quarterfinals! The team then came back to beat Landon in yesterday's semifinals. The Stags will face Gonzaga on Friday at 7pm in Laurel for the MAPHL title. The game will be webcast on Monumental Sports.
  • DeMatha basketball suffered a tough 2-point road loss to Paul VI last Friday, but rebounded for a big home win against Good Counsel on Sunday. The team is now 24-5 on the season and will be the No. 2 seed in the WCAC Playoffs. DM will face the winner of Bishop Ireton/Good Counsel on Saturday at 4:30pm in the WCAC Quarterfinals at Gallaudet University and if the Stags prevail, the team would play in the semifinals on Sunday at American University at 6:15pm. The Championships are on Monday at AU at 8pm. The games will be webcast by Flohoops.
  • DeMatha wrestling competed in the Maryland States Tournament last weekend. Among the many highlights, junior Ty Kane and freshman Ryan Holt finished in eighth place.
  • Junior Justin Moore was featured in The Washington Post on overcoming an ACL injury last year to lead the DeMatha basketball team this season: Link.
  • DeMatha football's signing day was featured recently in The Hyattsville Life & Times: Link.
Alumni News:
  • Kim Duncan '83 was featured in this older Georgetown University piece on pursuing his PhD in pharmacology: Link.
  • Joseph Gardella's '96 restaurant 'Joe Benny's' in Little Italy, Balt. was named this week one of USA's top 100 eateries by Yelp.
  • Dr. John Jowers '01, a physical therapist, was featured this week in The Washington Post: Link.
  • Victor Oladipo '10 participated in the NBA All-Star Game and the Slam Dunk contest over the weekend. He also shared some of his All-Star weekend festivities in an article with Sports Illustrated: Link.
  • Dennis Graham '11 is working for the Major League Baseball Players Association as a player operations content coordinator.
  • Jairus Lyles '13 was featured in The Washington Post on his standout performances this season with the UMBC men's basketball team: Link.
Events:
  • The DeMatha baseball team, with head coach Sean O'Connor '94 will be holding its 'First Pitch' dinner on March 10 at 7pm in the Antler Room to honor the 1988, 2008 and 2018 DM baseball teams. If you are a member of the '88 or '08 teams, contact soconnor@dematha.org.
    • The cocktail hour will start at 6pm. The guest speaker will be Bobby Applegate, an assistant coach for the Navy baseball team.
    • The cost is $15 per person and will feature an all-you-can-eat buffet with sodas/water.
    • You can purchase a ticket through the Stag Store: Tickets.
  • The 30th Annual Ray Smith Golf Classic will take place on Fri., April 27 at Renditions Golf Club in Davidsonville, MD. It promises to be, once again, a great day of fun and fellowship! We hope you can join us for this special day. Register early as this event sells out. Here is the link to the event to register and pay online: Pay Online. As always, please feel free to consider a sponsorship opportunity as well. Thank you so much for your continued support! To download a copy of the flyer: Flyer.
  • The Friends and Family Fundraiser Cruise, which supports two great causes - DeMatha lacrosse and the Bowie Boys & Girls Club, is a 7-night, Exotic Eastern Caribbean Cruise aboard Carnival Pride (August 5-12, 2018) which sails from Baltimore. The cruise is open to all.
    • You'll Visit Half Moon Cay, Grand Turk, and Freeport, Bahamas. Limited number of staterooms available from $1,135. (includes taxes, fees, and port expenses). $250 deposit per person.
    • Follow CruiseForACauseDMBBGC on Facebook and Twitter, @cruiseforacauseDMBBGC. Contact Lynn Riley at (410) 725-1001 or lriley1137@comcast.net for more information.
    • NOTE: The event is neither sponsored by nor endorsed by the school.
Misc. Information:
  • Father James and Tom Ponton will be in Naples, FL in early March attending a conference. They would like to meet any alumni or friends of DeMatha who will be in
    that area during that time period. The plan is to meet in the lounge at the Hilton Naples Hotel where the conference is being held around 6pm. Please let us know if you would be in the area to do this on Monday, March 5. E-mail tponton@dematha.org.
  • Registration is now open for the DeMatha soccer summer camps taking place in July and August: Register.
Spirit Wear Item of the Week:
  • The beginnings of Spring can be so fickle. Do I wear a coat or will a vest keep me warm enough? For those "vest" days, show your DeMatha pride with this 100% polyester melange jersey vest bonded with fleece. $50: Purchase.
That is all.

Thomas Ponton
Director of Advancement
tponton@dematha.org
240-764-2222
Postscript
From the Office of Advancement:
Joe "Sonny" Lasick '53 passed away last week. At DeMatha, Joe was a big guy and a recognizable member of the football team, who later was a part of the Baltimore Colts/ NY Giants organization. Sonny actually played in the very first football game in DM history in October 1948 -- however, he played for the opposition -- Gonzaga. (He later transferred to DeMatha). Sonny's family owned a restaurant in College Park, which, sadly, burned down in 2004. When that happened, DeMatha hosted a fundraising dinner in the Antler Room to help the family during an obvious time of crisis. Throughout his life, Sonny was proud to say
he was a graduate of DeMatha. The feeling was mutual.

Robert Wilson '57 also recently passed away. Robert was a member of the 1957 baseball team, the first squad in school history to win a conference championship. When that team was inducted in the DeMatha Hall of Fame in 1994, Robert and his family were present at the
ceremony. Robert's family (and relatives) grew up in Landover in what was well known as 'The Wilson Farm.' The farm was later sold and is now Fed Ex Field, where the Redskins play. Of course, just outside of the stadium is the Sports & Learning Complex, where DeMatha football has played its home games.

May both men rest in peace.
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Ted Smith '99 was in town earlier this week (with his classmate Danny Burruss '99) to watch the DeMatha - Good Counsel hoops game. Ted has many DM connections and is a true Stag. He is a well-known radio personality in Seattle and told us Sunday that he mentions DeMatha often on the air, despite the many miles away he may be from Hyattsville. In fact, Ted said at least one listener told him that he (the listener) watches athletic events just to see the DeMatha guys playing in that Ted has made so many mentions.

We leave you with this one last story Ted told us. He said he was back in Seattle wearing his DeMatha shirt one day (which apparently he frequently does) when a woman stopped him and said, "DeMatha? Did you go there?" Ted replied, "Yes I did." As the woman walked away she said, "That's all my husband talks about!"

Go Stags!
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God Bless,

TP