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DeMatha Express- February 15th
Here is the latest from DeMatha:
  • Principal Dr. Daniel McMahon '76 will be speaking at a National Catholic Education Association convention next week in Kansas City. The topic will be 'Is There A Catholic Way To Play Sports?'

  • DeMatha celebrated Ash Wednesday with two services yesterday, one for upperclassmen and the other for freshmen and sophomores. Here are a few photos from the services: Ash Wednesday.

  • Faculty science chair Mr. Rick Reeves, with faculty member Mrs. Marilyn Murphy and 11 DM students, will be leaving for a 10-day exchange trip to Austria today. We will share a photo gallery of their trip upon their return.

  • Twelve DeMatha juniors and seniors, with faculty chaperones Mr. Vaughn Holsey and Mr. Andrew Eck '11, will leave for the Winter Service Trip to the Romero Center in Camden, NJ on Friday at 5pm and will return on Sunday at noon. They will spend time in service with the people of Camden and learn about the challenges of urban poverty.

  • The mock trial team currently has a 1-2 record this season. One match was lost by the tie breaker point and the second match was lost by 1 point. DeMatha goes against Wise HS on Feb. 20 at DeMatha. DeMatha will play the role of the Plaintiff-Counter Defendant. The case this year involves an automobile accident involving one driver running a traffic light and another driver texting while driving. Should DeMatha prevail, the Stags may advance to the elimination rounds for the circuit competition consisting of the top 16 teams from St. Mary's, Charles, Prince George's and Calvert counties.

  • 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 Feb. 24 at Good Counsel HS.
Prayers Requested:
  • Ross Tschiffely, son of faculty member Doug.
  • Bob Whitmore '65.
In Memoriam:
  • Robert (Bob) Banwarth, father of David '66 and grandfather of Rob '81: Obituary
  • Faithy Coard, mother of Eric '74: Obituary
  • Milton Cromer, father of Kevin '89 and Keith '92.
  • Eric Harder, father of Sean '08. Eric was the head coach of the crew program from 2007 to 2010. There are no arrangements yet.
  • Joyce Morrison, mother of lacrosse coach Scott, grandmother of Ryan '21. The funeral will be held this afternoon at 1 pm at Linthicum Heights United Methodist Church in Linthicum, MD.
  • Charles Pell, grandfather-in-law of Josh Bender '96, great grandfather of current DeMatha junior Jaden. There will be a service on Friday at 1pm at Mayo United Methodist Church in Edgewater with a Celebration of Life following the service at The American Legion Post #226 in Edgewater.
  • Robert Wilson '57: Obituary.
  • Joe "Sonny" Lasick '53, father of Joe '74. No arrangements yet. We just learned of this.
  • DeMatha basketball got a big road win on Tuesday over Gonzaga 57-53 to improve to 23-4 on the season. The Washington Post recapped the game: Link. The team will have its biggest matchup yet when they travel to face Paul VI on Friday at 7:30pmfollowed by its regular season finale hosting Good Counsel on Sunday at 5:30pm.You can stream the Paul VI game through Monumental Sports and the Good Counsel game through the DM broadcast.
  • DeMatha hockey, ranked No. 5 in The Washington Post, lost a tough 2-1 battle against top-ranked Gonzaga on Monday to finish the regular season at 23-9-2, but defeated St. John's 5-0 yesterday in the WCAC semifinals. The Stags will face O'Connell today for the WCAC title at 4:30pm at the Rockville Ice Arena! The team will compete in the MAPHL playoffs next week.
  • DeMatha swimming competed in the Metros Area Championship last weekend. Among the many highlights, junior Myles Richardson finished seventh in the 50m freestyle and the 200m free relay team of Richardson, senior Cade Jackson, senior Xavier Fuller, and junior Wesley Douglas finished 17th out of 50 private school teams in the event.
  • DeMatha wrestling competed at Melee on the Metro this past weekend and several of the highlights included Jason Robertson placing third in the 220 pound division and CJ Smith-Cassidy placing fifth in the 145 pound division. The team will compete at the MD States this weekend.
  • Seven DeMatha lacrosse seniors signed their Letters of Intent on Monday to play at the collegiate level. Here are a few photos from the day: Link.
Alumni News:
  • Bill Humbert '67 recently released his book 'Employee 5.0 Secrets Of A Successful Job Search In The New World Order' and is hosting a book release party at Dolly's Book Store on Feb. 22 in Park City, UT. All Stags in the area are invited to attend. Event.
  • David DeArmas '91 has launched a football kicking service company called 'Elite Kicking Services': Link. The company will hold its first camp this spring in Fredericksburg, Va. For more information, email David at
  • Mike Jones '91 worked with Grammy and Academy Award winning artist Common on various basketball workouts at DeMatha last weekend to get Common ready for the NBA All-Star Celebrity Game on Friday at 7pm on ESPN.
  • Ed Murphy '91 will be the JV softball head coach at Elizabeth Seton for the 2018 season.
  • Lance Hawkins '04 is currently working as a cybersecurity policy analyst for the Department of Justice. He also became licensed as a realtor in Maryland and the District of Columbia in January.
  • Lorenzo Waters '10 is a graduate research assistant in the Voorhees Center for Civic Engagement at Rutgers University.
  • Victor Oladipo '10 will play in his first NBA All-Star Game on Sunday at 8pm on TNT. He will also participate in the Slam Dunk Contest on Saturday night on TNT.
  • Ryan Allen '17 is featured in a story on about making a big impact in his freshman season with the University of Delaware men's basketball team: Link.
  • 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. 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. If you are a member of the '88 or '08 teams, please contact
  • Former faculty member Mr. Rich Macheski will be leading a men's retreat on Feb. 15th and 22nd and March 1st and 8th at St. Jude's Catholic Church (12701 Veirs Mill Rd., Rockville, MD). Sessions will last each day from 7:30-8:45 pm. For those who are interested in registering, please email Rich at
  • 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
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
  • There will be a DM Football Camp for coaches this Saturday. Click on the link for more information about the event: Link. For questions about registration, email Elijah Brooks '02 at Great lineup of speakers!
  • Registration is now open for the DeMatha soccer summer camps taking place in July and August: Register.
Spirit Wear Item of the Week:
How do you truly know it's time for Spring? When the Under Armour Visor's are back at the Stag Store, of course. Get yours today! Available in Royal or Black: $22. Pay Online.
That is all.

Thomas Ponton
Director of Advancement
From the Office of Advancement:
At yesterday's Lenten Service, a few students were asked to give brief reflections to the student body. One of those students was senior Julius McCullough. Here is what Julius said:

"Over this past summer, I went in the hospital to have my wisdom teeth, and a couple other teeth, removed. But after the procedure, I went into cardiac arrest. I was on a ventilator and I was in a coma (for a time). During this period, the doctor told my mom that I only had a 12 percent chance of living. Fr. James and Mr. Twigg both came to the hospital to pray for me and to comfort my family. Mr. Twigg gave me a rosary, and, while I was in the ICU, I would pray the rosary multiple times a day. My entire family, friends, and the DeMatha community prayed for my recovery and that God would deliver me out of this dark time. I remember seeing my grandad who had been deceased for two years and I was talking to him. My sister told me that my dad was about to go ahead and make funeral arrangements because it looked as if I wasn't going to make it. But God delivered me. This whole ordeal strengthened my prayer life and my faith in God. If God can deliver me from this dark time in my life, He can do the same for you, no matter the circumstances."
We wish Julius well. Note: We edited his remarks slightly as they were written for his speech and not this forum.
God Bless,