DeMatha Express- March 1st
|Here is the latest from DeMatha:|
- DeMatha held a brunch last Saturday for its Nusca Scholar recipients. Here is a brief video talking about the Nusca Scholar program, produced by Andre Jones '87: Link.
- Several students and staff from DeMatha will be attending the High School Principal's Association Academic Symposium tomorrow at the Pryzbyla Center at Catholic University.
- The Voices of DeMatha will sing the American and Canadian National Anthems tomorrow morning at the Bowie Ice Arena for the USA Warriors Hockey Sled Team game.
- The annual Science Expo will be held from March 14-16. The guest speaker will be Prince George's County Police Chief Hank Stawinski '86.
- Junior Jack Scully has been invited to participate in the National Hispanic Recognition Program.
- Rosemary McFadden, mother-in-law of Dave Diluigi '88.
- Ross Tschiffely, son of faculty member Doug.
- Calvin Fischer, father-in-law of Kevin Davis '87, grandfather of Jack '18, Matthew '21, and Michael '21 Davis: Obituary.
- Kimberly Sue Harris, wife of Ed '82 and sister-in-law of Charlie '77, Patrick '85, Hugh '86, and Beth (Elizabeth Seton '87). Information for the viewing, funeral and burial can be found on the obituary page: Obituary.
- Mars Leadmon, grandfather of Garrett '18.
- Mary McKee, mother of John '67 (dec.) and Frank '69. Grandmother of Shawn McKee '89 and Ed Goundry '82. Mother-in-law of Carol, staff member: Obituary.
- DeMatha basketball held on to beat Gonzaga 54-53 in the WCAC Championship to win its 40th conference title. It also marked the team's first WCAC title since 2011. The basketball victory was covered by several outlets including USA Today and WUSA9. The Washington Post moved DeMatha back up to No. 1 in its regional rankings: Link. The Post also wrote a feature on how the WCAC might be the best league of basketball in the country: Link. The team is 28-5 and will next compete in the MD Private School Championship starting tonight against Capital Christian at 7:30pm at Riverdale Baptist. If the Stags win, a semifinal matchup would be on Saturday at 6pm with the final on Monday at 7pm. Follow DeMatha on social media to receive updates!
- DeMatha hockey, after winning the WCAC title, advanced all the way to the MAPHL championship before losing to Gonzaga 4-1. The team finished a great season with a 26-10-2 record! You can watch a short video of the team's playoff run on YouTube.
- DeMatha track's Nick Cross and Brendon Stewart combined for the fastest 60m times of any high school duo EVER. It has been a great season thus far for the track team. There will be more information next week. You can also check out DeMatha track's updated website at the link for more information on the team: Website.
- DeMatha lacrosse will kick off its spring season at Heurich Field versus St. Albans on Mon., March 5 at 3:30pm.
- Senior Sydney Reyes won the Maryland State Taekwondo Championship last Saturday.
- DeMatha swimming's Myles Richardson and Xavier Fuller, among a group of six individuals, have been named to the Prince George's County All-County swim team.
- Victor McCrary '73, current vice president of research and economic development at Morgan State University, welcomed Baltimore Archbishop William E. Lori to campus earlier this week for Black History Month and spoke on the Archbishop's pastoral letter on Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s principles of nonviolence: Link.
- Mike Brey '77 won his 400th game as head coach for the Notre Dame men's basketball team last night in a 73-56 win over Pittsburgh. It also marked Mike's 499th career win overall as a head coach: Link
- Michael Bell '78 is a professor of architecture at the Columbia University Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation: Link.
- Dave DiLuigi '88, current DM Board Member, will be inducted into the Academic Circle of Excellence Alumni Hall of Fame at Mt. St. Mary's University.
- Brendan Shea '00, with his wife Emily, celebrated the baptism of their son, Finnegan Thomas, at the DM Chapel earlier this week.
- David Calderon '08 is the manager at a new restaurant called Mi Vida located at the Wharf in DC.
- Thomas Kenny '12 was accepted into the University of Baltimore Law School and has been sworn in as a District Court Commissioner for Prince George's County.
- Jairus Lyles '13 was featured in the Baltimore Sun on his friendship with UMBC President Freeman Hrabowski: Link.
- DeMatha will host its annual "Celtic Celebration" on Sun., March 11 from 3-7pm at O'Ledo's (Ledo's) in College Park. The day will include Irish music by Pat Garvey as we will honor the Irish National Basketball Coach, Pete Strickland '75, who will also be honored earlier in the day as the 'Gael-of-the-Year' in the Washington, DC St. Patrick's Day Parade. In addition, we will unveil 'LOON-DAWG,' a fine pilsner beer brewed in honor of the late Brendan Looney '99. There is no fee to attend the event; pay as you go. Wear something green!
- 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 firstname.lastname@example.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! You can download a copy of the flyer here: Flyer.
- Registration is now open for DeMatha's annual summer instrumental music camp.This co-ed camp is available to all students in grades 7-12. Current DMstudents,
- Registration is now open for the DeMatha soccer summer camps taking place in July and August: Register.
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Director of Advancement
|From the Office of Advancement:|
|It has been a most memorable winter for the hockey and basketball teams.|
Consider this -- the hockey team won nearly 30 games; won its second straight WCAC title; made it to the finals of the ruthlessly competitive MAPHL; and helped to raise nearly $30,000 for wounded veterans. Many congratulations go to everyone associated with the program (especially Coach Tony MacAulay) for their tireless efforts on behalf of DeMatha.
As for basketball, perhaps you have heard that the team captured the school's 40th conference title in hoops on Monday Night. After the game, Coach Mike Jones '91 wept tears of joy (and relief) after the Stags held off Gonzaga, who had the ball and a chance to win at the very end of the game.
This is the 16th season in which Jones has led the Stags and during that time DeMatha has won well over 400 games and performed at a very high level. But winning is just not enough for some who expect nothing but yearly championships. You see, the last conference title
came in 2011, and, in the social media world we reside in, there were more than just whispers, but posts -- why aren't the Stags at the very top every year? Well, folks, just so you know, we WILL be updating the hoops banner in the offseason. (Hockey too!).
We also couldn't help but notice that the Stags victory came on February 26. An earlier DeMatha posting that day recognized the sixth anniversary of the death of Rico Webb, who passed away of natural causes in 2012. The posting included somewhat of a surreal, or
perhaps, heavenly, picture of Rico, in a sea of white cheering on the Stags in his blue DMletter jacket.
That picture was taken during the famous home Gonzaga game of 2012 -- a Stags victory -- in a contest that was nationally broadcast by ESPN. And one of our final memories of Rico is of him cheering on the Stags that night. It was a week later he would leave us -- but not without a final posting on social media. A posting somewhat different than
the usual critical fare. Rico's last post? "I LOVE GOD."
So, therefore, could there have been divine intervention on behalf of the Stags on Monday against Gonzaga? Who knows? But we are most certain that somewhere out there, possibly in a sea of white, the spirit of Rico Webb was cheering the Stags on to victory -- just as he did when he was physically here with us.