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Here is the latest from DeMatha:

  • Our 75th Anniversary Speaker Series returns today (at Noon) with six-time NBA All-Star, Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Famer, and Olympic gold medalist Adrian Dantley '73! In addition to a long and storied basketball career at DeMatha, Notre Dame, and in the NBA, Adrian led the U.S. Olympic men's basketball team to the gold medal in 1976. With the Tokyo Olympics fast approaching, Adrian will share his experiences winning a gold medal, and his many other successes in the game of basketball. Register Now!

 

  • Maryland Senator Doug Peters announced last week that he would be resigning from the state senate following an appointment with the University of Maryland's Board of Regents: Link. We wish Sen. Peters, a DeMatha parent and friend to DeMatha, the best.

 

  • Congrats to faculty member Mr. Nicholas Caputo and his wife on the birth of their son Andrew, earlier this month.

In Memoriam:

  • Wilmer Preston, father of Dwayne '87 and grandfather of Dwayne '21: Obituary.

 

  • Brice Jackson, son of Raleigh '92: Obituary.

 

  • Karyn Kerris, daughter of Sonny '59 & Cicily Iacangelo, Senior Boosters: Obituary.

 

  • Carroll J. Pycha, father of Michael '86 and Steven '88: Obituary.

 



  • Ceil Neugebauer, wife of Bill (former staff member)

 

 

  • Mary Jones, mother of Dion R. Lyons '87



  • Leonard Sterling, father of Kirk Price '75

Athletics:

  • DeMatha has had 6 players named to MaxPreps' All-America Team (since they started this recognition in 2006): Austin Freeman '07, Markelle Fultz '16, Justin Moore '19, Hunter Dickinson '20, Earl Timberlake '20, and Jordan Hawkins '21: Link.

 

  • Rising senior Tyrell Ward announced this week that he was committing to attend and play basketball next year at Xavier University.

 

  • Dakota Eierman ‘21 made the Maryland State Lacrosse Coaches Association All-State Second Team and Ryan Morrison ‘21 and Ben McKelvy ‘21 both made All-State Honorable Mention. This recognition means that Dakota was one of the top 8 midfielders in the State and Ryan and Ben were in the top 15 defenseman in the State.

 

  • Rising senior Stephen Betz continued his strong play carding rounds of 74-70 and finishing T-8 in the USGA Championship Qualifying earlier this month. Dylan Allen '21 shot 71-78 to finish 24th and Matthew Malits '18 followed with rounds of 75-76. Dylan also made a hole-in-one in the first round of the Maryland State Open played at Baltimore Country Club earlier this week. He finished the round carding a 72.

Alumni News:

  • Jack Lesko ’81 recently retired from Virginia Tech after 27 years of service as a Mechanical Engineering faculty member. He will take on a new role as the Director for Engineering Research with the Roux Institute, Northeastern University in Portland, ME. Jack will help build the engineering research enterprise that focuses on the industry partnerships, translational research and technology development that grows the Portland and Maine technology economy.

 

  • Kevin Wells' ('86) book 'Priest and Beggar: The Heroic Life of Venerable Aloysius Schwartz' was featured on 'The First Things 2021 Summer Reading List by George Weigel': Link.

 

  • Mike Gnall '78 was featured in this interesting story by the Maryland Coast Dispatch on his life and stories on Maryland's Eastern Shore: Link.

 

  • Daniel De Weldon '89 is starring in the film 'Weekend Warriors', which is set to be released in October.

 

  • Terry Eberhardt '94 will be the featured presenter at the national Hal Leonard's Virtual Music Education Summit that is taking place from July 29-30: Link.

 

  • Andre Hammel '99 wrote this piece on RogerEbert.com on why he decided to pursue a career in Family Law: Link.

 

  • Here's a nice story about the daughter of Eddie King ‘99 and granddaughter of staff member Ed King: Link. (Note: Ed King Sr. is in fine health!)

 

  • Kenny Beaver ’02 was recently named the new Chief Development Officer for the University of Maryland’s College of Behavioral and Social Sciences! Link.

 

  • Paul Rabil '04 officially has the most points scored in professional outdoor lacrosse history with 604 total after the Cannons LC 13-12 win over Archers LC last week.

 

  • Chris Cook ‘09 married Sarah Shannahan on June 12th at St. Mary’s Church in Annapolis with Fr. Damian officiating. Joe Cook ‘06 was best man for his brother. Chris' and Joe's mom is Karen, a member of the DeMatha Board of Directors.

 

  • Jerian Grant '10 recently signed a two-year deal with Olimpia Milano in Italy where he will make his official EuroLeague debut.

 

  • Darien Harris '11, Director of Player Engagement at Michigan State University, wrote this post as a guest blogger for 'Beyond The Field': Link.

 

  • Kameron Taylor ‘12 recently signed a contract with Maccabi Tel Aviv BC in the EuroLeague.

 

  • Jerami Grant '12 was featured last night on WJLA in DC on playing for the U.S. Olympic men's basketball team later this month: Link. He was also interviewed last week on 'The Sports Junkies' radio show, which features Jason Bishop '88 and Eric Bickel '88 as co-hosts. Lots of good DeMatha talk in here! Link.

 

  • Ben Warnquist '11, Evan Santa '15 and Dylan Allen '21 represented DeMatha in the 100th Maryland State Open Golf Championship this week as they all made the 36 hole cut. Evan fired rounds of 68-73, Ben carded rounds of 72-72, and Dylan Allen shot 72-73. The final round is today.

 

  • Congrats to Trent Ashton ‘17 and Will Pyne ‘17 on being named Oregon’s Most Valuable Player and Defensive MVP, respectively for the 2021 lacrosse season.

 

  • Shemar Lewis '19, currently attending Mt. St. Mary's, was selected to attend USA Rugby High Performance Camp being held this week in Glendale, Colorado. Link.

 

  • Zachary Shieh ‘19 was recently named a 2021 IRCA Scholar-Athlete as Navy coxswain on the Navy crew team! Link.

 

  • Hunter Dickinson '20 announced last week that he is returning to Michigan for his sophomore season. Read the ESPN article below to see his thought process behind the decision: Link.

 

  • Jack Smith '20 was recently named the VaSID Men's Lacrosse Rookie-of-the-Year for his freshmen season at Randolph-Macon College: Link.

 

  • Jordan Hawkins '21 was featured in this story about coming from DeMatha to UConn basketball with confidence and motivation: Link.

Events & Miscellaneous Info:

  • The 47th annual DeMatha Senior Booster's Crab Feast is returning this fall on Sat., Sept. 25 in the Antler Room from 4-7pm! All you can eat, on premises only, which includes crabs, chicken BBQ, potato salad, corn on the cob, hot dogs, beer and soda, and more! For more information and to purchase your tickets online through the Stag Store, click here: Link. You can also pay by mail by making your check payable to 'DeMatha Senior Boosters'. Mail to DeMatha Senior Boosters, c/o Tim Miller '80, 6008 43rd Avenue Hyattsville, MD 20781.

Stag Store Item of the Week:

  • Many people believe that we wear white in summer because white reflects the Sunlight and hence you would stay cooler than with any other color. While there are many controversial facts relating to whether white or black keep you cooler in the summer, I say wear it for the logo! Check out this UA White Fade Tee. 65% polyester / 35% cotton with UA's anti-odor technology. $25. Pay Online.

 

NOTE: The on campus Stag Store and its website (https://store.dematha.org/) are the ONLY locations authorized to sell DeMatha branded apparel and products, and any other locations or websites attempting to sell DeMatha branded apparel or products are not sanctioned or endorsed by DeMatha and do not provide any benefit to DeMatha.

That is all.

 

Thomas Ponton '78

Executive Director of Advancement

tponton@dematha.org

240-764-2222

Postscript: From The Office of Advancement :

The packages arrived just two weeks ago. Once again, Jeff Hoffman '81 decided to mail his fellow teammates a hat from the championship DeMatha baseball team of 1981.

 

"This is the third time I have done it. I did in 2001, then 2006, and now 2021," Jeff said yesterday from Orlando, FL, where he is the General Manager WKMG TV. "The hat keeps the spirit of our team alive," he said. "It was probably the best time any of us had ever had."

 

That point is echoed by Steve Miller '81, now the present varsity baseball coach at DeMatha. Miller, who once played at the AAA level, said the '81 season was "the most fun I ever had playing baseball." The squad had chemistry for sure and lost but one game all season. The team was inducted into the DeMatha Hall of Fame two years ago.

 

The coach was Bill McGregor, who admittedly was more of a football coach than a baseball coach, but still wound up winning four league titles in six years in his time as the varsity skipper.

 

"Bill was an unbelievable motivator," said Steve Morusiewicz '81. "He always wanted us to keep improving." 

 

Of course, McGregor was wise enough to have baseball people helping him -- first Pat O'Connell '71 and then Vince Kerley '69. For a number of years, McGregor also had Mike Reynolds '66 assist the squad. Reynolds was well known for his special fungo bat and hitting 100 mph practice ground balls that whizzed across the then dirt infield at Riverdale Field.

 

One of the themes in the present popular TV show ‘Ted Lasso’ is that a good coach can coach almost any sport, even if his or her specialty may lie in another area. (People sometimes forget that Morgan Wootten was a very good football coach at DeMatha for 13 years). The key, it seems. is bringing the team together and getting everyone to believe in themselves. The members of the '81 team certainly believed.

 

"Bill McGregor had the ability to relate to us as young men," Morusiewicz said. "And we knew that he enjoyed coaching us." 

 

The various members of the '81 team recently posted pictures of themselves on social media wearing the latest '81 hat, including Deno Campbell '81, the defensive coordinator of the football team.  

 

Two years ago, Morusiewicz got jackets for the '81 team. Who knows what Hoffman will do 10 years from now? For now, the members of the famed team have a new memento to serve as a reminder of the sandlot days of their youth.

 

One DeMatha.

 

 

God Bless,

 

TP