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DeMatha Express- January 16th
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Here is the latest from DeMatha:
  • Congrats to faculty member Chris Keplinger and his wife Elizabeth on the birth of their son Jacob Bernard on Dec. 20!
  • The National Honor Society Induction Ceremony was held last night in the Antler Room. Here are some photos from the event: Link. Congrats to all of our newest inductees! This year's Fr. James R. Day Award recipient is faculty member Mike Curran '99.
  • The Mock Trial team defeated Renaissance Classical 63-60 in role of plaintiff earlier this week. Duncan Auchter was named best witness by the opposing coach. Patton Jeffords was named best witness and Anders Murphy best attorney. The Stags will face Parkdale on Wed., Jan. 22 in the role of Defense.
  • A group of DeMatha students served dinner earlier this week for St. Maria's Meals.
In Memoriam:
  • Edward Dimler '62: Obituary.
  • Elwood Keplinger, father of faculty member Chris. There will be Visitation this afternoon at St. Mary of the Assumption in Upper Marlboro, MD, from 4-7pm and then a Mass there tomorrow at 11:30am.
  • Patrick Basler, father of faculty member Sarah Stockton. Services are being held this weekend in the family's hometown of Sacred Grove, WI. Condolences may be sent to
  • Joanne Inglisa, mother of Michael '81, Paul '84, John '85, and Joseph who attended DM for two years before transferring. Joanne was also a longtime former staff member:Obituary.
  • Gloria Smith, grandmother of Mike Cefaratti '97.
  • The varsity basketball team earned big road wins over St. John's and Gonzaga this week to improve to 13-2 on the season. The Stags will quickly regroup for a road matchup tonight at St. Mary's Ryken at 7pm. After that, the team will travel to Springfield, MA, to play in the Hoop Hall tourney first against Simeon Career Academy (IL) on Saturday at noon and then Rancho Christian (CA) on Mon., Jan. 20 at 1pm on ESPNU. The squad was also featured recently in The Hyattsville Life & Times: Link.
  • The varsity swimming team improved to 11-1 after a big win over Paul VI last week. Stags started strong winning the first 7 events, led by PJ Emrich (2), Riley Foran (2), Mikkel Leblanc (1), and Nathan Bress (1). The squad has a busy week up ahead as they compete against The Heights this afternoon at Georgetown Prep at 4pm, which will then be followed by racing this weekend in the National Catholic Swimming Championships at Loyola University Maryland
  • The varsity wrestling team won this year's YJAA Tournament, hosted by Randolph Macon Academy, last weekend! In addition, a number of DM wrestlers placed first in their individual weight classes, including seniors Shemar Lewis and Burhan Kmt, junior Ryan Holt, and sophomore Philip Bourque. The squad will compete this weekend in the Cavalier Duals at Archbishop Spalding HS followed by hosting Paul VI on Wed., Jan. 22 in our old gym at 4pm.
  • The prep hockey team has a 9-7-3 record on the season after a 3-3 tie last weekend against North Allegheny Senior HS. The Stags will host Calvert Hall tomorrow at 5:30pm and will then travel to faceoff with Landon at the Rockville Ice Arena on Wed., Jan. 22 at 4:15pm.
  • The varsity indoor track and field team ran last weekend in the VTCA Winter Classic and the 4x400m relay team finished second overall in the event with a time of three minutes and 27.13 seconds. Senior Kamari Trotz, meanwhile, finished fifth in the 55m dash at 6.56 seconds. The Stags will next race on Saturday in the Milestat VA Showcase at Liberty University.
  • Seniors Ben Boucher and Naim Roberts committed this past week to play soccer at Stevenson University and Cabrini University, respectively.
Alumni News:
  • Ambrose Phillips III '82 is the Treasury Director at Versant Health.
  • Todd Sanzone '90 works at Windows Catering Company in Alexandria, VA as a Sales Executive.
  • David DeArmas '91 is the Director of Instructional Technology/Assistant Athletic Director at Fredericksburg Christian Schools.
  • Mynor Herrera '92 was interviewed by 'DC Metro Real Producers' where he talks about his time at DeMatha and as CEO of Mynor & Associates, Keller Williams Capital Properties: Link.
  • Rob Landini '01, DM staff member, and wife Melissa (Seton '99) had their daughter Brinley Mary baptized last Saturday by Fr. Damian in the DeMatha Chapel.
  • Joseph Lavela '04 is a Clinical Protocol Coordinator at NIDDK.
  • Kyle Loughlin '05, son of staff member Lori, married Elisa Linares last Saturday in Beltsville. Justin Loughlin '02 served as best man and Drew Loughlin '09 as a groomsman.
  • Tyler Ross '07 is the Director of Supply Chain for Novant Health in Charlotte, NC. After graduating from the Naval Academy in 2011, he served for five years in the Marine Corps as a Logistics Officer and spent a year oversees fighting in Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan. He received his Masters degree in Logistics from the University of Southern Mississippi while on active duty and was honorably discharged as a Captain in 2016.
  • Darius Brown '13 is interning with the Fraud and Public Corruption Unit, United States Attorney's Office for the District of Columbia.
  • Bain Schroeder '14 has been promoted to Senior Solutions Advisor at SmartBear.
  • Markelle Fultz '16 was featured in this Sports Illustrated story on his career turnaround with the Orlando Magic: Link.
  • Christian Golczynski '16 was featured in this ABC7 WJLA story last weekend in regards to the Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation: Link.
  • The next Purse Bingo to support the Crew program will be held on Sat., Feb. 8 in the Antler Room from 7-10pm. $20 for 20 games (cash only) and also including multiple raffles, door prizes and a jackpot. Must be 18 or over to attend. Always a great time so come out and support DeMatha Crew!
Misc. Information:
  • Catholic Charities D.C. has started recruitment for its 2020 summer internship program and the organization is interested in having DeMatha alumni apply for one of their available positions. Opportunities across the entire agency range from Development and Communications to Immigrant Support Services, and many others. Applications are due by March 13th. Students will serve from May 26 - Aug. 7. Those interested can apply here: Link.
  • A 2014 alum is looking to further his career in cyber security with a company that has its business model in cyber security and/or information technology. He is currently performing vulnerability management for an insurance company. If you have a lead on a potential job opportunity for this DM alum, please contact Tom Ponton '78 at
Spirit Wear Item of the Week:
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That is all.

Thomas Ponton '78
Director of Advancement
From the Office of Advancement:
It was great to see DeMatha win a wrestling tournament over the weekend. We heard from a few parents who were very excited about this success. Congrats to Coach Dylan Devine '12 and everyone else associated with the program. Keep it up!
It is hard to believe that it has been 10 years since we played our last game in the old Morgan Wootten Gym. At the time, we made a big hoopla (that's right, hoopla) over what we perceived as the "last game," a regular season victory over Good Counsel. (For the record, the true "last game" came two nights later in a playoff win over PVI, but for many reasons we could not hold a "special" night for a playoff game).

At the last regular season game in 2010, Morgan Wootten, Mike Jones '91, and Dereck Whittenburg '79 addressed the crowd. Aubrey Nash '68 then took the ball and passed it to Joe Kennedy '64 on the far end who made a layup. The ball was then passed up the floor to Kenny Tate '08 who threw a lob pass to Victor Oladipo '10, who then dunked the ball. The ball was taken out of the net by Quinn Cook, who dribbled the ball over to the unfinished Convocation Center. Also that evening, Dan McMahon '76 suggested that all of the former players form a chain from the Convocation Center to the old gym and a ball was passed from former player to former player as they stood between the two buildings.

The next day, The Washington Post had a small story about the event and showed a picture of Morgan Wootten peering into the old gym. It is a nice, bittersweet photo. And talk about history! DeMatha did not lose a game in that gym between 1961 and 1976. Last time we checked, DeMatha was ranked third or fourth in the record books with all-time consecutive victories played at home.

As we write this, we couldn't help but notice that Markelle Fultz '16 and Quinn Cook both led their teams in scoring last night as the Magic narrowly beat the Lakers; Jermai Grant '12 had another sold game in Denver's NBA win; Terrell Allen '15 helped lead Georgetown to an upset victory over #25 Creighton; Coaches Mike Brey '77 and Rod Balanis '88 saw their Notre Dame team get a tough road victory at Georgia Tech. (We're sure there are other Stags who performed well last night. Keeping track of them all is a full-time job).

The hoops teams this year is on pace to win at least 20 games. Should the squad do that, it would mark the 60th time in the past 64 years that the DM hoops team has won 20 or more games in a season. The squad is heading up to Springfield, Mass. (home of the Basketball Hall of Fame) to play two tough games this weekend. On Monday, the Stags will go up against arguably the top player in the country. Yes, that game will be on TV (we know, don't get us started about DM games on national TV!!).
Regardless, we thought we would revisit the amazing history of DeMatha basketball, which Morgan Wootten literally championed for so long and has continued under the watch of his former player, Mike Jones. So, even though Morgan retired in 2002, his legacy will continue for many years to come.

Go Stags!
God Bless,

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