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DeMatha Express- October 31st
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Here is the latest from DeMatha:
  • Last Sunday's Hall of Fame ceremony was a great success! Thank you to everyone who attended and to our inductees on being honored. Here's a YouTube playlist of all of the speeches from the inductees in order of appearance: Link. There's a photo gallery from the day as well: Link.
  • Congrats to Mr. Jim Roper and Mr. Rich Blorstad '10 for being named DeMatha's Veteran and Novice Teachers-of-the-Year, respectively, at last Friday's Archdiocese of Washington High School Principals Association (HSPA) event!
  • Our Open House will be held THIS SUNDAY starting at 10:30am. This is a great chance for prospective students and their families to come visit the campus, meet the faculty/staff and current students and get an idea of what it means to be a part of DeMatha and a part of this One Strong Brotherhood. Please contact for any questions about this event.
  • The DeMatha Players are proud to present 'Around the World in 80 Days', an adaptation of Jules Verne's famous story. Join us for an exciting ride on trains, boats, elephants and sledges around the world in DeMatha's Old Gym. Shows are:
    Friday, November 8 at 7:30 pm
    Saturday, November 9 at 7:30 pm
    Sunday, November 10 at 2pm
    Tickets are available at the door and through the Stag Store: Link.
  • Congrats to Jarrod Ghatt (1st place), Daman Decker (2nd place) and Michael Metz (3rd place) for their performances earlier this week in the Freshmen Poetry Throwdown!
In Memoriam:
  • William Stephens '64: Obituary.
  • Nathan Cortes Peck '07. See Epilogue.
  • Congrats to the Washington Nationals!
  • The varsity football team defeated Good Counsel 30-14 last Friday to improve to 6-2 on the season. The Stags will next have a road matchup at St. John's on Saturday at 1:30pm. The game will be streamed live via 1st Amendment Sports: Link. DeMatha is also currently ranked No.3 in the latest Washington Post power rankings: Link
  • The cross country team DeMatha finished fourth overall in the Varsity A race at the WCAC Championships last weekend! The Stags also had four of the 10 fastest
    freshmen overall at the WCAC Championships on Saturday, led by Jayden Keels (17:57),fastest freshman overall who set a new DM freshman record for the fastest 5k run at a conference championship meet. Also, Christopher Toomer, Ian Parsons, and Michael Metz placed 2nd, 5th, and 6th respectively in the freshman race and were the 6th, 9th, and 10th fastest freshmen in the meet overall. Congrats to the Stags on a great season and the future looks bright for the 2019 campaign!
  • After defeating Carroll in the WCAC Playoff Play-In game, the varsity soccer team fell in the quarterfinals to Good Counsel in penalty kicks after a hard fought battle that lasted past two overtimes. Congrats on a hard fought season for the Stags and we know the prospects for next season will be brighter than ever.
  • DeMatha had two entries in SportsCenter's Top 10 Plays on ESPN last Friday evening. At No. 3 was a dunk by Jerami Grant '12 of the Denver Nuggets and at No. 1 was senior Marshawn Lloyd's extraordinary hurdle over several players for a TD in DM's win over Good Counsel: Link.
  • The varsity basketball program has been ranked No. 3 nationally by the media outlet 'All-Met Elite.'
  • Assistant Baseball Coach Mike Toomey was featured once again in a final installment in The Hyattsville Life & Times: Link.
  • Senior Nigel Newby, a linebacker on the varsity football team, was awarded before the Good Counsel game with a scholarship from the Marine Corps in recognition of his stellar academic and athletic achievements.
  • Senior Paul Smith committed earlier this week to attend and play basketball next year at East Tennessee State University.
Alumni News:
  • Dr. Thomas Hibbs '78 will be formally installed as President at the University of Dallas tomorrow
  • Mike Mewshaw '61 had his book about the women's tennis tour, LADIES OF THE COURT, reissued as an e-book with an introduction by Frank Deford. Link.
  • Kevin Wells '86 and his recently released book 'The Priests We Need To Save The Church' received a great review in The National Catholic Register: Link.
  • Joe Petriccione '91 works in the PNC Bank Investing, Retirement and Wealth Management Division in Atlanta as a Senior Relationship Manager, Senior Vice President.
  • Steven Williams '94, chief photographer at FOX5 in DC, covered the Washington Nationals winning the World Series last night.
  • Dave Kolesar '95, a broadcasting engineer for WTOP, was featured about his job in the trade publication 'Radio+Television Business Report.'
  • Patrick Benko '99 and his wife Jacqueline presented their son, Aiden William, for baptism last Saturday at the DeMatha Chapel with Fr James presiding.
  • Faculty member Mr. David Gang '05 ran the Marine Corps Marathon this past Sunday in a driving rain with a time of 4 hours and 5 minutes!
  • Kevin McGuire '15 has been promoted to Head of IT Inventory for Prince George's County at the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission.
  • Victor Oluwatimi '17 was featured in The Roanoke Times on playing center this year for the University of Virginia football team: Link.
  • Chase Young '17 was named the Big Ten Defensive Player-of-the-Week for his four sacks, five tackles, and two forced fumbles in Ohio State football's win over Wisconsin last weekend.
  • Justin Gielen '18 was featured in The Diamondback on his growing role with the University of Maryland men's soccer team: Link.
  • Josh Wallace '19 was featured in The Daily Hampshire Gazette about his current freshmen season with the University of Massachusetts football team: Link.
  • Stag Nite will be held on Wed., Nov. 27.
    • Purchase tickets early as this event could sell out! Purchase Tickets
    • Purchase tickets by check: make check out to DeMatha and mail to 4313 Madison Street, Hyattsville, MD 20781 attn: Stag Nite or stop by the Advancement Office
    • $40 per person; tickets must be presented at the event for admission.
    • 5pm doors open; 6pm food is served; 7:15pm guest speaker; 10pm event ends
    • Guest Speaker: Dexter Manley, Former Washington Redskins Standout
    • Location: DeMatha Catholic High School Antler Room
    • Adults Only: Must be 21 to attend! No Exceptions.
    • Admission includes food, beverage, speaker.
    • Notes: There will be NO cigar smoking in the hall; an area will be set up outside for smokers.
    • At 4pm, the varsity basketball team will be scrimmaging in the (LT) SEAL Brendan Looney '99 Convocation Center (Opponent TBA).
    • Questions: email
  • There will be a Purse Bingo to benefit the crew program on Fri., Nov. 22 at 7pm in the Antler Room. Doors will open at 6pm. $20 for 20 games and designer purses to win, including Michael Kors, Coach, Vera Bradley, and others. There will also be raffles, door prizes, food and beverages. A very fun event! Parking is available in the back lot and you can get more information on the event on the Facebook page 'DeMatha Purse Bingo.'
Misc. Information:
  • Interested in DeMatha basketball season tickets? For $1,000, you get parking, two tickets, and a reception before 10 DeMatha home games this winter. Interested? Contact
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That is all.

Thomas Ponton '78
Director of Advancement
From the Office of Advancement:
We received news this week that Nathan Cortes-Peck '07, a member of our nation's military, died in a car accident in California. We are still awaiting further details, including funeral arrangements, that we can pass on. Dick Messier, who coached Nathan in wrestling, said yesterday that Nathan will always be remembered as a great student athlete.

As far as we know, seven members of the class of '07 have passed away, which seems high to us. A number of the alums of the class are proposing that we do a community toast to our fallen brethren (any class) on a given day very soon. Interestingly enough, it is suggested we do it at 7:46pm (1946 -- the year we were established). We will check back with the class and pick a day and share it with the community. They are suggesting that alums, wherever they are, could take a pic or video and share it with the DM community on social media.

Remember, this would NOT be for just the fallen members of the class of '07, but any class and, of course, the beverage of choice need not be alcohol (your decision). November is the perfect month to do this. So we will be in touch.

The display of DM brotherhood seems to come out in full force in times of our deepest sorrow.
We were at the viewings/funerals of both Vern Allen '74 and Kyle Lallis '87 recently and each time, we walked away truly impressed by the turnout of former teammates/classmates.

One DeMatha.
God Bless,

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