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Saints Scene


St. Augustine High School 3266 Nutmeg Street San Diego, CA 92104-5199 619-282-2184


April 2012

90th Anniversary Series

Photography By Ernie Toregson, Saints Dad.

GOING, GOING!— Saintsman Kostas Kotelas (’13) leaped through a tangle of Lindsay High Soccer team defenders to perfectly execute a header, giving St. Augustine High its first State Championship in Varsity Soccer. The Golden Goal was struck in overtime, giving Saints a hard-earned 2-1 victory. For more photos of the 2012 Varsity Soccer squad turn to page 6.

Lessons Learned, Victories Earned

Self-confidence was the key to Saints State Soccer Championship By Edwin Hearn, President St. Augustine High School


Unitas Veritas Caritas

Vol 32 no. 4

hree times this season the school’s varsity soccer team was down by two goals late in the game. Each time they came back to win. Belief and self-confidence in one’s abilities carries over into big games and ultimately life. Successful people have learned to play calmly and with purpose in the most stressful of circumstances. The victory was a moment to see Saints teaching turned into positive results and lessons for a lifetime.

Dear Parents and Friends

Every Student is a Genius


he following is an excerpt from Thomas Armstrong’s book Awakening Genius in the Classroom that I found particularly powerful and relevant to our work with Saintsmen. “Every student is a genius. I do not mean this in the psychometric sense of the word, in which an individual must score above the upper 99th perPrincipal James Horne centile on a standardized measure of intelligence to qualify. Nor do I mean it in the sense of every student as grandmaster chess champion, a virtuoso on the violin, or a world class artist. These are some of the currently accepted meanings of the word genius in our culture and are not particularly what I mean by the word. For my purpose here, I would like us to consider the origins of the word genius. According to the Compact Oxford English Dictionary the word genius derives from Greek and Latin words meaning “to beget,” “to be born,” or “to come into being” (it is closely related to the word genesis). It is also linked to the work genial, which means among other things “festive,” “conducive to growth,” “enlivening,” and “jovial.” Combining these two sets of definitions comes closest to the meaning of the word genius I intend; “giving birth to one’s joy.” From the standpoint of education, genius means essentially, “giving birth to the joy in learning.” Before educators take on any of the other important issues in learning, they must first have a thorough understanding of what lies at the core of each student’s intrinsic motivation to learn, and that motivation originates in each student’s genius. The genius is a symbol for an individual’s potential; all that a person may be that lies locked inside during the early years of development. So, Continued on page 4.

At a recent alumni function, Steve South, ’80, and CEO of EDCO, told the audience, “Saints gave me the self-confidence to feel part of any conversation and to feel comfortable in any setting.” Self-confidence is one of the hallmarks of a Saints education. While this certainly happens in the classroom, it is equally a result of the unwritten curriculum of athletic competition. As a coach for many years, I firmly believe the lessons gained from athletic competition are some of the most important and critical of a young person’s education. Many excellent teams perform below par at that moment in a close contest when a play made, or not, determines the outcome of the game. The year prior to Greg Hecht’s becoming Saints volleyball coach, a very good team lost three key players just before the CIF finals against the reigning champion, Francis Parker. With a make-shift lineup, Saints lost the first two sets by a lopsided score. They won the next two sets with Continued on page 6.

A Short History Of St. Augustine High School,

1922-2012 By John D. Keller O.S.A., (’55)

Editor’s Note: Final installment of a threepart series celebrating the 90th Anniversary of Augustinian Education in San Diego. Part Three: 2001 to the Present.


eginning in July, 2001, Fr. John Keller, OSA, was named to take the posts of both principal and president of the school in anticipation of action on a long planned deciRev. John Keller OSA sion to develop a new school governance structure. As Keller took over leadership of the school, a development with unexpected consequences took place. Due to a sudden surge in enrollment, four portable classrooms were moved on to the Sheehan-Sullivan patio. As part of the agreement with the City for the portables came a requirement to submit a full Master Plan for the entire campus with a date-specific limitation on how long the portable classrooms could remain on the campus. Long-term planning took on a new urgency. The Board of Trustees and school administrators took their breath, developed a plan, brought it to four public meetings, and received a favorable response from the City in December of 2003. The Saints community mobilized to meet the building challenge: design for two classroom structures with underground parking; a $6 million target for a capital campaign; and bond financing to complete funding needs. The construction was completed in June of 2007. Meanwhile the new governance model for the school, pondered since the mid-1990s, took shape. Mr. James Horne became Saints’

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Planning Ahead for Saints-OLP Sober Grad Night


he exciting time of graduation is just around the corner for our seniors. To add to the fun of graduation we are planning Sober Grad Night for Saints and OLP graduates. Sober Grad Night is sponsored and chaperoned by the Austin Parents Association. The goal of the event is to provide a fun, safe, supervised and sober graduation celebration for all Saints and OLP graduating seniors. We know that our seniors will want to celebrate with their friends on the night of their graduation. We want to make that celebration spectacular….and safe. Graduation is a most significant event in our students’ lives and it is a “party night”. There are so many unfortunate stories and facts related to graduation and impaired driving. We want to ensure we provide a place for Saints and OLP grads to party with their fellow grads while enjoying a drug- and alcohol-free environment. If just one alcohol-related arrest, injury or worse yet, death is prevented by this alcohol-free celebration, then the extensive effort to plan and fund it will have been well worth it – for our graduates, our families and the community in general. If we can gather the resources to make the Sober Grad Night spectacular, more students will attend and more students will spend the evening of their graduation safe and sober. Continued on page 5.



An Interview with Augustine, Part 8 By Fr. Bob Gavotto, O.S.A. (’55) Saints Chaplain

[Editor’s Note: This continues the ‘interview’ of Fr. Ted Tack with Augustine, in his book: A Man for Our Times.] Fr. Ted Tack: I think that I can appreciate what that twofold conversion must have cost you. But do tell us something about what you did to try to make this service of the Lord a reality. Augustine: Together with my great friend Alypius and my son Adeodatus, I was baptized by Bishop Ambrose in Milan at the Easter Vigil, April 24, 387 A.D. Shortly afterwards I set out to return to North Africa. While we were waiting for a ship in Ostia, the seaport of Rome, my dear mother fell ill with a severe fever and died, totally at peace with God and ever so grateful to the Lord for my conversion. In 388 I finally got back to my hometown of Thagaste. There with some friends and a few fellow citizens who wanted to serve God as I did, we established a small community on my parents’ property. We used to spend a lot of time in prayer, fasting, meditation, and helping others. In the three years I was with this group, we had some wonderful discussions among ourselves, and these led me to write some books, as well as to instruct those who came to the house seeking help for their faith. One day I had to make a trip to Hippo, and while I was attending Mass at the cathedral church, the bishop, Valerius, told the people of his great need for a priest to help him in preaching the gospel. Unfortunately, my reputation had preceded me, and though at first I resisted strenuously, the people literally laid hold of me and dragged me before the bishop. After I realized the bishop’s great need of a priest, I gave in to his wishes and allowed him to ordain me. And that was the beginning of an entirely new kind of life for me, a life of ministry of the Word of God and the Sacrament of the Eucharist. That was the year 391. About four or five years later I was ordained a bishop, and when Valerius died – I think it was in 396 – I became the bishop of Hippo. Right after my ordination as a priest I founded a monastery in the garden of the cathedral church and began to live there with other servants of God who, like myself, wanted to follow the rule and way of life originally established in the first Christian community in Jerusalem. We had no other desire than to live together in harmony and to be one in mind and heart as we journeyed towards God. This is the very ideal expressed in the Acts of the Apostles, ch. 4, 32-25.

Q. What was it like being a bishop in those days in Roman Africa? Augustine: Before I say anything more, I think I should remind you that Christianity had only been allowed public status since the year 313, when the Emperor Constantine had conquered Rome and had been baptized as a Catholic. Before that time Christians had suffered the worst kinds of persecution at the hands of many tyrant emperors of Rome. So we had experienced freedom of speech, as it were, for only about eighty years when I became a bishop. Really I think the main task of the bishop then was to speak up for our young faith, to defend it against many different sects and ideas, and to try to spell out more clearly what the Church really stood for and believed. In this regard, as you probably know, I spent a lot of time writing books to clarify our beliefs, and I took advantage of every opportunity possible to speak to the people in church to help them understand their faith and encourage them to live it. In all of this I had a great advantage: I had been trained from my youth in the finest schools, so that I knew how to speak and write persuasively. I also had read almost all the classical works and had studied the Sacred Scriptures as thoroughly as possible after my ordination as a priest. You may almost say that I knew the Scriptures by heart, and I used them very frequently in my homilies and other works. But the bishop in those days was also a kind of judge. Christians would bring their differences to him and accept his judgment in deciding their cases. Personally, I always tried to help both sides understand God’s law better through their litigation, but I spared no words when I found one or the other acting unjustly. Of course, I also had to deal with the civil authorities and intervene for my people in their various needs. I tried to do this in such a way that the authorities would understand I wasn’t trying to force them, but rather appeal to their good judgment. On the other hand, there were times when I was made to wait for long periods of time outside the office of the one in charge. And even when I finally got in to plead a case, my plea would often not be heard or taken seriously, and I would not get the response I was hoping for. To be continued.

Editor’s Note: During Intersession a class at Saints studied about the history of Guatemala past and present, from its Mayan culture to the Spanish colonial period to its complicated and violent political history in the 1970s, 1980s and 1990s. After this first week of studies a group of 14, including12 students and two teachers - Fr. Kirk Davis, OSA and Fr. Alvin Paligutan, O.S.A. traveled to Guatemala in Central America from January 8-22. The following article was penned by Fr. Alvin.


WHEREAS, the St. Augustine Saints boys soccer team has brought glory to the school, community of North Park and County of San Diego by winning the 2012 CIF Southern California Regional Division II Championship; and WHEREAS, after finishing its season with 13 wins, 5 losses and 4 ties, and a No. 6 ranking in San Diego County, the team began its post-season march by defeating El Capitan High School in the first round of CIF San Diego Section playoffs; and WHEREAS, the Saints went on to defeat University City High School in the second round, conquer Southwest High School in the semifinals, best Olympian High School in the quarter-finals and finally vanquish arch-rival Cathedral Catholic High School in the San Diego Section Title Game by a score of 5 to 4 during a heated overtime match; and WHEREAS, while thrilled with winning the local title, the Saints squad quickly set its sights on a higher goal and began preparing for the CIF Regionals; and

BE IT PROCLAIMED by Chairman Ron Roberts and all members of the San Diego County Board of Supervisors on this 27th day of March 2012 that they recognize the ST. AUGUSTINE SAINTS for outstanding on-the-field performance, exceptional teamwork and great accomplishments, and do hereby declare this day to be “ST. AUGUSTINE SAINTS SOCCER CHAMPIONSHIP DAY” throughout San Diego County.

Visit with Beloved Saints Coach

Catching Up With Bill Whittaker (’46) By Cecilia Buckne


Important--All parents wishing to be considered for a 2012-13 tuition grant are reminded that the Private School Aid Services application and the St. Augustine Supplemental Form need to be submitted by April 9. The correct mailing address for PSAS forms is PO Box 89434, Cleveland, OH 44101-6434 and forms must be postmarked by April 9. The Supplemental Form is to be returned to the school. However, since April 9 falls during the Easter break, this deadline has been extended to April 16.

Honoring The St. Augustine High School Championship Soccer Team

WHEREAS, the County of San Diego is committed to recognizing and honoring those teams that bring great pride and recognition to our region, and the St. Augustine High School Boys Soccer Team is one such worthy group; NOW THEREFORE,

Guatemala Trip Offers Class first hand Christian work-service experience

Tuition Grant Update

Presented By Chairman Ron Roberts San Diego County Board of Supervisors

WHEREAS, that preparation paid off in the third and final round, against No. 1 ranked Lindsey High School, when Saintsman Kostas Kotselas scored a tie-breaking goal in the eighth minute of overtime to secure a 2 to 1 victory and the 2012 CIF Southern California Regional Division II Championship; and


pon Arrival--What we did in San Lucas Toliman, Guatemala was work-service learning, wherein we worked with the people and other volunteers and experienced their culture and lifestyle; a short-term immersion program. Our Saints’ class worked daily for almost 2 weeks, from 9 am - 12 noon and from 2-4 pm, mainly doing manual labor such as harvesting coffee beans, sifting coffee beans at a coffee processing plant, adding fertilizer to coffee saplings at a nursery, sifting sand to eventually make a wall on this


Saints Day—Ron Roberts, District 4 member of the Board of Supervisors proclaimed March 27, 2012 as St. Augustine Saints Soccer Championship Day in San Diego County. County Supervisor Ron Roberts presented the State Champion Varsity Soccer team the well-earned recognition at County Supervisors Chambers.

Editor’s Note: This copyrighted article first appeared in the March, 2012 edition of North Park News. Reprinted with permission.

ON A MISSION – [Front Row, Left to Right: Jose Armando Fernandez Guerrero (’13), Fernando Galan (’14), Rico Dominguez (’13), Phil Park (’14), Ms. Chona, Chef for the Mission; Juan Miguel Rodriguez (’13), Eli Ashenafi (’13); [Back Row, L-R:] Bobby Jertberg (’13), Joe Zehentbauer (’13), Fr. Alvin Paligutan, O.S.A., Robby Baughman (’13), Will Smith (’14) Fr. Kirk Davis, O.S.A., Koichi Ishino (’13) and Mark Wolford (’13).

same plant, moving rocks to clear the way for an eventual basketball court at the Women’s Resource Center of San Lucas Toliman, adding sand to maintain the parish school’s soccer field and so on. The 12 Saintsmen who are part of this class - Juniors Bobby Jertberg, Joe Zehentbauer, Eli Ashenafi, Miguel Rodriguez, Rico Dominguez, Jose Fernandez, Koichi Ishino, Robert Baughman, Mark Wolford and Sophomores Fernando Galan, Philip Park and William Smith were all amazing. They cared for each other, associated with as many as possible, looked out for each other, were eager to help and learn and were involved in the daily work schedContinued on page 10


agic lives in childhood memories — playing “red light, green light” in the street, prank calling the local grocer and watching scary movies, late night, while at a sleepover. This same kind of magic is detectable in the voices of those who recall childhood memories of a man who has been an integral part of the North Park youth sports community for several decades — Coach William “Bill” Whittaker. “I dispute whether or not his right fielder fell in a ditch!” said Wes Braddock, laughingly. Braddock, principal at Monte Vista High School and former San Diego High School student, spent many a summer in North Park playing sports. He hit a grand slam as a young athlete in a game against Whittaker’s St. Augustine High School team. To this day, Whittaker still jokes about how his player missed the ball, Braddock said. “Whittaker,” as the boys at Saints respectfully called

Coaching Legend-Bill Whittaker doffs his cap at Saints, where he coached for more than three decades.

him, got his start coaching at the city of San Diego Park & Recreation Department in 1946, after graduating from St. Augustine, North Park’s Catholic school for boys. He coached the full gambit at the Rec — football, basketball and baseball, while attending San Diego City College, but baseball was his expertise. “I wasn’t a good player, I just loved baseball and we were very successful. I have a pretty good eye for talent,” Whittaker said. After a decade of coaching at the Rec, Whittaker began coaching at his alma mater, St. Augustine, where he remained for more than three decades. Continued on page 10

when we say as educators that we want to help students develop their potential, we are essentially saying that we want to assist them in findPrincipal James Horne ing their inner genius and support them in guiding it into pathways that can lead to personal fulfillment and to the benefit of those around them.” The Saints Experience is truly a sacred endeavor. Our dedicated faculty and staff help boys make the transition to manhood through an education rooted Catholic/Augustinian values and by doing so, are awakening the genius of young men. Yours in the Spirit of Catholic Education,

James Horne Principal 3

Kairos Experience:

Senior Retreat Finds Snow in Julian


ampus Ministry recently embarked on their 24th Kairos and it was the largest yet with 42 retreatants and 14 adult and student leaders. It is a primarily senior retreat from Monday to Thursday and this past Kairos was held in Julian at Whispering Winds Catholic Camp. The Kairos retreat is a wonderful opportunity for students to experience during their Saints years. Kairos invites the students to focus on their relationships with self, others, and God as they listen to student and adult leaders talk about God in their lives. All the retreatants are placed into small groups where they discuss with each other their own relationship with God and other relevant issues in their lives. The small group experience is unique and can be transformational during the week and fosters the Augustinian values of unitas, veritas, and caritas. Students come back from Kairos refreshed with a new understanding of what the Saints brotherhood means. Kairos 24 was a great success with some fun surprises along the way. Just as the retreat was starting, a snow storm was brewing over Julian and with 6 inches of snow on the ground. The snow provided entertainment for the students as they participated in numerous snowball fights and even went sledding! It was wonderful for the students to escape the classroom in sunny San Diego and experience God’s presence in their peers and teachers and even the snow. The Kairos retreat program is continuously growing with each new group participating, and it is proving to become a crucial experience in the students’ lives on their journey as a Saintsman.

Andrew Vazquez (’12) has been presented with the prestigious National Hispanic Heritage Youth Award for Engineering & Math. Vazquez, who was first honored at the Los Angeles regional HHYA ceremony in December, was one of seven National Youth Awardees chosen from 10,000 applicants and hundreds of regional awardees for their achievements in the classroom and community and for their focus in various categories including Engineering & Math. Jason Mapa (’13) will participate in the 2012 U.S. Naval Academy Summer Seminar program in Annapolis, Md. The U.S. Naval Academy (USNA) invited a select group of approximately 2,250 young men and women from around the world to attend the Naval Academy Summer Seminar program this year. Summer Seminar is a fast-paced leadership experience for rising seniors in high school. This six-day program gives a glimpse of USNA life.

Snow Bonus—Snow doesn’t fall at each annual Kairos event, however this year there was plenty of the white stuff to go around. Kairos 24 group is posed at Whispering Winds Catholic Camp in Julian.

Andrew Vazquez (’12)


eniors Connor Keefe, David Lloyd, Jason Nunez, Alexander Payne, Neil Rens, and Andrew Vazquez have been selected to participate in the annual Austin Scholar Interviews. The “Austins” are rigorous oral examinations in the fields of English, mathematics, religion, science and social studies given to selected seniors. Criteria for selection is as follows: “The senior with the highest weighted cumulative grade point average (P.E. excluded) automatically will be invited to sit for the Austins. The remaining students, normally five, will be selected by Academic Council vote from the top 10% of the graduating class. Criteria in making the final selection will include, but is not restricted to, membership in CSF for at least three semesters; number of honors or A.P. courses; G.P.A.; and recommendation from the Academic Council.” The chairpersons of the academic departments represented in the Austins recommend graduation with specific academic distinctions for the participants. The administration ratifies the recommendations. The specific academic distinctions include: Austin Scholar Summa Cum Laude (with highest praise) Austin Scholar Magna Cum Laude (with great praise) Austin Scholar Cum Laude (with praise) The date for this year’s Austins is April 19, 2012.

Jason Nunez

Alexander Payne

Neil Rens

Jason Mapa (’12)

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Epic Snowballing—Seniors (L-R:) Daniel Millan, Billy Morstad, and Anthony Nava are preparing for a highly anticipated snowball battle.


TICKETS $60 Grad Night is an all-night party for both Saints and OLP students from the class of 2012. It is an opportunity to celebrate graduation in style, and for parents to make sure graduates enjoy a safe and sober celebration. Don’t let your student miss out on this once in a lifetime party! Tickets include lots of food, bowling, entertainment, raffle prizes, dancing, and more!

PLACE: KEARNY Mesa Bowl 7585 Clairemont Mesa Blvd. San Diego, CA 92111 (858) 279-1501 DATE: Friday, June 1, 2012 TIME: 10PM – 5AM TICKETS: $60 PER STUDENT

Online registration and additional information can be found on the Saints website ( Click on the “Senior Events Registration” button on the right side of the home page to get started. If you have questions or want to volunteer, contact

Alex Dominguez

Sober Grad Night is sponsored by the


Six Tabbed for Austin Scholar Interviews

Grad Night


St. Augustine High School

Saintsmen in the News

3266 Nutmeg Street San Diego, CA 92104

(619) 282-2184

Fast Track – Will Gould (’12) and Aaron Anderson (’12) have no problems navigating this year’s Kairos sled course.

St. John the Evangelist Earns Saints Math Field Day Honors

arochial students from around the county gathered recently at Saints for the annual Math Field Day event. Participants from 13 parochial schools competed in a eight events, all vying for the first place trophy. This year, St. John the Evangelist took home the title, barely inching out a victory over School of the Madeleine. In third place was St. James Academy. The events are open to 7th and 8th grade parochial students, both male and female. This year, students competed in the following events: 7th Grade Mad Hatter, 8th Grade Mad Hatter, 7th Grade Tandem Test, 8th Grade Tandem Test, Win Lose or Draw, 24 Challenge, Chalk-Talk, and Jeopardy. Prizes were awarded for first-throughthird place finishers in each event and then an overall team award. The events are moderated and judged by current Saints students and faculty members. Math Field Day was started by the members of the math department in the early 1970s as a way of identifying the best and brightest of the parochial students. Through the years, under the leadership of Angus MacDonald, Deacon Hardick, Paul Fournier, Mike Ozdowski, Brian Priebe, Kevin Manley, and Matt Linville, Math Field Day has evolved and changed, but still continues to be a highlight event for the county’s top parochial students. Congratulations and thanks to all who participated and helped make the 2012 St. Augustine Math Field Day a successful event—By Mr. Matt Linville, Saints Faculty WINNING NUMBERS—Students from Encinitas St. John the Evangelist edged out 13 other parochial schools to capture top honors in the annual Math Field Day sponsored and held at St. Augustine High School. From left to right, front row, Molly Melican, Patricia Rivero, Jackson Duenas, Claire Burke, and Katarina Cohen. 2nd row, L-R, Alyssa Vacheron, Blake McCorkle, Tom Hollerbach and Joey Tanaka. St. John’s math teacher Jenae Smith is at the top, left.

The event will take place at Kearny Mesa Bowl, 7585 Clairemont Mesa Boulevard, graduation night (June 1st) and last all night long. We have the entire venue to ourselves. The price is $60 per ticket. Financial assistance is available. Check-in starts at 10 pm; doors close at 11 pm, and open again at 5 am. To keep the party safe and sober, no “in and out” privileges will be allowed. If the student is going to be late or needs to leave early, parents may contact the event coordinator. Once inside, the grads will enjoy unlimited bowling, entertainment, video games and dancing to a DJ. A latenight dinner will be served after midnight. Sodas and water will be available throughout the evening. Every grad receives a raffle ticket upon arrival. In the past, grads have walked away with phenomenal prizes and cash. Breakfast will be served around 4 am and then the doors open at 5 am. If you would like to help with the event you can donate your time, money or items for the raffle. Consider making a donation to fund Grad Night. Your donations may be tax-deductible. Please register on line on the Saints website (www. early! The venue and activities require that we make deposits in advance to reserve them. Just about every High School hosts a Sober Grad Night and we compete with each other for venues and entertainers. By buying your student’s Grad Night ticket early, you will help provide the funds to ensure we have the best venue and entertainment we can find. Sober Grad Night is sponsored by the Austin Parent Association along with volunteers from Saints and Our Lady of Peace. Information will be emailed to senior families. All the information will also be on the Saints website ( Please contact Alex Dominguez at with any questions.

David Lloyd


11 Future Frosh Award Scholarships at Entrance

ach year St. Augustine High holds an Entrance Exam to assist in determining if an eighth grader has the academic background to succeed at the school. By tradition, the students who achieve the best test scores are offered

Brad Justice

Connor Keefe

Andrew Vazquez

Oscar Pena

scholarships as a reward. The following students were recipients of a Saints Scholarship at Entrance. This year there were 11 as there was a tie for 10th place.

Guillermo Penunurri Brendan Leahy

Justin Washabaugh Not Pictured: Alexander Almond Chris Guadarama

Tuition Grant Update All parents wishing to be considered for a 2012-13 tuition grant are reminded that the Private School Aid Services application and the St. Augustine Supplemental Form need to be submitted by April 9. The correct mailing address for PSAS forms is PO Box 89434, Cleveland, OH 44101-6434 and forms must be postmarked by April 9. The Supplemental Form is returned to the school however as April 9 falls during the Easter break this deadline has been extended to April 16.

Ryan Dent

Quinn Seau



Justin Robertson

Thomas Allen St. Vincent De Paul Brendan Leahy Warren Walker Justin Robertson All Hallows Quinn Seau Warren Walker Guillermo Penunuri St. John of the Cross Justin Washabaugh Stella Maris


Thomas Allen

Alexander Almond Ryan Dent Brad Justice Chris Guadarama Oscar Pena


Grisham Middle School Our Lady of Grace Parkway Middle School St. Charles, Imperial Beach Our Lady of Mt. Carmel 5



Saints Trump Dons in Playoffs

Photography by Ernie Torgeson, Saints/OLP Dad

The Golden Season

AMAZING GOAL—Junior Kostas Kotselas scores the dramatic final goal of the Saints Soccer State championship season.


Never-give-up work ethic brings home State championship By Robert Blodgett (Parent ’10 & ’12)

A Golden Time The Champion St. Augustine Saints varsity soccer team may not do it the easy way…but they find a way to do it in dramatic fashion. Through a final golden goal, for the first time in school history, Saints took home the coveted CIF Southern California Regional Division Title. They did so by beating the best that California could offer, including rival Cathedral Catholic, talented Santa Ana Valley and highly decorated Lindsay High from Central California. “This was a pretty sweet win…to win on a golden goal. If you were to pick the best way to win, that would be it,” said Brendan Johnston (‘94), team coach. “I’m so proud of these boys and the entire coaching staff,” said Principal James Horne. “The way they’ve handled themselves is representative of the Christian values and good sportsmanship we want for all Saints athletic teams.” The Match Up Lindsay High, readying itself for the first Central Section team to win the regional title, went into the game with confidence. After all, who could blame them with

its dominating record of 23 wins and only 1 loss? The team went into the final round ranked number one in the region and number nine in the state (MaxPreps). On paper, it seemed as though the Saintsmen would have their hands full and perhaps finally meet their match. But Saints had something to say about that. The Game St. Augustine struck first, in the 52nd minute, as Flavio Borquez (’13) sent a corner kick to Ike Arinze (’14) who headed it in for the lead. The lead held and confidence loomed on the Saints bench as seconds began to count down for what seemed like an inevitable win for Saints. But just when it looked as though the game was over, the Cardinals scored the game-tying goal with only 14 seconds left in regulation time. It was a devastating blow to the Saintsmen’s morale. “The most impressive part of it was giving up that goal with only seconds left and what they would do with it,” said Johnston. I told them that if you want to dwell on it we’re going to lose. If you guys can get past it, we’re going to win the game.” Knowing there would only be 10 minutes left in

overtime and facing a newly charged Lindsay team it seemed the changing momentum might finally bring an end to Saints’ admirable run. However, just eight minutes into extra time, Saints junior Kostas Kotselas (’13) scored the winning goal on a header, with an assist from Ike Arinze on a throw-in to give St. Augustine its first soccer title. The Fans “It was a no-brainer, to take the long haul up to Downey, CA to see these boys play,” said team parent Don Graham (Dad of senior Pharaoh Graham), “We knew, win or lose, they would give it their all and we wanted to be there when they did.” And ‘The Pit’ was there too, traveling as a pack as they do so often for any Saints sport. In fact, when the game was finally buttoned up with the win, the team celebrated with a bounding leap into the ‘The Pit’… shirtless, sweaty and as champions. As senior Derek Price put it “It was my senior year and I wanted to support the team. The game was one to be remembered!”

St. Augustine High School 2012 State Sectional Champions

Athletic Director: Michael Stephenson, Varsity Head Coach: Brendan Johnston, Varsity Assistant Coach: Bill Polan, Team Mom: Cathy Fitzgerald. Team Roster: Nick Allen, Aaron Martinez, Traeger Jarrad, Daniel Johnston, Johnny Costa, Joe Saad , Flavio Borquez, Jaime Charles, Anthony Tangredi, Chad Fitzgerald, Connor Keefe, Garrett Blodgett, Spencer Calvert, Dominic Chavez, Kostas Kotselas, Hector Castellanos, Matt Palpallatoc, Alex Galan, Ryan Stamper, Andre Garcia, Cheyne Davis, Michael “Ike” Arinze, Carlos Lopez, Esteban Quesada, Timothy Shen, and Robert DeCort.

Top row, left to right: Connor Keefe goes airborne L-R: Joe Saad, Cheyne Davis, Matt Palpallatoc Kostas Kotselas battles CC goalie 2nd row, l-r Johnny Costa out leaps Don Saints Win! Saints Win! Top CIF Goalie Aaron Martinez 3rd row, l-r How did the ref miss that? Anthony Tangredi on Defense Winning is so much fun 4th row, l-r Alma Mater sung post game Loyal fans of St. Augustine soccer All Page 7 Photography by Thom Vollenweider



Championship Game Action Brendan Johnston Named Coach of the Year

Saints Soccer Trio Named to All-CIF Teams

Connor Keefe (’12) named to the First Team All-CIF Soccer Team

Aaron Martinez (’12) was named to the Second Team All-CIF Soccer Team.

Game One. The road to the state championship for Saints gritty Varsity Soccer team (15-5-4) began with an inspirational victory against arch-rivals Cathedral Catholic in the San Diego CIF Sectional championship. Anytime the Dons and Saintsmeet in a championship game - no matter the sport - the media dubs it the Holy Bowl. This game was no different. School pride was on the line and in dramatic overtime fashion the game was decided on penalty kicks. Saints won 5-4 on a Cheyne Davis (’14) goal and Flavio Borquez’s (’13) final penalty kick cinched the local CIF title. Game Two. Second round action pitted the Saints against a highly touted Santa Ana Valley High School. Both sides matched each other goal-for-goal across regulation play, finishing with a 4-4 tie to move to overtime. In extra time the Saints nailed the winning goal to take the 5-4 victory and a trip to the State championships. Against Santa Ana St. Augustine picked up goals from Junior Kostas Kostelas (2); Senior Connor Keefe (2) and Anthony Tangredi (’12). Game Three. Highly rated Lindsay High School’s Soccer team was a slight favorite going into the championship game vs. Saints. St. Augustine scored first at the 52-minute mark and held the lead until the last 14 seconds of regulation time, when Lindsay scored to tie the game at 1-1.

Photos by Walter Johnston

Coach Brendan Johnston (’94)

Varsity Soccer Coach Brendan Johnson (’94) was named Coach of the Year by the San Diego Section of the California Interscholastic Federation. One of the top Soccer coaches in the region, Mr. Johnston, a 1994 graduate of St. Augustine High School, is also Chairman of the school’s foreign language department with his main focus on Latin and English. He is a graduate of Marquette University and is currently in his 11th year at Saints as a member of the faculty.

Three Games to Glory

Kostas Kotselas (’13) was named to the Second Team All-CIF Soccer Team.

Ed Hearn

Continued from page 1.

Top row, left to right: Ike Arinze on the attack Chad Fitzgerald blasts kick 2nd row, l-r Going up! Incoming corner kick Ike Arinze soars by Lindsay players 3rd row, l-r Connor Keefe heads up Flavio Borquez fights off tackle

a great rally against a far superior team, and found themselves ahead 13-12 in the crucial final set. Saints had climbed the mountain and was close to victory, but in their hearts, did they truly believe they could beat Francis Parker? They had demonstrated they could compete with them, but the loss of three starters coupled with Francis Parker’s domination of the division provided self-doubt that ultimately got in the way of the team’s success. It took two more seasons of losses to Francis Parker before Saints volleyball beat them to win the CIF Championship. When ability and self-confidence were aligned, success was the result. The complexity of why some teams always find a way to win has as much to do with ability, training, rest and nutrition, as it does with an athlete’s belief in his ability to effectively manage stress at critical junctures of the game. This year’s soccer team learned much about itself over the course of the season. With two league losses to Cathedral, facing the Dons in a third match for the CIF championship appeared bleak. When Cathedral scored the first goal midway through the first period, Saints could have thrown in the towel believing they were just not good enough to beat this team. Many teams in this circumstance become frustrated, lose focus and allow the level of effort to fall off. As the second half began, Saints came out with a heightened energy level and controlled the contest. Near the end of the game with the score still 1-0, Saints scored a goal that was less about skill and more about will. It was hard to determine who actually scored as it seemed most of the

Saints team was around the ball as it crossed the goal line. With no score in overtime, the game went to a shootout where Saints prevailed 5-4 to win the CIF championship and advance to the Southern California Division II Championship.

“…The complexity of why some teams always find a way to win has as much to do with ability, training, rest and nutrition, as it does with an athlete’s belief in his ability to effectively manage stress at critical junctures of the game…” –Edwin Hearn, President of St. Augustine High School on the eve of the school’s championship varsity soccer season.

After winning their first round game in the SoCal championship, Saints semi-finals game was against one of the finest teams in the CIF Southern Section, Santa Ana Valley High School. The game had wide momentum swings. Down 3-2, the game began to

drift away in the second half when Santa Ana Valley scored on a brilliant counter attack. With the score 4-2, many teams would have folded, but success in previous stressful games had taught Saints to respond with increased energy and play even more aggressively. As the game wound down, it seemed as though there were 20 Saintsmen on the field. They appeared to be everywhere, stealing the ball and making tackles. When their attacks were thwarted, their enthusiasm for the contest increased, finally resulting in a goal to make it 4-3. Wasting no time, the Saints players grabbed the ball from the net and raced to mid-field to renew play in a most business-like manner. With incredible determination and seconds remaining, Saints scored the tying goal. The overtime period was all Saints. A beautiful assist from 40 yards out found the head of a Saints striker who placed the ball in the far corner of the goal. The game was over with an improbable yet convincing victory. Their belief in themselves and their fellow teammates gave each player the confidence to fulfill his role. This was certainly a team victory in the truest sense. Two days later in the SoCal final, Lindsay, the number-one seed, tied the game with fourteen seconds left, only to give up a goal in overtime. Saints emerged the Division II State Champions. Congratulations to the volleyball and soccer teams for paving the way for future Saints success!

Photography by Ernie Torgeson, Saints/OLP Dad



Whittaker Story Jump Continued from page 1.

Couple of Nuts – Coach Whittaker and his wife, Jackie, share a hug, an uncommon sense of humor, seven children and 16 grandchildren.

Baseball ’96 – An old newspaper clipping shows the coach with a few of his St. Augustine baseball players. Top: Jim Sperry (’96), Coach Bill (’46), Justin Miller (’96). Front: Oscar Lopez (’96) and Errol Smith (’96).

Now 84, Whittaker has coached some San Diego kids that turned out to be big leaguers, such as former Padres and Los Angeles Angels (then, Anaheim Angels) pitcher John D’Acquisto and Deron Johnson, who played major league baseball for 17 seasons for several teams, including the Phillies and the Yankees, and later coached the Anaheim Angels. Whittaker said his greatest achievement — what he is most proud of — is not the professional athletic endeavors of the youth he coached, but the number of kids he coached who became coaches and teachers. Said Whittaker: “I guess they saw me doing it and they figured, ‘Hell if he can do it, I can do it. Whittaker never worked a day in his life. I’m going to go do what he did.’” “That’s the way I feel,” said Whittaker. “I never really worked a day in my life!” Whittaker said most of the coaching legends at the San Diego Hall of Champions played for him at the Rec and a lot of them went to Saints. “Some of them played pro ball, but most of them were teachers and coaches — successful human beings. You know, I’ve had a lot of guys that were born with that stuff. You just find some guy that’s just smart enough to stay the hell out of the way and let you play!” Obviously, Whittaker did more than stay out of the way — during his tenure as head varsity baseball coach at Saints, the team won more than 250 games, three league titles, made the CIF playoffs six times and won three Lions tournaments. Whittaker said times were different in his early coaching days. “We did everything — every playground would have football, basketball, track, baseball teams and the city paid for it all,” he said. “Parents didn’t have to worry about the kids and they weren’t off hanging out at the 7-Eleven, trying to get some guy to go buy a beer or cigarettes.” But playing ball for Whittaker meant more to the boys than just having a place to go. They looked up to him. “We were looking for someone to emulate, and I was blessed,” said Academy of Our Lady of Peace track coach, Dan Keays. “We wanted to act like him.” As a young boy, Keays was impressed by the laughing and ribbing that went on during Whittaker’s games. He wasn’t all fun though. He demanded excellence. But if you made an error on the field, he was empathic — he knew you already felt bad enough. Today you will find Whittaker, who still works for the city as a recreation leader, riding around in a golf cart, making sure all is up and running and occasionally volunteering his coaching time. And he still has that sense of humor that riled the boys during game time. But now, his wife of 62 years, Jacqueline, shares in the ribbing and riling. “I used to think I was a great coach because the guys would hustle out and hustle in,” he said. “They just wanted to sit down next to Jackie on the bench.”

Guatmala Jump Continued from page 1.


ule. They participated in all the Sunday Masses (we went to three altogether) and some of them even attended the daily 8 am Mass presided by Fr. Alvin at the parish - Parroquia San Lucas Evangelista. Our Saintsmen were wonderful to be with and work with overall. We did all this work, of course, with the help, guidance and supervision of the locals. Some of our students even did house visits, visiting patients and translating for a physical therapist from Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minnesota to assess their health care needs, provide instructions for bodily exercises and take prescriptions and orders to be delivered by a medical mission team from the U.S. coming to San Lucas this spring. We also experienced the hospitality and kindness of the Mayan people at San Lucas Toliman. They are friendly, accommodating, helpful and hardworking. Everywhere we went, we were greeted with smiles from children to the elderly, and greeted with “Hola,” “Buenos dias” or “Buenas tardes/Buenas noches” depending on the time of day. One time Jose Fernandez, Mark Wolford and I went to a local laundry center to hand wash our clothes and one woman offered to do this wash for us. When Fr. Kirk and I celebrated a Sunday Vigil Mass at San Jose Church in Pampojila, a barrio of San Lucas Toliman, every single parishioner, even the choir members, came to greet us after Mass, wish us well and shake our hands as they were leaving church. College Students Arrive--In addition, our boys bonded and worked with a number of college students from different universities here in the U.S., also serving as volunteers for two to three weeks at the mission parish as part of their January intercession courses in their respective colleges. We met students and professors from St. Thomas University of St. Paul, Minnesota; the University of Virginia, Charlottesville; Notre Dame Women’s College of Baltimore, Maryland; the Engineers without Borders chapter of Marquette University, Milwaukee, Wisconsin; the University of Wisconsin Steven’s Point, the Uni-

“That’s because I was voluptuous,” Jackie said, chuckling. Whittaker said he fell for Jackie because she could hit the ball as a young girl. “She was the best hitter on the block,” he laughed. Smiling, Jackie said she also was a good catcher. “I caught him.”

Hall of Champions Inductee


n 2004, Bill Whittaker was among other coaches and sports enthusiasts honored at the sixth annual San Diego County High School Coaching Legends Induction Banquet at the San Diego Hall of Champions. Bill Whittaker —Baseball — St. Augustine Bill Whittaker began coaching at St. Augustine in 1956 as the junior varsity coach in football, basketball and baseball. After two years, he was assigned to the varsity baseball coaching position at Saints, a title he held for the next 26 years. During his tenure, the Saints varsity baseball team won 264 games, three league titles (1967, 1971, 1972), made the CIF playoffs six times and won three Lions tournaments (1967, 1968, 1969). As a high school coach and a City Recreation Department leader, Bill has coached countless numbers of young men that have gone on to professional baseball careers, such as Graig Nettles, John Wathan and Bob Cluck. Whittaker retired from Saints in 1990 after dedicating 49 years of service to the school. The Saint Augustine home baseball field was named in Bill Whittaker’s honor in 1991. Bill is considered the patriarch of Saints baseball, the figure responsible for elevating a small program to unanticipated heights.

versity of Wisconsin Eau-Claire and Gustavus Adolphus College in southern Minnesota. We also met parishioners from upstate New York, Minnesota and Kansas. It was incredible meeting all these fellow American short-term volunteers, numbering almost 100 at one point. For leisure, after a hard day’s work, in the evening for instance, we played cards and games like Scrabble and Uno in our hotel. One weekend, we did a boat tour of scenic Lake Atitlan, which is 5,000 feet above sea level and is about the size of Lake Como, northern Italy but is surrounded by three volcanoes: Mt. San Pedro, Mt. Toliman and Mt. Atitlan. Saintsmen as Tourists--From San Lucas Toliman, on the shores of Lake Atitlan, we visited three picturesque towns namely San Antonio Palopo, Santa Catarina and Panajachel. On another day off, we visited Chichicastenango, a major market city in the Guatemalan Highlands where we also did some shopping. Before we returned to San Diego, California, we spent a weekend in Antigua, Guatemala’s charming colonial capital, where our group hiked up Mt. Pacaya, an active volcano. Finally, the short-term work-service volunteer program operated by the parish mission itself is very organized, which was very good for us first-time volunteers in this part of Guatemala. The parish has four long-term American volunteers, similar to our Augustinian Volunteers (AVs) here in the U.S., coordinating the entire volunteer effort in four different projects namely: parish school - Colegio San Lucas Toliman; the Women’s Resource Center; the hospital - Hospital Parroquial San Lucas and the coffee processing plant - La Granja Juan y Ana and other projects, such as the reforestation project. Such an organized program made it easy for us from Saints’ to work, live and visit at San Lucas Toliman and surrounding areas. Mission San Lucas Toliman is a mission parish of the Diocese of New Ulm, Minnesota. More infomation can be obtained through their website: Thank you so much, Fr. Kirk, Saintsmen, St. Augustine High School, Province of St. Augustine in California and dear God for such an incredible, life-changing experience.

The Senior Class Saintsmen cordially invite you to attend the

Annual Mother and Senior Tribute Luncheon held in honor of the Mothers’ support, encouragement and love at the

Marina Village Conference Center (Captain’s Room)

Sunday, April 22, 2012 12:30p.m. to 3:00p.m. Cost of attendance is $25.00 per person ($50.00 for mother and son) If replying in the affirmative, please remit the bottom portion of this page, as well the payment for attendance on or before April 12, 2012 by personal delivery or via first class mail to: The Senior Class c/o John Lamerato St. Augustine High School 3266 Nutmeg St. San Diego, CA 92104 Or Online at Direct questions or concerns to John Lamerato, Senior Class Moderator, by emailing Yes, my son and I will attend the Annual Mother and Senior Tribute Luncheon. My son’s name is ___________________ My name is ______________________ Enclosed is (check one) ____ check or _____ cash in the amount of $_________ (Checks should be made payable to St. Augustine High School)

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Saints Scene Your monthly report on the St. Augustine High School Experience

Publisher: Edwin J. Hearn, Jr. Saints President Editor-in-Chief: James Horne, Saints Principal Senior Editor: Steve Chipp (’68), Finance & Facilities Augustinian Columnist: Fr. Bob Gavotto, O.S.A., (‘55) Saints Scene Coordinator: Thomas Shess, Alum Parent (’05): Staff Writers: John White and Robert Blodgett, Saints Dads Copy Editors: Kathy Wilson and John White, Saints Parents. Art Director: Carol Sherwood, Sherwood Newsletter Design:

St. Augustine History Continued from page 1.

first lay principal in 2003, and in 2006 Mr. Edwin Hearn became its first lay president. As a deeper background to these developments at St. Augustine High School was the clarification and articulation of the essential elements and flavor of Augustinian education which had been developing throughout the world of Augustinian education since the 1980s. The number of Augustinians in the classroom was diminishing as a growing majority of lay people was in the classroom, administration, and on the fields and courts. They were ever more valued, generous, competent, and welcomed collaborators. They sought better orientation and deeper involvement in the mission. Beginning in 2004, the Augustinians in North America met the need with annual gatherings of school personnel from across the U.S. and Canada. The “Institute for Augustinian Values in Education” brought the values, language, and vision of Augustinian Catholic education to hundreds of educators. The Augustinian “core values” were identified as the signature set of values which lift up St. Augustine’s concerns in his life and his teaching, they are emblematic of Augustine’s window on the Gospel, his synthesis of the Good News. At Saints these values found a comfortable home and gave light and greater substance to what the school had been describing since at least 1983 as the “Saints Experience.” This “experience,” hard to define, is a constellation of experiences which gives meaning, inspiration, and coherence to the high school experience. The large and strong values of unity, truth, and love were being realized in the fraternity of a diverse, all-boys school with a traditional college prep curriculum and vigorous athletic program. Traditions in the school community, participation in the life of San Diego, Catholic culture with weekly Mass, Augustinian presence, loyalty of alumni, and lifelong friendships were perennial hallmarks of the experience. Add to this the heightened intentional turn throughout the school’s program toward instruction and formation to meet the particular needs and learning style of young men. This strengthened the substance of the tagline for Saints used for many years, “Accepting boys, graduating men.” In the ninth decade of the history of St. Augustine High School the curriculum has been enriched and diversified, an Intersession of creative and experiential curriculum developed, technology is at the service of learning throughout the school, the arts have received greater emphasis, class scheduling has been re-designed, and the mind boggles at the growing opportunities in athletics. From an institutional point of view, the school experienced its share of “fits and starts” in these first 90 years. Close to failing financially, it remained faithful to its mission (in 1942 Bishop Buddy asked the Augustinians to give him the school and make it coed, in the ‘50s voices urged going coed and moving to the East County). The school remained boys-only, Augustinian, purposely of moderate size, and urban with a continued regional reach. It received sustained Augustinian commitment, responded creatively to the changing needs of students, with great effort met the needs for improved campus facilities, responded to families of modest means to keep Saints accessible, and with purpose made significant changes in leadership and governance – and St. Augustine High School not only survived, but flourished. The “institutional” story is perhaps the easier one to tell, but what makes its telling possible is the echo in word, deed, and personal commitment of thousands of parents, students, teachers, coaches, pastors, donors, Board members, and Augustinians who with Martel in 1922 have repeated something like “I’d like to start an Augustinian Catholic high school for boys in California.” For indeed a school always has to start again, again, again, and again. And, in particular, a unique school like Saints needs to be continually re-created. For 90 years a human chain of people has realized its importance and continued to fashion St. Augustine High School with love and sacrifice as a presence of God’s care for his people and hope for young men. This narrative depends heavily on the book of Fr. John Sanders, OSA, “Before All Else: The History of the Augustinians in the Western United States, 1922-1985” (Augustinian Historical Institute, 1987) Chief Photographers: Ernie Torgeson & Pat Healy Circulation Director: Casey Callery, Director of Community Relations and Special Events. Austin Parents Assn. Editor: Theresa “TK” Kosen Editor Emeritus: John D. Keller O.S.A. (’55) Correction Policy: While every effort is made to be accurate, we occasionally err. We do apologize to those impacted and kindly ask that you notify Saints Coordinator: for any corrections.

Mission of St. Augustine High School – Our mission is to provide a Catholic liberal arts education for young men in an environment that promotes the development of mind, heart and body in the Augustinian tradition. By helping to form loving disciples of Jesus Christ we communicate to the world the gospel values of community, truth and love.


April 2012, Vol 32 no. 4, St. Augustine High School, San Diego CA

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