Join DJ Richard Blade at MiniPOSH on Saturday, March 17, 2018
We hope you can join us and DJ Richard Blade as we come together to celebrate our St. Francis family! MiniPOSH (Preserving Our Scholastic Heritage) is on Saturday, March 17, 2018, and our St. Francis campus will turn into one big celebration of the Brown and Gold, featuring a festive dinner, expanded MiniPOSH Marketplace, silent auction and "dance-worthy" entertainment. Wear your favorite St. Francis shirt and jeans and join us to celebrate our Knight Pride.
Richard Blade DJs St Francis HS Fundraiser March 17 2018 
Richard Blade DJs St Francis HS Fundraiser March 17 2018
Franciscan Virtue of the 3rd Quarter: Faithfulness
The Mice in the Piano - A Reflection on Faithfulness
Once upon a time a family of mice lived in a large piano. They loved their piano world and the music that often came to them, filling all the dark spaces with sound and harmony. At first the mice were impressed by it. They drew comfort and wonder from the thought that there was someone who made the music. Although this someone was invisible to them, he felt close to them. They loved to think about the Unseen Player whom they could not see.

Then one day a daring mouse climbed up part of the piano and returned in a very thoughtful mood. He had made a discovery which revealed how the music was made. Wires were the secret. He had found tightly stretched wires of graduated lengths which trembled and vibrated. Now the mice had to revise all their old beliefs. Only the most conservative mice could believe any longer in the Unseen Player.

Later, another mouse explorer returned from an expedition with yet a new discovery about the origins of the music. Hammers were the true secret! There were dozens of hammers that danced and leaped upon the wires! This was a more complicated theory, but it all went to show that they lived in a purely mechanical universe. The Unseen Player came to be thought of as a myth.

Meanwhile, the Unseen Player continued to play.

And meanwhile, God continues to love us and to take care of us.
Welcoming Our Newest Golden Knights into the Class of 2022
Admissions letters are in the mail for the Class of 2022! We look forward to welcoming our newest Golden Knights into the St. Francis Family...GO KNIGHTS!

The Olympics of the spirit
By Archbishop José H. Gomez, Angelus
I have been making time each day to watch the Olympic Winter Games from Pyeongchang, South Korea.   

It is amazing the skill and determination of the athletes. Watching the figure skating, snowboarding and the other sports, it is incredible to realize that the human body is capable of such feats of strength and beauty.

As I watch, I find myself reflecting on the years of training and daily sacrifice that bring these athletes to the world stage. And I remember that line from the early Church: "The glory of God is the human person fully alive."



We are made for this glory, for this fullness of life. All of us!  Every person has a transcendent destiny written into our being and guided by the loving hand of God. The first Christians called this destiny by different names - holiness, partaking of the divine nature, becoming saints.

 
There was a sense in those early days of Christianity that the mystery of God was at work in each one of us - that being born was just the beginning; that to be created in God's image implies a "trajectory" to our lives; that we are meant to grow and be perfected, to become a new creation.  

For all the achievements we have made as a human species - from athletics to science and technology and the arts - we are still only beginning to appreciate what it means to be created in the image and likeness of God.

But in the greatness of our accomplishments in training our bodies and in transforming the natural world, I believe we can see what is possible for the human spirit and the human soul.

In his letters, St. Paul often compared our Christian life to an athletic contest - referring to sports that would eventually become part of the Olympics, such as running, boxing and  wrestling.

As athletes do, St. Paul said that we need to set goals and have a training plan to condition and strengthen ourselves. We need discipline, self-denial and patience. And we need to keep our motivation, always having our eyes on the prize of heaven and eternal life.

"Do you not know that the runners in the stadium all run in the race, but only one wins the prize?" St. Paul wrote to the Corinthians. "Run so as to win. Every athlete exercises discipline in every way. They do it to win a perishable crown, but we an imperishable one."

It is a media culture, and I wonder if we spend too much time these days as "spectators" - watching great athletes, actors and actresses. What we see on our screens is only the "finished product." We never see all the years of hard work, training and practice that went into developing their abilities.

And I wonder: Does all this time spent "watching" weaken us and make us more passive ourselves? Does it reinforce in us the idea that only exceptional people can do exceptional things?

Lent would be a good time for us to shake up that pattern. Maybe we can try to "do" more and "watch" less.

What if we took up St. Paul's challenge to "train yourself for devotion" and "run the race that lies before us ... keeping our eyes fixed on Jesus"?

Imagine if we trained like Olympic athletes, applying their same energies, their same single-hearted devotion, to our spiritual lives. What if our goal was not "the gold" but becoming the saints that God made each one of us to be?   

There are no Olympics of the spirit. Holiness is a contest that is waged inside ourselves - in our daily struggles to overcome our selfishness and to become men and women of love, compassion, kindness, humility and patience.

Athletes train their muscles to work in certain ways, repeating the same tasks and exercises over and over until they get it right - until the skill becomes "second nature."

The holiness that God has made us for also requires a new pattern of thinking and living, a new approach to the world. That means developing good habits and doing away with bad habits in our lives.

Love is the good habit that we need to acquire. It takes practice because by nature we are selfish, we look to our own comfort and our own advantage. Like every good habit, we become more loving through the repetition of acts of love. So we need to practice until we are made perfect.   

The spiritual disciplines of Lent - fasting, prayer and almsgiving - are intended to strengthen us through self-denial, detaching us from self-centered goals and teaching us to seek the Father's will for our lives, and to live for his glory and his kingdom. 

Pray for me this week as we continue in our Lenten journey together. And I am praying for you.  

And let us ask our Blessed Mother Mary to help us to run the race that lies before us and to keep our eyes on the prize, the new life of joy that God wants for us...(read the full article HERE
 
 

Congratulations to the cast and crew of The Hunchback of Notre Dame!
SFHS Mission Statement and Philosophy Feedback
Mission Statement and Philosophy Draft: Below is a draft of the St. Francis Mission Statement and Philosophy that was revised by a committee led by Fr. Christopher Iwancio, OFM Cap.

To ensure the accuracy of our mission, we kindly ask that you review the draft and, if you have feedback, forward it to mission@sfhs.net no later than March 9, 2018. Thank you for contributing to the integrity of St.
Francis' mission and philosophy! 

Mission Statement

St. Francis High School enriches the mind and heart by providing a Catholic college preparatory education in the Capuchin Franciscan tradition of prayer, brotherhood, and service to the marginalized. With the teachings of Jesus Christ as our foundation, students develop into faithful men, distinguished scholars, virtuous leaders and loving brothers.  

Philosophy

Faith:
We become Brothers of Faith by following the Gospel of Jesus Christ through the example of St. Francis. We do this by exploring the Catholic faith, participating in contemplative prayer, liturgies and retreats.

Service:
We become Brothers of Service making known God's compassion through performing acts of mercy, especially for those who are marginalized. We use our talents to promote peace and justice for and with the larger global community.

Virtue:
We become Brothers of Virtue by applying the Franciscan values of humility and simplicity in our balanced approach to academics, discipline, sportsmanship and extra-curricular activities. We cultivate the whole person not as an end in itself, but as a means of developing men of character.

Intellect:
We develop brothers of intellect by challenging each student with an innovative and rigorous curriculum. We engage each individual's unique talents and abilities by striving for academic excellence, integrity, and critical thinking.


Grandparents' Day: Saturday, April 28, 2018
We invite grandparents and special friends to join us for a special morning with your favorite Golden Knight. Please see the flyer below for more information.
10 Reasons Why Today's Teenagers Are So Anxious
By Amy Morin, Psychology Today
The New York Times recently published an article called, "Why Are More American Teenagers Than Ever Suffering From Severe Anxiety?" The author chronicled several teens' battle with anxiety over the course of a few years.

The article questioned why we're seeing such a rise in anxiety among today's youth. As a psychotherapist, college lecturer, and author of 13 Things Mentally Strong Parents Don't Do, I agree that anxiety is a widespread issue among adolescents. It's the most common reason people of all ages enter my therapy office.

Some young people are overachieving perfectionists with a crippling fear of failure. Others worry so much about what their peers think of them that they're unable to function.

Some have endured rough circumstances throughout their young lives. But others have stable families, supportive parents, and plenty of resources.

I suspect the rise in anxiety reflects several societal changes and cultural shifts we've seen over the past couple of decades. Here are the top 10 reasons:

1. Electronics offer an unhealthy escape.

Constant access to digital devices lets kids escape uncomfortable emotions like boredom, loneliness, or sadness by immersing themselves in games when they are in the car or by chatting on social media when they are sent to their rooms.

And now we're seeing what happens when an entire generation has spent their childhoods avoiding discomfort. Their electronics replaced opportunities to develop mental strength, and they didn't gain the coping skills they need to handle everyday challenges.

2. Happiness is all the rage.

Happiness is emphasized so much in our culture that some parents think it's their job to make their kids happy all the time. When a child is sad, his parents cheer him up. Or when she's angry, they calm her down.

Kids grow up believing that if they don't feel happy around the clock, something must be wrong. That creates a lot of inner turmoil. They don't understand that it's normal and healthy to feel sad, frustrated, guilty, disappointed, and angry sometimes, too.

3. Parents are giving unrealistic praise.

Saying things like, "You're the fastest runner on the team," or "You're the smartest kid in your grade," doesn't build self-esteem. Instead, it puts pressure on kids to live up to those labels. That can lead to crippling fear of failure or rejection.

4. Parents are getting caught up in the rat race.

Many parents have become like personal assistants to their teenagers. They work hard to ensure their teens can compete: They hire tutors and private sports coaches and pay for expensive SAT prep courses. They make it their job to help their teens build transcripts that will impress a top school. And they send the message that their teen must excel at everything in order to land a coveted spot at such a college.

5. Kids aren't learning emotional skills.

We emphasize academic preparation and put little effort into teaching kids the emotional skills they need to succeed. In fact, a national survey of first-year college students revealed that 60 percent feel emotionally unprepared for college life.

Knowing how to manage your time, combat stress, and take care of your feelings are key components to living a good life. Without healthy coping skills, it's no wonder teens are feeling anxious over everyday hassles.

6. Parents view themselves as protectors rather than guides.

Somewhere along the line, many parents began believing their role is to help kids grow up with as few emotional and physical scars as possible. They became so overprotective that their kids never practiced dealing with challenges on their own. Consequently, these kids have grown up to believe they're too fragile to cope with the realities of life.

7. Adults don't know to help kids face their fears the right way.

At one end of the spectrum, you'll find parents who push their kids too hard. They force their children to do things that terrify them. On the other end, you'll find parents who don't push kids at all. They let their kids opt out of anything that sounds anxiety-provoking.

Exposure is the best way to conquer fear but only when it's done incrementally. Without practice, gentle nudging, and guidance, kids never gain confidence that they can face their fears head-on.

8. Parents are parenting out of guilt and fear.

Parenting stirs up uncomfortable emotions, like guilt and fear. But rather than let themselves feel those emotions, many parents are changing their parenting habits. So they don't let their kids out of their sight because it stirs up their anxiety, or they feel so guilty saying no to their kids that they back down and give in. Consequently, they teach their kids that uncomfortable emotions are intolerable.

9. Kids aren't being given enough free time to play.

While organized sports and clubs play an important role in kids' lives, adults make and enforce the rules. Unstructured play teaches kids vital skills, like how to manage disagreements without an adult refereeing. And solitary play teaches kids how to be alone with their thoughts and comfortable in their own skin.

10. Family hierarchies are out of whack.

Although kids give the impression that they'd like to be in charge, deep down they know they aren't capable of making good decisions. They want their parents to be leaders-even when there is dissension in the ranks. And when the hierarchy gets muddled-or even flipped upside down-their anxiety skyrockets.

How to Address the Anxiety Epidemic

We've created an environment that fosters anxiety in young people, rather than resilience. And while we can't prevent all anxiety disorders-there's definitely a genetic component-we can do a better job helping kids build the mental muscle they need to stay healthy...(read the full article HERE )

Mr. Joe Kim Recognized as a Catholic Creative for Celebrating His Faith through Art
A big congrats to our very own Campus Minister and Graphic Design teacher Mr. Joe Kim for being published in "The Created Book" (createdbook.co)! The book is a collection of reflections by leading Catholic Creatives on what it means to create art for the Church today. Contributors include names like Bishop Robert Barron, Spirit Juice Studios, Dr. Peter Kreeft and more! Mr. Kim was asked to participate for his work with palcampaign.com, a Catholic t-shirt company he created to combine his two passions of faith and art.

Read Mr. Kim's featured reflection below:

"Beauty has always been a natural stimulus to transcendence. Art can provide a feast for the senses that allows mankind to get a foretaste of the heavenly banquet. Continued gazes at beauty elevates and helps to se one free from the chains of the lesser loves that the world has to offer. With the implications of exposure to such beauty, it should be of primary concern for the Church today to foster and nurture its creation. The incarnation of Christ sanctions the use of the visible form to mediate invisible truth. By creating, artists have the unique opportunity to participate in the work of Christ, bringing to flesh expressions of God's love and mercy."
 
 
Four-Year College Acceptances (2013-2017) 

St. Francis High School is proud of our graduates who continue to excel in colleges and universities across the country as well as in other nations. We are also immensely grateful for our terrific teachers and exceptional college counselors who work diligently to prepare our students for the next step. The diversity of choices serves as a testament to the wide range of abilities and interests that our Golden Knights possess. Keep up the great work gentlemen...GO KNIGHTS!
Honoring Our Academic Decathletes 
St. Francis would like to thank and congratulate those Golden Knights who participated in the 2018 Academic Decathlon. These young men put in countless hours of hard work in preparation for this competition. Thank you, gentlemen, for representing our school with distinction. Pictured below are three of our team members (left to right): Kai Garcia, Marc Morreale and Nick Sercel. GO KNIGHTS!

What do Google, the Navy SEALs and the Catholic Church Have in Common?
By Carrie Gress, National Catholic Register 
In the just-released book,  The Culture Code: The Secrets of Highly Successful Groups, New York Times best-selling author Daniel Coyle dives deeply into what drives cultures - particularly those of businesses, sports teams and military units. He wants to know what makes for infectious organizations, the ones that people just want to be a part of and find energizing. Analyzing groups like Google, Zappos, the San Antonio Spurs, and the Navy SEALs, Coyle draws some very startling conclusions about what supports cohesion, cooperation and creativity.

The key to these out-performing cultures is not the collective intelligence of a group, heaps of financial resources or pools of talent. It is much more basic than that. Coyle sums it up in three things: (1) a sense of belonging, (2) a shared purpose as part of a bigger story and (3) a sense of safety for people to be who they are. These things, when they go together, Coyle explains, are the heart of a great culture. Surprisingly, what they boil down to is a sense of family. 

In one example demonstrating his argument, Coyle talks about a man who is "planted" into dozens of business meetings to be a distraction. Nick, the "plant," is tasked with trying to derail meetings as best he can using disruptive behavior - appearing bored, being argumentative, employing snark and sarcasm, and so on. Nick is highly successful in his efforts. In most of the groups, individuals follow his lead - clamming up or giving up. On several occasions, Nick laid his head down on the table during the meetings, and remarkably, one of the meetings actually ended with two attendees mimicking him - heads down. 

But there was one group that was impervious to Nick's antics. The difference was that the group's leader was able to defuse Nick's efforts by laughing them off, making a joke out of them, or just generally finding a way to help everyone feel safe instead of threatened. Where Nick had been successful in reducing the productivity of every other meeting, this group was the most effective and productive. 

On the one hand, Coyle's thesis seems overly simple because it doesn't emphasize the usual suspects when it comes to business metrics: talent and intelligence. On the other, his conclusion is so simple - that it is a family atmosphere that makes people thrive - that it is a wonder that we are just now talking about this. 

What is not surprising, however, is that many of these culture building components could generally be called "old hat" for the Church. (After 2000 years, there is not much that is "new hat.") For example, Coyle points out that Google and others actually have a "family" name for their employees ( googlers), as do Twitter ( tweaps) and Yahoo ( yahoos). The Church has been using family names like Benedictines, Carmelites, Augustinians, Dominicans and Franciscans for centuries. They even take it further with members receiving the monikers of brother, sister, mother and father. The family motif is deeply stamped into the Church's religious structures. Through Christ, the centuries, and the saints, we have been handed the tools of kindness, forgiveness, listening, patience and charity. And Christ's story is the greatest story ever told - one that has transformed the lives of billions. 

But if we look at the real nuts and bolts of these thriving cultures and the three pieces outlined by Coyle - belonging, a shared goal, and a sense of safety - we have to ask ourselves if we are doing this in our own families, and are we doing as a Church, as parishes? Do we have deep connections and a sense of belonging with those around us? Or are we like ships passing in the night at home or at church? Are we mindful of the fact, à la C.S. Lewis, that there are no ordinary people, but immortal horrors or everlasting splendors? Do we realize that we need each other for the common goal of becoming saints? And do we offer those around us a sense of safety? Of being listened to? Do we tell them that we are grateful for who they are? Do we laugh with them?

Of course, all of these realities are vital for evangelization. If we as Catholics lived out these familial realities, the Church could again acquire that infectious something that people just want to be a part of. Often, we approach evangelization as debate we must win or a battle of wills, which as I said in my book  Nudging Conversions, is rarely effective:

The more we want a loved one to convert on our time and our terms, the more it eludes us. Remove the pressure and the conversion is much more likely to happen. Impatience, hostility, and other superficial motivations are the kind of pressure that the human heart cannot bear. Instead, the heart responds to the gentle pressures of joy, kindness, mercy, and patience.

Once a structure of trust and communication is established, then the hard truths that may be missing in their lives can be heard. Coyle uses San Antonio Spur's coach, Greg Popovich, as a model for this. He does his due diligence to get to know his players well, to connect with them, and to instruct them that there are things more important than basketball. And when it comes time to deliver hard truths, his team responds productively.

These little things that we can offer each other, Coyle's research makes clear, speak much louder than any of us realize. Like the experiment with Nick, the disruptive meeting attendee, we can go along with the crowd and mimic the most disruptive guy in the room or we can reclaim the way prepared for us millennia ago. Catholic culture cannot be renewed with snark and sarcasm, anger and abrasiveness, or condescension and self-righteousness. The Church in her long history has given us all the pieces we need to become a thriving culture. The key is to actually use them. 

C.S. Lewis said it best in  The Weight of Glory:
You have never talked to a mere mortal. Nations, cultures, arts, civilization-these are mortal, and their life is to ours as the life of a gnat.

But it is immortals whom we joke with, work with, marry, snub, and exploit-immortal horrors or everlasting splendors.

This does not mean that we are to be perpetually solemn. We must play.

But our merriment must be of that kind (and it is, in fact, the merriest kind) which exists between people who have, from the outset, taken each other seriously-no flippancy, no superiority, no presumption.

And our charity must be real and costly love, with deep feeling for the sins in spite of which we love the sinner-no mere tolerance or indulgence which parodies love as flippancy parodies merriment.

Next to the Blessed Sacrament itself, your neighbor is the holiest object presented to your senses. 
In Search of Science Professionals to Assist with Genes in Space Competition 
 
We are excited to announce that the St. 
Francis Golden Knights, led by Mr. Bill Heinen, will be participating in "out of this world" science through the Genes in Space Competition. This is a fantastic opportunity for students in our science program to make a real-world contribution to human space travel. Our students will be designing a DNA experiment that addresses challenges in space travel and deep space exploration.
 
If you are a science professional and would like to  vol unteer to be part of an advisory board to help guide our student inquiry, we would love to have you join our team! The biggest hurdle to getting started is generating questions about what biological issues might arise as we start to colonize space. Please direct any questions or interest to Mr. Heinen via email to wheinen@sfhs.net. We hope you will join us for this hands-on learning project! GO KNIGHTS!
 
Movie Viewing with the Carmelite Sisters: Mon., March 26, 2018  
The Carmelite Sisters of the Most Sacred Heart of Los Angeles invite you to join  them as they host a viewing of the movie, Paul, Apostle of Christ on Monday, March 26 at Regal Alhambra (1 E Main St, Alhambra).

From the Carmelite Sisters:
If you would like to enter more deeply into Holy Week and come to know and love the Lord a bit better through the eyes of the Apostles Paul and Luke, if you want to support the works of the Carmelite Sisters (as a portion of the proceeds will do so), and if you want to support good, inspiring movies within mainstream media, please join us.   And we'd also invite you to sponsor a sister or two (and not just from our community, we will be inviting other sisters, seminarians and priests.) To get tickets or to sponsor a sister, please visit this link.

We are most grateful to you for your friendship and loving support. Please do forward this on as we'd like to fill the house.
 
St. Francis Wins Rio Mesa Golf Tournament
The St. Francis Golf Team started the season with a win in its first tournament! Sophomores Lake Kim and Henry Fitzhugh each finished with 74s and Andrew Fiori ended with 79. St. Francis finished with a team score of 227. Well done Knights!  

Boys' Golf Preview: St. Francis turns to new wave of talent for more success
By Charles Rich, La Canada Valley Sun
It's been quite a run lately for the St. Francis High golf team.

Competing in the difficult Mission League with the likes of powers Loyola and Chaminade, St. Francis has held its own. After taking fourth in league last season, the hungry Golden Knights finished third in the CIF Southern Section Central Divisional at Lakewood Country Club in Lakewood.

St. Francis lost standouts Stian Lintvedt, Aidan Tracey and David Emerson to graduation, putting it in position to restructure the lineup. Lintvedt and Tracey earned All-Area recognition last season.

St. Francis appears to have the pieces in place to achieve more success, leaving coach Kyle Ostrom encouraged.

"We have a good thing going," said Ostrom, a former All-Area Boys' Golf Coach of the Year. "We keep getting new kids and we try to help them reach their goals as best as we can.

"We lost some very big players, but I think we'll be a little deeper than last year. I think we'll have a good team the next few years."

St. Francis finished behind Loyola and Chaminade in the postseason and will look to challenge those teams in league.

"You always know league will be strong," Ostrom said. "I think a lot of the teams can be bunched close together. We want to get better and be ready to do something special."

St. Francis' lineup will be senior Will Coontz and sophomores Henry Fitzhugh, Lake Kim and Andrew Fiori...(read the full article HERE
 
Boys' Tennis Preview: Expectations grow higher for St. Francis
By Charles Rich, Glendale News-Press 
Though the St. Francis High tennis team didn't qualify for the playoffs last season following a four-year postseason run, there proved to be plenty of buzz surrounding the Golden Knights.

Jack and Ian Freer embarked on an amazing campaign that saw the brothers make deep runs in doubles at the Ojai Invitational, Mission League Tournament and CIF Southern Section Individual Tournament.


The Freers advanced to the semifinals at Ojai, the finals in league and the semifinals at CIF en route to being named the All-Area Boys' Doubles Team of the Year.

Jack Freer graduated, yet Ian Freer will return in full force looking to get St. Francis back in the playoff equation.

"They had such a great run last year and I think it really lifted the program going forward," St. Francis coach Ron Zambrano said. "We know we can count on Ian and he's been playing some great tennis of late at tournaments each week.

"There's excitement around the team right now. We have some freshmen on board and we have returners who have experience. It should be a good mix of talent and depth."

St. Francis took fifth in league last season and will look to challenge for a playoff berth while competing against traditional powers Harvard-Westlake, Loyola and Chaminade.

Freer, a junior, will be the Golden Knights' No. 1 singles player. He went 24-6 in singles and 13-3 in doubles last season. The Golden Knights will bring back senior Shahan Derbedrosian, who will play singles and doubles.

"We're looking good," said Zambrano, whose team will remain in Division III after realignment. "There's a lot of potential. Our doubles teams will be good and we know our league will be very tough again."...(read the full article HERE ) 
 
SFHS Boys' Swimming Preview
By Andrew J. Campa, Glendale News-Press 
St. Francis is thrilled to witness the growth of our swimming program this season...GO KNIGHTS!

The fledgling Golden Knights program battled to sixth place last season in the powerful Mission League, but optimistic coach Brady Lowdermilk notes that his team was only 105 points away from third place.

"We've returned all of our significant point-earners from that meet, so I suspect we'll place higher this year," Lowdermilk said. "It's something we've talked about and the guys are motivated to make an impact at that championship meet."

St. Francis' premiere swimmer is back in senior Michael Humphrey, who qualified to the Division I prelims in the 100 butterfly (52.77 seconds) and was a pivotal member of St. Francis' 200 IM relay squad.

 
"Michael Humphrey is just two-tenths of a second away from the school record in the 100 fly," Lowdermilk said. "He and Ethan Gray will battle back and forth all season for that one. We're also close to the school record in the 200 medley relay, so that's something we'll target."

Lowdermilk is expecting big seasons from junior John Balog in the 100 freestyle (52.14), sophomore Christopher Bruce in the 100 free (50.06), Gray in the 100 butterfly (53.43), sophomore Michael Smith in the 500 free (4:57.64) and from utility swimmers Peter Rassam and Adam Schroeder...(read the full article HERE
 
Baseball: Aaron Treloar Goes 4 for 4, Drives in 4 Runs; St. Francis Defeats Rio Mesa, 6-1, in Easton Tournament Behind 6 Strong Innings from Starter Chris Stamos
Staff Reports, Pasadena Sports Now
St. Francis bounced back nicely from a first-round defeat last weekend in the Easton Tournament.

The Golden Knights earned a 6-1 victory over Rio Mesa on Tuesday in the tournament's second round.

Chris Stamos went 6 innings for St. Francis, allowing just 1 run on 4 hits.

Stamos walked a pair of batters and struck out 4 en route to earning the victory.

Aaron Treloar had a huge day for the Golden Knights.

Treloar went 4 for 4 with a double and drove in 4 runs.

The senior also went an inning of scoreless relief to shut down the Spartans.

Senior Mikey Kane went 2 for 2, drove in 2 runs and played well on defense.

Chris Muro added one hit, a run scored, he was walked and hit by pitch.
 
Box Score:
St. Francis: 1-0-1-0-3-1-0-(6)
Rio Mesa: 0-0-0-1-0-0-0-(1)

Win:
Chris Stamos (1-0)

Records:

St. Francis (1-1); Rio Mesa (1-1)

Read the full article HERE 
A Fast Start for the 2018 St. Francis Mountain Bike Team
The season began with a great race last weekend for the 2018 St. Francis High School Mountain Bike Team! These Golden Knights have been working hard all winter in preparation for So Cal High School Cycling League races this spring. Thanks for representing us with distinction...GO KNIGHTS!

Upcoming Races (http://www.socaldirt.org/):

Mar 10-11: Vail Lake Challenge  
Mar 24-25: Cruise the Keys 
Apr 14-15: Victory at Vail
May 05-06: SoCal Finals  
May 19-20: State Championships (High School only), NorCal/Petaluma

All-Area Football Player of the Year: Perrantes was calm in storm of championship run
By Grant Gordon, Glendale News-Press 
Winning seasons and CIF Southern Section playoff victories have long been a standard for the St. Francis High football.

Alas, for St. Francis, finding its way to a CIF Southern Section championship game had long eluded it - for more than half a century, in fact.

Ultra-talented teams had been upset; bands of underdogs had fallen short.

Indeed, it is often noted that everything must go right to make it to the championship: talent, chemistry, a lack of injuries, a little luck and good old-fashioned timing.

"A lot of things have to go right," says St. Francis coach Jim Bonds, who reached a pair of CIF title games as a player with Newhall Hart but had fallen short in five semifinal games coaching the Golden Knights ahead of 2017.

So it goes that St. Francis had a cavalcade of standouts in its journey to the CIF Southern Section Division III final this past season.

However, it's difficult to fathom that the Golden Knights would have made their historic march had Darius Perrantes not transferred to St. Francis following his sophomore season.

"It would've been hard to replace what he did for us," Golden Knights All-Area senior receiver Andrew Monarrez says.

What Perrantes did for the Golden Knights was quarterback them to their first CIF championship game since 1964, lead them to a 12-2 record and turn in 39 total touchdowns.

For those achievements and more, Perrantes was voted the 2017 All-Area Football Player of the Year by the sports staff of the Glendale News-Press, La Cañada Valley Sun and Burbank Leader.

"I think his calmness under pressure is what stood out for me," Bonds says. "Nothing rattled him.

"It was unlike probably anybody I've ever coached at that position. He was always calm and cool and there was never a situation too big."

Indeed, it was Perrantes' play, his phenomenal play, under the brightest of Friday night lights in the Division III postseason that truly set him apart and likely wrote tales that will long be remembered in St. Francis lore.

"I think his calmness under pressure is what stood out for me. Nothing rattled him." St. Francis coach Jim Bonds said of Darius Perrantes.

The junior ended his season with 2,917 yards passing in 12-plus games, completing 155 of 260 attempts (59%) for 28 touchdowns to just seven interceptions. A dual threat who was a strong runner unafraid of contact, Perrantes added 324 yards and 11 touchdowns in 75 carries.

Thirty-nine total touchdowns is impressive, but as aforementioned, it was his performances in the postseason that truly drew acclaim.

In a quartet of playoff contests, Perrantes had a mind-spinning 15 total touchdowns to just one turnover, having thrown 10 touchdown passes with one interception and adding five touchdowns on the ground with no fumbles.

"This being his first playoff experience, he just played like he usually does," All-Area sophomore Kevin Armstead says. "He was the main reason we got to the championship game.

"He'll take on any challenge."

Following a nailbiting 31-27 win over La Serna to open the playoffs and a quarterfinal upset of No. 2 seed Citrus Hill, 30-20, St. Francis faced another upstart semifinalist in pass-happy El Toro. It was then that Perrantes put forth a performance for the ages.

"The coaches just prepared us all week," Perrantes says. "I feel like we just clicked."

St. Francis clobbered El Toro to the tune of a 52-17 victory and Perrantes left his mark with seven total touchdowns. Perrantes was just amazing, completing 21 of 24 passes for 294 yards and an astounding five touchdown passes with a pair of scores on the ground and nine carries for 47 yards.

"Cool, calm and collected; he's amazing," Monarrez says. "He didn't make it feel like he was under any pressure."

It was all the more amazing considering Perrantes had been at St. Francis for less than a calendar year, having transferred from Crespi after a sophomore season in which he split time under center.

Much of Perrantes' poise comes as a byproduct of his quiet and calm nature as you'll rarely see him yelling or cheering, even if many at his position are traditionally the most vocal on the team. Perrantes says the bright lights and the magnitude of the situation do play on his mind, but he just does not show it.

"I'm definitely nervous, but I just have to keep everything to myself," Perrantes says. "I'm a very low-key person."

Despite his subdued nature, Perrantes acclimated himself to his Golden Knights teammates rather quickly as the title game push truly began in the offseason.

"Through the summer, once he won the starting job, you could see the chemistry just improving on the team, on the offense," Bonds says.

Perrantes' debut was a dazzling one, as he carried the ball eight times for 60 yards and threw for what would be a season-high 322 yards and six touchdowns on 14 of 26 passing in a 48-21 victory against Mira Costa.

"The start he had against Mira Costa was as good as it could be as far as first starts go," Bonds says.

In a 49-20 win at Saugus in the fourth week of the season, Perrantes was injured. He missed the nonleague finale, but the injury seemed to mark a turning point going forward.

"I think after his injury, when he didn't play for those two weeks, I think he came back with a sense of urgency," All-Area senior Gabriel Grbavac says. "Everything just started to click."

Over the last nine games of the season, Perrantes totaled 28 touchdowns, charging hard on the ground and letting it fly through the air no matter the situation.

"No moment was too big for him," Bonds says. "He's just out there slinging it."

Amid the storm of St. Francis' most successful season in decades, Perrantes' play wrote headlines while his demeanor never altered no matter the magnitude.

"He was quiet at first," Monarrez says. "But his actions and his ability on the field, that spoke for itself."

Ultimately, St. Francis' march to its first title game since 1964 did not end with its first championship since that same year.

In an all-time classic, the Golden Knights lost in the last second of their season to Rancho Verde, 44-42, in the Southern Section Division III final.

Even in defeat, though, Perrantes shined. He had 292 yards passing and two touchdowns and two more touchdowns rushing. He orchestrated a riveting fourth-quarter go-ahead touchdown drive that likely would have lived on in area chronicle, but is now oft overlooked due to the final outcome.

But the statistics do not lie and Perrantes sparkled time and again during the Golden Knights' most golden of seasons in ages, calm and cool through it all and outstanding just the same.

"He's proved to a lot of people he can live up to the expectations," Armstead says. "I can't wait to see what he does next year."...(read the full article HERE)

Supporting Our Brother's "Quest to Walk Again"
Last month the St. Francis Alumni Association was honored to hear an amazing presentation from SF Alum Larry Duenas '91 who spoke to the group about his "Quest to Walk Again." Larry is a 4-time cancer survivor who ultimately lost his leg to the disease. We learned about Larry's attempt to have a life-altering surgery that might allow him to walk again. Larry has been an outstanding Golden Knight Alum who coached as part of the Golden Knight football program for over 10 years. Here's Larry's incredible story:

My name is Larry Duenas and I am a 4-time Cancer Survivor!  I was first diagnosed with Synovial Cell Sarcoma back in 1998 when I was 25 years old.  I had a tumor behind my left knee in the soft tissue.  I was given aggressive Chemotherapy, Radiation, and surgeries.  Since then my Cancer has come back 3 additional times, in 2001, 2005, and most recently in 2014.  My 3 reoccurrence's came with additional Chemotherapy, Radiation, surgeries, and ultimately the amputation of my left leg six inches above my knee. 

The road to recovery has been a long and difficult one. I have been working with traditional socket systems off and on for well over 10 years, with no success. My residual limb is very short and the best hope for a usable leg is an implant procedure called Osseointegration. This procedure consists of hammering a titanium metal rod into my femur and essentially extending my femur bone (see attached video).  There is no socket!  I am an excellent candidate for the procedure and have been researching this technology for a long time now.

Unfortunately, the surgery is not yet performed here in the United States, but many successful surgeries have been preformed overseas. So, I am trying to raise the funds to go abroad to have the surgery. It costs about $90,000.  That will cover Flights, surgical procedure, hospital stay, and room & board during the recovery process. If you are able, please consider donating. 

I am currently a full-time single father.  Having Osseointegration surgery would allow me to live the life I desire. I would no longer be confined to what I can do on crutches.  It would allow me to walk again!!  I would be able to obtain meaningful employment, coach football again, and simple things like holding my little twin girl's hands when they cross the street, or play catch with my boy. 

This is a once in a lifetime chance. Please send any donation, a prayer, or words of encouragement. All are appreciated and considered a wonderful gift. Please also share the link to this page, so that I can get the word out.  Thank you very much!!

Larry's GoFundMe Page: https://www.gofundme.com/larryduenas
 


Come join your fellow St. Francis grads in support of a great cause on Friday, March 16th, as we host a benefit celebration in honor of our friend, and fellow St. Francis alumni, Lawrence Dueñas '91 (aka Larry). All proceeds from this show will go towards his "Quest to Walk Again," which you can find more details on here: https://www.gofundme.com/larryduenas

The current line-up of bands, all of which have members who are SF Alumni, includes:

8PM - The Hay Penny Pigs (Class of '06)

9:30PM - StOnYAtTi (Class of '91)

11PM - Rubber Revolver Beatles Tribute (Class of '99)   
  
Community rallies around single Alhambra father and former football coach with one leg
By Christopher Yee, San Gabriel Valley Tribune  
"Is your leg in heaven?"

That's one of the many questions 6-year-old Elena has asked her father, Larry Duenas, 45.

The elder Duenas lost most of his left leg, up to about mid-thigh, in 2005 when he fought Synovial cell sarcoma for the third time.

"God is holding it for me until I meet him in heaven," he told her.

But the single father of three isn't ready to be reunited with his original leg just yet. Instead, Duenas, an almost lifelong Alhambra resident, is raising money for a procedure that would allow him to walk again.

Not just an old football injury

Football was a major part of the Duenas family. His father played, his older brother played, and Duenas and his twin brother played, with the kids all playing at St. Francis High School in La Cañada Flintridge.

Duenas went on to play at Glendale College before transferring to Cal State East Bay in Hayward to play there. He wasn't going to the pros, but he returned to Southern California in 1996 with a bachelor's degree and a slight pain in his left knee.

He went back to what he knew - football, specifically at St. Francis. As a former defensive linebacker, he coached the school team's defense, but it was becoming increasingly difficult to stand on the practice field for hours on end.

He had gotten his leg checked out by several doctors over the years, but in 1998, St. Francis' team doctor told him to visit him at his private practice. He found a malignant cancer mass in Duenas' leg.

Synovial cell sarcoma is most commonly found in children, which is likely why doctors hadn't considered it previously, but that's what the doctor found. He had surgery to remove a walnut-sized tumor, then chemotherapy and radiation, to kill off remnants and keep it from coming back.

Duenas had heard the story of a young man who used to visualize his cancer as an asteroid from the eponymous video arcade game and destroying it, so he visualized it as a football play. He would, as ever, be a defensive linebacker, and the cancer would be the fullback he would tackle to the ground.

Cancer returns again and again

Duenas recovered and worked as a probation officer in addition to coaching, but three years later the cancer returned. The doctors followed the same procedure - surgery, chemo, radiation - but also mentioned the possibility of removing the leg.

"I said, 'No, no, I'm still young,'" Duenas said. He remained positive, as ever, and simply focused himself on beating the cancer.

Soon, he began dating the woman who would become his wife. As they were preparing to wed in 2005, the cancer returned a third time, and this time, amputation was the only option.

So before the church date they had booked, the couple got married on the 50-yard-line at the Rose Bowl Stadium in Pasadena with the help of one of Duenas' former football coaches.

"I said, 'Coach, I want to be able to walk down the aisle at my wedding,'" he said. "He said, 'Consider the Rose Bowl your backyard.'"

A day later, Duenas was on the operating table. His leg was amputated to about mid-thigh to reduce the likelihood the cancer would ever return.

Almost nine years passed, and in that time, Duenas and his wife had three children - son Beau was born in 2010 and twin daughters Elena and Amelia a year later. But in 2014, the cancer returned a fourth time.

He began the same regimen of treatment, but a major challenge this time was that Duenas and his wife separated in 2015, leaving him as the children's primary caregiver.

A leg to stand on?

In that nine-year stretch, Duenas earned a Master's degree in counseling with the goal of counseling college athletes. He had been working for a nonprofit organization before his fourth bout with cancer but was laid off when the funding dried up.

Since then, counseling jobs have been hard to come by. Duenas said he hopes it isn't because he walks into interviews on crutches - but it's possible.

In the meantime, he serves as a substitute teacher for the Montebello Unified School District and gives motivational speeches to community college athletes.

He owns a prosthetic leg, but it fits badly because of how high his leg was amputated. For a decade, he's had his eye on a procedure that would make wearing a prosthetic leg much easier, but it's not yet been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

It's called osseointegration, and it would allow a titanium implant to be fused with what remains of his femur and protrude out from what remains of his left leg. A prosthetic leg could then be attached to the end of the implant.

After seeing the success of the Osseointegration Group of Australia, Duenas believed he was ready to do something he had been unwilling to do before - ask for help.

A month ago, he started an online crowdfunding campaign to raise the $90,000 required to get him to Sydney and pay for the procedure and a month of rehabilitation after. So far, the campaign has raised a little more than $8,000, and combined with in-person donations, he's raised a total of $14,000.

As an alumnus and a 10-year football coach - from 1996 to 2005 - Duenas has received support from the St. Francis community. Friends of his from the class of 1991 are hosting a benefit concert dubbed "LarryFest" at Old Towne Pub Pasadena, 66 N. Fair Oaks Ave., starting 8 p.m. March 16 and going into the wee hours the next day.

While the fundraising goal is daunting, Duenas said it's worthwhile if it will mean meaningful employment, coaching football again, holding his daughters' hands as they cross the street or playing catch with his son.

"I just hope something happens soon for me and my family, and maybe through this campaign and people hearing my story, somebody will give me a chance," Duenas said. "If they just gave me a chance, they have no idea what I could do."...(read the full article HERE)
  
A Picture is Worth a Thousand Words 
Images from Across the St. Francis Community  
Our MiniPOSH 2018 volunteers are amazing! Thank you for helping us make this year's event a success...GO KNIGHTS!
A busy but beautiful and fun-filled afternoon on campus as Team Brobot prepares for its final regional competition, the Drumline rehearses for the Spring Concert, and our student athletic trainers gain valuable experience working alongside Mr. Hallak. Never a dull moment for these Golden Knights!
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