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Coach Eli Hallak Nominated for Newell National Athletic Trainer of the Year Award
St. Francis is thrilled to announce that our Head Athletic Trainer, Coach Eli Hallak, has been nominated for the prestigious Newell National Athletic Trainer of the Year Award (more information below). This selection is based on examples of service, leadership, and shared experiences from community members like you! Here's our opportunity to thank Coach Hallak for the tremendous contributions he has made to the St. Francis family and the broader community over his many years of service to the school. Please take a few moments to support his nomination. The last day to submit your vote is Wednesday, May 17th, by 12:00 p.m. Go Eli and GO KNIGHTS!

 
The Newell National Athletic Trainer of the Year Award recognizes athletic trainers for the service and leadership they provide local athletic communities. In partnership with leading orthopedic practices, one local athletic trainer from each participating region is selected to be considered for The Newell National Athletic Trainer of the Year Award. Based on examples of service, leadership, and shared experiences from community members, The Newell Award National Athletic Trainer of the Year will be determined by The Newell Award National Committee and announced in May 2017. The winner of The Newell National Athletic Trainer of the Year Award will win $2,500 for their school and $10,000 as the National Award recipient.

Annual Alumni Family Communion Mass: Sunday, June 4, 2017
Please join us for our annual Alumni Family Communion Mass at 10:00 a.m. on Sunday, June 4th, in the Norman Family Courtyard as we pray together, in thanksgiving, for the many blessings we have received. We will also take the opportunity on this occasion to honor Mr. Rudy Trujillo who, after 27 years of dedicated service to St. Francis High School and a total of 47 years in Catholic education, will retire at the conclusion of this school year.

Light refreshments will be served immediately following Mass. Please RSVP to Bridgid Sloyan: bsloyan@sfhs.net



Celebrating Our Graduating Seniors and Alums
Graduation season is upon us and we are looking forward to celebrating the accomplishments of our graduating seniors and alums who will be crossing the stage to receive a diploma. We hope your St. Francis education of both mind and heart carries you on to a life of happiness and success as you continue your pursuit towards a vocation in service to others.

We would love share your accomplishment with the SFHS Community. Please email photos and announcements to burghdorfa@sfhs .net.

Below is a picture of St. Francis grad Julian Urrea '12 with his family. Julian graduated from the University of Portland this past weekend with a degree in Business Administration. He is leaving for Quantico, Virginia in August to begin Officer Candidate School to become a Second Lieutenant in the United States Marine Corps. We are so proud of you JP...GO KNIGHTS!

Graduation Ceremonies - Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
What outstanding obligations do seniors still have?
Seniors still have outstanding obligations to maintain the dress code, fulfill service hours, complete academic obligations, class dues, return of library books and athletic gear, etc. Students may be asked to get a haircut or shave before either event, but if they take care of things at home, this won't happen.


What obligations do parents have?
In order for their son to graduate, parents are required to complete their Family Service Hours and fulfill their tuition contract (including graduation fees). Late payments (after April 1) must be submitted directly to the Tuition Office at St. Francis (not to the credit union). Only cash or cashiers' check will be accepted. We ask that late payments are completed at least one week before the date of final examinations. Graduation week becomes very hectic, and if you wait until the last minute, it creates additional stress on the school and family.
 
What happens if a senior fails a second semester class?
In the event a student fails a class; he will still be expected to participate in the ceremony-no one will know since diplomas are issued the following week (when caps and gowns are returned). Mr. Trujillo will contact your family on May 26 to inform you. Failing grades must be made up in summer school before a diploma can be issued.
 
What are the times of the graduation ceremonies?
Baccalaureate Mass is at St. Bede the Venerable Church on Friday, May 26, at 8:00 p.m. Graduates should arrive on campus no later than 7:15 p.m. that evening. The Mass will take approximately 90 minutes. Graduation begins on Saturday, May 27 at 10:00 a.m. Graduates should arrive on campus no later than 9:15 a.m. that morning. Graduation generally takes about 75 minutes. Both events will start on time, so we encourage an early arrival.
 
Is there reserved seating for the Baccalaureate Mass?
Seating is limited at St. Bede Church, so we recommend that graduates invite only their immediate family members. Other than the section reserved for the graduates, there is no reserved seating at St. Bede. St. Bede is holding their graduation at the church prior to our event, so we ask that guests wait until the church is clear of their guests before entering.


Is there reserved seating for graduation?
Four tickets to the graduation ceremony will be distributed to each senior at the last graduation practice. People holding those tickets will be permitted to sit in a section reserved for the graduates' families. We cannot honor requests for additional reserved tickets. Seating for others attending the ceremony is on a first-come, first-serve basis. The campus gates will open at 8:00 a.m. Fifteen minutes before the beginning of the ceremony, people will no longer be permitted to save seats. They will be released to those still needing seats. If someone is saving seats, a person must be physically present (guests are not permitted to place reserved signs on seats) and may save no more than four additional seats. There is no limit to the number of invitations you may send. Parking is limited however!
 
What arrangements are there for elderly guests?
A live feed of the graduation will be shown in the Degheri Performing Arts Center. The seats are comfortable and the theater is air-conditioned. We recommend this for elderly guests, but not for children (unless they are accompanied by a parent). There is limited handicapped parking adjacent to the gym. In addition, for those unable to attend but who are interested in viewing the graduation ceremony, it will be live-streamed. If you go to our website, sfhs.net; then look for the KNIT box on the left hand side of the website, click KNIT Student Television. That will link you to the livestream "KNIT-SF Commencement."

What is required of seniors to participate in graduation?
Seniors are required to attend both graduation practices AND the Baccalaureate Mass-attendance at these activities is not negotiable. As a Catholic institution, Baccalaureate Mass is considered part of the ceremony. In the past, we have denied participation in the graduation ceremony to someone who did not attend Baccalaureate Mass.
 
What is the deadline for reporting admissions, scholarships, and honors to be listed in the graduation program?
Seniors are expected to inform the Counseling Office no later than April 28 in order for this information to be listed in the program. Any information reported after that date may not be included.


What is the behavioral expectation for graduates and their guests?

These are formal occasions and intended to be dignified-a public celebration that we take seriously! Artificial noisemakers are not permitted. In the interest of time and to allow each name to be heard, individual celebrations are also prohibited. The entire class will receive an ovation after all the graduates have received their diplomas.
 
What is the dress code for the graduates?
Dress code for the graduates at both events: dark color slacks, dress shoes, shirt and tie (no bow ties nor bolo ties are permitted)! If a student arrives out of dress code, he will not be permitted to participate. At Baccalaureate Mass, graduates wear gowns, no caps and no other regalia. At Graduation, graduates wear cap and gown and the school-sanctioned regalia. (see # 13) We prefer that students not wear sunglasses at the graduation. The school dress code is in effect (hair, earrings, etc.) at all graduation activities.
 
When are caps and gowns distributed/collected? 
Caps and gowns will be distributed at the end of the first graduation practice, provided students have fulfilled all of their obligations. When students return their caps and gowns (the Tuesday after the ceremony), diplomas will be issued.
 
What school-sanctioned regalia may be worn at graduation?
Students may only wear the following academic decorations to graduation: NHS collar, CSF Stole, Kairocks/Mu Alpha Theta/Spanish Honor Society/Sports Medicine Honor Society/Team State Academic Decathlon Medal/Honors diploma cord/LINK pins/school medals. Any other decoration (club insignias, leis, personal messages) will not be permitted.

     
Can parents come to the stage to take pictures?
We have contracted with a company that will take a picture of each graduate as he receives his diploma. A proof will be automatically emailed to the family; your family may choose to purchase them or not. Having this service allows parents to enjoy the ceremony rather than photograph it. At the conclusion of the ceremony, parents are welcome to come to the stage to take photographs.
 
Can I order a DVD of the graduation ceremony?
The school's television station, KNIT, will sell a DVD of the ceremony. These will not be available for pick up until the end of June. Contact Mr. Eulalia at eeulalia@sfhs.net for details.
 
Which restrooms are available at graduation?
The restrooms in the theater and the gym will be open to the public for graduation. Visitors and guests may not use the facilities in the school office.

When are final transcripts available?
Final grades will be e-mailed on June 12. Final transcripts will be submitted to colleges in the last week of June.
Adrian Ballard '17 Recognized as National Merit Scholarship Finalist
St. Francis High School senior Adrian Ballard '17 (pictured below on the far right) was honored by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC) this spring with their highest award as a 2017 National Merit Scholarship Finalist. From an initial pool of over 1.6 million juniors at over 22,000 high schools across the nation, Adrian was selected as one of only 15,000 finalists in this prestigious program. This places him in the top 1% of all high school seniors in the country. Adrian will be attending Haverford College in Pennsylvania this fall, majoring in physics.
 
This year's National Merit Scholarship Program began in October 2015 when over 1.6 million juniors in more than 22,000 high schools took the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT), which served as an initial screen of program entrants. Last fall, the highest-scoring participants in each state, representing less than one percent of the nation's high school seniors, were named Semifinalists on a state-representational basis. Only these 16,000 Semifinalists had an opportunity to continue in the competition. From the Semifinalist group, some 15,000 students met the very high academic standards and other requirements to advance to the Finalist level of the competition.
 
Congratulations Adrian...the St. Francis Family is tremendously proud of your remarkable accomplishment! GO KNIGHTS!

National Latin Exam Medal Winners 
Please join Dr. Adams and the St. Francis Family in congratulating the following St. Francis students who won awards for their performance in the 2017 National Latin Exam. This year's exam was taken by over 149,000 students in all fifty states and sixteen foreign countries. We are proud of your achievements! GO KNIGHTS!

Gold Medal (Summa Cum Laude): 
Minjune Hwang '17
Hayden Osborn '18
 Connor Martin '18
Shahan Derbedrosian '18
Marc Morreale '19
Kai Garcia '19
Edward Kingston '19
Danny Bozanic '20
James Mills '20
Roman Wickman '20
Joe DeGroot '20

Silver Medal (Maxima Cum Laude):
Lenny Pieroni '18
Kenneth Hiyake '19
Luke Nelson '20
Michael Smith '20
Carsten Petersen '20
Sean Metz '20
Nathan Finney '20

Bronze Medal (Magna Cum Laude):
Nick Yeh '18
Andrew Wong '19
Sam Eisele '19
Tomas Quiroz '19
Xander Penzato '19
Anthony Muñoz '20
Jackson Jones '20

Honorable Mention (Cum Laude):
Lucas Shin '18
Andrew Mar '18
Ethan Qua '19
Will Oliver '19
Gavin Sevareid '19
Isaac Martinez '19
Lucas Nydam '20
Gus Maltzan '20
Dylan Sheriff '20
Seniors Showcase Future Colleges and Universities 
It is inspiring to see our seniors sporting gear from their future colleges and universities. We are so proud of everything you have accomplished and we look forward to cheering you on as you continue your journey...GO KNIGHTS!



Society of St. Vincent de Paul Honors Fr. Matt Elshoff '73 
St. Francis is pleased to announce that Fr. Matt Elshoff, OFM Cap. '73 has been selected as an honoree at this year's Mardi Gras in May Benefit Dinner and Awards Ceremony for the Society of St. Vincent de Paul of Los Angeles. In addition, St. Francis grad Kenny Lund '82 will be serving as emcee for the event. Fr. Matt is a SFHS graduate, active member of the school's Board of Directors, and former President of St. Francis. He currently serves as the pastor of the Old Mission Ines Parish community. We hope the St. Francis community turns out in force to honor the remarkable ministry of Fr. Matt and support the important mission of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul. Please click on the Save the Date flyer below to access more information and sponsorship details on the event website. GO KNIGHTS!

A (K)night to Remember 
The sophomore (K)night of Service on Friday, April 21st, was an unforgettable evening for the young men who volunteered to assist with Scholl Canyon Estates' "Senior Prom." Our Golden Knights helped set up the dinnerware at each table and put up the decorations. The students also spent time making corsages/boutonnieres, small goodie bags, and table signs. Regardless of the task, our students were well-mannered and polite gentlemen. We are especially thankful to the young men who stepped way out of their comfort zones to dance with the young-at-heart residents. GO KNIGHTS!

4th Quarter Franciscan Virtue: Peacemaking
The Golden Fish - A Reflection on Peacemaking  
Children in Bosnia-Herzegovina all know the ancient story of the poor woman who caught a golden fish, released it, and in return gained wealth and happiness. This Balkan fairy tale turned into reality for one poor family. Before the start of the Bosnian war, the Malkoc family lived next to a small lake in the northwestern village of Jezero. One day in 1990, Smajo Malkoc returned from a trip to Austria with an unusual gift for his teenage sons, Devad and Catib: an aquarium with two goldfish. 

Two years passed and then Bosnian Serb forces advanced on Jezero. The women and children fled; and the men stayed back to resist the attacking soldiers. Smajo Malkoc was killed. When his wife, Fehima, sneaked back into the destroyed village to bury her husband and rescue what remained of their belongings, she took pity on the fish in the aquarium. She let them out into the nearby lake, saying to herself, "This way, they might be more fortunate than us."

Fast forward to 1995. Fehima Malkoc returned with her sons to Jezero. Nothing but ruins remained of their home and their village. Through misty eyes she looked toward the lake. Glimpsing something strange, she walked over to the shore. "The whole lake was shining from the thousands of golden fish in it," she said. "It made me immediately think of my husband. This was something he left me that I never hoped for."

During the years of killing all around the lake, life underwater had flourished. After their return, Fehima Malkoc and her sons started caring for and selling the goldfish. By 1998, homes, stores, and coffee shops all over the region feature aquariums containing fish from Jezero. The Malkoc house, rebuilt on its original site, is one of the biggest in the village. Two new cars are parked in front, and the family says it has enough money to quit worrying about the future.

"It was a special kind of gift from our father," Devad Malkoc said.

(From the Associated Press story "Family Lives Out Golden Balkan Fairy Tale," San Diego Union-Tribune. June 7, 1998.)

One can never underestimate what a gift of love or an act of kindness might produce. Jesus said, "Give and it will be given unto you" (Luke 6:38). Whenever you give, no matter how small and insignificant your gift might be, God blesses it and uses it to accomplish great things. Jesus took a young boy's lunch and fed a multitude. Have no doubt that he can take whatever we offer to him and turn it into something magnificent.

The Malkocs' story is also a parable of God's relentless grace at work even in the midst of chaos and trouble. While the war in Bosnia was raging, life below the surface of a small lake flourished. We can rest assured that God's will is being done-that his Kingdom is flourishing-even when life on the surface is full of trouble and strife. That is the message of the gospel-the ultimate fairy tale that comes true.
Gratitude for Incredible Teachers, Role Models, and Mentors 
St. Francis High School is truly blessed with amazing teachers who also serve as incredible role models and mentors. St. Francis English teacher Mrs. Fran Marick is one of those special teachers who has dedicated her life to education and positively influenced countless young minds in the process. A special thanks to Mrs. Fran Marick and the entire faculty at St. Francis for motivating and inspiring the young men who pass through our doors. GO KNIGHTS!


"Over 20 yrs ago my English teacher baked, gave me my 1st recipe. Her photo & laminated recipe has hung on my office wall for yrs. After about a decade of random searches I found her again. My heart just kind of stopped. Here is Mrs Marick, the lady who started my love of baking and now 2 photos are here. Mentor our Keiki because had she not baked for me that 1st day freshman year at St Bernard High School I may have never discovered my life long passion." #mrsmarickrocks #inspired #mahalo  - The Maui Cookie Lady (https://www.themauicookielady.com/)    
Senior Service Projects Highlight Broad Scope of Student Involvement  
The Senior Service Project requires St. Francis seniors to design, develop, execute, and evaluate a service project over the course of the academic year having shown a minimum of 20 hours of work, including both the planning and execution of the service. Students are allowed to work individually or in small groups of no more than 4 students. Participation, completion and presentation of the senior project is a part of their 2nd Semester Religion Vocations grade. Below are a few examples of project presentations put together by our seniors.

SFHS Service Project - Habitat for Humanity

Volunteer Blog - Eubin Kang '17
""The highest form of worship is the worship of unselfish Christian service. The greatest form of praise is the sound of consecrated feet seeking out the lost and helpless." - Billy Graham  

We are grateful for all of the students and faculty/staff members who participated in service trips over the past month. We pray that your service experience may inspire a lifetime of love and compassion for those in need. Thank you, gentlemen, for serving with joy and humility! GO KNIGHTS!







Spring Mothers' Brunch 2017
A little rain could not dampen the spirits of those who attending the 2017 Spring Mothers' Brunch last weekend in St. Francis' Norman Family Courtyard. A huge thanks to everyone who worked so hard to make this such a special day! (View the Event Photos HERE - A special thanks to Larry Gray for the wonderful images!)



1st Annual Grandparents Day Emphasizes Value of Family, Community 
Grandparents Day 2017 - Photo Album: A beautiful collection of photos from the 1st Annual Grandparents Day on Saturday, April 8th! Please visit the link above to access the full collection of photos (taken by Rondah De Los Reyes). GO KNIGHTS!




Junior Ring/Pin Ceremony for the Class of 2018 
Junior Ring/Pin Ceremony 2017 - Photo Album : A great collection of photos from this year's Junior Ring/Pin Ceremony for the Class of 2018. Please visit the link above to access the full collection. GO KNIGHTS!

Walking in the Footsteps of St. Francis and St. Clare 
Thank you for keeping the St. Francis students and faculty/staff members who attended this year's Assisi Pilgrimage in your thoughts and prayers as they journeyed to Italy and walked in the footsteps of St. Francis and St. Clare!


Alumni/Senior BBQ: Friday, May 19th 
The St. Francis Golden Knights Alumni Association would like to welcome the graduating Class of 2017 into the 8,000-strong St. Francis alumni community! We invite our alumni back on campus to help prepare lunch for the seniors as we celebrate their accomplishments and wish them well as they journey on into the next chapter of their lives. We are proud of them and we look forward to perpetuating the special bond of brotherhood that makes our Capuchin Franciscan tradition so unique. GO KNIGHTS!

If you would like to return as a grad and help with this event, please contact Mr. Tim Murphy at (818) 790-0325 ext. 510 or email murphyt@sfhs.net

Why St. Francis? - Truly ONE IN A MILLION 
Why St. Francis? - Truly ONE IN A MILLION
Why St. Francis? - Truly ONE IN A MILLION

Dear St. Francis Family,  

As we enter the final quarter of the school year, we are thrilled to share our progress with you.  We are just over 90% of the way to our goal of raising $1 Million for the Annual Fund campaign.  We are so grateful for the tremendous outpouring of generosity from the entire St. Francis community!

Friendly Class Competition & Rewards

For the top class in each category (total amount raised and % class participation) through June 30th, we will be hosting a pregame cocktail reception before our 1st home football game in the fall of 2017.

4th Quarter Day of Giving: Tuesday, May 23rd, 2017

As it goes in any competition, the 4th Quarter is the time for champions to rise to the occasion! GO KNIGHTS!

David Emerson '17 Achieves Rank of Eagle Scout 

Congratulations to David Emerson '17 on achieving the rank of Eagle Scout on April 6, 2017! St. Francis is so proud of David, along with all of our other Eagle Scouts, for his dedication and service. GO KNIGHTS!

David joined Troop 4 in March 2010 after bridging from Pack 4. Since that time, he has been very involved while serving in a number of leadership positions.

He was recognized in Troop 4's 200 Club for receiving more than 100 service hours and camping more than 100 nig hts. David finished his Scouting experience with 124 nights camping and 140 BSA community service hours.

A highlight from his scouting experience was his trek to the Philmont Scout Ranch in New Mexico. David and his crew spent ten days backpacking in the New Mexico backcountry. David compiled more than 460 hiking miles as a Boy Scout.

David is senior at St. Francis High School where he is a member of the Sports Medicine Club and Golf Team.
Brothers Ian '19 and Jack Freer '17 Earn CIF Spot with Strong League Finish 
Last week SFHS Tennis doubles and brothers Ian Freer '19 and Jack Freer '17 performed extremely well and managed to reach the Mission League Finals Championship Match against Timothy LI and David Arkow of Harvard-Westlake. Although the Golden Knights lost the match, their success helped them earn a spot in the CIF Championship later this month. We're cheering for you...GO KNIGHTS!



SFHS BOYS' TENNIS UPDATE - St. Francis at Ojai Valley Tournament: The Golden Knights' John and Ian Freer also turned in a stellar showing at the prestigious Ojai Valley CIF Doubles Tournament, concluding their run with a semifinal defeat against top-seeded Connor Lee and Bryce Pereira of San Marino, 6-2, 7-6(2).

Lee and Pereira went on to win the championship.

In the opener, the Freers beat Nordhoff High's Mikel Elizalde and Dakota Martin, 6-1, 6-3, before returnin g that day for a 6-4, 6-2 triumph over Glendora's Tommy Folsom and Justin Lay.

The next day the Golden Knights swept Hans Hwang and Soomin Lee of University, 6-4, 6-4, and then returned for a quarterfinal win against La Costa Canyon's Mitchell Davis and Ryan Dehmoubed, 7-6(2), 6-1.

Well done gentlemen...GO KNIGHTS!
SFHS Golf Finishes Season Strong, Looks Forward to CIF Tournament 
SFHS Golf Update: The St. Francis Golf Team beat Valencia High School 390-417 on May 4th at Brookside Golf Course.

The Golden Knights were led by the seniors, receiving an even par 72 from David Emerson, a 77 from Stian Lintvedt, and a 78 from Aidan Tracey.

The golf team finishes the season 10-5, and is looking forward to a strong finish at the CIF tournament on May 15th.

SFHS Baseball Ends Season on Memorable Note 
Yesterday the St. Francis Golden Knights hosted the Notre Dame Knights at the Glendale Sports Complex for senior night and the final regular season game. The Golden Knights jumped on top with four runs in the second inning and didn't look back as senior Nolan Shwery carried a no-hitter through five innings and was picked up by junior Hayden Byrnes and senior Ryan DeVore late to preserve the 10-2 victory and a three-hitter over the Mission League-leading Knights who are one of the top r anked teams in the state and country.

Senior Brandon Lewis had three hits, drove in two and scored one, Junior Christian Muro had three hits, scored three runs and drove in one, junior John Politis had two hits, scored one run and drove in another, and junior Aaron Treloar had two hits and drove in one run. Seniors Pat Dionisio and Jacob Becthold also chipped in singles with both scoring one run and Dionisio driving in three runs.

Congratulations to senior players Jacob Becthold, Pat Dionisio, Brandon Lewis, Kevin Gates, Ryan Devore, Evan Tontini, Nolan Shwery and Josh Hedgpeth on a fine season and announcer/managers Charlie Greaves and Jacob Marmolejo on a job well done. GO KNIGHTS!

SFHS Ends Season on High Note; Golden Knights Blow Out 1st-Place Notre Dame, 10-2 
Staff Reports, Pasadena Sports Now
If people judged the 2017 St. Francis baseball program solely on their record, they would be missing the trend line.

Despite finishing 8-20 overall, first-year coach Aaron Dorlarque led the Golden Knights to six Mission League victories.

What's impressive about that?

The Golden Knights six league wins matches the 2014, 2015 and 2016 totals combined.

They also routed first-place Notre Dame, 10-2, on Thursday.

Senior Nolan Shwery went out in style.

Shwery had a no-hitter into the sixth inning, and he teamed with Hayden Byrnes and Ryan DeVore on a three-hitter over the Knights.

The trio combined to strike out 7 batters, and more importantly, they kept Notre Dame slugger Hunter Greene at bay.

Greene had six hits, including three home runs in the first two games this week with St. Francis.

Senior center fielder Brandon Lewis also went out in a strong way.

Lewis went 3 for 4, scoring once and drove in two runs.

John Politis had two hits, scored one run and drove in another, and junior Aaron Treloar had two hits and drove in one run.

Seniors Pat Dionisio and Jacob Becthold also chipped in singles with both scoring runs and Dionisio driving in three runs.

Lucas Gordon had a single and drove in both runs for Notre Dame.

Christian Muro went 3 for 5 with three runs scored and one RBI.

St. Francis finishes the season 6-12 overall and 9-20 overall.

Quotable:

St. Francis coach Aaron Dorlarque: "I am extremely proud of the seniors for buying into the program and helping lead the culture change with the St. Francis baseball program. They showed what is possible tonight against a very talented baseball team. We are extremely excited about the future of Golden Knight baseball. Congratulations to senior players Jacob Becthold, Pat Dionisio, Brandon Lewis, Kevin Gates, Ryan Devore, Evan Tontini, Nolan Shwery and Josh Hedgpeth on a fine season and announcer/managers Charlie Greaves and Jacob Marmolejo on a job well done."...(read the full article HERE)
Wins and Losses Could Never Measure Brandon Lewis' Value
By Brian Reed-Baiotto, Sports Editor, Pasadena Sports Now 
Don't let their 35-75 record over the past four years mislead you.

Brandon Lewis has helped lay the tracks for better days ahead at St. Francis. 

The four-year varsity star is playing for his fourth coach in as many seasons, and is competing in the final three games of his prep career this week.

His imprint, though, on the Golden Knights program will be long lasting.

For a guy who hates losing, the past four years could have broken him.

Lewis, however, has used the program's and his own failures to fuel him.

He works diligently every day and pushes his teammates to do the same, and he's taken a cerebral approach in dealing with the many setbacks St. Francis has endured.

"For those who know me, they know I hate losing more than anything," Lewis said. "But despite a lot of losing, every day is a learning experience. I enjoyed my time being a Golden Knight and wouldn't trade it for anything. I was able to play against some of best competition in Southern California, and I have developed many great friendships through this program that will last a lifetime."


Lewis struggled his first two years.

As a freshman, Lewis hit just .190, and his batting average dropped 10 points the following season.

Lewis' stats over the past two years finally resemble the skill set and talent level everyone knew he possessed.

This season, the senior center fielder leads the Golden Knights in seven offensive categories.

He's first in batting average (.369), hits (24), RBI (17), walks (23), home runs (2), on-base percentage (.549) and slugging percentage (.523).

St. Francis has ridden even more roller coasters this season (on the field) than had they gone to Magic Mountain.

They began the season 0-7, and then won three of their first four Mission League games.

The Golden Knights then lost five consecutive games, and over that stretch, scored one run in 35 innings.

But then they went on to have a solid run as the St. Paul Tournament, including a victory over Long Beach Poly.

While there have been less ups than downs, Lewis and his teammates could match the total amount of Mission League victories over the prior three seasons combined if they're able to win at least one of their three games with first-place, Notre Dame of Sherman Oaks this week.

Lewis is lauded by his teammates and he's getting credit for slowly turning the tide at St. Francis, but he'd also be the first, along with his teammates in saying first-year coach Aaron Dorlarque has completely changed the culture for the program.

Dorlarque is a humble and classy man that has the respect of his entire roster.

"The thing that's different this year that has impacted the team the most is the coaching staff," Lewis said. "Coach Dorlarque has changed the culture at SF and is a big part of why we are winning. We are all bought into what he's teaching and we love playing for him. We have a great group of guys and look at each other as brothers. Coach Dorlarque is a perfect fit for this program and will do many great things for this school in the future."

Lewis credited former teammate Andres Kim for helping teach him the way to become an effective and respected leader.

Kim has made some big news of late as well.

He is the starting second baseman for a Pasadena City College team that not only won their first conference title in 45 years, over the weekend, the Lancers earned their first playoff series victory in 50 years.

Kim set a single-season runs record and and PCC heads to El Camino in the Super Regional this weekend.

"As a player, you could always see that Brandon understood the game more than the guys around him," Kim said. "His size and power spoke for itself, but what makes him so good is his mental focus. As a person, you couldn't ask for a better teammate, friend or brother."

At the moment, Lewis has verbally committed to play at Glendale College next season.

Ask any of his teammates and they'll tell you Lewis' work ethic and character are on pace with his incredible physical skills.

But how did he get to this point?

"I would have to say my parents, Cindy and Richard Lewis, guide me to be a good kid, student, and athlete," he said. "They push me to be the best I can be in everything I do and support me in all my endeavors. My parents have taught me to always be humble in everything I do and to always respect others. When it comes to baseball, my mom is my number one fan, and is always cheering me on. My dad is my greatest mentor, who has taught me everything about this game. I wouldn't be the young man and type of player I am today without them."

While the losses were far too many for Lewis' taste, his maturity and contributions over the past four years are part of the reason why St. Francis will thrive over time under coach Aaron Dorlarque, but also a path to success in life that Lewis himself has helped pave.

Said Lewis: " I hope my teammates remember me for my dedication, work ethic, and love for the game. That I always gave it my all every time I stepped foot on the baseball field and had fun while doing it. If there is something I would like to pass down to my younger guys it's to remind them to never be satisfied and always strive to take your game to the next level."

Quotable:

St. Francis coach Aaron Dorlarque:
""Brandon is like having another coach on the team. We sat down in August on the first day of school for about an hour to talk about the season, expectations and how we would work together to set the right culture with the baseball program. He is mature beyond his years, possesses incredible physical tools and has tremendous character. I often consult him on team-related matters to make sure the coaching staff has the pulse of the players correct."

St. Francis shortstop Aaron Treloar:
"Brandon is a natural born leader. Ever since we became close, he has always pushed me to be my best. He is a guy I can joke with at any time, but he's also someone who can have a serious conversation. He is very serious about the team's work ethic and behavior. He lets his actions and skills speak for themselves. And even with his success that outshines the rest of us, he never acts the least bit like he's higher or better. Even after a 3 for 3 game, he'll be in the cages working on his swing. He has motivation that is unrivaled by anyone in the Mission League."

Former St. Francis infielder Andres Kim:
"I've played with Brandon since we were 10 and 11 years old and he's honestly like family to me. As a player, you could always see that he understood the game just a little bit more than the guys around him. The size and power always spoke for themselves, but what makes Brandon such a good baseball player is his mental side and focus. As a person, you can't ask for a better teammate, friend, and brother, and he's one of those guys that always has a smile on his face. I'm really glad and proud to see him develop over the years and can't wait to see what else he has in store for us."

St. Francis basketball star and close friend, Joey Walsh:
" I've known Brandon almost my whole life and we have built such a great friendship. What makes him special as an athlete is his leadership and work ethic. He's a great leader by example and is a person people look up to. He is such a positive guy and never puts himself first. Brandon is a team player on and off the field. His future is bright." (read the full article HERE
Congratulations to the Lacrosse Team on a terrific season! We're proud of your effort and sportsmanship...GO KNIGHTS!

SFHS Lacrosse 2017
Signing Ceremony Celebrates Accomplishments of St. Francis Student-Athletes
On May 4th St. Francis hosted an athletic signing ceremony for Elijah (EJ) Havens '17 (Occidental - water polo), Joey Walsh '17 (Azusa Pacific - basketball), Matt Bazarevitsch '17 (Arizona State - football), Will Mudie '17 (Chapman - football), and Gavin Campbell '17 (Occidental - football). We are so proud of these student-athletes and we are thrilled to celebrate their accomplishments alongside their families! We are also grateful for the tremendous support shown by their brother Golden Knights - a testament to the incredible spirit of brotherhood and family. GO KNIGHTS!


Pilots' Baker getting attention of pro scouts
By Ana Clyde, The Beacon
A great article on St. Francis grad Kevin Baker '14! GO KNIGHTS!

Pilots baseball pitcher Kevin Baker is turning the heads of pro scouts with a 91 mph fastball and slider from the mound. By the way that he pitches, you wouldn't know that he also manages the rigorous schedule of a University of Portland junior nursing major on top of his game and training schedule.

"It's hard, but it's not impossible," Baker said. "It's perfectly challenging. (Baseball) actually has helped me on a school basis. It's helped me become more disciplined with my school work. With baseball, it's like I have to get work done now or else I'll never get it done."

Coming out of high school, Baker wanted to play baseball in college. But studying nursing had been Baker's priority since he took an athletic trainer's kinesiology course. After evaluating his options, he decided that UP would give him the best opportunity to study nursing and maybe play Division I baseball.

by Annika Gordon / The Beacon
 
But eventually his plans changed, and now a junior, Baker sees baseball as his future and nursing as his safety net.

"I was really fascinated by (nursing)," Baker said. "It's kind of strange that I would have nursing to fall back on."

Baker tried to walk onto the Pilots baseball team as a freshman but was cut. He shrugged it off and decided that it wasn't meant to be. But watching the games that year made him realize how much he missed the sport and wanted to play. So, with a change in coaching staff his sophomore year, Baker tried out again, this time making it on the team.

Now he works on balancing his academic and his baseball schedule: making sure he completes his clinicals and simulations, getting as much studying done as possible during required study table on the road- memorizing different drugs, their side effects, how they metabolize, and which patients should receive them in his Pharmacotherapeutics class - and going to office hours whenever he misses class for a game.

But he wasn't supposed to be the starting pitcher this season. When senior Davis Tominaga tore his UCL and decided to redshirt this year, Baker got the opportunity to showcase his talent and gain scout attention.

"Whenever (the coaches) tell me to go in, I'm going in and I'm giving it everything I've got," Baker said. "But I think they saw how much I'd grown since the beginning of the season...and it's working out pretty well I guess."

On Sunday, Baker had a career-high 13 strikeouts against Pacific on the road. He's had 11 strikeouts in a game twice this season. And as he continues to impress on the mound, Baker has set a personal goal of making First Team All-WCC this year.

"It's a quiet confidence," Baker said. "That's how I like to think of it. I can be vocal, but I never try to be arrogantly vocal. I never try to say 'Oh I'm the best.' But that's what you're taught to think when you're out there...There is one option here, and it's get this (batter) out. That's how you execute."

Baker's mindset has changed during his two years playing for the Pilots. Not only has he adjusted to Division I college baseball, but he has taken the challenge in stride.

"It's become less 'Wow, I'm playing Division 1 baseball' and more 'Let's hit the ground,'' Baker said. "I know what it takes to be successful, so why not start pursuing that success? It's gone from 'I'll get there' to 'Let's get there.'"

Baker wants to instill this way of thought in his fellow Pilots between this year and next year in hopes of changing the direction of Portland baseball's struggling program, which currently has a WCC record of 5-16.

"This year, I would like our team to achieve a different culture than what has been portrayed in the past for the Portland Pilots' baseball team, which is a losing culture," Baker said. "Next year, I want playoffs."

The coaches have the same goals in mind as they work on the overall success of the team, and the individual success of the players, most of whom hope to get the same attention from scouts.

"We have that dream for all of our guys," said head coach Geoff Loomis. "In fact, in a perfect world our guys would get drafted as juniors, and get drafted again as seniors, and would have to make a tough decision on coming back to school or signing with the major league draft."

And Baker would certainly have a difficult choice to make if he were drafted. But for the moment, he plans to first graduate from UP. With a nursing degree in his hands, Baker could safely take the risky route of playing professional baseball.

"Right now, I'm not ready to leave," Baker said. "There can be as many scouts up there as they want, and I'll pitch my heart out for them and I'll show it off, but at the end of the day, I don't think my business here is done."...(read the full article HERE

 
Portside - UP Baseball Sophomore and Nursing Major Kevin Baker
SFHS Tennis Standout Todd Dickey '94 Recalls Impact of St. Francis
Here's a great picture of St. Francis Tennis Coach Ron Zambrano with St. Francis grad Todd Dickey '94. Todd played tennis at St. Francis before playing at Utah State. He now coaches at Nordhoff High School and works as an English teacher. He credits Mr. Appels for serving as his inspiration and is thrilled to hear that St. Francis continues to develop young men of character. GO KNIGHTS!

6th Annual Hold'em Knight Poker Tournament Raises Funds for Student Scholarship
A special thanks to everyone who participated in the 6th Annual Hold'em Knight Poker Tournament for student scholarship! It was a great event for for the alumni community and all those who came out to play. We also want to thank our event organizers and congratulate Doug Decauwer on winning this year's tournament! GO KNIGHTS!



A Picture is Worth a Thousand Words 
Images from Across the St. Francis Community  
The St. Francis Aviation Club is proud to showcase the remote-controlled aircraft produced by its members!
A moving tribute to Mr. Rudy Trujillo at the End-of-Year Liturgy. The student body also recognized our Eagle Scouts, those participating in the sacrament of Confirmation, and our graduating seniors.
May the 4th (Day) be with you! A great picture of Mr. Joe Kim, Mr. Eric Gleason '93, and Mr. John Paul Ramirez '05.
Congratulations to Stian Lintvedt '17 on committing to play golf at NYU!
The Golden Knights turned in a good finish at the So Cal Finals and head to State this week!
Jeff Bailey '86 became a Deputy State Fire Marshall on April 17. His father was on hand to place his badge on his uniform. Congratulations Jeff! GO KNIGHTS!
Congratulations to SFHS Swimming on a terrific season...GO KNIGHTS!
A special thanks to this year's KNIT seniors...your spirit and leadership will be missed!
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