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Tuesday, December 11, 2018
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  • Documentary about legendary DeMatha coach Morgan Wootten to air Aug. 26 on MPT
    “Morgan Wootten: The Godfather of Basketball” – the documentary film that tells the life story and life lessons of DeMatha’s Hall of Fame basketball coach who led the Stags to 1,274 victories from 1956 until his retirement in 2002 – will air Sunday, Aug. 26 at 6 p.m. on Maryland Public Television (MPT).
  • A big hit on and off the field
    Georgetown Visitation Preparatory School’s Alee Burke might have been sitting in the wrong dugout, but even the opposition could admire her pitching and hitting. “Visitation is our archrival, but you can’t deny that Alee Burke was great,” said John Soroka, head coach of Visitation’s rival, National Cathedral School. “I don’t think Visitation would’ve been anywhere near the team they ended up being the past two years without her,” he told Gatorade, who awarded her the honor of 2015 State Softball Player of the Year.
  • The Ray Rice case, and domestic violence in our homes

    As many of you know, I truly love sports. I play tennis regularly, early in the morning and sometimes even three times a week. I love to watch our local teams.  You might call me a “homer”.  If the Redskins, Nats, Caps or Wizards are playing, I can usually update you the next day on who won and the highlights of the game.  That is why the stories about the NFL, Ray Rice and his wife and the tragic and very public instance of domestic violence have caught not only my attention, but that of the whole country.

  • Washington Jesuit Academy is ultimate winner in Gonzaga and Georgetown Prep rivalry

    Gonzaga College High School in Washington and Georgetown Preparatory School in North Bethesda are two of the oldest Jesuit catholic secondary schools in the country. Located 10 miles apart, they first played a football game in 1891. Since then, the teams have matched up 75 more times with Gonzaga holding a slight 35-28 edge in wins. Due to scheduling conflicts and league obligations, the series went dormant after the 1988 game.

  • St. John's Cadets win WCAC baseball title
    On May 10, the varsity baseball team from St. John's College High School in Washington clinched the Washington Catholic Athletic Conference championship with two back-to-back no-hitters against Bishop O'Connell of Arlington.
  • Gonzaga rugby team captures first national championship
    By a score of 27-26, the rugby team from Gonzaga College High School, N.W. defeated Jesuit High School of Sacramento, Calif., 27- 26 to capture the school's first national title in the Boys' High School Rugby National Championship.
  • Craig Stammen visits Little Flower School in Bethesda
    When Nationals relief pitcher Craig Stammen takes the mound dozens of times in a season to face a major league hitter, it's usually at a crucial point in a baseball game. The manager calls him in to retain the lead or keep it close. In those moments, there are some jitters, but by putting it all in the Lord's hands, he said those nerves quickly disappear.
  • Faith remains key for Katie Ledecky, world champion swimmer and Stone Ridge Student
    Last summer, before entering her sophomore year at Stone Ridge School of the Sacred Heart in Bethesda, Katie Ledecky won a gold medal at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London in the 800-meter women's freestyle swimming race. At 15, the member of Little Flower Parish in Bethesda was the youngest member of the U.S. Olympics team.
  • The DC Padres is a baseball team consisting entirely of Catholic priests and seminarians who play high school varsity baseball teams iin an effort to raise interest and awareness about vocations to the Catholic priesthood.
  • St. John's Cadets net WCAC girls' basketball championship
    The Cadets of St. John's College High School defeated the Our Lady of Good Counsel High School Falcons in an epic contest, 67-66, to claim their second Washington Catholic Athletic Conference girls' basketball championship in the past three seasons.
  • Musial recalled as a man who made 'nobodies' feel like 'somebodies'
    A funeral Mass Jan. 26 at the Cathedral Basilica of St. Louis for Stan Musial - the baseball Hall of Famer remembered as "a true American hero" - brought comfort to those mourning the loss and a call for others to emulate his life of kindness to all.
  • Super Bowl victory is 'uplifting for community,' says Ravens chaplain
    The Baltimore Ravens, who beat the San Francisco 49ers 34-31 in the Super Bowl Feb. 3, are not just tough athletes. They also have spiritual sides, according to Father Christopher J. Whatley, pastor of St. Mark in Catonsville and Catholic chaplain for the Ravens since 2008 and during the 1996-1998 seasons.
  • Harbaugh parents brace for 'thrill of victory' and 'agony of defeat'
    When the Baltimore Ravens defeated the San Francisco 49ers on Thanksgiving night in 2011 - and John Harbaugh beat younger brother, Jim, in the first NFL matchup of coaching brothers - Jack Harbaugh peeked into the Ravens' locker room after the game.
  • Holy Cross field hockey, volleyball teams take WCAC crowns
    Both the field hockey and volleyball teams from Academy of the Holy Cross captured Washington Catholic Athletic Conference titles last week, capping off undefeated conference seasons.
  • Olympic champion Katie Ledecky comes home to Little Flower School in Bethesda
    Olympic gold medalist Katie Ledecky recently visited her alma mater, Little Flower School, where she autographed an Olympic flag that will hang in the Bethesda school's gymnasium, leaving extra room, she said, for future signatures.
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