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Posted 03/26/2015 07:03PM

Padre Varsity MV8 took first place at the Pacific Invitational held on March 21-22 at Lake Merced, The race was hosted by the Pacific Rowing Club.  A special thanks to Lisa Goodrich-Boyd for sharing her exciting video! 

Posted 03/25/2015 12:53PM
Giants Pitcher partners with Campus Ministry

The Serra Morton Family Gymnasium was filled with more than 600 Padres and 50 moms on March 23. The exuberant crowd raised $7,350 and packed 28,000 meals for people in need in San Mateo County and Nicaragua. The effort was a partnership between Serra High School and Generation Alive, a nonprofit organization that was launched by San Francisco Giants pitcher Jeremy Affeldt in 2005.

“This is a good project because it reminds us how blessed we are and it keeps us honest,” said senior Aaron Deocampo. “It’s a great cleanse of our soul.”

According to Program Director Darrin Duty, Generation Alive works with about 30 schools per year to serve one million meals. CEO Marty Gonzales said the goal is to teach students to live lives of compassion.

“Our students are learning how these packets of food are going to be used,” noted Ann Ponty, the mother of senior Kevin Ponty. “Through a project like this, they are able to see Jesus in other people.”

“Jeremy challenged our students to be culture changes,” said Campus Ministry Director Billy Byrnes. “Our partnership with Generation Alive was a huge success. It was integral to our annual Lenten Justice Project. We were assisted by Serra moms, alumni and even sophomore Michael Zell’s 91-year-old grandma! I am so proud of our students and the entire school community for their efforts and support in making this a success.”

Byrnes also gave a shout-out to Serra teachers and staff members, Serra moms Melissa Petersen and Michele Blais for coordinating the event and helping with the raffle, and Head Baseball Coach Craig Gianinno for encouraging freshman, JV and varsity players to raise $3,280 for the fundraiser.

Melissa Petersen’s three sons have participated in Generation Alive activities. She noted that Lundberg Family Farms donated a 2,500-pound bag of organic rice. In addition, Jersey Mike’s donated sandwiches for the Pack Out.

In February, Affeldt spoke to Serra Padres during a special assembly to raise awareness about hunger in San Mateo County and in Nicaragua. During the assembly, Padres were urged to be compassionate and to take action.

Affeldt talked about his baseball career path and stressed the importance of having a purpose and a "why." He pointed out that all the money in the world cannot buy happiness. He spoke of his own faith and love of Jesus, which has driven his desire to raise awareness and promote social justice causes.

"It was a humbling experience to listen to Jeremy," said Serra varsity baseball pitcher Kevin Welch. "He is someone to look up to because he is using his role as a public figure to express his faith and make a difference. Our team is engaged in Chapel right now and we practice our faith together throughout the season."

"Jeremy knows that you can be a wealthy athlete or a famous person, but unless you have a purpose in life, unless you are working and living for others - especially the vulnerable - then you will be unhappy," Byrnes explained. "We are so grateful to Jeremy for giving his time and sharing his faith with our students. He is a true inspiration and he challenged us to take action during Lent. The Campus Ministry staff is excited that the Serra community raised enough money to make 28,000 food bags that will help so many people in need."

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Posted 03/16/2015 10:01AM


The Serra Padres Varsity Volleyball team traveled to Aptos High School for the Battle of the Bay tournament on Saturday, March 14. After beating Seaside 2-0 in the first match of pool play, the Padres lost two close matches to Aptos and Homestead and finished pool play with a record of 1-2. Once in the Silver bracket, the Padres caught fire and went on a three match winning streak beating Carmel 2-1, Monterey 2-1, and finally Pacific Collegiate School 2-0 to win the Silver bracket. The Padres’ offense relied on senior setter Josh Sale, who played every point of the tournament. Tanner Fahrbach, Christian Ruano, and Zach Smith led the Padres offensively with many powerful kills throughout the tournament. Senior libero, Arden Cravalho, kept the Padres focused in serve receive and on defense alongside freshman defensive specialist, Michael Gonzales. Serra hopes to gain some momentum with their 4-2 showing at the Aptos tournament this upcoming week with tough WCAL matches against Bellarmine and St. Francis.

 

Posted 03/14/2015 04:24PM

Excerpt from article written by Glenn Reeves, Bay Area News Group 

HAYWARD -- In the shocker sub-category of extreme jaw-droppers, the Serra basketball team blew out favored Moreau Catholic 79-51 in the opening round of the Northern California Open Division playoffs Friday at Chabot College.

And to further complete the Padres' night, they will get a home game Tuesday in the semifinals against No. 7 Modesto Christian, which upset No. 2 Monte Vista.

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Posted 03/06/2015 09:47PM

Congratulations to the Serra varsity basketball team who defeated the St. Francis Lancers of Mountain View tonight at Santa Clara University in the C.C.S. Open Division championship by the score of 40-38. The Lancers took a small early lead to end the first quarter at 9-6, but the Padres hung tough and regained the lead at the half up 21-19. The Padres increased their lead to eight points ending the third quarter 32-24, but the Padre lead shrunk to 37-36 with 56 seconds left. The Lancers went to the line with 16 seconds left and made both free throws to take back the lead at 38-37. Junior guard Jake Killingsworth was fouled attempting a three pointer with 0.6 seconds left, and made all three free throw attempts, ending the game at 40-38- Padres Open Division Champions! Congratulations to Coach Rapp, Coach Carson, and Coach Dugoni for all their hard work and preparation. Stay tuned as the CIF Nor-Cal state championships seeding meeting takes place tomorrow, and we will post date, time, and location of the Padres' state tournament game as soon as it becomes available.

Go Padres! Click here for San Jose Mercury News article and pics

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Posted 03/02/2015 02:43PM
Posted 02/23/2015 03:47PM
Fr. Joe Bradley '73 honored by varsity champions

The energy was palpable in Morton Family Gymnasium on Saturday night, when the Serra Padres took on the Valley Christian Warriors in the final game of the WCAL basketball season.

Yet, the star of the night was not in uniform. 

During a break in the action at half time, members of the varsity football team raised their 2014 WCAL championship banner. The crowd cheered when Head Coach Patrick Walsh and his team dedicated the banner to Fr. Joe Bradley '73, who has had a tremendous influence on the football program for many years. From the Chapel series to plays on the field, long bus rides to celebrations at the end of the season, Fr. Joe has been there every step of the way to mentor the team and offer spiritual guidance. This is the first time in school history that a banner has been dedicated to a special person.

"The 2014 football team's journey to the WCAL championship was not a straight shot," Walsh noted. "Our journey took many twists and turns. Frankly, it was very difficult. Through all of the ups and downs, there was always one constant - our spiritual leader - Fr. Joe Bradley. All teams who have had the honor of knowing Fr. Joe realize how important he is to Padre football. He is our spiritual muse - he guides us, he leads us and he truly has unconditional love for all of the students who play Padre football. Truthfully, without Fr. Joe's grace, I am not sure the team would have hung a banner this season. For many reasons, but for that reason alone, Fr. Joe's name belongs etched in history with the 2014 WCAL championship at Serra." 

(Photos courtesy of Carol Erdie)

Posted 02/23/2015 10:41AM
Alex Jordan '08 and Midnight North rock the studio Thursday morning

Tune in to KFOG radio (104.5 FM) at 7:50 a.m. this Thursday, when Alex Jordan '08 and his Midnight North bandmates will be featured as part of the station's weekly "Deaducation of No Name" spot. 

The band will play two songs, an original and an original Grateful Dead song. In addition, band leader Grahame Lesh will be interviewed by morning show DJ No Name about his famous father (Phil Lesh) and growing up "Dead." Alex is the son of Serra Music Director Jay Jordan.

You won't want to miss this interview!

Posted 02/11/2015 11:17AM
San Francisco Giants pitcher partners with Campus Ministry

Serra Padres were thrilled on Monday when San Francisco Giants pitcher Jeremy Affeldt spoke to students during a special assembly about his charity, Generation Alive.

During Lent, Serra's Campus Ministry Department will partner with Generation Alive to raise awareness about hunger in San Mateo County and in Nicaragua. During the assembly, Padres were urged to be compassionate and to take action.

"We are committed to working with Generation Alive to make 25,000 meals," noted Campus Ministry Director Billy Byrnes. "This effort will require a lot of human power, and we know that the Padre community will respond generously." 

Affeldt talked about his baseball career path and stressed the importance of having a purpose and a "why." He pointed out that all the money in the world cannot buy happiness. He spoke of his own faith and love of Jesus, which has driven his desire to raise awareness and promote social justice causes.

"It was a humbling experience to listen to Jeremy speak," said Serrra varsity baseball pitcher Kevin Welch. "He is someone to look up to because he is using his role as a public figure to express his faith and make a difference. Our team will be engaged in Chapel and practicing our faith as we start our season."

"Jeremy knows that you can be a wealthy athlete or a famous person, but unless you have a purpose in life, unless you are working and living for others - especially the vulnerable - then you will be unhappy," Byrnes explained. "We are so grateful to Jeremy for giving his time and sharing his faith with our students. He is a true inspiration and he has challenged us to take action during Lent. Campus Ministry is excited for the next six weeks, as we raise money to make the food bags that will help so many people in need."

 

Posted 01/28/2015 08:07AM
KTVU's Amber Lee visits Serra

Amber Lee from KTVU Channel 2 visited Serra on Thursday afternoon to film a segment on Serra junior Reno Anoa'i, who is doing super well on American Idol. Reno was ecstatic when he learned that he will be going to Hollywood to compete in the nation's most loved music competition. Reno is a singer, songwriter and guitarist who is very involved in Serra's music program. He also is a member of the football team. Congratulations and best of luck, Reno - you're a super Padre! CLICK HERE for the KTVU news segment.

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