Kat Comes Back
Kat Tudor, Class of 2016, had a
homecoming of her own as she joined her
teammates on the Oregon State team for a
special practice at Morelli Gymnasium at
St. Mary's on March 24th. Oregon State
is in the NCAA Regionals being held at
the Stockton Arena. (3/17)
Porteous '12 Newest Lodi PD Officer
Reagan Porteous, Class of 2012 has become the newest
member of the Lodi Police Department. After
receiving her undergraduate degree at CSU Monterey
Bay, where she excelled on the women's soccer team,
Reagan attended the San Joaquin Delta College Police
Academy where she was named top overall cadet and
top female athlete.
Air Force Alumni Meet Up
Captain Greg Heli, USAF
Academy, Class of 1986 recently attended his 30th
reunion where he ran in to classmate and St. Mary's
alum, Class of 1986, Col. Jim Griffith.
Capt. Heli also ran in to
Cadet 1st Class Patrick Moso, St. Mary's Class of
2016, Cadet 3rd Class Anthony Cabri, St. Mary's
Class of 2015, and Senior Cadet First Class, Joey
Carl, St. Mary's Class of 2013 (not pictured).
Earl Smith '74 49er, Warrior and Death Row Chaplain
Rev. Earl Smith, Class of 1974 was featured in the
Modesto Bee. Reprising an interview, the paper
wrote;"Focusing on similarities to build unity is a
lesson he learned as a youth in his native Stockton,
Smith said by phone Thursday. “I grew up in a time
in the ’60s when there were riots at my junior high
school,” he said. “I was kicked out of school over
the differences I had with the white kids.”
He was a troublemaker, according to a PBS biography
of Smith – stealing cars and money and selling drugs
at that junior high age. In 1975, he was shot six
times and left for dead during a botched drug deal.
The faith and love of Smith’s father helped pull his
son through. Words Smith’s father said to him – “You
are a rebel, but you are God’s rebel, and he is
going to use you to his glory” – have motivated him
He ended up going to St. Mary’s, a Catholic high
school in Stockton, where he learned “to let some
things go,” Smith said.
After being ordained, the Rev. Smith – in 1983, at
the age of 27 – became the youngest Protestant
chaplain ever hired by the California Department of
Corrections. He started work at San Quentin. Over 23
years there, he ministered to such criminals as
Charles Manson and Robert Alton Harris, the first
person executed in California since 1976.
In his 2015 book,
“Death Row Chaplain,”
Smith wrote: “Looking back, I realize now
that a career in prison ministry probably appealed
to me because I wasn’t much different from the
inmates. In many ways, I was very much like the men
and women whom society has cast aside for their
crimes and mistakes.”
Smith is chief executive officer of Project IMPACT
(Incarcerated Men Putting Away Childish Things) and
CARE (Concerned About Recovery Education), in
addition to his work with the Warriors and Niners".
Battle of Former Rams
When Oregon State and Cal met on the court, two
former teammates and stars, Kat Tudor and Mi'cole
Cayton met on court in the contest before many
friends and family who had come to cheer them on. .
Although Oregon State won the game 66-56, it was a
great reunion for these alumni. (1/17)
Payne '06 In LNB All Star Game
Payne, Class of 2006, was selected to play in the
2016 All Star Game basketball match of the French
Ligue Nationale de Basket (LNB). Mark has returned
to play for Champagne Châlons-Reims of the LNB Pro
A, after a season at Limoges CSP (Pro A). He
previously played in the Greek and Spanish leagues
of EuroBasket. He has been nicknamed "The Swiss Army
Knife" due to his versatility Mark was a standout
player while at UC Davis where he earned an
economics degree, He is studying to be a financial
Tony Ramirez '69 Sculpts
Statue of St. Francis de Sales
On November 21st St. Mary's High School installed a
new statue of St. Francis de Sales on the Zieter
Memorial on the former senior lawn.
This statue recognizes the Oblates of St. Francis
who have served St. Mary's since 1970 and of the
charism that our community embraces
Tony Ramirez is an alumni, SM Class of 1969. Tony is
the owner of Ram Studios in Stockton and has been
described as a multiple media artist. His work can
be found in sculptors, paintings, stained glass
windows, tiles, wood work, metal work, repurposing,
restoration among many, many other artistic mediums.
His work has appeared in Star Trek movies and
locally for Haggin Museum, Morris Chapel and Old
St. Mary's Church. (12/16)
Herrera '99 Chosen As Coach For Lions All-Star Team
Willie Herrera, Class of 1999,
is the head football coach at East Union where he
guided the football team to just its third playoff
run in the past quarter century. Willie was chosen
to be coach of the North team, for the 44th annual
District 4A-1 Lions All-Star Game in June.
WBB 2009-2010 Team Inducted
into Stockton Athletic Hall of Fame
Photo: Vladimir Kozina
Thomas Lawrence - The Record
A future WNBA champion. A CrossFit and weightlifting
star in the making. A record-setting Pacific
The roster of the 2009-10 St. Mary’s girls
basketball team was not only immensely talented, but
eclectic and stunningly deep. Egos were not an issue
for the eventual state champions, their coach Tom
Gonsalves said, even with two McDonald’s
All-Americans in-tow in Chelsea Gray and Afure
The 2009-10 squad is being honored by its induction
to the Stockton Athletic Hall of Fame on Wednesday
at Stockton Memorial Civic Auditorium. Those Rams
join fellow inductees Darren Arbet (professional
football coach), Tiffany Banks (track coach and
starter), Ray Claveran (golf professional), Thurnell
Clayton Jr. (basketball), Cheryl Evans (softball)
and Brian Kolze (softball coach) and Robert Stevens
“They were best friends,” Gonsalves said of
Jemerigbe and Gray, Gatorade's state player of the
year, who added that having two McDonald’s
All-Americans is “highly unusual.” “Our practices…
neither one of them would back off from one another.
It was just so competitive. On the court, they
battled like crazy.”
Yet, off the court and before practices, they were
always ready to laugh: “The minute I’d walk in,
they’d already be in there, and they’d love just
joking with me or getting on me for what I was
wearing. They would just have a great old time.”
St. Mary’s went 34-1 overall, ending the season on a
27-game winning streak. The finale was a monstrous
rout, as St. Mary’s smashed La Puente-Bishop Amat
89-41 in Bakersfield. Gonsalves said St. Mary’s set
a girls hoops state finals record with that 89-point
“It was pretty special,” said Gonsalves, a
seven-time state champion. “We had teams like this
in the past, but what separated this team, is they
were all seniors and so they were pretty much
maturing at the right time, peaking at the right
Gray went on to Duke, and now plays for the WNBA’s
Los Angeles Sparks and a professional team in
Turkey. Her role at point guard was pivotal as Los
Angeles won the WNBA championship in October.
Jemerigbe played college hoops at Cal. Also on the
roster was Ali Gibson, who capped a solid career at
Oregon State last season, and is now playing
professionally in Puerto Rico. Kendall Kenyon
dominated in four years with Pacific, and left as
the program’s all-time leader in rebounds (1,140),
blocked shots (172) and double-doubles (49) and is
fourth in points scored (1,442).
Kenyon is now an assistant for Pacific under head
coach Bradley Davis.
“The career that Kendall Kenyon had was crazy at
Pacific. Now we have Chelsea in the WNBA, Ali Gibson
in Puerto Rico… it was quite a special team. I’ve
been very blessed with a lot of talent,” Gonsalves
Gonsalves gave kudos to the Rams’ bench, which
included Regina Camera (who played at Academy of Art
in San Francisco) and his daughter Emily Gonsalves.
“The bench was ridiculously good,” said Gonsalves,
formerly the Tokay boys coach.
Gray and Gibson are being paid to play basketball
now, but they weren’t the only professional athletes
on that team. There was also Lauren Fisher, then a
sophomore, who is a CrossFit and weightlifting star
based in the San Diego area.
Also on the Rams’ final roster were freshmen Onome
Jemerigbe and Unique Coleman (now playing at
Pacific), juniors Gabby Zanini, Marrissa Ocon and
Krista Rigbee and seniors Alle Moreno, Sabrina
Visperas and Annissa Garcia.
Gonsalves recalls halftime of the state finals – St.
Mary’s led by 30 points — and his disbelief about
his team's lead.
“I said, ‘This is not supposed to be this easy."
Chelsea Gray '10 Scores Big
in WBNA Chamionship
Gray, Class of 2010, one of the most outstanding
players to come from St. Mary's, and former Duke
University star, now a player for the Los Angeles
scored 11 straight points for the Sparks to give Los
Angeles a 60-59 lead with 8:25 remaining. on their
way to a 76-75 win for the
WBNA Chamionship against the Minnesota Linx.
WNBA title starting to feel real for
By Bob Highfill, The
Chelsea Gray literally
sparked the Los Angeles Sparks to the WNBA
The St. Mary’s High
graduate out of Manteca was sensational off the
bench in the postseason and helped L.A. win its
third title overall and first since 2002. Gray
scored 11 consecutive points in a key stretch
bridging the third and fourth quarters during the
Sparks’ 77-76 win over the Minnesota Lynx in the
deciding fifth game last Thursday in Minneapolis.
On Monday, Gray and her
teammates celebrated with fans at a rally in front
of L.A. Live near Staples Center, and on Wednesday,
Gray rested with her friends and family at home in
Manteca before she boarded a flight today for
Turkey, where she will play this fall.
“It was kind of surreal at
first,” Gray said about being a WNBA champion. “Now,
I’m kind of embracing it more.”
Gray, 24, played with such
confidence during the playoffs, using her strength
driving to the basket and posting up defenders,
shooting from mid- and 3-point range, dishing passes
to open teammates and giving relentless effort on
the boards and on defense.
Gray scored a team-high 20
points in Game 4 and had a team-high four assists in
Game 1. She clearly was the unsung hero in Game 5,
lifting her team when the Lynx were threatening to
run away. And she played a part in the deciding
sequence. Gray drove to the basket and missed a fall
away jumper from short range. But because she drew
two defenders to her in the lane, Nneka Ogwumike was
left alone on the weak side along the baseline. The
Stanford product grabbed the rebound and put back
her own miss with 3.1 seconds remaining to win the
When Gray first held the
WNBA Championship trophy, she said she thought about
the meticulous details she worked on over and over
in practice and the frustrating times as she twice
recovered from devastating knee injuries suffered
during college. As a junior at Duke, Gray dislocated
her knee cap late during her brilliant season when
she was a first team All-Atlantic Coast Conference
selection. She returned for her senior season but
midway through the campaign, she suffered a
season-ending fracture to the top of the same knee
“I worked a lot of
physical therapy and things of that sort to get me
back on the court,” Gray said. “Just the hard work
and the sweat and tears and everything I put into
it, being able to pay off like it did was exciting
Despite the fact she
likely wouldn’t play her rookie season, Connecticut
chose the 5-foot-11 guard with the 11th overall
selection in the 2014 draft. Gray rehabbed in Los
Angeles and recovered in time for the 2015 season,
when she averaged 6.9 points for the Sun.
said she never harbored any serious doubts that she
wouldn’t come back.
“I had a great supporting
staff, medical staff. I had a great physical
therapist,” Gray said. “Coming back, just being able
to contribute like I did before I got hurt,
sometimes was concerning for me. But after getting
the medical help, I felt good.”
Gray was acquired by the
Sparks in a draft-day trade this year. She said she
was excited to join a roster loaded with veteran
stars such as Ogwumike, Alana Beard and Candace
Parker, who was named MVP of the Finals.
“It was great,” Gray said.
“Coming in I knew I would get a lot of help from the
veteran leadership. I had heard a lot of good things
about the team and the coaching staff.
“It was important for me
to come off the bench and provide some sort of
energy, some sort of spark, and bring a different
dynamic coming into the game and being able to
contribute both offensively and defensively, and
that was a significant part of it -- not letting
there be any drop off.”
Gray was a McDonald’s
All-American and Parade’s co-National Player of the
Year as a senior at St. Mary’s. She helped the Rams
win state titles in 2009 and 2010 and was The
Record’s All-Area Player of the Year three
Gray, the only WNBA
champion from the Stockton area, has a story that
should inspire young girls in any field.
always going to be adversity in your life,” Gray
said. “My injury was a big one. I think me going to
school on the opposite coast when I was born and
raised in California was an obstacle to overcome as
well. There’s always going to be adversity, but how
you respond is what’s important.
Cayton '16 Receives Scholar Athlete Recognition
Mi'Cole Cayton, Class of 2016, and a member of the
U.C. Berkeley women's basketball team earned Scholar
Athlete Recognition from the university. The award
"Recognized for embracing the notion of personal and
professional development from the moment she stepped
foot on campus this past summer. Mi'Cole approaches
many aspects of her day with the mentality of
maximizing opportunities to better herself
holistically without taking short cuts. She has been
praised by academic support staff for her diligence
as an active member of the learning community,
meticulous attention to organization, proactive
approach to daily tasks and resources, and
perseverance to maintain a contagious momentum as a
Mi'Cole acknowledges the role that St. Mary's played
in preparing her academically and athletically.
Burke '12 Earns Golfing Honor
In a field of 14 teams that included six nationally
ranked teams, Claire Burke, Class of 2012, was in
the top group of golfers with a 79-82-161 total that
helped Lewis & Clark tie for 8th place in the
national tournament and earned Claire recognition as
Athlete of the Week.(9/16)
Gotterba Twins, '14,
Battle For Win In College Volleyball
Katrin Gotterba '14 playing for UOP took on twin
Gianna Gotterba '14 playing for West Virgiina in
what the announcer called the "Gotterba Bowl" at UOP
as they met up on opposite sides of the net on
September 12, 2016. Both Gotterbas are liberos and
were cheered on by more than 60 family and friends
who wore specially designed t-shirts with both
universities' colors on them. Although UOP prevailed
in 4 sets, the twins got 25 and 17 digs respectively
and completed the match in good spirits happy to see
those who had come to support the two. (9/16)
'04 ‘Remarkable Teacher’
Allison Silva, PhD, Class of 2004 was
featured in The Record for arranging a
trip to Notre Dame for her 4th grade
class at Taylor Leadership Academy to
inspire them to excel in school and get
their college education.
The class received the good news about
the field trip on August 12th
Special thanks for organizing this trip
included Notre Dame Athletics,
Alumni Assn., Delta Airlines, the Flynn
Club of San Joaquin, Stockton Unified
School District, Taylor Academy
Principal & staff, and most of all one
remarkable teacher, Dr. Allison Silva.
More … (8/16)
Gio Brusa Wins Home Run
Down to his final out, Giants sixth-round pick Gio
Brusa crushed a walk-off blast to win All-Star Home
Run Derby for the Northwest League. "It was really
fun and it's an honor to be in it," said Brusa ' I
just thank God for the opportunity."
Gio, represented the Salem-Keizer Volcanoes and
started the All-Star Game in left field. He had four
regular-season homers but never hit a walk-off. He
did win a home run derby in the collegiate Alaskan
Baseball League in 2013.
Batting from the left side, he put the Derby winner
over the tall fence in right-center at Lindquist
Field. Before the contest, he still wasn't sure
which side of the plate he would choose. Ultimately,
the Pacific University product's choice paid off.
"Yeah, it did. Always good to have the option," he
Class of 2012 Alumni MLB
The class of 2012 had 3 members taken in the Major
Baseball league draft:
Gio Brusa, who played for UOP, was drafted by the
San Francisco Giants in the 6th round of the draft
as the 185th pick. He was previously drafted by the
Red Sox and the Cardinals but declined so he could
complete his college education.
Michael Rishwain, who played for Westmont College
was drafted by the Washington Nationals in the 23rd
round as pick number 694 overall.
who played for the Nevada-Reno Wolfpack was drafted
by the Washington Nationals as the 18th pick in the
29th round, number 874 overall. (7/16)
Giaudrone Featured '91 in "The Current"
Adam Giaudrone, Class of 1991 is a Hollywood
screenwriter/producer. He attended UC Davis, during
which he had a short career in modeling, before
running his own PR and marketing firm before moving
to Los Angeles, where he lives with his wife and two
children, to follow his passion. He has written
several pilots, created a s how for th eCW-the
Beautiful Life and worked on CBS's Swingtown and
Being Mary Jane. In discussing his writing he
stated: "I write from my experiences and so many of
my experiences come from growing up in Stockton. We
all have different challenges, but where we come
from is a big part of who we are as people." His
advice "Have a good sense of who you are and where
you come from before going into a fame-driven
business. It can change you very quickly. Being from
Stockton has kept me grounded. As for advice: it
would be to dream big. There is more to the world,
and to what is possible, than the small circle of
friends that we have in junior high and high
school. It doesn't matter where you are from; it
matters what you do. … And strive for the life you
Kelly '06 Playing for New York Mets
Ty Kelly, Class of 2006,
has been called up by the New York Mets from
Triple-A Las Vegas..
Prior to his promotion,
Kelly was leading the Pacific Coast League in
batting at .391, scoring 21 runs, and hitting 12
doubles and two home runs with 15 RBI in 35 games.
Kelly also drew 19 walks and had a .478 on-base
percentage and was slugging .548 for an 1.026 OPS
(on-base plus slugging), which ranked second in the
Drafted in the 13th round
of the 2009 MLB First-Year Player Draft by
Baltimore, Kelly spent the first four years of his
professional career in the Orioles organization
before being traded to Seattle in 2013. He spent
almost two seasons with the Triple-A Tacoma Rainiers
before being traded to St. Louis in 2015, when he
split time between the Cardinals' Triple-A club in
Memphis and Toronto's Triple-A affiliate in Buffalo.
He was signed by the Mets
to a minor league contract as a free agent on Nov.
13, 2015, and was eventually assigned to Las Vegas,
where he has flourished in his first season in the
New York Mets' organization.
Kelly is a career .280
hitter during his stay in the minors with 144
doubles, 44 home runs, and 384 RBI. He hit a
career-best .346 with the High-A Frederick Keys in
the Carolina League in 2012 and posted his best
season at Triple-A in 2013, hitting .320 in 54 games
with Tacoma following the trade from Baltimore.
Fisher '12 Wins1st Place California CrossFit
St. Mary's Alum Lauren Fisher, Class of 2012, won
first place in the California Women's CrossFit
regional and thus qualifies for the 2016 CrossFit
Kozina '98 Gets Stockton Police Recognition
Matt Kozina, Class of 1998 was among those honored
by the Stockton Police Department as it recognized
the Leadership Stockton Class of 2015-2016 for their
dedication and volunteer service, including the
outstanding work they led to improve the appearance
of the Stockton Police Department's main facility
and improve relationships with the community they
serve. Matt is Vice President of Development at
Haggerty Construction, Inc. He lives in Stockton
with his wife Judy and daughter Maryn. (5/16)
Barrameda, '12, To Be Commissioned
Andrea Barrameda, Class of 2012 will be commissioned
an ensign in the United States Coast Guard upon her
2016 graduation from the Coast Guard Academy.
At St. Mary's HS Andrea played Basketball and was
part of the State Championship team. She also ran
Cross-Country under Coach Felicia Rowley She
competed at the Academy in both sports. (5/12)
Lou Hoffman '48 Honored
Hoffman, Class of 1948 was honored on April 21, 2016
for her 50 years of teaching, including serving as
principal at three Catholic elementary institutions,
including St. Anthony of Padua School in Manteca.
The Chico State graduate was quoted in the Manteca
Bulletin in an article posted January 18, 2016
stating: " “We’re
a family. We’re a community, and we’re here for each
SM Alumni Face Off In Baseball
It had been eight years since Ty Kelly faced Matt
Lujan in a baseball game.
The former St. Mary's High teammates and longtime
best friends faced each other for the first time as
professionals Wednesday night when the Sacramento
River Cats hosted the Las Vegas 51s at Raley Field.
Just as he did in college, Kelly singled off Lujan
in the fourth inning and scored the tying run two
batters later. Before the game, both seemed excited
for their pro meeting.
"It will be fun," Kelly said. "It will definitely be
for some bragging rights in the offseason to bring
it up every once in awhile. I'm going to be happy
with it no matter what happens."
Lujan surely heard encouragement from Kelly and the
40 or so friends and family on hand to see them
Lujan pitched into the fifth inning, his night
finished after giving up a solo home run to Matt
Reynolds. Lujan walked six and gave up six hits.
Kelly had drawn one of those walks with two outs in
the second inning. He also struck out and hit an RBI
double off the wall against Braulio Lara in the
"Ty’s been in Triple-A for three or four years,"
Lujan said. "He’s an experienced guy. He’s there for
a reason. I’m not going to take it easy on him."
Because they are like brothers, the ribbing about
Kelly's walk and base hit likely will be
They spent the last four winters living together in
San Diego. Kelly said about the only time they
aren't together is during the baseball season, when
Lujan said they rely on texts to check in.
They became friends in a high school driver's
education class. Lujan said with certainty that he
is the better driver, citing his "professional"
qualifications as an occasional Uber driver. Kelly
is equally confident in his skills.
"I'm sure that I'm a better driver than he is,"
Kelly said. "I'm a little more focused. He's a
little more scattered, I think, when he drives and
I'm a little more conservative."
The duo drives home together for the holidays and
takes turns staying with each other's families;
Lujan's in Stockton and Kelly's in Tracy. They work
out regularly at San Diego State where Pacific alum
Joe Oliviera is an assistant coach. Kelly met
Oliviera as a Pacific recruit and they were
teammates at Single-A Fredrick in the Baltimore
"San Diego State is very generous to let us use
their weight room," Lujan said. "As long as we're
not in the football players' way, we do alright."
When they aren't on campus, Lujan and Kelly might be
found hiking the mountains, running on the beach or
golfing. The mild weather and shoreline make San
Diego an ideal spot for offseason cross-training.
This winter, Kelly had to walk to the beach a mile
from their Point Loma rental by himself for a couple
months while Lujan was pitching in Venezuela. Lujan
said he was short on innings last season in Double-A
Richmond, where he threw 107.2 innings and went 9-6
with a 3.18 ERA.
For the Aguilas del Zulia, Lujan went 2-1 with a
1.97 ERA in 32 innings. "It helped a lot," Lujan
said. "They have pretty aggressive hitters down
there. You learn how to throw backwards in counts,
be aggressive with your fastball when you need to
throw it. The experience of hitters down there, they
leap on any weakness you throw. On the mental side,
I learned how to change my approach from hitter to
hitter, instead of inning to inning."
Kelly is happy to see Lujan in the Pacific Coast
League. With right fielder Kyle Jensen of the Reno
Aces, they make three members from the 2006 St.
Mary's team in the PCL. Former Rams coach Pete Pijl
was among those in attendance Wednesday. "It's
pretty rare to get three guys like that on the same
level, the same tier," Lujan said. "With Kyle and Ty
as well, it’ll be great to see them, nice to have
dinner with them."
This is Kelly's first year in Las Vegas, but his
fourth at the Triple-A level. The New York Mets are
his fifth organization, with his versatility likely
being a valuable trait.
Kelly plays third, shortstop, anywhere in the
outfield and is a switch-hitter. He was stationed in
left field on Wednesday after playing at third on
Tuesday night. Kelly's familiarity with Lujan, he
said, only made him more aware of the pitcher's
"His pitches move a ton," Kelly said. "His fast ball
will cut and it will sink. He always keeps you
guessing. It's a combination of movement and he
improved his velocity recently. He continues to get
better and better."
The only other time they faced each other was in
Lujan's collegiate debut at USF on March 5, 2008.
Batting second for UC Davis, Kelly chopped a single
up the middle. Lujan got the win in four innings and
Kelly went 2 for 5 with a run and an RBI in the
Dons’ 7-6 victory.
Kelly hit .203 with 21 RBI in 79 games with Memphis
last season and .264 with 12 RBI in 38 games for