Friday, October 23, 2009

Malden Catholic 28, CM 26

In their first home game since September 25th, the Knights faced off against the Malden Catholic Lancers in their first Catholic Conference game of the season.

The Knights second drive of the game was highlighted by a Lorenzo Warren 54 yard run, and a 37 yard pass from AJ Doyle to Cam Williams. CM would miss a field goal to end the drive after three runs which were unsuccessful. The very next play Cam Williams recovered an MC fumble to give the Knights the ball back in prime scoring position. Doyle hit receiver Joey McCarthy deep in the red zone on a fourth down to continue the drive.

The first quarter ended with the Knights on the 2 yard line, and Doyle would run it in himself to start the second quarter. MC's rushing attack was sensational, their first drive in the second quarter started at the 20 yard line and took them all the way through the end zone. Once CM got the ball back they took a lot of time off the clock before drilling a field goal with 1:04 seconds left in the first half. It looked as if CM was going to be able to head to the locker room with a lead before MC's Quinn McDonough returned the following kickoff for a touchdown to give the Lancers a 14-10 lead heading into the halftime.

The third quarter was rough for the Knights as their offense was completely stalled, it looked as if the communication between Doyle and his receivers was off. It didn't help the Knights that McDonough would return an interception for a touchdown to give his Lancers a 20-10 lead. Another interception with 0:49 left in the third enabled the Lancers to start the fourth in great position to put the game away. They would once again break into the end zone with 8:56 left in the game, after a successful two point conversion the Lancers held a comfortable 28-10 lead.

CM never stopped playing, and as a result, they would put themselves back in the game. Doyle hit running back Lorenzo Warren in the end zone with 6:09 left, after a converted two point conversion the score was 28-18. The CM defense came up with a stop and the offense took advantage of their opportunity. In two consecutive plays Doyle connected with Donald Bland for a 40 yard play, and Joey McCarthy on a 39 yard missile to put the ball on the seven yard line. Donovan Henry punched it into the end zone to make the score 24-28. The Knights' two-point conversion featured a fantastic run from Warren putting CM down two after being down by eighteen just seven minutes earlier. The defense once again came up big and stopped the Lancers with 0:52 left in the game.

CM would then go four and out and in the process drop their second straight game.

It is important to note that the Knights were ridden by injuries Friday night. In addition to the already injured Armani Reeves, wide receiver Cam Williams and defensive back Keshaudus Spence both left the game with shoulder injuries in the first half. In the second half seniors Mark Glynn and Richard Errico also suffered injuries which would keep them sidelined for the remainder of the game. Not having Spence in the middle definitely hurt the Knights dearly. The Lancers' running game would have been as dominant as it was if Spence was there to hit anything and everything wearing a white jersey.

One piece of good news concerning the Knights' injuries is that junior captain John Gorman debuted in his first game of the season. A back injury had kept Gorman off the field since the end of August.

This game puts CM in an undesirable position concerning the playoff picture. In a ten-game season, two losses is a lot. Every game from here on out is an absolute must win for the Knights. One more loss and CM's playoff hopes are dead. They have a tall task in front them, the next few games are all against good teams and each game is probably going to be a dogfight. Next week the Knights will host the St. John's Prep Eagles and try to keep their postseason dreams alive.

Mike Slonina '11

Classrooms on Wheels: Walden Pond with Dr. Keane's English class

As part of their unit on transcendentalism, students from Dr. Keane's grade 11 English class visited Walden Pond and Concord on October 23.

Students read excerpts from Henry David Thoreau's Walden before walking the circumference of the pond and visiting the original site of Thoreau's house.

Students also toured the Old Manse and the Concord Battlefield.

Thoreau's grave at Sleepy Hollow Cemetery, Concord.

Emerson's grave.

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Caricatures with Ms. Malachowski's cartooning class

Brother Cavet

View more caricatures done last year and this year by clicking here.

Monday, October 19, 2009

The 2009 Student Council

Congratulations to the following winners of the Student Council elections, held October 5.

Freshmen: John McDonough (President), David Colarossi (Vice President), Sean Sullivan (Treasurer). Representatives: Luis Blanco,, Peter Ngobidi, Jacob Hamilton, Eli Jean, Brian Kiley, Justin Walsh, Christian Coyne.

Sophomores: Mark Woodall (President), Armani Reeves (Vice President), Cam Williams (Treasurer). Representatives: Tony Quan, Joseph Todesco, Cullen Bosse, Thomas Foley, John Delano, Andrew Hart, Ed Murray.

Juniors: Brian Murphy (President), Ian Meschwitz (Vice President), Mike Carroll (Treasurer). Representatives: Tom Bent, Nick Barker, Patrick O'Mara, Ryan Johnston, Chris Stathopoulos, Stephen Pike, Richard Delvalle.

Seniors: Brad Jones (President), Brian Besinger (Vice President), Nima Masomi (Treasurer). Representatives: Todd Taylor, Kyle Donald, Tim McLaughlin, Brian Keeley, John Cooper, Connor Askins.

Sunday, October 18, 2009

CM Life in Photos: the 50th CMI

Tom Meagher has coached or volunteered in 42 of the 50 Catholic Memorial Invitationals over the course of the race's history. Above, Meagher checks his watch before firing the gun to start the Division I boys' race at the 50th Annual CMI, Franklin Park. October 17, 2009.

Friday, October 16, 2009

Bishop Guertin 52 - CM 13

Bishop Guertin started off the game on a convincing first drive which ended in a touchdown. They would not slow down from there.

In the first quarter CM introduced its new wildcat offense, which on its first trial produced a decent sized gain. After punting later that drive, Donald Bland recovered a fumble to give the Knights the ball back only down 10-0. After a good drive down to the 10 yard line, Tom Byrnes was clearly run into on his field goal attempt but there was no call made by the officials, much to the absolute astonishment of the CM faithful.

The second quarter was highlighted by Donovan Henry's kickoff return which he brought back for a touchdown. The Cardinals added to their lead with a 2 yard touchdown run to give themselves a 24-7 lead. CM manufactured a stop late in the first half and after a screen pass from AJ Doyle to Joey McCarthy CM tried a 57 yard field goal. Kicker Tom Byrnes missed the field goal by about 3 feet which is amazing to even get that close. Most high school kickers don't have the power to even entertain the thought of attempting such a long field goal.

The second half spelled doom for the Knights' previously undefeated season as the Cardinals pulled away scoring four more touchdowns. However Donovan Henry would once again spark the CM sidelines with another touchdown on a kickoff return as the Knights' last memorable play of the night. In this game the Knights never quit for one second. Despite terrible calls, cheap hits, and freezing conditions the Knights still fought back for all 48 minutes. Keshaudus Spence and Mark Glynn were both very vocal on the sidelines trying to keep their team in the game. On defense Spence and Donald Bland delivered big hits with regularity as they have done all season.

Games like this are games when you learn about your identity as a team. When facing a huge deficit, do you give up? Coach Campea must be pleased with his team's effort throughout the game. Tonight was a mixture of the Knights having a sub par game, and Bishop Guertin executing with great consistency.

I'm not someone who likes to point out the refs, but in this case I don't feel like I would be doing Coach Campea or the football team justice by ignoring it. In the first half there were dozens of unbelievably bad calls or no calls. The one that sticks out the most in my mind was a late hit on wide receiver Joey McCarthy. He jumped for a catch and was cleanly hit in the legs. But then, after the whistle a Cardinal safety came in and it was blatantly obvious that he was trying to injure McCarthy. There was no call. Beyond the affect that the refs had on the final score, they have to realize that they have a responsibility to keep the players safe. Often times there are stories in the news about football players being paralyzed, well the hit on McCarthy is exactly how that happens.

No, the refs did not decide the game. But they did change the entire complexion of the game with their antics in the first half.

Next week the Knights look to get their season back on track as they return home to face the Malden Catholic Lancers.

Mike Slonina '11

Saturday, October 10, 2009

CM Guts Out Win in Longmeadow to Stay Undefeated

In a game with the Longmeadow Lancers, the CM Knights came away victorious for their fourth win of the season on a heart palpitating 35-33 win.

The first quarter was dominated by the Lancers as they scored two quick touchdowns to start the game, a Keshaudus Spence touchdown put CM behind 13-7 heading into the second quarter.

CM took the lead late in the second quarter on another

Keshaudus Spence touchdown. Ahead 14-13, the Knights came up with an enormous goal line stop with 5 seconds left in the first half.

In the third quarter, the Knights added to their lead when AJ Doyle hit Cam Williams with a bullet for a 55 yard touchdown. This put the knights ahead 21-13, it looked like the Knights were ready to pull away judging by the momentum on the Knights side and the defeated body language of the Lancers.

The fourth quarter was as eventful and tense as any fourth quarter in CM history. The Lancers scored early in the fourth quarter to cut the lead to 21-19 after a failed two point conversion. CM turned the ball over with 10:29 left in the quarter which lead to another Longmeadow touchdown, once the Lancers completed a two point conversion they found themselves up 27- 21 with about six minutes remaining. It looked as if CM was in serious trouble, they were having severe difficulties running the ball at that point and it seemed as if the air had been let out of their balloon. The Knights showed tremendous grit and determination in the following minutes. Quarterback AJ Doyle ran for a first down on a big third and ten play. A few plays later Lorenzo Warren ran for a first down with 2:35 remaining on a third and one. This is where Warren took over, the next play Warren ran for a 22 yard touchdown and after an extra point from Tom Byrnes, CM re-claimed the lead at 28-27. On the third play of the Lancers next drive Warren made a diving interception to give the Knights the ball back. But his heroics wouldn't end there, Warren then broke a 47 yard touchdown run to put CM up 35-27. So the game is over right? Wrong. The Lancers produced a incredible desperation 49 yard touchdown to keep themselves in the game, down two with 18 seconds left. This is it, the two point conversion which would likely force an overtime. The Lancers decided to run a full back blast up the middle which was stuffed at the line of scrimmage to give CM their fourth win of the season.

This game was a gut check for CM, for the first time this season the Knights had their backs against the wall late in the fourth quarter. As a unit CM showed tremendous poise and put an end to what could have been a magical night in Longmeadow. The Longmeadow Lancers will definitely be hurting over this game for awhile, but they should definitely find solace in the fact that they earned the respect of everyone there. There was not an ounce of quit in the Lancers and they pushed CM to the limit. Now 4-0, CM looks to continue their charge for the playoffs as they head to Nashua, New Hampshire, to go toe to toe with the Bishop Guertin Cardinals next friday night.

Mike Slonina '11

Thursday, October 8, 2009

CM Life in Photos: College Mini-Fair

(l-r) Troy Starrett '10, Shane Walsh '10, and Eric Anderson '10 weigh their options at the second of three college mini-fairs hosted in the gym by the CM Guidance Department.

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

AP Scholars Announced

Catholic Memorial School's Guidance Department is pleased to announce that several graduates of the class of 2009 have earned special recognition by the College Board’s AP Program as Advanced Placement Scholars. Michael Lombardi, Nahed Lakkis, Russell Rioux, and James Schmidlein were named AP Scholars because they scored at least an average of 3 (out of a possible 5) points on three or more Advanced Placement exams taken in the Spring of 2009. Dino Cauteruccio was named an AP Scholar with Honor, having scored at least an average of 3.25 (out of a possible 5) points on all AP exams taken, and grades of 3 or higher on four or more of these exams.

“We congratulate these young men on receiving this fine recognition,” said Guidance Department Director Bob Tegan. “We also congratulate the faculty members who have worked so hard with these students to maximize their potential.”

Through 37 different college-level courses and exams, AP provides motivated and academically prepared students with the opportunity to earn college credit or advanced placement and stand out in the college admissions process. Each exam is developed by a committee of college and university faculty and AP teachers, ensuring that the exams are aligned with the same high standards expected by college faculty at some of the nation’s leading liberal arts and research institutions.

AP exam achievement is accepted by more than 3,600 colleges and universities worldwide for college credit, advanced placement, or both on the basis of successful AP Exam grades. Catholic Memorial School currently offers AP courses in 18 subjects for students who demonstrate talent in those academic areas.