It's coming.....February 21st


Saints Alumni-Parochial Basketball Championships


By Max Mercy, SDPSN Staff


The 62nd Annual Saints Alumni-Parochial Basketball Championships are set to begin on Sunday, February 21st. It is the biggest and oldest parochial championship tournament in the United States, for JV and Varsity teams.


More information will be released. Emails and letters have been sent to every parochial school in the diocese. If you need the entry form check out the next page.



Seniors form Saints’ century club


St. Augustine duo have been together for 100 victories


Guard Eric Monroe, who averages about 15 points a game, has helped boost the Saints to a No. 3 ranking.


Martin Tombe, a 6-5 forward, is averaging about 12 points and eight rebounds a game for St. Augustine.


By John Maffei, U-T

Eric Monroe had no expectations.

As a scrawny, 5-foot-10, 140-pounder, “I was hoping I could make the JV team,” Monroe said.

Instead, Monroe and a skinny 6-5 Martin Tombe made the varsity as freshmen.



Travel toughens up veteran Dons team


Cathedral Catholic celebrates first home

game with Western League win over La Jolla


Cathedral Catholic 7-foot junior Brandon McCoy, who transferred from Morse,

looks for a shot against La Jolla on Tuesday. McCoy scored 22 points.


By John Maffei, U-T


From Sacramento to Nevada and frigid Chicago, the Cathedral Catholic High boys basketball team has logged more than 3,500 miles in the non-league season.



Top 10 Parochial Varsity Basketball Teams


St. Michael Poway is the preseason favorite


St. Michael Poway is the preseason favorite to take it all in parochial varsity basketball. After losing to St. Rose of Lima in the county football championship, they had to feel a little better defeating the Lancers in the preseason championship. For the rest of the Top 10, check out the next page.



The 2015 Dons Alumni - MAC Christmas Tournament


St. Michael of Poway captures Gold Bracket championship


St. Didacus wins Silver Bracket championship


By Dons Alumni


The 2015 Dons Alumni/MAC Christmas Tournament was one for the books. This joint venture was a success for the organizers and participants. 17 Varsity and 11 JV teams spent the post-Christmas weekend playing a total of 48 games.





Top 10 Parochial Football Teams




St. Rose of Lima is #1

By Max Mercy and the Crew, SDPSN Staff


Finally, after twp years of agonizing losses in the county championship game. St. Rose of Lima can now be called county football champions. They are #1. There was a tie for third. For the rest of the top 10, check out the next page.



The third time is the charm


St. Rose of Lima captures the 18th Annual Saints Alumni


Parochial Football Championship of San Diego County


St. Michael defender Luke Haupt, can't catch up to #84 Sergio Bermudez, as the wide receiver

is en route to scoring the winning touchdown for St. Rose of Lima. The Lancers won 32-26.

- Ivy League Photography


By Max Mercy and the Crew


In 2013 St. Rose of Lima (Chula Vista) lost in the last seconds to a very good St. Mary's (Escondido) team. In 2014, they lost to St. Mary's, again. In his eleven years as head coach, Mike Arney and his teams have come so close, but yet so far. That journey is over.



Crusaders corral Mustangs 18-8


St. Michael of Poway captures JV County Championhip


The first edition of the Dons Alumni Parochial Football JV County Championship took place on Sunday December 6th. The 8 best teams in the county were ready to represent themselves to the fullest.

The first batch of games went off at 1pm and featured overall #1 seed St. Michael (Poway) from the NCPL against a scrappy St. Therese (Del Cerro) from the CSLSD.



No longer a surprise at Mater Dei Catholic


Junior running back's breakout games draw the attention of opponents


Mater Dei Catholic's CJ Verdell has rushed for 1,241 yards and 17 TDs on 100 carries this season


By Don Norcross, U-T


CHULA VISTA — “The best back no one’s heard of.” That’s how Mater Dei Catholic High football coach John Joyner referred to running back CJ Verdell.

Then Verdell, a junior, ruined his anonymity in Week 5 of the season against Bishop’s. First carry, draw up the middle, 78 yards, touchdown. Second carry, handoff up the gut, 80 yards, touchdown.



Saints settle the score for now


St. Augustine extracts revenge after last year's lopsided loss to Cathedral Catholic


St. Augustine’s Tariq Thompson (13) gets a handshake from Andrew Alves after Thompson’s TD catch.


By Don Norcross

Days before the annual Holy Bowl showdown between St. Augustine and Cathedral Catholic, Saints running back Elijah Preston was asked about last year’s humbling 35-point loss to the Dons.



Speed serves Mater Dei Catholic


Crusaders defeat Bishop's in rematch of last season's championship game


Mater Dei Catholic's CJ Verdell, shown trying to escape a tackler in last year's

title game,tormented Bishop's with big touchdown plays Friday night.


By Kevin Farmer, U-T


CHULA VISTA — Mater Dei coach John Joyner wanted a track meet and junior running back CJ Verdell was quick to comply.

With just 25 seconds of possession, the Crusaders and Verdell stunned visiting Bishop’s with TD runs of 78 and 80 yards on the way to a 42-21 nonconference victory.