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by Tom Burke

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  • Sports honors and assignments at Sacred Heart Prep, Atherton

    by Karessa McCartney | May 22, 2017

    04 StAndrew.jpeg PAGEDEVOTED DECADES: The St. Vincent de Paul Society Conference of St. Andrew Parish, Daly City, marked its 20th anniversary with Mass April 29 commemorating the lives of SVdP founder Blessed Frederic Ozanam and patron, St. Vincent de Paul. “Members renewed their commitment as Vincentians and Father Ngoan Phan, parochial vicar, blessed the members and their ministry,” Madeleine Licavoli, conference president, told me. Father Piers Lahey is pastor.

    May 25, 2017
    Tom Burke

    Coach Jon Burke has been recognized for a job well done and coach Mark Grieb has been handed the chance to do the same at Atherton’s Sacred Heart Prep. Jon has been named Northern California Girls Water Polo coach of the year. Mark is now the school’s football program director and varsity football head coach.

    04 Jon Burke THUMBJon Burke has been coaching at Sacred Heart since 2006, and “guided the Gators to eight West Catholic Athletic League titles and 10 consecutive CCS Division II championships,” the school said in a statement. The honor is “incredibly well deserved,” said Frank Rodriquez, assistant principal for athletics. “It has gotten to the point that every time his girls’ team jumps into the water for a Central Coast Section championship game, a little more history is created. Their run of 10 consecutive CCS championships is unparalleled in any section in the state. When you couple that with lifelong friendships that are created in the program, it simply doesn’t get any better.” Among players coached by Jon is Rio Olympic gold medalist KK Clark, a 2008 Sacred Heart graduate.

    04 Mark Grieb THUMBMark Grieb, who has been an assistant coach at Sacred Heart for the last two years, will oversee the entire football program and coaches as well as serve as head coach of varsity, the school said. He will work closely with the all-school athletic director, Bret Simon.

    “I am thrilled that coach Grieb will be leading our program,” Bret said in a statement. “Coach Grieb has the high level football experience and knowledge, and most importantly, the leadership skills to continue and grow our Gator football tradition.” Mark, a one-time quarterback in the Arena Football League, is a former head coach at Menlo College. He has also served in coaching roles at UC Davis and Foothill College. Mark holds an undergraduate degree in biochemistry from UC Davis and a graduate degree in science education from Stanford University.

    “I am excited and honored to be named the football program director and varsity head coach at Sacred Heart Prep,” Mark said. “I am proud to continue my involvement with the football program in a new role that offers me the opportunity to have an even greater impact both on and off the field.”

    While the team has no named chaplain the Religious of the Sacred Heart fill the post well, the school said. “Some of the sisters who live at Oakwood are the biggest supporters of our student-athletes and are at almost every game, whether it’s football, volleyball, basketball, or another sport.”


    04 StIsabellaLavaMae.jpeg PAGEWATER OF LIFE: Intent on continuing their relationship with Lava Mae, a now very well-known and welcome ministry of care for the homeless, seventh grade students from San Rafael’s St. Isabella School collected 2,000 toiletry items that were enclosed in bundles for Lava Mae clients and dropped off April 5. As did the students effort for Lava Mae last year, each bag of help included a “hand written note” of support for the recipient. The kids’ teacher is Claudia Silva. All systems are go to continue the Lava Mae campaign next year I was told. “St. Isabella’s cares,” the school said.


    04 Catherine Ikeda THUMBCONGRATS: A Bunsen burner bravo for St. Brendan seventh grader Catherine Ikeda who placed first in a junior division Randall Museum Science Fair and second statewide in the junior cognitive science section of a competition in Los Angeles. Her project tested visual depth perception in controlled conditions. All of the good news came in a note to this column from Catherine’s granddad, Ed Dollard. Catherine’s mom is Lisa and her dad is Clyde, a medical doctor with a private practice in South San Francisco. “Catherine would love to be a doctor,” Ed told me. Catherine’s siblings are St. Ignatius Prep sophomore, Carolyn, and SI freshman, Paul.


    GOOD CITIZENS: California Sen. Jerry Hill visited St. Dunstan School in February. “Responsible citizenship is a key schoolwide learning expectation for our students,” the school said in a note to this column. The legislator addressed the theme as well as his work at the statehouse, the school said. St. Dunstan’s eighth grade class traveled to Sacramento in March and hearing from Jerry “was an excellent precursor to their annual trip.” Student body president Angela Domano and principal Bruce Colville were among those welcoming Jerry to the school.

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