Amelia Van Orman ( ) and the Orange Lutheran girls softball team is having a banner season. The Lancers are currently 26-3, went 8-0 in the very competitive Trinity League, and won three tournaments this year. They are ranked #1 in Orange County, #1 in the State (according to Calhisports), and #2 in the nation (according to Max Preps)!
Mr. Maxwell (Assistant Principal/ Athletic Director) and Mrs. Maxwell (4th Grade Teacher) are very proud parents!
Congratulations to Claire Masterson (2010) who was named AP Statistics Student of the Year 2014 and Outstanding French Student of the Year 2014 last night at Orange Lutheran Celebrates Student Success Award’s Night. She will be attending Westmont College (Santa Barbara) in the fall and was a recipient of their President’s Scholarship. Claire will be majoring in Biological Sciences on Westmont's Pre-Med Track. She plans to minor in Dance. Panther Pride!
The Century League announced their All-League Baseball players. First Team All-League was Nate Green '09 (Canyon High School) and 2nd Team All-League was Harrison Pyatt '10 (Esperanza High School). Congratulations to Nate and Harrison!
Paul Lavigne '89 was named the Orange County Special Education Administrator of the year for 2013 by the Association of California School Administrators. Paul is the Director of Student Services/School Psychologist in the Savannah School District, Anaheim.
On May 16, 2013 Lutheran High School of Orange County held their Celebrate Student Success night. Many St. Paul's alumni were honored during the evening. Justin Hughes '09 and Joe Maxwell '09 were recognized for achieving Eagle Scout status. Hayeon Kim '09 received the Economics for Leadership Award and is a National Merit Scholarship Program Commended Scholar. Justin Hughes '09 received one of the Assistance League of Orange Awards.
Many students were recognized for receiving academic, talent, service, and athletic scholarships. The following alumni received scholarships: Kailey Fox - Second Century Scholarship and BBA Scholarship, Erich Glastetter - Dean's Scholarship, Matthew Hammonds - Presidential Scholar Award and Baseball Scholarship, Travis Hight - Presidential Award, Lutheran Grant, and Dreher Scholarship, Justin Hughes - Assistance League of Orange Scholarship, Miranda Lentz - Academic Scholarship, Jason Long - TCU Scholarship, Joshua Mattoon - Music Scholarship, Joseph Maxwell - Honors Scholarship, Jacob Orman - Dean's Gold Scholarship, Emily Phillips - Mount Holyoke Leadership Award, Alyson Pratt - Dean's Scholarship and Marching Band Scholarship, Lydia Preuss - Academic Scholarship, Samuel Simpson - WUE Scholarship, Mikaela Truckey - Soccer Scholarship, Brianne Venrick - GEM Scholarship, and Whitnee Western - Arizona Achievement Award and Arizona Leadership and iPad Scholarship. All these students were from St. Paul's class of 2009.
Whitnee Western '09 received the President's Award for Educational Achievement. Justin Hughes '09 received the Excellence in Service Award. Miranda Lentz '09 was the Outstanding French Student and Beverly Richhart '10 was the Outstanding German Student. Claire Masterson '10 was named the AP Biology Student of the Year. Michelle Baehner '10 and Paige Asachika '10 received Featured Artist Awards. Congratulations to all these students on their achievements!
Lutheran High School of Orange County held their Graduation Ceremony on May 30, 2013. St. Paul's had 35 alumni graduate this year. These are the plans for next year for these alumni: Cody Abitong - Univ. of Nevada, Las Vegas; John Busch III - Cal Poly Pomona; Claire Chiaromonte - Cal Poly Pomona; Kailey Fox - Southern Methodist Univ.; Grace Francuz - Cal State Fullerton; Matthew Gieser - Santiago Canyon College; Erich Glastetter - Santiago Canyon College; Matthew Hammonds - Sonoma State Univ.; Travis Hight - Roanoke College; Justin Hughes - Cal Poly San Luis Obispo; Haeyon Kim - Carneige Millon Univ.; Samuel Koehnke - Santa Ana College; Miranda Lentz - Concordia Univ. Irvine; Jason Long - Texas Christian Univ.; Colin Massey - Univ. of Cal. Irvine; Joshua Mattoon - Cal State Univ. East Bay; Joseph Maxwell - Kansas State Univ.; Jacob Orman - Baylor Univ.; Dylan Phillips - Univ. of Michigan; Emily Phillips - Mt. Holyoke College; Daniel Poerschke - Santiago Canyon College; Alyson Pratt - Azusa Pacific Univ.; Lydia Preuss - Concordia Univ. Irvine; Greg Rieber - Kansas State Univ.; Karli Rutledge - San Diego State Univ.; Sarah Salcido - Northern Ariz. Univ.; Samuel Simpson - Univ. of Montana; Kyle Steckler - Univ. of San Diego; Madisyn Tarlow - Concordia Univ. Irvine; Austin Thomas-Shaddock - Norco College; Mikaela Truckey - Azusa Pacific Univ.; Brianne Venrick - Boise State Univ.; Cherokee Wallace - Santiago Canyon College; Whitnee Western - Univ. of Ariz.; and Taylor Williams - Northwestern Preparatory School. Good luck to all the students as they start another stage of their lives!
Matt Hammonds '09 and Kyle Steckler '09 were recognized in the Orange City News on June 6th, 2013. They were recognized for their 4 years of service with the National League of Young Men. This is a nonprofit organization for mothers and sons, and promotes the development of young men into community leaders.
Congratulations to JoJo Ballestero '09 and Chandler Dignam '11. JoJo was named to the Century League 1st Team All League and Chandler was named to 2nd Team All League in Boy's Basketball. Chandler and JoJo both play basketball at Canyon High School.
Many St. Paul's alumni are participating in sports this spring:
Baseball - Pierce Bily '05 - University of Tennessee, Blake Hugaert '05- Sacramento State, Evan Porcella '08 - Orange Coast College, and Connor Sullivan '08 - USC.
Softball - Kristen Caskey '08 - Hawaii Pacific Univ., Bryn Gornick '08 - Lafayette College, Liz Maxwell '07 - Concordia Univ. Nebraska, and Noelle Wagner '08 - Quinnipiac Univ.
Track & Field - Brad Battenberg '06 - Concordia Univ. Irvine, Jason Hight '06 - Linfield College, Hilary Mills '06 and Sally Rudi '05 - Point Loma Univ., and Alyssa Schlom '08 - UCSB.
Baseball - Nate Green '09 - Varsity Canyon HS, Harrison Pyatt '10 - Varsity Esperanza HS, Erich Glastetter '09, Matt Hammonds '09 and Lance Simpson '10 - Varsity Lutheran HS of Orange County, Jacob Castro '10 and Jacob Chvilicek '11 - JV Lutheran HS of OC, Anthony Kuykendall '12 and Brett Ross '11 - FR/Soph Lutheran HS of OC.
Track and Field - Blake Cox '09 - Crean Lutheran, Ben Blowers '11 and Lane Reiter '10 - Villa Park HS, Lutheran HS of Orange County - Matt Gieser '09, Jacob Miller '12, Mikaela Truckey '09, Haley Meyer '11, Bri Uipi '12, Ashley Mize '12, Maddie Membrila '12, Hudson Hankins '11, Connor Kridle '10, Colin Massey '09 and Zac Crain '11.
Volleyball - Evan Kempkes '12 - FR/Soph Lutheran HS of OC, Chandler Dignam '11 - Varsity Canyon HS.
Good Luck to all the athletes this season!
Congratulations to JoJo Ballesteros '09! JoJo is the regular-season county leader in 3-point shots made with 89. He is a senior and plays basketball at Canyon High School. JoJo's varsity career total of 309 puts him at third most in county history.
Monika (Schulte '97) Morris and husband Joseph welcomed their 2nd daughter, Camille Eileen on Feb. 1, 2013.
Matt Wingert '05, a senior at Concordia University, Nebraska took part in a National Parks Study Tour this past summer.The geography students from Concordia completed a tour of Death Valley, Sequoia, Kings Canyon and Yosemite National Parks. They had to complete a digital journal of photos, writings and observations. In Death Valley they hiked the sand dunes and visited the Racetrack Playa. The trip also included some backcountry jeep trips and hiking and camping in Yosemite.
Monica (Schulte) '97 Morris and her husband Joseph had a baby girl, Emma Marie, on July 30, 2011. The family resides in Columbus, Ohio.
Brian Valenzuela '97 and his wife welcomed their son, Andres Amaro, on May 22, 2011.
Travis Pinick '01 married Sara George on October 6, 2012. Alumni in the wedding included Jason Heim '03 as the Best Man and Sam George '04 one of the Groomsman. Kelcie Pinick '03 and Siara Pinick '08 were bridesmaids for Sara.
Lydia Preuss '09 participated in a semester abroad program through Concordia, Irvine. The group completed mission work in Mongolia, China, Vietnam, Thailand, India, Ethiopia, and Hungary. They also traveled to Peru and Bolivia.
Some alumni may be seen on the basketball courts and soccer fields at Lutheran High School of Orange County.
On the basketball court:
Girls Varsity - Courtney Lofink '10, Jessica Lozo '10, Sara MacCallum '10, and Jessie Nowicki '10.
JV Girls - Samantha Parris '11
Freshman Girls - Madison Lambeth '12 and Natalie Stoltzner '12
Boys JV - Zac Crain '11
Freshman Red Team - Sean Wright '12
Frosh/Soph - Sean Hughes '11, Spencer Johnson '11, and Isaac Jung '11
Freshman Gold Team - Aaron Long '12 and Jordan Salloum '12
On the soccer field:
Boys Varsity - Dylan Phillips '09
Girls Varsity - Meg Rogers '10, KC Sullivan '10, Mikaela Truckey '09, and Rachel Meier '10.
Good luck to all these athletes!
Congratulations to Kyle Steckler '09! The Trinity All-League teams were announced for football and Kyle was named to the 2nd Team Defense! Kyle plays football for Lutheran High School of Orange County. Great Job Kyle!
Colin Massey '09 was crowned Homecoming King at Lutheran High School of Orange County in October. At Canyon High School, Jo Jo Ballesteros was a member of the 2012 Homecoming Court.
Congratulations to Steve Hight '74, he was named the Pacific Southwest District 2012 Elementary Educator of the Year at the Lutheran Educators Conference held November 18-20, 2012 in Nevada. Steve's first call was to First Lutheran, Long Beach where he taught 5th and 6th grade. His next 29 years have been spent at St. Paul's. He teaches 7th and 8th grade math, coaches basketball, and is the Department Chair for the Middle School. Congratulations again on this honor!
Some St. Paul's alumni you may see participating in sports this winter:
Canyon High School Varsity Boys' Basketball: Jo Jo Ballesteros '09, Chandler Dignam '11, and Jordan Rohan '11.
Villa Park Girls Soccer - Varsity: Emily Colon '11, Freshman: Miranda Lummus '12.
Good luck to these athletes this season!
St. Paul's also has some alumni participating at Lutheran High School in Cross Country: Michael Caskey '10, Matt Gieser '09, Colin Massey '09, Michael Fox '10, Zac Crain '11, Ryan McGuire '12, Anthony Kuykendall '12, Jacob Miller '12, and Maddie Membrila '12. Good luck to all of you!
Many of St. Paul's alumni are participating in sports this fall in Colleges around the country or local high schools.
Football - Conner Sullivan '08 - USC; Sean McEvilly '06 - Northwestern Univ.; Lance Barker '04 - Azusa Pacific Univ.; Will Gonzales '07 - Univ. of San Diego.
Cross Country - Jason Hight '06 - Linfield College; Salli Rudi '05 and Hilary Mills '06 - Point Loma Nazarene Univ.
Volleyball - Blaire Pickens '08 - Texas Christian Univ.; Hayley Gerken '08 - East Central Univ. OK; Lauren Fields '07 - Boston College.
Orange Lutheran Varsity Football:
Kyle Steckler '09, Taylor Williams '09, Patrick Reardon '11, Joe Maxwell '09, Jason Long '09, Brandon Jamora '11, Kavienga Tuitahi '10, Kyle Edgar '11, Sam Koehnke '09, and Hudson Hankins '11. Chris Natividad '07 - Defensive Back Coach.
Orange Lutheran Varsity Cheer:
Hayley Kennedy '11, Karli Rutledge '09, and Rebecca Green '10. Alternate Jody Steckler '12.
Orange Lutheran JV Cheer:
Carly Kamei '12, Catherine Adcock '12, Ashley Mize '12, Olivia Campus '12, and Brianna Peck '12.
Alyson Pratt '09 - Orange Lutheran Color Guard Captain.
Villa Park Football
Varsity: Austin Ramos '10 and Lane Reiter '10
Freshman: Jake Byars '12
Good luck to all these athletes this season!!
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE September 4, 2012
Area Student Selected to Perform with the Bands of America Honor Band in the 2013 Rose Parade®
Paige Rooney, a Sophomore at Troy High School in Fullerton, has been selected by Music for All to be a member of the Bands of America (BOA) Honor Band in the 2013 Tournament of Roses® Parade. Paige was selected from among hundreds of applicants across the nation for membership in this prestigious national honor band. Paige is the daughter of Kirk & Catharine Rooney, of Fullerton. Her Marching Band instructor is Jason Lomeda. The Band Director is Joseph Castillo. Paige discovered her love of band while attending St. Paul's Lutheran School in Orange, where she participated in band from third through eighth grade. She also participated in the Orange County Lutheran Youth Band for six years, marching in the Huntington Beach 4th of July Parade each year.
Lutheran High School of Orange County had several St. Paul's Alum chosen for Student of the Month. March - Nicole Wheat '08 - Media Art, Lance Simpson '10 - English, Sam Simpson '09 - Social Studies, and Kelly Sullivan '08 - Science. April - Claire Masterson '10 - Performing Arts. Congratulations to these students.
Trinity League Baseball announced their League teams. Conner Sullivan '08 (Lutheran High) and Tanner Bily '07 (JSerra) were chosen to the 1st Team All-Trinity League. Conner Sullivan '08 was given the Lancer Award at Lutheran High.
Lindsay Elliot '08 (Lutheran High) was one of 6 women to receive scholarships from Central Orange County Alumnae Panhellenic. She will receive a $1000.00 scholarship. Awards are based on outstanding scholarship, leadership, and service. Lindsay will be attending Cal Poly San Luis Obispo this fall. Congratulations Lindsay!!
46 St. Paul's Alumni graduated this past May from Lutheran High School of Orange County. Here is a list of the graduates and where they will be headed this Fall. Brianna Alvarado - The Church School Ministry, Maxwell Bendick - Cal Poly SLO, Kendall Bowen - UC Davis, Hayden Bragg - De Paul Univ., Scott Brister - Wilshire College, Lauren Brown - Cal State San Diego, Kristen Caskey - Hawaii Pacific Univ., Nathaniel Dickel - Cal Poly Pomona, Lindsey Elliot - Cal Poly SLO, James Francuz - Hope International Univ., Chelsea Gallarzo - Azusa Pacific Univ., Brandon Garcia - Fullerton Coll., Hayley Gerken - East Central Univ. Okla., Mialinda Gest - Northern Arizona Univ., Wayne Glass - CSU Long Beach, Bryn Gornick - Lafayette Coll., Elizabeth Halley - Univ. of South Dakota, Tatum Hoffman - Point Loma Nazarene, Kelsey Hughes - St. Mary's College, Notre Dame, IN, Connor Johnston - Univ. of Arizona, Kyle Lazcano - Fullerton Coll., Haley Lewis - Azusa Pacific Univ., Kaitlyn Lofink - CSU Fullerton, Amy Marthaller - CSU Fullerton, Kyle Martin - Santiago Canyon Coll., Nathaniel Meier - Santiago Canyon Coll., Kiel Mixer - Orange Coast Coll., Ethan Navarro - USC, Andrew Nolan - Santiago Canyon Coll., Amanda Payne - Santiago Canyon Coll., Victoria Pettit - Biola Univ., Blaire Pickens - Texas Christian Univ., Siara Pinick - Grand Canyon Univ., Alyssa Schlom - UC Santa Barbara, Jessica Scott - Santiago Canyon Coll., Blake Shutts - Orange Coast Coll., Andrew Steinbergs - Univ. of Notre Dame, Conner Sullivan - USC, Kelly Sullivan - Baylor Univ., Jessica Van Fleet - UCLA, Kathryn Van Fleet - USC, Noelle Wagner - Quinnipiac Univ., James Wallace - Santiago Canyon Coll., Tommy Ward - Santiago Canyon Coll., Katie Whaley - Chapman Univ., Nicole Wheat - CSU Fullerton.
St. Paul's has several alumni who are participating this month in the Lutheran High Musical- Oklahoma! Hayden Bragg '08 plays Ike Skidmore, Nate Meier '08 as Tom, Claire Masterson '10 is the Principal Dancer, Lindsey Elliott '08 is in the Dance Ensemble, Claire Chiaromonte '09 and Dylan Dohi '10 are in the Ensemble. Josh Voelker '98 is behind the scenes as the Technical Director and Technical Supervisor.
Congratulations to JoJo Ballestero! He was named to the Century All League 1st Team in Basketball. He plays for Canyon High School.
Last month at Villa Park High School, 8 former basketball players were honored for their accomplishments on and off the court. St. Paul's Alumni were: Brice Prather '98 - held a 3 year record of 76-16 and 29-1 in the Century League - graduated from Azusa Pacific University; Matt Poutsma '93 - 2nd Team All-CIF senior year - graduate of Chapman University; and Marcus Gibson '01.
Alison Riach '93 Spors was recognized at St. Paul's church service on March 4, 2012 for her 10 years in Lutheran Education. Ally teaches Kindergarten and is the Admissions Counselor at St. Paul's. Another alumnus teaching at St. Paul's school is Steve Hight '74. Alumni involved in the School Age Care program are Jared Williams '04, Brittney Dickel '07, and Matthew Gest '07. At St. Paul's Early Child Development Center you will find Julie Miller '86 in the Red Room. Thank you to all of these alumni for their hard work and dedication.
At Lutheran High School of Orange County in January, Bryn Gornick '08 was recognized as Student of the Month in the Online Program.
This Spring you will see many alumni participating in Athletics at the College and High School Levels. Competing on the College level:
Brad Battenberg '06 - Track and Field, Concordia Univ., Irvine
Jason Hight '06 - Track and Field, Linfield College, McMinnville, OR
Liz Maxwell '07 - Softball, Concordia Univ., Nebraska
Hilary Mills '06 - Track and Field, Point Loma Univ., San Diego
Brett Pickens '05 - Volleyball, Rutgers Univ., New Brunswick, New Jersey
Pierce Bily '05 - Baseball, Cypress College
Blake Hugaert '05 - Baseball, Orange Coast College
Competing at the High School level:
Canyon High School
Nate Green '09 - Varsity Baseball, Brayden Stitt '10 - JV Baseball.
Crean Lutheran High School
Cole Werner '11 - Golf
El Modena High School
Riley Cronin '08 and Evan Porcella '08 - Varsity Baseball
Esperanza High School
Harrison Pyatt '10 - Varsity Baseball
JSerra Catholic High School
Tanner Bily '07 - Varsity Baseball
Lutheran High School of Orange County
Cory Olson '01 - Varsity Baseball Outfield Coach
Matt Hammonds '09, Conner Sullivan '08, and Kyle Lazcano '08 - Varsity Baseball
Erich Glastetter '09, Garrett Gutierrez '10, and Lance Simpson '10 - JV Baseball
Jacob Castro '10, Jacob Chvilicek '11, and Brett Ross '11 - Freshman Baseball
James Wallace '08 - Varsity Golf
Adam Christensen '10 and Dan Poerschke '09 - JV Golf
Kris Meyers '11 and Talon Nelson '10 - Freshman Golf
Christopher Rieber '11 - Varsity Tennis
Nick Lambeth '10 and Joey O'Bryan '10 - JV Tennis
Chad Mueller '98 - Track and Field High Jump Coach
Track and Field: Colin Massey '09, Matt Gieser '09, Michael Caskey '10, Courtney Lofink '10, Hudson Hankins '11,Brandon Jamora '11, Zac Crain '11, Ralph Guida '10, Haley Meyer '11, Lydia Preuss '09, Alyssa Schlom '08, Hanna Alston '11, Shelby Mattoon '11, Alexa Smith '11, Samantha Parris '11, Jessica Lozo '10, Jessie Nowicki '10, Josh Mattoon '09, and KC Sullivan '10.
Scott Stuetzel '10, Kiel Mixer '08, and Dylan Dohi '10 - Swimming
Bryn Gornick '08 and Noelle Wagner '08 - Varsity Softball
Michael Fox '10 and Connor Kridle '10 - JV Volleyball
Villa Park High School
Sam Schneggenburger '11 - Freshman Baseball
Good luck to all of these athletes!
Congratulations to Andrew Steinbergs '08, he has been selected as a finalist in the 2012 National Merit Scholarship Program. He is currently a senior at Lutheran High School of Orange County.
Alyssa Schlom '08 signed with University of California Santa Barbara to participate in Track and Field next year. Good luck, Alyssa!
We have 5 alumni who have received Student of the Month recognition at Lutheran High this past Fall.
September 2011 - Lehi Smithson '09 - English, and Hayley Gerken '08 - Theology
October 2011 - James Francuz '08 - Math
December 2011 - Christopher Rieber '11 - English, and Katie Whaley '08 - Social Studies
Congratulations to these students on their recognition for their hard work!
Congratulations to the 51 alumni who achieved High Honor Roll status at Lutheran High. To achieve High Honors you must have a 4.0 or higher grade point average. Great job, students!
We have many alumni participating in sports in our local high schools. So be on the lookout for the following athletes:
Canyon High School
Boy's Basketball: Varsity - JoJo Ballestero '09 & Chandler Dignam '11
Freshman - Jordan Rohan '11
Lutheran High School of Orange County
Boy's Basketball: JV - Greg Rieber '09 & Joe Maxwell '09
Freshman - Zac Crain '11, Brandon Jamora '11, Sean Hughes '11, & Spencer Johnson '11
Girl's Basketball: Varsity - Courtney Lofink '10 & Jessica Nowicki '10
JV - Jessica Lozo '10, Brenna Membrila '10, & Sarah MacCallum '10
Freshman - Kelli Arii '11 & Samantha Parris '11
Boy's Soccer: Varsity - Dylan Phillips '09
Girl's Soccer: Varsity - Meg Rogers '10, KC Sullivan '10, Mikaela Truckey '09, & Rachel Meier '10
Villa Park High School
Boy's Basketball: Varsity - Isaiah Bradford '08
Girl's Soccer: JV - Emily Colon '11 & Holly Luttrell '10
Good luck to all the athletes this season!
National Signing Day for Athletes was held on November 9, 2011. At Lutheran High, St. Paul's had several athletes sign letters of intent.
Baseball: Conner Sullivan - Duke University
Volleyball: Blaire Pickens - Texas Christian University, Hayley Gerken - East Central University (Oklahoma)
Softball: Bryn Gornick - Lafayette College (Pennsylvania), Noelle Wagner - Quinnipiac University (Connecticut), Kristen Caskey - Hawaii Pacific University.
Good luck and Congratulations to all the athletes!!
The Arts at Lutheran High School of Orange County opened their Fall Musical Bye Bye Birdie this weekend with the closing show on 10/30/11. St. Paul's alumni who are part of the cast: Hayden Bragg '08, Nate Meier '08, Joshua Mattoon '09, Claire Masterson '10, and Dylan Dohi '10.
Lutheran High School of Orange County held their National Honor Society Induction on Oct. 5th. Alumnus Conner Sullivan '08 spoke at the ceremony regarding Leadership. Congratulations to the 20 St. Paul's alumni who were inducted into the National Honor Society: John Busch '09, Kristen Caskey '08, Claire Chiaromonte '09, Kailey Fox '09, James Francuz '08, Erich Glastetter '09, Matthew Hammonds '09, Travis Hight '09, Tatum Hoffman '08, Hayeon Kim '09, Miranda Lentz '09, Jason Long '09, Colin Massey '09, Joshua Mattoon '09, Joseph Maxwell '09, Alyson Pratt '09, Gregory Rieber '09, Sarah Salcido '09, Mikaela Truckey '09, and Taylor Williams '09.
Conner Sullivan '08 will be attending Duke University next year to play baseball.
We have some alumni participating in college athletics this fall:
Jason Hight '06 - Cross Country - Linfield College
Sean McEvilly '06- Football - Northwestern University
Will Gonzales '07 - Football - Univ. of San Diego
Lance Barker '04 - Football - Azusa Pacific Univ.
There are several alumni athletes playing sports this fall in our area for local high schools.
Lutheran High School of Orange County:
Football: Varsity - Conner Sullivan '08, Taylor Williams '09, Kyle Steckler '09, Joe Maxwell '09, Jason Long '09, & Kaveinga Tuitahi '10.
Freshman: Hudson Hankins '11, Brett Ross '11, Isaac Jung '11, Jacob Chvilicek '11, Brandon Jamora '11, Patrick Reardon '11, & Kyle Edgar '11.
Video Coordinator - Bennit Gammage '03.
Assistant Broadcaster - Trenton Schlom '06.
Volleyball: Varsity - Hayley Gerken '08 & Blaire Pickens '08.
JV - Katie Apodaca '10.
Cross Country: Lydia Preuss '09, Matt Gieser '09, Colin Massey '09, Johnny Busch '09, Zac Crain '11, Kevin Krolosky '11, & Cole Gruett '11.
Varsity Cheer: Heather Reed '10, Jordan Kane '11, Becca Green '10, Hayley Kennedy '11, & Karli Rutledge '09.
Varsity Song: Katie Van Fleet '08 and Jessie Van Fleet '08.
Color Guard Captain - Allyson Pratt '09.
Villa Park High School:
Football: Lane Reiter '10
Canyon High School:
Football: Matt LeCrone '11.
Crean Lutheran High School Football: Conner Rambo '10 & Blake Cox '09.
Congratulations to Jason Hight '06, he made the Dean's List 2nd Semester at Linfield College in McMinnville, OR. He was also named to the 2010-2011 Academic All-Northwest Conference List. To be on this list, you must have a GPA of 3.5 & above and participate throughout the entire Varsity Season. Jason is a member of the Cross Country and Track teams at Linfield College.
Conner Sullivan '08 was named to the All-Trinity League 1st Team in baseball this past spring and Nolan Rogers '07 was Honorable Mention. They both played baseball for Lutheran High School of Orange County. Conner also received the MVP award from his team.
St. Paul's also had 57 of its alumni achieve High Honor Roll status the 2nd semester at Lutheran High School of Orange County.
Congratulations to St. Paul's alumni who were selected as "Student of the Month" at Lutheran High for the 2010-2011 school year.
Siara Pinick - OLO - September 2010
Sarah Simpson - Science - October 2010
Claire Masterson - Math - October 2010
Beverly Richhart - Math - November 2010
Christopher Natividad - Math - December 2010
Sara MacCallum - English - February 2011
Elizabeth Maxwell - Theology - February 2011
Kaylie Scott - Theology - March 2011
Paige Asachika - Physical Education - April 2011
Congratulations to Garrett Guttierez '10, he was voted MVP of the Freshman baseball team at Lutheran High School of Orange County. Awesome job, Garrett!
St. Paul's class of 2007 had 42 alumni graduate from Lutheran High. Following is a list of the graduates and their plans for next year:
Joseph Acosta - Dixie State Coll., Victoria Arnold - Santiago Canyon Coll., Michael Agunday - Northern Arizona Univ., Samantha Beem - Orange Coast Coll., Alissa Belczak - Univ. of Colorado-Boulder, Jacob Benoun - Cal Poly Pomona, Rilee Bragg - Santiago Canyon Coll., Daniel Brooks - Univ. of New Mexico, Kelcie Crutchfield - Univ. of Puget Sound, Brittney Dickel - Orange Coast Coll.-Culinary Arts, Alex Dorn - Arizona State Univ., Brooke Ellis - Trinity Christian Coll., Hannah Feikema - Fullerton Coll.-Cosmetology, Lauren Fields - Boston Coll., Matthew Gest - Orange Coast Coll., Kaylee Gieser - Concordia Univ.-Irvine, Will Gonzales - Univ. of San Diego, Allison Hand - Iona Coll., Kelsey Hawkins - San Diego State Univ., Courtney Hindemit - Santiago Canyon Coll., Brooke Holey - Santiago Canyon Coll., Kevin Huang - UCLA, Adam Keuilian - Junior A Hockey, Erika Krolosky - Chapman Univ., Amber Largent - Chapman Univ., James Martin - Concordia Univ.-Irvine, Ian Massey - Northern Arizona Univ., Liz Maxwell - Concordia Univ.-Nebraska, Bryan Meyer - Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, Austin Morris - UC Davis, Christopher Natividad - Santiago Canyon Coll., Tori Naylor - Univ. of Arizona, Courtney O'Byrne - United States Navy, Nolan Rogers - Univ. of Oregon, Shane Sandie - Orange Coast Coll., Kaylie Scott - Concordia Univ.-Irvine, Travis Shaffer-Univ. of Miami, Cody Shopshire - Sonoma State Univ., Sarah Simpson - Point Loma Nazarene Univ., Brandon Slames - Orange Coast Coll., Sarah Steinbergs - Univ. of Colorado-Colorado Springs, Matthew Truckey - Santiago Canyon Coll.
Congratulations to Kevin Huang who was one of the four Honored Scholars who spoke at graduation! Congratulations to all the graduates and may God continue to bless you as you move on from Lutheran High!
Lutheran High School of Orange County held their Senior Night Awards on May 19th. Many St. Paul's alumni from the class of 2007 received awards:
Joey Acosta - Western Undergraduate Exchange Scholarship & Music Scholarship - Dixie State Univ.. He also won the President's Award for Educational Achievement, the National John Philip Sousa Award, and the Louis Armstrong Jazz Award.
Daniel Brooks - Amigo Scholars Award & Spirit Marching Band Scholarship -Univ. of New Mexico. Won the National John Philip Sousa Award.
Kelci Crutchfield - Academic Scholars Award - Univ. of Puget Sound.
Kaylee Gieser - Regent's Scholarship - Concordia, Irvine.
Erika Krolosky - Dean's Scholarship - Chapman University.
Amber Largent - Chancellor's Scholarship - Chapman University.
James Martin - Dean's Scholarship - Concordia, Irvine.
Elizabeth Maxwell - Regent's Scholarship, Music Scholarship, & Softball Scholarship - Concordia, Nebraska. Won the Nancy Paul Teaching Scholarship.
Austin Morris - Friends of Jazz Scholarship & Newport Beach Elks Lodge Scholarship & the National John Philip Sousa Award - UC Davis.
Nolan Rogers - Non-Resident Scholar Award - Univ. of Oregon.
Kaylie Scott - Regent's Scholarship - Concordia, Irvine. Theology Student of the Year Award.
Katie Whaley - Prudential Financial "Spirit of Community Award"
Brooke Ellis - Soccer Scholarship - Trinity Christian College
Will Gonzales - Football Scholarship - Univ. of San Diego
Allison Hand - Softball Scholarship - Iona Univ.
Sarah Simpson - Won the John Philip Sousa Award
Alissa Belczak - Won the Journalism Writer of the Year Award for her work on the yearbook.
Congratulations to Steve Hight '74 and Philip Matheson '87. They were inducted into the Lutheran High School of Orange County Athletic Hall of Fame on April 9, 2011.
Steve was a 4 year Varsity basketball player who was All-Arrowhead League and All-CIF. He is still in the top ten in Lutheran High's record book for scoring, rebounding, assists, and steals. Steve was also on the Varsity golf team in 1976 & 1977.
Steve has been a teacher and coach at St. Paul's since 1984. He and his wife, Karen, have 2 sons. Jason '06 is a freshman at Linfield College in McMinnville, OR and Travis '09 is a sophomore at Lutheran High.
Philip Matheson played football and baseball and one season of basketball at Lutheran High. He was awarded All-League and All-CIF honors in football and baseball.
Philip is currently a financial advisor in Costa Mesa. He and his wife, Renee, have three children and reside in San Clemente.
Congratulations to Sara MacCallum '10 and Liz Maxwell '07, they were recognized as Students of the Month in February at Lutheran High School of Orange County. Sara was recognized for her work in English and Liz was recognized for her work in Theology.
56 St. Paul's alumni received High Honor Roll status the first semester at Lutheran High School of Orange County. To be on the High Honor Roll you must achieve a 4.0 or higher grade point average.
Playing softball this year at Villa Park High School are Brianna Rice '07 and Sara Little '07.
Julie Miller '86 was recognized at St. Paul's church service this morning in recognition of her 20 years of service in Lutheran Education. Julie teaches in the Red Room at St. Paul's Early Childhood Development Center.
Coming up this month Lutheran High School of O.C. will be presenting Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. Hayden Bragg '08 will be playing Potiphar. Lindsey Elliott '08 is one of Mrs. Potiphar's attendants and is also a featured dancer. Claire Masterson '10 is a featured pointe dancer. Brandon Garcia '08 is one of Potiphar's Assistants and is also an Ishmaelite.
Will Gonzales '07 has signed with the University of San Diego to play football and Brooke Ellis '07 has signed with Trinity Christian College in Chicago to continue her soccer career.
Participating in college athletics this spring:
Brett Pickens '05 is playing Middle Hitter for the Rutgers Volleyball team.
Blake Hugaert '05 is catching for Orange Coast College's baseball team.
Pierce Bily '05 is an infielder for the UCI Anteaters baseball team.
Jason Hight '06 is a distance runner for Linfield College's track team.
Brad Battenberg '06 is a sprinter for Concordia University Irvine's track team.
Spring High School Athletics:
Canyon High School:
Nate Green '09 is playing on the JV baseball team.
El Modena High School:
Evan Porcella '08 is playing on the Varsity baseball team.
Riley Cronin '08 is playing on the JV baseball team.
Lutheran High School of Orange County:
Varsity - Cody Shopshire '07, Nolan Rogers '07, Conner Sullivan '08.
JV - Matt Hammonds '09, Travis Hight '09, Erich Glastetter '09.
Freshman - Lance Simpson '10 and Garrett Gutierrez '10.
Coaches: Cory Olson '01 - Asst. Varsity coach and Matt Sullivan '00 - Asst. Freshman coach.
Tennis: Justin Hughes '09
Volleyball: Freshman - Michael Fox '10 and Connor Kridle '10.
Congratulations to two St. Paul's Alumni - Orange Lutheran football player Matt Truckey '07 was named to the Trinity League's 1st Team Defense All League. Orange Lutheran volleyball player Lauren Fields '07 was named to the 2nd Team All League.
We have two alumni playing Ice Hockey for Orange Lutheran this year. On the ice you can see Adam Keuilian '07 and Adam Christensen '10.
Wearing the gold and red on the basketball court for Orange Lutheran this year is -
Junior Varsity: Kyle Lazcano'08
Joe Maxwell '09
Greg Rieber '09
Freshman: Evan Glass '10
Bronson Kamei '10
Lance Simpson '10
Good luck to all our athletes!!
If you've been watching USC football this season, hopefully you noticed St. Paul's alum #67 Michael Reardon '03 on the offensive line. Great job, Michael!!
Around Orange County you may see these alumni on the basketball court.
Canyon High School - Varsity: JoJo Ballestero '09
El Modena High School - Varsity: Evan Porcella '08
Junior Varsity: Colton Crain '08
Villa Park High School - Varsity: Isaiah Bradford '08
Good luck to all these athletes!
Orange Lutheran Volleyball player Lauren Fields '07 has signed a Letter of Intent to continue her volleyball career at Boston College. Good luck, Lauren!
Orange Lutheran High School held their National Honor Society Induction Ceremony on November 11th. Criteria to be a member of the NHS are Scholarship, Leadership, Service, and Character. Elizabeth Maxwell '07 spoke at the ceremony regarding Service. 36 St. Paul's alumni were inducted this year: Joseph Acosta '07, Maxwell Bendick '08, Kendall Bowen '08, Rilee Bragg '07, Hayden Bragg '08, Lauren Brown '08, Brittney Dickel '07, Lindsey Elliott '08, Chelsea Gallarzo '08, Hayley Gerken '08, Matthew Gest '07, Mialinda Gest '08, Bryn Gornick '08, Elizabeth Halley '08, Kelsey Hawkins '07, Brooke Holey '07, Kevin Huang '07, Haley Lewis '08, Kaitlyn Lofink '08, Bryan Meyer '07, Ethan Navarro '08, Victoria Pettit '08, Siara Pinick '08, Alyssa Schlom '08, Jessica Scott '08, Kaylie Scott '07, Travis Shaffer '07, Sarah Steinbergs '07, Andrew Steinbergs '08, Kelly Sullivan '08, Conner Sullivan '08, Kathryn Van Fleet '08, Jessica Van Fleet '08, Noelle Wagner '08, Katie Whaley '08, and Nicole Wheat '08. We are proud of all your hard work!
Congratulations to Jason Hight '06, he was recognized by The College Board as an AP Scholar with Distinction. To earn this award the student must receive an average score of at least 3.5 on all the AP Exams taken and must score 3 or higher on 5 or more exams. Way to go Jason!
Jason Hight '06 is attending Linfield College in Oregon where he is a cross country runner and studying Chemistry.
A few St. Paul's alumni can be seen running around Orange County on cross country teams. Running for Orange Lutheran High School is Matthew Gieser '09, John Busch '09, and KC Sullivan '10. On the Villa Park team is Kyle Schmidtline '07 and Danielle Heinz '08.
Michael Russo '07 can be seen on the football field at Canyon High School and Jessica Gore '07 is hitting volleyballs for Villa Park High School.
Congratulations to Cami Croteau '03! She set the new school record for digs at Cal State Fullerton where she is a libero on the volleyball team. She was also named to the All Tournament team at the Trojan Invitational last weekend. Cami averages 530 digs a season and could set the All-time Conference record if she stays on pace. Way to go Cami!!
You can also see Katelyn Barreca '03 on the volleyball court at Concordia University in Irvine.
John Markling '02 married Christina Walker on May 23, 2010.
On the footbal field this fall at Orange Lutheran High School you will be able to cheer for:
Varsity - Will Gonzales '07, Conner Sullivan '08, Michael Agunday '07, Kyle Steckler '09, Chris Natividad '07, Jason Long '09, Daniel Poerschke '09, Matt Truckey '07, Sam Koehnke '09, Joe Maxwell '09, Josh Mattoon '09, and Taylor Williams '09.
Freshman: Garrett Gutierrez '10, Ralph Guida '10, Kaveinga Tuitahi '10, and Michael Caskey '10.
Freshman Running Backs Coach is Patrick Roxas '01.
In the broadcasting booth you can hear Trenton Schlom '06.
On the field at halftime you will be able to see Sarah Simpson '07 - Drum Major and Alyson Pratt '09 - Color Guard Captain.
This fall we will be able to see these St. Paul's Alumni on the volleyball court at Orange Lutheran High School:
Varsity - Lauren Fields '07, Hayley Gerken '08, and Blaire Pickens '08
Junior Varsity - Kelly Sullivan '08
Freshman - Katie Apodaca '10 and Shelby Keulian '10
Congratulations to the 54 St. Paul's Alumni who made the High Honor Roll Second Semester at Orange Lutheran High School. You must obtain a 4.0 or higher grade point average to make the High Honor Roll.
Orange Lutheran's Student of the Month contained many St. Paul's Alumni this past 2009-2010 school year:
September - Liz Maxwell '07 - Foreign Language, Katie Van Fleet '08 - Science
October - Whitnee Western '09- English, Nicole Wheat '08 - Social Studies
November - Amber Largent '07 - Math
December - Tessa Burton '06 - English, Trenton Schlom '06 - Media Arts, Alex Smee '06 - Math
January - Chelsea Gallarzo '08 - Visual Arts
February - Alysha Olsen '06 - Practical Arts
March - Bryn Gornick '08 - English, Brianne Venrick '09 - Foreign Language
April - Travis Hight '09 - Practical Arts
Brianna Hammonds '04 just completed her sophomore year at Sonoma State University. She plays volleyball at Sonoma State and has just made the Dean's List for the 2nd time. She is majoring in Psychology. Way to go Brianna!!
Congratulations to Blake Hugaert '05 and Adam Chaves '06! Blake was named to the All-Trinity League First Team for his performance in baseball at Orange Lutheran. Adam was named to the All-Century League First Team for his performance in baseball at Canyon High School. Great job, guys!!
Melissa Hammonds '02 graduated this past month from Loyola Marymount University. Her degree is in Political Science. Melissa would like to continue her education at law school, currently she is working as an office manager at a local business. Congratulations Melissa and Good Luck!!
Orange Lutheran held their baseball awards night on June 9th. Two St. Paul's Alumni received awards. Erich Glastetter '09 (Frosh/Soph Team) and Conner Sullivan '08 (JV Team) received the Lancer Award. The Lancer Award is given for overall achievement as a team member, on and off the field. They are also a positive member of the team, always ready to do what is needed and give back to the team. Congratulations to these two young men on setting good examples to follow!
Congratulations to Jason Hight '06! Jason was named the Trinity League Scholar Athlete of the Year. Jason was on the Varsity squads at Orange Lutheran the past few years in Cross Country and Track, and took a full class schedule containing many AP and Honors courses. Awesome job, Jason!!
Congratulations also to Christian Markling '06! Christian was nominated for Best Supporting Actor for his role in Orange Lutheran's Musical production of the "Pajama Game". These are the John Raitt Awards for Youth sponsored by the Fullerton Civic Light Opera. Way to go, Christian!
Next year at Orange Lutheran during sporting events you will see these St. Paul's Alumni leading the school spirit:
Varsity Cheer: Rilee Bragg '07, Tori Naylor '07, Alyssa Schlom '08, Karli Rutledge '09, Becca Green '10, and Ann Schultz '10.
JV Cheer: Heather Reed '10, Courtney Kent '10, and Nicole Peltzer '10.
Varsity Song: Katie Van Fleet '08 and Jessie Van Fleet '08.
Orange Lutheran held their graduation ceremony on June 3rd at the UCI Bren Center in Irvine. St. Paul's alumni will be continuing their education at various colleges and universities. We congratulate them and wish them God's Blessings as they continue on in their education. The following alumni will be attending these schools: Jared Asachika - Cal State Fullerton, Brad Battenberg - Concordia, Irvine, Beau Belczak - Arizona State Univ., Caitlyn Bergman - Cal State Fullerton, Tessa Burton - Saddleback Comm. College, Nikole Cornejo - Cal State Fullerton, Rebecca De Anda - Santiago Canyon College, Spencer Ducheny - Cal State Fullerton, Scott Eckels - Arizona State Univ., Jason Hight - Linfield College, Kaitlyn Lambert - Cal State Fullerton, Sarah Lentz - Cal Lutheran Univ., Bryan Macias - Univ. of Arizona, Vanessa Manes - Vanguard Univ., Christian Markling - USC, Sean McEvilly - Northwestern Univ., Hilary Mills - Point Loma Nazarene Univ., Jake Mueller - Santiago Canyon College, Alysha Olsen - Laguna College of Art & Design, Hannah Ouellette - UCI, Rachel Oullette - UCI, Shea Savaso - Cal State Fullerton, Trenton Schlom - Chapman Univ., Lauren Sherry - Cal State Fullerton, Alex Smee - Univ. of LaVerne, Evan Smith - US Army, Kristen Stuetzel - Cal State Fullerton, Brandi Tardie - Coba Beauty Academy, Nayer Toma - UCLA, and Breelyn Williams - Loyola Marymount Univ..
This graduation was also special because it was attended by retired St. Paul's teacher Mary Dierker. This class was the last Kindergarten class that she taught and it was a memorable experience for her and her students.
Orange Lutheran held their Senior Awards and Recognition night last night with many St. Paul's Alumni being recognized. All of the alumni graduated from St. Paul's in 2006. Students receiving Academic or Service Scholarships for continuing their education in college are Brad Battenberg, Jason Hight, Sarah Lentz, Bryan Macias, Christian Markling, Hilary Mills, Alysha Olsen, Hannah Ouellette, Rachel Ouellette, Trenton Schlom, Nayer Toma, and Breelyn Williams. Sean McEvilly is receiving a football scholarship.
Other special awards were given also:
Global Leadership Connection Awards: Trenton Schlom and Hanna Ouellette
Center for Future Global Leaders Recognition: Nayer Toma
National Merit Program Commended Scholar: Jason Hight
President's Award for Educational Achievement: Tessa Burton & Alex Smee
Excellence in Leadership Award: Hannah Ouellette
Servant Leadership Award: Trenton Schlom
Male Thespian of the Year: Christian Markling
Graphic Design Award: Alysha Olsen
Outstanding German Student: Jason Hight
Excellence in Journalism Award(Yearbook): Breelyn Williams
Excellence in Service Award: Trenton Schlom
Male Scholar-Athlete of the Year: Jason Hight
One of the 4 Honored Scholars speaking at graduation is Jason Hight.
Congratulations to all these fine students and God's blessings as you continue your education.
Orange Lutheran's Track and Field Team recently held their awards night. The following athletes earned Varsity Letters: Alyssa Schlom '08, Amy Marthaller '08, Britney Dickel '07, Mikaela Truckey '09, Brad Battenberg '06, Jason Hight '06, and Jake Mueller '06. Special awards were given to the following athletes: Ethan Navarro '08 - Academic Team, Kevin Huang '07 - Scholar Athlete, Jason Hight '06 - Scholar Athlete of the Year, Mikaela Truckey '09 - Girl's Rookie of the Year, Alyssa Schlom '08 - Varsity Coach's Award, Brad Battenberg '06 - Varsity Coach's Award, Jason Hight '06 - Guy Poncy Award. Congratulations to all these athletes for their accomplishments. Alyssa Schlom '08 and Mikaela Truckey '09 will be competing this weekend in the CIF Southern Section Finals. Alyssa is part of the girl's 4X400m Relay and Mikaela will be running the 200m dash and has a leg in the 4X400m relay. Good luck girls!
Congratulations to Bryn Gornick '08 and Brianne Venrick '09, they were named Students of the Month in March at Orange Lutheran High School. Bryn received the honor in English and Brianne received the honor in Foreign Language. Congratulations also to Travis Hight '09, who was named Student of the Month in April by the Practical Arts Department.
Conner Sullivan '08 has been elected the Junior Class President for the 2010-2011 School Year at Orange Lutheran High School.
Recently, Orange Lutheran High School held their spring musical The Pajama Game. One of the leads was played by Christian Markling '06. 2 other St. Paul's Alumni also had parts in the musical - Lindsey Elliott '08 and Nate Meier '08.
Congratulations to Josh Mattoon '09. His coaches named him the Defensive Player of the Season on the Freshman Gold Basketball Team at Orange Lutheran High School.
Four St. Paul's Alumni participated in the Thrilla in the Villa basketball game at Villa Park High School on May 1st. The athletes were Paul Jones '98, Brice Prather '98, Matt Poutsma '93, and Marcus Gibson '01. They played on the Villa Park Rotary Wheels team against the Harlem Ambassadors.
St. Paul's had 2 alumni who were recognized as students of the month at Orange Lutheran High School in February. Alysha Olsen '06 was recognized by the Practical Arts Department and John Busch '09 was recognized by the Physical Education Department.
Congratulations goes to Jake Mueller '06 for making 2nd Team All-League for Boys' Soccer and Brooke Ellis '07 for making 2nd Team All-League for Girl's Soccer. Both athletes play for the Orange Lutheran Lancers.
We have some more alumni involved in sports this Spring:
El Modena High School Baseball: Evan Porcella '08 - JV.
Orange Lutheran Track and Field: Michael Agunday '07, Brad Battenberg '06, Brittney Dickel '07, James Francuz '08, Matthew Gieser '09, Jason Hight '06, Connor Johnston '08, Amy Marthaller '08, Kyle Martin '08, Josh Mattoon '09, Joe Maxwell '09, Hilary Mills '06, Jake Mueller '06, Ethan Navarro '08, Dan Poerschke '09, Lydia Preuss '09, Alysa Schlom '08, Tyler Tague '09, and Mikaela Truckey '09.
Good luck to all these athletes this season!
Jason Hight '06 and Paul Lavigne '89 got their exercise in as they competed in the Surf City Half-Marathon in Hungtington Beach on Feb. 7th. This was Jason's 3rd time running the race, improving every year. This year he finished 41st out of 11,803 runners and was 3rd in his age division. He took over 4 1/2 minutes off his time from last year and finshed in 1:21.15. This was Paul's first time running a half-marathon. He hoped to finish under 2 hours, which he did easily. He finished the race in 1:43.22. Great job, Jason and Paul!!
We have many alumni involved again in Spring sports at our various area high schools:
Canyon High School Baseball: Adam Chaves '06 - Varsity, Riley Cronin '08 - JV, and Nate Green '09 - Freshman.
Orange Lutheran Baseball: Nolan Rogers '07 & Blake Hugaert '05 - Varsity, Cody Shopshire '07, & Conner Sullivan '08 - JV, Jason Long '09, Kyle Lazcano '08, Travis Hight '09, & Erich Glastetter '09 - Frosh/Soph, Colin Massey '09 & Matt Hammonds '09 - Freshman.
One of the Orange Lutheran Frosh/Soph Baseball coaches is Matt Sullivan '00.
Orange Lutheran Volleyball: Jackson Buehler '09 - Freshman.
Villa Park Softball: Sarah Little '07 & Brianna Rice '07 - Varsity.
Good luck to all these athletes on their seasons!
A special ceremony was held at Orange Lutheran yesterday as Sean McEvilly '06 signed his letter of intent to play football at Northwestern University. Congratulations Sean!!
Also at Orange Lutheran we congratulate Amber Largent '07 for being the November Student of the Month in Math. December had 3 St. Paul's Alumni chosen as Students of the Month: English - Tessa Burton '06, Media Arts - Trenton Schlom '06, and Math - Alex Smee '06.
St. Paul's also had 52 alumni earn High Honor Roll distinction for the 1st Semester at Orange Lutheran. To be on the High Honor Roll you must have a GPA of 4.0 or higher
Orange Lutheran held their Cross Country Awards banquet on Jan. 3. Congratulations to Erika Krolosky '07 and Ethan Navarro '08, they both received Academic Team Awards. Congratulations also to Jason Hight '06 for receiving the Scholar Athlete Award and Coach's Award. Hilary Mills '06 is a member of the team which won 1st place at CIF Southern Section Cross Country Finals and 2nd Place at the State Meet.
The Trinity League named Sean McEvilly '06 (Offensive Lineman) to the 1st Team Offense and William Gonzales '07 (Defensive Back) to the 2nd Team Defense. Sean and William play football at Orange Lutheran. Congratulations to these hardworking athletes.
Basketball season is starting up and we have several alumni on various teams:
At Canyon High School you can see JoJo Ballestero '09- Varsity, Marcus Sanchez '07 - JV, and Nate Green '09 - Freshman. For the Canyon girls you can see Jadai Hamilton '06 - Varsity and Allie (Kemeny) Trueman '09 - JV.
Playing for El Modena High School is Evan Porcella '08 - Varsity and Colton Crain '08 - JV.
On the hardwood at Orange Lutheran High School will be Brad Battenberg '06 and Matt Gest '07 on Varsity, Blake Shutts '08 - JV, Kyle Lazcano '08 - Sophomore, Greg Rieber '09, Travis Hight '09, Josh Mattoon '09, and Joe Maxwell '09 on the Freshman team.
The girls playing for Orange Lutheran are Kaitlin Lambert '06 and Kaylee Gieser '07 on Varsity and Kaitlyn Lofink '08 and Mikaela Truckey '09 on JV.
Good Luck to all the athletes this basketball season!
Nick Blethrow (STP), a high school junior, has been recognized and earned the George Washington Honor Medal bestowed for an essay he wrote on the topic of "being a responsible citizen."
National Honor Society Inductee Ceremony last night and three St. Paul’s alumni were inducted:
Also, Nayer Toma spoke on the pillar of “Character” and did a fine job.
Orange Lutheran students Jason Hight '06 and Kevin Huang '07 were 2 of the students honored at a recent chapel for having attained a 5 on an Advanced Placement test. 5 is the highest score that a person can receive on an Advanced Placement test.
Nayer Toma '06 and Kristin Stuetzel '06 were Orange Lutheran's Homecoming King and Queen this year. Hannah Ouellette '06 was a member of the Homecoming Court.
Congratulations to these students for this great honor!
Travis Pinick '01 was recently drafted to play basketball for the LA Defenders.
St. Paul's has many alumni participating in Orange Lutheran's High School Musical. Directing the musical is Danielle (Kincebach '97) Frazier. Also helping behind the scenes are Dani Mier '05 - Production Assistant, Joshua Voelker '98 - Assistant Technical Director, and Daniel Brooks '07 - Backstage Crew. Cast members include Kendall Bowen '08, Caitlyn Bergman '06, Lindsey Elliott '08, Nate Meier '08, Nikole Cornejo '06, Samantha Beem '07, and Victoria Pettit '08. Come enjoy the musical and see the talents of our alumni!!
Sean McEvilly '06 has committed to play football at Northwestern. He picked them because of its combination of athletics and academics. He was recruited to play on the defensive line.
Haley Gerken named MVP at recent LH JV volleyball tournament
Congratulations to Liz Maxwell '07 and Katie Van Fleet '08. Liz was the student of the month in Foreign Language and Katie was student of the month in Science at Orange Lutheran High School.
Emily Phillips '09 competed in the Arabian Youth National Championships in August in Albuquerque, New Mexico. She became a National Champion and National Reserve Champion riding her horse, Thor.
We have many alumni involved in sports at our high schools.
Running cross country for Villa Park High School - Walter Cotton '06, Greg Luttrell '06, Kyle Schmidtline '07, Sherrie Cotton '07, and Danielle Heinz '08.
Orange Lutheran cross country runners are Captain Jason Hight '06, Hilary Mills '06, Lydia Preuss '09, Brandon Slames '07, Ethan Navarro '08, Jackson Buehler '09, and Matthew Gieser '09, Erika Krolosky '07.
Golfers for Orange Lutheran are Becca DeAnda '06 and Emily DeAnda '09.
Orange Lutheran Volleyball players include on Varsity - Lauren Fields '07 and Blaire Pickens '08 and on the JV team - Hayley Gerken '08 and Kelly Sullivan '08.
We have quite a few athletes involved in the football program at OLu. On Varsity you can see Will Gonzales '07, Blake Hugaert '05, Conner Sullivan '08, Michael Agunday '07, Chris Natividad '07, Sean McEvilly '06, and Matt Truckey '07. On the freshman team (all '09 graduates) is Greg Rieber, Jacob Orman, Kyle Steckler, Eric Lujan, Taylor Williams, Joe Maxwell, Jason Long, Austin Thomas-Shaddock, Daniel Poerschke, Colin Massey, Josh Mattoon, and Sam Koehnke.
Good luck to all these athletes as they compete for their schools!
We also have alumni involved in the Arts at Orange Lutheran. In the Women's Ensemle choir is Kendall Bowen '08, Nikole Cornejo '06, and Liz Maxwell '07. You can hear Hannah Ouellete '06 in the Bel Canto choir. Liz Maxwell '07 and Brandon Garcia '08 are in the Chamber choirs. Musical Theatre Dance you can see Christian Markling '06, Hannah Ouellette '06, and Whitnee Western '09.
Congratulations to the 73 St. Paul's Alumni who made the Spring 2009 High Honor Roll at Orange Lutheran High School. In order to make the high honor roll, students must have a grade point average of 3.8 or higher, no grades C or lower and a minimum of 4 grades averaged together.
Pitcher Ryan Shopshire '00 was selected in the 32nd round of the MLB Draft by the Toronto Blue Jays.
Brittney Dickel '07 was the JV Trinity League Champion in the the Shot Put this Spring. Also Brad Battenberg '06 was the JV Trinity League Champion in the 400 Meter Run and also a member of the 4X400 Champion Relay Team. They are Track and Field athletes at Orange Lutheran High School.
In other Orange Lutheran Track & Field News from the Lancers Awards Night, Alyssa Schlom '08 was named the Varsity Girl's Rookie of the Year. Alyssa ran the 200 Meter, 400 Meter, 4X100, and 4X400 Meter Relays. Jason Hight '06 received the Varsity Boy's Scholar Athlete Award. Jason ran the 1600 Meter and 3200 Meter and had a 4.6 grade point average.
Orange Lutheran Baseball News: Pierce Bily '05 was named to the Trinity League 2nd Team. At the baseball awards night, Pierce Bily '05 received the Defensive Player Award and Conner Sullivan '08 received the Freshman MVP Award.
Travis Pinick '01 recently graduated from Yale University. He hopes to continue his basketball career by playing professionally in Europe.
Congratulations to the 2005 St. Paul's Alumni who recently graduated from Orange Lutheran. They are listed along with where they will be continuing their education. Kari Apodaca - Biola Univ., Kristi Arii - Cal State Fullerton, Pierce Bily - UCI, Heather Boer - George Mason Univ., Rachyl Boer - Cal State Fullerton, Kristin Clift - Cal State Fullerton, Tyson Collier - US Marine Corp, Cory Conzelman - Santiago Canyon Coll., Bailey Dorfmeyer - Fullerton Coll., Blythe Dorfmeyer - Fullerton Coll., Brittany Dorn - Univ. of San Francisco, Nicholas Elliott - Ohio State Univ., Lucas Fields - Santiago Canyon Coll., Edward Fink - Univ. of Mississippi, Kent Fleager - Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, Stephanie Gad - UCI, Shelby Gallarzo - Azusa Pacific, Kaitlyn Gerken - Santiago Canyon Coll., Jacob Hansen - Univ. of San Diego, Megan Kitselman - Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, Sidney Kramer - Cal State Univ. Long Beach, Adrianna Kruk - Cal State Fullerton, Amanda Lenhardt - Chapman, Allison Lentz - Chapman, Danette Mier - Chapman, Kimberly Neben - Cal State Fullerton, Ryan Pasco - Santiago Canyon Coll., Sarah Peake - UC Riverside, Brett Pickens - Cal State Fullerton, Megan Pyatt - Santiago Canyon Coll., Samantha Roseborough - Santiago Canyon Coll., Sally Rudi - Pt. Loma Nazarene, Emily Shaffer - U. of Tampa, Erin Simpson - UC Riverside, Dena Smee - Concordia Irvine, Amanda Voth - Santiago Canyon Coll., Jason Whaley - Cal State Fullerton, Stacy Williams - UC Davis, Erika Willis - Santiago Canyon Coll., Matt Wingert - Concordia, Seward, NE.
Matt Wingert '05 received the Spirit of Christ Award at Orange Lutheran's Graduation.
The following 2005 St. Paul's Alumni graduated from Orange Lutheran with a 4.0 Grade Point Average or higher: Kari Apodaca, Kristi Arii, Brittany Dorn, Nicholas Elliott, Stephanie Gad, Jacob Hanson, Megan Kitselman, and Stacy Williams. Awesome Job!
Gregory Beaudoin, graduate from SMCHS, has graduated with the recognition of being on the Honor Society. He will be attending the University of Oregon in the Fall.
Congratulations to Rilee Bragg '07, Karli Rutledge '09 and Alyssa Schlom '08 for making the Varsity Cheer team for the school year 2009-2010 at Orange Lutheran High School. Katie Whaley '08 made JV Cheer and Katie Van Fleet '08 and Jessica Van Fleet '08 both made the JV Song team.
The Leadership Team at Orange Lutheran besides Hannah Ouellette '06 (President) and Shea Savaso '06 (VP) for next school year will include: Conner Sullivan '08 - Sophomore Class President, Rachel Ouellette '06 and Lauren Sherry '06 - Ignite Representatives, Trenton Schlom '06 - Student Director of Communications, Kendall Bowen '08 - Historian/Yearbook Commissioner, Kristen Stuetzel '06 - Dance Commissioner, and Noelle Wagner '08 - Service Commissioner.
San Jose State right handed pitcher Ryan Shopshire '00 was named the Western Athletic Conference Pitcher of the Year. Great job Ryan!
Congratulations to Stephanie Gad '05 who was the Theology Student of the Month at Orange Lutheran High School in February.
Orange Lutheran soccer player Sarah Peake '05 was named to the 2nd Team in the Trinity League.
Cami Croteau '03 was selected to the 2008 Women's Volleyball 1st Team in the Big West Conference. She is a sophomore at Cal State Fullerton.
Orange Lutheran recently held their ASB elections for 2009-2010. St. Paul's Alum Hannah Ouellette '06 was elected as president, and Shea Savaso '06 will be the new vice president! Congratulations!
St. Paul's has many alumni participating on the Track and Field Team at Orange Lutheran this year. Participating athletes are: Alyssa Schlom '08, Jake Mueller '06, Brad Battenberg '06, Erika Krolosky '07, Jason Hight '06, Brittney Dickel '07, Kyle Martin '08, Ethan Navarro '08, Danielle Drew '06, Nate Dickel '08, Kelsey Crutchfield '07, James Francuz '08, and Michael Agunday '07.
At Villa Park High School you can see Scott Luttrell '08 play on the JV Volleyball team.
We also know at Villa Park High School Kyle Schmidtline '07, Greg Luttrell '06, and Walter Cotton '06 are all runners on the Track team.
Congratulations to Travis Pinick '01 for making the 2nd Team All-Ivy Team in basketball. This is the second year that Travis has achieved this accomplishment. Travis is a member of the Yale University basketball team.
St. Paul's Alumni participating in Orange Lutheran Softball this year are: Stacey Williams '05, Liz Maxwell '07, Allison Hand '07, Courtney O'Byrne '07, Brooke Holey '07, Lauren Brown '08, Bryn Gornick '08, Kristen Caskey '08, and Noelle Wagner '08. Good luck girls!
Christian Markling '06 and Nikole Cornejo '06 are in the Spring Musical "Thoroughly Modern Millie" at Orange Lutheran High School.
There are many alumni involved in sports this spring. Here are some of the athletes:
Orange Lutheran Golf: Varsity - Beau Belczak '06 and James Wallace '08.
Orange Lutheran Volleyball: Varsity - Brett Pickens '05; Frosh/Soph - Armen Afarian '08 and Bryan Meyer '07.
UCI Baseball: Cory Olson '01.
Orange Lutheran Baseball: Varsity - Pierce Bily '05 and Blake Hugaert '05; JV - Cody Shopshire '07, Matt Gest '07, and Nolan Rogers '07; Freshman - Tanner Bily '07, Kyle Lazcano '08, and Connor Sullivan '08.
Canyon High School Baseball: Varsity - Adam Chaves '06; JV - Len Hamilton '07, Michael Russo '07, and Cody Taylor '07; Freshman - Riley Cronin '08.
El Modena High School Baseball: Varsity - Wyatt Holey '05; Freshman - Evan Porcella '06.
Villa Park High School Softball: Varsity - Sarah Little '07 and Brianna Rice '07.
Congratulations to the 70 St. Paul's Alumni who made the High Honor Roll for the First Semester at Orange Lutheran High School!
Students of the Month at Orange Lutheran:
September - Daniel Hansen '08 - Physical Education
October - Kaitlyn Gerken '05 - Social Studies
November - Brittany Dorn '05 - Practical Arts
January - Jared Asachika '06 - Practical Arts
Alex Smee '06 - Theology
Four St. Paul's Alumni were honored as December Students of the Month at Orange Lutheran: Tyson Collier '05 - Instrumental Music, Blythe & Bailey Dorfmeyer '05 - English, and Wayne Glass II '08 - Foreign Language.
Evan Porcella '08 can be seen on the hardwood at El Modena High School, he is on the freshman basketball team.
Zach Koehnke '04 is continuing his education at Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo.
Melissa Hammonds '02 can be seen at Loyola Marymount University. She is a Political Science Major.
Brianna Hammonds '04 is on the volleyball team at Sonoma State University.
Kaitlyn Lambert '06 plays on the varsity basketball team at Orange Lutheran . Playing on the JV team is Kaylee Gieser '07 and Allison Hand '07. The Lancer's Freshman team includes Kaitlyn Lofink '08, Siarra Pinick '08, Amy Marthaller '08, and Kelsey Hughes '08.
Jason Hight '06 participated in the half-marathon at Huntington Beach on Feb. 1st. He placed 71st out of over 10,000 runners. His time was 1:25.58. Awesome job, Jason!
St. Paul's has several boys who are part of the Lancer basketball program at Orange Lutheran. On the JV team is Brad Battenberg '06, Matthew Gest, '07, and Matthew Truckey '07. Blake Shutts '08 is a member of the Sophomore team and Connor Sullivan '08, Colton Crain '08 and Kyle Lazcano '08 are all members of the Freshman team. Good luck on your season!
We also have a group of girls involved with cheerleading at Orange Lutheran. On the Varsity Cheer Squad is Amanda Voth '05 (Captain) and Alyssa Schlom '08. On the JV Cheer Squad we have Victoria Pettit '08, Lindsey Elliott '08, Katie Van Fleet '08, Katie Whaley '08, Jessica Van Fleet '08, and Rilee Bragg '07. Keep that school spirit high girls!
Orange Lutheran held their awards banquet for the Boys and Girls Cross Country Teams on Sunday, Jan. 4. Several St. Paul's alumni received special awards. Salli Rudi '05 received an Academic Team Award and the Coach's Award. Kimberly Neben '05 received the Guy Poncy Award. Jason Hight '06 and Erika Krolosky '07 received Academic Team Awards. Congratulations to these fine athletes!
Travis Pinick '01 was named Ivy League Player of the Week this past week in basketball. Travis plays for the Yale Bulldogs. He recorded his first double double of the season against Alabama. He had 17pts, 11 rebounds, 2 assists and 3 steals (including his 100th of his career). He leads the Bulldogs in rebounding and is 3rd on the team in scoring.
Danielle Heinz '08 earned All-League Honors in the Century League. She runs cross country for the Villa Park Spartans.
Sean McEvilly '06 plays football at Orange Lutheran and earned 2nd Team Offense All-League honors in the Trinity League.
If you are a wrestling fan, St. Paul's has 5 alumni wrestling for the Lancers at Orange Lutheran. The wrestlers are Robby Flores '08, Wayne Glass II '08, Andrew Steinbergs '08, Hayden Bragg '08, and Christian Mesaros '08. Good luck to these young men on their season.
Trenton Schlom '06 is the Assistant Frosh Gold Basketball Coach at Orange Lutheran this year. In the Fall, Trenton was the Assistant Varsity Football Coach at St. Paul's. He is also the voice of the Lancers, announcing at many of the different sporting events.
Pierce Bily '05 has committed to UC Irvine to play baseball next year. He is currently a senior at Orange Lutheran.
Brooke Ellis '07 and Sarah Peake '05 are both athletes on the Girl's Varsity Soccer team at Orange Lutheran.
Christian Markling '06 and Kristen Stuetzel '06 can be seen this February in Midsummer Night's Dream. It is a Stage play that will be performed at Orange Lutheran.
Dani Mier '05 and Hannah Ouellette '06 sing in the Bel Canto group at Orange Lutheran. Bel Canto is an auditioned women's ensemble.
St. Paul's has several alumni that are involved in Student Leadership at Orange Lutheran. Shea Savaso '06 - ASB Vice President, Trenton Schlom '06 - Junior President, Kendall Bowen '08 and Noelle Wagner '08 - Freshman Vice Presidents, Kristen Stuetzel '06 - Dance Commissioner, Hannah Ouellette '06 - Publicity Commissioner, Rachel Ouellette '06 and Lauren Sherry '06 - Ignite Leaders.
Brittany Fleming '02 graduated from the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising with a degree in Apparel Manufacturing in June 2008.
Monika Schulte '97 married Joseph Morris on June 28, 2008.
Adam Schulte '95 is a 2nd year med student at Touro University in Nevada. In 2009, he will transfer to Western Health Science University, Pomona to do his clinical rotations and residency as he pursues his interests in Orthopedic Surgery.
Keira Montell '89 Anastasio and husband, Angelo, welcomed their 2nd child, Annabelle Grace, in September 2008. Their older daughter, Angeleigh, is 4 yrs. old.
Susan Whitson '86 Granfors resides in Seward, Nebraska with her 3 children. She is taking classes to earn a nursing degree. She and her family love Nebraska and are happy to be near her parents.
Jeremy Nelson '91 is a math teacher at Orange Lutheran High School. He and his wife, Laura, have one child.
Ashley Moline '94 is a history teacher at Orange Lutheran.
Danielle Kincebach '97 Frazier is the Director of Drama Activities at Orange Lutheran.
Jason Hight '06 is a member of the Orange Lutheran Cross Country team that took 10th place in the CIF Division 3 State Finals on November 29th. Congratulations to Jason and the cross country team!!
Dani Mier '05 and Christian Markling '06 performed in the musical Little Women these past two weekends at Orange Lutheran High School. Dani and Christian have been in several musicals over the past few years and we look forward to seeing them perform again. Great job Dani and Christian!
Steve Hight '74 will be honored at the Lutheran Educator's Conference next week for his 25 years of service as a Lutheran teacher and coach. He has taught at St. Paul's for 24 of those years.
Alumni in Brief
- Paul Lavigne '89 serves on the Board of Education at St. Paul's
- Alison (Riach) '93 Spors continues as one of St. Paul's kindergarten teachers and admissions counselor
- Bryce Danker '03 is competing in volleyball at UCI
- Kelan Bragg '03 will be competing on the varsity wrestling team at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo
- Brianna Moreno '01 is competing in softball at Princeton University while her sister Erikka Moreno '03 is playing softball at Stanford University
- Cami Croteau '04 is attending Cal State Fullerton on a volleyball scholarship
- Aaron Gross '99 graduated and continues service as an officer in the Air Force Academy
- Greg Beaudoin '05 was recognized by the Orange County Register as a top performer for the week as a football receiver at Santa Margarita High School
- Rob Maniaci '05 tied the school record for field goals at Santa Margarita High School
- Jason Hight '06 will be competing for Orange Lutheran High School in the CIF southeran section championships on Nov. 22nd in cross country
- Travis Pinick '01 plays his final year of basketball for Yale University this year
- Michael Reardon '03 is on the football team at USC and needs prayers for recovery from his hip operation.
Orange Lutheran High School inducted 96 students into the National Honor Society on November 12, 2008. 15 of the students were St. Paul's Alumni. Congratulations to Alumni Brad Battenberg '06, Nikole Cornejo '06, Kent Fleager '05, Jacob Hanson '05, Jason Hight '06, Bryan Macias '06, Christian Markling '06, Dani Mier '05, Hannah Ouellette '06, Rachel Ouellette '06, Sally Rudi '05, Shea Savaso '06, Erin Simpson '05, Nayer Toma '06, and Breelyn Williams '06.
Publication:Orange City News; Date:March 13, 2008; Section:Snapshots; Page Number:16
FOOD DRIVE: Orange Lutheran students Kristen Stuetzel, Lauren Sherry, Shea Savaso and Krista Crawford help with a March 8 food drive. Conducted several times a year, the food drive, sponsored by St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Orange, helps restock the pantries of Mary’s Kitchen in Orange and the Orange County Rescue Mission.
Hilary Mills recently won the CIF State Division III Championship as a member of Orange Lutheran's Girls Cross Country team.
Orange Lutheran held their Track & Field Awards with several St. Paul's alumni being honored. Receiving Academic Team Awards were Kristi Arii ('05), Jason Hight ('06), Bryan Macias ('06), and Nick Rodieck ('03). Jason Heim ('03) received the Varsity Boy's Scholar Athlete Award. Justin Macias ('04) and Sally Rudi ('05) received the Most Valuable Athlete Awards on the JV teams. Congratulations to all these athletes and God's blessings to Nick Rodieck and Jason Heim as they continue on to college.
NVER – The Western Athletic Conference today released its 2007 all-WAC baseball teams and postseason awards as selected by the league’s head coaches. Included in the First team, St. Pauls' Alum Danny Grubb:
ALL-WESTERN ATHLETIC CONFERENCE BASEBALL TEAM
Pos.-Name, Team, Ht., Wt., Yr., Hometown (Last School)
C-Danny Grubb, Fresno State, 5-11, 185, So., Orange, Calif. (Orange Lutheran HS)
Five Tigers Honored on All-Ivy Softball Teams
Courtesy: Princeton Athletic Communications
PRINCETON, N.J. -- Brianna Moreno, Jamie Lettire, Kathryn Welch, Kristen Schaus and Erin Miller were among 36 softball players chosen by the Ivy League softball coaches for the All-Ivy first team, second team and honorable mention, the league office announced Tuesday.
The coaches consider only a team's 20 Ivy League contests when choosing the all-league teams.
Moreno was named a first-team outfielder, making it 26 of 27 years of All-Ivy softball teams, including seven straight seasons, that Princeton has had a first-teamer. Moreno hit .369 while starting all 20 games, getting 24 hits in 65 at-bats. Nine of her 20 Ivy League games were multi-hit contests for the sophomore, including 3 for 4 efforts against Columbia and Penn. It is Moreno's first all-league honor.
Three Tigers earned places on the All-Ivy second team, including Jamie Lettire, Kristen Schaus and Kathryn Welch.
Orange Lutheran's Track and Field team has many St. Paul's alumni participating this year. The boy's alumni are Seniors: Jason Heim, Nick Rodieck, and Bennit Gammage, Juniors: Justin Macias, Dillon Hoffman, Dean Hall, Justin Dorn, and Erick Vera, Sophomores: Dino Alevizos and Tyson Collier, Freshmen: Jason Hight, Nayer Toma and Bryan Macias. The girl's alumni are Seniors: Jacqueline Turner and Rebecca Willis, Junior: Persida Cramer, Sophomores: Sally Rudi, Kristi Arii, Kimberly Neben, and Ericka Willis and Freshman Hilary Mills. Orange Lutheran's team should do very well this year in the Trinity League. Sally Rudi is already showing that by being undefeated this year in the 800 meter run. It's great to see so many St. Paul's alumni involved. Good luck the rest of the season!
Best of Both Worlds
Orange Lutheran’s Kelan Bragg owns two CIF titles, one as a two-way starter on the football team and the other as a 171-pound wrestler.
By LOU PONSI STAFF WRITER
Orange Lutheran High’s Kelan Bragg has been where few high school athletes have gone before.
A dedicated two-sport athlete, Bragg has the distinction of winning two CIF titles and a state title as a two-way starter for the Orange Lutheran football team, and winning an individual CIF title as a 171-pounder on the Lancer wrestling team.
The 17-year-old has a chance to capture a second CIF wrestling title at the CIF-SS Southern Division Tournament that takes place Friday and Saturday at Chino Hills High School.
Bragg said winning titles in both team and individual sports evokes different emotions. “In football, you got all your friends with you,” said Bragg, who started at center and defensive end. “You can celebrate together. You know you went through it together. “Wrestling is just you. I feel better about winning the CIF championship in wrestling, but in football, it is more fun to celebrate with your buddies.” Bragg said the two sports also complement each other. “Football helped with strength and wrestling helped with speed and focus,” he said.
Bragg, who grew up in Tustin playing Little League Baseball and National Junior Basketball, didn’t begin playing football until he was in eighth grade. And as a freshman at Orange Lutheran, he decided give wrestling a try only after being cut from the basketball team. Bragg enjoyed wrestling but struggled at first. He wrestled only two varsity matches, got pinned in both and had a losing record overall.
Losing served as motivation. Bragg hit the weight room four days per week, which, incidentally is a requirement for football players. By his junior season as a wrester, Bragg captured the CIF title, placed sixth in the Masters meet and went 2-2 in the state meet. He boasted a 47-8 overall record and placed first or second in several major tournaments. After winning the Trinity League title this season, Bragg was 30-1: Took first in the Santiago (of Corona) Shark Tank Invitational out of 65 teams. This season, Bragg got a late start in wrestling because of the football team playing for a state championship. Incidentally, he recorded two sacks in the Lancers’ 42-28 victory over Palo Alto in the championship game.
He made an impact almost immediately once joining back up with the wrestling team. Bragg took third out of about 90 wrestlers in the North Torrance Tournament of Champions, first out of 20 teams in the Bishop Amat Private Schools Tournament and has been ranked No. 1 in Orange County for most of the season. “He just has a drive and desire to succeed,” Orange Lutheran wrestling coach Daniel Moyer said. “He made a decision after sophomore year that he would do what it would take to improve. He’s probably one of the strongest 171-pounders in the state. He is fast and he doesn’t stop working in a match.”
Bragg credits his family for much of his success. His parents, 12-year-old brother Hayden and three of four grandparents are at virtually every football game and wresting match. Kelan’s grandfather, who lives in Chicago, has flown in to watch important games. His other grandfather brings fruit juice, tangerines and energy bars to games and has looked into what would be the most nutritious. “It’s nice because I look at other kids and sometimes their parents aren’t even there,” Bragg said. “I’m blessed to have such a great family and we are all close.” Bragg said he won’t play football in college and if he decides to wrestle, he will likely attend Cal Poly San Luis Obispo. Depending on how the rest of the season goes, he could earn a wrestling scholarship. However, he could attend the school regardless. If he does not wrestle, he plans on going to the University of San Diego.
Bragg applies the same work ethic to other endeavors as he does to athletics. He owns a 3.8 GPA and in the summer, performs manual labor for a crane company started by his great grandfather. At times during the summer, Bragg worked from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. and then went to football practice from 3 to 7 p.m.
When asked how he will spend next summer, Bragg replied, “At the beach.”
Highlights from the athletic career of Orange Lutheran senior Kelan Bragg:
On the gridiron: Bragg played football for four years-three on varsity-and was a member of two CIF and one state champion team. Bragg was a two-way starter in his senior season and recorded two sacks in the Lancers 42-28 victory over Palo Alto in the state championship game.
On the wrestling mat: Bragg (171) captured a CIF title in 2006 and has a solid chance to repeat as champion again this season. He has won or placed high in several major tournaments as a junior and senior.
Orange Lutheran held their Boy's Cross Country Banquet on January 7th. Three St. Paul's Alumni received awards. Justin Macias ('04) received his Varsity Letter. Dean Hall ('04) received his Varsity Letter and the Rookie of the Year Award. Jason Hight ('06) received one of the Academic Team Awards. Justin and Dean were part of the team that took 8th place at the CIF State Meet. Congratulations to these fine young men!
St. Paul's alumni put in their mileage on the Lutheran High Cross Country team. Running on the boy's team are: Freshmen - Jason Hight, Bryan Macias, and Christian Markling, Juniors - Justin Macias and Dean Hall, and Senior Adam Kitselman. On the girl's team is Freshman Shea Savaso, Sophomores Sally Rudi and Kimberly Neben, Junior Shauna Miner and Seniors Jacqueline Turner and Cynthia Neben. Jason Hight is currently the top Freshman runner. Justin Macias and Dean Hall help make up a strong Junior squad and Jacqueline Turner is a top rated runner. Good luck to all our runners and have a great season!
TWO LANCER FOOTBALL PLAYERS COMMIT TO USC
QB Aaron Corp and OT/DE Michael Reardon will join the Trojans in 2007
QB Aaron CorpOT/DE Michael ReardonLutheran High seniors Aaron Corp and Michael Reardon have committed to play college football for the University of Southern California. The two Lancers fielded offers from several top schools but ultimately decided on USC, arguably the best college football program over the last few years.
One of Orange Lutheran’s biggest players at 6’6” and 245 pounds, Reardon plays both offensive tackle and defensive end. Last year, he topped the Lancer tackle chart with 41 solo tackles, 48 assists, 6.5 sacks, and 11 pressure passers.
Corp, in his second season as starting quarterback, passed for 22 touchdowns over 1,634 yards. He was the team’s leading rusher as well, running for 633 yards and scoring 8 touchdowns. Corp recently won the Golden Gun Accuracy Challenge at the EA Sports Elite 11 tournament, an annual gathering of the nation’s finest high school football players.
Orange Lutheran’s 2006 season begins September 1 against Dana Hills. Last year the Lancers, 9-2 overall, were Empire League co-champions. This season will be their first in the new Trinity League, where they join local powerhouses Mater Dei, Servite, Santa Margarita, and St. John Bosco.
Attention! This is special news worthy of high praise. In the past our school tries, when notified, to highlight what our alumni are doing that is above and beyond and worthy of recognition. Recently many of you became aware that Travis Pinick is attending Yale and Brianna Moreno is attending Princeton. These are outstanding achievements for both. Then you have Aaron Gross doing great things as NCO of his squadron at the Air Force Academy. What makes these individuals stand out is not just their high GPA’s, but also their willingness to do service. “Servant hearts” they call it.
There are so many of our students that do well and from time to time we post high school honor students or exceptional athletes. Having Sarah Peake, a freshman at Lutheran High, and Kelsey Alston, a sophomore, play on the LHS varsity soccer team that ties for CIF championship is also worth noting. LHS seniors Caroline Del Mazzio, and Brianna Clift, 2002 St. Paul’s Alumni, were also on this Championship team.
Year after year Josh Sohn shows that he is a tremendous actor in the drama department. The school enjoys hearing these things. Please send your highlights or those of someone you know to Mr. Alan Lutz firstname.lastname@example.org to post on the alumni part of the web site.
Now here is the highlight of highlights for today: Vivek Mehta, former St. Paul’s Lutheran and Lutheran High graduate was the top story in a recent USA Today. Vivek is a medical student that placed in the top 20 in the country for academics. Vivek was on the 1st team all USA academic team. He is noted for his honor and distinction as a volunteer and in 2005 was chosen as volunteer of the year. That Vivek and many others set high standards academically and stretch themselves in many other areas and skills is to be commented, but most important is to use these talents to help others as Vivek has demonstrated.
Additional Alumni Highlights for 03/06
Kelan Bragg - CIF Southern Section Wrestling Champion in his weight class, qualified for the Masters Tournament where he came in among the top 8 and qualified for California State Championships for wrestling. At the State Championships Kelan finished 2 and 2 on the first day.