Team 83: Holmes International VEX Robotics Tournament Champions

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Eagle Engineering fielded two teams at the Holmes International VEX Robotics tournament on Saturday, February 18. Team 1138B from the high school, and Team 83 from the middle school were part of the 42 teams who battled for prestige and the chance to qualify for California State Championships.

After qualifying rounds, both teams placed in the Top 10, and entered playoffs. At this point in the tournament, the top teams form alliances between three robots, for a total of eight alliances. During alliance selection, the number one qualifying team selected Team 1138B and Peninsula High School Team 3050B. Team 83 was seeded as the number five seed alliance captain and selected Malibu High School Team 224X and HiTek Team 12180B. Both alliances won their quarterfinal rounds, and Chaminade’s two teams were forced to face each other in the semi-finals.

After a hard-fought three-round semi-final, Team 83’s alliance was the victor; and their win put them in a finals showdown against the number two alliance of Harvard-Westlake, Champs Charter and Calabasas High School. Ultimately, the number five alliance pulled an upset in two straight matches, and emerged as Tournament Champions.

It was an impressive performance by the number five alliance. Team 83 was one of two middle schools in the alliance, and their group of three was comprised of teams ranked seven, 20, and 28.

The win automatically qualified Team 83 to the California State Championships in March.

 

Girls’ Soccer, Girls’ Basketball, and High School Wrestling Playoff Update

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photo by: Cliff Fong

It’s a busy week of playoffs for Chaminade Athletics. Girls’ Soccer, Girls’ Basketball and Wrestling each face another round of competition.

On February 16, Girls’ Soccer defeated Arroyo Grande 3-1 in round one of the CIF-SS Division 3 playoffs. While Girls’ Basketball was defeated by Sierra Canyon on February 18, they move on to the Open Division consolation round. Jack Cheney ’17 and Eric Osteen ’19 each finished 3rd in their respective divisions during the CIF-SS Individual Divisionals, and will both participate in the upcoming CIF-SS Masters Meet.

Tuesday, February 21
Girls’ Soccer vs. St. Margaret’s
CIF-SS Division 3, second round
5:00 p.m.
Booster Stadium, West Hills

Wednesday, February 23
Girls’ Basketball vs. Alemany
CIF-SS Open Division, consolation second round
7:00 p.m.
Uribe Center, West Hills

Friday, February 24
Wrestling
CIF-SS Masters Meet
Citizens Bank Arena, Ontario

 

Dennis Haas, Longtime Volunteer and Friend of Chaminade dies at 70

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In the fall of 1969, Dennis Haas, then a Marianist brother, joined the Chaminade family. For 48 years, in his own quiet and humble way, he served the school in various capacities, and made lasting connections with four decades of alumni, parents, and employees.

Chaminade College Preparatory is deeply saddened to announce Dennis died on February 17, 2017 in West Hills, California. He was 70-years-old.

According to the Fall 1969 issue of Chaminotes, Dennis came to Chaminade by way of Honolulu Trade Tech, where he majored in carpentry. By the 1970-1971 school year, Dennis was campus manager of the West Hills campus; and he served as a Marianist from 1965 to 1974.

While he did not always work at Chaminade (he was a customer hardware technical support representative for IBM after he gradated from Pierce College), Dennis was a fixture on campus. He led KAIROS retreats, served as moderator for LIFE workshops, chaperoned various student activities, and helped the Advancement Office with archives and events. Perhaps what most in the Chaminade family will remember him for are the pictures he took, and the time he spent with the drama department. The 1988 yearbook was dedicated to him, “The Man with the Camera.”

Dennis was a 1964 graduate of Archbishop Riordan High School in San Francisco. His physics teacher was former Chaminade President, Fr. Allen DeLong. After graduating from Riordan, Dennis entered the Marianist religious community and moved to Cupertino.

During a Mass on Friday, February 17, 1989, the school celebrated the founding of Chaminade College Preparatory. Dennis was honored as one of Chaminade’s first Founders, 28 years ago; a fitting milestone for the uniquely simple and humble man who served Chaminade for so many years.

Playoff Games This Week

Chaminade C -on white- Eagles V2Three Chaminade teams have CIF Southern Section playoff games this week.

Tonight the Boys’ Varsity Basketball team travels to Mayfair High School in Lakewood for a Division 1A match-up. The game tips at 7:00 p.m.

On Thursday, February 16, Girls’ Varsity Soccer hosts Arroyo Grande for a 5:00 p.m. Division 3 match at Booster Stadium (West Hills).

Girls’ Varsity Basketball plays in the first round of the Open Division at Sierra Canyon on Saturday, February 18. Their game tips off at 7:00 p.m.