Alumnus Returns to Share Faith Journey

photoCraig Seidenglanz ’10 returned to his alma mater for two days to speak with the 12th grade Christian Lifestyles classes about his faith journey from Chaminade College Preparatory to Arizona State University to California Baptist University in Irvine. He shared his experiences with his Athletes in Action missionary trips, and how they have had a profound influence on his life, and the direction he wishes his schooling to take.

Alumnus Drew Miller ’12 qualifies for U.S. Amateur Championship

Chaminade alumnus, Drew Miller ’12, qualified for the 113th U.S. Amateur Championship. According to amateurgolf.com, “Drew Miller shot rounds of 72-71 to take co- medalist alongside Mark Anguiano at the Saticoy Country Club qualifier.” Miller is a sophomore at Santa Clara University.

The 113th U.S. Amateur Championship will be held August 12-18 at The Country Club in Brookline, Massachusetts. The U.S. Amateur Championship is the oldest golf championship in this country, one day older than the U.S. Open, and is the most coveted of all amateur titles.

Golfer of the Year: Justin De Los Santos

By Erik Boal, Staff Writer
Posted: June 26, 2013, Daily News, Los Angeles

The more demanding the challenge, it seemed like the better De Los Santos performed under pressure, especially in the postseason.

After capturing the Mission League title with a 36-hole total of 4-under 140, De Los Santos rose to the occasion in playoffs at both the Northern Individual regional at River Ridge’s Vineyard Course, outlasting Westlake’s Spencer Soosman in five extra holes to secure second behind Rio Mesa’s Kyle McLay following a four-way tie for first at 72.

De Los Santos delivered again after shooting 71 at the Southern Section final at La Purisima Golf Course, prevailing in a three-golfer playoff for third, highlighted by a 15-foot chip to save par on the 18th and advance to the second playoff hole, where he sank a clutch par putt to eliminate Fountain Valley’s Andre Vu.

Although the Cal Poly San Luis Obispo signee shot 72 to tie for 17th at the CIF/SCGA regional tournament at Brookside Golf Course, De Los Santos fell a stroke short of competing in a playoff to secure his first state berth.

High School Softball Notebook: Chaminade’s Brittany Solis is a success in many seasons, but now just one sport

By Erik Boal, Staff Writer
Posted: June 17, 2013, Daily News, Los Angeles

Brittany Solis had just completed the longest soccer season in her high school career, but it took the Chaminade standout less than 24 hours to make the transition to softball.

Solis helped the Eagles capture the Southern Section Div. I soccer championship and reach the Div. II regional final March 8, but despite a sore quadriceps, she was back in the lineup as the leadoff hitter for the Chaminade softball team the following day in the Hart tournament.

It’s that level of talent and dedication that enabled Solis to earn All-Mission League and Southern Section first-team honors in both seasons.

It’s her competitive spirit and determination that have earned her the opportunity to play in senior all-star games in both sports, including the eighth annual San Fernando Valley softball classic at 3 p.m. today at Birmingham High.

“I’ve been playing both my whole life, so I’m used to having to make sacrifices,” Solis said. “When you play both sports, your body is never 100 percent, but if you play like you’re 100 percent, you’ll be OK. I always feel like if I don’t play, I’m going to let my team down, so I push myself to get through it and after the game, I’ll deal with whatever I have to.”

Solis, a Central Florida-bound shortstop, is competing for the West all-stars. A home run derby is scheduled to start at 2 p.m., with a $5 admission for the event.

Although she battled bronchitis in the second half of the softball season, Solis and fellow West all-star Courtney Sooy helped the Eagles secure a share of the league championship with Alemany — represented on the East roster by Sara Gonzalez and Mariah Sandoval — and Harvard-Westlake, which has Chloe Pendergast playing for the East.

Chaminade also reached the second round of the Div. III playoffs.

“It was definitely a reality check early in the softball season after playing all those games and being champions in soccer,” Solis said. “But I just had to reboot my system, press rewind and start all over again in softball. I had a different goal because I wanted to win something in softball. I knew we were capable of handling the adversity and getting through it.

“It was very similar to soccer in the beginning, we just had to stop being a bunch of individuals and put our talent together and win. We knew it was going to be a tough road, but we knew what we had to do.”

Solis said it wasn’t an easy decision to focus on playing one sport in college, but knew once she visited Central Florida and interacted with her coaches, softball would dominate her immediate future.

“Soccer will always be one of my true loves and I can’t tell you which one I like better. Soccer is why I am who I am today,” Solis said. “My senior year was better than I could have ever asked it to be. It’s why I love both sports and it won’t ever be forgotten. It was a special year, not just for me, but for all sports at Chaminade.”

Chaminade Congratulates the Class of 2013

Congratulations to Chaminade College Preparatory’s Class of 2013! On Saturday, June 1, the School bid farewell to 337 seniors during its annual commencement exercises held on the West Hills campus. From everyone at Chaminade, may God continue to bless you as you move toward your dreams.

Click here  to view graduation photo coverage by the Los Angeles Daily News.