Four Eagle Wrestlers Head to State Championship

After three weeks of qualifying tournaments from Mission League to CIF Divisional’s to CIF Master’s Regional’s, four Eagle wrestlers punched their tickets to the California State Championships February 21-23. States is one of the most prestigious athletic events in California. Out of more than 900 schools and 27,000 wrestlers in the state, only 2% of wrestlers ever reach this level of competition.

It has been a record-setting year for the Chaminade’s wrestling team. Under the direction of coach Bill Wilson and assistant coach Vlad Kochiev, Chaminade qualified 12 wrestlers out of 14 weight classes for CIF tournaments in a single season. The team also qualified for the CIF Dual Championships and is ranked 21st in the state.

Through the sweat, blood, tears, and grueling tournaments here are the four remaining eagles and their weight class achievements and rankings:

Patrick Rowland ’19 has shown tremendous growth in the last four years. Introduced to wrestling at Chaminade’s middle school, Patrick (138-pounds) got serious when he entered 9th grade. This season, he is Mission League Champion, 3rd at CIF, placed 9th at CIF Masters and is currently ranked 12th in the state. Rowland will go on to wrestle for Duke University.

Erich Osteen ’19 is no stranger to the tournament circuit. Erich (220-pounds) has been wrestling since the age of six, and it’s his third time at States. He is Mission League Champion, CIF Champion, and placed 2nd at CIF Masters. Erich is currently ranked 3rd in the state and is committed to play football for UCLA next season.

Zeth Romney ’22 is at the beginning of his high school wrestling career and is showing that he is a contender with which to be reckoned. Zeth (106- pounds) is Mission League Champion, CIF Champion, and placed 3rd at CIF Masters. He is currently ranked 8th in the state.

Katja Osteen ’21 is the only girl on the Chaminade wrestling team. Like her brother, she has been wrestling from a very young age she began at only four-years-old. In 2018, Katia (160-pound) became the school’s first State Champion in wrestling. This year she is CIF Champion and Masters Champion. She is currently ranked 1st in the state.

For up to the minute State Championship coverage, follow the Chaminade Wrestling team on twitter @nadewrestling.

Alumni share their Eagle love stories

In honor of Valentine’s Day, alumni couples share their Eagle love stories:

Katherine Schryver-Stahly ’92 and Paul Stahly ’93

Katherine and Paul met in biology class in 1991. They attended Homecoming and Prom together and stayed together through college, even though they attended schools in different cities. The two married in April 2003 and have been together for 27 years. This year they are celebrating 16 years of marriage and two children, aged 5 and 7.

Christine and Wesley Lovold ’98

Wesley first saw Christine just before sitting down at Mass during freshman year. Christine and a friend were seated in the second to last row and Wesley sat behind her so he would get to meet her when Fr. Allen invited the congregation to extend the sign of peace. During sophomore year the two became friends, taking several classes together but lost touch when Christine left Chaminade. A year later, Wesley returned from a late shift one Friday night to find a note from his mom that a girl named Chrissy had called and left her number. He called the next day and the two made plans for their first date. After a couple of dates, Wesley asked her to homecoming with a bouquet of sunflowers, and shortly afterward, the two were officially boyfriend and girlfriend. Several years later, Wesley surprised Christine with a trip to New York. He proposed on their fifth anniversary during a horse drawn carriage ride through Central Park. One year later they became husband and wife. Christine and Wesley have been together for 22 years and have four children, three daughters and one son.

Kate and Scott Beskid ’00

Kate and Scott spent three years together in high school, but truly never spoke more than a few words to one another. The two reconnected their senior year of college through a mutual friend, Grant Zitkvoich ’00. Their shared Chaminade experience was the foundation of their friendship and their love blossomed as they spent more and more time together. Kate began her vocation as a Chaminade educator and Scott started his career as a chef. They supported one another in their new adventures and each day their love grew. Kate and Scott married on September 22, 2012 at St. John Eudes Parish in Chatsworth. The entire wedding was Chaminade – the bridal party, guests, choir, and even the middle school cheerleaders attended. They have enjoyed supporting Chaminade throughout the years: attending their reunion together, homecoming football games, and various alumni events. The Beskids recently welcomed their first child, Elizabeth Francis on March 1, 2018 – they cannot wait to send Elizabeth to Chaminade as a member of the Class of 2038!

Hannah Balonick ’07 and Antoine Tadros ’07

Hannah and Antoine became engaged in December 2018 although they never met during high school– Antoine enrolled in Chaminade after Hannah left. They met each other years later and fell in love. A classmate and friend Ron Tan ’07 designed Hannah’s engagement ring.

Lyndsay and Jeff Rosen ’07

Lyndsay and Jeff met at a Bar Mitzvah for Max Piner ’07 before Jeff attended Chaminade. Lyndsay remembered seeing him on a campus visit a few months after the party and thinking he was super cute. On the first day of 8th grade at Chaminade Jeff approached Lyndsay, to say “hi” and they have been inseparable ever since. Lyndsay recalls that they constantly passed notes in class and chatted online. She never expected to meet her future husband at 12 years old. Lyndsay and Jeff have been married for just over two years and have a beautiful 7 month old daughter named Greer. 

If you’d like to share your Eagle Love Story, contact the Alumni Office at alumni@chaminade.org or (818) 444-1750.

Catholic Schools Week Comes to an End; Three Employees are Honored

Middle school students making blankets at SHINE Faith Sharing Lunch. Photo by Instagram @campusminnadems

Another successful Catholic Schools/Marianist Heritage Week has concluded at Chaminade College Preparatory. Students on both campuses enjoyed fun-filled, mission-driven activities. Middle schoolers enjoyed Dr. Seuss-themed special dress days and celebrated the week with an NJHS Bake Sale, Mix It Up Lunch, Faith Sharing, house picnic, and energetic Faith Rally.

High school students on a service trip with Habitat for Humanity. Photo by Instagram @nadeactivities

High school students commemorated the week with Random Acts of Kindness Lunch, an Instagram contest, the annual Fr. Chaminade Contest, a service trip with Habitat for Humanity, and an exciting Formation in Faith Rally.

Marianist Educators honored three fellow employees with the Blessed William Joseph Chaminade Award: Kelly Benning and Paul Sauter from West Hills, and Oscar Perez from Chatsworth. Each recipient was nominated by his or her peers for demonstrating one or more of the Characteristics of Marianist Education: integral, quality education; family spirit; adaptation and change; formation in faith; and service, justice, and peace.

Pictured left to right: Luis Guerra, Kelly Benning, Paul Sauter, and Bro. Adam Becerra, fsp. Photo by Pam Liceralde

Kelly Benning is the librarian at the West Hills campus. She makes the library an innovative learning space for discernment, reflection, and academic research. Under her leadership, the library is a gathering place where students are challenged to consider how they can contribute to society with their gifts and talents. 

Paul Sauter, biology teacher and science department chair on the West Hills campus, demonstrates compassion, humor, and love in all he does. Paul serves through the Kairos retreat every year and has coached in the past. He is always willing to give of himself to serve his students.

Pictured left to right: Nikki Russ, Oscar Perez, and Fr. Josephraj Rymond, S.M. Photo by Tommy Smeltzer

Oscar Perez is on the facilities staff at the Chatsworth campus. With a positive attitude, Oscar imparts warmth, understanding, and generosity in all he does, from setting up for Masses and rallies, to finding solutions to complicated campus problems. His work is precise, accurate, and done with a smile. Dedicated to helping students, faculty, and staff, Oscar has a hand in everything on the Chatsworth campus.

Chaminade Kicks off Catholic Schools Week

On Sunday, January 27, Chaminade kicked off Marianist Heritage/Catholic Schools Week with a Family Mass and lunch, held on its West Hills campus. Students, parents, faculty, and staff gathered to celebrate the gift of a Catholic Marianist education and to give honor to Blessed William Joseph Chaminade and his charism to be formed by Mary for the mission of Christ. Catholic Schools Week is an annual celebration held across the nation and focuses on the value Catholic education provides to young people, as well as its contributions to churches, communities, and the country.

Chaminade’s West Hills and Chatsworth campuses are celebrating Catholic Schools Week with faith-filled events that highlight the five characteristics of a Marianist education and celebrate the school’s Marianist heritage.

Click here for a schedule of events on the Chatsworth campus.
Click here for a schedule of events on the West Hills campus.

Four Alumni to be Inducted into the Alumni Hall of Fame

On Saturday, February 2, 2019, President Rob Webb and Chaminade College Preparatory will honor four alumni at the third annual Alumni Hall of Fame.

Mary McDonough ’79 Mary is an actor, activist, and author. She is most well -known for her role as Erin Walton on The Waltons. She has written three books, one memoir, and two novels. She is an advocate for women’s body issues and plastic surgery education and safety regulations. Mary also offers life coaching and workshops to provide tools for body image management to those in the entertainment industry.

Brittany Solis ’13 Brittany was a multi-sport athlete at Chaminade, playing varsity volleyball, soccer and softball. She continued her softball career at the University of Central Florida where she played all four years, starting every game and helping her team to win the American Athletic Conference Championships two times. Brittany is passionate about community service and hopes to work for the Dodgers. 

NetflixScott Stuber ’87 Scott is a film producer and currently heads Netflix’s original film department. He has produced over 30 films and 7 television series throughout his career. Scott was the vice chairman of worldwide production for Universal Pictures, producing films like Couples Retreat, The Fast and Furious Series and Role Models. Netflix expects to roll out 55 original films per year under Scott’s guidance and has already seen great success with Bird Box and Roma

Mathew Troupe ’11 Mathew was an all-around player on the varsity baseball team at Chaminade and later emerged as a talented pitcher. He played baseball for the University of Arizona where he pitched the final innings of the 2012 National Championship clinching the win against South Carolina as a freshman. He continued his career at CSUN as a player/coach. In 2017, Mathew was hired as the pitching coach at Emory University and he is currently the Director of Baseball Operations at the University of San Diego. 

Tickets are available online for this event at www.chaminade.org/Alumni_HOF.