Oct 9, 2010
Gaining Speed and Strength
Its tough to single out one program/activity for special praise at a time when so much at JPII is clicking. But what we're seeing with Lions Cross-Country is all the right stuff and worthy of special note.
Upperclass leadership is being rewarded with an increasingly competitive squad and interscholastic success. Underclass harriers are proving to be competitive and promising of a bright future. Upperclass runners new to the team this year show what high school athletics can be at its best. I love the unity, chemistry, and personal and team success we're seeing this year.
My thanks and congratulations to Head Coach Sollars, Assistant Coach Kachigan, and a team of great Lions for putting together a breakthrough season of which we can all be proud. Catch these Lions if you can before the end of the season.
May 8, 2009
Part of the Plan
A nice way to spend a sunny Friday afternoon. Girls tennis, already up three matches, enroute to a home victory over Sturgis. Boys baseball, across campus, caps the comeback with a ninth-inning winning run against Cape Tech.
Apr 28, 2009
With a pair of 4-1 wins, JPII Girls and Boys Tennis teams notched their first victories of the season (and the program!) over Cape Cod Tech yesterday. The Lions' swept the their six singles matches on route to the wins.
Congratulations Lions tennis, Coach Wile and Coach Gaudet!
Apr 16, 2009
Despite a 7th inning, 7-5 loss to Cape Tech in the home opener, Lions baseball looked good with their play and the new uniforms. Check out these photos (below). Next up: Girls softball home opener today!
Jan 31, 2009
A Good Friday
First, a moving Catholic Schools Week closing liturgy celebrated by Fr. David Frederici. The theme was 'Celebrate Service', and there's no shortage of JPII students who make service an part of their lives. Check out the remarks given by Tatiana Diaz-Lane, '11 and Ashley Weeks,'11 .
Then, a convincing victory for the boys basketball team. Great way to end the week!
Pictured right: a hearty 'thank you' to the basketball parents for organizing a fun field trip to Boston College's Men's Basketball victory over NC State last Saturday.
Sep 9, 2008
The question ‘Who earned the first interscholastic athletic victory in JPII history?’ was answered Monday afternoon as the JPII Lions JV Golf team defeated the Sturgis Storm in an abbreviated match at Hyannis Golf Club. Team totals: Lions 198, Storm 209.
For the Lion golfers, that didn’t take long — earning a victory in their second match of the season, having faced Dennis-Yarmouth the previous week. Moreover, the win energized students in morning prayer on Tuesday (normally a staid affair) and gives all JPII athletes something to build on. Great job, boys!
Last year, as we experienced early growing pains, I blogged on the process of building school pride. Feels like Monday’s victory helps make this happen.
Jun 6, 2008
More Good Press
Another nice article; this time a feature on Coach Rick Linehan and the Cross Country program. From The Barnstable Patriot, read it here.
Mar 18, 2008
Ready On Day One?
Monday, March 17 was the first official day of spring sports, and of course, the first day for our tennis program. Despite the high winds and 30-degree temperatures, JPII athletes took to the courts under the direction of Head Coach (and Math teacher) Mr. Joe Gaudet and assisted by Ms. Ashley Seidel (a veteran tennis player). I am delighted to have such strong leadership for this nascent program (Mr. Gaudet: 2002 Boston Globe E. Mass. Tennis Coach of the Year) and the enthusiasm of our student-athletes. As with many things, these first days and first steps promise great things to come as our athletic program and school grows.
Special, behind-the-scenes kudos go to Mr. Ernie Christian, Maintenance Director, for the extra time and effort required to bring the school courts back to life.
Feb 21, 2008
Some Nice Words [1-23-08]
Let the buzz begin. The Register, a weekly newspaper serving
Dennis, Yarmouth and Barnstable, praised the school’s recent hiring of
Coach Paul "Spanky" Demanche to inaugurate football and baseball.
See the editor’s blog here.
Feb 21, 2008
It’s the Journey, Not the Destination [1-16-08]
Along the way to adulthood I learned that
happiness is not a destination to be achieved, but is found in the
journey itself. Not an easy truth for our linear way of seeing things,
but one that many adults may find themselves nodding with in agreement.
As I write this post on Wednesday, January 16, 2008, two of today’s
events bring this truth squarely to mind.
First, it was a great day for JPII as we
surprised our students with an afternoon announcement and introduction.
As you may have read elsewhere (Download demanche_press_release.doc),
the school has hired Mr. Paul "Spanky" Demanche as Baseball Head Coach
and Football Head Coach, effectivel immediately. Coach Demanche,
well-known across the Cape for his success at Barnstable High School,
addressed the students and shared his enthusiasm for JPII and the job
ahead. Our students were visibly "pumped" at what is clearly a big step
forward for our athletic program. After the announcement, a ring of
students could be found around Coach Demanche. Their excitement was
Second, I received a brief, rather comical
letter from a Boston TV/Radio conglomerate thanking me for my inquiry
about storm cancellation announcements, but telling me that they cannot
list our school because "the enrollment number of your school is too
small to merit an account with us."
In some ways, this big news and this little letter speak to the same things: who we are and where we are going.
The letter reminds us that, right now, we are indeed a small school.
The announcement and introduction of Coach Demanche points to where we
are going: A school with strong, established programs that help young
people be their best.
It’s the journey, not the destination. Pride in JPII isn’t something
that can only be achieved when we "get there" — It can be had in the getting there,
with big events like today’s. There will be many more announcements as
we build our school, but there’s no need to wait for happiness. It was
a good day on the journey.