In this week's Catholic Review, you'll see a brief item about Calvert Hall's annual Thanksgiving food drive, which collected 13,000 pounds of food for a series of local outreaches. The classes from the all-boys Towson high school even turned it into a contest to see who could collect the most cans.
Campus minister Marc Parisi was kind enough to forward some thoughts from the students at Calvert Hall on this effort. The photo was taken by Evan Zimmer, an intern here at The Catholic Review and a member of the class of 2013 at Calvert Hall.
"I really appreciated our theme this year, 'A place at the table' because
it made me think not only of myself but the needs of everyone in our
community."~ Junior John Maenner
"The best thing about our annual food drive is knowing that all our
efforts are going towards making someone else's thanksgiving a whole lot
better." - Senior Nate Swartz
"Boxing all the food was a job I really enjoyed! I know it's cheesy, but
it's a great feeling to know that we are able to do something for others
who are less fortunate." - Junior Jimmy Grem
"This year's food drive was about giving back to our greater community.
The desire to bring in as much as we could to help others fueled great
participation from students and faculty." Senior Dan Binette
November 30, 2011 12:29
By Matt Palmer
Loyola Blakefield coach Brian Abbott is hoping for a Turkey Bowl victory.
Yesterday, I shared some items on Calvert Hall's rise as a football program. I have a story coming out in The Catholic Review about the Turkey Bowl
this week, but wanted to share some tidbits from both Loyola Blakefield and Calvert Hall's program as each prepares for the big game that takes place nine days from now. Until then, Calvert Hall is preparing for the MIAA A Conference championship.
That means plenty of scouting time for Loyola(4-5) and the Turkey Bowl is of the utmost importance for the Dons. Because of their schedule, Loyola players really haven't seen Calvert Hall games too much this season.
"This game's a huge deal to us," senior Deemer Class said. "This has always been the biggest game."
Loyola has lost the last two games after dominating the series for years. For some players, that means a ruined Thanksgiving.
"It kills me inside that I haven't won one yet," admits senior Jordan Horne. "The feeling is terrible. You get home and don't want to eat."
Classmate Jordan Floyd said it's time to turn the page and shock Calvert Hall.
"Great teams come through and win the Turkey Bowl," Floyd said.
November 15, 2011 10:53
By Matt Palmer
Donald Davis talks with his 2007 team. The Cardinals football program has come a long way since and has a chance to win its second consecutive MIAA A Conference title.
Donald Davis knows that if he sat his players down four years ago and told them they were going to shut out perennial national and state power DeMatha at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium on Sept. 10, 2011, they would have shot a look of disbelief.
But, times have changed. And when the Cardinals beat DeMatha 18-0 this past September, it was not a major surprise. Calvert Hall has quickly, especially since the 2009 season, become one of the state's best units.
"They love football and they love each other," Davis said. "For those kids to have enough wherewithal to come and trust us, says a lot. We weren't a place to be when they came here. Everybody was going to Gilman or Loyola Blakefield or leaving town and going to DeMatha or Good Counsel. These kids had a ton of other options. Their families looked at the education, the religious aspect… and some of them said 'We've got some opportunities at Calvert Hall.'"
Davis, a proud Calvert Hall graduate, is grateful those families listened.
Donald Davis has helped guide the Calvert Hall football program since 2007.
Calvert Hall went 8-4 two years ago, beating teams like Gilman and Loyola. Last year, the Cardinals completed their ascension by becoming Baltimore's top team, winning the Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association A Conference regular season championship and the Turkey Bowl over Loyola Blakefield.
Players like C.J. Williams, Brandon Neverdon, Garrett Keane, Emmanuel Holder, Trevor Williams look at the next two weeks - which includes the MIAA A conference championship game Nov. 18 against Gilman and the Turkey Bowl Nov. 24 against Loyola- and say bring it on.
They also say nothing would have been accomplished without Davis and his staff.
"I love that guy to death," C.J. Williams said of Davis. "He cares about his players. He loves them all. His players are on his mind all the time."
The love goes both ways. Davis said of Williams: "He's been monumental. He is a tremendous leader. He's not a "me first" type of guy. A lot of people would call him a throwback."
The running back takes pride in helping restore prestige in the Calvert Hall uniform, after a number of years of taking hardcore lumps. Williams said that if someone asked what it means to put on the red and gold now, he would say, "It's definitely a privilege. It's a true honor to put on that uniform. You've got to cherish it every little bit."
November 14, 2011 12:34
By Matt Palmer
This week you'll see a story in The Catholic Review about Baltimore Catholics keeping the faith when it comes to the Orioles. You'll meet Calvert Hall English teacher Brendan Bailey, a 28-year-old super fan, who grew up in St. Joseph, Fullerton, and current is a parishioner of St. Ursula in Parkville.
Here's a Q&A I had with him.
What's your earlier Orioles memory?
I cannot remember a time when I was not a fan of the Baltimore Orioles. Some of my earliest memories involve going with my dad down to Memorial Stadium, and feeling like the whole place was so much larger than life. That massive dedication wall seemed like it reached up to the Heavens for a little kid, and seeing the guys whose baseball cards I collected in real life felt too good be true.
What hooked you on the team and did you have a favorite player and why?
The Ripken brothers were definitely my idols growing up. My grandfather was a close friend of Cal Senior, and often spoke about the man's dedication and work ethic. His boys were heroes to me. I played 2nd base in little league and always dreamed of being able to turn a double play as smoothly and cleanly as Billy Ripken, and thought it was fascinating that two brothers could be beside one another on the infield of a major league team. I'm still the only guy I see wearing a Billy Ripken jersey down to Camden Yards. But Cal is a hero to this city. His humility, work ethic, and talent made him every kid in Baltimore's favorite player.
Did you have a childhood where they were mostly good or average as a team?
I vividly remember the 1996 and 1997 seasons; that wire-to-wire year in 1997 was absolutely unforgettable.
Why did you buy season tickets amidst all the bad teams they've had?
When I was finally old enough and financially able to make the investment, it seemed like a no-brainer. A real fan stands by his team regardless of the win-loss record. My faith in their future merits my support. For my wife and I, the season ticket plan is a guaranteed date night every other week. What better place to be with your sweety than in the most beautiful ballpark in America watching the team you have loved your entire life?
How hard have the last couple of years been to watch?
I think last year's season was the hardest of all. In years past, the team didn't really give much hope in the first place, but last year for some reason Dave Trembley had me convinced that the team was really going to put it together. After watching Adam Jones and Matt Wieters clobber home runs in the opening game, I took it as a sign. However, the more appropriate sign was the blown save at the end of that game, and the blown season that fell apart in front of my eyes.
What gets you through the bad seasons and what keeps you coming back to the team?
I come back again and again because one day, hopefully sooner rather than later, this is a team that will turn things around. This is a city that is desperately trying to love its baseball team again, and when the pieces come together and the team takes that wild ride through the playoffs, I want to sit in those stands and know with pride that I was with them through it all.
How much Orioles merchandise do you have? Favorite jersey you own?
Too much, and my collection seems to grow every season. Probably a half dozen hats, 4 or 5 jerseys, and more t-shirt tuesday shirts featuring former orioles than I could wear in an entire season! My real joy is collecting bobbleheads; I have a growing collection in my Orioles-themed basement. I also love signed Orioles gear. My favorite piece of them all is my Billy Ripken jersey; I can't tell you how many times people at Camden Yards have asked me, "Wasn't Ripken's number 8?" I wonder if Billy gets that a lot!
Have you ever lost hope or gotten to the point where you've said prayer for something involving the Orioles?
I refuse to pray for sports teams; I tell that to my students all the time too. God has more important things to do than worry about whether the Orioles win or lose. But, let's not forget, Jesus always reached out to the underdogs, the people most ignored by society, those people most cast off and hated. Doesn't that seem to suggest that Jesus would be an Orioles fan?!
What are you most excited about this season?
I want to see Brian Matusz and Jake Arrieta become the aces that I know they are capable of being. I want to see Guthrie finally establish himself as the professional veteran #1 starter that O's fans believe he can be. And, more than anything in the world, I want to see Matt Wieters be the first Oriole to hit a homerun off the warehouse.
Do you think they've got the pieces to compete?
If Matuz, Arrieta, Britton, and Bergesson continue to develop, yes. It all comes down to starting pitching.
Are you going to Opening Day?
Absolutely. It is the most exciting day of the year for me. Go O's!
March 29, 2011 03:00
By Matt Palmer
Tomorrow, Calvert Hall and Loyola Blakefield will take the field of M&T Bank Stadium for the annual Turkey Bowl football game. It's the Navy-Army of the Baltimore high school football.
Adrian Amos (CR Staff/Owen Sweeney III)
If you want to get up to speed on some of the standouts from both schools, check out this piece on Calvert Hall's Adrian Amos. Also read my story on Loyola's Kevin McKeown.
You can listen to the game live on SFMSports.net, with the play-by-play from Graham Whaples and Mike Popovec. These guys do a top notch job. You can listen to the game also on FOX 1370 AM.
Be sure to read Paul McMullen's story on two men who mean so much to both schools.
Who do you expect to win?
November 24, 2010 07:28
By Matt Palmer