ILH 2 Champs Roll into State Championship

The way the Damien Monarchs are rolling at the plate right now, the wait for Saturday’s 4 p.m. Division II state title game will feel quite long.

After beating St. Francis four consecutive times to steal the ILH title and berth in the state tournament, the Monarchs have kept it going over the last two days, totaling 25 runs in 11 innings to advance to their first state baseball final in school history.

Left fielder Akila Arecchi went 3-for-4 with three runs scored and Kaimana Cameron was 3-for-3 with four RBIs for the Monarchs (17-5) in a 14-3 win over Hawaii Prep in five innings in the Division II semifinals of the Wally Yonamine Foundation/HHSAA Baseball State Championships at Les Murakami Stadium.

Cameron is batting 1.000 (5-for-5) in the state tournament with four RBIs and four runs scored as the Monarchs prepare to face Kauai in the final.

Damien has rolled over its two opponents, beating Farrington 11-6 in Thursday’s quarterfinals. Kauai has won two one-run games in extra innings to reach the final.

“Everybody is staying hot right now and everybody is coming in clutch for hitting,” Cameron said. “Our pitchers are throwing strikes like they have to and everyone is performing well right now.”

Kaycee Natividad threw 3 1/3 scoreless innings of relief without giving up a hit to earn the win. Starter Grayson Buenogave up three runs on two hits in 1 2/3 innings before leaving the game with an undisclosed injury.

Damien’s offense had his back scoring in all five innings.

Hawaii Prep (10-11) failed to record an out in the bottom of the fifth inning as all five Monarchs reached base. A walk, single and hit batter loaded the bases for Paul Mezurashi, who then walked in a run. After a wild pitch made it a 12-3 game, pinch hitter Chayne Wayton hit a two-run double to end it due to the 10-run mercy rule.

Mezurashi was 2-for-2 with two runs scored and an RBI and Kayson Kajiwara singled and scored twice.

at Les Murakami Stadium
Hawaii Prep (10-11) 030 00 — 3 2 2
Damien (17-5) 251 24 — 14 14 1
Finn Richmond, Sheldon Aribal (3), Michael Hughes (5) and Braden Kojima. Grayson Bueno, Kaycee Natividad (2) and Kana Schuman. W—Natividad. L—Richmond.
Leading hitters—DMS: Akila Arecchi 3-4, 3 runs, RBI; Kaimana Cameron 3-3, run, 4 RBIs; Jayden Cabbab 1-2, 2b, 2 runs, RBI; Shiloh Kaeo 2-2, run, 2 RBIs; Paul Mezurashi 2-2, 2 runs, RBI; Chayne Wayton 2b, 2 RBIs; Kayson Kajiwara 1-2, 2 runs.

DMS Robotics, World Championships, Houston

After facing 400 teams from all the US and countries from around the World. Our robot, literally held together by zipties and duct tape, held its own against plasma cut, laser cut, water jet printed, professionally engineered, metal monstrosities.  I was proud that our "little robot that could" was able to defeat some of them.  And we coulda, shoulda won more without minor errors, missing by one inch, and "mis-judgements" We are half way up the stairs to going all the way to the top, and we owe so much to all of you who blessed us with your support. Thank you, thank you, thank you again.

We, Damien, had 4 wins and 7 losses ranked #57 Hopper Division

Kamehameha 4W-6L ranked #50 Hopper divisioN

St. Louis 4W-6L ranked #32 Turing division

Mid-Pac 2W-8L ranked #63 Carver division

Kalani and McKinley were semi finalists in their respective sub-divisions

No Hawaii teams made it to Final playoffs, but we all learned much and had fun.

Former Ms. Hawaii Stephanie Steuri visited our pit

Damien walks off with ILH D2 championship

STORY BY: Kalani Takase | ScoringLive

STORY BY: Kalani Takase | ScoringLive

Pomai Kim drew a bases-loaded, four-pitch walk with one out in the bottom of the eighth inning to score Jordan Donahue and Damien walked off with a 2-1 win over Saint Francis in eight innings to capture the Interscholastic League of Honolulu Division II championship on an overcast afternoon at Ala Wai Community Park Friday.

The Monarchs rode the pitching of Javin Cortez, who went the distance and scattered four hits, to extend their winning streak to eight games. They improved to 15-5 on the season and clinched the ILH's lone berth into next week's Wally Yonamine Foundation/HHSAA State Championships.

"It feels unreal. Three years of playing and never making it to states, but finally we did it," said Cortez, who threw 105 pitches in his longest outing of the season.

Cortez, a senior right-hander, outlasted Saint Francis senior Jared Yara, who went 6 2/3 innings before exiting the game with 106 pitches. The Saints' ace allowed just two hits with five strikeouts and six walks.

"Great pitching. I think today both pitchers matched up well," Damien coach Timo Donahue said. "Yara threw a hell of a game. Our guy threw a hell of a game, so they always say good pitching is going to stop good hitting and I think we're a pretty good hitting team."

Damien took a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the fourth on Shiloh Kaeo's two-out RBI single that scored Akila Arecchi.

However, Saint Francis evened the score on a Shawn Ellis RBI-single that plated Bubba Akana with two outs in the top of the sixth.

The Monarchs got back-to-back one-out singles in the bottom of the eighth by Jordan Donahue and Jayden Cabbab. A wild pitch by Saint Francis reliever Zach Alcos allowed both base runners to move up to scoring position, which led to an intentional walk to Kaeo to load the bases.

Kim, who was 0 for 3 up to then, stepped to the plate and took four pitches from Alcos to drive in Donahue for the game-winning run.

Alcos was the losing pitcher. He surrendered two hits, walked two and struck out one in 2/3 of an inning.

Each team recorded four hits in the game. Saint Francis catcher Makana Poole was the lone player to pair hits.

Cortez threw first-pitch strikes to 15 of the 31 batters he faced and stranded six base runners — five of them in scoring position. He got nine ground-ball outs, eight fly-ball outs and picked off a base runner.

It was the fifth time that Cortez had faced the Saints this season. He was tagged for a combined 24 runs — 14 of them earned — on 21 hits in his previous four outings against them this year.

"I think with him today it was just more of a command of certain pitches that he throws," Donahue said. "Today we threw curveballs and change-ups that didn't get hit as bad as they did early in the season when everything was up in the zone. Today he kept it down, for the most part, and then the scouting reports got better throughout the year."

Cortez got out of a jam in the third inning when he issued back-to-back one-out walks to James Yamasaki and John Paul Tilley, but got Bubba Akana to pop out to first for the second out, and retired Makana Poole with a ground out to first base to escape unscathed.

The sixth inning saw Cortez wiggle his way out of another predicament. Bubba Akana hit a one-out double and eventually scored on Ellis' RBI bloop-single to right, but Cortez minimized the damage by getting Alcos to pop out to center to strand two runners in scoring position to end the inning.

"Our boys backed us up and did their jobs and came out hard," said Cortez, who improved to 6-4 on the year with a 3.27 ERA. "Even when I messed up, they were there behind my back no matter what."

Cortez dug deep to get through the top of the eighth inning. He went 0-2 to leadoff batter Tilley, but hit him with his next pitch to put him aboard. However, he got Bubba Akana to pop up on a bunt attempt. Cortez made a diving basket catch on the bunt and threw to first to double-up Tilley for the second out. Poole hit a two-out single to center to represent the go-ahead run for the Saints, but Cortez got the third out on a pop up by Yara.

"I knew my pitch count and as long as I let them hit the ball, my team would get the outs. I knew it," Cortez said.

Timo Donahue said Cortez was resilient on the mound in a high-pressure situation.

"He showed a lot of grit. He showed a lot of grit this whole season pretty much," Donahue said. "He came on as a sophomore two years ago and didn't pitch much. Last year we asked him to pitch, he struggled through it. This year, he really took it by the reins."

It was the ninth meeting between the teams this season. Saint Francis, the first-round champion, won the first three games, but Damien, the second-round titlist, was victorious in the final six — the last two coming in must-win games.

"I think it shows a lot about the character of this team, as far as perseverance and staying with the process," Donahue said. "I think we finally put things together several weeks ago and it just continued and you know, you start having success, learning how to win games and I think it just carried on and build up that never-give-up attitude in us."

Saint Francis, which won its first nine games of the season, dropped its third in a row — all against the Monarchs.

"It was a good pitcher's duel," Saint Francis coach Kip Akana said. "It was a pretty clean game, we just tip our caps to Damien. They came on strong and they maintained that momentum all the way through the championship game."

The Saints lost four of their final fives games to end the season at 14-7. They were seeking a second straight ILH championship.

"It's a little bit easier (to stomach the loss) because of the way the game was played," Akana said. "It was a championship, fifteen-round, extra-inning game and you never want to come out on the short end, but we just tip our caps to Timo. He's a good friend of mine and he makes me better."

The D2 state tournament opens Thursday at Hans L'Orange Park in Waipahu and concludes with Saturday's title game at Les Murakami Stadium at the University of Hawaii at Manoa.

Good Friday Class of 2017 Beach Clean Up

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The Senior Class of 2017 showed their Damien Monarch pride this past Good Friday, April 14 at Sandy Beach.  65 Seniors spent the morning of this solemn holiday, combing the beach and park areas of garbage and recyclables.  They proudly represented Damien Memorial School.  There were even tour buses that drove by thanking students over their loudspeakers for their efforts.  

I'd like to give a big mahalo out to the faculty that assisted with supervising the students, as well as assisting in the clean up.  Thank you so much to Br. Casey, Erica Chun, Dexter Asuncion, Jeremiah Carter, and Eric Mau, for taking the time out of your schedules to be there.  We couldn't have done it without you.

Let's hear it for our Senior Class of 2017.

Hawaii Speech & Debate State Tournament

Congratulations to our Hawaii Speech & Debate State Tournament competitors Juniors Courtnee Elento & Tymir Streeter and Damien 8th graders Jonah Faumuina and Ryan Fitzgerald.  As the only double entered Damien competitor - Courtnee placed 7th in Dramatic Interpretation for the State with her overall record.  Courtnee went into the final round by winning over judges in preliminaries with her touching rendition of "God, If You're Really There."    Middle Schoolers Ryan Fitzgerald and Jonah Faumuina surprised high-school competitors and judges with their tenacity and aggressive politicking in Congressional Debate placing them in 7th and 9th overall positions respectively.  Congratulations to all our competitors for representing Damien!

Alumni Update: Jacob Batalon

Jacob Batalon is on the road to becoming a major star thanks to his role in Spider-Man: Homecoming. The just-released second trailer shows Batalon stealing a more scenes from star Tom Holland, who plays the new Spidey in the Marvel/Sony film. Batalon plays Peter Parker’s best friend, Ned Leeds.

Batalon doesn’t have a public Twitter account, but you can follow him on Instagram at @lifeisaloha.

Here’s what you need to know about Batalon.

1. ‘Spider-Man: Homecoming’ Is Only His Second Movie

The 20-year-old Batalon has only made two films in his young career. Before being cast in Spider-Man: Homecoming, he made his film debut in 2016’s North Woods.

North Woods is a short comedy-horror film written and directed by Anthony Raus. The film also starred Amber Allen and Jesse Boone. It’s about five film students who made a documentary about the Wendigo and are slowly picked off by a hungry creature.

2. He’s a Graduate of the Private Roman Catholic School Damien Memorial School in Hawaii

Batalon, an actor of Filipino descent, grew up in Hawaii. He’s a graduate from Damien Memorial School, a private Roman Catholic preparatory school in Honolulu.

After graduating from high school in 2014, Batalon traveled to the mainland, where he attended a two-year program at the New York Conservatory for Dramatic Arts, reports the Honolulu Star-Advertiser. It was the first time he performed on the stage, since Damien didn’t have a theater or stage program.

“Singing and (playing) the ukulele really was my thing,” Batalon told the Star-Advertiser. “My mother would make he go up and sing in front of everyone all the time, hahaha, and I didn’t particularly enjoy it so much as a child because I thought it was torture. But in retrospect, I think that’s what helped me get over my fear of being in front of people.”

3. His Ned Leeds is Far Different From the Character in the Comics

The version of Edward ‘Ned’ Leeds that Batalon plays is very different from the comics iteration. In the comics, Leeds doesn’t come into Peter Parker’s life until after high school, when he starts working at the Daily Bugle.

Peter meets Leeds at the Daily Bugle, where Leeds works as a filed reporter. One day, Leeds is assigned to investigate the villain Hobgoblin. During the assignment, he was captured and brainwashed into thinking he was the Hobgoblin. He was later targeted in a gang war and, since he didn’t have the real Hobgoblin’s powers, he was killed.

Leeds’ ethnicity has been changed for other iterations of Spider-Man. For The Spectacular Spider-Man, Leeds was renamed Ned Lee and became a Korean-American. However, in this version, he was still a reporter. Batalon’s version of Leeds is the first time the character has been shown as a high school friend of Peter’s.

4. He Says His Character is a ‘Genuine, Sweet Kid’

In a meeting with performing arts students at Damien Memorial School after filming Homecoming, Batalon described his character as “really innocent” and a “genuine, sweet kid.”

“Ned is a really innocent and genuine, sweet kid,” he said. Since he hasn’t been any of those things since he was a kid, he explained that he had to draw from his experiences as a kid to play the role.

“He’s really naive in a sense,” Batalon said of his character, who is five years younger than he is in real life. “You know, he just loves Star Wars and he’s super smart and he just loves to play around. So, I just went back to when I was a kid, playing Power Rangers and Yu-Gi-Oh and Pokemon.”

5. Director Jon Watts Describes ‘Homecoming’ as a ‘Straight-Up High School Movie’

While many of the Marvel movies are about adult super heroes, Homecoming is a little different. Peter Parker and his friends are only 15 in the movie, and director Jon Watts doesn’t want the audience to forget that.

As Entertainment Weekly reported, at Comic-Con 2016, Watts said Homecoming is a “straight-up high school movie, about a 15-year-old kid.” That feeling is definitely there in the trailers so far.

“We know what it’s like to be a billionaire playboy inventor. We learned what it’s like to be an alien God… We’re going to learn what it’s like to be kid in 10th grade going through puberty,” Watts said.

We’ll see how much of that “high school vibe” survives in the final cut of Homecoming when it hits theaters on July 7. 

Story by: Daniel S. Levine - http://heavy.com/entertainment

Story by: Daniel S. Levine - http://heavy.com/entertainment

Winners Announced in Essay and Artwork Contests

Mahalo to all students who submitted entries for our Essay and Artwork Contest celebrating the diversity of Damien’s campus community. The winning entries are published in the winter issue of Kamiano Magazine posted on our website and can be viewed below.

The following students will receive prizes for their essays: Dominic Boland '17, Karly Navas '18 and Nicolas Spiegel '22. And Vivien Nguyen '18 will receive a prize for her artwork.

Again, a big mahalo to all students who participated in the contest.

Dominic Boland '17

Karly Navas '18

Nicolas Spiegal '22

Vivian Nguyen '18

 

Eighth Graders Sweep ‘Inspired in Hawaii’ Essay Contest

Damien Memorial School eighth graders swept the top three places in the 2017 Clarence T.C. Ching “Inspired in Hawaii” essay contest. The winning students are:

·       1st place:  Millard “Miles” Brown (now attending Le Jardin Academy);

·       2nd place: Donovan Fuji

·       3rd place:  Nathan Gonzalez.

This is the third-consecutive year that Damien students took the top three honors in their age division, reports English teacher Gayle Pai. Her eighth graders dominated the competition in 2016 and her tenth graders swept in 2015.

In addition, one of Pai’s eighth graders took third place in the contest’s poster division during 2016.

Campus Beautification

March 18th and 19th (9am-3pm)

We invite all Damien students, parents, faculty, alumni and other friend to days of service on Saturday and Sunday before spring break.  If students, especially seniors, need to fulfill service hour requirements then this is a perfect opportunity.

We are working on many different projects as part of our campus beautification initiative and some projects come from Damien students including the Damien Design Team.  Join us on these days to make a difference at Damien! 

Scoring Live Player of the Week: Jordan Donahue

Male Athlete of the Week: Jordan Donahue, Damien baseball
Jordan Donahue is well-accustomed to being the young kid of the bunch. The Damien shortstop's hot start to his freshman season proves that to be true.

Donahue turned in his best game-to-date in the Monarch's come-from-behind 12-7 win over PAC-5 at Ala Wai Field last Tuesday, when he batted 2 for 3 at the plate with a double, triple, three RBI and three runs scored.

"He had a good game that day," said Damien coach Timo Donahue, Jordan's father. "We had Jordan lead off the first two games because our leadoff man was on a trip, so when he came back we put Jordan back in the No. 2 spot. I think he's handled himself well. I was happy for him because we were putting in a lot of work. We worked all fall to get him ready for this upcoming season. So far it's paying off."

Jordan, who bats left and throws right, got on with a walk in his first plate appearance when he took ball four on a 3-2 pitch. He eventually came around to score the second run of the inning to give the Monarchs a 2-0 lead after one.

PAC-5 got a run back in the fourth inning before storming ahead with a five-spot in the fifth to lead 6-2.

However, the Monarchs wasted little time in answering. They sent 13 batters to the plate and scored 10 runs on six hits — including four extra-base hits — to take the lead for good.

Donahue scored the first run of the inning. He doubled to left center on an 0-1 pitch and scored two pitches later on Kaimana Cameron's single up the middle to pull Damien within 6-3.

After Pomai Kim singled to put two runners aboard, Jayden Cabbab belted a three-run home run to tie it up.

Donahue eventually got another at bat in the inning and drove a ball over the head of the Wolfpack centerfielder for a bases-clearing triple that stretched his team's lead to 12-6.

"He's one of a few guys we have that usually have good at bats and have plate discipline to swing at good pitches and let pitches out of the zone go," Timo said.

While Jordan has been right at home at the plate — where he sports a healthy .333 batting average and ranks second in D2 statewide in runs scored (nine) — getting comfortable at shortstop has been a work in progress.

"He pretty much takes the approach that he's the young guy on the team, but because of his position he is required to take charge — regardless of his youth," Timo said. "I'm trying to get him to be more vocal — and that will come as the years go on and he gets older and older — but he's got to take command of the infield and I think he's starting to understand that, even though he's got all older guys around him."

Jordan, whose older brother Christian, an Iolani graduate, is a starting outfield at Oregon State, has reached base safely in all four games this season.

"I think a lot of guys — because he's younger — don't expect much from him, but he's always played against older guys growing up," Timo said. "When his brother comes home they work out pretty much every day and they talk all the time and text back and forth after games, so the good part for Jordan is he gets non-stop coaching."

Timo, who managed Christian and the Waipio All-Stars to the Little League World Series crown in 2008, said he tries to separate his coach-player relationship from his father-son one.

"When we're at practice or at games he's just another player, and when we're at home we have that interaction and we walk about it, but it's not that hard to coach him and I don't think it's hard for him either because both of my kids have played for me since they started. I was always their coach," Timo said. "And he takes it well. If I get on him it's not like it's the end of the world. Basically, he probably expects more of himself than I do."

Damien (3-1) has now won three in a row to pull within a game of first-place Saint Francis (4-0).

"In the three years that I've been here this is the best team that we've had," Timo Donahue said. "The guys that were freshmen are now juniors, the sophomores are now seniors and they're starting to understand what we were trying to teach them from the beginning. They've made huge strides in their progresss as players as well. We had a good preseason where we played almost all D1 teams and I think that helps us. If think if the kids put it together it could be a special year for us."

Jordan, who celebrated his 16th birthday Tuesday, and the Monarchs will look to extend their win streak when they take on PAC-5 at 3:30 p.m. Wednesday at Patsy T. Mink Central Oahu Regional Park.

2017-2018 National Honors Society Applications!!!

2017-2018 National Honors Society Applications! If you are interested in joining the Damien Memorial National Honors Society Club and are a current 9th, 10th or 11th grader at Damien, please complete the online application by before Friday March 17th at 3:00pm. In addition, if you would like to be a member, you will need to ask two teachers to complete an online letter of recommendation, which will also need to be submitted by March 17th at 3:00pm or earlier. If you have any questions, feel free to ask Mr. Freeman in room 521 or email Mr. Freeman at bfreeman@damien.edu

Click Here to Apply

State Qualifiers at Oahu District Speech Tournament

Congratulations to Juniors Courtnee Elento and Tymir Streeter for qualifying for the State Tournament at the MidPac Tournament this weekend.  Tymir placed 3rd out of a field of 27 Impromptu speakers, impressing his judges with his excellent exposition.  Courtnee placed 3rd in Program Oral Interpretation category, which not only gives her a place at States but another shot at Nationals as well.  Courtnee is now also double qualified for States - showing that Damien girls can rock it in Speech and Debate.  Congrats to both Courtnee, Tymir and the Middle School competitors (Ryan Fitzgerald and Michael Okoh) for representing Damien at the Oahu District Speech Tournament.

Damien Celebrates Pink Shirt Day

On February 22nd, Damien Memorial School joined the national effort to fight bullying in schools. We are aware that the world can be a negative  place sometimes, lowering self esteem and causing bullying behavior. We hope to change that by bringing the issue to the forefront of our school, and opening up student dialogue about changes we can make to keep our campus safe from bullies. 

Many anti-bullying activities took place today to support our effort. The Damien Ohana Project met this morning and offered their pledges to make Damien a bully free school. 

Fat Tuesday Malasada Sale

Fat Tuesday (Damien's Malasada Day) is on Tuesday, February 28th.  This will be our 10th year and we are expecting a very good turnout again this year.

Download Order forms Here

Volunteer shifts:
We are using signup.com for volunteer shifts for this event which can be viewed here: https://signup.com/client/invitation

Volunteer Information Click Here

Thank you in advance for your time and support of our Malasada Day event.

Please contact Ayumi Johnson or email ajohnson@damien.edu with any questions.