Assumption High School Newsletter
March 31, 2014
Dear Assumption Community,
Welcome to the latest installment of the Assumption High School e-newsletter. This issue recaps Catholic Schools Week, the Spring Musical, and winter sports, while also looking ahead to April Knight and the next two football seasons.
We received great feedback from many of you on our recent profile of alum Eamonn Brennan '03. In case you missed it, you can read it here. We look forward to sharing many more alumni success stories with you in the weeks and months to come!
If you know of an alumni success story that should be shared, please contact me. These profiles are sure to make you even more proud to call AHS your alma mater!
May the Holy Spirit be with you during this Lenten season. As always, we look forward to hearing from you, so please continue to send your news, feedback, and ideas.
One in the Spirit,
Jordan Gizzarelli '99
Director of Alumni Relations
Married Faculty Member Enters Priesthood
Mr. Chris Young, a religion teacher at Assumption for the past two years, became a transitional deacon — one who intends to become a priest — in a ceremony held March 25 in Sunderbruch Auditorium.
Young, a married man and an Episcopalian priest until eight years ago, is joining the clergy thanks to a special 1980 dispensation from Pope John Paul II called The Pastoral Provision, which applies only to former clergy of the Episcopal (or Anglican) Church. It's estimated that about 100 Catholic priests in the U.S. have made the same conversion as that of Chris Young, and on June 7, Young will be ordained by Bishop Amos at Sacred Heart Cathedral. Read more here.
Assumption Celebrates Catholic Schools Week 2014
Catholic Schools Week 2014 was held January 27 – February 2. Students and parents kicked off the week by speaking at local parish Masses about the benefits of a Catholic school education.
During Catholic Schools Week, Assumption took part in a combined Scott County K-12 Catholic Schools project, Dodgeball for Diapers, which benefited Bethany Home for Children and Families. Wednesday, students donated $3 to the project to spend the school day in their pajamas instead of school uniforms, and Friday afternoon students participated in a dodgeball tournament, with all entry fees going to purchase diapers. Assumption students collected just under 12,000 diapers and $1,000, which combined with the grade schools’ donations to total over 19,000 diapers and $1,800 being donated to Bethany Home. Read an article about the project here.
The annual Catholic Schools Mass was held Thursday, January 30, in the AHS gymnasium. Students, faculty, and staff from All Saints Catholic, St. Paul the Apostle, John F. Kennedy, and Lourdes Catholic School joined Assumption students for the celebration. Father Rich Adam of Sacred Heart Parish celebrated the Mass along with several other priests from the Davenport Diocese and Deacons Bob Shaw (St. Paul the Apostle) and Dan Huber (Sacred Heart).
Mark Your Calendar for April Knight 2014 | Friday Night Lights
The 28th Annual April Knight gala and fundraiser will be held Friday, April 25, at 6:30 p.m. in the Assumption High School Gym. This year's theme is "Friday Night Lights." Reservations may be made by downloading and returning the Reply Card located here.
Raffle tickets are currently on sale for both the Early Bird Drawing (April 9) and Grand Prize Drawing (April 25) and may be purchased by downloading the form located here and sending in your payment along with a completed form.
Please contact April Knight Coordinator, Susie Foster, (firstname.lastname@example.org) for more information.
2014 & 2015 Football Schedules Released
The Iowa High School Athletic Association recently released football schedules for the 2014 and 2015 seasons. Assumption will open the 2014 and 2015 seasons against rival Bettendorf, while facing new opponents in Weeks 2 through 9. Fellow Catholic schools Xavier of Cedar Rapids and Wahlert of Dubuque were added to the Knights' docket promising to present new challenges along with opportunities to establish new rivalries!
"We are excited to retain our rivalry against Bettendorf, while looking forward to starting new ones," said Athletic Director and Head Football Coach Wade King. "As we enter into a new era of Assumption football, we're looking forward to seeing new parts of the state and continuing our tradition of excellence against a new set of opponents."
Fine Arts News
Spring Musical, Children of Eden, Delights Audiences
The Assumption Knight Players put on three outstanding performances of this year's spring musical, Children of Eden, during a three-day span from March 7 to 9. The performances, directed by alumna Liz King '00, highlighted Assumption's many talented thespians, singers, and musicians.
"Working with such a great group of students every day was really a special experience. Everyone, from the cast, crew, and pit orchestra to the parents and supporters, deserves recognition for making Children of Eden a success!" King said. "A special thank you to this year’s seniors for all the effort they have put in to making our Drama Program successful the last four years! You will be missed, but I hope you will come back to see the great things to come from our talented freshman, sophomore and juniors."
Fine Arts Events Fill Up Spring Calendar
Assumption's Fine Arts department will take center stage in April and May with a handful of performances scheduled for the first few weeks of spring. A Celebration of the Arts kicks things off on Wednesday, April 23, at 7 p.m. in Sunderbruch Auditorium. The One Act Play is scheduled for Saturday-Sunday April 26-27, in Sunderbruch Auditorium, and the Spring Choir Concert will be held Monday, May 5, at 7 p.m.
Two Students Awarded First Team All-State Speech Honors
Seniors Ben Pashon and Liam Baldwin received All-State honors for their scene from Almost, Maine, at the Large Group State Speech competition on Feb. 8 in Marion. In addition, senior Andrew Skalak received an Outstanding I rating for his short film submission, and AHS's Group Improv troupe of Maria Frazer, Ashley Martinez, Ruthie Neff, and Grace Olsen also garnered Outstanding I recognition.
Congratulations also goes to the following Individual Speech participants who received Outstanding I ratings at the Individual State Speech Competition: Synclaire Lunardi in Solo Musical Theater, Rachel Pelsang in Prose and Acting, Gillian Straub in Spontaneous Speaking, and Rachel Vinar in Improv.
Knight Wrestlers Capture 4-Peat, Crown 2 Champs!
The Assumption wrestling program continued its domination at the state tournament by winning the program's fourth consecutive Iowa Class 2A state dual tournament title on Feb. 19 at Wells Fargo Arena in Des Moines.
The Knights, under the direction of former state champion Pete Bush '79, defeated top-ranked Mediapolis in the 2A state final by a score of 36-22, after edging Independence 32-20 in the semifinals and topping Webster City 43-20 in the quarterfinals. With the win over Mediapolis, Assumption bested its own state record of 7 state dual titles by winning its eighth overall dual championship.
The Knights didn't stop there, going on to win Assumption's fifth traditional tournament title with 117 points and crowning two state champions in the process. In all, 10 wrestlers qualified for the state meet with Seniors Danny Bush and Eric Clarke winning titles at 152 and 132 pounds respectively. Fellow senior Brendan Gould earned runner-up honors at 120 pounds.
Capping a week of excitement, during Saturday night's state finals Head Coach Pete Bush was inducted into the Iowa High School Athletic Association's Hall of Fame.
Girls Basketball Reaches State Tournament
The Assumption girls' basketball team also made its way to Des Moines for the State Tournament, but was unsuccessful in securing a four-peat of their own. Despite a quarterfinal loss to Ballard, the Lady Knights accomplished a great deal by simply earning a return trip to Des Moines.
As the third new coach in the last four years with many new faces in the lineup, Head Coach Rachael Milliman guided the team to a mark of 17-7 overall and 14-2 in the MAC. Senior Maddie Irmen and junior Makinze Roman were voted Second Team All-Conference, while junior Riley Behan and senior Jamie White earned Honorable Mention accolades from the league's coaches.
The Lady Knights entered the postseason on a 5-game winning streak that increased to 7 with regional tournament wins over Davenport North and Keokuk. The Knights and also enjoyed a 6-game winning streak during a stretch from Dec. 13 to Jan. 10. Several letterwinners will return to next season's squad, including Behan and three other players who started games this past season.
Boys' Basketball Shows Promise, Finishes Strong
Trying to replace all five starters from a team that finished fourth at the 2013 state tournament is not an easy task, but the 2014 Knights boys' basketball team showed great potential and promise for the future. Their 13-10 overall record, and 9-7 mark in the MAC earned the team a tie for third place in the conference standings.
Head Coach Joe Barrer's young squad won 7 of their last 10 games, and closed out the regular season with a four-game winning streak before falling in the first round of the state playoffs. There were many highlights for the youthful Knights, including a buzzer-beater by Hunter Grenier to top Cedar Rapids Xavier 49-46 in January, and a convincing 43-30 win over Rock Island Alleman to keep the "A Trophy" at Assumption for another year.
Barrer's team will return four starters in seniors-to-be Tim Doyle, Hunter Grenier, Evan Wadsager, and Roman Youngblut, as well as other key players Jordan Allen, Jack Schwirtz, and Connor Moellenbeck. With only two players lost to graduation, the future certainly looks bright for Barrer's fledgling squad.
Ripslinger, Irmen Sign NLI's with Hawkeyes, Panthers
Senior soccer and track standouts Rose Ripslinger and Maddie Irmen inked their National Letters of Intent in early February.
Ripslinger, a University of Iowa commit for soccer, is the reigning three-time Iowa Gatorade Player of the Year in soccer and 3A State Champion in the 100M Dash. A two-time captain of the Iowa Class 1A Girls Soccer All-Tournament Team, she is the only girls’ player in Iowa history to win the Gatorade Player of the Year Award three times.
Ripslinger, the 2012 Quad-City Times Female Athlete of the Year, also ran on two Iowa Class 3A State Championship relay teams last spring – 4 x 100M Relay and 4 x 200M Relay – and was part of the Sprint Medley Relay team that finished fourth at the 2013 New Balance Outdoor National Track & Field Meet in a time of 1 minute, 50 seconds. By virtue of their fourth place finish, the group received All-American honors. Her efforts on the track helped Assumption to their first ever Class 3A Girls Track and Field State Championship in 2013.
Irmen has committed to the University of Northern Iowa track and field program, where she will look to build on her already impressive resume that includes 2011 and 2012 Iowa Class 3A state titles in the 400M Dash, and runner-up finishes in the 200M Dash in 2012 and 2013. Over the past three years, Irmen has been a key contributor to six state championship teams at Assumption – two in girls basketball (2012, 2013), three in girls soccer (2011, 2012, 2013), and one in track and field (2013), in addition to winning four state relay crowns (2011 Outdoor 4 x 100M and 4 x 200M Relays, 2012 Indoor 4 x 200M Relay, and 2013 Outdoor Sprint Medley).
From 2011 to 2013, Ripslinger and Irmen were starters on the Lady Knights soccer teams that won three consecutive Iowa Class 1A state titles and reeled off 51 consecutive wins, setting the mark for the 8th-longest winning streak in U.S. High School history. They were also a part of the only Drake Relays championships in school history when they ran on the 2011 and 2012 championship 4 x 400M relay teams.
• Landon Williams ’10, a senior wrestler at Wartburg College won the NCAA Division III Wrestling title at 174 pounds, his second career NCAA championship. With the win, Williams earned his 135th career victory and put himself sixth on the program's all-time career win list. He has also been a key member of Wartburg's past four consecutive NCAA Division III team championships.
• Jared T. Smith ’96 was named to Street & Smith’s Sports Business Journal “Forty Under 40”. Read more here.
• Thomas Reyhons ’11, a junior wrestler at Augustana College in Rock Island, received an at-large bid to the 2014 NCAA Division III Wrestling Championships after leading the nation (all divisions) in pins with 25. Reyhons was named 2014 CCIW Most Outstanding Wrestler and also received the Jack Schwartz Award at the 32-team Pete Willson-Wheaton Invitational in February.
• Ragan Duax '11 of Grand View University won the 2014 Midwest Collegiate Conference Indoor Track & Field Championship in the 55m Dash with a winning time of 7.44 seconds. Duax was also a member of the women's 4 x 400m relay team that qualified for and finished 15th overall at the NAIA national indoor meet.
• The Kiley family, with the generous help of many friends, has established the John R. Kiley Memorial Scholarship through the Community Foundation of the Great River Bend in memory of alum John R. Kiley '68. The first scholarship will be awarded this spring. For more information, click here.
• Pete Bush ’79, head wrestling coach at Assumption, was inducted into the Iowa High School Athletic Association Hall of Fame at the State Tournament in February.
• Eamonn Brennan ’03, a College Basketball Writer at ESPN, won the United States Basketball Writers Association (USBWA) Rising Star Award – given annually to a member who is under 30 and has exhibited excellence in covering college basketball. Read our Q&A with Eamonn here.
Marriages & Engagements
• Kelly Sunderbruch '97 is engaged to Robert Joseph Rath, Jr. The couple plans to wed in July.
• John Roche ’99 and Helayna Shaw ’01 are engaged.
• Meredith McAfoos ’08 is engaged to Jonathan Dreasler, Assumption's Head Girls Soccer Coach. The couple plans to wed in July.
• Katie Reyes ’03 is engaged to Jason Steege. The couple plans to wed in August.
• Arlene Hummell '00 is engaged to Tim Bennett. The couple will marry in April.
• Bernadette M. Dixon ’75 Kelly passed away Jan. 30, 2014.
• Dr. Lorene M. (Logic) Price, the first president of the Assumption High School Parents Club, passed away Feb. 3, 2014.
• Sister Mary Jo Loebig, math teacher at AHS from 1970-73, passed away Feb. 11, 2014.
• Steven L. Schricker ’68 passed away Feb. 15, 2014.
• Davenport Police Sgt. Kevin P. “Rudy” Marxen ’75 passed away Feb. 18, 2014.
• Maureen D. Hall '59 Willis passed away March 23, 2014.
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