Rick Lakin

September 2012 Athletes of the Month

Below are the Athletes of the Month for September as selected by their coaches.  Congratulations to these young Crusaders.


Boys Cross Country – Joseph Chiappe, 9th ,
Though new to the sport, Joseph dedicated himself early on through summer conditioning and his summer training is paying off early, as he has medaled in every invitational he has raced in the month of September. Joseph has qualified for the Southern California Cross Country Invitational at Guajome Regional Park where he will compete against the top 250 varsity runners in all of southern California.




Girls Cross Country – Miranda Campos, 10th ,
Miranda has already distinguished herself as one of Mater Dei’s top two runners in the Girls’ Varsity Division. Her hard work in the spring and throughout the summer months has catapulted her towards the top of Mater Dei’s Cross Country team where she is a returning varsity member.




Football (Offense) – Joseph LeGerrette-Luke, 12th
Joe has led the Crusader offense to a 2-2 start. He has been electric both throwing and running the football. He leads the offense and is one of the leaders of the team.





Football (Defense) – Sebastian Alzua, 12th
Sebastian has led the Crusader defense in tackles through the first half of the season. He not only has dominated at the linebacker position, but he is a huge leader on and off the field.






Girls Golf – Jessica Mangrobang, 9th
Jessica has made her name known throughout the Mesa League by medaling in her first 8 golf matches.  She has set the standard in the south bay for lady’s golf.  She was also named the Union Tribune Athlete of the Week.





Girls Tennis – Lynn San Ramon, 12th
Lynn is the Team Captain and leads by example. She has won all 9 of her matches easily in the 3 league games we have played this season to date. Lynn has moved into the role as the queen of doubles and this has made a significant difference in our ability to win matches and games.






Girls Volleyball – Vianca De La Parra, 12th
This year as a senior and middle hitter, Vianca has stepped up her game to becoming one of the primary threats on the team. Her leadership shows through her hard work and dedication to the team on and off court.


Boys’ Water Polo – Alec Figy, 12th
Alec is a four time letter winner and team co- captain and has lead the aqua crusaders to a fast start. Alec is averaging 3.5 goals a game and is closing in on the all time scoring record at Mater Dei. Alec plays the driver position and has tremendous speed in the water.




Cheer – Alyssa Carranza, 10th
Alyssa is a superior athlete and a great asset to the varsity cheer squad. She exemplifies great leadership skills and isn’t shy to show her Crusader Spirit.

Jessica Mangrobang – UT Prep Athlete of the Week


Point Loma senior Ricky Sweet finished first in the South Bay Invitational at Rohr Park.

Jessica Mangrobang

Golf | Mater Dei Catholic

The freshman ran her streak of medal rounds to seven in Metro Mesa League competition, against Hilltop at Eastlake CC and Bonita Vista at Chula Vista GC. Mangrobang’s low round is a 4-under 32 at Bonita GC against Olympian.


Crusader Comment – It’s a 3Peat

Mater Dei Wins 3rd Straight CIF-San Diego Section Softball Title

The MDCHS Lady Crusaders defeated Madison, 7 – 3, on Saturday, May 26 to win their 3rd straight CIF Division IV Softball Championship.  Behind the pitching of freshman Alexis Morales and the grandslam homerun and 5 RBI game of senior Maritza Lopez-Portillo, the Lady Crusaders went undefeated in the CIF double-elimination playoffs to capture their 3rd title in a row.

2012 Mater Dei Catholic High School Lady Crusader Softball Team Back Row: Coach David Girard, Coach Alana Ford, Head Coach Mike Centrullo, Coach Johnny Tamayo, Coach Amber Baker, Coach Mike Cruse Players (left to right standing) Taylor Cruse, 11th; Amanda Idiaquez, 9th; Dalia Chavez, 10th; Anissa Carrillo, 9th; Lindsey Finch, 10th; Reyna Jamison, 9th; Skania Lemus, 11th; Alexis Morales, 9th (left to right sitting) Maritza Lopez-Portillo, 12th; Sabrina Persona, 11th; Avery Finch, 11th; Veronica Vargas, 12th; Kimberly Tamayo, 11th

Crusader Comment – Andrew Martinez

Andrew Martinez, Mater Dei Catholic High

Four years ago, an adolescent boy geared up for a football game. He threw 3 touchdown passes in the opening round of the Saints Alumni-Parochial Varsity Football Championship tourney and sealed his team, St. Rose of Lima, a spot in the tournament’s semi-finals. This athlete was none other than Andrew Martinez,

who despite suffering a broken finger, continued to play, and determined to lead his team to victory. He waited until after all games in order to be rushed to the hospital, and his success earned him a spot on the All-County team. This grammar school highlight can be used to sum up his past 4 years as a Mater Dei Crusader. In 2010, he was selected All-Metro Mesa 1st Team Defense in football.

With a reputation as one of the toughest players on the field, Martinez works day in and day out to lead his team to victory. A captain on the practice field, Martinez encourages his fellow players with chants and cheers in order to raise the tempo of practice. Andrew is used as a type of utility player on the team. He starts at Middle Linebacker, but has been seen playing TE on the opposite side of the ball, as well as making bone-shattering hits as a punt coverage specialist and special teams player. These feats have earned Martinez looks from colleges including Boise State, UNLV, New Mexico State as well as others where he wishes to play not one, but two varsity sports.

One sport is not enough for Martinez. Andrew prides himself on being an athlete, one who can excel in several different sports. A standout 1st baseman in baseball, Martinez was offered a scholarship to San Diego State based on his skills early in his sophomore year. He has verbally committed to State although he says his options are open and he hopes to find a school where he does not have to be limited to a single sport. Stories are frequently told about his baseball exploits including his infamous home-run swing, which strikes fear into the hearts of opposing pitchers. This swing has earned Andrew a spot on the Tampa Bay Devil Rays scout team where he continues to play 1st base.

As if football and baseball were not enough, Martinez has also been known to play basketball. At St. Rose of Lima in 6th grade, Andrew made the Parochial JV All-County Basketball team at the Saints Alumni Basketball Championships. He holds this as one of his highest accomplishments of his middle school career and notes that his team ended up winning the tournament.

When asked about his free time, Martinez quickly pointed out that balancing school and sports leave him few idle moments. When he does have a free moment, Andrew likes to help out his church, St. Rose of Lima.

SDPSN Staff Writer: Jack Fernandes ’12 – Senior / Mater Dei Catholic H.S.

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President – Sr. Lilia Barba, SJS

Prin:  George Milke x 102


Prin Sec:  Zurissadi Glavez x130

AP:  Bill Gerken x117

Athletic Director:  Bill Gerken x117


ASB: Cres Angeles & Joseph Brunner

Finance:  Rocio Hodges

Cheer: Marcus McCastle

Band:  Troy Peets


Badminton:  DNF

Baseball: Ed Johnson

B. BB: Kenny Caesar

G. BB: David Monroe

B. XC: Carla Martinez

G. XC: Carla Martinez

Field Hockey:  DNF

Football: John Joyner

B. Golf: Alex Valenzuela

G. Golf: Alex Valenzuela

Gymnastics:  DNF

B. Lacrosse:  DNF

G. Lacrosse: DNF

Roller Hockey:  DNF

B. Soccer: Jorge Zavala

G. Soccer: Adrian Caro

Softball: Mike Centrullo

B. Swim: Kevin Smith

G. Swim: Kevin Smith

B. Tennis: David Borck

G. Tennis: Lea Borck

B. Track: Carla Martinez

G. Track: Carla Martinez

B. VB: Ahmad Rice

G. VB: Ahmad Rice

B. Water Polo: Guy Souza

Girls Water Polo
Guy Souza: gsouza@materdeicatholic.org

Wrestling:  Scott Ullsperger