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February 23, 2015   •   VOL. 53, NO. 4   •   Oakland, CA
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Saint Mary's College High School in Berkeley honored 1950s teacher and basketball coach Bob Hagler and named its court in his honor.
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If you haven't yet met the new rector of the Cathedral of Christ the Light, you can get to know Father Jay Matthews by listening to his first homily as rector — the audio is on the Cathedral's Facebook page, www.ctlcathedral.org.

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Ivan Rabb, a senior at Bishop O'Dowd High School in Oakland, was named to the McDonald's All American Team. He will be following in the footsteps of some of the sport's exemplary players such as Michael Jordan, Magic Johnson, Kobe Bryant and Alameda's own Jason Kidd — all McDonald's All Americans. Rabb will be playing with the nation is current top boys' high school basketball players. Look for him on the West team at Chicago's United Center at 9 p.m. April 1 on ESPN.

Rabb is the first O'Dowd boys' basketball player to be selected as a McDonald's All American. Girls' basketball player Oderah Chidom '13 was the first Dragon ever selected for the games.

Four students at Bishop O'Dowd High School signed National Letters of Intent earlier this month: Hannah Castillo, volleyball, UC-Merced; Haley Nishimoto, soccer, Middle Tennessee State University; Matt Powell, soccer, UCLA; Stephanie Zuniga, soccer, University of Colorado.

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Saint Mary's College High School in Berkeley honored 1950s teacher and basketball coach, Bob Hagler, top photo, at a halftime ceremony Jan. 20 by naming the court in his honor. Hagler-era alumni have raised funds for significant improvements to the school's 1948 gymnasium. Hagler coached the Panther teams to five championships in the Catholic Athletic League on the court now named for him. A 1950 graduate of Saint Mary's College, Hagler coached championship teams at the college in the late 1950s. He was inducted into the Sports Halls of Fame at both schools.

Ernie de Loa was recognized as the Family Service Champion for the Catholic Funeral and Cemetery Services for 2014. De Loa is the first recipient of the new program that honors workers at various Catholic cemeteries' locations for their care of families in need. De Loa works at Queen of Heaven Cemetery in Lafayette. He was nominated by his peers, and Bishop Michael C. Barber, SJ, recognized him for being "one of those considered to be the best representatives of the values we hold in the Diocese of Oakland."

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