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was a success by bringing together 175 past alumni and about 35
current students on the evening of Saturday, May 4, 2013. A
wonderful dinner of chicken and beef kabobs, pilaf, salad and
green beans prepared on site by Gary Lanfranco, class of 1964,
and served by Senate members was a smashing success.
The 50/50 raffle which benefited Leadership on campus was won by
Elaine Parnagian Sudjian, class of 1957. She walked away with
$272 while Leadership received $272. Leadership is a student run
organization supporting all school related events and community
events. Students from all grade and activity levels are
involved. Leadership plans on using their money to buy a large
canopy for outdoor events. And Elaine is planning a vacation!
One of the highlights of the evening was getting a personal tour
of the new south building by our principal, Dr. John Forbes. He
was very excited to show off the building which will house
administrative offices and the Senate chambers even though it
had no lighting and took a good deal of imagination to realize
what the finished offices would look like. Since the stairs were
still incomplete, no one was allowed upstairs to see what the
classrooms will look like. But that did not stop those attending
the dinner to get a first hand look. The Senate members have
been using a classroom for their meetings so are looking forward
to their new digs. A lot of excitement was around those who had
the chance to observe the first changes to the school in over 40
years…a long awaited change bringing back the classical look
which was lost when Palmer and LaConte halls were tore down in
A silent dessert auction was fun for those who participated and
even more fun when those desserts were taken to the tables and
shared with other diners. Even if you lost out on one of the
fantastic desserts available, a chance to partake of the sweet
delights was enjoyed by all.
A special thank you to softball, football and JROTC who helped
set up the venue in the morning and to rugby, Senate, football
and Leadership who helped take things down after the dinner.
Jazz band played music before dinner and Folkloric dancers in
their beautiful costumes showed off their talents while diners
cooled off in shaded areas with their margaritas.
Next year’s event---our 15th---will be held on Saturday, May 3,
2014. Save the date and join the fun.
North Yosemite League champ Fresno continues to humble opposing
CRAIG KOHLRUSS/THE FRESNO BEE - Fresno High's
Erik Scott tags out Hoover's Joel Hooper as he tries to steal
home, ending the top of the third Friday. NYL-leading
Fresno won the game 4-0.
By Andy Boogaard -
The Fresno Bee
Friday, May. 03, 2013 | 10:56 PM
A seventh purple
and white North Yosemite League championship baseball sign will
be ordered soon to join the others high above the backstop at
And maybe this one should include an asterisk if the Warriors
close the season by sustaining a defensive pace that Hoover
coach Sam Flores described Friday as "unreal."
His Patriots had just lost 4-0 as Brandon Acosta pitched a
four-hitter and struck out 10 in Fresno's 10th shutout of an
The Warriors, who clinched the NYL championship outright for
their seventh conference title in the past 12 years under
626-game winning coach Ken Papi, have given up a total of 39
runs in 26 games.
"Ridiculous," said Flores, who went 0-3 to Fresno in the league.
"You're not going to lose very many games when you do that.
We've given up (121) and we have two pretty good arms."
Behind seniors Acosta (7-3, 0.60) and Jorge Alvarado (7-5,
1.42), and sophomore Josh Acosta (3-0, 0.56), the Warriors have
a team ERA of 0.92.
Josh Acosta, who belted a three-run double to deep left and is
the younger brother of Brandon, and catcher Eric Scott are
sophomores and defensive anchors of a team that is 12-1 with a
four-game lead in the NYL with two games remaining.
And left fielder Damian Herrera stoned a potential Hoover
comeback with a sliding catch to close the game with two runners
"They have pitchers who finished guys and they take care of the
baseball; they don't kick it around," Flores said. "Scoring off
them is very difficult -- very difficult."
He said this three days after seeing his team lose 6-3 at home
to Fresno in a game Hoover led 3-0 with two outs, a 1-2 count
and one runner on in the seventh inning.
"Nightmare," Flores said.
While surely not to that degree, many other NYL coaches
nonetheless have been troubled by the Warriors, who have
delivered seven of their shutouts in the league.
But the competition promises to stiffen in two weeks in the
Central Section Division II playoffs, where Fresno will contend
with the likes of Memorial (21-7) and Madera (18-8) out of the
County/Metro Athletic Conference and East Yosemite
League-leading Tulare Western (21-9-1).
Fresno has been promoted from D-III, where it placed second to
Garces last year with a 4-3, eight-inning loss that closed a
Alvarado went 14-1 in that one while earning All-State honors.
"Coming off that year, there's been a lot of pressure on him,
but he's handled it well," said Warriors co-coach Jason Papi,
son of 39-year coach and Fresno Athletic Hall of Famer Ken Papi.
"Brandon has followed (Alvarado's) lead. He didn't have his best
stuff at all today. What you saw was a gutsy performance. This
team has heart; it's one of the hardest-working groups we've
Fresno High Won $8,000
in the recent texting contest sponsored by
Cherry Avenue Auction.
Thank you for your support !!