Thanks to Harold Dawson, HC Dad of two alum and a soon to be graduate of our school, for this article!
"The Holy Cross 8th grade boys basketball team finished the regular season 14-0 this year, raising yet another banner for the Charger’s athletic program. New coach Andres “Dre” Marmolejo, rebuilt the entire program leading into this season. His calm courtside confidence on game day, belied an intense practice regimen as he installed a diverse offense, a tenacious zone defense and a winning culture.
"The Charger’s season started with a string of convincing wins, but in late January, the team navigated a magical stretch that would portend a very special season. First, they overcame a seven point fourth quarter deficit to down Faith Hope. The following week, they fell behind St. Joes by 19 points in the first half, before rallying to victory behind Paul Clune’s 3-point shooting and a scoring explosion from Caden Hanusa. Up next was archrival OLPH. Again trailing in the 4th quarter, Holy Cross fought back to take the lead, with Christopher Dawson sealing the win late, draining one clutch free throw after another. Holy Cross then took to the road against OLPH and again trailed late. Down two with :04 seconds to go, Dawson hit John Seinicki with a perfect cross court pass for the game-tying layup on a brilliantly designed in-bounds play. Holy Cross then dominated overtime and went on to sweep the rest of the regular season.
"The Charger’s then stormed through the playoffs before the quest for a perfect season ended in the championship game. The Chargers led early, but then major foul trouble and uncharacteristic turnovers spelled doom, as they could not overcome a tenacious St. Joan of Arc team, determined to pay back the two losses from earlier in the season.
"A great season for the Holy Cross Chargers. While Dawson, Seinicki, Hanusa and Clune lit up the scoreboard all year, the real story behind this team’s success was the contributions that came from every player on the entire team, another mantra preached by Coach Dre. Matthew Littau played tough defense and provided timely rebounding and ball handling. Then there were the dynamic pair of twins. Perry and Xavier Harig provided numerous big time baskets in key moments while patrolling the paint and John and Vincent Flaminio contributed tenacious, physical defense that rivaled the Bulls of the 90’s.
"While the basketball banner raising ceremony is still being scheduled, these young athletes have now turned their energy and talents to volleyball, where the storied Holy Cross program is on a quest to win its 3rd championship in the last four years. "