The Plank

Plank Article Evan Mayers ’22

Kairos 151 initiates the Kairos season

Jesuit High School Sacramento seniors are currently preparing to take part in Kairos 151, a traditional spiritual retreat held multiple times throughout the school year. 

The goal of Kairos is to bring together the seniors in a continuation of building the Brotherhood while also allowing each student the opportunity to explore their own personal relationship with God. 

Plank Article Luke Kriss ’23

Opinion: Can Dune deliver a blockbuster…finally?

“Dune,” the upcoming $165 million blockbuster by Legendary Pictures, is based on Frank Herbert’s 1965 book of the same name. Released on October 22, 2021, and directed by Denis Villeneuve, this film includes actors Timothée Chalamet, Zendaya, Rebecca Ferguson, Jason Momoa, Dave Bautista, Oscar Isaac, Josh Brolin, & Stellan Skarsgård.

Plank Article Andrew Maulino ’24

Jesuit football increases win streak with strong victory against Franklin

On Friday, Oct. 1, the Jesuit High School Sacramento Marauders varsity football team earned a win against Franklin High School, adding another victory to their win streak with a score of 47-16, making their record 5-1 for the season. 

The game started off close, with Jesuit winning 13-8. But, the Marauders had an outstanding second quarter scoring 3 TD. The Marauders completed the game with 379 total yards which included 6 rushing TD and 1 receiving TD while holding Franklin to 2 TDs.

Plank Article Lucas Rucker '24

Cam’s Team take the victory at Jesuit’s 3v3 Intramural Basketball Tournament

Nearly every year, Jesuit High School Sacramento hosts an intramural basketball tournament where students from all grade levels compete. With the return of in-person school, this annual event returned as well.

The event was set up by the Students Activities Office in collaboration with Student Council and took place during Community periods starting on Aug. 31 and ending on Sept. 23.

Plank Article Harley Sherman ’22 Cole Beckman ’22

Jesuit hosts successful Homecoming at Haggin Oaks

On Saturday, September 25th, 2021, Jesuit High School Sacramento’s annual Homecoming Dance took place at Haggin Oaks Golf Complex. With last year’s homecoming being canceled due to COVID-19 related reasons, this homecoming was more important than usual. 

Lots of change had to occur in order to allow Jesuit’s Homecoming Dance to take place. One of the largest changes was the change in venue for the dance. 

Plank Article Matthew Herold ’22 Luke Kriss ’23

Mr. Daniel Mascarenhas: Teaching Jesuit Students on the Path to Priesthood

Mr. Daniel Mascarenhas, S.J. is a Jesuit scholastic who came to Jesuit High School Sacramento this year as part of his path to priesthood. After studying philosophy at St. Louis University in Missouri, Mr. Mascarenhas was assigned to the Golden State where he had previously worked as a mechanical engineer in Silicon Valley.

Mr. Mascarenhas was born and raised in Western India where he attended a Catholic school from 1st to 10th grade. His normal routine in India does not sound much different than what students at Jesuit experience every day.

Plank Article Rowan Craig '23

Opinion: “Hollow Knight” has an immersive map and unique experiences for metroidvania players

The new videogame “Hollow Knight” is a new take on the classic metroidvania subgenre that delivers a completely different experience from any other video game in the genre. Created and released by the small Australian indie studio Team Cherry, “Hollow Knight” shows some of the best that the indie gaming industry has to offer. 

Despite only having a small development team of four and a small budget of 50 thousand dollars, “Hollow Knight” easily puts many AAA Games to shame with its incredible gameplay, soundtrack, and stunning visuals.

Plank Article Harley Sherman ’22 Nick Ferguson ’22

Jesuit football shutout Inderkum in Homecoming game

On Saturday, Sept. 25, the Jesuit High School Sacramento Marauders had a tremendous 45-0 victory over Inderkum High School in their Homecoming football game.

The Marauders started off hot with a 12 yard TD pass just five minutes into the first quarter by quarterback Trenton Dewar ’23 to running back Kai Santos ’22, to go up 7-0. With five minutes to go in the second quarter, cornerback Jackson Hagopian ’22 made the game 14-0, with a massive 62-yard pick six. 

Plank Article Michael D'Incecco ’22

Do’s and Don’ts of Homecoming 2021

Homecoming Dances can be a very stressful time with trying to find someone to ask to the dance, a pair of shoes that fit, and even the best place to take pictures. 

After not having a formal dance in almost two years due to the COVID-19 pandemic, many aspects of the Homecoming Dance have changed. Student Activities Director Mr. Peter Ferrari, who is in charge of homecoming, describes the multiple changes. 

Plank Article Andrew Maulino ’24

Jesuit Parades Into Homecoming at Haggin Oaks

This Saturday, Sept. 25, from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. Jesuit High School Sacramento will have their Homecoming Dance at the Haggin Oaks Golf Complex. The Homecoming Dance ends Spirit Week with a fiesta.

The theme for the dance is Mardi Gras. It was inspired by the recent Hurricane Ida in New Orleans and Jesuit’s call to help with disaster relief there. Student Activities Director Mr. Peter Ferrari gives his reasoning for the theme.

Plank Article Kevin Mun ’22

Jesuit Highschool prepares for 50th Reunion in Alumni Weekend

Jesuit High School Sacramento is hosting their 50th annual high school reunion within the upcoming Alumni Weekend which will take place on Sept. 24 to 26 on campus. Jesuit is welcoming the classes of 1970-1971, 1980-1981, 1990-1991, 2000-2001, and 2010-2011 to the celebration. 

The weekend is filled with six events which all aim to aid the alums in regrounding their roots here at Jesuit, including the 50th Annual Lunch Tour and the 50th Reunion dinner.

Plank Article Klarenz Basco ’22

Four Jesuit students are announced as semifinalists for the National Merit Scholarship

The National Merit Scholarship is awarded to students who scored the highest in the nation and the state on their PSAT and have a history of academic excellence. 

On Sept. 15, the program announced approximately 16 thousand semifinalists across the nation, and Jesuit High School Sacramento is lucky enough to count four seniors among that group: Charlie Diaz ’22, James Irwin ’22, Mathew Mellas ’22, and Robert Lee ’22.

To become a semifinalist for the National Merit Scholarship is a remarkable accomplishment.

Plank Article Matthew Herold ’22

Jesuit football pulls off win despite the loss of their starting quarterback

On Saturday, Sept. 18, the Jesuit High School Sacramento football team extended its winning streak to three in a 49-7 win against Pleasant Grove High School. 

Despite the lopsided win, Jesuit Varsity Football Scout and Film Coordinator Coach Jonathan Isaac remained grounded when assessing the team’s performance.

“We played relatively well,” Coach Isaac said. “Still a lot of sloppiness to clean up in terms of penalties and execution, but overall a solid effort.”

Plank Article Harley Sherman ’22

Spirit week, a tradition not forgotten

With the return of in-person school this year, some normalities have been changed, but for Jesuit High School Sacramento, tradition has not been forgotten.

Spirit Week, the week before Homecoming, has always been a school favorite with many activities and competitions creating a week of fun. With the return of fully in-person school, the student council is making sure to bring back an action packed week.

Plank Article Cole Beckman ’22

Jesuit defeats Christian Brothers 44-0, in the biggest shutout in Holy Bowl history

Last Saturday’s football game was the 50th anniversary Holy Bowl, and it will go down as the highest scoring shutout in Holy Bowl history with Jesuit High School Sacramento defeating the Christian Brothers High School by a score of 44-0.

Jesuit’s offense gained what turned out to be unstoppable momentum after Jackson Hagopian’s ’22 pick-six in the first quarter making the score 20-0. 

“We played phenomenal[ly],” said running-back Kai Santos ’22. “We did what we were supposed to do and we executed the plays well.”.

Plank Article Cole Beckman ’22

Jesuit football prepares to face Christian Brothers in the 50th annual Holy Bowl

In the most anticipated game of the season, the Jesuit High School Sacramento Marauders will face the Christian Brothers High School Falcons this Saturday, Sept. 11th, at Hughes Stadium in the 50th Annual Holy Bowl. 

The Marauders have dominated the Holy Bowl since 1993 with a record of 26-3

After facing a tough loss to Folsom High School, Jesuit hopes to have mended the small gaps in their game that Folsom exposed. Head Varsity Football Coach Marlon Blanton anticipates his team will continue its improvement. 

Plank Article Marcos Lopez ’23 Lucas Rucker '24

Jesuit football defeats Granite Bay coming off of a tough loss

In their second game of the season, Jesuit High School Sacramento’s varsity football team notched a win against Granite Bay High School with the final score of 28-14 on Friday, Sept. 3rd. 

Jesuit handed GBHS their first loss, after starting the season undefeated (2-0). A key performance by Jesuit quarterback Preston Vukovich ’22 had a lot to do with Jesuit’s much-needed victory. He threw for 88 yards on a 63 percent completion rate, in addition to throwing two touchdown passes.