Summer Institute Sports Writing & Digital Media: SHC Summer Golf and Football Camps

Summer Golf Camp

James Bajamundi

Curtis Chan ‘13 started playing golf when he was in the 7th grade. He is 17 years old now and will be a senior at Sacred Heart Cathedral. He decided to join a golf camp when he was a freshman, but his dad had introduced the sport to him a couple years before his freshman year, and he thought it was a pretty fun sport to try out. He has been playing for about five years and he’s looking forward to playing another year of golf at SHC.

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Summer Golf Camp

James Bajamundi Curtis Chan ‘13 started playing golf when he was in the 7th grade. He is 17 years old now and will be a senior at Sacred Heart Cathedral. He decided to join a golf camp when he was a freshman, but his dad had introduced the sport to him a couple years before his freshman year, and he thought it was a pretty fun sport to try out. He has been playing for about five years and he’s looking forward to playing another year of golf at SHC.

Meet Coach Cobos

Fiorella Martinez I got to meet Coach Luis Cobos '69 Wednesday while he was running the football camp with Coach John Lee '84. He has coached the football team at SHC for 10 years and played football in high school, which is why he decided to be a coach. Cobos said that what most inspired him to coach was that as a kid, he got a lot of help from his coaches and he would like to provide help for other kids. He mentioned that his football coach was a big influence as he was growing up, and he would like to be the same for the kids. As for most coaches, his toughest task is to keep the attention of the kids. “It’s hard to keep the kids straight after a day at school,” said Coach Cobos. While I was at their football practice after lunch, I got to see a little of how the coaches push their players to their best. They make their kids practice a lot on footwork and passing. They also teach their team that football is not a one-person sport; they need team collaboration. The camp is led by great coaches who always try to get each player to get the best out of each player.

Coach Lee’s Love for Football

Christina Arenas Today I interviewed Coach John Lee '84 in the middle of his football camp at Sacred Heart Cathedral. Coach Lee is the varsity coach at SHC, which happens to be the best high school in the city. Coach Lee has coached football for 26 years after playing football for 10 years in high school and college. He chose to be a coach here because he had loved football since he played when he was younger. Coach Lee said, “Football is definitely my favorite sport!” Thank you, Coach Lee, for giving up your time to do this interview.

Timmy

Omar Flenoid Tim is a 13 year old basketball player that plays for the SF Rebels and plays football and basketball in his free time. He’s attending the SHC Football Camp so he can improve his skills, because he wants to play football during his freshman year at Bridgemont High School. Timmy is not always the best athlete when he plays basketball, however he makes up for what he may lack in speed with his excellent shooting, ball-handling and size. People tend to underestimate Timmy’s other abilities because of his size, but in football he is a great tight-end that catches almost anything that comes to him, he can run routes well, and can throw the ball almost perfectly every time. Timmy is a decent all around player in both basketball and football.

Pate, The Amazing Football Player

Arianna Vallejo Here comes Pate, very tired, sweaty, and excited after SHC Football Camp. He has been playing football for four years and came to Sacred Heart Cathedral because he wanted to learn more skills that he did not know. He loves playing football because it is interesting and fun to learn about. Throughout this week, he has been learning more skills that he did not know before. The most challenging thing in football for Pate is learning all these techniques at once. The thing he likes more about football is that the coaches do not let him quit.

“It’s A Team Game”

Carmel Gisslow “I like how it’s a team game,” said Jake, a fifth grader at Sherman Elementary who is at the SHC Football Camp this week. Tom Brady is his idol and just like Brady, Jake enjoys playing quarterback. He has played football for three years. The 49er’s are his favorite team and Drew Brees is his favorite player. With great skills now, expect to see him sometime later in the future!

Super Coach

Jane Seslar Thor Daley ‘13 is a coach at the SHC Football summer camp. He is 17 years old and is entering his senior year at Sacred Heart Cathedral Prep. He is on the SHC football team and plays offensive guard. “I like playing football because it is fun and you get to hit people,” Thor said. His goal is to play and succeed in college. “My idol is my dad because he played in college,” said Thor. He says that his favorite age group of kids to coach is any age. “I just like to help out,” Thor said. His favorite football player is Patrick Willis on the San Francisco 49ers.

Hole In One

Derek Hanson Coach John Landers is a big part of SHC’s golf program. This is his third year coaching the girls varsity team and he has been a golf pro since the 1990s. After seeing the listing for a golf coach at SHC, Landers jumped right on the offer. He said he loves the game because it very independent, “It’s you against the course,” Landers stated. He has a lot of experience because of his long time commitment of playing since he was only thirteen years old. He loves being a golf coach and even runs the summer golf program for the young boys and girls.

A New Wide Receiver

Davis Barkocy George is an incoming freshman at SHC and is a great wide receiver for the football team. “My favorite player is Desean Jackson because he is a great receiver for the Eagles,” he said. He came to camp because he wanted to get to know the coaches of the football team and started playing football because a lot of people in his family played. George said that it is very fun to play. During the game, George mostly played wide receiver and caught one pass.

Katie

Hope Lang Sacred Heart Cathedral's Golf Camp took place in San Bruno. Katie, a nonth grader, said that the golf camp was her first time ever playing. She likes it because it is an individual sport and that if she messes up, the only person to blame is herself. Her favorite golf player is her coach, John Landers. She has only played for a week and a half but is enjoying playing golf and having fun.

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