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A Homecoming to Remember
Homecoming 2023

Our first-ever Homecoming was one for the books! The vibrant and welcoming atmosphere was a family affair, with Lower, Middle, and Upper School families spending a beautiful sunny day around campus, taking it all in. The support from our students, parents, and community members was heartwarming, with the enthusiasm and camaraderie evident throughout the day from the first game to the last. 

The day started with the Women's Water Polo team taking on San Marin. It was an exciting game, with both teams trading goals. Although the ladies fell short of winning, the team gained valuable game experience that will serve them well. “We were a little nervous and missed some shots that we usually make,” says Head Coach Giorgio. “But moving forward, we will know what to expect, and I’m confident we will have a better result.” 

The Men's Water Polo team competed hard against an established Marin Catholic program. The game’s highlight was in the first quarter after Demyd K. ’27 had a stellar block right in front of the cage. We had a counterattack with Zane S. ’27 and Koan N. ’25 leading the attack to offense, and they had two great passes with Oliver B. ’25 trailing behind. Oliver was then open on the right side of the pool. He caught a dry pass from Koan, attacked with two big pump fakes, and let rip a low skim shot that snuck right under the goalie’s left arm. Not only was it his first goal of the season, but the shocked faces of both teams after he scored were incredible! 

“I loved how we executed the things we worked on in practice, including some new defensive strategies,” said Head Coach Pete Galli. “It’s fun knowing the boys want to learn and get better, and when we accomplish the small goals we set for ourselves, it not only boosts the morale of the team and program, but I can see it on their faces after games, and that is what I truly loved about how we played on Saturday.”

The Flag Football team had an emphatic 40-14 win against Valley Christian. Griffen O. ’25’s performance was worth noting. We’ve become accustomed to his dominant performances, and he did not disappoint on Saturday. Head Coach Ben Putman said he’s been a key part of the team’s defense since week one. “He’s an excellent run-stopper with three interceptions on the year, including a pick-six today. We’re lucky to have him.”

The energy at the Women’s Volleyball game, reminiscent of last year, captivated the SD community. The stands were packed, and people lined up at the door to get a glimpse of the action. This new-look team, with many senior departures, left everything on the hardwood for each point and set with the crowd cheering them on throughout. “It’s easy to leave it all out there because we care so much about each other and are grateful for the unwavering support from our friends and family in the stands,” said team captain Olivia W., ’24. “We're looking forward to returning to winning ways and finishing the season strong.”

“Our first Homecoming reflected our school spirit, students’ enthusiasm, and athletes’ dedication,” Athletic Director Mark Churchill said with pride reflecting on the day. “It sets a positive tone for future events, and we look forward to creating more memorable moments together.” 

For those who couldn’t attend, we invite you to catch up on the day’s events by visiting the San Domenico Athletics Instagram and checking out the “Homecoming highlight.” There, you can glimpse the day’s excitement and the unity that defines our community.