Alumni - Jun 2014

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             Soquel High Alumni Knights Newsletter

                                   JUNE, 2014

The Soquel High Alumni Club looks forward to updating you on former classmates, sports statistics, reunions and great events! If you would like to submit Alumni Achievements to spot-light  accomplishments or have any ideas for future editions of the Alumni Knights Newsletter please email

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We hope each member will

feel part of the school and

our growing alumni community.   

SHF 10th Annual Golf Tournament Highlights

The Soquel High Fund would like to send a heartfelt thank you to our generous golf tournament sponsors and donors.

Platinum Sponsors: Santa Cruz County AT&T Stores, Pacific Coast Fire Inc., Interior Vision Flooring and Design, American Pacific Mortgage

Gold Sponsors: True North/Tailwind, Archway Insurance, AT&T California, Burr Pilger Mayer Inc., Caren Spencer: Monterey Bay Properties, Dynamic Forms, LB Construction, Matt Fidiam Family, Robert Gallucci Attorney at Law, Aldo's Harbor Restaurant, Fournier, McDermott & Lamb: Bill McDermott, North Bay Ford, The Lamacchia Family, Lancaster and Burns Construction, Ow Properties, Pacific Coast Manor, The Fidiam Family, RCS Innovations, Santa Cruz County Bank, Luke's Organics

Silver Sponsors: Richard Wygant: Monterey Bay Properties, The Elizer Family  

Bronze Sponsors: Dynamic Office and Accounting Solutions, P6R Project 5 Research Donors: The McDermott Family, Polar Bear Ice Cream, Cafe El Palomar, Aldo's Harbor Restauant, O'Neill Surf Shop, William Scherer Photography, Threet Family, Susoy Family, K Wine and Spirits, California Classic Sail, Coors, Beccaria and Weber Real Estate, Capitola Reef, Santa Cruz Golf Academy


This fundraiser takes a lot of manpower and the Fund is so grateful to the following people for stepping up to lend a hand: Chairperson Jenni Strecker-Langenberg, Donna Mosich, Pam Galiardi, Gigi Pulpan, Richard Wygant, Shawna Griffith, Lisa Seeger, Caroll Basile, Patty LaMacchia, Juli McDermott, Michelle Bradley, Diana Susoy, Janet Edwards, Shannon and Matt Fidiam, Devon Linneman, Caren Spencer, Jenni Deeter, Susan Meek, Bonnie Keet, Dave Osterhoudt, Stu Walters, and Joe Lucia 

REUNION NEWS                    



The class of 1964 will be celebrating its 50th reunion on September 19th and 20th. We again will be combining forces with Santa Cruz & Holy Cross). Dinner will be held at Seascape Golf Course at 6:00pm on that Friday. The following day is a BBQ at Blair Ranch in Scotts Valley. CLICK FOR MORE  




 CLASS OF 1965                
Any graduates of Soquel High School Class of 1965 that would like to participate inthe planning for the 50TH year reunion that is to be held in 2015 - please contact
Hugh Gill
[email protected] or  Facebook"Soquel High School Class of 1965"

 CLASS OF 1974reunion clip

A 40th Reunion for the Class of 1974 is being planned for Saturday, October 4, 2014 at the Dream Inn. The event will take place from 6:00 - 11:00pm. It is the 100th anniversary of the Santa Cruz Wharf and festivities will be going on all day including a huge fireworks show at 9pm.  We will have front row seats. For more details check FB page  SoquelHighSchoolClassof 1974

Jeff Marshall D. Thurninger R.Wygant D. Spencer
Jeff Marshall, Dustin Thuringer, Richard Wygant & Dale Spencer




Mark Wagner,

Vince Wagner, BradTompkins,

Rex Nicoliasen

J.R. Blankenberg Mark Szychowski




J. R. Blankenberg


Mark Szychowkski




golf 2014 Chairperson:




and volunteer

Susan Meek  




Click to view:

2014 Golf Tournament Photos  

reunion clip


Join us at Michael's on Main, July 19, 2014 at 6pm. For our 30th Reunion. Fabulous full buffet, the band "Lenny's Basement", dancing, parting gifts, and all kinds of catching up to do. Please wear your nicest outfit of blue, black or gold to "Celebrate The Knight"! ...see Facebook page


or contact [email protected]  


                   CLASS OF 1994

It is time for our 20th Reunion. Join us on July 19th to celebrate, reconnect, and have a good time.We have booked the new Hotel Paradox on Ocean St.
Join our Facebook page

                    CLASS OF 2005

Please keep checking FB page for updates-

Reunion is scheduled to be held on 6/13/2015. At Harvey West Park-Evergreen Picnic Area. Click FB link for more info


If you would like to share upcoming reunion news or photos- email

Soquel High Alumni News                




MARV & CONNIE (PADRTA) TUTTLE '67  Marv fills a couple of roles at the aquarium: in the off-season, he's a volunteer diver in the kelp forest, where he takes a syphon four stories underwater to vacuum the pool floor-and can't resist entertaining visitors from behind the glass. Not long ago, an appliance repairman came to his house for service, and while he was there, told Marv that he was sure they'd met before. Marv had no memory of the encounter, but the repairman was adamant. When he returned a few days later to finish the job, he brought a photo with him. There were his kids, standing in front of the glass wall of the kelp forest with a diver posing behind them. Marv was the diver. As a team, Marv, his wife, Connie, and Yara are also aquarium tour guides. Because of Yara's steady, predictable personality, he's the perfect assistant when Marv gives tours to kids with disabilities that impact their abilities to stay focused. CLICK FOR FULL STORY



Brad Tompkins is stepping into his late father's shoes. The former Soquel High quarterback - whose father, Dewey, served as the Knights' first coach and held the position for 32 years - is taking over the program. Tompkins was announced as Soquel's new varsity football coach on Tuesday. "It's a dream," said Tompkins, who spent last season as an assistant at Soquel and called offensive plays.

A "fanatic" of the team at 3 years old when his father started the program, Tompkins later quarterbacked Soquel, graduated from Soquel and will now head coach at Soquel, where the football field is named in his father's honor. Tompkins becomes just the fifth head coach since the school opened in 1962 - and the second Tompkins. Click for full story 


Safety Dwight Lowery -  released by the Jacksonville Jaguars last season after suffering a seasonaltering concussion - is back in the NFL and anxious to show he's better than ever.

Lowery signed with Atlanta Falcons on April 8th, 2014. "I'm a brand new athlete," 

 Lowery, a fourth-round pick by the Jets in 2008, has 41 career starts with the Jets and Jaguars. He started three games with Jacksonville in 2013 before sustaining a concussion on the first play at Seattle in Sept. CLICK FOR MORE  


Casey McGehee get a second shot in the majors after spending 2013 in Japan. The Soquel High standout previously played with the Chicago Cubs, Milwaukee Brewers, Pittsburg Pirates, New York Yankees and the Rakuten Golden Eagles in Japan before landing the cleanup spot with the Marlins this season.


 McGehee laughs it up with his former Soquel High baseball coaches Russ Miller, John Clay and Mitch Meyer





Cabrillo Seahawks took Gavilan to earn their second straight Coast Conference Pacific Division title outright helped out by our SHS alum, Caleb Fidiam



Former SHS and Cabrillo baseball player, Lewis Williams III, is rapidly working his way up the ranks in the Minor Leagues as an Umpire after finishing as one of the top students at the prestigious Wendelstedt Umpire School in Florida as well as instructing at The Umpire School in Vero Beach. CLICK FOR MORE



Soquel High alumna Maggie Vessey took second place in the women's 800-meter high Maggie Vessey 2 performance section 2 race at the Prefontaine Classic at Hayward Field in Eugene, Oregon




Brian Cook volleyball Soquel alum Brian Cook leads Stanford men's volleyball into NCAA final.



                     Congrats to Kiran MacKinnon who raced to an 8th place finish at stop #3 of the ProGRT downhill mountain bike series in New York. It was MacKinnon's 3rd top-10 finish.



Nate Doss (disc golf) currently sits in 6th place after four rounds of the 2014 Japan Open in Nasu Shiobara, Tochigi. (Class of 2003)


Congratulations class of 2014
Last week's Senior Awards introduced the Class of 2014 valedictorians Noelle Alaimo, Evan Bauer, Madison Camarlinghi, Amanda Favorite, Scott Kauker, Keith Osterhoudt and Clayton Sanford and salutatorian Sam Walters. Congratulations!

Congratulations to ALUMNI Carter Jones, on being promoted recently to the rank of Sergeant in the SC Police Department. During his 11-year tenure with the Police Dept., he was a Field Training Officer in the Patrol Unit while serving on the SWAT Team, the County Tactical Medical Task Force AND as a Rescue Diver on the Police Dive Team! He also has been on the Street Crimes Unit and a Firearms Instructor along the way. He has TWICE won the Department's Award for DUI Arrests AND he also won a Lifesaving Award for pulling a family from a burning car before it was destroyed by fire.




Benjamin Eells

Air Force Airmen Benjamin M. Eells graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, San Antonio.The airmen completed an intensive, eight-week program that included training in military discipline and studies, Air Force core values, physical fitness, and basic warfare principles and skills..Eells, a 2008 graduate of Soquel High School.





RIchard Wygant

Contact Richard Wygant  (Class of '74")

for all your Real Estate needs. 

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