7th Annual Encina Alumni Challenge

Final score: Varsity win 76-58!  Ouch!

[Pledges and RSVPs] [Encina Booster Club][Alumni Challenge photos]

We raise over $53,000 in pledges for the Encina Booster Club!

Alumni team:
Front row: Ted Novak 87, Mike Martis 77, Mike Pritchett 99, Bob Bailey 81
Back row: Ricci Dula 00, Greg Grant 75, Chris Dahlberg 80, Bob Goosmann 74, Chris Cheng 91
Varsity team
Front row: Anthony Castro, Thomas Harris, Brandon Amey, Chris Renteria
Back row: Coach Brian Mitchell, Vitaliy Pulber, Manuel Alphonso, Duane Robinson, Jamel Fullmore, Andre Koryaka


Alumni captain Bob Goosmann 74 wrote:

This year's alumni game was certainly a "challenge,"to say the least.
Two things conspired to create the first lopsided game in the history of the event:

1) This was probably the best Varsity team we had ever faced...extremely quick, and with great outside shooting ability. They also played a very smart game. We were able to keep it close the first half (down by one point at halftime), but their relentless pressure wore us down in the second half.

2) Our quickest, most explosive and probably best all-around player got hurt during one of our practices a few weeks ago. As recently as a week before the game, we had hoped he would recover enough to play. Without him, we were at a distinct disadvantage.

I'm not sure what the purpose of the Varsity's full-court press was when they were up by 25 points, but I can promise you the Alumni players will not be lacking in motivation next year. In fact, I can guarantee right now that I will be putting together the strongest team ever for next year's game.

Thanks to all who participated, and especially to the many generous alumni who once again pushed us over the $50,000 mark. You are all simply amazing.

Bob Goosmann '74
Alumni Team player/coach

Hey Bulldogs…well done! Too tough for us wily ‘ol Apaches this time around. Good game plan, good execution, a lot of talent and a deserving victory. Bob Goosmann, thanks for the opportunity to participate once again, and Harlan, you deserve a monument on campus for all of your efforts. To my Apache teammates, well, we may not be able to win ‘em all, but it was a blast trying. Great playing with you all, as well as getting to know the “new” guys, and hey…nobody got hauled off on that ominous looking stretcher! And Greg Grant – thanks for the team dinner, what a classy touch to this event. Once again, a big ($50,000+) win for everyone associated with Encina, and a nice turnout to boot.
-Mike Martis
Class of ‘77


Thanks for all of your support and time to the cause and student body at EHS. In many ways we enjoyed the lesser of work, running Friday night and you “ran” for the last 4 weeks and motivating the alumni everyday with a steady pace.

I enjoyed playing in the game and being back on campus. The return visit always brings good memories. More importantly, if the alumni presence on campus along with the financial blessing highlights the importance of EHS to the community then something has been accomplished. The students appreciate the attention to “our school”, broadening their vision with school history, and hopefully they will be alumni contributors in the years to come and realize they are important to the community and to be involved where they live and work.
Best regards,
Greg Grant '75


Hey everyone,
I just wanted to say that I had a blast playing with each and every one of you guys. So we lost, so what. We were out there to support our high school and raise money. Being able to play basketball was just a consolation prize. Don't get it twisted though, I would have loved to win but there is always next year. Before the game I thought the 2007 Alumni Game would be my final game ever (meaning I was "retiring" from basketball) both recreationally and physically. But I cant go out with a loss. Hopefully we can all come together again next year and have a helluva time getting revenge. Coach... Tell your boys that they should hang their heads high. Really high. I didn't give them credit where credit was due. They aren't the fastest team, or the most talented team, or the tallest team. But they came out with something to prove. I think I may have lit a fire under their asses with all the mess I was talking at dinner. They played together as a team and I'll be damn if they actually ran a complete play on multiple occasions. Even when I watched our State Runner Up team develop when I was a Sophomore, I never saw such a sight. You should be proud coach.

Really Proud. My hat goes off to everyone that sacrificed their time and energy into the preparation for the game. I'll never forget this.

Shoot me a line sometime

Mike "Highflying-Jaw Jacking-Quick Reacting-Ball Smacking" Pritchett '99
#75 Encina Alumni


Bob Goosmann 1974
Greg Grant 1975
Mike Martis 1977
Chris Dahlberg 1980
Robert Bailey 1981
Ted Novak 1987
Chris Cheng 1991
Michael Pritchett 1999
Ricci Dula 2000

Alumni Challenge Dinner
Location: Cafeteria
Caterer: Texas West Barbecue
The traditional hamburgers and hot dogs of previous Alumni Challenge dinners will give way this year to a meal catered by Texas West Barbecue, the award-winning restaurant located just a couple of blocks from the school on Hurley Avenue. They will be bringing their outstanding barbecued ribs, chicken and side dishes to Encina for the pre-game meal, to be held from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. As always, the meal is free to all Encina students, alumni, family and friends. Current varsity players who will be participating in the game are especially urged to indulge in a big meal. :-)

Alumni Challenge basketball game
Date: Friday, April 20, 2007
Time: 730 pm
Organizers: Bob Goosmann 74 and Steve Palmer 74

Rob Daleiden 90 and crew

Rollin Coxe 64

Alumni who came the farthest:
Carol Rodrigues Davidson 61: from Connecticut
Dennis Keer 63: from Scottsdale,AZ
Patrick Dunn 73: from Costa Rica

What is the Alumni Challenge?

Here's an excerpt from the Encina "Bulldog Barks" parent newsletter describing the Alumni Challenge:

"If you have not yet attended an Alumni Challenge, you are in for a REAL treat.
April 20, 2007, is the date for our Seventh Annual Challenge. "What is an Alumni Challenge?" you might ask.
It is a basketball game, where the current Encina varsity basketball team plays a full basketball game
against the alumni from the class of 1961 (Encina had its first graduating class that year) to alumni
as current as five years ago.

You need to know that this is not a slam dunk! The Alumni have won four (4) out of the last six (6) games,
playing our varsity boys team. So, this is an event you don't want to miss. The evening starts off with
a free dinner at 5:30 p.m., and admission to the game is free as well. The game starts at 7:30, and
there is a rousing half time event scheduled.

Why would the alumni put themselves in such a position? This is a fund raiser they started to
help the Encina Booster Club raise funds to support ALL the students and programs here at Encina
High School. Over the years, the funds raised have supported our sports, reading, visual and
performing arts, Encina Broadcast System (EBS), tutorials, just to name a few.

The fund raising component to the Alumni Challenge is the donations received through alumni
class pledges. An example is an alumni will pledge dollars per point, or per three point baskets,
or per the number of points a specific player makes, or perhaps a flat donation. Current students
and families can pledge as well, as a way of cheering on the current varsity team.

This game is a very entertaining event and gives our students and families a chance to meet past
Encina students. It has become a rivalry between the Apaches/Bulldogs (Encina changed its mascot
to the Bulldogs in 1991) and the Bulldogs. Please come out, have dinner and enjoy a GREAT
family fun night."

Who is eligible to play?

"CALL FOR PLAYERS: any alumni who graduated in 2002 or earlier and played basketball for Encina is eligible to play on the Alumni team. Preference will be given first to those who have not played in a previous Alumni Challenge. All players must be available for Saturday practice (at Encina) during the weeks leading up to the event. They must also be in reasonable condition--the game is very competitive and we are competing against players half (and in some cases one-third) our age. If you are interested in playing, contact Bob Goosmann at magusbob@hotmail.com."

I understand we have some fairly recent grads from the 90s who are interested in playing this year. If you are in contact with your basketball playing classmates, please let them know about the alumni challenge and encourage them to play. Three years ago the high scorer for the alumni team was Norm Siefkin from the class of 1963!

Every year we receive inquiries from female alumni who would like to play. Unfortunately, the alumni team is not co-ed. In order to field a women's team, we need someone like Bob to captain/coach/organize a women's team.

What are we raising money for?

Encina gets money for the traditional "core" classes such as math and reading . We (alumni) are providing assistance for many of the extracurricular programs, elective classes, clubs and other programs that help to enrich students' experience at Encina.

The money goes to the Encina Booster Club, who allocates the funds based on requests from students and faculty. While much of the money is allocated to sports as you would expect from a booster club, a lot of the money also goes to non-sports programs.

Funds from the 2005 Alumni Challenge were spent in the following manner:
Math Tutorials
CAHSEE (California High School Exit Exam) Tutorials
Library Racks (magazine and newspaper)
Art mat cutters/blades, and drying racks
Business Academy
Choir CD/DVD Burner and label maker
Festival de los Artes
Homecoming Alumni Expenses
Alumni Challenge Expenses
Field Trip for American Government classes
Plus support for tall the sports (uniforms, equipment, etc.)

Here is a list of some of the programs funded in the past:
New Student Welcome Program through Counselors
Encina Art Gallery (Art Opening Receptions)
Performing Arts (Students attending local plays)
Freshman Feast (a Freshman event with Senior peers/guides)
Encina Broadcasting System (EBS) (equipment and supplies)
Boy's Soccer
Girl's Soccer
Girl's Softball
Girl's Volleyball
Girl's Basketball
Boy's Basketball
Basketball Tournaments
Sports Banquets
Every 15 minutes (drug/alcohol intervention)
Alumni Challenge event
The encinahighschool.com Website
SAP (Student Assistance Program)
Reading Program
Student to Ashland to participate in Shakespeare Festival
After school tutoring
Backboard replacement
Drama department (students) trip to Ashland


Several alumni have asked whether there is any financial oversight for all the money donated to the Encina Booster Club. Whether there is anything which prevents the funds from being misused or even embezzled.

Steve Palmer 74 realized very early on, that the Encina Booster Club lacked such oversight and worked with Encina to implement sound financial practices. Here is Steve's description...

"I am happy to talk about Encina's Booster Club financial oversight. I sit on the Booster Club as "Auditor". I attend most monthly meetings which are held at 6:30 pm on the second Tuesday of each month except July and August.

Funds that are collected by the Booster Club are deposited into a Bank of America account. Heddy Crowder, Encina's Community Liaison, records how much is received from whom (photocopies incoming checks, snackbar sales records, etc). She emails Harlan and me with Alumni donor name, date of receipt and amount. While Harlan does not usually see snackbar, t-shirt sales and such, I do. The majority of our funding is from Alumni Challenge pledges. Our treasurer is Shastitie Ferris-Miller, a volunteer who works for the state. Shastitie reconciles each month's bank statement with our Quicken records and provides a detailed journal at each monthly meeting. I and Heddy receive a copy of the Quicken files as well. Treasurer's records are reviewed at each meeting at which time we also make disbursements for approved expenses. All personal who handle money are bonded. Encina had some snackbar receipts stolen by a parent in the past, so we're extra careful!

Each year, Principal (Myrtle Berry), our Treasurer (Shastitie) , President (Lucy Thomas), Encina Community Liaison (Heddy Crowder) and I build a proposed budget to be approved (with modification/changes) by the membership. We allocate funds to Encina programs based on department need with about 50% going to sports and 50% going to academic programs, scholarships, Alumni Challenge expenses, and such. Each semester we ask staff to submit requests for program and project funding. We fund those that are believed to provide the greatest positive impact to Encina students.

We hold about 15% in reserve from one year to the next and for "emergency" requests. For example, this year Encina fielded a tennis team for the first time in many years! The Booster Club (because of Alumni generosity) was able to purchase uniforms and equipment.

Please let me know if you'd like more detail or additional information.

Alumni, thank you for supporting Encina's students and future alumni!

Steve Palmer
Encina '74"

How do I pledge?

Send your check to:
Encina High School Booster Club
Encina High School
Attention: Heddy Crowder
1400 Bell Street
Sacramento,CA 95825

Is my contribution tax deductible?

Yes, your contribution is tax deductible. Please take advantage of your company's matching funds program if you have one to double your contribution as I do. Encina will send you a tax letter.

How effective is the Alumni Challenge?

In the past six years the alumni challenge has raised almost $250,000 for Encina!

2006: $51,000
2005: $48,000
2004: $46,000
2003: $44,000
2002: $40,000
2001: $15,000

While this is due in no small part to the generosity of alumni benefactor Paul Bonderson 70, last year we had tremendous participation with almost 400 individual alumni pledges. These pledges ranged from a few dollars to thousands of dollars. No pledge is too small, nor too large <g>.

Alumni Challenge plaque

The alumni challenge plaque recognizes the five classes who:
1. pledge the most money
2. have the most pledges

Can I pledge anonymously?

Certainly. When you write, say your pledge is anonymous. However, please let me attribute your pledge to your class so they receive credit.

Why should I contribute?

Well, I can't speak for all alumni, but I give because it makes me feel good <g>. I enjoy supporting the next generation of Encina students, the interclass competition, the funny pledges (Tom Clark 70 gave $50 for a 3 pointer I made before the last game), the pride of supporting my classmates, and the feeling that we, as Encina alumni, are doing something special for our school and the community...

So do it for the kids! And do it because it makes you feel good.

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