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Pointer Dog


eUpdate March 2008


Dear Pointers,


In this Issue:

Alumni Baseball Game: 

David Wells on the Pointer field again!  Story and Pictures


Baseball Boosters Casino Night:  March 22nd at Masonic Hall.  Proceeds benefit the PLHS Baseball team.  Find out how to sign up.


PLHSFAA and Vanguard Band annual Golf Tournament.  April 5, 2008 at Admiral Baker Course.  Limited space.  Lots of fun.  See which class has the best golfers!  Sign up now!!!


Reflections from the Bennie Edens Memorial Service:

Scott Hopkins, Jim Sills, Punky Fristrom share their final thoughts and pictures.  Plus a link to emails sent by hundreds of Bennie's fans.


Thank you to everyone who has contacted HarrisConnect to verify their contact information.  This project is so valuable to us and we appreciate your taking the time.


Kim Melhorn Jessop '73

Executive Director


Go Pointers!



PLHSFAA and Vanguard Band Golf Tournament


Saturday April 5, 2008

Admiral Baker Course

8am Shotgun - 4 person scramble


Class Challenge*


  Limited space available.  Register now.  Deadline 3/21.


                           To register online:  GOLF


    Print and mail registration: Golf Pdf  (click Golfer info)


*(bring a foursome of classmates and challenge other grad years! We have alumni from Classes of 50 and 54 looking for classmates to create a class foursome.  )



PLHS Baseball Alumni Game Attracts Big-League Talent


By James Vermazen (Class of 2011) and Susan Graham

Alumni Baseball Team

           David Wells, major league pitcher and 1982 PLHS graduate, showed up to pitch against the current PLHS Varsity team at the Annual Alumni Game on Saturday afternoon, February 16, 2008, at Dana Field.  It was Well's first alumni game appearance.  He pitched the first two innings, stopping between innings to sign autographs for the fans and trade jokes with former teammates including David Camara, Tom Ruckle, Alan Beneventi, Bill Hunyadi, Chris Correia, and Anthony Madruga who were on the 1982 CIF Championship team with Wells. 

Wells wasn't the only player with professional baseball experience gracing the field at Dana Middle School that afternoon.  Also playing for the Alumni:  Coach Delgado's nephew, Raymond Plummer, a 1993 PLHS graduate, pitched in the minor leagues for the Montreal Expos; Steve Grimes, drafted in 1973 by the San Francisco Giants; and David Camara, drafted in 1983 by the Atlanta Braves.                               

  The final score of the game was 3 to 3.  It was an exciting game; both teams threw out runners at home plate in the last inning.  "The alumni players were happy to play Point Loma's varsity team this year," said alumni coach Jim Harvey who played on the 1973 team, the only other PL team to win a CIF championship.  Harvey's son Kyle (Class of 2005) was also on the alumni team. 

  Before the day was over, David Wells generously donated some items for an upcoming PLHS Baseball Boosters fundraiser, benefiting the PLHS Baseball program.  The items, which will be offered as prizes at the organization's March 22nd Casino Night fundraiser event, include an autographed ball and a pair of autographed PLHS baseball caps.  PLHS Alumni and community members are invited to attend the event, and support Pointer Baseball.  For more information or to Register for the event, go to Baseball Casino Night


Read more of David Well's interview with the Pointer Press:  Alumni Game

View more pictures of the Alumni Game:  Pics


Saying Goodbye to Coach Bennie Edens 


Pt. Loma said goodbye to Coach Bennie Edens at the football field  which has been renamed in his honor.  1500 jammed the football bleachers to hear 2 hours of testimonials to his good character and honesty. 


The presiding Presbyterian minister said Bennie was someone who,  "enjoyed using money to show his love of People, unlike those who do the reverse." (!)  A former player said  Ben Edens  approached life with "confident humility."


When everyone stood to sing the "Alma Mater" under blue skies, it was quite a moving moment. The day was another example of the unique "Pointer Pride".   As Anita Q points out, no other local school has that mysterious special feeling and loyalty.

-Jim  Sills


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The Memorial by Scott Hopkins

The heavens stopped weeping to present the Point Loma community with a beautiful day to celebrate the life of Bennie Edens on Saturday, Feb. 23, 2008.


Rains on Friday and Sunday served as bookends to the gathering of over 2,000 people who came to pay their respects to a man who was loved and respected by many, including former students, athletes, beginning swimmers and parents.


Not to mention coaches.

Read More

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Ode to Bennie Edens from 11/16/87

Written by Punky Fristrom


In the beginning Bennie created Point Loma and the high school. And the school was without a team and void. And Bennie said, "Let there be football, and there was football." And Bennie saw the football, that it was good.

And Bennie divided the offense from the defense. And Bennie made the offense and divided the passing game from the running game, and it was so. So Bennie created the defense in Schuler's image. And Bennie said, "Let there be an Eastern league in the midst of the city, and let it divide the champions from the also-rans.


So Bennie created a football team in his own image and said unto them, "Have dominion over the fowl of the air and the beasts of the earth, and over every team that moveth upon the earth." 

Read More by Coach Fristrom

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"Guys Only" Event

The sun shone brightly on San Diego Bay as a huge group of former Point Loma football players assembled at the Bali Hai restaurant on Shelter Island on a Sunday afternoon to share stories and memories of Bennie Edens, their legendary coach, who passed away February 8, 2008.


The event, billed as a "Guys Only" event, allowed former pigskinners to toast their former mentor who, as many shared with teammates, credit Edens for helping them cross the threshold from boyhood to manhood with dignity, grace and class.

Read More 'Guys Only'





The Bennie Edens Scholarship Fund 

PLHSFAA is accepting donations to the Bennie Edens Scholarship fund.  It continues to grow and we hope to reach our goal of having $15,000 to set up an endowment that will generate funds for a scholarship to be given in Coach Edens name for many many years.  If you wish to help us meet that goal, go to Edens Fund


Your gift is tax deductible as permitted by law.


Get Involved!

The PLHSFAA is looking for Alumni who want to give back to PLHS.  Join us on the Board or in a committee position.  Doing 'just one thing' can make a big difference!  Tell us how you can help: Pdf form: Volunteer


Wanted:  Newsletter Editor.  Our Newsletter is going electronic.  If you have experience and would like to layout/edit the online Newsletter three times per year contact us.


Wanted:  Alumni 'story keeper'.  Watch the Beacon, UT, and other local papers for stories about Pointer alums that might be of interest to others.



Kim Melhorn Jessop '73

Executive Director


Deceased Pointers

  Shaina Berger '05

  Robert Forward '33

  Manny Vlachos '57

  Norton Hall '52

  Merle Goodman Henry '45

  Jim Snyder, PLHS Vice Principal




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