1985 Girls Softball Varsity, NCS Champions

Mary Bredderman, sophomore
Maria Finkes, junior
Terry Franckowiak, freshman
Karen Freitas, senior
Kristine Freitas, junior
Shannon Galloway, senior
Dagny Haman, sophomore
Maureen Katen, senior
Dannette Louis, sophomore
Stephanie Mendoza, senior
Mary Miller, sophomore
Michelle Schwenger, sophomore
Pua Santiago, senior
Joelle Valle, freshman

Manager/Scorekeeper: Christine Arthur, junior,
Coaches: Doug and Sue Galloway




All Tourney (North Coast Section): Karen Freitas, Shannon Galloway & Maureen Katen
All Tourney (Moreau/Hayward Tourney): Karen Freitas & Pua Santiago
All League: Karen Freitas, Shannon Galloway, Maureen Katen, Pua Santiago, and Michelle Schwenger
Honorable Mention: Mary Miller and Dannette Louis
South County Player of the Year: Karen Freitas
All South County 1st Team: Shannon Galloway and Pua Santiago
2nd Team: Maureen Katen
Tribune Player of the Year: Karen Freitas
Tribune Prep Athlete of the Week: Karen Freitas
All East Bay Player of the Year: Karen Freitas
All East Bay 1st Team: Pua Santiago
2nd Team: Shannon Galloway 

Most Valuable: Karen Freitas and Maureen Katen
Best Defensive: Shannon Galloway
Best Offensive: Pua Santiago
Rookie of the Year: Mary Miller
Most Improved: Dagny Haman
Most Inspirational: Stephanie Mendoza and Michelle Schwenger


The 1985 varsity softball team began its quest for the NCS championship three years prior. In 1982, Karen Freitas and Shannon Galloway were freshman team members and participated in that team’s league winning season (20-6 win/loss record) and the NCS tournament. The team climbed to 5th in the East Bay ranking. Karen was named to the All East Bay Second Team.

Pua Santiago and Stephanie Mendoza joined the team in 1983. During a very rainy season, the girls posted a 13-5 win/loss season, a second place fi nish in league, and a 1-1 record in NCS play. Moreau varsity softball held on to its 5th place East Bay ranking. Karen received All League Honors and Pua and Shannon, All League Honorable Mention. Karen also received Honorable Mention All South County.

Michelle Schwenger and Maureen Katen strengthened the 1984 team. That year, the girls posted a 21-4-1 win/loss/tie record, earning 1st place in league and their third trip to the NCS tournament. Karen and Shannon were chosen All st League. Karen and Stephanie were named All South County and All East Bay and Shannon was named Tribune Player of the Year.

By the start of the 1985 season, the infi eld had developed into the toughest defensive team in the Bay Area, with Karen pitching, Maureen at fi rst, Shannon at second, Stephanie at third and Pua at short stop. Dagny Haman joined the team at the catcher position. With only Michelle returning in the outfi eld, new players were Dannette Louis, Mary Miller, Kris Freitas, Terry Franckowiak, Maria Finkes, and Joelle Valle. Mary Bredderman was brought up from junior varsity to participate in the NCS. The team posted a 27-2 win/lose record and took fi rst place in the league, sending them again to the NCS tournament. By now, this team had extensive NCS playoff experience and they were ready to prove to themselves that they could handle the competition.

During these years, Moreau was a member of the Catholic Athletic League (CAL), a league comprised of small Catholic schools: Moreau, Holy Names, Notre Dame, St. Elizabeth, Presentation, Carondelet, Bishop O’Dowd, and St. Vincent. The competition in league play was not competitive enough to challenge the Mariners on a game by game basis. During 1985 league play, Moreau outscored their league opponents 205 to 12. Tougher competition was found in practice games, tournaments and, of course, NCS fi nals. In 1985, NCS was not divided into divisions so the North Coast Section tournament was comprised of the most successful teams during league play with no balance between school enrollment totals. The competition was expected to be the toughest we had met since the 1984 NCS tournament, but with the previous NCS experiences that many of the players had, they were ready for the challenge. They met San Ramon High at Thrasher Park in San Leandro and after playing a tie game into the sixth inning, they pulled out five runs to win by a score of 7-3. Headlines from game two that read “Stingy defense helps Moreau squeeze by San Lorenzo 3-2,” told the complete story. Although San Lorenzo was able to move runners to third base in each of the last four innings, the outstanding defense of the Moreau girls kept them from scoring.

Moreau met Pittsburg High in the semi-fi nal game and again their defense was a major factor in the outcome. In a very close game that went into extra innings, Moreau was able to pull out a 5-4 win in the bottom of the eighth inning, advancing them to the title game against Antioch High, the defending 1984 NCS champions. Although they expected to play another very competitive game, the Mariners found themselves winners of a 10-0 game called in the sixth inning because of the 10 run rule.


Christine Arthur ’86
Christine graduated from UC Davis in 1992 with a BS in environmental design, a BA in studio art, and a minor in textiles and clothing. She continued her education and earned an AA in multi media and web design from the College of San Mateo in 2002. Christine works as an e-communications Manager and webmaster for Palackek and is the owner of her own design company, Christine Arthur Studio.


Karen Freitas ’85
Karen played softball at Chabot where her team in 1986 placed 5th in the state and in 1987 placed 7th in the state. From Chabot she attended Hayward Adult School, receiving certifi cates in medical assisting, word processing, and medical transcription. While working at Eden Hospital as a medical assistant in the laboratory, she was trained as a phlebotomist and EKG technician in her spare time. This experience gave her the motivation and confi dence to train for what she really wanted so she returned to Chabot and earned her registered nursing degree. She has been working at St. Rose Hospital (where she was born) for 12 years, fi rst on the medical surgical fl oor, then in the intensive care unit for hands on training. Karen is presently the day shift charge nurse for the intensive care unit. She owns a condominium in the Hayward hills, which she shares with her dog, Freckles and her cat, Wish.

Shannon Galloway ’85
Shannon graduated from Chabot in 1987 with an AA degree and from San Jose State in 1990 with her BS in sociology. While at Chabot she played softball with Karen Freitas and Stephanie Mendoza. Awards she recieved during these two years included 2nd Team All Conference, the Coaches Award, and Outstanding Freshman in 1986. In 1987 she was named to the All Conference 1st team, and the All Regional Team, received the Coaches Award, Most Valuable Player, and at graduation, the William A. Tenney Award. She also played for the San Jose State University softball team in 1987-88 and 1988-89.

Shannon has been employed at Volex, Inc. since 1991. As senior sales coordinator, Shannon has handled Qualcomm, Ericsson, Nortel, NCR, HP, and Cisco accounts. After living in San Jose for 10 years, Shannon returned to Fremont and purchased a home in 2001. She is still playing softball (slow pitch) on recreation teams with her friends and siblings.


Maureen (Katen) Bayer ’85
From Moreau, Maureen went to work at the City & County Employees Credit Union as the assistant secretary to the CEO, working her way up to senior secretary. In November, 1989 she married John Bayer. After nine years at the credit union, she left to work for a human resource fi rm in San Francisco. After a year and half, Maureen returned to the credit union as director of human resources, becoming the vice president a few years later. In 1999, her daughter Christina was born and in 2000, son Michael arrived. Maureen resigned her position with the credit union to stay home with her children. Moving to Redding, CA where the cost of living is much less, she was able to be a stay-at-home mother for a couple of years. At the ages of 6 1⁄2 and 5, both children attend Sacred Heart Catholic school in Anderson, CA. Her husband has returned to school to study computer aided drafting and Marueen is pursuing her life-long dream of working in real estate.


Stephanie Mendoza ’85
After earning her AA at Chabot, Stephanie attended San Jose State where she received her BS and her MA in physical education with an emphasis in adapted physical education. At Chabot she also played on the softball team where she was selected for All State 1st team. At San Jose State Stephanie competed on the women’s softball team. In 1990 she began her coaching and teaching career at Foothill College where her teams won Coast Conference Championships in 1992 and 1993 as well as Sportsmanship Awards in 1991 and 1992. Working primarily with people with disabilities in the fi eld of adapted physical education and therapeutic recreation, she was a committee member for National Championship Wheelchair Tournaments in basketball and quad rugby. She also taught at Chabot for three years while coaching women’s basketball. In 1997, Stephanie went to Mission College where she coached the inaugural seasons for women’s basketball, badminton, and softball teams. She presently teaches team sports and fi tness classes and developed the Corporate Fitness program. Stephanie lives in Santa Cruz with her partner, Celia and their son Nathaniel (7).


Mary Miller ’87
Mary went to UC Davis, majoring in environmental biology. She lives in San Ramon and is working in San Francisco for Delta Dental as a corporate accounts receivable supervisor. Mary just returned from vacationing in Italy and Greece. 


Michelle (Schwenger) Garcia ’87
After four years of volleyball and softball and one year of basketball at Moreau, Michelle attended Chabot, playing softball her two years there. After earning her AA in general business, she went to Cal State Hayward and earned a BA in criminal justice. After being employed at NutriCology, Inc. for eight years, Michelle moved to Sacramento and worked as a software programmer and instructor for Champ Systems. After four years at Champ, she decided to stay home full-time with her children Mercedes (14) and Elijsha (9). Both children are very active in sports and Michelle enjoys volunteering at their schools and coaching their teams. She, her husband Ed, and the children also love family golfing.


Joelle (Valle) Wills ’88
Joelle played softball for all four years of her time at Moreau, earning an All League Honorable Mention in 1986, All League in 1987, All League Team Captain and MVP in 1988. In college she continued to play softball where she joined former teammate, Stephanie Mendoza. After college, Joelle met her husband Lance. They have been married for 14 years and have three children, Anthony (13), Andrew (11), and Taylor (7), all involved in sports activities. Their sons play football, basketball, and baseball and their daughter participates in softball and competitive cheerleading. Joelle has been employed at Kaiser Permanente for 11 years. The Wills moved to Tracy and purchased their fi rst home in 1998.

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