Fairfield Prep advances to SCC title game
EAST HAVEN -- Hamden was the first team this season to unleash a full-court press in heavy doses against Fairfield Prep's sure-handed guards. More importantly, it was also the first -- and only -- team to beat the SCC's undisputed top squad. And in the rubber match, none of it mattered.
Top-seeded Prep fended off a late push by fourth-seeded Hamden to punch its ticket to the SCC basketball final for a third straight year with a 68-51 victory on Monday at East Haven High. "We won by a lot, but it was a war, basically," coach Leo Redgate said. "I credit Hamden, they kept fighting, they kept pressuring."
The defending champion Jesuits (21-1) will face Career -- a 70-61 winner over Hillhouse in the semifinals -- on Wednesday at 7 p.m. at Quinnipiac University. The Jesuits are perfect in two meetings against the Panthers (20-3) this season.
"It's a big step for our program," said guard Tom Nolan, who led all scorers with 20 points. "It says a lot about our program that we just keep making it every year. Coach Leo does a great job, and it's a testament to our younger guys, too." Nolan, who missed the Jesuits' 72-68 loss to Hamden on Feb. 6 with an ankle injury, scored eight points in the first quarter and keyed a big effort in the second half. Nolan and guard Rich Kelly, who had 19 points, hit back-to-back 3-pointers in the fourth quarter to push the lead to 55-40.
Hamden didn't recover. "He's a tremendous player," coach Jarrad Beck said of Nolan. "But they're very capable with or without him; he just adds to it. "We just got caught at a bad time, and we just weren't in sync. We got a little cold shooting."
Hamden (17-6) pulled within 40-38 late in the third, but Prep answered with a commanding 17-2 run that spanned late into the fourth. The Jesuits, who orchestrated a late comeback to beat Hamden 70-62 in the teams' first meeting in January, won it going away.
"Once (Beck) knew that we made the adjustment to break the press," Redgate said, "I don't think they were going to get much out of their press in the fourth quarter."
Hamden was led by Dylan Noble's 15 points, and CJ Seaforth, who did not start while recovering from an ankle injury, scored 10. "We didn't have our normal spring in our step," Beck said. "We were horrible offensively tonight."
After five lead changes early in the first quarter, Prep grabbed the lead for good with a 9-2 spurt heading into the second. While Kelly, guard Ryan Foley and center Pat Harding all dealt with foul trouble early, Nolan sparked the Jesuits to a 34-26 halftime lead.
"Their press," Nolan said, "Hamden's a fast, hard-playing team. We knew that coming in. ... Once we knew that we had to get it to the middle of the floor, we started breaking it easy in the second half. It gave us a couple easy buckets."
Dylan Noble 7 0-3 15 Blair Johnson 1 2-2 4 Andrew Rice 2 4-8 8 Trevor Osborn 1 0-0 2 CJ Seaforth 4 0-0 10 Mike Servetas 0 0-1 0 Oliver Graham 1 0-0 3 Christian Scott 2 2-2 6 Bryan Kearney 1 1-2 3 Sean Backus 0 0-0 0 Max Joyner 0 0-0 0 Eddie Agyeman 0 0-0 0 Evans Genece 0 0-0 0 Jamal Bynum 0 0-0 0. Totals 19 9-18 51.
FAIRFIELD PREP (21-1)
Matt Gerics 1 3-6 6 Tom Nolan 7 5-6 20 Rich Kelly 6 4-4 19 Joe DiGennaro 3 3-4 9 Ryan Foley 2 2-3 8 Pat Harding 2 0-2 4 Robert Haskins 0 2-2 2 Tate Duran 0 0-0 0 John Murphy 0 0-0 0 Allen Gibson 0 0-0 0 Brendan Carey 0 0-0 0. Totals 21 19-27 68.
HAMDEN 10 16 12 13 -- 51
PREP 15 19 12 22 -- 68
3-pointers: H -- Seaforth 2, Noble; P -- R. Kelly 3, Foley 2, Nolan, Gerics. Fouled out: H -- Scott ; P -- Foley.
Deacon Thomas Besse '83 shares his vocation with Theology Classes
An Ecumenical Encounter
The Ignatian call to serve often unfolds in creative ways throughout the lives of Prep alumni. It is always a thrill when they come back to share their experience. One exceptional example was the recent visit by Deacon Thomas (Darren) Besse, class of 1983, who gave presentations on Eastern Christianity and liturgy to various theology classes based on his experience as a Greek Orthodox deacon.
Deacon Thomas’ vocation story engaged our students with the breadth of his background. He graduated from Prep and enlisted in the Army, serving as a presidential escort in the “Old Guard” 3rd Infantry Regiment and then with an MP battalion in the Gulf War. After the military, he joined the Hartford police department, working as a canine handler, motorcycle officer, and academy instructor. He is currently studying for a master’s degree in social work while serving as a deacon at the Greek Orthodox Church of Our Savior in Rye, NY.
Fairfield Prep sponsors White Ribbon Assembly
On February 11, Fairfield Prepan sponsored an assembly to learn more about the consequences of domestic violence, and more specifically, violence against women and girls. During this assembly students were challenged to sign the pledge to support the White Ribbon Campaign initiative. This Campaign is a global campaign that began in 1991. More information can be found here: http://www.whiteribbon.ca/who-we-are/.
The goal is to have 100% participation from Fairfield Prep. If this happens we will be the first high school in Connecticut to have full participation.
Several people presented to the student body today. See video highlights with the following speakers:
Marlon Ramnanan, Center for Family Justice
Todd Pelazza, Director of Public Safety, Fairfield University
Chief Chris Tracey, Asst. Chief, Fairfield Fire Department
Chief Gary MacNamara, Chief, Fairfield Police Department
Kevin Stone '15
If you would like to join us in supporting the initiative please take the pledge!
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Political Awareness Society publishes latest issue of Zeitgeist newspaper
The Political Awareness Society is dedicated to furthering an interest in politics, government, and current events on local, state, national and international levels through discussion, debate and various other activities. Over the years the club has sponsored many guest speakers from the world of politics. It has also organized debates involving representatives from various political parties and it has conducted mock elections involving the entire student body. Club members also produce Prep's only political newspaper, the Zeitgeist, which is a forum for students to state their views on various political issues. Please note: These are the opinions of students, and do not represent school policy/views on political subject matter.
Any interested students are invited to join. The Political Awareness Club welcomes new members and meets every Thursday in B 407. To learn more about the club, click here.
Wrestling wins SCC Division Title!
Congratulations to the Fairfield Prep Wrestling Team for capping off a 2014-2015 regular season with a 13-3 record and Division Championship! Captains Mike Russo ’15, Yanni Tsiranides ’15, Jack Bosken ’16, and Orlando Sanchez ’16 led the team to an impressive victory over division rival Jonathan Law by a final score of 46-23 on February 10 at Alumni Hall.
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Watch special video by SHU graduate students Jonathan Walker and former Prep wrestler Dan Otzel '03
Seniors Colton Smith and Anthony Palazzolo commit to play College Football
Front row from left: Colton Smith and Anthony Palazzolo. Back row from left: Principal Dr. Robert Perrotta; Asst. Coach Keith Hellstern; Head Coach Tom Shea '73; and Athletic Director Tom Curran '05.
Fairfield Prep proudly announces that by their strong character, academic success, and athletic efforts, seniors Colton Smith and Anthony Palazzolo have earned the opportunity to compete in the sport of football while achieving their college degrees. the two scholar athletes signed their National Letters of Intent at Fairfield Prep on February 4, 2015.
Colton Smith – Football – Fordham University
Dedicated to personal excellence on and off the field, Colton Smith has committed to continue his football career and growth as a student in signing a National Letter of Intent to attend Fordham University beginning in the fall of 2015. Colton has balanced his commitment to academics, service and football well in his Prep years, maintaining a solid academic record with a commitment to community service along with his year round commitment to the Prep football program. His contributions to the community include service with Ability Beyond Disability where Colton works with Special Olympians and participation in Prep’s Urban Plunge. Colton also volunteers in the after school program at the Shehan Center in Bridgeport, CT. As a football athlete, Colton experienced strong brotherhood in the Prep program while achieving an outstanding career as a three year starter on both offense and defense. This past season as Prep’s quarterback, Colton rushed for 953 yards and 15 touchdowns, and threw for 1547 yards and 16 TDs. Over the past two seasons as quarterback Colton generated over 6,000 yards of total offense and accounted for 70 TDs. He was a team co-captain in 2014. In recognition of his outstanding football achievements Colton was named All Southern Connecticut Conference, as well as being named to the CHSCA Class LL All-State team, the New Haven Register All-Area team, the Connecticut Post Hearst 33 All-Star Team and the MSG All-Connecticut Team. Coach Tom Shea said of Colton, “He was one of the most dominant and exciting players in Connecticut high school football over the past two years.”
Anthony Palazzolo - Football - Boston College
Anthony Palazzolo has grown personally, academically and athletically in his Prep years exercising leadership on and off the field while committing his energies to a number of community service activities. Anthony will continue his football career, intellectual and personal growth at Boston College, having signed a National Letter of Intent to attend and play at BC beginning in the fall of 2015. In addition to his year round commitment to Prep football, Anthony has progressed well in his studies while serving in Prep’s student government and making a strong commitment to service. In addition to assisting in the after school program at the Shehan Center in Bridgeport, CT, Anthony traveled to Montego Bay, Jamaica, to participate in a service mission at an orphanage for special needs children. As a standout in the Prep football program, Anthony found a “Band of Brothers” in his teammates where he has been a three year starter on both offense and defense. In three years on defense he had nearly 100 tackles, 25 for loss, 10 quarterback sacks, one interception and 6 blocked kicks despite being regularly double and triple teamed. On the offensive side he helped his team average 37 points a game for the last 25 games. Anthony was a team co-captain in 2014. For his standout achievements on the field Anthony was named All Southern Connecticut Conference as well as to the CHSCA All Class LL All-State team, the New Haven Register All State and All-Area teams, and the Connecticut Post Hearst 33 All-Star Team. Coach Shea said, “Anthony has great physical gifts and a superb work ethic that will serve him well in the Boston College program.”
Fathers & Sons enjoy Communion Breakfast
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On Sunday, February 1, the Father’s Club held its annual Communion Breakfast, which was greatly attended. Mass was held in the Egan Chapel of St. Ignatius Loyola. Fr. Hanwell, S.J., was the presider and Fr. Holland, SJ was the homilist. Attendees were treated to a great breakfast and the speaker at the breakfast was Tom Gaudett ‘10 who spoke about his experience with Teach for America and how his Prep education has impacted his development as a person.After Fairfield Prep Thomas went on to Harvard, where he graduated magna cum laude with a degree in Government and a secondary in Global Health and Health Policy. Watch Tom's speech at Prep You Tube!
Under Construction, The Developing Brain of the Teenage Male
Amidst the building construction-in-progress here at Prep, we were visited recently by two psychologists from The Southfield Center for Development in Darien who shared an informative and entertaining presentation: “Under Construction, The Developing Brain of the Teenage Male." Sponsored by the Bellarmine Guild of Prep moms, this event attracted a receptive audience including many parents, faculty, and administrators from Prep who gathered for the talk. For those who might have missed the presentation, we are happy to be able to share their powerpoint presentation and some additional resources provided by our speakers. (See links below.)
Dr. Chris Bogart, Executive Director and Founder of the Center, (also a product and proponent of Jesuit education), along with Dr. Frank Bartolomeo, Director of Strategic Development, gave us some keen insights into the wonderful and sometimes challenging and mysterious teenage sons. Both Chris and Frank are also practitioners among a team of specialists at the Center who offer a range of diagnostic, therapeutic and educational services for children and teens. For additional information, please refer to these links or visit their website: http://www.southfieldcenter.com/
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Fairfield Prep tops Hillhouse for 43rd straight regular-season win
By Doug Bonjour, CT Post, Jan. 31, 2015
NEW HAVEN -- Fairfield Prep played at Hillhouse Friday minus star guard Tom Nolan, who sat after badly spraining his left ankle two days earlier in a rout of Cheshire. Somehow, the Jesuits still found a way to stay unbeaten. Despite going the entire third quarter without hitting a field goal, Prep outlasted the Academics 62-52 to improve to 13-0.
"I'm not worried about how ugly it looked," Prep coach Leo Redgate said. "A win's a win. Believe me, they were going to fight until the end, and I think we fought 'til the end."
Prep iced its 43rd consecutive regular-season win at the free-throw line, hitting 35-of-50 attempts. It was also the Jesuits' second victory over Hillhouse this season and sixth in the last two years.
Guard Matt Gerics started in Nolan's place and scored 10 points, including seven in the fourth quarter. Ryan Foley finished with a game-high 20 points.
"I'm going to be honest, they beat us," Hillhouse coach Renard Sutton said. "Regardless of who they have in the game or who they don't have in the game, it's just evident that one person doesn't win a basketball game. "They have answers."
One of those answers came early in the fourth quarter from Gerics, who converted a 4-point play to snap a 41-41 tie. The Jesuits went up by as many as 12 points and held on with the help of some porous free-throw shooting by Hillhouse.
The Academics were just 4-of-11 from the stripe in the fourth quarter and 15-of-28 for the game. They also struggled mightily from the perimeter, hitting just one 3-pointer.
"Defensively, I don't think they did anything to change it for us," Sutton said. "We just didn't hit shots. ... It was just a matter of hitting shots and hitting free throws."
Prep failed to hit a single shot in the third quarter, and Hillhouse took advantage by turning a 32-24 halftime deficit into a tie game heading into the fourth. However, Prep quickly turned the momentum back in its favor with a 10-2 run to open the fourth.
Redgate ultimately found reason to overlook the lengthy offensive drought. "It's about learning," he said. "You've heard me say this 1,000 times, 'If we lose, we lose.' But what I want to make sure is that we're playing our butts off."
Guard Joe Kasperzyk Jr. led Hillhouse with 19 points, and Dontell Glover Jr. finished with nine points. Kasperzyk Jr. finished a conventional 3-point play to slice Prep's lead to 49-44 in the fourth, but the Academics guard was hit with a technical for a hard foul with 4:57 left. The Jesuits extended their lead to eight and once again did just enough to put away Hillhouse.
"I feel like we just know how to beat them," Foley said. "We've just changed our ways whenever they've changed theirs. We've gotten the job done with that."
FAIRFIELD PREP (13-0)
Tate Duran 0 0-0 0 Matt Gerics 3 3-5 10 Will Lucas 0 1-2 1 John Murphy 0 0-0 0 John Kelly 1 1-2 3 Rich Kelly 1 7-8 10 Joe DeGennaro 2 3-5 7 Ryan Foley 3 13-15 20 Pat Harding 2 5-11 9 Senay Bellete 0 0-0 0 Allen Gibson 0 0-0 0 Brendan Carey 0 0-0 0 Shawn Matthews 0 0-0 0 Bobby Haskins 0 2-2 2 Philip Vlandis 0 0-0 0. Totals 12 35-50 62.
Darius Griffin 0 0-0 0 Dontell Glover Jr. 3 3-4 9 Joe Kasperzyk Jr. 7 5-7 19 Troy Walters Jr. 2 2-5 6 Tyler Douglas 0 0-0 0 Christian Adams 2 1-2 6 Donell Allick Jr. 1 1-2 3 Demetrius Smith 0 0-0 0 John Lewis 0 0-3 0 Jalil Wilkerson 0 0-0 0 Tyler Williams 0 0-0 0 Byron Breland III 0 3-5 3 Jvaughn Hoover 0 0-0 0 Chauness Johnson 0 0-0 0 Anthony Crenshaw 1 0-0 2 Aaron White 2 0-0 4. Totals 18 15-28 52.
FAIRFIELD PREP ............................................................................................12 20 7 23 -- 62
HILLHOUSE...................................................................................................14 10 15 13 -- 52
3-pointers: FP -- Foley, R. Kelly, Gerics; H -- Adams.
Fouled out: FP Gerics, R. Kelly.; H -- Kasperzyk Jr., Griffin. Technical fouls: H -- Kasperzyk Jr.