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Prep honors Bob Skoronski '51, school named on Super Bowl High School Honor Roll
At the Prep-Hillhouse Football Game, a special presentation of the Super Bowl High School Honor Roll "Golden Football" was made on the field, in honor of Bob Skoronski '51, who played football for Prep, Indiana University, and ultimately enjoyed an 11-year NFL career with the Green Bay Packers. His brother Gene Skowronski '61, attended on Bob's behalf, and read his message.
Message of Bob Skoronski, ‘51
For presentation of golden football at Fairfield Prep
(Delivered by his brother, Gene Skowronski, ’61)
September 23, 2016, Rafferty Stadium, Fairfield University
To the members of the Fairfield Prep family and football team, please accept my sincere apologies for not being able to be with you in person tonight. I am with you in spirit and extend to you my warmest greetings and best wishes.
I am deeply honored to be part of this NFL Super Bowl golden football celebration. This award belongs to Fairfield Prep, its wonderful priests, teachers, coaches and football players and to my teammates while here at Prep.
I would never have been able to learn and grow without their never-ending support, encouragement, help and inspiration. Fairfield Prep gave me my start. It all began here on this playing field and at McAuliffe and Berchmans. It was here that I got that great, classical, Jesuit education with its strong emphasis on Latin, English, foreign language and religion. It was here that the Jesuit priests tried valiantly to teach me how to think critically and independently. Occasionally they had modest success. This education and the values I learned here were transformative and guided and sustained me throughout my life.
On the Prep football field I learned the importance of conditioning, good fundamentals, perseverance and sportsmanship. These ideals and values were carried on and strengthened by my later coach, Vince Lombardi, himself a product of Catholic and Jesuit education.
I am profoundly grateful for the start I got here at Prep. There is a famous song entitled, “You never walk alone.” I know I never walk alone. I know that as I walk, the priests, teachers, coaches, students and athletes of Fairfield Prep, past, present and future, are always with me. They are my companions on the journey. Without their help, I could not have had whatever success I did have, and we would not have this beautiful golden football.
I hope this golden football will inspire future generations of Prep students and athletes to follow and fulfill their dreams. Thank you.
Fairfield Prep pulls away from Hillhouse
CT Post, By Chris Elsberry, September 23, 2016
FAIRFIELD — For Fairfield Prep, it was a big win … and a big sigh of relief.
The Jesuits, ranked sixth in the Hearst Connecticut Media’s Elite Eight football poll, won its third straight game in convincing fashion, racing past Hillhouse 40-18 Friday night at Rafferty Stadium. But they received a scare when quarterback Patrick Conte left the game at halftime with an injured left shoulder.
The injury, however, was apparently just a bruise and Conte —who iced the shoulder the entire second half — said that he would be ready to go for next week’s game against Notre Dame-West Haven.
EDITOR'S NOTE: Conte will be out a few weeks due to injury.
“It’s nothing really,” Conte said. “It was just a precaution. We have a lot of confidence in (backup) Will Lucas, so I mean, why?”
Conte was stellar in the first half as Prep was rolling to a 27-12 lead. The senior completed 9-of-15 passes for 168 yards and a touchdown while also rushing 16 times for 85 yards and three TDs. However, after bruising that same shoulder that forced him to miss four games last season, Prep coach Keith Hellstern decided to err on the side of caution and give Conte the rest of the night off.
“You don’t want to dent the Cadillac,” Hellstern said. “Hopefully, it’s just a bruise for him, but we did the right thing by getting our backup in and Will did a nice job stepping up in the second half.”
Prep improved to 3-0 for the first time since the 2006 season.
“It’s good.” Hellstern said. “The kids are really coming together in a way that I’m proud of. Sometimes we make a little hard on ourselves, but we really bounce back.”
Hillhouse came into the game averaging 314 yards on the ground, but Prep’s defense held the Academics to just 138 yards rushing and also forced four turnovers — two fumble recoveries and two interceptions.
“We didn’t come to play,” Hillhouse coach Reggie Lyle said. “You can’t turn the ball over like we did. We had four turnovers. You can’t make mistakes like that. You have to execute. They’re a good team and you can’t make mistakes against a good team.”
The biggest mistake came with just under four minutes left in the first half and Prep holding a 21-12 lead. Hillhouse was inside the Jesuit 10-yard line, but the Acs fumbled on the two-yard line and Prep went 98 yards over the next three minutes. A 30-yard Conte-to-Drew McAvey pass highlighted the drive, which culminated on the quarterback’s 12-yard scoring run. Conte hurt his should on the touchdown play.
“We just grinded it the whole time. We were pounding them for like, seven, eight yards a clip on that first drive (that went 71 yards in 11 plays),” Conte said. “Offensively, I think we’ve caught our momentum. Tonight we really put it together.”
Unofficially, Prep totaled 217 yards rushing and 206 passing, led by senior receiver Bobby Haskins, who caught five passes for 104 yards.
“That’s something that Patrick and I work on a lot,” Haskins said. “We’ve actually played together since we were in fifth grade, so we have a lot of chemistry together.”
FAIRFIELD PREP 40, HILLHOUSE 18
HILLHOUSE 6 6 0 6—18
PREP 14 13 6 7—40
H—Chase Kinzly 80 kickoff return (kick blocked)
P—Drew Mcavey 17 pass Patrick Conte (Andrew Hickey kick)
P— Conte 3 run (Hickey kick)
H—Quintus Reid 57 run (kick blocked)
P—Conte 12 run (Hickey kick)
P—Conte 12 run (kick blocked)
P—Bobby Haskins 38 pass Will Lucas (kick blocked)
P—Dillon Mirabile 9 run (Hickey kick)
H—Kinzly 82 pass Henderson (pass failed)
Records: Fairfield Prep 3-0, Hillhouse 2-1
Fairfield Prep proudly announces National Merit Semifinalist and Commended Scholars
Front row from left: President Rev. Thomas Simisky, S.J., Semifinalist - Jonathan Siveyer, Commended seniors Grant Ballesteros, Junlin Mo with Principal Dr. Robert Perrotta. Back row from left: Brendan Flynn, Tom Paul and Ben Martinez
Fairfield Prep is pleased to announce recognition of six seniors who are honored in the National Merit Scholarship Program, including Semifinalist Jonathan Siveyer and five Commended honorees. The seniors are recognized based on the PSAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test taken in their junior year. Over 1.5 million students from across the nation entered the competition by taking the test, and the Prep winners were selected based on placement in the top five percent in the highly competitive state of Connecticut.
A spokesperson for the National Merit Scholarship Program commented, "These students represent a valuable national resource; recognizing their accomplishments, as well as the key role their schools play in their academic development, is vital to the advancement of educational excellence in our nation. We hope that this recognition will help broaden their educational opportunities and encourage them as they continue their pursuit of academic success."
The Soundings student newspaper is back!
After a many year hiatus, The Soundings student newspaper has returned. With a new staff under the moderation of Mrs. Elaine Clark, the goal is to deliver a newspaper written and produced by student contributors. Co-Editor Evan Bean '19 stated, "We all hope you enjoy it! Hopefully this will give a louder voice to all of our amazing organizations and events at Prep." Students interested in joining the club staff should contact Mrs. Clark, or Co-Editors in Chief Evan Bean '19 or Jamie Paul '19. Learn more about The Soundings extracurricular club.
Fairfield Prep celebrates Mass of the Holy Spirit
Elaine Clark awarded Ignatian Teacher of the Year
On Friday, September 16, Fairfield Prep celebrated its annual Mass of the Holy Spirit which marked the beginning of the academic year. Fr. Tom Simisky, S.J., was the principal celebrant and Fr. Michael Tunney, S.J., (rector of the Fairfield Jesuit community) was the homilist. The Mass of the Holy Spirit is a tradition among Jesuit academic institutions dating to 1548 in which the community gathers to thank God for the gifts of creation and salvation, and to seek the guidance and wisdom of the Holy Spirit in the coming year. During the celebration the newest members of the Fairfield Prep community (the Class of 2020, transfer students, and new faculty and staff) were blessed by the rest of the community. The senior class was also recognized and blessed for the service it would be performing during this academic year. Elaine Clark was presented with the Fr. Martin Shaughnessy, S.J., Ignatian Educator of the Year Award.
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Safeguarding Prep's Future!
As Fairfield Prep begins our 75th anniversary celebration, it is an opportunity to reflect on how the school has shaped our lives and how we may help shape the future of this school. Six of our alumni share their memories, thoughts, and plans for how they are choosing to safeguard Prep’s future. Enjoy this short video! Thanks to Jack Connolly '65, John Altieri '64, Jim Alexander '55, John Chiota '61, George Mihalik '58 and J. Kendall Murphy '48.
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Fairfield Prep’s defense smothers Wilbur Cross, improves to 2-0
GametimeCT.com September 16, 2016 | by Mike Madera
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NEW HAVEN >> With an impressive overtime victory over Hand already in its back pocket, Fairfield Prep was looking to build on the successful start to the season. While it may have taken a little bit longer than the Jesuits would have, the end result was another victory.
Using a dominant defense, holding Wilbur Cross to just 159 yards in the game, the Jesuits improved to 2-0 with a 21-6 Southern Connecticut Conference interdivision victory over the Governors at the Wilbur Cross Athletic Complex Friday afternoon.
“The biggest thing is we understood what we had to do,” Fairfield Prep coach Keith Hellstern said. “They like to spread you out and throw the ball. They are quick. We had that concept scouted well. We did a good job of executing what we needed to do.”
Prep quarterback Patrick Conte finished with 145 yards passing and three touchdowns. Conte’s biggest completion came just 5 seconds into the fourth quarter when he hit Drew McAvey for an 8-yard scoring strike.
The touchdown was the second time the pair connected for a score and was followed by Conte’s pass to Bobby Haskins on the conversion for a 21-0 advantage.
“Offensively, our goal is to put up 500 yards and 50 points a game,” Conte said. “Their defense is very good. They are big and fast. Our defense did a great job and we were able to block two punts.”
The rest was up to the Prep defense as the Jesuits did not allow the Cross offense to get going. The Governors, who accumulated 470 yards of offense against Foran in the opener, were held in check throughout.
“They are bigger than us,” Cross coach John Acquavita said after his team fell to 1-1. “They played a really solid game on defense. They were tough. We were looking to break one athletic play. We thought we had it with the punt, but it was called back.”
The first half was an offensive struggle for both teams as the two quarterbacks combined to complete just seven of 30 combined pass attempts, It was the Jesuits who made the most of their completions.
Conte completed five passes, with two going for touchdowns. The Jesuits held a 169-57 advantage in total yards in the opening half.
The Jesuits took the lead for good with 7:21 to go in the first quarter as Conte fired a perfect strike over the middle to a wide open McAvey for the only touchdown of the opening quarter.
Fairfield Prep used its special teams to create a pair of scoring opportunities in the first half, blocking a pair of punts and cashing in on the second block to take a 13-0 lead.
Four plays and a penalty after Haskins’ block set up the Jesuits at the Cross 14, Conte eventually closed the deal when he hit Haskins down the left sideline for a 27-yard scoring strike with 11.5 seconds to go in the half.
“The two blocked punts were huge,” Conte said. “They set us up. We were able to take advantage.”
Looking for any sign of an offense which gained close to 500 yards against Foran a week earlier, Cross never showed one in the opening half. The Governors ran only 10 plays in the second quarter, going three-and-out on the first three of four possessions and seeing the clock run out on the last.
The Governors finally got on the scoreboard with 2:50 left in the game as Terrell Watts hit Dyante Howard with a 4-yard scoring strike. Watts finished the game 16 of 32 for 128 yards and a touchdown.
Fairfield Prep 21, Wilbur Cross 6
(at New Haven)
Fairfield Prep 7 6 0 8 — 21
Wilbur Cross 0 0 0 6 — 6
F—Drew McAvey 38 pass from Patrick Conte (Andrew Hickey kick)
F—Bobby Haskins 27 pass from Patrick Conte (Kick failed)
F—Drew McAvey 8 pass from Patrick Conte (Conte to Haskins pass)
W—Dyante Howard 4 pass from Terrell Watts (Pass failed)
Team records: Wilbur Cross 1-1; Fairfield Prep 2-0
Fathers' Club hosts Welcome BBQ in the Quad
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On Saturday, September 10, the Fathers' Club hosted the annual Welcome Back BBQ in Pelletier Quad. More than 70 fathers attended, met other Prep Dads, reconnected with old friends and enjoyed the BBQ. Tom Dolan '81, P'12,'17 welcomed the fathers, explained the mission of the Fathers' Club, and handed over the reins of the Club from himself and Matt Terry '82, P'11,'12,'15,'17 to Jeff Beiser P'16,'19, John Kelly P'13,'16,'18 and Brendan Lynch P'16,'18. Tom and Matt have been leaders in the Fathers Club for almost 10 years! Tom offered a moment of silence to remember Bobby Kaps, father of Prep Senior Miles Kap, who passed away last week, and to commemorate the 15th anniversary of 9/11. Father Tom Simisky, S.J. welcomed the group, gave an update on Prep, and showed his support for the Father's Club.
Bellarmine Guild welcomes Prep Moms
The Bellarmine Guild, Fairfield Prep's club for mothers/guardians of students, sponsored a Welcome Back Coffee on September 1 in the new Student Life Center. Mothers had the opportunity to learn about and sign up for many of the club events throughout the school year. They also were welcomed by the new co-chairs Mary Alice Noone P’11,’13,’15,'18 and MaryEllen Guere P’17, as well as Prep President Rev. Tom Simisky, S.J., Principal Dr. Robert Perrotta, and Dean of Enrollment & Marketing Greg Marshall.
Prep Football tops Hand in overtime 26-20
MADISON – Welcome to Hand football, circa 2000. Without the personnel to run the spread offense, the Tigers went back to their old days on offense, utilizing the I-formation, wing and shotgun. The spread offense, which helped generate two states titles earlier in the decade is gone. It’s ground and pound and throw once in a while.
But Hand struggled on offense for most of the night and suffered a 26-20 loss to Fairfield Prep in overtime on a sweltering opening night of the 2016 season at the Surf Club.
“We’re just not a good football team on offense,” Hand coach Steve Filippone said. “We just can’t do it. We got tired. Defensively, we played very well but in key fourth down situations, but they got two touchdowns.”
Fairfield Prep had a tough time of things early, but played much better in the second half as the Jesuits’ defense held the Tigers to six points in the second half.
“The penalties were too many and we have to play a tighter game,” Fairfield Prep coach Keith Hellstern said. “It’s never easy at the Surf Club. This was a character win.”
In overtime, Hand kept going backwards in its possession and turned the ball over. With a chance to win it right there, the Jesuits lost four yards on their first play.
However, the Tigers were flagged for ripping off the face mask of Nick Mirabile on second down and Fairfield Prep had the ball at the Hand 8.
Yale-bound quarterback Patrick Conte (21-for-36 passing for 175 yards) hit wide receiver Connor Byrne in stride for the touchdown that ended it.
“Receivers were making plays and all 11 guys were making plays in the fourth quarter and overtime,” Conte said.
It was a game that Hand could have put away early as the Tigers started drives four times inside the Prep 35, but the struggled to get the ball in the end zone at times.
Hand finally got on the board near the end of the first quarter when Mike Burchell scored the first of his three touchdowns on the night with 1:12 left in the period. Chris Bartosic added the extra point to make it 7-0.
Burchell scooted in from 16 yards out with 5:44 remaining in the half to take a 14-0 lead.
Dave Phillips/GameTimeCT Hand QB Brett Bilcheck tries to get away from Fairfield Prep's Justin Keith.
Hand QB Brett Bilcheck tries to get away from Fairfield Prep’s Justin Keith.
However, Fairfield Prep’s Anthony Mastroni scooted in from 9 yards out a minute and a half to close it to 14-7 at the break.
Conte closed out a 19-play drive with 5:56 left in the third quarter for a touchdown, but Hand’s Nik Avery blocked the extra point, leaving things at 14-3.
On the very first play from scrimmage after that, Burchell scored his third touchdown of the game with an 83-yard jaunt to put the Tigers ahead 20-13.
Conte connected with a wide open Phillip DeJesus across the middle for 32 yards and a touchdown with 1:03 left in the third quarter.
Both teams had chances in the final quarter but were stopped inside the other team’s 20-yard line.
“The kids did a far better job executing in the second half,” Hellstern said. “We just played on a short field in the first half.”
Fairfield Prep 26, Hand 20 (OT)
Fairfield Prep 0 7 13 0 6 — 26
Hand 7 7 6 0 0 — 20
H—Mike Burchell 1 run (Chris Bartosic kick)
H—Mike Burchell 16 run (Bartosic kick)
F—Anthony Mastroni 9 run (Andfrew Hickey kick)
F—Patrick Conte 3 run (kick blocked)
H—Mike Burchell 83 run (pass failed)
F—Phillip DeJesus 32 pass from Patrick Conte (Hickey kick)
F—Connor Byrne 8 pass from Patrick Conte
Team records: Hand 0-1; Fairfield Prep 1-0
Prep remembers our Alumni and Families on September 11
On Friday, September 9, during morning prayer Fairfield Prep remembered the 15th anniversary of September 11. In particular we prayed for our three FP alumni who died that day: Michael Jacobs ’64, Gary Lasko ’69, and Seth Morris ’83. Student government members placed flags thoughout the walkways of the Quad to demonstrate patriotism and remind the Prep Community that we will never forget.
O God, our hope and refuge,
in our distress we come quickly to you.
Shock and horror of that tragic day have subsided,
replaced now with an emptiness,
a longing for an innocence lost.
We come remembering those who lost their lives
in New York, Washington D.C., and Pennsylvania.
We are mindful of the sacrifice of public servants
who demonstrated the greatest love of all
by laying down their lives for friends.
We commit their souls to your eternal care
and celebrate their gifts to a fallen humanity.
We come remembering
and we come in hope,
not in ourselves, but in you.
As foundations we once thought secure have been shaken,
we are reminded of the illusion of security.
In commemorating this tragedy,
we give you thanks for your presence
in our time of need
and we seek to worship you in Spirit and in truth,
our guide and our guardian. Amen.
- Rev. Jeremy Pridgeon
Prep attends World Youth Day 2016 in Poland
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Reflection by Max Moeser '17
Our World Youth Day trip started with our flight to Warsaw, Poland. Due to an unfortunate delay our second flight was actually the first to touch down; but once everyone made it out of the airport safely we went to our first hotel. We all got together for an opening Mass and after the service we heard some talks from some of the religious leaders traveling with us. One of the sisters spoke about what it means to be merciful and all the little things we can do to model our lives after saints from Poland, the most well known of which were Pope John Paul II and Maximilian Kolbe. After that our own Fr. Bret Stockdale, S.J., gave a lecture about the Ignatian teachings that our group and ministry value so much. We even had Diocese of Bridgeport Bishop Caggiano talk to us about what we were going to experience on our pilgrimage. After our time in Warsaw we traveled to Kraków and on the way we visited Our Lady of Czestochowa. We would be spending the rest of our time in Kraków. The opening Mass for World Youth Day was massive and all the
countries represented went out to the town green to celebrate the beginning of WYD. The next day we were at the Catholic center where we heard multiple catecheses from different clergy and lay people. There were also many separate lectures to listen to throughout the day. The next day was Auschwitz which was a very sobering and somber experience, but something that the trip definitely needed to include. We were also lucky enough to attend a Mass with Pope Francis in the town green. However, it was decided that as minors we could not attend the overnight vigil, and as a result we also couldn't be there for the final Mass. But in all that down time we had a great time exploring the city and seeing all the historic churches and landmarks. Each experience trailed into the next and our daily reflections helped tie the entire experience into a very worthwhile event. Note: Special thanks to Fr. Bret Stockdale, S.J., and Prep Database Manager Iwona Kolotylo P'19, who led and chaperoned the Prep group as part of the Diocese of Bridgeport's pilgrimage.
Fairfield Prep invites you to Open House!
Prospective students and families are invited to attend our annual Open House on Sunday, October 2, 2-4 P.M. Meet faculty and students, tour the campus, and learn about our many programs and extracurricular activities.
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