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Winter Sports Assembly 2015

Tom Fiala

Bobby McCormackPriory students and faculty celebrated the winter sports season this week, where athletes and their teams were honored for their accomplishments.

Standout athletes from wrestling, hockey and basketball received Metro League awards and accolades from their coaches. Director of Athletics Tom Fiala kicked off the assembly with a story about Varsity Basketball Senior Cole Esparrago, who took a rough foul in the last game. Mr. Fiala spoke about Cole’s response to the foul: he didn’t feign injury or turn to aggression or beg the ref for a call. He stood up, went to the foul line, and did his job. He did, as Mr. Fiala said, “The right thing.” Varsity wrestling coach Steve Rolwes remarked about the drive and motivation of wrestlers who fought their way back from injuries, including one athlete who persevered against a daunting opponent until the very end. This winter season is notable for the integrity and sportsmanship of all our athletes, and it spilled over to the fans, too. Varsity hockey coach Jeff Smith, ’81, spoke about the tremendous support Priory students showed throughout the hockey season, noting that he received compliments from opposing fans and even referees about our fans. He said, “The referees told me how much they liked our games, because our students made it so great.” He complimented the fans for being respectful and supportive, for “doing the right thing.” Varsity basketball coach Bobby McCormack echoed his praise of the fans, telling the students this morning how much their spirit motivated the basketball team to an exciting season. He also thanked Priory’s parents and administrators for their support throughout the season, noting that it takes a lot of people for one team’s success.

Coach McCormack closed the assembly with advice for Priory athletes and students: he told them it was important to be prompt and to be prepared, and that above all, every time they don a Priory shirt they should be proud.

Congratulations to our student athletes.

Steve Rolwes Jeff Smith


Award Winners

Basketball team Hockey team

Basketball (l-r):

Varsity Basketball Coach Bobby McCormack; Nate VonderHaar, Metro League Player of the Year and Defense Award; Stephen Poth, 2nd Team All League and Rebel Award; Cole Esparrago, 1st Team All League and Leadership Award; Matt Kinnison, Rebel Award

Hockey (l-r):

Ben Kraus, Priory Spirit Award; Parker Ferguson, Leadership Award; Patrick O’Brien, Hobey Baker Award presented by Mid States; Matthew Server, Rookie of the Year; Varsity Hockey Coach Jeff Smith ’81



Wrestling (l-r):

Andrew Abad, All League Honorable Mention; Tony Kraus, All League Honorable Mention;
Patrick Lane, 2nd Team All League; Brandon Tajkarimi, 2nd Team All League;
Elliot Dow, All League Honorable Mention; Varsity Wrestling Coach Steve Rolwes

“Listen carefully, my son, to the master’s instructions, and attend to them with the ear of your heart.”

Prologue, 1

“This is advice from a father who loves you; welcome it, and faithfully put it into practice.”

Prologue, 1

“First of all, every time you begin a good work, you must pray to him most earnestly to bring it to perfection.”

Prologue, 4

“If you desire true and eternal life, keep your tongue free from vicious talk and your lips from all deceit; turn away from evil and do good; let peace be your quest and aim. (Ps 33[34]:13)”

Prologue, 17

“Clothed then with faith and the performance of good works, let us set out on this way, with the Gospel for our guide, that we may deserve to see him who has called us to his kingdom (1 Thess 2:12).”

Prologue, 21

“If we wish to dwell in the tent of this kingdom, we will never arrive unless we run there by doing good deeds.”

Prologue, 22

“What is not possible to us by nature, let us ask the Lord to supply by the help of his grace.”

Prologue, 41

“Therefore, we intend to establish a school for the Lord’s service.”

Prologue, 45

“The good of all concerned, however, may prompt us to a little strictness in order to amend faults and to safeguard love.”

Prologue, 47

“The reason why we have said all should be called for counsel is that the Lord often reveals what is better to the younger.”

Chapter 3, 3

“Your way of acting should be different from the world’s way; the love of Christ must come before all else.”

Chapter 4, 20-21

“Never give a hollow greeting of peace or turn away when someone needs your love.” –Chapter 4, 25-26

“Bind yourself to no oath lest it prove false, but speak the truth with heart and tongue.”

Chapter 4, 27-28

“Place your hope in God alone.”

Chapter 4, 41

“Respect the elders and love the young.”

Chapter 4, 70-71

“Pray for your enemies out of love for Christ. “

Chapter 4, 72

“If you have a dispute with someone, make peace with him before the sun goes down.”

Chapter 4, 73

“The first step of humility is unhesitating obedience, which comes naturally to those who cherish Christ above all.”

Chapter 5, 1-2

“Speaking and teaching are the master’s task; the disciple is to be silent and listen.”

Chapter 6, 6

“The first step of humility, then, is that a man keeps the fear of God always before his eyes (PS 35[36]:2) and never forgets it.”

Chapter 7, 10

“Let us consider, then, how we ought to behave in the presence of God and his angels, and let us stand to sing the psalms in such a way that our minds are in harmony with our voices.”

Chapter 19, 6-7

“On arising for the Work of God, they will quietly encourage each other, for the sleepy like to make excuses.”

Chapter 22, 8

“Every age and level of understanding should receive appropriate treatment.”

Chapter 30, 1

“Above all, let him be humble. If goods are not available to meet a request, he will offer a kind word in reply, for it is written: A kind word is better than the best gift (Sir 18:17).”

Chapter 31, 13-14

“Let all the rest serve one another in love.”

Chapter 35, 6

“Indeed, nothing is to be preferred to the Work of God.”

Chapter 43, 3

“Idleness is the enemy of the soul. Therefore, the brothers should have specified periods for manual labor as well as for prayerful reading.”

Chapter 48, 1

“The life of a monk ought to be a continuous Lent.”

Chapter 49, 1

“All guests who present themselves are to be welcomed as Christ, for he himself will say: I was a stranger and you welcomed me (Matt 25:35).”

Chapter 53, 1

“Proper honor must be shown to all, especially to those who share our faith (Gal 6:10) and to pilgrims.”

Chapter 53, 2

“(B)ecause wherever we may be, we are in the service of the same Lord and doing battle for the same King.”

Chapter 61, 10

They should each try to be the first to show respect to the other (Rom 12:10).”

Chapter 63, 17

“We wish this rule to be read often in the community, so that none of the brothers can offer the excuse of ignorance.”

Chapter 66, 8

“Trusting in God’s help, he must in love obey.”

Chapter 68, 5

Never to do another what you do not want done to yourself (Tob 4:16).”

Chapter 70, 7

“No one is to pursue what he judges better for himself, but instead, what he judges better for someone else.”

Chapter 72, 7

“Let them prefer nothing whatever to Christ, and may he bring us all together to everlasting life.”

Chapter 72, 11-12

“What page, what passage of the inspired books of the Old and New Testaments is not the truest of guides for human life?”

Chapter 73, 3

“What book of the holy catholic Fathers does not resoundingly summon us along the true way to reach the Creator?”

Chapter 73, 4


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