Another school year is winding down, and another group of seniors has taken their last pass through the halls of Cathedral Prep. They spent their last four years in this building, growing and bonding together as brothers. But it’s time for them to move on to bigger and better things, making their school proud along the way. Their were plenty of great moments throughout the year, leaving them with memories they will carry through the rest of their lives.
Obviously there are plenty of seniors that will be missed next year. James Kolakowski left his mark on nearly everyone’s Prep experience. The morning weather will never be the same without him standing in front of the green screen. Sean Reed is also known notoriously throughout the school. Whether it was tearing his ACL in school during his junior year or scoring the game-winning goal against McDowell in D10 soccer, he left his mark on many of the students in the school.
The faculty has undergone a number of changes since the end of last school year. Prep legends, Mr. Mezler and Mr. Scharrer, left at the end of last year, leaving two huge gaps in the the Prep roster. Students were left wondering who their replacements would be, and were more then happy to meet Lion and Mr. Baltzer, who have filled in perfectly. Students also saw new teachers like Mr. Viera leading the music department, Dr. Buczek teaching Latin, and Mrs. Lasky teaching computer science. Finally, the school parted ways with long time chef Frank Cirillo, who will be dearly missed by the student body who enjoyed his lunches for years.
In sports, Cathedral Prep sports again proved its dominance throughout Northwestern Pennsylvania. This includes D10 title victories over McDowell in both soccer and lacrosse. The basketball team proved many of the doubters wrong this year. Down one in the D10 title game with less than a second remaining, Charlie Fessler hit a buzzer beater to win, pushing them into the state tournament. They ended up making a run to the AAA state Final 4, before losing to a great Archbishop Carroll squad. The hockey team also had an outstanding season, bringing home the AA state hockey title back to Erie for the first time in 18 years. The baseball team continues their success after a D10 victory over Slippery Rock. The Ramblers play again next Monday against Montour and appear primed to make a state title run themselves.
This year has been very memorable for teachers and students alike. This senior class will be remembered as one of the most outgoing groups the school has seen. The juniors have big shoes to fill next year but should be more than up to the challenge.