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James Hauenstein Leads Mater Dei Prep into New Era

The Board of Trustees is pleased to announce that James Hauenstein has been named as inaugural President of Mater Dei Prep, which will officially begin as a private, Catholic college preparatory school on July 1.

Mr. Randy MacDonald, Chair of the Board said, “We were looking for a person who would embody three unique elements of Mater Dei Prep in one person; a rigorous academician to oversee our uniquely flexible college preparatory curriculum, the skilled, hands-on administrator to support our individualized approach to students, and a nurturing mentor for our vibrant, Catholic community. Mr. Hauenstein‘s extensive experience as a seasoned and professional educator for the last 33 years was an ideal match for those criteria. We are delighted that Mr. Hauenstein will be providing that leadership for Mater Dei Prep.”

Mr. Hauenstein was quoted, “I look forward to seeing our great students at Mater Dei Prep accomplish great things. I am very excited for this opportunity which will allow me to return to the foundation of my educational philosophy of being student-centered. Just as importantly, I believe we can expand a collegiate culture to help students achieve their post-secondary aspirations. I plan to utilize my strengths and passion as an educator to support every student at Mater Dei Prep“.
Mr. MacDonald also added, “We can’t thank enough our search committee of Dr. Margaret Boland, Assistant Superintendent at the Department of Catholic Schools for the Diocese of Trenton, Dr. Timothy Briles, Assistant Dean, School of Education at Georgian Court University and Brother Frank Byrnes, President of Christian Brothers Academy in Lincroft, NJ for the many hours of work and diligence they invested in this successful search”.

Mr. Hauenstein has spent the last four years as an assistant superintendent of the Toms River Regional School District. His duties included supervision of three high schools and three intermediate schools. This year Toms River had more than 1,300 graduating seniors. Prior to that Mr. Hauenstein spent seven years as principal of Toms River High School North. Mr. Hauenstein is a 1982 graduate of the Lynch School of Education at Boston College with a BA in elementary/special education. Mr. Hauenstein has his Masters of Arts from Georgian Court University in Supervision, Curriculum and Administration and is a certified School Administrator, Principal and Supervisor of Instruction.

Mr. William Cardone, Principal of St. James Elementary School in Red Bank and retired assistant superintendent of schools in Toms River said about Mr. Hauenstein, “I have known Jim both personally and professionally for the better part of twenty five years. I have watched him grow and develop from a master teacher into a very effective school administrator. Being either an administrator or principal are very demanding and challenging positions and Jim excelled at both. Jim is a man of character who has a tireless work ethic, is attentive to detail and is altruistic in his desire to help students and staff succeed”.

On April 30 of this year, Bishop David M. O'Connell CM Diocese of Trenton approved a plan by the Mater Dei Prep Board of Trustees to re-open the 53-year-old Catholic high school in Middletown as a new, private Catholic high school. In addition to responding to all of the due diligence requested by the Diocese of Trenton, the school, in concert with the Seraph’s Fund, raised over $1.5 million in approximately 45 days. This is representative of the enduring support from the community. This includes approximately six thousand alumni, who so valued their education and high school experience at Mater Dei Prep, that they invested their intellectual, emotional and financial resources to ensure this opportunity would be available to future generations of Seraphs. The community is also supporting Mater Dei Prep in this rejuvenation in another important and tangible way, as it appears that Mater Dei Prep will have more students registered for September than the approximately 340 students for this past year.

The Board is committed to continue the standards of excellence at Mater Dei Prep with innovative curriculum, award winning faculty, attention to the individual and a Catholic education. The new leadership is grounded in its fiduciary responsibilities to maintain not only a viable, but thriving educational entity and a community leader for the next half century.

Contact: Kathleen G. Daly, Director of Advancement
Mater Dei Prep
Phone: 732.671.9100

Mater Dei Prep Hires Veteran Boys’ Basketball Coach Ben Gamble

Mater Dei Prep is proud to announce Ben Gamble as the new Boys’ Basketball Coach. Gamble spent last season as head coach of the Cardinal McCarrick Boys’ Basketball team, garnering a 21-5 overall record and winning the Greater Middlesex Conference Blue Division. The Diocese of Metuchen announced in May that Cardinal McCarrick will be closing this June due to an increasing budget deficit.

Gamble is ready for the challenges and responsibilities of growing the Mater Dei Prep program. “ I am very excited to coach at Mater Dei Prep. I am proud to become part of this strong community and to help uphold their high academic and athletic standards. I look forward to meeting the current students and building a future.” Gamble became interested in coaching at Mater Dei Prep after Cardinal McCarrick students told him how impressed they were with the school. MDP has run information sessions for Cardinal McCarrick families in the wake of the Diocese of Metuchen’s announcement.

Gamble spent 14 years as an assistant under legendary basketball coach Bob Hurley at St. Anthony of Jersey City, rising to the position of associate head coach before leaving for the head coaching job at Cardinal McCarrick. While at St. Anthony, he coached on six Tournament of Champion winning teams, two of which were National Championship in 2008 and 2011. Gamble also played under Hurley as a member of St. Anthony’s state championship teams in 1980 and ‘81.

According to Hurley, “Kids will love to play for [Ben] because he will get them to believe in themselves and he will give them a formula on how to become better players and how to collectively pursue excellence.”

Dennis Tobin, Athletic Director at Mater Dei Prep looks forward to working with the veteran coach. "Ben is a highly accomplished coach who will elevate the level of our basketball program. It is very rare to find a coach of this level who possesses the values we stress at Mater Dei Prep. Ben shares our culture of community and he will have an immediate impact in our school. I am looking forward to working with a coach who will dedicate 100 percent of himself to Mater Dei Prep.”

Tobin expects Gamble will implement many of the programs he oversaw at St. Anthony at Mater Dei Prep. Gamble has years of experience in scouting and game preparation and will bring this knowledge to the Mater Dei Prep program.

Gamble also understands the importance of a Catholic education, which Hurley confirmed: “Ben firmly believes in Catholic education and will be a great ambassador for Mater Dei. He sent all three of his daughters to Catholic school.”

Gamble played basketball at the college level for Pace University. Prior to coaching at St. Anthony’s, he was an assistant coach at County Prep in Jersey City and Kean University before taking the head coaching job at Hudson Catholic in 1997.

Gamble recently retired as a New Jersey State Corrections Officer. During his 26 years with the Department of Corrections he received many honors, including the Distinguished Service Award in 2012 and the NJ State PBA Corrections Officer of the Year in 2008.

Mater Dei Prep Names New Head Football Coach

Mater Dei Prep is proud to announce Shannon Hoadley as the new Head Football Coach.
Coach Hoadley, Mater Dei Prep class of 1989, has coached high school football for 18
years. He has been an assistant football coach at Mater Dei Prep since 2008, serving as
the associate head coach for the past three seasons, including two consecutive
appearances in the state semi-finals. In addition to a school record of most wins in a
season, Mater Dei Prep also boasted the all-time Shore Conference record holder for most
touchdowns in a single season (44); Christian Palmer who will continue his football
prowess at Salve Regina next year.
Coach Hoadley is a retired Sargent, Department of Corrections and lives in Union Beach.
In his career, Hoadley has served as Defense Coordinator at Mater Dei Prep. Under his
leadership in 2014, the Seraph’s were the 14th ranked defense in the Shore Conference. In
addition, Hoadley has volunteered his time in the local community to coach American
Youth Football.
Dennis Tobin, Athletic Director commented, “Coach Hoadley’s commitment to Mater
Dei Prep has been second to none. He understands our community and has a great rapport
with our students. Shannon is a known entity in the world of Shore Conference football.
He has built relationships that will foster the improvement of Mater Dei Prep football
moving forward“.
Coach Hoadley shared, “I intend to lead Mater Dei Prep football to continued excellence
by balancing core values, discipline, on and off the field, and athletic prowess. As an
alumnus, I am fulfilling a life-long dream to be the Head Football Coach. I am excited
about the opportunity to instill the values and lessons I learned at Mater Dei Prep to
current and future Seraphs”.
Former head coach, Steve Sciarappa is leaving the program. Dennis Tobin thanked Coach
Sciarappa for his commitment to the Mater Dei Prep football program.
Mater Dei Prep’s first game will be on September 12th at Keansburg High School.


Todays softball game has been postponed until tomorrow at 4:00pm at Stockton College.


Mater Dei Prep(6) vs St. Joseph(1)in the NJSIAA Non-Public South B Sectional final at Stockton University at 1:30pm today.
Go Seraphs!!


Marisa Bryans placed 1st in the High Jump as the Monmouth County Individual Champion with a jump of 5'0". Marisa is continuing the tradition set last season by Fallon Quigley '15. This is the second year in a row for MDP as the 1st place High Jump Champions! Way to go Marisa!

Mater Dei Prep Will Open In September

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Daniel Toth and Emily Tronolone have been selected to participate in the 2015 Naval Academy Summer Seminar (NASS). This program is centered around academics, physical training, and leadership. This is a great opportunity for Daniel and Emily to experience what the Naval Academy has to offer.


Gregory Bender and Emily Tronolone have been nominated to attend the Congress of Future Science and Technology Leaders in Boston, MA on June 28th - June 30th, 2015.Gregory and Emily were nominated by the American hero and astronaut Buzz Aldrin, Science Director of the National Academy of Future Scientists and Technologists to represent Middletown, NJ based on his academic achievement, leadership potential and passion for science and technology.


Congratulations to Brooke Trotta who was given a National Letter of Intent to play soccer at St. Peter's University!! Way to go Brooke!!


Congratulations to Ryan Curley and Daniel Toth for outstanding performance on the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT).Ryan and Daniel both met the requirements to enter the 2016 National Merit Program. With a selection index score of 202 or above, these high performers have shown outstanding academic potential.


After 43 years of coaching the MD Girls' Varsity Track & Field Program, our beloved and well respected Coach, Kevin Attridge is retiring. Coach Attridge has developed many superior athletes over the years who have gone on to college with athletic scholarships and a true love of the sport. He has been a tremendous coach to our girls in the track and field program and his legacy will be remembered by the community, fellow coaches and the lady seraphs for many years. Thank you for all you have done Coach Attridge for our school, our women athletes and our sports program!!!


Sophomore Marisa Bryans and junior Emma McCarthy both placed at this Saturday's State Meet at the John Bennett Center in Toms River. Marisa and Emma will compete at the Meet of Champions on Saturday, February 21st. Congratulations and good luck lady seraphs!


On Saturday, February 14 at the John Bennett Center senior Thomas Mongeau became the first ever Mater Dei Prep boy's track competitor to win a winter track group championship. Tom placed first in the boy's 800 meter run at the NJSIAA Group IV and I meet. Congratulations Tom!!!


Katie Viscardi has committed to Wagner College to play soccer in the Fall of 2015. Tyson Stamper has committed to Kutztown University to play football in the Fall of 2015.


Senior Andrew Jablonski was recently honored with the Boy Scouts' highest honor of Eagle Scout. Attaining the Eagle Scout rank involves earning 12 required merit badges and many elective merit badges, serving in troop leadership positions, and spending at least 12 hours on service projects, in additional to their Eagle Scout service project to benefit the local community. Andrew is also a member of Mater Dei Prep's Civil Air Patrol Program. Congratulations Andrew!


Senior Evan Crowell received a nomination from Representative Frank Pallone for the United States Air Force Academy, Naval Academy and Military Academy. This nomination places him in an elite group of only the top 10 applicants in his district for each academy. Congratulations Evan!!

Mater Dei Prep - 50th Anniversary Celebration

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Trudy Craney, a soprano, will be performing with the Bach & Forth Chamber Ensemble at Saint Peters Lutheran Church, New York, NY on Tuesday, February 3rd @ 8pm and Tuesday, May 19th @ 8pm.


Amanda received the Comcast Leaders and Achievers Scholarship. This scholarship is an award of $1000 for educational expenses in the 2015-2016 academic year. Comcast recognizes the efforts of young people who are helping to make their communities stronger.


The girls hockey team was featured in The Monitor. Please see attached link.


Congratulations to Marisa Bryans '17, Polina Sugar '18 and Kathleen Trevino '18 for being accepted into the Monmouth County Arts High Program. Marisa was accepted into the Creative Writing class. Polina and Kathleen were accepted into the Visual Arts class.


Katie Viscardi '15 and Lindsey Florio '15 were named as 1st Team All-Division B Central for Girls Soccer. Congratulations to both of you!


Krysten's poem "What the Sphinx Said to the Sea" was chosen from hundreds of poems entered by students from all over Pennsylvania, New Jersey and New York. The prize is a full, four-year scholarship to DeSales University. This is an amazing accomplishment, and a fantastic opportunity for Krysten. Congratulations!

ACT Placement Test for Eighth Graders

The ACT Placement Testing dates for 8th graders is currently closed out. We will add another testing date shortly.


Sam Shapiro has been elected to be the Freshmen Representative of our Student Advisory Board. Congratulations Sam!


Senior Thomas Mongeau placed 1st in the Cross Country Classic Tournament in Jamesburg with his best time ever of 17:16. Tom becomes the 6th male runner to win a Varsity Invitational in the past 26 years. Great accomplishment Tom!


Mater Dei Prep's Open House will be on Sunday, November 23rd from 1:00 to 3:00. All are welcome to visit the school.


The placement test dates for incoming freshman are January 14th and December 3rd for IEP or 504 students.
The dates of October 18th, November 1st and December 18th have been closed out due to maximum capacity of testers on those dates. To register for a placement test, go under the Admission Tab and click on placement test.


Mater Dei Club Fair will begin on September 19th. All clubs will have displays and sign ups. COME JOIN A CLUB!!


Tryouts for Fall Drama will start tonight. Come tryout for school plays, set design or stage crew.

Sam Miles '14 Profiled in Shore Sports Network

Sam Miles '14 profiled in this week's Shore Sports Network preview for the US Army All-Shore Gridiron Classic.

"Linebacker Sam Miles, who will represent Mater Dei when he suits up for the U.S. Army All-Shore Gridiron Classic at 7 p.m. on Thursday at Brick Township’s Keller Memorial Field, was as stunned as anyone at the onset. Miles was a three-year starter for the Seraphs, and witnessed the program go from winning just 14 games combined from 2003 to 2012 to finishing 6-5 last season, which included the program’s second state playoff win all-time, a 12-7 victory over Morristown-Beard in the NJSIAA Non-Public Group I tournament. Last season was the first winning campaign at Mater Dei since it reached a sectional final in 1999."

Read More: Gridiron Classic: Symbol of Change: Mater Dei Prep’s Sam Miles |

MDP Women's Hockey Featured in Asbury Park Press

"Middletown, NJ, April 17, 2014: Mater Dei Prep women's ice hockey team will begin play in the upcoming 2014-2015 season. It is the first women's-only team in the Ocean/Monmouth County area. The Mater Dei Prep women's ice hockey team will play a full varsity schedule against other women's-only teams in New Jersey, New York, Maryland, and Pennsylvania; the majority of their opponents play in the WIHLMA (Women's Interscholastic Hockey League of the Mid-Atlantic)".

See full article at ""


Congratulations to Sam Miles '14, Danny Poracky '14, Matt Eckert '14 and Vincenzo Mezzacappa '15 on being named to the Baseball B-Central All Division Team.

Selected by divisional coaches, the all division team represents the top players from around the shore.

Congratulations to Coach Pat Riddell - Coach of the Year

Matt Eckert '14 to Play in Shore Conference Baseball All-Star Game

Congratulation to Matt Eckert '14 on his selection to play in the Shore Conference All-Star game at Blue Claws Stadium.

The All-Star Game starts at 7:00pm 6/16/2014 and will be played at Blue Claws Stadium.

Softball Wins Again!

Congratulations to Women's Softball on beating the #1 seed Wardlaw-Hartridge (9-1) on Friday to advance to the Sectional Finals in the 2014 NJSIAA Non-Public, South B Tournament. The Seraphs will play St. Joseph of Hammonton tomorrow (6-3-2014) for the State Sectional Title.

Congratulations To Jordan Lacey '15

Congratulations to Jordan Lacey '15, winner of the Kohl's Cares for Kids Scholarship and Finalist for the Glamour Gals Scholarship.

Jordan's tremendous volunteer spirit and commitment to community have been a real blessing. THANK YOU


Mater Dei Prep won three awards at the Count Basie Awards on Wednesday, May 21st. We won Outstanding Lead Actress - Rebecca Sosa, Outstanding Actor in a Supporting Role -Sean Molicki and Outstanding Achievement in Set Design. Congratulations!


Michael competed over the weekend in Long Beach, Ca. and placed 5th on Parallel Bars and 18th all around at the 2014 Junior Olympic National Finals!

Fallon Quigley '14 Wins Shore Conference Championship

Congratulations to senior Fallon Quigley for capturing the Shore Conference Championship Saturday 5/17. This victory is another major championship Fallon has won this season, including the Monmouth County Championship. Mater Dei Prep's senior high jumper continues to have a great season and is headed to the state tournament.


On Monday, the boys and girls track teams beat their archrival St. Rose. Their next meet is the Monmouth County Championship this Wednesday and Friday. Come out and support our teams!


Mater Dei's production of "The Addams Family" has received three nominations for the Paper Mill Playhouse Rising Star competition, as well as three Honorable Mentions. 97 New Jersey high schools participated in this competition, so this is quite an achievement!
Alysa Finnegan as "Wednesday Addams" was nominated for Outstanding Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role.
Ashley Diana as "Alice Beineke" was nominated for Outstanding Performance in a Featured Role.
Samantha Amaral was nominated for Outstanding Achievement in Choreography and Staging.
"The Ancestors" received an honorable mention for Outstanding Performance by a Featured Ensemble Group.
Cindy Dwyer received an honorable mention for Outstanding Achievement in Music Direction.
Peggy Baumgartner and Jacquie Revier received an honorable mention for Outstanding Achievement in Costume Achievement.


St. John's won the 2014 Big East Men's Golf Crown. Red Storm senior Ryan McCormick claimed the individual crown. Commanded by McCormick's steady play, St. John's led the team standings from day one!

Mater Dei Prep Launches First Women’s Ice Hockey Team -- Press Release

Seraphs to become first women’s-only high school team in Shore area

Middletown, NJ, April 17, 2014: Mater Dei Prep women’s ice hockey team will begin play in the upcoming 2014-2015 season. It is the first women’s-only team in the Ocean/Monmouth County area. The Mater Dei Prep women’s ice hockey team will play a full varsity schedule against other women’s-only teams in New Jersey, New York, Maryland, and Pennsylvania; the majority of their opponents play in the WIHLMA (Women’s Interscholastic Hockey League of the Mid-Atlantic).

Mater Dei Prep is a Catholic coeducational high school located in Middletown, New Jersey that currently runs 19 varsity sports and competition cheer. Women’s ice hockey will be the 20th varsity team. “We are a passionately Catholic school with a long-standing tradition of excellence in the community, classroom, and on the playing field. The addition of women’s ice hockey is indicative of our commitment to the school’s mission to provide opportunities for students. It is an example of the exciting growth that is happening on our campus”.

The women’s ice hockey team will play its home games at Middletown Ice World. A state-of-the-art new facility located just a quarter mile from Mater Dei Prep. Dennis Tobin, MDP’s Athletic Director adds, “Our objective was to make certain we have access to a facility in our area that can accommodate our student’s day-to-day schedules. Across our athletic department, we work to have schedules and resources that compliment the family, community, and academic commitments of our students”.

The formation of Mater Dei Prep’s women’s ice hockey team marks the first women’s-only team in the Shore area. This allows its participants to play according to women’s ice hockey rules, and not in a coed league.

An information and welcome night will be held on May 12, 2014 7:00PM at Mater Dei Prep. For additional information visit Mater Dei Prep’s website at or contact the Athletic Office at 732-671-9100 ext-12 email:


Christina Buzzanco received the "Top of the Top" award for Piano Soloists at the Monmouth Teen Arts Festival!


The Seraph Players were named "Top of the Top" at the Monmouth Teen Arts Festival for Small Theater Group.

Here is a link to the results - click on the Top of the Top 2014 link when you get there:


Michael competed at the 2014 Region 7 Mens Gymnastics Championships over the weekend and for the 2nd consecutive year is the 1st place Region 7 Parallel Bar Champion,he placed 2nd on High Bar and 2nd on Vault. Michael has also qualified for his 6th consecutive year to compete at the 2014 Junior Olympic National Championships being held in Long Beach, CA May 6th - May 11th!

Jennifer Trabucco '14 Enters Film in IMAGE Film Festival

Jennifer Trabucco's film, Give and Take, was chosen to be one of the films screened in the High School competition of the IMAGE Film Festival. Jennifer, along with several Mater Dei Prep students made this film which is meant to inspire and uplift the human spirit. The screening will be held on Sunday, April 6th at the Count Basie Theatre in Red Bank. The high school competition begins at 11:15am. Tickets can be bought at the Count Basie Theater or through Come out and show your support for Jennifer and Mater Dei. Congratulations to Jennifer on this great achievement!

Fallon Quigley '14 Featured in The Monitor

Check out the feature in the current issue of The Monitor on Mater Dei Prep and St Mary Parishioner Fallon Quigley.

The feature highlights her success as a track athlete, and her unique and impressive accomplishments this season.

Full article here: The Monitor: High jumper excels on county, state levels

MDP Seniors Earn 3 Roster Spots in the Phil Simms North-South All-State Football Classic

Congratulations to seniors Sam Miles, Jalanie Mitchell, and Derrick Lopez for being selected to the Phil Simms All-State Football Game.

"The game will be at 7 p.m. on June 23 at Kean University. It is the oldest statewide all-star game in New Jersey and the second-oldest all-star game overall after the U.S. Army All-Shore Gridiron Classic."

Mater Dei Prep earned 3 rosters spots of the only 16 players from the Shore Conference that were selected.

Read More: Host of Shore Football Players Selected to North-South All-Star Game |

Mater Dei Prep CHEER Wins Division at JAMFEST '14

Congratulations to the MDP Cheer Team. The competition squad took another first place finish this month, this time at JAMFEST hosted by Temple University in Philadelphia PA.

MDP finished FIRST in the intermediate varsity mega division at the event.

Congratulations to the entire team on another successful competition season that included multiple first place finishes and a State Title!

"Mega-JAM Series [are]Regional style events that feature big divisions in convention centers and arenas. Average event size of 80 teams!"

Sam Miles '14 Named to SBCA Men's Basketball All-Senior Team

Congratulations to Sam Miles '14 on being named to the Shore Basketball Coaches Association All-Star Team.

All players are selected by the Shore Conference Coaches.

"The Shore Boys Basketball Coaches Association has announced the rosters for the annual Senior All-Star Game, which will be at Wall Township High School on March 28 at 7:45 p.m., following the girls game at 6 p.m."

Read More: Boys Basketball: SBCA Senior All-Star Game Rosters |

Viscardi '15 & Florio '15 Named to All-Division Women's Basketball Team

Congratulations to Juniors Katie Viscardi & Lindsey Florio for being selected to the B-Central All-Division Team.

Players of the All-Division Team are selected by divisional head coaches as top performers in the league.

Way to go Katie & Lindsey! Congratulations on the award & on another winning season.

Entire listing here:

National 9/11 Memorial

Mater Dei Prep has been acknowledged by the National September 11 Memorial & Museum for their contributions for a Memorial paver. This project was organized by Mariah Ruther ('13).

Sam Miles '14 Named All Division Basketball

Congratulations to Sam Miles '14 on being named to the B-Central All Division Team.

Selected by divisional coaches, the all division team represents the top players from around the shore.

Congratulations to Sam and the entire Men's Basketball Team!

Full listing:

Ron Perez '14 Named Lombardi Award Winner

Congratulations to Ron Perez '14 on being named a Monmouth Co Lombardi Award winner.

The award is presented annually by the Rotary Club.

As stated by the Rotary Club--"The Annual Vince Lombardi Award honors a lineman from each Monmouth County high school football team. The individuals selected to receive this special award best exemplify the traditions, beliefs and ideals of the legendary coach Vince Lombardi".

Cheerleaders WIN State Title

Congratulations to the Mater Dei Prep Cheer Team. The team won the Intermediate Varsity, NJCDCA State Championship in Trenton.

The State Champion squad now goes to Philadelphia to compete in "Jamfest Nationals" on 3-15-2014.

Way to go ladies!!

Fallon Quigley '14 WINS State Championship in High Jump

Congratulations to Fallon Quigley '14 for winning the NJ Nonpublic-B State Championship. Fallon had a tremendously successful season, winning multiple meets & championships, and she finished yesterday in top form.

This accomplishment crowns an incredible season where Fallon has also won the County Championship and the Shore Conference Championship. Fallon is the first MDP athlete to have ever won all three titles in one season.

Congratulations to Men's AND Women's Basketball

Congratulations to Men's AND Women's Basketball for qualifying for the Shore Conference Tournament.

Game info here:


Emilie Boman took part in the National Girl's and Women's Sports Day at Seton Hall University. Emily represented Mater Dei Prep as one of our outstanding athletes!

Miles '14 & Lopez '14 Awarded Shore Football Coaches Association Academic Honors

Congratulations to Sam Miles '14 and Derrick Lopez '14 for being selected by the Shore Football Coaches Association to the All-Shore Academic Team.

As stated by the SFCA, "excelling both in the classroom and on the playing field, as well as representing his family and school with the utmost integrity".



Fallon Quigley finished in 1st Place Overall in High Jump at this weekend's Shore Conference Championships. She finished ahead of ALL other competitors from 72 Ocean & Monmouth County Teams. The overall team finish was 8th place in the Shore Conference, competing against Group IV & III schools. Quite an accomplishment!!


Michael competed at the 2014 West Point Gymnastics Open on Friday, January 24th and took 6th Place AA. He qualified in the top 8 to compete on Saturday night where he placed 5th on parallel bars and 6th on floor. Great Job!


Jordan Lacey was one of 12 semi-finalists selected for the HOBY Outstanding Youth Alumni Award. This is an award for service to their community. Congratulations Jordan!

Kelly McBride '14 Honored for Life Saving Action

Kelly McBride '14 was honored for her action in saving a man's life!

Here is an excerpt from the full story located at The Atlantic Highlands Herald

"-On a cold December evening, a Foodtown customer rushed into the grocery store to alert employees that a man was in distress in the parking. The 20-something-year-old man was lying in the snow and was not breathing.

Store cashiers Kelly McBride, 17, of Navesink and Lisa Garzone, 20, of Hazlet and a student at Immaculata University immediately went to the man, checked his pulse, and started cardio-pulmanary resusitation (CPR). As Kelly began compressions on the man's chest, Lisa administered mouth-to-mouth breathing. Soon the Atlantic Highlands First Aid Squad responded to the scene and helped revive the man who was transported to the hospital."

Thank you Kelly for your courage and action!

Congratulations to Fallon Quigley '14 -- Monmouth Co Indoor High Jump Champ

Senior Fallon Quigley won the Monmouth Co High Jump Championship this weekend. Competing against an always deep and competitive field, Fallon took the top spot and now claims the Monmouth County Indoor Championship.
Great work Fallon!!


Marisa Bryans has been accepted to Monmouth County Arts High for her poetry submission. Congratulations Marisa!


Paul Juelis qualified for the 2013 NCAA Division III Cross Country Championships after placing 16th overall at the November 16 regionals. The regional race was held at SUNY Geneseo where 275 men competed in the 8K race. Paul clocked in at 25:29.7 and was the top New Jersey Athletic Conference finisher, earning All-Region honors for the first time in his collegiate career. Congratulations, Paul!

Mater Dei Prep Earns 4 Student-Athletes Named All-Division: Football

Congratulations to Jalanie Mitchell ('14), Ron Perez ('14), Sam Miles('14) and Tysaun White ('15) for being selected to the All-Division Football Team.

Players are selected by nominations from opposing divisional coaches.

Congratulations to them and the entire team as they finished 6-5 and played into the semi-final round of the playoffs this season.

Go Seraphs!

Christian Palmer '15 Named Shore Sports Network Player of Week


Christian Palmer, Jr., QB, Mater Dei Prep

Palmer ran for 132 yards and two touchdowns on 14 carries, including the game-winning 16-yard touchdown run in overtime as the Seraphs upset Spotswood 30-24 to guarantee their first non-losing season since 1999. He also threw a 34-yard touchdown pass to freshman Eddie Lewis with 42 seconds left in regulation that helped send the game to overtime.

Women's Soccer & Football in Post Season Play

Congratulations to Women's Soccer as they advance the State Sectional Semifinals vs St Rose HS Thursday 11-14 7:30pm at Holmdel HS.

Congratulations to the MDP Football team as they finish the season and head to the playoffs. The Seraphs will play Morristown-Beard HS at MBHS 1pm in first round action.

Mater Dei Prep Girls Soccer

The Lady Seraphs beat Cardinal McCarrick 4 to 0 in their first state game on Thursday, November 7th. The Seraphs will go on to the next game to be played on Monday at home at 2:00 pm. Come show your support!!

Congratulations to Jordan Lacey '15 -- Selected to HOBY Advanced Leadership Academy

Congratulations to Jordan Lacey '15 on being selected to HOBY Advanced Leadership Academy.


HOBY’s Advanced Leadership Academy (ALA or the Academy) is a new program for any U.S. or Canadian high school junior or senior (ages 16-18 at the time of the program).

Through the HOBY Advanced Leadership Academy, participants will:

* Understand the seven dimensions of the Social Change Model of Leadership and how they work together to accomplish the eighth dimension, change
* Use a skills inventory to identify and understand their own entrepreneurial strengths and capabilities;
* Create an action plan to lead a service project or social enterprise in their home communities
* Meet new people and establish an ongoing network of other leaders and social entrepreneurs.

College-Level Curricula

The program utilizes a college text, Leadership for a Better World: Understanding the Social Change Model of Leadership Development (LBW), a book written for students who seek to understand and demonstrate leadership to address social issues. All ALA participants and volunteers read and utilize LBW throughout the program.

- See more at:

Mater Dei Prep Women's Soccer -- Game Recap vs. St Rose HS

Claire Begley scored the lone goal in the second half to lift Mater Dei Prep to a 1-0 victory over St. Rose, No. 16 in The Star-Ledger Top 20, in New Monmouth.

Katie Viscardi made 16 saves for Mater Dei Prep and Jordan Nash made 14 for St. Rose.

Christian Palmer ('15) Named Player of the Week

Christian Palmer '15 has been named Shore Sports Network Offense-Player-of-the-Week for his performance against Dunellen HS.

Full story here:

MDP Football in the News

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The Seraphs beat Dunellen 49-35 on Saturday, scoring the most points since they hung 49 on St. Peter’s (New Brunswick) in 1972, according to head coach Steve Sciarappa. When the school that you last did that against doesn’t even exist any more, you know it’s been a long time. Lopez, Mitchell, White, Palmer, Miles and Lewis all found the end zone in the program’s first win ever over Dunellen. It also marked a school record for combined points in a game, according to Sciarappa. The Seraphs scored 125 points all of last season and now have 121 through three games.

MIDDLETOWN — Mater Dei Prep’s Seraphs ran their record to 3-0 at the expense of Dunellen on Saturday.

They dashed past the Destroyers, 49-35, in non-conference action.

The Seraphs are 3-0 for the first time since 1986 when they sped to a 4-0 start.

“I believe we’re getting respect,” Mater Dei junior quarterback Christian Palmer said after shredding the Destroyers for 145 yards and two touchdowns on 17 carries. “We’re finally getting some respect around here.”

The Seraphs received plenty of respect from Dunellen coach Dave DeNapoli after turning Monsignor Robert T. Bulman Stadium into a speedway. A few minutes after the game, DeNapoli turned to the Seraphs and said, “Nice job guys,” as they headed to their gathering.

“Hey,” DeNapoli said, “they’re fast. They’re athletic. They beat us on the edge. They had a nice game plan. They did nice things.”

To hear fourth-year Mater Dei coach Steven Sciarappa tell it, the Seraphs’ seniors have done plenty of nice things.

“Our seniors have been with us for four years,” he said, “and they understand the program well. When they joined our program, we told them, ‘We will run this like it’s a college program.’ They have done a great job of leading our young guys. One-third of our players are freshmen. Our seniors do a great job of bringing their lunch pails to practice.”

Fall Sports Season Preview Now Available

The 2013 season preview is now available online at
The preview includes quotes from Coaches & players on thoughts for this season. AND directions to every Monmouth / Ocean County school.
Be sure to check it out. Go Seraphs!

Jeanne Dickinson named Shore Conference Softball Coach of The Year!!!

Congratulations to Coach Jeanne Dickinson for being named Shore Conference Softball Coach of The Year. In addition to Coach Dickinson, Senior Larisa Chiesa was named 2nd Team All Shore while Seniors Jordan Donohue and Emilie Boman were named 3rd Team All Shore. Congratulations to the entire softball team for a memorable 2013 season.

Women's Softball on a roll.

The Seraphs play Sacred Heart High School today in the NJSIAA State Semifinals and Toms River East tomorrow in the Shore Conference Tournament Semifinals.

The Seraphs have beat Freehold Township, RBC, #2 Wall HS, and Howell in the past 2 weeks!!

Go Seraphs!!

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Boys Track Team Qualify for State Group Championships

Members of Boys Track Team medaled and qualified at State Sectionals and will compete in State Group Championhips Meet. Congratulations to: C.J. Williams (junior) – 400M Intermediate Hurdles; Triple Jump (medaled in triple jump)Jay Curti (sophmore) – 110 High Hurdles; Jalanie Mitchell, (junior) – Long Jump; Brendan Donnelly (senior) Javelin (medaled). Best of luck boys at State Group Championships today and Saturday at Egg Harbor High School.

Girls Track Team Qualify for State Group Championships

Member of Girls Track Team medaled and qualified at State Sectionals and will compete in State Group Championships Meet. Congratulations to: Fallon Quigley (junior ) State Sectional Champion High Jump; Katie Viscardi (sophomore) Long jump; Triple jump; High jump and Javelin (medaled in all 4 events); Deejah McGee (senior) State Sectional Champion 400 meter hurdles; 400 meters (medaled); Emma McCarthy (freshman) 100 meter hurdles and 400 meter hurdles; Theresa Osborne (freshman)- Javelin and Disc (medaled);Kerry Ward (senior) – Javelin and Disc. Best of luck girls at State Group Championships Meet to be held today and Saturday at Egg Harbor High School


The Lady Seraph Softball Team have turned some heads these past two weeks. With a record of 22 - 2 and big wins over Group 3 & 4 schools (Jackson Liberty, Red Bank Regional, Marlboro, Freehold Township), the girls are beginning to get noticed. They may have put the icing on the cake this Monday when they defeated Wall in the opening round of the Shore Conference Tournament, 2-1. The Lady Knights were seeded #2 in the tournament and have been in the top 3 of the Shore Conference Rankings all season. The Lady Seraphs came into the tournament seeded #15, undefeated in the "B" Central Division, winners of the Monmouth County Tournament White Division and not given much "love" by other coaches and sports writers in the area. Well, hopefully all that has changed. The girls continue their adventure when they play host to St. Rose on May 29th in the State Tournament and travel to either Middletown North or Howell in the next round of the SCT. Come out and see what all the noise is about.

Congratulations to The Seraph Players for their Basie WINS

The Seraph Players won best Choreography, Chorus, and Best Musical Director.

Congratulations to Mrs. Dwyer and all the players!


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Congratulations to Fallon Quigley ('14)

Fallon Quigley ('14) finished 3rd in the high jump at the Shore Conference Championships held on May 18. Fallon has medaled in Shore Conference Championship meets as a freshman, sophmore, and junior student. She is looking forward to competing at the NJSIAA Championships on May 25. Congratulations to Fallon on this outstanding achievement!


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