Celtics to Kick Off Season on ESPN
Celtic football will kick off the 2012
season on ESPN! The exciting match up between the Providence
Catholic Celtics and their rivals the Joliet Catholic Hilltoppers, will
take place on Friday, August 24, 2012 at 7 pm (PCHS Bishop Kaffer
Stadium/Matt Senffner Field).
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Alumnus Eric Steinbach Visits Youth Football Camp
Catholic High School had a special visitor at its annual Youth Football
Camp, which took place in early July. Eric Steinbach, a 1998 alumnus of
Providence Catholic, spent the day at the camp where he signed
autographs and worked with campers on their techniques.
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late March, the Providence Catholic Celtics won the 4th Annual
Giovan’s UCP Pizza Eating Contest, which helped to raise money for
United Cerebral Palsy.
Celtics defeated JCA by consuming a record 27.5 pounds of pizza to JCA’s
23.5 total. The seven member team consisted of seniors Zac Morgan, Mike
Lahey, Mitch Vejvoda, Charles Barth, Ryan Ward, junior Vince Ambrose,
and sophomore Logan Plantz. Logan was crowned the overall individual
champ by eating a record 4.9 pounds of pizza!
Thanks to all who attended and participated in this charitable event.
U.S. Army presents Ward with Trophy
U.S. Army Captain George Riggin and Staff Sergeant Adam
Marshall made a special trip to PCHS on February 28 to present senior
Ryan Ward with a trophy for his participation in the
Army All-American Bowl
in early January.
Surrounded by his teammates and Fr. McGrath, President of PCHS, Ward humbly accepted
his trophy and thanked everyone for their support.
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Six Student-Athletes commit to play
Charles Barth, son of Mark and Sheila Barth of
Homer Glen, committed to play football for Western Michigan University
where he plans to major in business. Barth is a graduate of Oak Prairie
Junior High and a parishioner at St. Dennis. The honor roll student has
been a member of the Celtic football team his entire high school
Nick Cemeno, son of Mike and Joy Cemeno of
Shorewood, signed his National Letter of Intent to attend St. Xavier
University on a combined academic and athletic scholarship where he
plans to major in Business and continue his football career. Cemeno is
a graduate of St. Paul the Apostle and parishioner at St. John the
Baptist. The honor roll student has played for the Celtic football
team his entire high school career and the track team for the past three
years. In addition, Cemeno was named CCL Blue All-Conference Team and
All-Area (second team) for football.
Zac Morgan, son of Tim and Lynn Morgan of Mokena,
committed to play football for the University of Dayton where he
received an academic scholarship and plans to major in Business. Morgan
is a graduate of Mokena Junior High and a parishioner at St. Mary
Catholic Church. The honor roll student is a member of the National
Honor Society and has played for the Celtic football team his entire
high school career. Morgan has also been a member of the wrestling team
for the past three years. Furthermore, he was named to the CCL Blue
All-Conference Team and Academic All-State.
Troy Sheppard, son of Larry and Andrea Sheppard
of Joliet, committed to play football for Northwestern University. He
is currently undecided on his major. Sheppard is a graduate of
Washington Junior High & Academy and member of Our Savior Lutheran
Church. The honor roll student is a member of the National Honor
Society, Augustinian Youth Ministry (AYM) and an Illinois State
Scholar. Furthermore, he has played for the Celtic football and track
teams his entire high school career. In addition, Sheppard was named to
the CCL Blue All-Conference Team, All-Area, All-State (Honorable
Mention) and Academic All-State.
Mitch Vejvoda, son of Greg and Nancy Vejvoda of
Homer Glen, signed his National Letter of Intent to attend South Dakota
State University on a combined academic and athletic Scholarship where
he plans to major in Engineering and continue his football career. Vejvoda is a graduate of Homer Junior
High and a parishioner at St. Francis of Assisi. The honor roll student
is an Illinois State Scholar and has played for the Celtic football team
his entire high school career. In addition, Vejvoda was named to the
Ryan Ward, son of Brian and Laurel Ward of Homer
Glen signed his National Letter of Intent to attend the University of
Iowa on an athletic scholarship where he plans to major in Health/Human
Physiology and continue his football career. Ward is a graduate of Oak
Prairie Junior High and a parishioner at Our Mother of Good Counsel.
The honor roll student is a Sacristan and Eucharistic Minister. In
addition, he is a member of the National Honor Society, Augustinian
Youth Ministry (AYM) and an Illinois State Scholar. He has been a
member of the Celtic football team his entire high school career and was
the first player in Providence Catholic’s history to be selected to play
in the prestigious U.S. Army All-American Bowl in San Antonio, Texas,
which took place in early January. Furthermore, Ward was named to the
CCL Blue All-Conference Team and All-Area.
Ward first Celtic in All-American Bowl
The West won the annual U.S.
Army All-American Bowl
24-12, and Providence’s
6-foot-6, 275-pound all-stater
Ryan Ward was stationed at
offensive tackle for the
No matter, however, that his
team fell short on the
scoreboard. Every senior
from across the country who
was invited to the Jan. 7
showcase at the Alamodome in
San Antonio came away a
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Ryan Ward plays in Army Bowl
NCSA Tom Lemming All-Area Team
Congratulations to freshman wide
receiver Miles Boykin, sophomore quarterback Jake Godfrey and senior
offensive lineman Ryan Ward were recently honored as some of the top
football players in the Chicago area at the NCSA TOM LEMMING ALL–AREA
Ryan Ward to play at the U.S.
Army All-American Bowl
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Turf in '12
On September 30, at the home football game, Fr.
Richard McGrath formally announced that PCHS will be running a campaign
to install synthetic turf and a new polyurethane track.
Visit Turf in '12 Page for more information
The Providence Catholic Football program has an outstanding
tradition of excellence as seen by our nine state championships. We
compete in the highly competitive Chicago Catholic League. You will
play with and against the best in the state. We have three levels
(Varsity, Sophomore and Freshman A and B) and there are no tryouts
for freshman. Anyone who works hard towards a common goal will wear
the Celtic uniform.