Immaculata Night at TD Bank Park
Added by David Rubin on September 1, 2013.
August is typically a great time for sports fans. Baseball teams are entering a run for the playoffs, while high school and college football teams cross the threshold from preseason to regular season. The NFL GM’s make their final roster cuts and are molding a team with the vision of hoisting the Lombardi Trophy on the night of February 2nd, 2014.
But let’s take the Somerset Patriots and the Immaculata High School Spartans, for example. Seeing as how my job with Double G is to cover the Patriots and high school sports, this is a great fit. What’s wrong with killing two birds with one stone?
Immaculata celebrated “Immaculata Night” at TD Bank Park in Bridgewater on Thursday night during the Patriots’ series finale against York.
Immaculata faculty poses for a picture from the luxury box.
The night began with the state and national champion Immaculata Spartan marching band playing on the field, led by Immaculata faculty members Mr. Ed Webber, Mr. Frank Amato, and Mr. Michael Gasko. The band members then proceeded to the concourse to sell food and drinks to Patriots fans on the first base side of the field. Following that stellar on-field music performance, Immaculata second-year principal Sr. Mary Smith IHM threw out the first pitch.
Immaculata principal Sr. Mary E. Smith IHM throws out the ceremonial first pitch
Meanwhile, on the concourse, Immaculata had their student ambassadors representing the school and talking to prospective students and their parents, as well as welcoming the crowd that filed in. Immaculata director of admissions and marketing, Amanda Roman, led the entire event.
Immaculata assistant football coach Jason Denburg, who enjoyed the game with other faculty, staff, and coaches from the schools luxury box, said that TD Bank Park was a “Good atmosphere and a lot of fun,” while he was enjoying a ballpark pretzel. He added that being able to be a part of the staff enjoying the game was “a great experience.”
It wouldn’t quite be a sporting event not to ask Ken Greig, the Spartans public address announcer for a quarter-century, about the game. “Immaculata is a great school, a great environment, and it promotes the family atmosphere,” said Greig. “It’s all about getting [every Immaculata family outside of school] together. That’s the way it’s been in the beginning, that’s the way it’s been in the past, and that’s the way we need to push it in the future.”
The family atmosphere is also heavily promoted by head football coach John Hack, who has the word “family” displayed on every article of team-issued apparel ranging from t-shirts to practice jerseys. A story on John Hack and the IHS football team is in the works and will be coming soon to Double G Sports.
The night concluded with a Patriots win and some fireworks.
Mrs. Roman stated that “Immaculata is a great opportunity and a great experience.” As a Spartan myself, I can’t say I disagree in the least.
As for Somerset, they depart on a road trip and will return to Bridgewater on September 10th for the final home stand of the 2013 regular season.