St. Peter’s President John Fodera’s Unwavering Support for Eagles Baseball

John Fodera, the current president of St. Peter's and a long-time member of the school community, has always been present for important games involving the Eagles. His commitment to the New Brighton school, dating back to 1958 with the exception of his four years of college, ensures that he rarely misses high-stakes moments.

Naturally, Fodera would have been in attendance for the CHSAA Archdiocesan championship game, a historic event for St. Peter's varsity baseball team, as they faced defending champion Iona Prep. With a 4-0 victory over the Gaels, the Eagles secured the Archdiocesan crown.

“I would have been in the dugout with the boys,” Fodera proudly stated. However, Fodera underwent total hip replacement surgery at the Hospital for Special Surgery just three weeks prior. Although he has made significant progress since the surgery, the long journey to Fordham University in the Bronx was still too challenging. Fortunately, Fodera was able to watch the game in its entirety through LocalLive.

Fodera has been closely following St. Peter's remarkable journey, including their impressive stretch of 13 wins in 14 games and a seven-game winning streak in the playoffs. He was thrilled to witness Friday's closely contested match, highlighted by an outstanding pitching performance from junior left-hander Chris Laieta.

This victory holds great significance for St. Peter's and is a source of pride for Staten Island. Fodera commended the talented athletes and coach Bobby Glennerster, who has wholeheartedly dedicated himself to the team and the school. Fodera expressed gratitude to the supportive alumni and parents who have stood behind the sports program throughout the season.

Glennerster acknowledged Fodera's absence but was elated to deliver St. Peter's first Archdiocesan title. Fodera has been watching the live stream and has been providing feedback via text after each playoff game. His genuine care for the program and the school is deeply appreciated by the team.

The Eagles' season is far from over. By clinching the Archdiocesan crown, they have earned a spot in the CHSAA Intersectional championship best-of-three series. Their first game will be against the winner of St. Francis Prep and Archbishop Molloy, taking place at St. John's University in Queens on Thursday at 7 p.m. Despite graduation on Friday, St. Peter's will continue with Games 2 and 3 (if necessary) on Saturday and Sunday at SJU. Regardless of the outcome, the Eagles have already secured a spot in the Catholic state playoffs scheduled for later in June.

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