4 more Prep students sign on with colleges
A pair of childhood friends from Fairfield who decided to attend Fairfield Prep recently signed national letters of intent to continue their lacrosse careers in college. Austin Sims will play midfield at Princeton University and Anthony Johnson will play defense at Bryant University.
In addition, two Jesuits baseball players recently signed letters to play in college -- Shawn Blake, of Stratford, will play at the University of Albany (N.Y.) and Dean Lockery, of New Haven, will play at Central Connecticut State University in New Britain in 2014-15.
Sims, who has earned National Honor Society recognition, recently completed his career as a soccer player. In lacrosse, he was named first team All-State in Class L and first team All-SCC as a junior in 2013. Sims played on the Class L championship lacrosse teams for the Jesuits in 2012 and 2013. He began playing the sport as a freshman in 2011, moving to the varsity team that season and being a part of the Class L runner-up Prep team.
As a junior, Sims had 35 goals and 16 assists. He is 6-foot-1 and 170 pounds. Sims moved to defense for Prep's soccer team this fall after leading the Jesuits in scoring in 2012 when they were Class LL runners-up.
Sims is a Fairfield Prep Peer Tutor and has participated in the Wakeman Boys/Girls Club's tutoring program as well.
Johnson was second team All-State in Class L last spring as well as first team All-SCC. He is a captain on the Jesuits' football team, playing linebacker and back-up quarterback. He is 6-foot and 198 pounds, according the CIAC website.
Johnson serves the community as a regular vounteer with the bowling program for developmentally delayed adults at the Kennedy Center, according to a news release from Prep's director of communications. Johnson is interested in studying business at Bryant, the release said.
Blake was Prep's starting first baseman last spring when the Jesuits reached the Class Ll semifinals for the first time since 1993. He earned All-SCC Quinnipiac Division honors and was selected for the Connecticut High School Coaches Association all-star game for juniors.
Blake played freshman and junior varsity basketball for the Jesuits. His community service commitment has focused on work at the Jewish Home for the Elderly in town.
Lockery has started as an infielder since his sophomore season in 2012. He was a member of the SCC and CIAC Division I championship Prep ice hockey teams in 2012-13. Lockery was named Player of the Game in the Jesuits' conference championship contest, scoring two goals in Prep's 6-2 win over Notre Dame-West Haven. The first was a short-handed goal in the first period.
He has volunteered at a local shelter and was part of Prep's freshman orientation program, the news release said.