The 2018 Skip Vonsik Memorial “Big Guy” Scholarship is awarded to Jesse Broad.
Skip was a 1976 West Grad who played football, hockey and baseball. Although not the biggest player on the team, Skip was the undersized overachiever that every team needs to be successful. Skip died tragically in the late 1990s. His friends and family keep his memory alive with an annual golf tournament that brings West Grads from all over the country to raise money in his memory. Annually this money is used to recognize students who dedicate their summer to preparing for the fall season and in this scholarship. To date thousands of dollars have been given to hundreds of student athletes at West in memory of Skip. Special thank you to Jim Renzi, Joe Vona, and Cindy Carducci for leading the fund raising.
Coach and Varsity Club Advisor Joe Cantafio:
Having known Jesse for the past four years, he is one of the most talented Vonsik Award winner we have ever had. This year was the most successful year in West Sports. Jesse is a three sport athlete who was a go to leader in lacrosse, and important player off the bench in basketball, and one of the many talented players who led our football team to the state championship. He dedicated himself to his teams year round and was integral to their success regardless of the role asked of him. That is what the Skip Vonsik Memorial Scholarship is about.
Jesse Broad played football, basketball and lacrosse.
15 carries, 77 yards, 2 TDs
44 catches, 624 yards, 3 TDs
46 tackles, 1 INT, 1 Fum Rec
Had 8 catches for 69 yards in the state championship game versus Yorktown, and broke up the 4th down pass to seal the victory and state title.
NYS Sportswriters Assoc. 4th Team All-State WR
Coach Mike Vastola: Jesse went from barely seeing the field as a freshman in JV football to a player that no team can succeed without. Jesse was a reliable contributor on a team full of them, and provided great leadership on West’s first ever state champion football team. He played WR, Safety, and special teams, and could always be counted on to not only be at practice and fill in wherever we needed, but be a leader that others followed. He was a steady contributor day-in and day-out, and was a gritty player that every coach wishes they had on their team.
From Coach Randall
Jesse is a born leader. Leading and competing comes so natural to him. His passion, personality and his hard working blue collar mentality define what it means to be a West Seneca West Athlete. He is easy to follow, it is no coincidence that every team he was apart of and a captain of his senior year has been extremely successful.
2018- 52 goals, 7 assists, 59 Points
Broke school records for Career Goals (111), Career Points (140) and Season Goals (52)
Coach Tulowiecki said-
“Jesse has been on the varsity lacrosse team since he was a sophomore. Even as an underclassmen, Jesse exhibited strong leadership skills and was a contributor. In both his Sophomore and Junior years, he finished in the top three in terms of individual goals and overall points. For the 2018 season, he finished as the leader in goals and points. As our offensive leader and go to guy, he is constantly on the field. Jesse also served as a team captain for the second straight year helping lead this team to an 11-7 record. Jesse possesses a blue collar work ethic that makes him so successful.”