The Garden City Men’s Association (TMA) held its annual banquet on June 4 to honor each of the GC's varsity sports teams and their top players at the Westbury Manor.
Each of the teams in the three sports seasons are invited to present awards ranging from Most Valuable Player to Most Improved Player to a number of very special awards in honor of past athletes and families.
The TMA invites all coaches, award winners and any senior that competed in a varsity sport to attend the banquet as their guests.
The night's festivities were introduced by Molly Josephs, Girls Athletic Association (GAA) president, a welcome address by Garden City school district athletic director Nancy Kalafus and TMA president Paul McDougal. The night ended with closing comments from Rich D'Angelo, Boys Athletic Association (GAA) president.
Also honored at the banquet were this year's new members of the Garden City Hall of Fame.
Below are the winners in each sport and category:
Hall of Fame 2012 Inductees
Courtney Preziosi '05 - This three sport standout led the varsity soccer team in scoring with 16 goals, including a school record six in one playoff game. She also a leg on the 4x400 meter relay team that qualified her to compete at the Millrose Games. In the Spring season, she was a four-year softball player who earned All Division honors.
Dave Foxen '07 - A three time All County wrestler, Foxen finished 2nd and 3rd in the Nassau County Championships. He graduated as the all-time win leader in GC history with 141 victories. Foxen also enjoyed an outstanding four-year wrestling career at Brown University, where he was twice captain and became the first GC wrestler to qualify for the NCAA Division I tournament.
Rob Finneran '07 - This outstanding two-sport athlete was Conference MVP in both baseball and basketball. He was All-Long Island in baseball with a .437 average and led Nassau County in home runs and RBI's, as well as going 6-2 as a pitcher with a 2.68 ERA. Rob averaged 16 points per game for the Trojan basketball team, which finished 12-6. He went on to play baseball at Bentley.
Dean Gibbons '07 - The most prolific goal scorer in Nassau lacrosse history, Gibbons scored a Long Island record 101 goals in 2006 and finished his career with 236. He's also an All Long Island attackman who played the game for four years at Harvard. Dean also was an outstanding quarterback who threw 13 touchdown passes for the Trojans in his senior year.
Patrick Ryan Award - TMA recognizes Garden City High School student-athletes on each of three seasons who volunteer their time for
Conor McDonnell, Catherine McTiernan and Christina Mangels
Mike Staab Award - Presented to the senior who has been the best teammate and who has gone out of his or her way to make the season enjoyable for everyone.
Catherine Dickinson and Douglas Donnelly
William L. Fuller Award - The award is presented to a senior boy or girl for outstanding leadership in athletics.
Katie Trimmer and Dan Muller
Dr. D Award - Presented to the female athlete who best demonstrates “All Around Athletic and Scholastic Ability”.
Gallagher Cup - Presented to the male athletes who demonstrates the best “All Around Athletic and Scholastic Ability”.
Bob Allen Unsung Hero Award - Presented to a member(s) of the athletic program who has worked extremely hard for the betterment of their team with little outside recognition.
Alexis Yeboah-Kodie and Matt Eulau
Bob Allen Athletic Director’s Award - Presented to a student who has shown unselfish dedication to the athletic program through participation as a support person or an athlete.
B.A.A. and G.A.A. Point Awards - A male and female athlete with the highest point total receives the Wassung Trophy (boy) or the Prusan Award(girl). The athletes with the second – tenth highest point totals are awarded plaques. All student athletes accumulate points for their participation, leadership skills, and honors during their high school career.
Prusan (G.A.A. High Point Award) - Jenna DeAngelo
Wassung Trophy (B.A.A. High Point Award) - Devin Dwyer
FALL Season Awards
Outstanding Cross-Country Female Runner - Jen Gerland
Outstanding Cross-Country Male Runners - Andrew Morra, Steven Bradley
Gallagher Award - Outstanding Field Hockey Player - Catherine Dickinson
Patricia Sandford Award - Most Improved Field Hockey Player - Jenna Fuchs
Frank J. Kiernan Award - Most Dedicated Player - Marguerite Rix
Warren King Award - Outstanding Back - Mark Ellis
Paul Eckna Award - Linemen of the Year - Mike Gilbert
Paul Eckna Memorial Scholarship - Mike Gilbert
Unsung Hero Award - Brendan Adams
Garcia Award - Liam Kennedy
John Meyer Memorial Awards - Anton Dobrolezhin, Eugene Berkery
Milt Weiler Award - Most Outstanding Golfer - Jack Fischer
Fred Briller Award - All Around Player - Michael Gutierrez
Jim Steen Award - Most Valuable Player - Sean Bingham
Hugh Paisley Award - Outstanding Defensive Player - Cosmo Veneziale
Udo Guddat Award - Most Valuable Female Soccer Players - Christina Mangels and Jessica Stein
Outstanding Female Swimmer - Lindsay Schlichte
The Men’s Association Award - Most Valuable Female Tennis Player - Marisa Cameron
Harriet Bowers Sime Award Most Improved Female Tennis Player - Brittany Burke
The Mollie Biggane Award - Sportsmanship, Achievement, Inspiration - Laura Ketigian
Most Valuable Volleyball Player - Douglas Donnelly
Outstanding Volleyball Player - Emily LaCorte
WINTER Season Awards
Carl Braun Award - Most Outstanding Player - Eddie Blatz
Peter Dennen Award - Dedication Award - Steven Bradley
Coach’s Award - Joey Capetola
Most Outstanding Player - Katie Trimmer
Most Outstanding Bowler - Nicholas DeSarno
Most Outstanding Bowler - Molly O’Connor
Outstanding Cheerleaders - Marisa Murback, Margot Ranieri, Morgan Conlon
Outstanding Fencer - Max Sonner
Most Improved Fencer- Louis Stober
Coach’s Award - Michael Vinci
Outstanding Fencer - Alex Webster
Most Improved Fencer - Shana Maglio
Alison Corvington Memorial Award - Outstanding Gymnast - Chelsea
Outstanding Kickline Performers - Tatum McLaughlin, Janine Visentin, Jaclyn Vitale, Anne Wilder
Outstanding Overall Performance - Alex Kutulos
Rennold W. Whiting, Jr. Award - Outstanding Male Swimmer- Joseph Lozano
Boys Winter Track
Joseph A. Kohart, Jr. Award - Most Outstanding Performer - Andrew Morra
Girls Winter Track
Most Outstanding Performer - Taylor Hennig
Charles White Award - Dedication and Excellence - Molly Josephs
Most Outstanding Wrestler - Mike Lofrese
Stephen Kochle, Jr. Award - Tournament Award - Matt Eulau
Decker Award - Sportsmanship Award - Dan Johnson
Kevin Jarvis Award - Determination & Resilience Award - Mike Lofrese
SPRING Season Awards
Linda Koch Huber Award - Outstanding Player - Marisa Su
William J. Lucano Pitching Award - Outstanding Pitcher - Kyle Ritchie
Frank Kiernan Award - Most Valuable Player - Dan Sparacino
William Goss Memorial Award - Dedication Awards - Rich D’Angelo, Nick
The Frederick Stutzmann, Jr. Scholarship Award - Greg Lingaas
Most Valuable Player - Sam Sessa
McCleery Award - Outstanding Goal Scorer - Liam Kennedy
Silvestri Award - Outstanding Leader in Assists - Devin Dwyer
Bernard Moline Award - Most Valuable Players - Devin Dwyer, Patric Berkery and Dan Marino
Thomas B. Nolan Award - Dedication & Hard Work - Liam Kennedy
Doc Dougherty Award - Outstanding Defensive Player - Eugene Berkery
Patricia Sandford Award - Most Outstanding Players - Alexandra Bruno and Catherine McTiernan
Lois Chapman Award - Dedication Award - Jenna Fuchs
Donna Walsh Award - Team Player Award - Catherine Dickinson
Coach Kaufman Award - Most Valuable Player - Gabrielle Zafonte
Mike Casey Award - For the Love of the Game Award - Amanda Ferraro, Kimberly Mae Ryan
Noel Corbridge Award - Outstanding Player - Timothy Confort
Paul Mathy Award - Outstanding Field Events - Christian Morreale
Henry Thresher Award - Outstanding Runner - Andrew Morra
Dedication & Enthusiasm - Horton Award - Tom Pittella
Outstanding Performers - Taylor Hennig, Lauren Creighton, Jenna DeAngelo, Mary-Kate Wallace and Alexis Yeboah-Kodie