As a result of a very successful 2006 season, the Manhasset High School varsity baseball team received numerous post-season awards. Honored at the Nassau County Baseball Coaches Association awards banquet on June 14 were four players and their head coach for their outstanding effort in Conference A VI.
Dan Barnes was named All-County and Conference MVP. The versatile junior was also a Diamond Award batting nominee (he hit .522 and tied for the county lead in home runs with 7) and one of three pitching finalists (7-1 record with 83 strike outs). The Diamond Award is Nassau County's highest honor in baseball as it recognizes the county's two most outstanding players. Also awarded All-County was John Avanzino. This was the second consecutive all-county award for the senior who batted .441 and will continue his baseball career next year at Bucknell University. Matt Demitroff was named All-Conference. The eighth-grader began his varsity career by hitting .400 with 5 doubles, 2 triples, 13 stolen bases and 19 runs scored during the regular season. Mike Rubertone was named All-League. The junior went 4-2 with one save and emerged as one of the top left-handed pitchers in Nassau County.
Finally, Head Coach Rich Hess was recognized as Conference A VI Coach of the Year. Coach Hess led his team to their first playoff spot in 10 years and was one game away from winning the league championship.