Written by Joe Scotchie Friday, 23 December 2011 00:00
As is a yearly custom, a number of Massapequa High School student athletes have signed letters of intent at colleges and universities throughout the northeast.
This year, 12 MHS seniors have signed on to continue playing sports they excelled in at the high school that boasts the finest athletic program in Nassau County. They include seniors from the boys’ and girls’ lacrosse teams, girls’ diving, and girls’ track and field.
The student and the universities they committed to are: diver Gabrielle Signorelli, Seton Hall University; track and field athlete Heather Sweeney, Brown University; and lacrosse players Kelsey O’Brien, U.S. Naval Academy; Brandon Gleason, Stevenson University; Daniel Muller, University of Massachusetts; Paul Dillon, Adelphi University; Laura Waldron, Iona College; Rory Sadoff, University of Massachusetts; Ryan Kirby, Towson University; Joseph Whelan, Pace University; Brandon Savona, Stevenson University; and Madalyn Pimental, University of Connecticut.
“These students represent some of the best in their chosen sport,” said John Piropato, director of Health, Physical Education and Athletics. “Their combination of skill, commitment and dedication will make each one of them a great asset to their teams next year.”
And indeed, the signings culminated another typically successful year for Massapequa High School athletics. For the 2010-2011 season, MHS boasted no less than six championship squads. Boys golf, girls cross country, boys volleyball, girls volleyball, and girls field hockey won both conference and Nassau County titles. Girls tennis won a conference title, while boys volleyball won a Long Island title, advancing to the New York State tournament, where the Chiefs lost to Jesuit High School in the final round of a grueling one-day playoff at North Syracuse High School.
“This group of kids has meant so much to me. Over the last season, they have grown both as players and as individuals with class and dignity,” Coach Steve Mariano told The Massapequan Observer last month. “The boys will surely have many memories that will last a lifetime, and it was with a group of people who care about each other, just as if they were family…I am so proud of my team, especially my captains, Steve Woessner, Christian Smith, and Christopher Husmann. They were able to create excitement, passion, and belief that we deserved all that we accomplished. I wish my seniors the best of luck in their college endeavors, as I know they will be a success and asset to the universities they attend. I am proud to say that they represented Massapequa High School, Nassau County, and Long Island with class and dignity.”
“We had a fabulous fall season,” added John Piropato, pointing to the champion squads. Piropato also praised the charity work of the student athletes, noting participation in the Dig Pink event, cancer and autism walks, and work on a 9-11 memorial. “Were very proud of our student athletes, both on and off the field.”
And now, a number of those athletes will take the valuable lessons learned on the playing fields of Massapequa to the collegiate level.