Timmy Pond was given the prestigious Jerry Benyo award for Most Outstanding Player on Chaminade's varsity football team. This honor is usually given to someone who plays a high profile position such as quarterback or running back. Not this year. Timmy is a 5'8" 170 lb. linebacker and special teams player whose quickness, aggressive play, and tackling ability earned him this extraordinary achievement at this perennial high school powerhouse. Chaminade plays in a highly competitive conference with teams from all 5 boroughs as well as Nassau County.
Timmy was also named All League and played in the annual Senior Bowl which pitted Long Island against New York City. Many of these All-Stars will be playing for some of the top college teams in the country next year. Chaminade started the season 5-0 before injuries took its toll on the way to a 6-4 record. They reached the semifinals of the playoffs with a dramatic upset victory over favored Holy Cross 16-15 as they blocked a late field goal. Timmy's personal highlight was an interception return for a touchdown late in the game versus St Joe's By The Sea that sealed the victory.
This Port Washington native credits his career in football to participating as a youth in the PYA program where he learned the fundamentals of the game and the true meaning of teamwork. His Chaminade experience began in ninth-grade and he describes it as "the most fun sport I played. My teammates were the first people I met and we became very close over the next four years." This talented group went on to be freshmen champions, where Timmy also was named MVP of the team. They went 11-0 in JV, the only time this has occurred in the history of Chaminade. His close friend and teammate, Chris Dooley won the Terzi award as MVP while another Port Washington native, John Hannan was the team's Most Improved Player. John was also a product of the PYA program.
Despite winning this award, Timmy's best sport is lacrosse. He is a highly recruited midfielder who will be playing at Holy Cross College next year. Timmy says, "I want to thank my parents for their support and encouragement in both football and lacrosse. They were at every game, and that meant a lot." Congratulations to Timmy and the entire Pond family, Greg, Irene, and his sister Nikki for a well deserved honor.