Bishop Kearney High School Dinner Salutes Athletes
The recently held Bishop Kearney High School's Sports Awards Dinner was a very special event, honoring winning teams and winning players. Over three hundred parents, coaches and members of Kearney's administration gathered at the Rex Manor to congratulate all those who had taken part in the year's activities.
Highlights of Kearney's year in sports included: the soccer team finishing the season as Brooklyn Champs; the varsity volleyball team having their thirteenth consecutive year of undefeated play in the regular league season; the junior varsity volleyball team finishing the season as Brooklyn Champs.
The junior varsity basketball team won the Reebok Holiday Jam Fest and the track team became the varsity and freshmen Brooklyn/Queens Cross Country Champs.
The National Consortium for Academics and Sports honored twentyseven Bishop Kearney students for their excellence in academics and athletics, as well as having made significant contributions to their schools and communities.
These girls received certificates to acknowledge all they do during the school day and after school. The honorees included: Allison Behette (varsity basketball); Stephanie Bremante (j.v. softball); Margaret Brunton (swimming); Bridget Dalton (golf, Breezy Point); Nicole DeTorre (cheerleading); Nicole Diakoumakos (golf); Deana DiBrienza (jv softball); Kaitlin Durney (jv basketball); Joanna Emilio (vasity softball); Jacqueline Fagoni (tennis); Elana Garcia (cheerleading); Joanna Gavin (soccer);
Jaclyn Grasso (jv basketball); Deirdre Hynes (tennis, Belle Harbor); Michelle Kenel (varsity basketball, Rockaway Beach); Shannon Mackay (j.v. volleyball, Breezy Point); Katie Mason (soccer); Claire Nolan (tennis); Doaa Shalabi (swimming); Erin Tacopina (j.v. volleyball, Breezy Point) and Erin Tierney (varsity basketball).
The Athletic Director's Awards for Outstanding Service to their team were presented to: Veronica Bascinelli, Allison Behette, Annie Brownm Brianne Carroll (Belle Harbor), Bridget Dalton (Breezy Point), Nicole Diakoumakos, Katherine Doyle, Kaitlin Durney, Chelsea Dwyer, Danielle Farragher (Belle Harbor), Caitlyn Furlong, Mary Gallagher (Belle Harbor), Jaclyn Grass and Katherine Griffin.
Christina Hiltunen, Dana Iannicelli, Caitlin Irwin, Kristina Iudica (Belle Harbor), Michelle Kenel (Rockaway Beach), Kerry King (Belle Harbor), Norah Marley (Belle Harbor), Kim Matthews (Breezy Point), Stefanie Mule, Tara Mullen (Belle Harbor), Allison Nunziata, Taylor Raccuglia, Samantha Retas, Danielle Romano (Breezy Point), Adrianna Rumayor, Gabrielle Sabatino, Victoria Spinelli, Erin Tacopina (Breezy Point), Molly Tacopina (Breezy Point) and Erin Tierney.
Athletic director Anthony Troiano took time out during the evening to acknowledge the generous support he had received from the coaches of Kearney's athletic teams.
Hepresented them with a plaque commemorating their accomplishments during the year: Gina and Nicholas Trani (softball); Kristen Wulff (volleyball); Kerry O'Grady (basketball); Grady Reid, Lou Vento and Dr. Rocco Sellito (j.v. basketball); Anthony Troiano, Sister Thomasine Stagnitta; Charlie Candela and Charlie Zito (soccer); Armando Rumayor (golf); Krystina Macca and Victoria Viviani (cheerleaders); Elena Gentile (tennis); Sister Joan Dillon and Sister Mary Patricia Hyrley (boosters) and Peter and John Lovett (track, Rockaway Park.)
Four awards that are presented at the dinner are named for people who have made a significant contribution to the Kearney Community over the years.
The Sister Geraldine Woods Award for Outstanding Christian Leadership in Athletics was presented to Kerry King. The Erin Quinlan Memorial Award for Outstanding Kearney Spirit in Athletics was presented to Norah Marley.
The Thomas Gannon Memorial Award for Scholarship, Athletic Ability and School Spirit was awarded to Kimberly Matthews.
The Theresa Witty Award - Kearney's Number One Fan Award, for outstanding support of Kearney's studentathletes and the athletic program was given to soccer coach Charlie Candela. The Bishop Kearney 2007-2008 Athlete of the Year Award went to Megan Fitzpatrick (Breezy Point.)
Tara Mullen and Katherine Griffin received the U.S. Army Reserve National Scholar Athlete Awards this year for excelling in academics as well as a number of varsity sports. Katherine was also selected as Kearney's representative to National Student Athlete Day on April 6th, for excelling in academics, athletics and student leadership.