Hurricanes Celebrate Winning Season At Awards Dinner
The Brooklyn Hurricanes Travel Team (12 to 13-year olds), celebrated another successful season with its annual awards dinner on Friday, January 15 at Buckley’s Restaurant in Marine Park.
The coaches, players and parents enjoyed a great night that closed the door on the 2009 campaign, a season which marked the return for the Hurricanes to the playoffs. The team ended the year with an impressive 7-2 record in Big Apple Football competition, earning a home playoff game after finishing the regular season in second place.
Each member of the team was recognized for his contribution to the team’s success with the highest honors being handed out at the end of the evening.
The Rockaway peninsula was well represented with four of the eight top awards going to players from Rockaway and Breezy Point.
Eddie McCarthy of Breezy Point earned the Most Outstanding Offensive Back Award with his tough play at fullback, while halfback Dennis Barnes of Belle Harbor was named Most Outstanding Offensive Player. Barnes led the team in touchdowns and points scored.
Kevin Crockett of Breezy walked away with the Coaches Award given in memory of longtime Hurricanes Coach Jim Nicolaidis. Crockett was a team leader and excelled on both sides of the ball. The top honor of the night, the Most Valuable Player Award, went to captain and QB John Strehle of Belle Harbor. Strehle led an explosive and multi-dimensional Hurricane offense which scored over 300 points this season.
While each player deserved his award, the coaches stress-ed that it was the entire team that deserved the credit for the team’s success. The coaches would like to thank all the 2009 Hurricanes for their hard work this season and wish the departing players only the best in the future as they move on to high school. Remember: Once a Hurricane, Always a Hurricane!
The Hurricanes are preparing for next season and players are wanted. Those interested in joining the travel team should visit the website at www.brooklynhurri canes.com or stop by the clubhouse on Wednesdays from 7-9 p.m. at 3411 Avenue S in Marine Park.