2013-07-05 / Sports

Kearney Salutes Student Athletes


Kearney special award winners are pictured with school athletic director, Anthony Troiano. Front: Julianna Emilio, Alessia Giarracca, Carolyn Strehle, Shannon Biscaino, Emily Dripchak, Kristin Ferrigno. Standing: Gabriella Montaferrato, Amanda DiLeo, Kristen Wulff, Jacqueline Gallagher, Therese Gallagher, John Lovett, Kaitlyn O’Grady, Chritina Heyer, Emily Hiltunen, Jenna Gentile, Brianna Minogue, Taylor Tobin, Brigid Campbell. Kearney special award winners are pictured with school athletic director, Anthony Troiano. Front: Julianna Emilio, Alessia Giarracca, Carolyn Strehle, Shannon Biscaino, Emily Dripchak, Kristin Ferrigno. Standing: Gabriella Montaferrato, Amanda DiLeo, Kristen Wulff, Jacqueline Gallagher, Therese Gallagher, John Lovett, Kaitlyn O’Grady, Chritina Heyer, Emily Hiltunen, Jenna Gentile, Brianna Minogue, Taylor Tobin, Brigid Campbell. Bishop Kearney High School’s Sports Awards Dinner was a very special event this year, honoring winning teams and winning players.

Nearly 300 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. Many residents from the peninsula were among those honored.

Kearney’s track teams started the year on a winning streak. The freshman track team won the Cross Country Brooklyn Championship and the Brooklyn/ Queens Championship and the varsity track team won the Cross Country Brooklyn Championship. Belle Harbor twins, Therese and Jacqueline Gallagher led the way.

Therese took first place in the Brooklyn Cross Country Championship, as well as in the Brooklyn/Queens Championship. Meanwhile, Jacqueline Gallagher took first place in the Brooklyn/Queens Varsity 15 Meter Indoor Championship.

Kearney’s swim team won the B Division Dual Meet; the cheerleaders took first place in the Spring Festival, the Jersey Shore Showdown and the Beast of the East Championship.

The varsity basketball team won the Brooklyn/Queens Division II Championship, the JV softball team won the Brooklyn/Queens Division II Championship and the Boosters took second place in the Large Division of the Diocesan Step Competition. Numerous awards are presented to outstanding athletes at the dinner and people who have made a significant contribution to the Kearney community over the years are remembered.

The Sister Geraldine Woods Award for Outstanding Christian Leadership in Athletics was presented to Caroline Strehle (Belle Harbor) and Brigid Campbell. The Erin Quinlan Memorial Award for Outstanding Kearney Spirit in Athletics was presented to Shannon Biscaino (Rockaway Beach).

The Thomas Gannon Memorial Award for Scholarship, Athletic Ability and School Spirit was awarded to Emily Dripchak (Breezy Point).

The Deborah Lovett Award for Courage, Dedication and Leadership was presented to Sister Rosemarie Baglivio, Gabriella Monferrato, Taylor Tobin and Amanda DiLeo.

The Ed Madden Memorial Award for Outstanding Athletic Ability was presented to the entire Freshman Track Team, under the leadership of Rockaway resident, John Lovett.

Each year the National College Athletic Association recognizes student athletes who earn an average of 90% or more, while participating in sports and making significant contributions to their school and community.

Because Bishop Kearney has so many students in that category, only Kearney students who maintain an average of 95% or more receive their National Student Athlete Award. This year, 25 girls received this recognition. They included Rockaway residents Shannon Biscaino, Jacqueline Gallagher and Joanna Sullivan.

Organizers expressed, “many thanks to Kearney Athletic Director, Anthony Troiano, Student Athletic Chairperson, Emily Dripchak and all who helped to make the event so special for all the teams and their parents, especially the seniors, who will be taking their talents to many different colleges and universities in September.”

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