Hurricanes Celebrate Championship Season
On the last weekend in January, the Brooklyn Hurricanes celebrated the 2013 season with their 3 Award Banquets at Buckley's Restaurant in Marine Park. The Travel Team (12-13 year olds), celebrated their Gotham Football League Crown with Championship. Jackets and trophies were awarded as each player was recognized for his contribution to the team's success.
The Rockaway Peninsula was well represented with four of the top awards going to players from Rockaway and Breezy Point.
The team's Leadership Award went to QB-Brendan Buckley of Belle Harbor, for his tough play as the team's signal caller after being thrust into the starting position, following a pre-season injury to starting QB-Connor Baldwin. The Defensive Back Award went to Richie Hennessy of Breezy Point, who made big open field tackles all season long to limit their opponents' big play capability.
The team's prestigious Coaches Award went to Brendan Gallagher of Breezy Point. Gallagher's versatility on both sides of the ball was invaluable to the team and made him an easy choice for the award given in the name of longtime Hurricanes' coach Jim Nicolaidis.
The highest honor of the night, the Most Valuable Player Award, was shared by Michael O'Connor and Anthony Cimino of Rockaway. O'Connor dominated on both sides of the ball at offensive guard and middle linebacker while Cimino carried the team on his back all year, including a 180 yard rushing performance in the Championship Game.
Following the Travel Team Dinner, the organization returned to Buckley's for their In-House Awards Breakfast. In the Junior Pee Wee Division (7-10 year olds), the Broncos' Anthony Rosati won the Timmy Stackpole Award, given to the division's Most Valuable Player.
Rosati led the Broncos to an undefeated season with four touchdowns in the Championship Game. Other top League Awards went to Rockaway's Tommy Allison (Cowboys) and Jack Tansey (Bears). Allison won the Most Outstanding Linebacker Award while Tansey walked away with the League's Most Outstanding Offensive Lineman Award.
In the Pee Wee Division (10-12 year olds), the Legion's Shane Green of Breezy Point was honored with the Danny Suhr Award, given to the division's Most Valuable Player. Green was the lynchpin to the team's success with his consistent and strong play at middle linebacker and running back, leading the Legion to its first championship since 2009. The Legionnaires' Bobby Baldrian of Breezy Point also won a League Award with his dominating play along the defensive line.
With a large number of athletes in both divisions from Rockaway, many of the team awards went to players from the peninsula, including; Jake Billows (Cowboys), Brian Duggan (Bears), Ronan Mullaly (Bears), Matt Schmitt (Bears), Michael Strehle (Bears), Michael Tuffey (Bears), Jack Casey (Legion), Giancarlo Conti (Blue Jays), John Mullen (Giants), Sean Hennessy (Huskies), Dylan McClaren (Huskies), Connor Powers (Huskies), James Resker (Legion), Tom Resker (Legion) and Aidan Smith (Giants).
It was a great weekend for all the Hurricane Football Players, who practiced hard all season and went out each week and gave their best effort. The organization would like to thank all their supporters and volunteers, especially the coaches who are the foundation of the program.
Finally, the Hurricanes wished their departing players only the best in the future as they move on to high school football in the CHSFL and PSAL.
As they say, "Once a Hurricane, always a Hurricane!”