Winter Athletes Heralded

Athletes were honored at Glen Cove High School during the Booster Club awards night for winter sports on March 13. Seven winter athletic teams distributed varsity, junior varsity and special awards, including the Booster Club Award, Most Valuable Player and Superintendent’s Award.
Dr. Michael Israel, the district’s assistant superintendent for curriculum, instruction and technology, presented the Superintendent’s Award to two players for the first time ever: varsity wrestler Robert Krisch and varsity cheerleader Emily Anderson. Varsity basketball player Michael Accera and kickline member Yaqarah LeTellier were also nominated for the prestigious award, which recognizes outstanding senior scholar-athletes.
Esmeralda Benitez Amaya of girls varsity basketball, Christian Klimaszewski of varsity wrestling, Katherine Martinez of varsity cheerleading, Francesca Sharper of kickline and Thomas Ziegen of boys varsity basketball were recognized as Booster Award winners. The Booster Club Award is given to a senior athlete who possesses school spirit and is conscientious and dedicated.

The Booster Club presents the Most Valuable Player award to a player from each sport who is voted on by his or her team members and coaches as the most valuable asset on the team. MVPs included Kewan Beebe and Franklyn Mickens on boys varsity basketball, Grace Blinkoff and Brandon Fribbley on winter track, Calogero Guastella on varsity wrestling, Taylah Hudson on girls varsity basketball, Yaqarah LaTellier on kickline, Hans Ring on rifle and Caroline Suozzi on varsity cheerleading. Matthew Pemberton was recognized as the Most Improved Player on the rifle team.

Girls basketball also won the New York State Scholar-Athlete Team Award with a cumulative academic average of 90 or better. Cheerleading placed third in the country in the Large Varsity Non-Tumble Division.