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It’s that time of year again: Halls of Fame

It’s time to be honored.

The Tappan Zee High School Hall of Fame induction dinner is scheduled Nov. 17 at the Colonial Inn in Norwood, N.J., while the Albertus Mangus HS Hall of Fame function is set for Nov. 23 at the school in Bardonia.

Another Hall of Fame induction ceremony is also on tap, as the Nanuet High School fete is scheduled Nov. 23 at the Pearl River Elks Club in Nanuet. Among those going in are Karen Leinter and Phil Carpenter while Kevin Connolly receives the distinguished service award.

Among those going into the Tappan Zee HS hall is Dave Holmes of Stony Point, Class of 1982, an accomplished swimmer who was part of a 200-yard medley relay team that set a county standard that stood for 30 years. As a senior, Holmes finished third in the state in the 50-yard freestyle.

Included in the Albertus Magnus hall induction will be Tom Downes of New City, a father of seven Falcon graduates who has been a patron of the school for more than four decades, and Monsignor Emmet R. Nevin, pastor of St. Paul’s Parish in Congers.

Also entering is Antoine Duvert, Class of ’94, who achieved fame in basketball and football. He represents the first football player to be honored, having playing on the inaugural varsity team in the fall of 1993.

At Tappan Zee, the list of inductees includes track standout Bill Dailey of Valley Cottage, whose brother Jack was inducted a year ago; multi-sport star David Cozart of Piermont; and Joe Campoli, also Piermont, who was a standout in basketball and baseball and later coached Ohio Northern to the 1993 Division III national championship.


Sister Cecelia at her office in Upper Nyack
Sister Cecelia at her office in Upper Nyack

The honorees at Albertus Magnus also include Terri Sullivan, who earned a full scholarship to swim at Boston University; Sr. Cecilia La Pietra, director of One-to-One Learning, Inc. of Nyack; and Donna Hudson, Class of ’65, of Hudson family fame (eldest sister is cardiologist Dr. Barbara Roberts and younger brother Matt, proprietor of the Hudson House Restaurant in Nyack).

Donna didn’t have many interscholastic sports teams available to her in the early ’60s, but later was to become recognized as one of the elite ultra-marathoners (races more than 50 miles).

For information on the Albertus Magnus ceremony contact Marty Moran at 845-62308842, ext-229; for information on the Tappan Zee event call 845-680-1640 or access athletic director Liam Frawley at; for information on the Nanuet HS affair call 845-623-3189 or access

Winning start

Nyack College opens with a win
Nyack College opens with a win

Led by junior guard Chris Hampton, the Nyack College men’s basketball team defeated visiting Mercy College of Dobbs Ferry, 87-71, to open the season in a non-Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference (CACC) contest.

Hampton, of Queens, scored 26 points as five Warriors scored in double digits.

Sophomore Will Robinson of Mount Vernon added 15 points and eight rebounds while juniors Khalid Samuels, also Mount Vernon, and Nick Moore of Sicklerville, N.J., each contributed 10 points.

Senior guard Isaiah Roberts of Pennsauken, N.J., making his first official appearance at Bowman Gymnasium after transferring from Navy, scored 13 points for the Warriors.

Dante Agnew of Queens handed out a game-high eight assists in the victory.


STAC honorees Mike Galonski and Keeley Bateman
STAC honorees Mike Galonski and Keeley Bateman

Michael Galonski of St. Thomas Aquinas College in Sparkill and Rebecca Wakeley of Nyack College acquitted themselves quite well at the NCAA Division II East Regional cross country championships at Franklin Park in Boston, Mass.

Wakeley, of Pittsburgh, earned all-Region status by placing 10th in the women’s field while Galonski, of Newton, N.J., finished 15th to help the Spartans place 14th in the team standings.

Wakeley helped the Warriors placed ninth while the STAC women finished 11th, helped by all-East Coast Conference honoree Keeley Bateman of Pearl River. Galonski also received all-conference recognition for the fourth straight season, as did Bateman. Both runners led their teams in every race this season.

Bateman finished 12th at the ECC Championships with a personal course-best time of 18:54.

Galonski finished third in the men’s 8K championship.  He also ran a course personal best of 25:34, just three seconds shy of the STAC 8K record he set last season.

Akwasi DegraftQUICK HITTERS: The Northeastern University field hockey team lost to top-seeded Delaware, 5-1, in the Colonial Athletic Association championship game at Rullo Stadium in Newark, Del. Sarah Adler of Suffern saw limited playing time for the Huskies while gaining experience as a freshman forward. … SUNY Cortland junior Paul Fields of New City, an alum of Clarkstown North HS, dropped two decisions at 125 pounds at the Binghamton University Bearcat Open. The Red Dragons return to the mats on Nov. 16 at the Roger Williams Invitational in Bristol, R.I. … Conner Alexander of Blauvelt, who played primarily on defense, closed out his senior season on the Northeastern University men’s soccer team with two goals and one assist for five points. The Huskies finished at 6-9-3 overall following a 1-0 loss to Delaware in the Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) quarterfinals at Delaware Mini-Stadium. The Blue Hens prevailed on a penalty kick in double overtime. … Pace University defensive back Akwasi Degraft of West Haverstraw was honored on senior day in a pre-game football ceremony as the Setters lost to Saint Anselm College, 63-33, in Pleasantville. … The Nyack College men’s basketball team opened the season with an 87-71 victory over visiting Mercy College. … Senior forward K.C. Jentzen of Pearl River had a second-best 16 points and team-leading eight rebounds, but the Dominican College women’s basketball team dropped its season and home opener, 77-74, to the University of New Haven on Coach Baxter Court at the Hennessy Center in Orangeburg. The Lady Chargers visit Molloy College in Rockville Centre at 5:30 p.m. on Nov. 15 to participate in the inaugural Regina Rivera Memorial Tournament. … The Army men’s hockey team, which lost to Holy Cross 4-1 at Tate Rink in West Point, visits Niagara on Nov. 15-16 for back-to-back games at 7:05 p.m. before returning to West Point on Nov. 22 to host Sacred Heart at 7:05 p.m.  … The Dominican College women’s soccer team closed it season with a 1-0 loss to Holy Family University in the semifinals of the Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference (CACC) championships at Wilmington University in New Castle, Del. The Lady Chargers went 8-5-4 overall. The men’s team also closed its season in the CACC championships, playing to a 1-1 double overtime tie with third-seeded Philadelphia University but falling in penalty kicks 5-3. The Chargers compiled an overall mark of 11-6-3. … Despite losing in a shootout to eventual champion Mount Saint Mary in the Skyline Conference Tournament, the Purchase College men’s soccer team earned a bit to the Eastern College Athletic Conference Division III championships. The Panthers, including reserve forward Greg Remedor of Spring Valley, were to travel to FDU-Florham in a first-round matchup.

THIS & THAT: The 31st Bill Markiewicz Memorial/Rockland County Alumni Cross Country Run will be held at Bear Mountain State Park on Thanksgiving Saturday, Nov. 30, beginning at Noon. The 3-mile run will be preceded by a series of children’s age-group races at 11:30 a.m. Admission is free and is open to all Rockland County alumni and their families. For more information access


HTTP://ALUMNIXC.BLOGSPOT.COM . … Longtime Yankees reliever Mariano Rivera, and WNBA star Skylar Diggins will be honored as Sportsman and Sportswoman of the Year,respectively, by the March of Dimes New York Division at its 30th sports luncheon on Dec. 4 at the Waldorf – Astoria in New York.

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