Hey folks. Just returned from the all-section dinner at Colonial Terrace in Cortlandt Manor.In addition to the all-section honorees, the nine (yes, I said nine) Section 1 all-Americans were also honored. Prior to heading up to the dinner I received word that it was discovered today, almost three weeks after the all-America team was selected, that Section 1 gets nine â€” not eight â€” spots.
The formula is now one AA for every five schools that offer the sport, not every six, as had been the case. So the latest AA is certainly a deserving one, Syracuse-bound JJ senior Tyler Granelli, who led the section in assists. Granelli accepted his AA award tonight.
Also unveiled tonight was the Academic all-America and Scholar-Athlete team and scholarship winners. Evan Shreck of Suffern received a $1,750 scholarship, Brendan Berkowitz from White Plains a $1,250 scholarship. John Froats (Yorktown) and Luke Zambetti (Scarsdale) each received $750 scholarships.Other Academic AAs were Brendan Kurpis (Yorktown), Jared Lippell (Ardsley), Steve Mathews (Suffern), Scott McElwee (Rye), Kevin McPartland (Brewster) and Kevin Miao (Yorktown).
Now to some other news.
Several players from the LoHud â€” including Somers’ Joe Marasco, Yorktown’s Michael Bonitatibus and Rye resident Kieran McDonald â€” have been invited to play at the prestigious Jake Reed Blue Chip Classic at UMBC June 26-28.
And speaking of JoJo Marasco, in case you missed it, North Carolina named Ohio State coach Joe Breschi as its new coach. Marasco, of course, verbally committed to OSU â€” but he has not yet signed a binding National Letter of Intent. It’s very possible Breschi’s departure could impact Marasco’s decision to attend OSU now. No decisions have been made as yet. But stayed tuned, of course.
I talked to ESG coach Dave McNally tonight and he said he hopes to make the final Hudson Valley cut (including 10 alternates) by this time next week. The team will be playing a Sound Shore League game at SUNY Purchase at 7:15 p.m. next Wednesday which could be, in effect, the final tryout.
Here is the now complete AA list:
Zach Badalucco, Brewster, sr., defense
Chris Bocklet, John Jay, sr., attack
Rocky Bonitatibus, Yorktown, sr., midfield
Jack Doherty, Lakeland/Panas, jr., attack
Kevin Drew, John Jay, sr., midfield
Kevin Gordon, Rye, sr., midfield
Tyler Granelli, John Jay, sr., attack/midfield
Joe Marasco, Somers, jr., attack/midfield
John Ranagan, Yorktown, jr., attack/midfield