While their may not have been any state championships on the fields for the athletic teams this school year, that did not stop several of the athletes from being recognized off the field for their individual accomplishments.
“Our students are always so impressive, but this year I believe in particular they were very impressive,” Superintendent Dr. Michael Nagler remarked during the June 21 meeting of the at the , “so I really wanted to get some public recognition for them outside of the walls of all the other athletes.”
The various all-county athletes are selected by the coaches of all the teams throughout Nassau. The scholar-athletes from Mineola include:
Joe Massaro, who played football, wrestling, lacrosse, being named all-county in football and lacrosse as well as athlete of the year. He will be attending Sacred Heart University in the fall.
Kerri Medlock, who was named all county in basketball and lacrosse, athlete of the year and will attend Iona.
Quinn Paggi, a member of the football, basketball and lacrosse teams was the unanimous winner of the coaches “Old Reliable” award and will be attending Sienna College.
Steven Napolitano was named all county in football after suffering a serious ankle injury which curtailed his season before making it back towards the end of the year. He also won the sportsmanship award and will be attending Albany.
Robert Clarkin also made the all county football squad and will be attending Oneonta.
Zachary Englis, a winter and spring cross-country runner as well as the , will be attending Hofstra.
Matthew Moro, of the basketball and lacrosse teams, had injuries to his knees and was the , will be attending Fordham.
“This is what we’re about, we’re about academics and sports and all the other wonderful things we offer,” Dr. Nagler said. “We’re very proud of all of you and happy to recognize you publicly.”