By Frank Rizzo
LIBERTY June 12, 2001 The annual Block L Athletic Banquet at Liberty CS last Tuesday evening served to show off the rich athletic tradition at the school as well as honor the best athletic achievements of the past school year.
When Roger Rattner (Class of 61) presented the Rattner Award to the boys and girls basketball scholar athletes, he traced his basketball lineage at the school back to his father Morris (Class of 16) and uncle Harry (Class of 21).
Rattner revealed that 40 years before almost to the day he himself had received the now-defunct Grossinger Trophy (for perseverance).
Rattner makes the trip from New Hyde Park, Long Island, every year to present the award.
Another presenter was Charles Buchal, who awarded the baseball/
softball MVP trophy named in honor of his father, Jack.
My father loved baseball and softball, Buchal said, adding that in the 50s and 60s anybody who played baseball in northeastern Pennsylvania and southeastern New York knew Jack Buchal.
Charles also dedicated the award to the late Charlie Barbuti Sr. of Liberty, who passed on several weeks before.
Nick Yaun was presented the Liberty Indians Booster Club Award for sportsmanship. Subsequently, he was told that his uncle, Keith Torrens, had received the same award nearly 20 years before, and his grandfather, Robert Torrens, had been honored with the Grossinger Award two decades before that.
Golf coach Ted Crowley, who accompanied Yaun to the New York State Golf Championship at Cornell University, told the assembly that Yaun had been voted the sportsmanship award for Section IX by the other coaches.
The Tom Kelly Award for outstanding senior athletes went to Michael Poje and Jacquelynn LaBagh.
Both were three-sport competitors Poje in football, basketball, and baseball teams; LaBagh in soccer, alpine skiing, and softball squads. Both were voted most valuable in one of those sports Poje for baseball and LaBagh for skiing. In addition, Poje was voted best defensive player for football.
They are both well-rounded, well-liked kids, summed up Liberty athletic director Tim Bult.
Football Best Offense: Jason Grossman. Best defense: Michael Poje.
Girls Soccer Best Offense: Michelle Olson. Best Defense: Jamie Hopkins.
Boys Soccer Best Offense: Ricardo Cruz. Best Defense: Paulo Fonseca.
Golf Most Improved: Ian Orr. Most Valuable: Nick Yaun.
Boys Track Best Track: Matthew Manzi. Best Field: Renauld Buck.
Girls Track Most Valuable: Michelle Manzi. Most Improved: Stephanie Biddiscombe. Coachs Award: Lauren Michaud and Christy Immel for perfect attendance.
Girls Tennis Most Improved: Christine Waryha. Most Valuable: Andrea TerBush.
Boys Tennis Most Improved: Jay Samant. Most Valuable: Jaycob Burns.
Football Cheerleading: Most Improved: Lorelei Reynolds. Most Valuable: Cathleen Myrick.
Basketball Cheerleading Most Improved: Ashley Argent. Most Valuable: Vicki Myrick.
Boys Basketball Best Offensive: Travis Emery. Best Defensive: Chris Winters.
Girls Basketball Best Offensive: Andrea TerBush. Best Defensive: Latisha Fields.
Boys Alpine Skiing Co-Most Valuable: Nick Kelly and Mike Swope.
Girls Alpine Skiing Most Improved: Michelle Olson. Most Valuable: Jacquelynn LaBagh.
Boys Indoor Track Most Valuable: Thomas Dittmar. Most Improved: Jon Peters.
Girls Indoor Track Most Valuable: Sophia White. Most Improved: Megan Baxter. Coachs Award: Erin Simpson for perfect attendance.
Wrestling Most Improved: Anthony Couitt. Most Valuable: Daniel Ratner.
Baseball Most Improved: Nick Rusin. Best Offense: Joseph Colacurcio. Coachs Award: Adam Lake. Fred Planica Memorial Baseball Award: Brian Gatta.
Softball Most Improved: Tiffany Teichs. Best Offense: Andrea TerBush.
OHearn Award (Football Most Improved) Nick Rusin.
Goodstein Award (Wrestling Perseverance) Lauren Michaud.
Buchal Award (Baseball/Softball MVP) Michael Poje and Kate Yaun.
Ivan Richards Award (Basketball MVP) Boys: Travis Emery. Girls: Christine Waryha.
Ross Award (Football/Soccer Scholar Athlete) Football: Vince Evans. Soccer: Jill Barbuti.
Kavleski Award (Track Scholar Athlete) Girls: Christy Immel. Boys: Vincent Vasquez.
Senior Trophy Awards
Rattner Award ( Basketball Scholar Athlete) Boys: Todd Davis. Girls: Melissa Arevalo.
Bo Gill Award (Perseverance) Boys: Nick Kelly. Girls: Tiffany Teichs.
Liberty Indian Booster Club Award (Sportsmanship) Boys: Nick Yaun. Girls: Latisha Fields.
Tom Kelly Award (Outstanding Senior Athlete) Girls: Jacquelynn LaBagh. Boys: Michael Poje.