Kristina Sumfleth | Democrat
Sullivan West senior Hannah Feinman enjoyed a rewarding evening Monday at the Sullivan West Spring and Year-end Sports Presentation, taking home four different honors, including the prestigious Billy Moran Scholarship Fund.
Story by Kristina Sumfleth
LAKE HUNTINGTON June 21, 2013 Parents, athletes, coaches, administrators, families and friends gathered in the Sullivan West High School auditorium for the Spring Sports and End of the Year Awards Ceremony to honor both spring and senior athletes.
Vice Principal Scott Haberli opened with a welcome and introduction to the coaching staff, then handed over the microphone to athletic director David Franskevicz who thanked all of the senior athletes for being leaders.
One of those seniors was Hannah Feinman, who stole the show winning four of the night’s awards. Hannah was the recipient of the Female Coaches Award, Most Valuable Track and Field Athlete and one of the David Curreri Memorial Scholarship Awards. She was all smiles as Brent Rosenberger presented her with the prestigious Billy Moran Scholarship at the end of the ceremony.
“I’m honored and happy my hard work paid off. My coaches definitely helped push me to achieve what I have,” said Feinman.
As she received the Coaches Award as the outstanding graduating female athlete, her track and field coach only had high praise to give. “Although her physical stature is small, she is a sight to behold when she competes,” said girls’ track and field coach Joseph Seidl. “A pleasure to coach, she leads by words and actions and has a self-motivated attitude that cannot be taught.”
Feinman was OCIAA Female Scholar Athlete of her senior class and has been a member of the girls’ varsity track team since she was in the eighth grade. Over the years, she has focused on her hurdling and jumping events, making the State Championship meet for triple jump as a junior and participating in the state qualifying meet this year.
Two other standout senior athlete’s were Drew Billard and Cassidy Sauer. Billard received multiple accolades throughout the night including the Male Coaches Award, one of the David Curreri Memorial Awards and, for the third consecutive year, the Most Valuable Golfer award.
Class president Cassidy Sauer was chosen as the Most Valuable Senior Female Athlete having lead both the varsity soccer and softball teams as “one of the most unselfish players” according to her coach for both sports, Michael Ellmauer.
Sauer also took home the most recent addition to the Spring Sports Awards, the Len Miret Memorial Scholarship, typically announced at the graduation ceremony. Meaghan Mullally-Gorr presented the award to Sauer for her academic achievement, community service and leadership abilities over the years.
“I’m very honored and thankful. I am shocked but it is a pretty awesome feeling,” said Sauer when asked about the awards she received.
The Milt Gaebel Award presented to a male and female athlete that exemplifies determination, perseverance, dedication and loyalty to sports went to Dani Myers and Reed Scott.
Other highlights of the night included the awards to seniors Sawyer Erlwein who earned the Baseball Coach’s Award and was considered to be “the most hustling athlete I have ever encountered” by coach Jim O’Connor. Brad Hemmer received the Rookie of the Year award and was even dubbed “Air Brad” by his team.
The boy’s track and field team barely fit onto the stage as coach Ronald Bauer called the extensive list of 33 boys up for recognition. They were the only spring team who qualified as a NYSPHSSAA Scholar Athlete team with 21 members maintaining a 90 or above grade point average. Junior Mitchel Paciga was named the Most Valuable Field Athlete having made the states in the high jump and Reed Scott, the male OCIAA Scholar Athlete, was named the Most Valuable Track Athlete.
Coach Seidl’s joking repertoire got a few laughs from the crowd as he called the last athletes to the stage, the girls’ track and field team. He then presented the Girls’ Most Valuable Track Athlete award to Courtney Meyerer, one of 16 ninth graders on the team. Meyerer was only .5 seconds away from breaking the school record for the girls’ 400 meter dash.
Sullivan West senior Hannah Feinman enjoyed a rewarding evening Monday at the Sullivan West Spring and Year-end Sports Presentation, taking home four different honors, including the prestigious Billy Moran Scholarship Award.
BOYS’ TRACK AND FIELD
MVP (track) - Reed Scott
MVP (field) - Mitchel Paciga
Rookie of Year - Brad Hemmer
Coach’s - Sawyer Erlwein
GIRLS’ TRACK AND FIELD
MVP (field)- Hannah Feinman
MVP (track)- Courtney Meyerer
MVP (Infielder)- Katie Slater
(Outfielder)- Marianne Durkin
MVP - Drew Billard
MIP - Ryan Graham
MVP - Daphne Muzuruk
MIP - Nour Goodfriend
MVP SENIOR ATHLETE
MVP SENIOR ATHLETE
MILT GAEBEL AWARD
Dani Myers (Female), Reed Scott (Male)
COACHES AWARD (Female)
COACHES AWARD (Male)
LEN MIRET SCHOLARSHIP
DAVID CURRERI AWARD
Hannah Feinman, Richard Lander, Drew Billard and Adam Murphy
BILLY MORAN AWARD