Spring Sports Success: Joshua Linster Wins at State Championships, Coach Verde Earns 400th Win, Student Athletes Awarded

The 2014-15 year in athletics concluded with a Varsity Spring Sports Awards Night, during which a number of accomplishments were applauded. In addition to the team acknowledgments, special awards were presented to students who have demonstrated extraordinary qualities including good character, sportsmanship, service to others, team spirit, academic excellence, leadership and dedication to athletics.

The spring season produced 15 All-County, five All-County Honorable Mention, 17 All-Conference, one All-League and 13 All-Division athletes. Lacrosse player Melissa Marry was named a Nassau County Scholar Athlete, and track team member Joshua Linster won the 100 meter dash at the Track and Field State Championships, held at SUNY Albany. Josh, a senior, will be joining the track and football teams at Utica College after he graduates.  

The girls badminton, boys golf, girls golf, girls lacrosse, boys tennis, boys spring track and girls spring track teams were recognized as Scholar Athlete Teams.
“We want to honor our seniors,” stated Superintendent of Schools David Weiss. “I know you will all take the work you did for the community as life-lessons.” Mr. Weiss also expressed his gratitude to Mr. Epstein for overseeing another successful season, and to the parents who continue to support students in the program.

Coach Carmine Verde, who was congratulated for his 400th win in May, was presented the Sam Santay & Irv Gold Memorial Award for outstanding coaching. “Coach Verde is a role model for all educators and his dedication to our softball is unmatched in Nassau County,” stated Director of Health, Physical Education and Athletics Arnold Epstein.

A number of seniors are planning to continue their athletic involvement in college. More than 25 members of the Class of 2015 will participate on teams at colleges and universities.