Archive for Athlete to Watch
Sophomore Tyler Ruth will be the starting pitcher for Chaminade HS against St. Dominic in the Semi-Finals for boys varsity baseball tomorrow at 4pm. This season, in 25 innings pitched, Tyler’s ERA is 0.83 with only 5 walks.
Tyler has trained with us at AFTLI over the past 8 years and has really grown into a tremendous athlete and person. Wish you the best Tyler, keep up the great work!
Congratulations to Thomas Sansone on his acceptance to Northwood Prep School in Lake Placid, NY. Thomas has trained with us at AFT of LI for the past 3 years and has proven himself to be a very tough and dedicated young athlete. Thomas currently plays with the Long Island Rebeles and will continue to play for them until he takes his talents to Northwood.
Hockey at Northwood has a tradition of outstanding achievement; both players and coaches have gone on to renowned careers at collegiate and professional levels. Northwood graduates have gone on to attend such schools as Colorado College, Denver, Ohio State, UNH, Mercyhurst, Brown, Harvard, Michigan, Clarkson, Boston University, Boston College, Williams, Oswego State, Notre Dame, Plattsburgh State, Middlebury, Wisconsin, and Providence. Fourteen alumni have played in the National Hockey League. Northwood proudly acknowledges its graduates who have gone on to become Olympians: Tom Mellor’68, Tony Granato ’83, David Tretowicz ’87, Jim Campbell ’91, Chris Therien ’90, Mike Richter ’85, Andrea Kilbourne-hill ’98, and Craig Conroy ’90.
Thomas is also featured in one of our many commercials. Keep up the great work Thomas! We know you will do great at Northwood.
I wanted to take the time to congratulate one of our top dedicated athletes, Matthew DeMartino. Matt has been training with us at AFT of LI for over 2 years and has really developed himself as a great athlete and person. Freshman Matthew DeMartino (Oceanside, NY/Oceanside) went 4-for-4 in his second game with the Pioneers and tallied one RBI. We are proud of you Matt, keep up the great work!
Congrats to Farmingdale HS senior Mike Sinatro on making “All County”, “All Long Island” and being nominated for “The Martone Award”, which is presented by the Nassau County Football Coaches Association to the county’s top lineman. Mike worked hard and trained with us all summer long to prepare for his final season with the Dalers and deserves everything that he achieved.
Newsday dated: 12-16-12 – “Sinatro led Farmingdale to a school record point total of 375 and a Nassau 1 title while also doing major damage on defense. He had 42 tackles (10 for a loss) and added four sacks, and also knocked down three passes and forced two fumbles in 12 games.”
Congrats to Fred Lamarca on a great performance in his first BJJ match on Friday, March 25. Here is a recap of the fight:
“Curatolo stuffs an early takedown attempt, snatches Lamarca’s leg, kicks it out, and lands in Lamarca’s guard. The crowd is fired up from Campbell-Kotarski and loving this fast early action. Lamarca (red shorts) is back up. Curatola tries for a standing arm-in guillotine. Lamarca gets the takedown passes to Curatola’s left side, and mounts. Curatola is breathing harder, and works for the armbar. Both men are back on their feet, Curatola slams Lamarca and ends up in top position after a fast scramble. Curatols and Lamarca work for legs and ankles, and try to kick one another off. Both men’s lower bodies come free, and Lamarca pulls guard. He brings up his left shin to what looks like the Lochness Monster of submission grappling: the gogplata. The lower shin is beneath Curatolo’s chin, but Curatola wisely keeps his back and chin up so that Lamarca cannot pull down and force the tap. The red-faced Curatola shakes his way out of Lamarca’s guard. This is sick. Lamarca takes Curatolo’s back and sinks in the rear naked choke, but not deep or fast enough to beat the closing bell. Curatolo controlled early; Lamarca finished stonger. Awesome match.”
Fred has made tremendous progress here at AFTLI, and we know the best is yet to come from him! Nice work Fred!
Ed Giron Finishes his Career leading his team to Victory
Congrats to alumni Eddie Giron for placing 2nd at his College conference tournament this past weekend.
Eddie fell a little short of his goal, but he had a great performance wrestling with a hurt knee that could have been a season ending injury. The most amazing thing about Eddie’s career is that he performed at a very high level in college without ever placing in the counties in high school. Ed is a great example of what can be accomplished with hard work and determination. He is a great role model for all of the wrestlers throughout Long Island.
Ed finished his career as a captain of the Springfield College wrestling team earning Academic All American honors, as well as being two time all conference and he helped lead his team to the conference tournament team title this past weekend.
Congrats Ed and good luck with all of your future endeavors! It has been a pleasure working with you all of these years and I know your positive attitude and desire to get better will serve you well in the rest of your life!
I will leave you with some memories of some of Ed’s high school high lights. Enjoy!
Wrestler to Watch Dan Coder
This week’s athlete to watch is Dan Coder. Dan did a great job this season and won his qualifying tournament. At the Counties he ended up in a tough spot drawing the number two ranked kid in his weight class his first match. Dan was sent into wrestle backs.
It can be very tough losing your first match at a big tournament like the counties, but Dan didn’t let it bother him and he shook it off and wrestled tough the rest of the day. Dan ended up winning three matches in a row to make it to day two of the tournament and place All County. In the round to place he faced a tough opponent he barley beat at the beginning of the year. Dan stayed very calm and knew what he had to do and ended up dominating his opponent with a barrage of explosive double leg take downs in his final match of the first day of the county tournament.
Dan worked extremely hard for the past few years on and off the mat and we wish him the best of luck in the future. Congrats to Dan Coder!
AFTLI athlete Louis Cotrone commits to Marist to play football. Louis is a tremendous worker here at AFTLI.
We are always very proud when we hear our athletes are going to move on to the “next level” for any sport. Louis has been a standout back for Holy Trinity for many years and we know the best is yet to come from him!
We are excited for Louis to start his off season training with us at AFTLI.
Keep training hard!
Congrats to David Ng on his commitment to Harvard University for wrestling! It is a huge accomplishment to be accepted to any Ivy League school and we are very proud of David. David is a true gentlemen on and off the mat. His work ethic from training certainly carries over to the rest of his life.
David is a two time All County Football Player as well as a County Champion and All state for wrestling. He also recently got his 100th win in wrestling, which is a huge milestone, especially as a heavyweight. He is a tireless worker in the weight room and we know all his hard work will pay off this season! Good luck David and keep up the great work!
Nick Camera Wins the Roger Williams Invitational Tournament
Nick Camera lead the Springfield College wrestling team, ranked #1 in New England Division III, to win the Roger Williams Invitational Saturday, defeating eight other teams along the way.
Nicholas Camera (184), captured his first individual tournament title. Nick is a tremendous worker and his hard work is paying off! He has made huge gains since training here at AFT of LI and we know the best is yet to come!
Keep working hard Nick and good luck the rest of the season!