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Bulldogs honor scholar athletes

Posted 6/30/24

LAKE HUNTINGTON, NY — On June 12, Sullivan West, the Home of the Bulldogs, paid homage to their spring JV and varsity scholar-athletes.

The ceremony culminated in the presentation of the …

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Bulldogs honor scholar athletes


LAKE HUNTINGTON, NY — On June 12, Sullivan West, the Home of the Bulldogs, paid homage to their spring JV and varsity scholar-athletes.

The ceremony culminated in the presentation of the prestigious Milt Gaebel Perseverance Awards to Nicole Reeves and Peter March, the long-established David R. Curreri Memorial Scholarship Award to Nicole Reeves and the Billy Moran Scholarship Award to Liz Reeves.

Other notable awards included Select Senior Athletes, Most Valuable Players, numerous Coaches Awards and the Most Outstanding Senior Athlete Awards. The last were presented to Liz Reeves (female) and Rally Cruz (male).

Athletic awards at Sullivan West, 2024

The annual rite of passage opened with welcoming remarks by middle school principal Scott Haberli, followed by an introduction of the platform speakers by athletic director Kurt Buddenhagen.
Select Senior Athlete Awards: Jacob Hubert and Abby Parucki
Coaches Awards: Austin Nystrom and Karlee Diehl
Most Valuable Teammate Awards: Jakob Halloran and Viola Shami

Spring Varsity Sports Awards
Baseball (coached by Ty Ebert, assisted by Jeremy Ernst)
Most Valuable Players: Jacob Hubert and Evan Ebert

Girls’ outdoor track (coached by Joe Ebeling, assisted by Jenna Kratz)
Most Valuable Player: Gracyn Halloran
Coaches Award: Jasmine Green

Boys’ outdoor track (coached by Sean Reuss, assisted by Justin Diehl)
Most Valuable Player: Peter March
Most Improved Player: Esteban Ramos

Boys’ Golf (coached by John Meyer, assisted by Craig Smith)
Most Valuable Player: John Adams
Coaches Award: Rally Cruz

Girls’ golf (coached by Pat Donovan)
Miss Golfer: Abby Parucki
Coaches Award: Maggie Powell

Softball (coached by Anthony Durkin, assisted by Samantha Cummings, Kurt Scheibe and Mike Ellmauer)
Most Valuable Defensive Player: Liz Reeves
Most Valuable Offensive Player: Kearstin Knapp

Senior Athletes (Female): Brynn Chevalier (soccer), Karlee Diehl (soccer, basketball, softball), Amelia Edwards (volleyball), Madison Eisma (soccer), Sophie Flynn (soccer, basketball), Rahmat Gambari (soccer, indoor track, outdoor track), Grace Gorr (soccer), Mya Heinle (soccer, outdoor track), Jamie Hendrickson (indoor track, outdoor track), Skylar Mashatt (volleyball), Abby Parucki (soccer, basketball, golf), Maggie Powell (golf), Elizabeth Reeves (soccer, basketball, softball), Nicole Reeves (soccer, basketball, softball), Alexa Rogers (football cheerleading, basketball cheerleading), Violla Shami (soccer, basketball, outdoor track), Allie Sierens (football cheerleading, basketball cheerleading) and Samantha Waldman(indoor track, outdoor track).

Senior Athletes (Male): Caden Allen (football, Alpine skiing, baseball), Sebastian Berman(football, golf), Michael Browne (indoor track), Ace Cardona (outdoor track), Liam Cavanaugh (football, basketball), Rally Cruz (football wrestling, golf), Chase Ferber (cross-country, indoor track), Grant Gorr (indoor track, outdoor track), Jacob Halloran (football, basketball), Brody Herbert (soccer), Jacob Hubert (football, basketball, baseball), Blaise Maher (indoor track), Peter March (cross-country, indoor track, outdoor track), Haden Nicosia (baseball), Peter Norton (football), Austin Nystrom (soccer, basketball, baseball), Nicolas Perez (soccer, baseball), Jonathan Roycroft (football), William Roycroft (football, basketball), Henry Simon (golf) and Landon Volpe (cross-country, indoor track) outdoor track), Allyn Walter (football, basketball, baseball) and Alec Ward (outdoor track).

Not to be outdone, several three-sport varsity players got their due: Allyn Walter, Caden Allen, Jacob Hubert, Rally Cruz, Peter March, Landon Volpe, Austin Nystrom, Karlee Diehl, Rahmat Gambari, Abby Parucki, Nicole Reeves, Liz Reeves, Keely Schock and Viola Shami.
In presenting the David F. Curreri Memorial Scholarship Award to Nicole Reeves, his mother Dawn recalled that her youngest son, a graduate of Narrowsburg High School, “lost his life in a tragic accident.” The scholarship was established “to honor David and share his dream of higher education.”
Of the recipient, she said Reeves “has the drive and passion to attain their goals in life, very similar to David. This student took a chance to try something new and discovered a ‘heart racing calm’, that will fill her life with adventure.”
Curreri added that Reeves has a 101.59 GPA, plays multiple sports, does volunteer work and plans on earning her wings as a pilot, studying flight operations and attending the University of Maine.
The Billy Moran Scholarship Award was presented to Elizabeth “Liz” Reeves by Moran’s youngest sister, Megan Moran-Eggleton.
A graduate of Delaware Valley High School, Billy Moran was killed by a drunk driver while in Florida with his college baseball team for spring training.
Now in its 42nd year, the scholarship was created by his late mother Kathleen Moran, who “spent over 30 years organizing... with a goal of having a self-sustaining scholarship that would forever keep Billy’s memory alive, while honoring an exceptional student athlete in our home district.”
In presenting the award to Reeves, Moran-Eggleton said in part that since meeting her at the age of six, “I’ve watched her grow up into an exceptional young lady, student and athlete.
“Outside of school, you have volunteered many hours of your time to several different organizations in our local community,” including serving as a Town of Callicoon youth basketball coach, AYSO referee, student representative on the district’s board of education, active member of the FFA and a member of the school’s National Honor Society.
Citing a few comments by members of the scholarship award committee, the presenter read a few quotes. “She was a leader on and off the field, always with a positive attitude,” and “Liz is an extremely dedicated and passionate athlete who lifts everyone up. She pushes others to reach their full potential.”
In closing, Moran-Eggleton turned to Reeves and said, “Liz, you are destined to do great things in the future.”

Since picking up a camera and pen as a freelance photojournalist, Ted Waddell has received 21 awards from the New York Press Association. His most recent recognition was the Phil Pines Award from the Monticello-Goshen Chapter of the United States Harness Writer’s Association in 2022. Waddell is a member of the International Freelancer Photographers Organization.

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