Welcome to MSGVarsity.com's Memorable Mondays, a summer-long series that looks back on the top players, games and moments from the past season and gazes ahead to 2012-13. As the summer goes on, we'll compile all the lists and post them here: www.msgvarsity.com/mondays. New lists will be posted every Monday.
In Week 1 of Memorable Mondays, we look at five of the best graduating seniors from Hudson Valley high schools.
Emma Bozek, Lakeland: How many athletes can say they were named an All-American in two sports? In today's world of specialization, it is nearly unheard of. Just don't tell that to Bozek, who earned All-American honors in both field hockey and lacrosse. As a result, she has to be considered one of the most impressive student athletes to ever walk the halls of Lakeland High School. In field hockey, the multi-sport star led the Hornets to three straight NYS Class B championships. Bozek, who will play the sport next season at the University of North Carolina, totaled a Section 1-best 76 points (40 goals, 36 assists) and was named MSG Varsity Player of the Year in the Hudson Valley. In lacrosse, Bozek totaled a team-high 93 points (62G, 31A) and was a member of MSG Varsity's All-Hudson Valley first team. As a four-year varsity player, she helped the Rebels win three Section 1 Class A titles.
Christian and Jackson Conway, Bronxville: The twin football and baseball standouts leave quite a legacy at Bronxville. After moving into the district during their sophomore years, they helped guide the Broncos to a state football championship as juniors. Christian led Section 1 in rushing that season, gaining 1,617 yards and 23 touchdowns. The Conways led Bronxville back to the Section 1 final last fall, were both named all-state, and finished their careers with a 20-1 record. In baseball, they carried the program the last two seasons. Jackson batted .565 with 29 RBI and a 3-0 record on the mound. Christian hit .491 with 23 RBI. The Conways will attend Duke and play football.
Marley Giddins, Irvington: Giddins doesn't just leave Irvington as the most accomplished female athlete ever at the school but one of the most in Westchester County history. She became the first girl to ever start on three state basketball championship squads, and was named second team all-state the last two seasons. Giddins, who'll play at Amherst, is a 1,000-point scorer and was named MVP for the Class B Federation tournament in March after leading the Bulldogs to the title for the second time in three seasons. In track this spring, Giddins captured a Section 1 championship in the long jump and the high jump to qualify for the state meet.
Albert Hall, Warwick: The big-play potential of Warwick's Albert Hall made him a dangerous matchup in football and basketball. In football, the 6-foot-5 tight end was a key part of Section 9's most explosive passing offense. He caught 39 balls for 507 yards and nine touchdowns, leading the Wildcats to the Class AA title game. He caught a touchdown in eight of Warwick's 10 games, helping him earn all-state honors. In basketball, the offense ran through Hall, who averaged 19.3 points and 10.4 rebounds for a Warwick squad that finished 12-7. Hall had several Division I-AA football offers but accepted a preferred walk-on opportunity at Penn State this fall.
A.J. Wolf, Hackley: You know you're a superior athlete when you consider playing two Division I sports in college. For now, Wolf will head to Duke University on a football scholarship but isn't ruling out the possibility of competing in the shot put. In football, Wolf was a menacing 6-foot-4, 250-pound fullback/defensive end who dominated his senior season. He recorded 98 tackles, three sacks, and two fumble recoveries, while also running for four touchdowns on offense. Wolf was a standout basketball player in the winter and an All-American in the spring in track. He won the state title in the shot put as a junior and the discus as a senior. Wolf was the runner-up in the shot put at Nationals two weeks ago.
Spencer Avalos, Dobbs Ferry (football/lacrosse)
Abby Baigelman, Mamaroneck (soccer/lacrosse)
Jamie Bucci, Sleepy Hollow (softball/basketball/soccer)
Emma Brinkman, Rye (field hockey/lacrosse)
Mike Caputo, North Rockland (football/wrestling)
Justin Ciero, Greeley (football/basketball)
Danny Caiola, John Jay-CR (football/lacrosse)
Eric Cooley, Yorktown (lacrosse/football)
Isaiah Cousins, Mount Vernon (basketball)
Grace Devlin, Bronxville (soccer/basketball)
Winslow Dorsainvil, Spring Valley (track)
Conor Gately, Yorktown (basketball/lacrosse)
Alex Kapp, Iona Prep (soccer/football)
Tina Karaqi, Westlake (basketball/softball)
Matt Landis, Pelham (hockey/lacrosse)
Seth Lamando, Ketcham (baseball)
Tim McCarthy, Iona Prep (baseball/basketball)
Samantha McGuire, John Jay-East Fishkill (soccer)
Chris Monteferante, Lakeland (soccer/lacrosse)
Tony Patrignelli (football/track)
Ian Palfrey, Bronxville (hockey/golf)
Brian Realbuto, Somers (wrestling)
Christa Scognamiglio, Pearl River (basketball)
Saxon Smith, Chester (football)
Austin Taps, Stepinac (football)
Sammy Jo Tracy, Fox Lane (lacrosse/volleyball)
Sky Williams, Tuckahoe (basketball)
Join us throughout the summer as "Memorable Mondays" brings you more top 5 lists:
July 2: Top five individual performances from 2011-12
July 9: Top five Cinderella stories from 2011-12
July 16: Top five exciting endings from 2011-12
July 23: Top five heartwarming moments from 2011-12
July 30: Top five favorite venues from 2011-12
Aug. 6: Top five coaches from 2011-12
Aug. 13: Top five most memorable games from 2011-12
Aug. 20: Top five teams from 2011-12
Aug. 27: Top five teams to watch in 2012-13
Find them all at www.msgvarsity.com/mondays.