The Westchester Chapter of the National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame announced its 2011 Scholar-Athlete Teams last week. Two of the area’s award-winning players, Stepinac’s Austin Taps and Bronxville’s Christian Conway, were among the exclusive group named this year’s Golden Dozen.
Stepinac and Rye Country Day were the only schools with two players named Golden Dozen. Section 1 champions Croton-Harmon and Dobbs Ferry each had a player selected as well.
The Golden Dozen are among the 38 scholar-athletes who will be celebrated when the NFF’s Westchester Chapter hosts its 39th annual awards banquet on Thursday, Jan. 26 at Westchester Country Club in Rye.
According to chapter president Steven Joyce, the scholar-athletes averaged a 93 grade-point average and a combined SAT score of 1,350.
Each year at the dinner, the organization awards five scholarships to some of the top scholar-athletes. That includes the Christopher Mello Award. The Mello Award is named for a former Rye High School student and 1993 Golden Dozen recipient who was killed in the 9/11 attacks on the World Trade Center. Overall, the Westchester Chapter has awarded over $400,00 in scholarships to over 100 scholar-athletes.
Last’s year’s Mello Award went to Bronxville’s Stephen Shoemaker.
Here’s a look at the complete list of the honorees at this year’s dinner:
GOLDEN DOZEN –
Christian Conway, Bronxville
Patrick Donahoe, Mahopac
Caleb Gilligan-Evans, Stepinac
Joe Hanley, Somers
Andrew Miller, Rye Country Day
Chibueze Nwakeze, Rye Country Day
Brett Poniros, Mamaroneck
Kyle Ricciardi, Croton-Harmon
Dan Stein, Ardsley
Austin Taps, Stepinac
A.J. Wolf, Hackley
John Yozzo-Scaperrotta, Dobbs Ferry
Honorable mention – Jeff Avery, White Plains; Alex Bennett, Irvington; Matt Berni, Iona Prep; John Brennan, Croton-Harmon; Danny Caiola, John Jay; Eric Cooley, Yorktown; Travis Coleman, White Plains; Justin Combs, Iona Prep; Brian Connolly, Ossining; Jackson Conway, Bronxville; John Conway, Pleasantville; Ray Dann, Brewster; Matt DeGraw, Rye; Chris Groton, Somers; Joe Gambino, Mahopac; Will Johnson, Hackley; Mike Kaplan, Lakeland; Tim Leone, Scarsdale; Jesse Mainiero, Croton-Harmon; Sebastian Montenegro, Ossining; Brendan O’Connor, Briarcliff; Colin Orr, Briarcliff; Ryan Sanders, John Jay; Danny Schulman, Pleasantville; Sam Stern, Rye Country Day, Adam Tavolilla, Brewster.