Hall of Fame NFL Coach Vince Lombardi once said, “The only place success comes before work is in the dictionary.”
Pearl River Superintendent of Schools Dr. John Morgano quoted Lombardi while honoring top coaches and athletes at Pearl River High School at Tuesday's school board meeting, using it to make the point out the work it took for them to have success.
"There are very few people born athletes," Morgano said. "That's something 99 percent of the population has to work hard to be. You worked really hard and you have achieved something very few people have achieved. "
The administration and school board honored the section champion girls basketball team as well as members of the girls cross country, boys and girls winter track and ice hockey teams. They also recognized Lorraine Moylan (girls basketball), Mike Kiernan (boys cross country), Damon O'Keefe (boys soccer) and Dan Doherty (girls cross country) for being named the top coaches in Rockland County in their respective sports by the Journal News.
The following athletes were acknowledged during Tuesday's meeting:
Girls Basketball (Section champions and state semifinalist)
- Samantha Alicandri
- Christy Carty
- Allison Cook
- Amanda DeCourcey
- Emma Daly
- Meaghan DiGiovanni
- Jessica Dolan
- Nicole Grossbard
- Jessica Neugebauer
- Christa Scognamiglio
- Marissa Scognamiglio
- Kerry Sullivan
- Maura Sullivan
Boys Winter Track and Field
- Tom Bonaro (3rd in state in 600 meters)
- Kieran Brennan (All American)
Girls Cross Country
- Ceili McMorrow (20th in states)
- Kelly Hayes (8th in states)
Girls Winter Track and Field
- Meghan Keetley (All American)
- Lowell Hunt (Recipient of Russ Simons Sportsmanship Award)
Most of those athletes will be recognized again at Pearl River High School's 14th Annual Senior Varsity Sports Awards Dinner, which begins 6:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Pearl River Elks Club in Nanuet.
Editor's Note: Check back with Pearl River Patch later today for more on Tuesday's school board meeting.The agenda from Tuesday's meeting is attached to this report.