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Spotlight: Triple Threat - Scholar, Athlete, All-County

By Tina Torre

New Hyde Park’s athletes are currently participating in the winter sports season. The excitement surrounding the beginning of a new season allows athletes to reflect on the fall and consider what they can do to improve, along with what they have achieved.

This year’s fall season consisted of many accomplishments for New Hyde Park’s athletic department, such as girls varsity volleyball, girls varsity soccer and varsity football all making their respective playoffs. In addition to these teams’ advancements, several athletes received Section VIII New York State Public High School Athletic Association (NYSPHSAA) awards. All-County awards were bestowed on commendable students who achieved an All-County status during their season, which recognized their athletic performance and character as a team player. NHP had eight athletes who received All-County awards, three All-County Honorable Mentions and eight other athletic awards.

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Senior James Marzano wins an All-County award for boys varsity volleyball.

New Hyde Park’s boys varsity volleyball team had All-County player, James Marzano, this fall season. Marzano is a senior and an outside hitter. Given his athletic abilities and willingness to help his teammates improve, he effectively took on his role as team captain. Marzano also participated in a volleyball game for All-County seniors, which served as an enjoyable ending to his last season playing for NHP.

“I sincerely enjoyed the opportunity to take on more of a leadership role and help my teammates become better players, all the while having them push me to play to my fullest potential. The senior game was lots of fun, and there was lots of amazing talent. I just know that I wouldn’t be getting this award without the overwhelming amount of faith that my teammates had in me,” said Marzano.

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Girls varsity volleyball athlete Nikki DiMartino poses after winning an All-County award.

NHP’s volleyball program had similar success for the female athletes, who ended their season as co-conference champions. In light of this title, Sarah Mathew, junior and libero, received an All-Conference award; Nicole DiMartino, junior and outside hitter, received an All-County award, an accomplishment she attributes to her team being there for her.

“It was such an accomplishing feeling to win All-County as a junior. I had such a great and supportive team that helped me reach this goal,” said DiMartino.

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Senior Nick DePompeis grins after winning an All-County award for boys varsity football.

Athletic titles were also awarded to varsity football players at NHP. Seniors Nick DePompeis, Eric Orbon and Steven Mirabile were distinguished as All-County players. Orbon and Mirabile also received Academic All-Conference. Lastly, All-County Honorable Mention was granted to Dom Fulgieri and All-Conference to Jake Rodgers.

Lineman Mirabile credits this achievement to his commitment and diligence since first attending NHP.

“From joining the Gladiator football family in 7th grade, this was a great accomplishment to wrap up my career. Accomplishments like this truly take hard work and dedication, especially for an extremely competitive sport,” said Mirabile.

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Varsity football senior Steven Mirabile stands tall after being distinguished as an All-County athlete.

The family-like connectedness of the NHP football program was further seen in the bond between Eric Orbon, wide receiver and linebacker, and Coach Comito.

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Senior Eric Orbon smiles after receiving an All-County award for varsity football.

“Being a recipient of All-County is an attempt to display how much my late coach, mentor and friend Chris Comito meant to me and this community. Everything Coach Comito, as well as the rest of the coaching staff from junior high to varsity level, taught me on and off the field sparked a never-ending fire to finish what they had always wanted for all NHP football players: to play every day like it was our last and leave it all on the field,” said senior Eric Orbon.

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Junior and Conference A1 Goalie of the Year Shane Antao poses after receiving an All-County award.

As well as NHP football players, varsity soccer and field hockey athletes were commended for their athletic abilities. Juniors Shawn Carlson, Maliea Saccheri and Gisu Park and seniors Juan Mejia and Emily Mirabile received the All-Conference award.

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Sophomore Sofia Bigeni wins an All-County award for girls varsity soccer.

All-County awards were bestowed on sophomore Sofia Bigeni, junior Shane Antao (Conference A1 Goalie of the Year) and senior Riley Griffin. Junior Emily Cohen and senior Meghan Korzevinski received All-County Honorable Mention. Finally, senior and field hockey athlete Miriya Lok was distinguished as All-League.

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Senior and girls varsity soccer athlete Riley Griffin is distinguished as an All-County athlete.

The significant number of athletes who received awards this fall season has spurred student recognition for New Hyde Park’s athletic department. As conveyed by their recipients, these awards symbolize more than their titles. These achievements highlight the unity of NHP teams and the sense of community its student body encounters.


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