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IONA PREP BASEBALL

2018 MEDIA GUIDE PAGE 1


OUR MISSION Iona Preparatory School is a Catholic community inspired by the charism of Blessed Edmund Rice as expressed in the Essential Elements of a Christian Brothers Education. We develop young men into moral and ethical leaders who are dedicated to Christian service and who strive for spiritual, intellectual and physical excellence.

DIRECTORY OF ATHLETICS Director of Athletics ....................... Bernard Mahoney Assistant Athletic Director ............ Ryan Mahoney Athletic Trainer ............................... Caraline Gargiulo Strength & Conditioning ................ Vincent Sullivan, CSCS Equipment Manager........................ Brian Brown Football ....................... Joseph Spagnolo ‘98 Baseball ...................... Ryan Mahoney Basketball ................... Steve Alvarado Lacrosse ..................... Rick Trizano Hockey ........................ Karl Boswick Wrestling .................... Thomas Straehle Soccer ......................... Mario Aceto Track ........................... Jan Mitchell Golf .............................. Kevin M. O’Meara Tennis ......................... Kevin O’Rourke ‘01 Swimming ................... Brendan Hellar Volleyball .................... James Fitzpatrick Crew ............................ Vinny Houston Bowling ....................... Steve Rapillo

President BROTHER THOMAS R. LETO, CFC Upper School Principal KIERAN DALY Chief Financial Officer BARBARA O’MEARA Chief Advancement Officer MARK E. HOGAN ‘87, ‘91 Director of Admissions for the Upper School BARBARA ROBERTSON Director of Campus Ministry ANTHONY CASELLA ‘97 Director of Institutional Technology KEVIN O’MEARA Director of Communications & Marketing MR. ALEXANDER MALECKI Director of School Counseling TERENCE J. HOULIHAN, MS ED, CRS Director of Mission Integration KEVIN V. KELTON, PH.D. Director of Alumni and Special Events AMY PARISE Director of Facilities CHAD SOMERVILLE Dean of Academics SUSAN NATALE Dean of of Student Life RYAN MAHONEY


BASEBALL IONA PREP educates young men to be moral, ethical leaders, developing the whole person in the heritage of Blessed Edmund Rice and the American Catholic tradition to be lifelong learners, responsible to their commitment of service to others, confident in their self-worth, while being supported by a challenging and innovative college-preparatory curriculum in relationship with a dedicated and caring faculty and community.


IONA PREP Dedicated to transforming young men into moral and ethical leaders for today’s world, Iona Preparatory offers a distinctive college preparatory experience. Our first strength is our heritage. Established as a Catholic school in 1916 by the Christian Brothers, Iona firmly bases its educational edifice on Catholic values. The Brothers chose football to be our school’s first interscolastic sport. Upon this foundation, Iona provides an innovative, rigorous, relevant, academic education - grounded in the Essential Elements of an Edmund Rice Christian Brothers Education. At Iona Prep, we nurture the spirit, the mind, and the body in a community that values both active faith and principled acction. The Iona experience prepares graduates for successful college experiences and lives of meaning and purpose. Iona Prep has a strong college placement record. One hundred percent Iona Prep graduates are attending four year colleges and universities. Well prepared for the challenges of higher education, Iona Prep alumni are found at some of the nation’s top schools; as close as New Rochelle, as far away as Stanford in California, and University of Bocconi in Milan, Italy. Each year, Iona’s young men are honored with national merit distinction, AP Scholar recognition, National Honor Society enrollment, and Con-Edison Scholar-Athlete awards. Total scholarships awarded for the Classes of 2015 - 2016 exceeded $ 39,000,000; 73 percent of the 2016 Class earned merit-based scholarships averaging just under $50,000 per award. At Iona Prep, we offer 15 Advanced Placement (AP) college courses in addition to our rigorous base curriculum. At Iona, we believe that health and physical fitness are an important part of leading an active, productive, fulfilling life. In addition to the health and physical education requirements of our curriculum, students have many opportunities for competitive and recreational sports through our interscholastic and intramural athletic offerings. Students at Iona find that it is possible to excel in academics while also being committed to athletics. Iona offers more than 16 interscholastic sports at freshman, junior varsity and varsity level. Our 27-acre campus feathures a number of athletic fields and facilities, including two gyms, athletic turf field, full fitness center, tennis courts, track & field facilities, baseball and lacrosse complexes, full time athletic trainer and training room.

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ATHLETICS FACILITIES In 1967, Iona Prep moved to its present 27 acre campus location on Wilmot Road in New Rochelle, NY. Today, Iona Prep has one of the most beautiful campus’ in the metropolitan area featuring amazing athletic venues. • • • • • • • • • • • • • • •

One Game Field with Dugouts and Scoreboard One Regulation Size Practice Infield Six Outdoor Practice Pitching Mounds Two Outdoor Batting Cages One Indoor Electric Suspension Batting Cage Two Gyms for Indoor workouts Two Indoor Pitching mounds Eight Protective Pitcher/ Fielder screens Newly renovated locker rooms Newly renovated Laundry Room and equipment room for the care and storage of equipment and uniforms Newly renovated fitness center and weight room Full-time Athletic Director /Assistant Athletic Director Full-time fitness and conditioning program Full-time athletic trainer Full-time equipment manager: Athletes receive washed game and practice gear. Program Catholic High School City Championships 2003, 2012, 2016 (Varsity and Junior Varsity) 2017 City Championship Runner -up 2017 Junior Varsity Semi- finalists Archdiocesan Championship 1995, 1999, 2002, 2003 Division Championship 1995, 1997, 1999, 2001, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2010, 2011,2016

3 Baseball Teams- Varsity, Junior Varsity A and Junior Varsity B All Teams Play a 24 Game Spring Schedule Varsity Plays an 18 Game Fall Schedule All Teams Participate in The Catholic High School Athletic Association (CHSAA) Annual Spring Trip to Florida For The Varsity Team

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VARSITY COACHING STAFF

RYAN MAHONEY

Coach Mahoney attended Carmel High School where he played football and baseball. He was an 8th round draft pick to the Arizona Diamondbacks in the 2002 MLB Draft. He decided to attend the University of South Carolina where he played collegiate baseball and participated in the College World Series in Omaha, Nebraska. He transferred to St. John’s University to finish his college baseball career. During his college career, Coach Mahoney played in 3 NCAA regionals and was a member of the 2004 SEC tournament championship team. Coach Mahoney is currently the Dean of Student Life & Assistant Athletic Director.

HEAD COACH

Coach Piccolino is the pitching coach on the Varsity and the pitching coordinator for the baseball program. Coach Piccolino led the JV to a City Championship in 2014 and moved up to the varsity staff in 2015. He will work primarily with the pitching Staff and also help with team defense. Coach Piccolino is a Mount Saint Michael graduate and attended St. John’s University and Fairleigh Dickenson University, where he played baseball at both ANTHONY PICCOLINO PITCHING COACH

schools. He was also the pitching coach at FDU and Concordia College. Eric graduated from Iona Prep and went on to have a 4 year career at Marist College. Eric was First-Team All MAAC and was on the MAAC All-Academic Team while at Marist. Eric earned his Master’s Degree in School Psychology and is a guidance counselor at Sacred Heart in Yonkers, NY. Eric works with

ERIC HELMRICH ‘08 HITTING COACH

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infielders and outfielders, and is the hitting coach for the entire program.


JUNIOR VARSITY A COACHING STAFF

VIN DEMARIA SR. ‘83

VINNY DEMARIA JR. ‘12

CHRIS DELGROSSO ‘05

HEAD COACH

ASSISTANT COACH

ASSISTANT COACH

COACH DEMARIA JOINED THE IONA PREP BASEBALL COACHING STAFF AFTER LEADING THE WOODLANDS HS PROGRAM FOR 17 YEARS. HE HAS ALSO COACHED AT THE COLLEGIATE LEVEL AS AN ASSISTANT COACH AT CONCORDIA COLLEGE. COACH DEMARIA IS A CO-OWNER AND COACH OF THE DIAMOND BUDDIES HAWK ORGANIZATION DURING HIS PLAYING DAYS, COACH DEMARIA BEGAN HIS COLLEGE BASEBALL CAREER AT RANGER CC AND TRANSFERRED TO LONG ISLAND-BROOKLYN WHERE HE EARNED ALL-ECAC HONORS AND WAS ON THE ACADEMIC DEANS LIST.

AFTER A STANDOUT CAREER AS A FOUR YEAR STARTER AT SS FOR IONA COLLEGE, COACH VIN DEMARIA COACHED ONE YEAR AS AN ASSISTANT COACH AT IONA COLLEGE. HE JOINS THE IONA PREP COACHING STAFF AS OUR LEAD INFIELD COACH AND WE LOOK FORWARD TO HAVING COACH DEMARIA WORK WITH THE ENTIRE PROGRAMS INFIELDERS. COACH DEMARIA WAS A THREE-YEAR LETTER-WINNER AT IONA PREP AND A MEMBER OF THE 2012 CHSAA CITY CHAMPIONSHIP TEAM.HE WAS NAMED 2012 ALL-LEAGUE, ALLDIVISION, ALL-COUNTY, AND ALL-NYC MEMBER. HE ALSO PARTICIPATED IN THE NYC MAYORS CUP ALL-STAR GAME.

COACH DELGROSSO WAS BORN AND RAISED IN NEW ROCHELLE NY. THIS IS HIS FIRST SEASON COACHING AT THE PREP. CHRIS GRADUATED FROM IONA PREP IN 2005 AND PLAYED BASEBALL ALL FOUR YEARS IN OUR PROGRAM. CHRIS WENT ON TO PLAY BASEBALL AT MANHATTANVILLE COLLEGE. COACH DELGROSSO GRADUATED MANHATTANVILLE COLLEGE IN 2009 WITH A BACHELORS IN POLITICAL SCIENCE.

JUNIOR VARSITY B COACHING STAFF

PETER LADIS ‘10

BOB CAPUTO ‘65

GEORGE WILLIAMS ‘08

HEAD COACH

ASSISTANT COACH

ASSISTANT COACH

PETE GRADUATE FROM IONA IN 2010 AND WENT ON TO PITCH COLLEGIATELY AT IONA COLLEGE. PETE WAS A STANDOUT AT THE PREP WHERE EXCELLED ON THE MOUND AND AT THE PLATE. PETE WAS A MEMBER OF THE MAAC ALL ACADEMIC TWICE AT IONA COLLEGE. PETE JOINS THE JV STAFF AND WILL HELP OVERSEE THE DEVELOPMENT OF NOT ONLY OUR PITCHERS BUT OUR HITTERS AS WELL.

ALUMNUS COACH CAPUTO WAS THE CAPTAIN OF THE 1965 VARSITY BASEBALL GAELS. HE WENT ON TO CAPTAIN THE FORDHAM UNIVERSITY RAMS IN 1969. COACH CAPUTO HAS COACHED AT BOTH OF HIS ALMA MATERS - FORDHAM UNIVERSITY FROM 2002-2005 AND IONA PREP FROM 1994-2001 AND 2005-PRESENT. HE IS A CHSAA HALL OF FAMER AND WAS AWARDED THE PRESTIGIOUS ALUMNI AWARD FROM IONA PREP.

WHILE AT IONA GEORGE PRIMARILY CAUGHT AND PLAYED FIRST BASE. HE WENT ON TO PLAY AT EASTERN NAZARENE COLLEGE AS A 4 YEAR STARTER BECOMING ONE OF THE TEAM’S LEADERS BY HIS JUNIOR AND SENIOR SEASON. IN 2012 GEORGE WAS INDUCTED INTO THE NCAA CHI ALPHA SIGMA STUDENT ATHLETE HONOR SOCIETY. GEORGE GRADUATED WITH A DEGREE IN BUSINESS MANAGEMENT AND CURRENTLY WORKS FOR A.G. WILLIAMS CO, INC. AS DIRECTOR OF BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT AND ADMINISTRATION.

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PLAYER PROFILE DEREK ROBERTSON

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RYAN DIAZ

NEW ROCHELLE, NY

YONKERS , NY FAVORITE SONG: THE CLIMB BY MILEY CYRUS FAVORITE ATHLETE: TOM BRADY HOBBIES: HANGING OUT WITH FRIENDS, WORKING OUT IP ACTIVITIES: FOOTBALL, BASEBALL, MATH TEAM SUMMER TEAM: N/A FAVORITE IP BASEBALL MEMORY: FRESHMAN YEAR WHEN WE BEAT STEPINAC

“THE TRUE COMPETITORS, THOUGH, ARE THE ONES WHO ALWAYS PLAY TO WIN.” - TB12

FAVORITE SONG: GOD’S PLAN BY DRAKE FAVORITE ATHLETE: DEREK JETER HOBBIES: HOLY FAMILY BASKETBALL, CATECHIST AIDE, GOLF, TENNIS IP ACTIVITIES: BASKETBALL, ,TRACK, BASEBALL, LEADERSHIP, PEER COUNSELING,BUSINESS LEADERS CLUB SUMMER TEAM: TRI STATE ARSENAL PRIME FAVORITE IP BASEBALL MEMORY: WHEN MY TEAMMATE NICO ASKED MY COACH, “HEY COAH I DON’T KNOW IF YOU REALIZE BUT THE BUS IS STILL RINGING.”

“ YOU ALREADY KNOW WHAT TIME IT IS...MOCHATIME”

CHRIS DIFIORE

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MOUNT KISCO, NY

FAVORITE SONG: CALVIN CAMBRIDGE FAVORITE ATHLETE: LEBRON JAMES HOBBIES: FOOTBALL, BASKETBALL, FISHING AND XBOX IP ACTIVITIES: MATH TEAM, FOOTBALL, BASKETBALL,,BASEBALL SUMMER TEAM: TACONIC RANGERS FAVORITE IP BASEBALL MEMORY: WINNING THE JV CITY CHAMPIONSHIP

“HE WHO SAYS HE CAN, AND HE WHO SAYS HE CANNOT, ARE BOTH USUALLY RIGHT”

ZAES ZABALA

4 BRONX, NY

FAVORITE SONG: GLORY FAVORITE ATHLETE: FRANCISCO LINDOR, COREY SEAGER HOBBIES: BASEBALL, MUSIC, BASKETBALL, TIME WITH FAMILY IP ACTIVITIES: CAMPS, BASEBALL, TUDORING SUMMER TEAM: WESTCHESTER COBRAS FAVORITE IP BASEBALL MEMORY: PLAYOFF AGAINST STEPINAC AND ST. RAYMONDS

“THERE MAY BE PEOPLE WHO HAVE MORE TALENT THAN YOU, BUT THERE’S NO EXCUSES FOR ANYONE TO WORK HARDER THAN YOU DO” - DEREK JETER

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KEVIN BOMBA

5 PUTNAM VALLEY, NY

FAVORITE SONG: MR. BRIGHTSIDE BY THE KILLERS FAVORITE ATHLETE: MIKE PIAZZA HOBBIES: WATCHING TV, OLYMPIC CURLING,DRAWING IP ACTIVITIES: BASEBALL, PEER MINISTRY,CAMPUS MINISTRY,INDOOR TRACK SUMMER TEAM: CADETS BASEBALL ACADEMY FAVORITE IP BASEBALL MEMORY: WINNING THE JV CITY CHAMPIONSHIP

“WHETHER YOU HAVE A GREAT GAME OR A TERRIBLE GAME, TOMORROW IS ANOTHER DAY AND YOU’VE GOT TO COME OUT HERE AND COMPETE” - DAVID WRIGHT


PETER HOFFMAN

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AIDAN FERDINANDSEN

OSSINING, NY

WEST HARRISON, NY FAVORITE SONG: CLOSER BY MIKE STUD FAVORITE ATHLETE: GRAYSON ALLEN HOBBIES: PODCASTING,BASKETBALL, BRACKETOLOGY,MAGNETS IP ACTIVITIES: CLASS TREASURER, PEER MINISTRY, MATH TEAM, NHS, BASEBALL, PEER COUNSELING, KAIROS LEADER SUMMER TEAM: TEAM CITIUS FAVORITE IP BASEBALL MEMORY: PITCHING AND WINNING THE JV CITY CHAMPIONSHIP

“THE GREATEST PLEASURE IN LIFE IS DOING WHAT PEOPLE SAY YOU CANNOT DO” - WALTER BAGEHOT

FAVORITE SONG: STIR FRY BY MIGOS FAVORITE ATHLETE: KYLE KORVER HOBBIES: BASKETBALL, HIKING IP ACTIVITIES: SKI CLUB, WELLNESS CLUB,BASEBALL SUMMER TEAM: HARDBALL FAVORITE IP BASEBALL MEMORY: WINNING THE JV CITY CHAMPIONSHIP

“IT AIN’T OVER TILL IT’S OVER”-YOGI BERRA

ANTHONY DEFABBIA

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BRONXVILLE, NY

FAVORITE SONG: ANYTHING GOES BY FLORIDA GEORGI LINE FAVORITE ATHLETE: RONALD TORREYES HOBBIES: BASKETBALL IP ACTIVITIES: BASEBALL SUMMER TEAM: TEAM CRUSH FAVORITE IP BASEBALL MEMORY: TBD

“WHEN PEOPLE DOUBT ME, I USE IT AS MOTIVATION TO WORK HARDER AND PROVE THEM WRONG” - DEREK JETER

BEN ARDOLINO

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JOHN NOWAK

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PORT CHESTER, NY

MOUNT VERNON, NY

FAVORITE SONG: TOO YOUNG BY POST MALONE FAVORITE ATHLETE: MICHAEL JORDAN HOBBIES: FANTASY SPORTS, PAINT BALL, PIANO IP ACTIVITIES: NHS,BASEBALL SUMMER TEAM: DIAMOND BUDDIES FAVORITE IP BASEBALL MEMORY: WINNING THE CITY CHAMPIONSHIP JV YEAR

FAVORITE SONG: YOU’RE BEAUTIFUL BY JAMES BLUNT FAVORITE ATHLETE: CHRISTIAN VAZQUEZ HOBBIES: FISHING,HOCKEY, WORKING OUT IP ACTIVITIES: HOCKEY, MATH TEAM, PEER COUNSELING SUMMER TEAM: THE CLUBHOUSE FAVORITE IP BASEBALL MEMORY: MY FIRST GAME AGAINST ST. JOE’S BY THE SEA

“FAILURE IS A PART OF LIFE,THAT’S A PART OF BUILDING CHARACTER” ’- NICK FOLES

“IF YOU HAVE A DREAM, YOU’VE GOT TO PROTECT IT” CHRIS GARDNER

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MATT PANKER

JOE COLAIO-COPPOLA

HARRISON, NY

HAWTHORNE, NY

FAVORITE SONG: THUNDERSTRUCK BY AC/DC FAVORITE ATHLETE: DEREK JETER HOBBIES: FOOTBALL, BASEBALL, WORKING OUT FAVORITE IP ACTIVITIES: FOOTBALL, BASEBALL SUMMER TEAM: TEAM CITIUS FAVORITE IP BASEBALL MEMORY: SPRING TRAINING TRIPS TO FLORIDA

FAVORITE SONG: GOODBYE MY LOVER BY JAMES BLUNT FAVORITE ATHLETE: DANSBY SWANSON HOBBIES: FOOTBALL, HANGING OUT WITH FRIENDS IP ACTIVITIES: FOOTBALL, BASEBALL, MATH TEAM, LEADERSHIP COMMITTEE, PEER MINISTRY SUMMER TEAM: THE CLUBHOUSE FAVORITE IP BASEBALL MEMORY: JV CHAMPIONSHIP AS A FRESHMAN

YOU CAN OBSERVE A LOT BY JUST WATCHING” - YOGI BERRA

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“LIFE IS GOOD”

JASON NASCIMENTO

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NEW ROCHELLE, NY

FAVORITE SONG: 7 AM BY LIL UZI VERT FAVORITE ATHLETE: ROBINSON CANO HOBBIES: PLAYING BASKETBALL WITH FRIENDS IP ACTIVITIES: FOOTBALL, BASKETBALL, BASEBALL, BUSINESS CLUB SUMMER TEAM: TEAM CITIUS FAVORITE IP BASEBALL MEMORY: BEATING STEPINAC IN THE JV CHAMPIONSHIP

“ NEVER GIVE UP! FAILURE AND REJECTION ARE ONLY THE FIRST STEPS TO SUCCEEDING.” - JIM VALVANO

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PORT CHESTER, NY FAVORITE SONG: MOTOR SPORT FAVORITE ATHLETE: BRYCE HARPER HOBBIES: BASEBALL IP ACTIVITIES: BASEBALL SUMMER TEAM: TEAM CRUSH FAVORITE IP BASEBALL MEMORY: SAVE AGAINST ARCHBISHOP MOLLOY IN A 2-1 AS RELIEF PITCHER

“I WAS BORN TO PLAY BASEBALL”- ROBERTO CLEMENTE

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SAM BELLO

15 WEST NYACK, NY FAVORITE SONG: MY TIME FAVORITE ATHLETE: ALEX RODRIGUEZ HOBBIES: PLAYING GOLF, GOING TO THE GYM IP ACTIVITIES: FOOTBALL, BASEBALL SUMMER TEAM: THE CLUBHOUSE FAVORITE IP BASEBALL MEMORY: PLAYING MCCLANCY IN FRONT OF MLB SCOUTS AND WINNING THE JV CHAMPIONSHIP

“DON’T EVER LET SOMEBODY TELL YOU THAT YOU CAN’T DO SOMETHING, IF YOU WANT SOMETHING , GO GET IT. PERIOD”


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LOUIS BERARDI

MIKE HANGAN

THROGS NECK, NY

NEW ROCHELLE, NY FAVORITE SONG: DREAMS AND NIGHTMARES BY MEEK MILL FAVORITE ATHLETE: JACKIE MOON HOBBIES:PLAYING BASKETBALL, TENNIS AND FORTNITE IP ACTIVITIES: PEER MINISTRY, WRESTLING, BASEBALL SUMMER TEAM: NEW ROCHELLE BRAVES FAVORITE IP BASSEBALL MEMORY: WINNING THE JV CHAMPIONSHIP

“IF YOU AIN’T FIRST, YOU’RE LAST” - RICKY BOBBY

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FAVORITE SONG: SO SICK BY NE-YO FAVORITE ATHLETE: BUSTER POSEY HOBBIES: HANGING WITH FRIENDS, SNOWBOARDING IP ACTIVITIES: BASEBALL,JUNIOR PROM COMMITTEE FAVORITE IP BASEBALL MEMORY: SUMMER TEAM: TEAM CITIUS FAVORITE IP BASEBALL MEMORY: BEATING STEPINAC IN THE JV PLAYOFFS

“EVERYDAY IS BETTER THAN THE PREVIOUS ONE.”

SAL PUGNI

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VALHALLA, NY

FAVORITE SONG: WAGON WHEEL FAVORITE ATHLETE: JUSTIN VERLANDER HOBBIES: JET-SKIING, QUADDING, PING PONG IP ACTIVITIES: VARSITY SOCCER, MATH TEAM, BASEBALL, BUSINESS CLUB SUMMER TEAM: GAME ON 13 FURY FAVORITE IP BASEBALL MEMORY: PITCHING A SHUTOUT IN A 10-0 VICTORY OVER FORDHAM

“THE TRUTH IS, EVERYONE IS GOING TO HURT YOU. YOU JUST GOT TO FIND THE ONES WORTH SUFFERING FOR” - BOB MARLEY

MIKE DIDONATO

19 WEST HARRISON, NY

FAVORITE SONG: GOD’S PLAN BY DRAKE FAVORITE ATHLETE: AARON JUDGE HOBBIES: PLAYING SPORTS IP ACTIVITIES: BASEBALL SUMMER TEAM: WESTCHESTER BASEBALL ACADEMY FAVORITE IP BASEBALL MEMORY: PLAYING IN A CLOSE SEMIFINAL GAME TO END A VERY GOOD SEASON

“THERE MAY BE PEOPLE THAT HAVE MORE TALENT THAN YOU, BUT THERE IS NO EXCUSE FOR ANYONE TO WORK HARDER THAN YOU” - DEREK JETER

JACK KEENAN

21 WHITE PLAINS, NY

FAVORITE SONG: WHO’S STOPPING ME BY BIG SEAN FAVORITE ATHLETE: CLAYTON KERSHAW HOBBIES: BASKETBALL IP ACTIVITIES: BASEBALL, NHS, MATH TEAM SUMMER TEAM: EAST COAST COBRAS FAVORITE IP BASEBALL MEMORY: BEATING STEPINAC IN THE PLAYOFFS JV YEAR

“THERE MAY BE PEOPLE THAT HAVE MORE TALENT THAN YOU, BUT THERE IS NO EXCUSE FOR ANYONE TO WORK HARDER THAN YOU” - DEREK JETER

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MATT SASSANO

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CHRISTIAN DRAKE

PLEASANTVILLE, NY

HAWTHORNE, NY FAVORITE SONG: GOD’S PLAN BY DRAKE FAVORITE ATHLETE: CLAYTON KERSHAW HOBBIES: BASEBALL, FORT NITE IP ACTIVITIES: PEERCOUNSELING, MATH TEAM, BASEBALL SUMMER TEAM: FURY 18U FAVORITE IP BASEBALL MEMORY: BEATING STEPINAC ON A WALK- OFF

“ IF YOU AIN’T FIRST, YOU’RE LAST.” - RICKY BOBBY

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FAVORITE SONG: HEADLINES BY DRAKE FAVORITE ATHLETE: KRIS BRYANT HOBBIES: GOING TO THE GYM, HANGING OUT WITH FRIENDS IP ACTIVITIES: MATH TEAM, BUSINESS LEADER CLUB SUMMER TEAM: GAME ON 13 FAVORITE IP BASEBALL MEMORY: HITTING 2 HOMERUNS AGAINST FORDHAM

“NOTHING LASTS FOREVER”

BRIAN ALBERTS

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BRONX (RIVERDALE), NY

FAVORITE SONG: ROCKSTAR BY POST MALONE FAVORITE ATHLETE: BERNIE WILLIAMS HOBBIES: FORTNITE, 2K18, LIFEGUARDING IP ACTIVITIES: LEADERSHIP,SPANISH CLUB,BASKETBALL, BASEBALL, PEER MINISTRY SUMMER TEAM: DB HAWKS FAVORITE IP BASEBALL MEMORY: BEING INTERVIEWED FOR NEWS 12/JV CITY CHAMPIONSHIP

“THERE ARE 108 BEADS IN A CATHOLIC ROSARY AND THERE ARE 108 STITCHES IN A BASEBALL, WHEN I LEARNED THAT I GAVE JESUS A CHANCE” - ANNIE SAVOY (BULL DURHAM)

JOE DIDONATO

25 WEST HARRISON, NY

FAVORITE SONG: BUTTERFLY EFFECT FAVORITE ATHLETE: NOAH SYNDERGAARD HOBBIES: BASKETBALL IP ACTIVITIES: NHS, ITALIAN CLUB, MATH TEAM, BASEBALL SUMMER TEAM: WESTCHESTER BASEBALL ACADEMY FAVORITE IP BASEBALL MEMORY: BEATING STEPINAC IN PLAYOFF GAME

“IF YOU ARE AFRAID TO FAIL, THEN YOU’RE PROBABLY GOING TO FAIL” - KOBE BRYANT

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DAN MOYNIHAN

27 BRONX (RIVERDALE), NY

FAVORITE SONG: GALWAY GIRL BY SHARON SHANNON AND MUNDY FAVORITE ATHLETE: DEREK JETER HOBBIES: WORKING OUT, HANGING OUT WITH FRIENDS IP ACTIVITIES: BASEBALL, LEADERSHIP SUMMER TEAM: HOUSE OF SPORTS FAVORITE IP BASEBALL MEMORY: WINNING THE JV CITY CHAMPIONSHIP

“SOMETIMES YOU WIN, SOMETIMES YOU LOSE, SOMETIMES IT RAINS” - CRASH DAVIS (BULL DURHAM)


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2018 VARSITY

PHOTO CREDIT: PETER HARKINS

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VARSITY ROSTER #...........PLAYER.................................... YEAR.................................... POSITION 1.............DEREK ROBERTSON.......................JUNIOR........................................ RHP, OF 2.............RYAN DIAZ........................................SENIOR........................................ SS, 2B 3.............CHRIS DIFIORE ................................JUNIOR........................................ LHP, OF 4.............ZAES ZABALA .................................JUNIOR........................................ IF, RHP 5.............KEVIN BOMBA..................................SENIOR........................................ OF, RHP 6.............PETER HOFFMAN ...........................SENIOR........................................ RHP, 3B 7.............AIDAN FERDINANDSEN..................SENIOR........................................ RHP 8.............ANTHONY DEFABBIA .....................SOPHOMORE.............................. LHP, OF 9.............BEN ARDOLINO ...............................SENIOR........................................ MIF, RHP 10...........JOHN NOWAK ..................................JUNIOR........................................ C 11...........MATT PANKER .................................JUNIOR........................................ 2B, SS 12...........JOE COLAIO-COPPOLA .................SENIOR........................................ OF 13...........JASON NASCIMENTO .....................SENIOR........................................ LHP, 1B 14...........STEVEN COCHRANE ......................JUNIOR........................................ RHP 15...........SAM BELLO .....................................JUNIOR........................................ RHP, 1B 16...........LOUIS BERARDI ..............................SENIOR........................................ C 17...........MIKE HANGAN..................................JUNIOR........................................ C 18...........SAL PUGNI .......................................JUNIOR........................................ RHP, 2B 19...........MIKE DIDONATO...............................JUNIOR........................................ 3B 21...........JACK KEENAN ................................JUNIOR........................................ LHP 22...........MATT SASSANO...............................JUNIOR........................................ RHP 23...........CHRISTIAN DRAKE..........................JUNIOR........................................ RHP, 3B 24...........BRIAN ALBERTS .............................SENIOR........................................ C, OF 25...........JOE DIDONATO ...............................JUNIOR........................................ OF 27...........DAN MOYNIHAN...............................SENIOR........................................ 1B, DH

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2018 JV A / JV B

2018 JV A ROSTER JOHN MICHAEL ARMINO HARRISON BRIDGES NICK BUGALLO CHRISTOPHER CARFORA JUSTIN DELORENZO JUSTIN DIUBALDO PETER FAMA MATT GAGAN JASON GARCIA

DAMIN GONZALEZ NICHOLAS GRINDLEY MATT HOFFMAN ZACH INDELLICATE BRANDON LAMAZZA ROBERT MIRRIONE RYAN NASCIMENTO TJ PALMA EAMONN REDMOND

CHRISTOPHER SOTO NEIL SQUILLANTE JADEN TORRADO NATE WACH WILL WOODBURY MANAGER: MATT MANUELE

2018 JV B ROSTER LUKE BARRANGER KIKO LOUIS CHARLES CHRISTIAN DIAZ TREVOR DUTRA MATTHEW FLAIM PETER GILLESPIE JUSTIN GRAHAM RYAN HUNTER

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DANIEL MCKENNA CARLOS MEDINA FRANK MONDRONE FRANK MOREA MATTHEW MOYNIHAN JUSTIN PESCO THOMAS PROVENZANO MERRIT SCOTT

WILL STONE DANNY TAYLOR ANTHONY TAGLIAMONTE MANAGER: COLIN MCSPEDON


VARSITY FALL

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VARSITY SPRING TRAINING

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ALUMNI NAME...................................................................................................................COLLEGE/UNIVERSITY ROBERT CAPUTO ..............UNIV. OF ALABAMA BIRMINGHAM -10TH ROUND MONTREAL EXPOS PETER SPOSATO ‘75............................................................................................... UNIV. OF VIRGINIA JOSEPH MERCURIO ‘77............................................................................................... IONA COLLEGE VINCENT DEMARIA ‘83............................................................................. LONG ISLAND UNIVERSITY KEVIN STEWART ‘84....................................................................................... BUCKNELL UNIVERSITY OWEN MORGAN ‘84........................................................................................... AIR FORCE ACADEMY ANTHONY DIFIORE ‘89............................................................................. BINGHAMTON UNIVERSITY SCOTT CADE ‘90..........................................................................................................JOHNS HOPKINS BRIAN CUMMINGS ‘93................. UNIVERSITY OF MARYLAND-18TH ROUND- MONTREAL EXPOS EDDIE FABIANI ‘94.................................................................................................................PACE UNIV. MARK MOCCIA ‘95....................................CONCORDIA COLLEGE- 39TH ROUND DETROIT TIGERS BRIAN MACOM ‘95...............................................................................................................CONCORDIA JOE GIALANELLA ‘95 ................................................................................................... IONA COLLEGE MICHAEL OLIVA ‘96 ........................................................................................UNIVERSITY AT ALBANY JOE CAMPISE ‘97............................................................................. FLORIDA ATLANTIC UNIVERSITY MATT WELTON ‘97............................................................................. ST. BONAVENTURE UNIVERSITY LOU GIGANTE ‘98........................................................................................... UNIV. OF NEW ORLEANS GREG KEATING ‘98........................................................................................................ IONA COLLEGE JEFF BRODERICK ‘98................................................................................................... IONA COLLEGE DANNY MACOM ‘98.................................................................................................. PACE UNIVERSITY BRIAN SLOCUM ‘99....... VILLANOVA UNIVERSITY- 2ND ROUND DRAFT PICK- CLEVELAND INDIANS RAYMOND DOWNS ‘99................................................................................... ST. JOHN’S UNIVERSITY RYAN SULLIVAN ‘99....................................................................................................... IONA COLLEGE JOE MANDILE ‘99................................................................................... SACRED HEART UNIVERSITY BOBBY CROSBY ‘99........................................................................................ CONCORDIA COLLEGE GREG SANACERO ‘00........................................................................................... MILITARY ACADEMY MATT CUCURULLO ‘00.....................................................................................MANHATTAN COLLEGE MIKE CICCITELLI ‘00.......................................................................................VILLANOVA UNIVERSITY DAN POTAKI .................................................................................................................. IONA COLLEGE TIMMY LANCE......................................................................................................SACRED HEART UNIV. KENNY CINTRON............................................................................................PRINCETON UNIVERSITY ROB CAIONE..................................................................................................... FORDHAM UNIVERSITY JOHN FITZPATRICK......................... MANHATTAN COLLEGE-FREE AGENT- PITTSBURG PIRATES IAN FAIRCLOGH ‘00............................................................................................................. QUINNIPIAC JAMES LASALA ‘02 .............................................................................. IONA COLLEGE- NY YANKEES PETER ZOCCHI- ‘03.............................. CLEMSON UNIVERSITY- MAHONING VALLEY SCRAPPERS NICK STANZIONI ‘03....................................................................................................... IONA COLLEGE JACK CAWLEY- ‘04............................................................ PACE UNIV.- JOHNSON CITY CARDINALS DANNY LEACH ‘04........................................................................................... FORDHAM UNIVERSITY MIKE GAZZOLA ‘05.......................................................................................... MANHATTAN COLLEGE STEPHEN PINTO ‘05............................................................................... MANHATTANVILLE COLLEGE JAY MONFORTE ‘05................................................................................MANHATTANVILLE COLLEGE MIKE FERRARA ‘05............................................................................................. CLARA WASHINGTON BRIAN MORAN ‘06....UNIV. OF NORTH CAROLINA – 7TH ROUND DRAFT PICK- SEATTLE MARINERS DAVE RIDER ‘06.................................................................................CONCORDIA/ MANHATTANVILLE FRANK CEBEK ‘06....................................................................................................... SIENA COLLEGE CHAD SALEM ‘07...............................................................................................MANHATTAN COLLEGE ANTHONY MELENDEZ ‘07................................................................. EASTERN NAZERINE COLLEGE ROB ARDINO ‘07...............................................................................................MANHATTAN COLLEGE ALEX ADAMI- ‘08.................................................................................. UNIVERSITY OF BINGHAMTON GEORGE WILLIAMS -’08.....................................................................EASTERN NAZERINE COLLEGE PAGE 19


ALUMNI NAME...................................................................................................................COLLEGE/UNIVERSITY ERIK HELMRICH ‘08................................................................................................. MARIST COLLEGE JOHN STACK- ‘09....................................................................................MANHATTANVILLE COLLEGE TYLER DONOVAN ‘09...................................................................................... WINTHROP UNIVERSITY PETER LADIS ‘09............................................................................................................ IONA COLLEGE STEVEN ROCHE ‘09....................................................................................... HIGH POINT UNIVERSITY MARIANO RIVERA ‘09.................................................................................................... IONA COLLEGE STEVEN ROCHE ‘09....................................................................................... HIGH POINT UNIVERSITY JUSTIN LEWIS ‘09.............................................................................................COLLEGE OF ST. ROSE JOHN MAZZELLA ‘10...................................................................................................... SALVE REGINA BRIAN SULLIVAN ‘10..........................................................................................LAFAYETTE COLLEGE COLIN MORAN ‘10........................ UNIV. OF NORTH CAROLINA - 1ST ROUND, 6TH OVERALL PICK BRIAN SULLIVAN ‘10 .........................................................................................LAFAYETTE COLLEGE BILLY BRUSACK ‘10...............................................................................MANHATTANVILLE COLLEGE NICK SALZANO ‘11........................................................................................................ IONA COLLEGE ROBERT AMBROSINO ‘11............................................................................................. IONA COLLEGE JAMES FOLEY ‘11................................................................................................................................RPI CHRISTIAN FIORITO ‘11.................................................................................... CONCORDIA COLLEGE JUSTIN PALADINO ‘11...................................................................................... CONCORDIA COLLEGE VINNY ROMANO ‘11.................................................................................................. LASELL COLLEGE USTIN MURATORE ‘11............................................................................ UNIVERSITY OF SCRANTON TIM MCCARTHY ‘12............................................................................................. TEMPLE UNIVERSITY MATT D’ARIANO ‘12............................................................................UNIVERSITY OF CONNECTICUT CODY POLCHINSKI ‘12...........................................................................MANHATTANVILLE COLLEGE SAM GARITO ‘12......................................................................................MANHATTANVILLE COLLEGE MATT MOTTOLA ‘12..........................................................................................UNIVERSITY OF TAMPA MIKE CAVALLO ‘12........................................................................................... UNIVERSITY OF TAMPA JOE FINNEGAN ‘12...........................................................................................UNIVERSITY OF TAMPA VINNY DEMARIA ‘12....................................................................................................... IONA COLLEGE BILLY MARTIN ‘12............................................................................................ FAIRFIELD UNIVERSITY MATT BREMBS ‘13........................................................................................SOUTHERN UNION STATE VINNY MARTIN ‘13.......................................................................................................... IONA COLLEGE NIC FIGARI ‘13.......................................................................................................FAIRFIELD COLLEGE RYAN CROWLEY ‘13..................................................................................... MONMOUTH UNIVERSITY DAN ORMOND ‘13......................................................................................................... DEAN COLLEGE JOE NASTASI ‘14......................................................................................................MOLLOY COLLEGE ANTHONY GIGANTE ‘14.......................................................................... BELMONT ABBEY COLLEGE NATE ESTES ‘14................................................................................................ MT. OLIVE UNIVERSITY RYAN DOTY ‘14................................................................................................VILLANOVA UNIVERSITY CONOR ALTAMURA ‘14................................................................... WEST. CONN. STATE UNIVERSITY DAN CAROLLO ‘15.............................................................................................. HARTFORD COLLEGE BRAD CASE (CHSAA PLAYER OF THE YEAR) ‘15........................................... ROLLINS UNIVERSITY STEPHEN NIGRO ‘15......................................................................................... CONCORDIA COLLEGE LUCAS MALDONADO ‘15.............................................................................SOUTHERN UNION STATE ANDREW WATSON ‘15..........................................................................................HAMILTON COLLEGE JOSEPH LASORSA ‘16 (CHSAA PLAYER OF THE YEAR)........................... ST. JOHN’S UNIVERSITY CHRISTOPHER DUTRA ‘16.......................................................................................DUKE UNIVERSITY MARTY DURKIN ‘16......................................................................................... RICHMOND UNIVERSITY ANDREW MILITIE ‘16........................................................................ SOUTHERN VERMONT COLLEGE ANTHONY PICCOLINO ‘17....................................................................JAMES MADISON UNIVERSITY DYLAN SABIA ‘17..................................................................................................... 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Dan, Good Luck!!!! Enjoy!!!!! Have a great season!!!!! “Whenever someone has the ability to impact people’s lives, I think that’s one of the greatest things that God gives us as individuals.”---Andy Pettite Love, Mom, Dad, Elizabeth and Matt

Have a great  season!  Go Gaels! 

Best of Luck to  Jack, #21,  and The  Varsity  Baseball  Team!     

Love,

Mom, Dad, Jimmy ‘22,  Nana & Pop Pop     

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Good Luck Steven Jr and Iona Prep baseball Good Luck Steven Jr.! are proud of you and enjoy watching you play the game that you love playing and we look forward to watching you and your Iona Prep teammates this season. Love, Dad, Alyse, Samantha and Katie

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Good Luck to Christian Drake #23

And the 2018 Iona Prep Varsity Gaels Love Mom & Dad

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Wishing Varsity Baseball a Great Season!!!

Mr. & Mrs. Rosario DeVico Salvatore Pugni 2019 Jonathan Pugni 2016 Russ DeVico 1987 Sal Sgobbo 1986 Charles Sgobbo 1980 Steven Sgobbo 1976

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Wishing the Varsity Baseball Team the Best of Luck in 2018 The Pugni Family Jonathan ‘16 Salvatore ‘19

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GO GAELS!

Wishing Steven Cochrane & the 2018 Iona Prep Baseball team a great season! We are very proud of you! Love, Mom, Katie, Nan & Pop

IONA PREP BASEBALL THANKS POPE PHOTOGRAPHY

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