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21 Up, 21 Down for Carle Place Pitcher
Mike Delio got more press after one varsity pitching performance then just about any other pitcher in Long Island history, save for the likes of Billy Koch, Frank Viola and others who spent decades in the big leagues.
Delio threw a perfect game in his varsity debut for Carle Place High School and struck out all 21 batters he faced. Impressive is an understatement.
If you’re a sports fan you probably already heard about the story. Delio was featured in just about every publication, website, radio show and television program of significance the week of his feat, including Sports Center’s top 10 list.
For an encore, he threw a one-hitter during his second outing of the season. Delio is only a junior, so Carle Place has a gem on its hands for another two seasons.
“I’ve had dreams of throwing no-hitters and perfect games, but nothing like this,” Delio told Newsday. “This was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.”
Lannan makes Mets debut on Opening Day
Once the Opening Day starter for the Washington Nationals, John Lannan now makes his living as the second lefty out of the bullpen for the New York Mets.
Lannan, who grew up in Long Beach, N.Y. and attended Chaminade High School, made his debut for the Mets on Monday against his former team.
After spending six seasons in Washington, Lannan spent last season in Philadelphia before signing with New York in the off-season. He’s made his way around the NL East.
On Monday, he let up a two-run homer, and one walk in less then one inning of work. It will take some time to adjust to his bullpen role.
“If there’s a need for a second lefty out the bullpen then you gotta check your ego at the door and just realize that’s what the team needs,” he told the The Star-Ledger last week.
Lannan hasn’t given up on the possibility of being a starter again one day. With the way the Mets bullpen performed in a loss on Monday, there should be ample opportunity to shine in different situations. Whether he starts in Flushing or not, he could be a big help to a weak point on the Mets roster.
“There’s a lot of relievers that were starters,” he said. “But time will tell. I really can’t think about that right now because you never know what’s going to happen.”
Downey on College Football HOF ballot
Deer Park High and Stony Brook product Chuck Downey was recently named to the 2014 College Football Hall of Fame ballot by the National Football Foundation.
Downey is listed under the Division III nominees from his days at Stony Brook, which formerly competed in Division III before it’s quick rise to the NCAA Subdivision level in recent years.
Downey, a safety in college, was a First Team All-America selection in 1987. At the time, he was the first player in Division III history to reach the 1,000-yard mark on punt and kickoff returns in a career.
He recorded 239 tackles, 13 interceptions and currently holds 12 NCAA Division III records and 23 school records, according to the National Football Foundation’s write up on all Hall of Fame nominees.
After his senior year in which he was named ECAC Division III Player of the Year, he signed a free-agent contract with the Philadelphia Eagles.
He followed in the family business and is a Battalion Chief with the FDNY. His father Ray, also an FDNY Battalion Chief, died heroically in the attack on the World Trade Center on Sept. 11, 2001.
“It’s an enormous honor to just be on the ballot when you think that more than 4.99 million people have played college football,” said NFF President & CEO Steven J. Hatchell, in a statement “The Hall’s requirement of being a First-Team All-American creates a much smaller pool of only 1,500 individuals who are even eligible to be on the ballot, so being in today’s elite group means an individual is truly among the greatest to ever have played the game, and we are proud to announce their names.”
The 2014 College Football Hall of Fame Class will be announced in May from Irving, Texas, and they will be inducted at the 57th NFF Annual Awards Dinner Dec. 9, 2014 at the landmark Waldorf Astoria Hotel in New York City, according to a release.
LIU Post adds wrestling to sports arsenal
To the thrill of many local wrestlers, LIU Post will be bringing back its wrestling program, according to Bryan Collins, the school’s Director of Athletics.
The program will be back in time for the 2014-15 academic year and will be led by Long Island coaching icon Joe Patrovich, a member of the National Wrestling Hall of Fame and Suffolk County Sports Hall of Fame.
Wrestling is just part of the plan for Post. Collins also announced the addition of six other Division II teams, including women’s golf, women’s fencing, and men’s and women’s indoor and outdoor track and field.
“We are thrilled to bring back two programs (track and field and wrestling) that have a great history in the growth of the LIU Post Department of Athletics,” said Collins. “These two programs achieved tremendous recognition and successes not solely on the regional level, but nationally as well.”
Patrovich has been the longtime wrestling coach at Islip High School, as well as a successful football coach at a number of high schools on Long Island. On the mat, he’s coached 21 county champions, 13 state finalists, 10 All-Americans and eight state champs.
“It’s just great for Long Island,” said Patrovich in a Q&A on the Pioneers’ athletic website. “There are so many kids who leave the Island now who might not want to leave. It’s another avenue to pick up 25-30 kids who want to continue their wrestling careers. It gives them another choice.”
“The addition of these programs will energize our relationship with Long Island and the Metropolitan area, as well as nationally,” Collins added. “It will offer high school student-athletes the opportunity to attend a vibrant and exceptional university, and to compete at the highest level of NCAA Division II competition with national championship goals.”
Pele to Get Honorary Degree from Hofstra
Soccer icon Pele will receive an honorary degree from Hofstra University in April, according to a release from the school and the New York Cosmos, who play their games on campus at Shuart Stadium.
Pele is being recognized for his humanitarian work and contributions to the sport he dubbed as “the beautiful game.”
He starred on the Cosmos during the club’s heyday 40 years ago and is the club’s honorary president today.
His recognition will coincide with a conference being held at Hofstra called “Soccer as the Beautiful Game: Football’s Artistry, Identity & Politics.” Hundreds of journalists, scholars and soccer folk from around the world will be in Hempstead, N.Y. from April 10-13 to celebrate the game and Pele.
According to a release, the conference is being presented in collaboration with more than a dozen academic and sports institutions, including the Cosmos, the Consulates General of South Africa and Brazil in New York and the United States Soccer Federation, which last year celebrated its 100th anniversary.
“Pelé transformed and transcended the game of soccer,” said Hofstra President Student Rabinowitz, in a statement “While the world first came to know him for extraordinary athletic feats, his soccer career was, in many respects, simply a prelude to an extraordinary life of service as a philanthropist and advocate. He understands the power and responsibility his soccer legacy carries, and has used it to improve the lives of others.”
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