Athlete of the Year
This award is given to the top male and female athlete whose overall performance in
sports merits them the exclusive distinction of being called the Athlete of the Year.
Mason Gatewood who will be attending the University of Pennsylvania Wharton School of Business
Lauren Hackett who will be attending LI University
By Bob Herzog
Whether you pronounce it Harvard or Hah-vad, the accent is always on education at the prestigious Ivy League university in Cambridge, Massachusetts. And that’s where two of Long Island’s most gifted scholar-athletes will be spending the next four years.
Zach Hobbes, a football and lacrosse captain at Ward Melville, and Alexandrea Harriott, a track and soccer star at Central Islip, were named winners of the 2018 Butch Dellecave Award on Sunday. The award is given to a male and female Suffolk student-athlete who shows excellence in athletics, academics and the community. Both will continue their academic and athletic careers at Harvard.
That’s about as high as you can aim for a college destination, but both have demonstrated they have what it takes to reach lofty goals.
“Zach is a phenomenal young man with an extremely high level of character and moral fiber,” said Ward Melville boys lacrosse coach Jay Negus. “This is a kid that does the right thing because it’s the right thing, not because he’s going to get something from it. He’s a true leader and leads by example.”
So does Harriott.
“She’s a very important member of the team as well as a phenomenal leader,” Central Islip girls track coach Erin Murphy said. “People just listen to her. Her teammates are very willing to listen to what she has to say and they work for her.”
Hobbes and Harriott each received plaques as well as $1,000 scholarships from Guy and Mark Dellecave, sons of the late Butch Dellecave, for whom the award is named. Butch Dellecave was an educator in the Connetquot district for 30 years, an esteemed basketball official and one of the founders of the Suffolk Hall of Fame. The award has been presented annually since 2001 by the Butch Dellecave Foundation, the Economic Opportunity Council of Suffolk and Newsday.
This year’s other male finalists were Nicholas Duchatellier (Half Hollow Hills West), Mason Gatewood (St. Anthony’s), Jake Guercio (West Islip) and Joseph Musumeci (Central Islip). The other female finalists were Mia Abulencia (Half Hollow Hills West), Alice Chiodo (Glenn), Mackenzie Cole (Connetquot) and Lauren Maline (Commack).
This award is given to the top male and female athlete that exemplifies Outstanding Dedication and Commitment in athletics.
Heron Maurisseau O'Neil who will be attending the University of Connecticut
Mikyla Rodgers who will be attending the University of Connecticut
This award is given to the top male and female athlete that exemplifies Outstanding Support of their Teammates and Unselfish Service in Athletics.
Nicholas Greer who will be attending Stony Brook University
Emily Bardak who will be at the United State Air Force Academy
This award is given to the top male and female athlete that exemplifies Extraordinary Character and Zealous Enthusiasm in Athletics
Matthew Savarese who will be attending Sacred Heart University
Jennifer Bonifazio who will be attending Fairfield University