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The winner -- Bryan "Reds" Cole, of Cardinal Dougherty!!
Bryan and his mom, Pat
Bryan and one of the guys who
nominated him, Sean McGovern
There were five voters -- Ted, Huck, Amauro, Sparky and Lefty.
We all voted for three guys. Five points for first, three for second, one for third.
The final tally:
Bryan Cole 11
Dan Gargan 10
Tim LeBold 8
Kevin Wolf and Dan Szychulski 6 apiece
Mike McDonald 3
Alex Loew 1.
Thanks to everyone who contributed.
I have thought long and hard about a special
award we could present to wind up our first full school year of covering sports on this
site. Hopefully, it's a good one.
Who is the best teammate in the Public, Catholic or Inter-Ac Leagues? And why?
Is he always upbeat? Does he never stop hustling? Is he always dependable in the clutch? Does he always know just what to say in dark moments? Does he tell great jokes? Does he set a proper tone in practice?
Nominations for stars, "mediums" or lesser lights are encouraged. Athletes in any sport are eligible, though I'd imagine the winner will likely come from a sport I cover on a regular basis.
We'll take nominations through June 1, have the TedSilary.com squad reach a decision and announce a winner shortly thereafter. I will spring for a handsome trophy.
We've had fun all year and have even encouraged some spoofs. Please, everyone, just this once, be serious. I want thoughtful nominations. There will be no voting. We will go entirely on nominations (though I might consult coaches to be sure that everything said about a kid is on the money.)
Thanks for participating!!
---- Ted Silary
P.S. -- You may make nominations anonymously.
POST-CONTEST COMMENTS . . .Mr. Silary,
NOMINATIONS . . .For Tim LeBold, Dougherty football
For Bryan "Redz" Cole, Dougherty
My nomination for the teammate of the year goes to Bryan "Redz" Cole. I'll
start off by saying a little something about him. He was the kicker for the
football team and was a reserve wing guard for the basketball team. He has
abnormally bright red hair. He also played JV football even though he was a
senior. To me he was the greatest teammate, because he made everything fun.
He was always smiling and joking around. At one of our away games I remember
the play was "Cardinal 59" I dropped back to pass and threw it through a
bunch of defenders. It got through and hit Redz in stride. He faked out the
safety and ran it about 80 yards for the touchdown. It was so great. We
lost as usual, but the bus ride home was a lot better knowing he got the TD.
I'll never forget his last JV game. He played most of the game both ways.
He QB'd the offense and played safety on defense. He had 2 TD passes and
again we lost but it was all good cause he was so happy. Basketball was totally
different. Some games he wouldn't play at all. Other games he was second man
off the bench and he was assigned the job of guarding their best offensive guard.
I think his game against Wood was the best. He helped shut down Spadafora,
the leagues leading scorer. No matter what BC was always there after school to go
get something to eat or play SEGA or just have a sauna. Bryan Cole gets my vote
and I hope you consider him.
---- Chris Jackson, CDJV
For Bryan "Redz" Cole and Mike McDonald,
Dear Mr. Silary,
I just want to say that the best teammates in the league are Bryan Cole
and Mike McDonald. First I would like to say a little something about "Redz".
He is a great guy wit one of the best personalities around. He was always
there to cheer me up whether it was "keeping it moist" or reminding me it was
"Miller Time". "Redz" was truly an enthusiastic person to be around and
although he wasn't much of a score on our team or anything like that but when
we needed a big defensive stop "Redz" was always there, holding Mike
Spadafora to 2 points in 1-5 shooting, and stealing the ball off of Tamal
Forichon in our playoff game against Roman. Redz never stopped having fun and
he will truly be missed by all of us next year. We all look forward to seeing
him bring the loonie bin back to life next year. Mike is another one of the
best teammates around. He has the ability to score whenever he wants yet he
put all that away to become a pass first, pass second and pass last point
guard always making sure Isaac and I were happy with our points. He was also
very quick with his hands making very key steals at the end of many of our
games to save the win for us. Mike is also one of the best guys to chill
around with even though he's always scaring away my many girls with his
crooked nose. I hope you consider both of these guys because There's no doubt
in my mind that they are the best.
---- Tim Smink, CD Basketball
For Dan Gargan, Chestnut Hill Academy soccer (2000
I was never the greatest athlete, but I loved the game of soccer as much as anybody. And after three years of sub-varsity play, I worked my butt off for a spot on the highly competitive Varsity team and, with a little lobbying, got a uniform. Even though I was somewhat of a mascot, Dan would always take me seriously, working with me to help me become a better player. As a teammate, more generally, he knew the most important rule: The Line, that is, when its time to goof off, and when its time to get to work. But despite his accolades as a player and his ability to lead, Dan takes this award for his merits as a person.
When you are the best at what you do, like he is, its easy to get caught up with yourself and overlook a benchwarmer. But this was never the case with Dan, who saw my role on that championship team as important as anybody's. More importantly, he let me know that he felt that way. When my African Dribble went awry during a game against GFS or Malvern, or I tangled my legs up attepting a Denilson-esque crossover in practice, he encouraged me to keep my focus and to move on to the next play. When I had to miss a couple of games due to "philosophical differences with school administration" (particularly a math teacher with a skewed world view), it was Dan who kept my chin up and let the team know that I was thinking about them and wishing them well.
Despite a boisterous exterior and mind for the occasional practical joke -- fall asleep (at the wrong time) and you run the risk of waking up with facial magic marker tattooes of the male anatomy -- Danny is, at heart, one of the best people I know. A scholar, an athlete, a friend. I am proud to have called him my teammate.
For Alex Loew (Lowe?), McDevitt baseball
The BEST teammate EVER, would have to be Alex, the true president, Loew, for
Bishop McDevitt's Baseball Team. He is the ONLY World Class bench player in
the CL. The Inquirrer stated that Kennedy Kendrick had the best bench in the
CL. Well... when they came to play McDevitt, President Loew hung that
article from the fence, to get the bench pumped, and if the bench is pumped
the rest of the team will be pumped. Loew brings so much to the game, he
makes it fun, even if we are losing his antics bring us up , and those antics
helped us win our last 3 games. The Egan game is where he really showed his
stuff to "The Mullet Boy". The Mullet was going strong for the first inning,
but Loew, and a few runs shut him up. "Cross Fire, you'll get caught in the
Cross Fire" between Loew and everyone one the other teams bench . He's
always got his head in the game, and wants everyone around him to be in the
game to. Even at practice, Loew tells the team "pracitice is not a time to
goof off, if you goof off at practice, whats gonna happen in the games?" So
do it for the Krucker, and be PRO -LOEW. ALEX LOEW FOR BEST TEAMMATE!!!
---- # 3 another bech jockey for Bishop McDevitt
For Josh Carmen (again), Conwell-Egan baseball
i would just like to say that through the years i
have never met a man, so hyped on team play. Josh
Carmen left fielder/bench player, is the reason why
our team sticks together. He gets everyone in the
game, keeping everyone on their toes, not knowing what
he is going to say next. Josh Carmen went so far on a
dare for the team, to ride off our catcher's roof with
a bike. Sure enough he did, and sure enough it was
hilarious. Josh Carmen is the epitimy of team
leadership. Thats why Josh Carmen should be the best
teammate in the world.
---- Gary Stricker #22
For Andrew Farrell, Washington baseball
I would like to nominate Andrew Farrell from Washington High School. He had a
tough time adapting in the begining of the season not being a starter, but he
continued to be the biggest supporter on our bench and eventually got his
chance to play and became our everyday starting DH.
---- GW Baseball Mom
For Josh Carmen again, Conwell-Egan baseball
There are so many words to describe this kid from Conwell Egan. But
maybe you should ask the other teams in Catholic league about # 16. They all
want to know what got into the kid with the mullet(eventhough its not short
on top). He comes to every game with the spirit to lift anyone up that has
had a bad day, to remind them that they are playing baseball and its all
about fun, and thats what it all comes down to is fun. Josh puts the fun in
baseball, you want this kid on your team because even with a loss, you can
walk away from the and think about Josh and laugh. Eventhough he doesn't get
into the game that much he is cheering for his teammates from beginning to
end. This kid is unique, anyone can tell you that, people when they here him
wonder what to call him, at egan we just call him CARMEN.
---- Tim McLaughlin #13
For Dan Szychulski, North
Catholic (three sports)
He has to be by far the best teammate he was a nut on the football field
(second team all-catholic ) You definitely wanted him on your basketball
team he wasnt the best basketball player but you definitely wanted him on
your team he did the little things and played well after the whistle he
played with all his heart and put his team first before anything and o yeah
dont forget about baseball (1st team pitcher and second team outfield) and
was mainly responsible for them winning 4 games .....the four games which he
pitched and never said anything about himself the whole year our nominee
has to go to Dan Szychulski noone is even close and anyone can't say
---- North Catholic guy
For Bryan "Reds" Cole again, Dougherty
Bryan is a special kid a cardinal dougherty. First of all he has red hair
(that should be sufficient enough) as a kicker on the football team he was
always a good teammate to come off the field to talk to when things were
down. He always has a smile on his face and never gets mad, no matter what
the situation. I never seen his Irish temper! When were off the field he's been
a great friend. Always there to play some SEGA or just B.S. Bryan Cole gets
my vote! Did i mention he has red hair? Cause red heads rule!!!
His favorite Junior !!!!
For Josh "Mullet"
Carmen again, C-E baseball
It should go to Josh "Mullet Man'' Carmen hands down...He is known across the
catholic league..His special saying is "You get caught up in
the....Crossfire!!" From that late 80's game..He deserves it.
For Josh "Mullet"
Carmen again, C-E baseball
It's obvious that Josh Carmen is the best teammate, because people compare
their candidate up to Josh Carmen. This is because he is known throughout
the whole catholic league. We at Conwell Egan don't know who Loew is, but it
is funny, at McDevitt they know who Josh Carmen is!!!!
For Josh "Mullet"
Carmen again, C-E baseball
My vote for the best teammate goes to Josh "MULLET" (even though it
wasn't a mullet it was all one length, and josh got it cut now he looks
dapper) Carmen. Hands down Carmen showed recieve this award. I haven't seen
a player in the league with a bigger mouth then Carmen. Some claim they
compair but none come close. Most who say they compair just mock what Carmen
says. Carmen is original. Take notes, come up with your own stuff. Camen's
off the wall comments during the game keeps us, the opposing team, umps,
fans, amd those who traveled far and wide to come see the wonderful CARMEN.
If you have your head down during the game cause maybe you made a blunder,
Carmen will be in your face telling you that you have to pick it up and
finish strong. Carmen is a team player, the team player. Camen's heart is
bigger then a Dump Truck.
For Josh "Mullet"
Carmen again, C-E baseball
yo ted what's up i am on conwell egan i'm greg adair the best teamate is josh
carmen "mullet man" as everyone knows him. he is the best because he is
always up and into the game he always knows the situation and always knows
exactly what to say to a person if he made a bad play or or did something
wrong he knows exactly how to get the best and funnest mood in the dugout.
he never says anything negative to other teams just funny ace things that
make are whole team laugh and sometimes the other teams. some teams think he
is very annoying, whoever does i don't know how you do. if this award
belongs to anyone it should go to the right person josh carmen "mullet man"
---- greg #19
For Kevin McLaughlin, North Catholic football and
First off I would like to say Kev "Big Red" McLaughlin is as Good of a
Teammate as well as Best Friend. I've been playing Football with Kev since
7th grade, going back to our Ascension days, though he's always been one of
the Biggest kids on the Field he has had the Biggest Heart also. For a kid
as talented as Kev, who came to North despite offers from several other
Schools, he's always worked his Hardest and made sure that he got as much out
of his teammates as he got out of himself. When he went down with a really
bad knee injury against Bonner this year and he could have easily been out
for the rest of the season, but he fought back and sat out for only 2 games
and he came back just in time to lead the attack to give North Catholic their
1st Red Division Win of the Year. On and Off the field Kev has been a
leader, he's always there for his friends and never lets them down. Kev I
just want to say it's been a pleasure being able to play along side of You
the past 6 years and I wish you the best of luck while at Moravian. Thanks
for being there for Me through the Thick and Thin and helping Me realize what
a True Friend is, just remember you always got Weedie to look down on from
Time to Time...
---- Matt "Weedie" Weidenmiller '01, North Catholic Football #21
For Kevin Wolf, Judge basketball
i would like to nominate might mouse, kevin wolf not only was he a good
player but he was a joy to be around, he always put a smile on our teams
faces.even though he didnt get along with coaches he still was a good guy, he
stood up for his rights and he was always there to drop my no look passes but
all in all he is a great teammate!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
---- KEV HANLON
For Kevin Wolf, Judge Basketball
Ted, I would like to nominate "Mighty Mouse" Kevin Wolf for best teammate of
2001. Not only was he a good player, but he was a joy to be around. He always
put a smile on our teams faces in both good times and bad. After our playoff
lose t Cardinal Dougherty @ LaSalle, Kevin was there to cheer us all up and
tell us that it was a great four years together and no one can take it away
from us. Even though he wasn't a coaches' pet (like me), he still was a good
guy to get to know. He stood up for his rights all the time. No matter how big
or small you were, Kevin never backed down without giving a fight. I would take
Kevin to war anyday. Kevin is such a great teammate, he is choosing Delaware
Valley Aggies (not Purple Hens Smink) over schools like Duke and North Carolina
because he wants to be teammates with his friend Rich Schmidt for four more
years. I think Kevin deserves this award and no one else.
----#31 Brian Mooney
For Shawn Jones again, Frankford baseball
I want to nominate Shawn Jones for teamate of the year. He was the voice for
the team always gettin eveyone ready for games. Its his senior year and I
think he deserves this the most. He has alot of heart and love for the game!!