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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. Once again: Only seniors are eligible. Athletes in any sport are eligible, though I'd imagine the winner will likely come from a sport we cover on a regular basis.
We'll take nominations through May 19, have the TedSilary.com squad reach a decision and announce a winner shortly thereafter. I will spring for a handsome trophy or plaque.
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We want thoughtful nominations. We will go entirely on what is said in the nominations, not the number of nominations. (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.
Colin Liberatore . . . Best Teammate '06
Click here for more photos . . . plaque presentation.
Colin runs off field with protege Tim Dougherty.
NOMINATIONS . . .
(Send to email@example.com)
For JOE DeCREE, of Ryan football
For BRIAN MEAGHER, of Bonner baseball
I would like to nominate my teammate Brian "Whiz" Meagher.
Brian plays every
play like its his last, he's a great guy and a great team player. He is not
a leader who is a ra-ra type of guy, he does his leading with his glove,
bat, and attitude. Any time i'm having trouble in any phase of the game he's
right there to pick me up and tell me i'm fine keep your head up. It might
not seem alot but when you have no one else picking you up it feels good. He
just not that for you at baseball but in any life situation. I LOVE YOU WHIZ
--Vince Sculli 06'
For MIKE McKNIGHT, of Judge football
For DAN SHIELDS, of North Catholic football
For COLIN LIBERATORE, of Bonner basketball/baseball
The Russian Rocket. The Statue of Liberatore. In fact,
he was called Colon Liberator by a public address
announcer at one point. Colin Liberatore stands 6 feet, 6 inches
tall with red hair and is hardly an inconspicuous figure when he
enters a room. Soon, though, Colin's imposing appearance yields
to his lively personality. Colin played two varsity sports this
year: basketball and baseball. A full-time starter on neither
team, he became very important to the spirit of these teams
throughout their seasons. On the basketball team, he was a deep
sub in the words of Ted Silary himself, but when he entered the
game against O'Hara at O'Hara, the Bonner faithful that had
packed the gym went wild. Just a week or two later, he got in at
the end of the playoff game against Roman Catholic, and the
Bonner contingent that filled a section of Tom Gola Arena went
wild as Colin scored a bucket and took a couple boards while
seemingly dominating the floor for the last minutes of the Friar
loss. At one point, the fans began a chant of "We want
Liberatore," which Coach Brian Daly smiled at and moments later,
acquiesced to their call, bringing in someone second only to
Jeff Jones in the hearts of Friar fans everywhere. The Year of
Liberatore was not over, however. When March 1st came around and
Coach John Fleming began to construct his team, there was only
one certainty – Colin Liberatore would be the defensive
specialist at first base that the Friars would put in to bring
down the defensive iron curtain. Colin learned from the best
during his tour with the Friars for the 2005 season,
apprenticing under no less than Kevin Ward himself and former
hitting coach and 1998 All-City Rob Cucinotta. It has been in
the 2006 season that Colin has truly shown himself worthy of the
title of Best Teammate. No matter how few innings he
plays, he is never not smiling in the dugout. He is always
willing to counsel a teammate on their troubles or put a
teammate in line for something they've done wrong. He is never
late for practice, he never has an attitude about his status on
the team, and he is perfectly accepting of and accelerates at
the role he plays for the Friar club. His defensive abilities
have always been his strength but his offensive skills manifest
themselves occasionally. For example, Colin hit a home run to
left field at Bonner, hitting the school. The team went wild,
emptying out of the dugout as Colin made his trot around the
bases. This burst of power surprised everyone, but no one
thought about that as the glee came over their faces while Colin
rounded third headed for home. As he touched the plate, everyone
gathered around him for a handshake or a high five. A few
minutes later, former Bonner slugger Kevin Ward entered the
dugout and gave Colin a big bear hug as he issued effusive
praise for this accomplishment. It was this day and many others
that leave me without reservation in nominating Colin Liberatore
for Best Teammate 2006
I'd like to second the nomination of Colin
Liberatore for Best Teammate
2006. I played sports with Colin year round in grade school, and we played
football and baseball together in high school. He always served as an
impact both on and off the field throughout our career together. When Colin
told me that he wasn't coming out for football senior year, I was
devestated. Because as much of a struggle as my high school football career
was, I always had my best friend to go through it with me. During the 05'
campaign, with Colin in the stands, I realized how important he was to me as
a teammate. It was a great loss to not have him on the field with me
everyday and it certainly affected me as a player.
This year Colin was/is a fan favorite in both basketball and baseball.
The student body, as well as Colin's parents, brothers, sister, and
grandparents come to every game as enthused as ever to see Colin play
because they know what happens every time Colin enters the game: The fans
get more into the game, and from what I have seen, the team plays better.
The fans love Colin because he always plays hard and has a one of a kind
personality off the field.
Lib's attitude is second to none. He is always positive and always has
great things to say about his team whether he is getting playing time or
not. He is the Best Teammate because of what he has brought to every team
on which he has played. He brings a spark, both to the team and the fans.
And it is this type of spark that keeps a team together and keeps the fans
into each and every game they attend. Thus, I second my Bonner brother's
nomination of Colin Liberatore for Best Teammate 2006, and I wish Colin well
at Villanova and in all his future endeavors because he deserves nothing but
the best, for he has been an irreplaceable asset to every team on which he
has ever played.
For FINN SKOVDAL, of Conwell-Egan basketball
I would also like to nominate Finn Skovdal as
best teammate 2006 along with my brother. No one
has worked harder in their 4 years of playing
than Finn. I would know this because not only
being a great teammate he's one of my best
friends and its not just on the court but also
in the classroom. He would always be there with
encouraging words when any of us came out of the
game and always drove the younger guys to and
from practice. I believe Finn is the perfect guy
for this award because he is a great person who
works hard at everything he does and is the most
unselfish person I know.
-- Ryan Van Zelst
For CHRIS CRAWFORD, of Wood basketball-baseball
My vote is for Chris Crawford of
Wood basketball/baseball. Although
we were never actual
teammates in high school, he
might as well have been. He always
looked out for me, even though i
Lasalle. Being cut twice
from basketball he always kept
encouraging me and never lost faith
in me and for that I am always
grateful. He was a real
when I needed the encouragement
-- Matt Greenfield (Lasalle basketball)
For MATT SMYTH, of Judge basketballI am nominating my teammate Matt Smyth for best teammate. Smyth
For FAWAAZ FIELDS, of Bodine baseball
i nominate Fawaaz Fields of Bodine baseball. He always told us to keep our heads up when we lost. If we had a bad inning, he would say it's in the past, and we'll get them next time. He knows how to hsve a good time, and if you made mistake, he would always be the one to console you. Apart from this, he was a really good player, for it being his first playing the sports.
For KELLEN "BUBBA" KEMP, of Dougherty football