Best Teammate 2012
Con.-Egan's John Macnamara is Best Teammate 2012!!
to see Best Teammate 2001, Bryan Cole
Who is the
best teammate in the Public/Catholic/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 were encouraged. Once again: Only seniors were eligible to win but
anyone (parents, coaches, referees, spectators, etc.) can make nominations. Athletes in any sport were eligible.
We took nominations through May 21, then had the TedSilary.com squad reach a decision and announce a winner.
John was presented his plaque right after Conwell-Egan's graduation ceremony on June 5.
We want thoughtful nominations. We go entirely on what is said in the nominations, not the number of nominations.
Thanks for participating!!
-- Ted Silary
NOMINATIONS . . .
(Through '09, we always opened the nominations
box in the spring.
To assure that more football and basketball athletes receive the
support they deserve, we changed that policy. Thank you.)
Send nominations to firstname.lastname@example.org.
For ALEX MURRAY, West Catholic football
West Catholic high school in Philadelphia wants to
nominate senior Alex Murray #83. He puts his effort, enthusiasm, and hard
working ability to the max. He is also a team sacrificer. He will give up his
body on play rather it be on defense or offense. Alex is one of the best
teammates you can have in your football program.
Alex Murray has quiet leadership. He don't have to say anything he just does what he says. He is the definition of a great teammate. He gets everyone started and keeps them going. I never seen someone like him to have so much heart. He sacrifice his body out on the field. He gives nothing but 100%.
For GEORGE "TRIPP" KENNEY, La Salle football
For CHRIS DiBELLO, Haverford School football
like to nominate Chris DiBello #58 C-LB from The
Haverford School. I had the privilege to play alongside
Chris for three years and he is a truly remarkable man.
DiBello is a genius in the classroom and a class act off
of the field. On the field he has been the anchor for
the Fords Offensive Line for the past three seasons. In
addition he has started at LB for the last two seasons
and served as Team Captain both his Junior and Senior
season. Recently he was awarded a Mini-Maxwell Award.
Chris is one of the smartest and hardest working players
I have ever played with and I admired the passion he
played with. I wish Chris luck in all of his future
endeavors and I am thankful for being afforded the
opportunity to have played with him.
-- Vincent Garman
Haverford School Class of '11
Team Captain - Inter-Ac Champs '09 and '10
For Abdoulay Gakou, Esperanza (charter) Academy basketball
contacting you because I wanted to nominate one of my
players for the Best Teammate of the Year Award. I
wanted to nominate our senior CG Abdoulay Gakou. He just
transferred in this year from Saul High School and has
already made a HUGE contribution to, not only our
basketball team co-captain, but throughout the school.
Ab (as we call him) has recently went down with
(possibly) a season ending injury. He still attends
EVERY practice, film session, and game. We delegate
different jobs to underclassmen (I.E. carry seniors'
bags, water, etc) and since his injury, he took on that
responsibility. When we yell and scream at players (as
coaches do) we notice that he pulls them aside and give
them encouraging words so that they can still focus on
the task. Our cameraman quit on us, so Abdoulay is
currently recording our games. One of our players
brought their away uniform to a home game; Ab comes to
the rescue. One of our players forgot their team
t-shirt; Ab gives him the shirt literally off of his
back. We fundraised to buy team sneakers and sweatsuits
for the squad. Before Abdoulay was injured, he must have
noticed that one of our kids is having financial
problems at home. Ab gave him his sweatsuit and sneakers
so that he wouldn't feel left out. He doesn't know that
we know, but we do. That's the norm for this kid. EVERY
teacher, NTA, office worker, etc., always have nice
things to say about Ab when they see us in the school.
They tell us how he always offers to help the teachers
carry things around school, ho he makes sure the other
players are in class on time and are being respectful to
the adults there. Overall a pleasant kid. He is
currently tutoring our best player in two subjects. He
decided to do that on his own. We gave him the nickname
"Mama Doulay" because of how much he cares and tries to
help his teammates. He currently has a 3.9 GPA and
scored 1320 on his SAT's. The funny thing about all this
is that he's a starter (before the injury of course),
plays a lot of minutes, defends like CRAZY, and is a
solid scoring option for us. I would be very surprised
if someone other than Abdoulay recieved this award.
-- Chris Clahar
I will like to nominate Abdoulay Gakou as the best teammate 12. I will like to nominate him because he always pushes everybody at practice and he is also a good team leader. He is currently injured right now but he still attends practice and pushes the team and at our games he is the biggest cheerleader. I'm sure if Abdoulay was anywhere else he would be nominated, just for his leadership skills and drive for the game of basketball. I believe he is due this award.
-- Jean-Claude Forte #11 Esperanza
Gakou deserves teammate of the year because he's a very
good player , but yet he's never selfish . He does whats
best for the team in any circumstance . He believes our
overall success as a unit is most important this year.
Despite some minor set backs he's had , he still manages
to work hard and stay dedicated to basketball and most
importantly school. There are many more characteristics
about "Ab" that leads me to believe that he deserves
teammate of the year. For one , he doesn't complain if
he's in the game or not he always gives off positive
energy , and he tries to keep some of our players
grounded and level headed when it comes to basketball
-- Keon Wells
I would like to nominate Abdoulay Gakou, from esperanza academy, for best teammate. he has been a leader on and off the court. he is a kid who transferred from saul to over here. as u know saul wasn't going have a basketball team, so he wanted to come play for us since he lives close to the school. he worked hard and became the captain in such little time. he's a leader on the court, yelling and screaming both offense and defense. he does whatever it takes to win. he loves to take charges and do the little things to hype up the team. When we all met ab for the first time we knew he was a bright young man. he told us he wanted to do anything possible to win and better the team. he said he will sacrifice to do so even if it means if he only average like 5 points. he always want to guard the best player on the other team. he's a guy that any coach will love to have - talented, smart and wise. he told us he came here to better the team and ever since he has done that. he always takes his time out each night to call everyone on the basketball team to make sure they get their homework done and if people are slipping in their classes he tutors them. no lie. this kid gets straight a's and all the teachers love him. this kid is well mannered and all his teammate look up to him. He got injured and was out for a couple of games he still motivates his teammates while on the bench. And during timeouts he gives them advice, always. if a kid comes out during the game for a mistake, he talks to him about what he's doing wrong. he's really like a coach on the court and off. always he's a team player. for the last couple of games he been recording the games and even being a water boy at times. ha ha ha. he just wants to see the team succeed in any way possible, but it's killing him to have to wait to get back on the court. but when he does get back, he'll bring that strong point guard effort every game. I believe he is the best teammate for 2012.
coach corey hicks, esperanza
For Dan "Mugsy" McLoone, Monsignor Bonner basketball
I have known Dan for 5 years now, and let me tell you, he is one of the nicest kids I know. Off the court he is such a good guy, and really cares about doing well in the classroom. He volunteers with Bonner’s community service and respect life clubs. On the court, Dan, a guard, isn’t tall or strong; he doesn’t have killer speed or an automatic jump shot, but Dan has that intangible that is lacked by so many: heart. I see a lot of myself in Dan. My senior year was full of injuries, lack of playing time and constant disappointment. I knew I wasn’t the strongest or most athletic kid but I tried, and I tried. But every time I would get upset or discouraged, Dan would be there for me. He would tell me a funny story or brag about his pet turtle. He helped me get through situations, and because of that he is a wonderful teammate. Dan will be successful in life because he works hard and is willing to do whatever it takes. I have become a better person because of Dan. His demeanor is always up beat and positive, his play is always selfless and tenacious, and his personality is always cheerful and charismatic. He has this ability to make you laugh over the silliest things. It is that sense of humor that is what really gets me.
On January 6th, the fate of Bonner, although a
last-second appeal and support from alumni might
save the school, was deemed closed as of June
2012. How could they do this? How could they
possibly take away our school away from us?
Bonner is school that has demonstrated true
brotherhood in a world full of hatred and
violence. Dan McLoone is one of the million
reasons why Bonner should remain open.
Seven hours after an auditorium full of lives were altered because of the closings; Bonner took the floor against another school on the list, Conwell-Egan. Bonner isn’t anything special this year. Three juniors, who earned substantial playing time, transferred. The best player remaining, Josh Hoho, became ineligible (school issue). And another would-be contributor, Malcolm Richards, abruptly quit after a game in December. But Dan stayed. He, along with fellow seniors Kevin Sheridan, Mike Proska and Paul Pfeffinger, stuck it out. During the game at Egan, which I didn’t attend, Dan played the best game of his senior year. He scored 14 points in a twenty-point loss for the Friars. Despite losing his school earlier that day, Dan played his heart out for his family--the family of Monsignor Bonner.
Monsignor Bonner basketball held a function for all grade schools at Drexel Hill Middle School. The event was a tournament between feeder parishes such as Cyrils, Dots, Bernies, Laurence, etc. Alumni from Bonner basketball played for their respective parishes in a fun filled day. Dan and I gave up our Saturday to help run the clock for the games. After the event was finished, the man in charge of the tournament offered cash to Dan and I for helping out. In my head, I became thrilled with the thought of receiving a decent amount of cash, but Dan answered before I could. He simply said no. Dan knew that the money being raised was for a scholarship for a future Bonner student. He knew that the money didn’t belong to him, but it belonged to the foundation. Dan taught me something very important that day, to be charitable.
Dan McLoone will graduate from Bonner in 2012. He, along with hundreds of his classmates, will be fortunate enough to graduate. But that doesn’t mean he isn’t upset that Bonner is closing. His little brother, Tom, is a freshman. Dan wants so much for Tom to experience what he experienced. A quality education mixed in with occasional laughs and humor. Bonner isn’t just a school. Bonner is home.
I just got back from the Bonner- O’Hara game, and I knew that I had to write about Dan before I go back to school Sunday. It might be the last Bonner basketball game I ever attend. I sure hope it isn’t, because although Bonner lost to O’Hara tonight, I love watching Bonner kids like Dan McLoone play. With hustle, toughness and heart, Dan carries himself and leads by example. The Bonner student section chanted “Mugsy” (Dan’s nickname) throughout the entire game. He is a fan favorite, a coaches’ dream and the best teammate you could ask for.
-- Joseph Phelan
Monsignor Bonner ‘11
There is not one bad thought that ever comes to my mind when someone is talking to me about Dan McLoone. Dan is the one of the most nice, humble, admirable, hard-working, and funny people I have ever met. I have known Dan my entire life. He has been there for me everyday, and he is there for every one of his teammates, family members, and friends always. I have never met someone as unselfish as Dan McLoone, he has always put others in front of himself and cared for everyone who is in his life. I have never seen anyone take as much criticism as Dan has. "He is too small." "He isn't athletic enough to make it." "Did your little brother show you that?" Dan just laughs and proves everyone of those people wrong. Dan has maybe the most deadly combo of attributes that an athlete can have. No it's not ridiculous athleticism and the perfect technique. He has heart and work ethic. I have never seen anyone work as hard as Dan has and have never seen anyone leave every part of himself on the field or court like Dan has.
For JOE KANE, SJ Prep basketball
Kyle Napper-Green at
Dobbins was the center
for our team and was one
of the most outstanding
players on the team. He
is a hardworking,
reliable, and a good
person. He never missed
a day of practice.
Always worked hard. He
was crucial in our
winning of the AAA
championship. He was a
four year player but
first time starter this
year and stepped into
his spot. He also helped
to make sure teammates
didn't fight on or off
the field. He's also a
great student who will
be attending I.U.P.
University in the fall
For MATT DiFLORIO, Wood soccer
I am nominating #3
Matthew DiFlorio for the
best teammate award for
a few reasons. Matt,
also known as “D-Flo,”
is the hardest worker I
have ever had the
pleasure to play with.
After being cut
Sophomore and Junior
years, most players
would have hung up the
cleats for good. But not
Matt. He chose to manage
the Varsity team his
Junior year and worked
out with the team
everyday during the
season. His hard work
finally paid off his
Senior year when he made
the Varsity squad. His
determination was truly
an inspiration for the
whole team and his
intensity set the tone
for every practice.
Everything was going
Matt’s way until he
heard the tragic news.
His Father passed away
shortly after the season
began. They had an
relationship and it was
an awfully tough time
for Matt and his family.
Through all this
heartbreak, Matt showed
toughness and his
motivated the whole team
to a new level. He
brought the team
together like a family.
In addition, we became a
much better soccer team.
Ultimately, without Matt
Wood soccer would not
have had the successful
season that we did.
-- Dave Tate
Archbishop Wood Soccer, Senior Captain
My name is Pat Friend and I'm a junior at Archbishop Wood. I've been playing soccer at Wood for the past three years and it has been great. Over the past couple of years I have met many new friends through the organization and they are all amazing. However, one of these new friends stands out from the rest. His name is Matt DiFlorio. I understand that he has been nominated by one of our team captains for the Best Teammate Award. I believe "D-Flo" deserves this award more than anyone else. He is hands down one of the hardest workers I know, and it was an honor to be able to call him my teammate. Even though Matt was cut from the team Sophomore and Junior year, he never quit. When it came time for tryouts earlier this season, you could see the dramatic difference is D-Flo's game. He earned his spot on the Varisty team. Shortly after the start of the season we found out that D-Flo's father had passed away. It was horrible to see something so bad happen to such a great kid. However, D-Flo continued to come to every practice and game, and somehow, he was still the one putting a smile on everyone's face. Through all his hard times Matt never gave up and kept working as hard as he could, and in the process he brought our team closer together. That is why I think Matt DiFlorio absoluetly deserves to be named the Best Teammate of 2012.
-- Pat Friend
For WILLIAM WILLIAMS JR. and QUENTIN DAVIS, MC&S basketball
I nominate WILLIAM WILLIAMS JR. OF M.C.S. & QUENTIN DAVIS OF M.C.S. 2 OF THE NICEST SENIORS I HAVE come across team 1st attitudes type guys..also in William Williams jr case he has not missed a practice other than his asthma illness in his 4 year stay @ M.C.S. J.V. VARSITY & BOASTS A B+ AVG IN SCHOOL AND SCORED A 890 ON SAT SO FAR.
For STEVE MINUTO, Roman baseball
For JOHN MACNAMARA, Conwell-Egan baseball