MOONACHIE, NJ — Thursday’s evening’s Hasbrouck Heights Able-bodied Anteroom of Acclaim feast had a altered feel to it, compared to best of these blazon of events. More like a acquisition of an oversized, continued family, than a commemoration anniversary able-bodied achievement. Filled with belief and laughter, it was not like anyone seemed to mind.
Maybe it is to be accepted aback the emcee for the evening, Joe Colangelo, was antic hot blush beard and an orange arrested sports jacket.
“This is what happens,” Colangelo jokingly told the accumulated admirers at the Hasbrouck Heights Anteroom of Acclaim Dinner, “when you lose a bet to 405 elementary academy kids.”
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He additionally acclaimed that he was not accustomed in his Dad’s house, unless, he was cutting a hat.
There were, of advance the dignitaries, with associates of the aerial academy administering and boondocks board in attendance, as able-bodied as some Anteroom of Famers who were in appearance to acceptable the newest accumulation of attendees to the fold. Plus, the Anteroom of Acclaim Committee, who was thanked by anybody in their speeches, but not out of the ability of Colangelo, who noted, that:
“I anticipate they let me on the board because they feel sad for me,” Colangelo joked. “They apperceive I will never get in as a player.”
(Colangelo was the starting quarterback on the 1998 aggregation that was accustomed by the Hasbrouck Heights Touchdown Club in the spring. The aggregation absent in the accompaniment exclusive final in a d that the aggregation chose to comedy at Depken Field rather than Giants Stadium. He was additionally inducted as allotment of the 2007 Baseball team, area he was a coach.)
After Colangelo batten briefly about the three inductees who were not in attendance, Joe Maniaci, who was a following inductee, Katie Finneran, and Morgan Horner, the inductees were alleged up and gave their speeches.
While all thanked coaches, ancestors and friends, anniversary had their own different message, abounding brave with self-deprecation and humor.
In their own words:
Dave Sarmiento: Of all the towns my parents could accept picked, they best Hasbrouck Heights. I am so advantageous that they did. Because if it was not for this town, and sports, how I got involved, I ability accept called the amiss aisle to go down.
Even admitting it has been 40 years aback I graduated, aback bodies ask me area I am from, I acquaint proudly acquaint them Hasbrouck Heights. This is home.
MIke Cebula: I appetite to acknowledge the his coaches for not befitting clue of how abounding credibility I gave up on defense. Everyone knows there is no “D” in Cebulla. I would additionally like to agenda two of my Anteroom of Acclaim teammates in attendance, Frank D’Amico and Mike Carcich. Frank’s aback is still abscessed from ambience all the screens, and aback we comedy three-on-three Mike still doesn’t get to shoot.
Sheena Schuler: It took a while to get here, 18 years aback graduation, but attractive around, and seeing all the faces, it may assume like a lot, but adore every minute of it, because I am….. Dad acknowledge you for actuality my aboriginal coach, and my best coach. I adulation you.
Jennifer Cagiao: Track gave me so abundant in my life. It gave me my husband, who I met as a apprentice and we calm in aerial academy and college. It set my on a advance for my career as a concrete therapist…..and it accomplished me to be apprehensive and to go for the things that are absolutely important to you.
Dana DePalma: The memories of the after-effects and outcomes of the amateur are continued gone. But the memories that accord me goosebumps aback I anticipate about them are the bonds that I congenital with my teammates and lifetime friendships that beggarly so abundant to me to this day. My lifetime affection for sports and comedy for article bigger than myself….last but not atomic I am ashamed to be able to alarm myself an Aviator.
Jeff Seidel: To my teammates, to all the coaches who I was advantageous abundant to be accomplished by, acknowledge you. Some of you I allotment an abiding accord with The acquaint you accomplished me area not alone about football, but about life. I will be accountable to you for that, and you will consistently authority a appropriate abode in my heart. Acknowledge you.
Anthony Yeswita: On my aboriginal anytime sales alarm with the aggregation I currently assignment for was with one of their better customers. While walking through the store, the abundance administrator comes up to me and I alien myself to him. He looked aback at me afterwards attractive at my business agenda and said “You’re Anthony Yeswita?”
When I responded that I was, he said “I bethink the brawl you hit on Route 17 to get into the accompaniment finals.” I said aback to him, “How do you bethink that?” He replied, “I was the pitcher.” To this day I get fabricated fun of for absolution up the longest home run in aerial academy history.” I asked him if i could get the brawl aback from grandfather’s house, and get him to assurance it. Afterwards a few laughs, I didn’t get the sale.
Matt Connors: I appetite to acknowledge my brother Chris and sister Alyssa, who additionally All-County athletes for Hasbrouck Heights for befitting the antagonism akin aerial in the house, AIyssa is additionally accepting affiliated tomorrow (Friday) and I can’t acknowledge her abundant for bamboozlement the agenda about so that we could all be actuality to celebrate.
Being inducted into my academy Anteroom of Acclaim this bounce was humbling, but I can cautiously say that actuality inducted into my aerial academy anteroom of acclaim is the best. I accept consistently played for the Orange and the Black, and the adventures that I accustomed from aerial academy stick with me always.
Michael Renna: I am beholden for my adventure and how it has shaped me into the man I am today. Growing up in Hasbrouck Heights, bodies dream of cutting the Orange and the Black. There was consistently a activity I got aback apery my team,and cutting these colors proudly.
Jack Palma: I am 93 years old. I started in Hasbrouck Heights 60 years ago. Watching all of you admirable athletes throughout the years has kept me young. I accept enjoyed watching all your accomplishments so much. I acknowledge you for that.
2007 Boys Baseball: Head Drillmaster Rocky Minichiello – There were no ‘me’ guys on this team. Everybody had a role, and they did their jobs. It was all about the team. We alone had three starters advancing back, and we anguish up acceptable our third alliance appellation in four years. We were accepted for accepting “a never say die attitude” which was accustomed to us by the Bergen Record anchorman Mark Czerwinski.
2006 Boys Track: Head Drillmaster Rob Brady (speaking about Jeff Seidel) Jeff would bandy attempt put 50 additional feet, again hustle over to 100 backyard birr and run that in 11 seconds, and again go over to the continued jump pit and jump 20 feet. The focus on what we bare as a team, rather than his own claimed accomplishments that was one of the affidavit why as a aggregation we were able to win. Everybody on the aggregation did their best, and what was best for the team.
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