HUNTINGTON STATION, New York, Dec. 18
BY: Andrew Wroblewski
The Wildcats of the Walt Whitman boys soccer team gathered once again on Dec. 8 – no, not to play, but to remember the historic season they were able to put together earlier in 2014 at the Suffolk County Boys Soccer Coaches Association dinner at Villa Lombardi’s in Holbrook.
For the first time since 1996, the Wildcats were a Suffolk County finalist – though the boys ultimately fell to Commack – capping off the overall success the program has found in recent years under Head Coach John DiGiacomo.
“As coaches, we are proud of not only what these boys accomplished, but also what our entire program has done these last few years,” DiGiacomo said in a press release.
All 24 Wildcats rostered by Whitman (15-4-1) contributed to that success this season, but seven were given standout honors at the banquet. Those boys were Michael Lorello, All-State; Witman Hernandez, All-County; Sean Zagorski, All-County; Fabrizio Chamorro, All-Conference; Blake Aronson, All-League; Albert Martinez, All-League; and Jameson Latko, Academic All-County.
“To be recognized by coaches from around Suffolk County is an honor they should hold in high regard,” the head coach said. “It’s a testament to the hard work and sacrifice they have given both in and out of season to the Walt Whitman Boys Soccer Program.”
Lorello, a junior, scored 12 goals this season and assisted his teammates 10 other times. Chamorro, another junior, put up 19 points this season on 9 goals and 10 assists. But Hernandez, a third junior, led the entire team in scoring with his 22 scores – one shy of tying the school’s single-season scoring record while also generating 4 assists.
“Coach Brian Karcz, [JV coach] Robert Tedesco and myself would like to congratulate our Suffolk County award-winners,” DiGiacomo said.
Tedesco was also one of those honored on Dec. 8 as he was given the junior varsity Suffolk County League II coach of the year award for his season – in which he lead the Wildcats to its second-straight undefeated campaign.
Finally, DiGiacomo was also called out for his coaching this season as he was given the League II’s varsity Suffolk County coach of the year award.
Originally published: Long Islander News: The Long Islander
(Thursday, Dec. 18, 2014; A48)