WESTCHESTER COUNTY, N.Y. -- Six Westchester County residents will be inducted into the 2015 Westchester Sports Hall of Fame during a ceremony Thursday at the Westchester County Center in White Plains.
The event is open to the public and begins at 5:30 p.m. with a cocktail reception, dinner and ceremony to begin at 6:30 p.m. Price is $80 per person, and reservations are required. For more information, call 914-231-4564.
This year's inductees are:
- Michael Chiapparelli, who has coached Mamaroneck High School baseball for 31 seasons and has been head coach for ice hockey and JV football for this time as well. Chiapparelli is the first coach at Mamaroneck High School to ever have over 1,000 wins.
- Considered one of the best swimmers in the county, Lou Dearstyne was a multiple conference and Westchester County champion and was honored in 1984 by the Larchmont Shore Club as the best opposition competitor. At Villanova University he became the first swimmer to win the same event at the Big East Championship in all four of his competition years.
- As a member of the White Plains football team, Thomas DePaso was All-County MVP and All-State during both his junior and senior years. He went on to Penn State where he was a three-year starter as linebacker and was drafted by the Cincinnati Bengals, where he played for two years until he was injured.
- A standout athlete in football and basketball in high school and college, Gregory C. Draddy was captain of both sports teams at Rye High School. In football, he was a Con Ed Athlete of the Week in 1988. In basketball, Draddy was named to the All-Tournament team and played on the first Rye team to go to the state finals. At College of the Holy Cross, Draddy was a three-year starter playing end and linebacker.
- An outstanding athlete and coach, Mary Henwood attended Eastchester High School from 1978-82 and Hofstra University from 1982-86. At Eastchester, she was a three-sport athlete in volleyball/basketball/softball, a three-sport captain in 1981-82 and three-sport all-league and all-section in both junior and senior year. Henwood was Eastchester’s first 1,000+ point scorer in 1982. At Hofstra, she was a four-year varsity starter, team captain, 1,000+ point scorer, and East Coast Conference Player of the Week, all in basketball/lacrosse. Henwood has coached varsity girls’ basketball and lacrosse at Rye High School.
- Katonah resident Diane Swertfager graduated from Pleasantville High School in 1979 where she was a multisport star excelling in volleyball, basketball and softball. As a volleyball player, she was an all-county performer for the Panthers. Swertfager went on to attend Springfield College. She is currently a Section One volleyball coach and sports coordinator at Hendrick Hudson High School.
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