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Westchester Football Student-Athletes Honored At 'Golden Dozen' Dinner

The Westchester Chapter of the National Football Foundation and Hall of Fame honored county football standouts Thursday at the "Golden Dozen" banquet at Westchester Country Club in Rye.
The Westchester Chapter of the National Football Foundation and Hall of Fame honored county football standouts Thursday at the "Golden Dozen" banquet at Westchester Country Club in Rye. Photo Credit: Contributed
Steven Ircha of Bronxville, center, stands with his parents, Jane and Steve.
Steven Ircha of Bronxville, center, stands with his parents, Jane and Steve. Photo Credit: Contributed
Dean Valente from Chappaqua, second from right, stands with (from left) his mother, Joy Valente, Michael Perry of Rye, treasurer of the county chapter of the National Football Foundation, and his father, Anthony Valente, at the Golden Dozen banquet.
Dean Valente from Chappaqua, second from right, stands with (from left) his mother, Joy Valente, Michael Perry of Rye, treasurer of the county chapter of the National Football Foundation, and his father, Anthony Valente, at the Golden Dozen banquet. Photo Credit: Contributed
Steven Ircha of Bronxville High School will Michael Perry of Rye, the treasurer of the Westchester Chapter of the National Football Foundation and Hall of Fame.
Steven Ircha of Bronxville High School will Michael Perry of Rye, the treasurer of the Westchester Chapter of the National Football Foundation and Hall of Fame. Photo Credit: Contributed

WESTCHESTER COUNTY, N.Y. -- The Westchester Chapter of the National Football Foundation and Hall of Fame honored football standouts for both athletic and academic excellence Thursday at the 42nd annual “Golden Dozen” awards banquet at Westchester Country Club in Rye.

Twelve winners and 24 second-team selections were honored at the dinner.

This year's first-team honorees are:

  • Brandon Coleman, Archbishop Stepinac
  • Timothy DeGraw, Rye High School
  • Will Eisler, Scarsdale High School
  • Ilan Gressel, The Hackley School
  • Steven Ircha, Bronxville High School
  • Stephen Kelley, Walter Panas High School
  • Ryan Lee, John Jay-Cross River High School
  • Andrew Livingston, Rye High School
  • James Nicholas, Scarsdale High School
  • Andrew Sommer, Mamaroneck High School
  • Charles Tarry, Bronxville High School
  • Derick Wallace, Rye Country Day School

Second-team selections who were honored were:

  • Anthony Capozzi, Lakeland
  • Ronan Cherian-Ashe, Dobbs Ferry
  • Dan Delbene, Yorktown
  • Gary Delvecchio, Eastchester
  • Joseph Flihan, Briarcliff
  • Timothy Forbes,  Yorktown
  • Daniel Foresti, Dobbs Ferry
  • Matthew Gargano, Brewster
  • Kellen Hatheway, Byram Hills
  • Matthew Morgante, Somers
  • Joseph Nannariello, Harrison
  • Alex Parkinson, Mamaroneck
  • Enock Penney-Laryea, Tuckahoe
  • Noah Putnam,  Mamaroneck
  • Matthew Quigley,  Mahopac
  • Eli Rattner, Rye Country Day School
  • Baylor Rosenbaum, Pleasantville
  • William Rothschild, Horace Greeley
  • Michael Salvatori,  Harrison
  • Ryan Schaenman, Blind Brook
  • Anthony Scioscia, Hastings
  • John Tucci, Pleasantville
  • Dean Valente, Horace Greeley
  • Ryan Walker,  Hackley

In addition, the chapter honored  founding member and former Chapter President Bill Draddy and awarding the Chris Mello Scholar Athlete Award and Scholarship to Andrew Livingston of Rye. The award is in memory of former "Golden Dozen" honoree Chris Mello of Rye, who was killed on Sept. 11, 2001.

Ryan Lee of John Jay won the Draddy Scholarship and Tuckahoe's Enock Penney-Laryea the Sabella Scholarship.

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