The summer is almost over. But children can still relax and take a break from the intense life as a student-athlete.
This summer, the Tribune will take a look back at the stars of the region throughout the season. Athletes who were featured throughout the winter and spring seasons excelled, partially due to their innate abilities on the court and field, but also thanks to their peers, who often pick them up when they’re down.
Colin Diez from Division Avenue High School is the epitome of the Blue Dragons. The pitcher and center fielder attempts to stand out amongst his peers, and thus far, it’s
worked to perfection. This All-Conference star is ready for the challenge ahead as he gears up for Division II ball at Queens College. He said his strength is “my knuckle-drop, a pitch we throw here at Division.”
When it was time for General Douglas MacArthur High School’s varsity baseball team to participate in the conference playoffs, no one stepped up more than Justin DeMaria.
The center fielder had 13 hits in just 21 playoff at-bats, translating to an impressive .619 average. DeMaria just wrapped up his athletic career at MacArthur, one that included stints on the baseball, track and field, as well as football squads.
Anna Butler wants to be like her mother, Kathy Delgais Butler, one of the—if not, the—best pitcher in Nassau County history. This softball player is well on her way to doing exactly that, aiming to win the Nassau County Pitcher of the Year, named after her mother, in her last season with Seaford.