High school sports awards explainer

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The Thorp Award, which goes to the outstanding high school football player in Nassau County, is presented annually by Newsday in memory of Tom Thorp of Rockville Centre, who played football at Columbia and Manhattan and later coached at Stevens Tech, Manhattan, Fordham, Virginia and NYU. Thorp, who was the first president of the Nassau County Football League, was one of the country's leading football officials. He died in 1942.

The Hansen Award, which goes to the outstanding high school football player in Suffolk County, is presented annually by Newsday in memory of Carl A. Hansen of Westhampton. Hansen served as coach and athletic director at Westhampton, was an organizer of the Nassau-Suffolk Advisory Board and was president of the New York State Public High School Athletic Association. He died in 1960.

The Rutgers Cup is presented by the Rutgers Club of Long Island to the outstanding football team of the year in Nassau.

The Rutgers Trophy is presented by the Rutgers Club of Long Island to the season's outstanding football team in Suffolk.

The Martone Award, presented by the Nassau County Football Coaches Association to the top lineman, was founded through the desire of three sons to confer an honor in memory of their father, Al Martone, who died in 1974. The three founders were all Nassau football coaches and former linemen at Glen Cove: Marc Martone of Carey, Joe Martone of Island Trees and Charles Martone of Mepham.

The Zellner Award, established in 1981 to honor former Newsday sports editor Bob Zellner, is given to the outstanding lineman by the Suffolk County Football Coaches Association .

The Piner Award honors the most outstanding linebacker in Nassau, selected by the coaches. It is named after Bill Piner, the longtime Cold Spring Harbor athletic director and former coach at Sewanhaka. He was the Nassau football coordinator until 1998.

The Collotta Award honors the most outstanding linebacker in Suffolk, selected by the coaches. The award is named after Bob Collotta, the football and baseball coach at Half Hollow Hills who died in 1991.

The Jets Receiver Award is presented to Nassau’s most outstanding wide receiver. It was formerly called the Dragon Award.

The National Football Foundation Award is presented to Suffolk’s most outstanding wide receiver. It was formerly called the Dragon Award.

The Dragon Award was given to the top receiver in each county. It has since been renamed the Jets Receiver Award in Nassau and the NFF Receiver Award in Suffolk.

The Boomer Award, instituted in 2003, is awarded annually by the Suffolk County Football Coaches Association to the most outstanding quarterback in the county. It is named for Boomer Esiason, the former NFL signal-caller who graduated from East Islip in 1979.

The Snyder Award is given annually to the outstanding quarterback in Nassau County, presented by the Nassau County Football Coaches Association. It is given in honor of Don Snyder, who was the head football coach at Farmingdale for 40 years (1953-92), where he compiled a record of 237-98-8 and six Rutgers Cups.

The Tom Cassese Award is given to the most outstanding defensive back in Suffolk. It is presented annually by the coaches in honor of the former Comsewogue Football coach with 209 career wins.

The LaBue Award is presented to the outstanding scholar athlete by Suffolk’s football coaches. Named in honor of James LaBue, a 1978 Sachem graduate.

The Richard Sandler Award, which Newsday presents each year to the top boys basketball player in each county, honors Newsday's longtime sports editor, who died in 1989. Sandler, who became sports editor in 1973, emphasized scholastic sports coverage even as Newsday's sports section grew into national prominence.

The Charles H. Clark Award, which Newsday presents to the outstanding girls basketball player in each county, honors Newsday's former high school sports coordinator who died in 1987. Clark oversaw Newsday's scholastic coverage for 30 years and believed firmly in the newspaper's obligation to be accurate and thorough.

The Diamond Award is presented by the Nassau County Baseball Coaches Association to two outstanding all-around players. The awards go to a pitcher and a position player each year.

The Yastrzemski Award, which goes to the outstanding high school baseball player in Suffolk County, is presented by the Suffolk County Baseball Coaches Association. The award is named for Carl Yastrzemski, who grew up in Bridgehampton and became a Hall-of-Fame player with the Boston Red Sox.

The Gibson Award is presented to the most outstanding high school pitcher in Suffolk by the coaches. It is named after Paul Gibson, a 1977 Center Moriches graduate who played eight MLB seasons.

The Kathy Delgais-Butler Award, named for the Wantagh pitcher who transformed Long Island fast pitch in the mid-1980s, is given to Nassau's softball pitcher of the year.

The Crystal Boyd Award is given to the best position player in Nassau softball. It is named after former East Meadow and Hofstra standout Boyd.

The 12th Man Award is given to the player in each county that overcame great adversity to play football. It is presented by the coaches associations.

The Kessenich Award is presented to a three-sport athlete in Nassau who maintain a high academic average and show good morality on and off the field. It’s named after former Oceanside coach Roy Kessenich, who created football’s current power rating system.
 

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