Jackolski, Sidaras inducted into Floyd Hall of Fame

Brock Jackolski, left, stands with Athletic Director Mark Brock Jackolski, left, stands with Athletic Director Mark Mensch as he is inducted into the William Floyd Athletic Department Hall of Fame during a Ceremony at the school in Mastic Beach, NY. (Dec. 14, 2013) Photo Credit: Ed Betz

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Brock Jackolski and Joseph Sidaras were among those inducted into the Floyd Athletic Hall of Fame Saturday at the Mastic Beach high school. Both were members of the 2005-2007 football teams that compiled a 33-0 record and won three consecutive Long Island Championships, a press release said.

"They took Floyd football to the next level," Floyd athletic director Mark Mensch said. "They gave the program national recognition. We were ranked 20th by Sports Illustrated in 2007."

Jackolski, a defensive back and special teams stand out, won the Hansen Award in 2007, and went on to play football at Hofstra and Stony Brook. Both he and Sidaras were 2008 graduates.

Mensch said that Jackolski and Sidaras were part of the first class that participated in Floyd's youth program, started in 1998. Coach Paul Longo would host clinics for local youth football players and coaches in an effort to familiarize them with varsity plays and terminology.

"When they got high school, their athleticism caught up with their knowledge of the game," Mensch said.

Also inducted were the 2001 football team, which brought Floyd its first county championship in school history, wrestler Philip Archer ( class of 2003), softball player Jennifer Engmann (class of 1988), field hockey, basketball; softball standout Catherine (Pugliese) Honeyman (class of 1987) and football player John Papadakis (class of 1996).

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The ceremony took place in the high school's cafeteria and inductees were introduced during a break from the action in the annual "Take Down Autism" wrestling tournament, the press release said.

"They represented the meaning of being a student athlete," Mensch said of the inductees. "We host the ceremony at the school so the (current) athletes can see these (past) athletes and hear about their accomplishments."