LATE FIRST HALF GOAL HELPS LIFT BLUE JAYS OVER CSI IN MEN'S SOCCER OPENER


NYU-Polytechnic used a late first half goal with :19 left to take a 1-0 lead at intermission, then made the most of a steady second-half counter-attacking style, to take a 3-1 win over the visiting Dolphins in what was the season-opening game for both teams this afternoon at Aviator Field in Brooklyn, New York.  The Dolphins fell to 0-1, while the Fighting Blue Jays start their young season 1-0.
In 2009, the two teams played to a scoreless half before NYU-Poly scored three goals in the first 15 minutes of the second stanza to garner a 4-1 win.  2010’s installment seemed eerily similar.  The Blue Jays earned the first two quality chances of the afternoon as, on both occasions, a streaking Mamadou Dianko raced past a CSI defense, only to put balls just inches wide of CSI keeper Ahmed El-Ghareib within the game’s first 20 minutes.
From there, the game teetered back and forth, as both teams traded good chances.  A Kenneth Zaw strike from just beyond the goal mouth skipped wide of NYU-Poly keeper Robert Petri, while a thunderous shot from CSI’s Lirim Begai sailed high over the crossbar with just over 12 minutes to play in the first half.  Inside of five minutes to play in the frame, however, CSI’s defense let their guard slip, and a series of failed clear-out attempts led to NYU-Poly chances.  The last of which came inside of a minute when after a CSI turnover, NYU-Poly’s Adrian Hurtado put a high through-ball over the CSI defense onto the waiting head of Adam Lakawitz, who rainbowed a header past El-Ghareib to give the Blue Jays a 1-0 lead with just 19 ticks remaining in the frame.
Up 1-0 at the break, NYU-Poly made the most of CSI’s attempt to equalize, by throwing numbers on a counterattack early in the second frame.  Just four minutes in, the home team doubled their lead when Giovanni Ormachi buried a shot from 15 yards away on a feed from Marcello Escudero.  The Dolphins cried foul when it appeared that Escudero had played the ball with his hand, and indeed, many of the players on both sides of the ball stopped play after the supposed incident.  Play continued, however, allowing Ormachi to put in the goal at CSI’s protest, and putting the Dolphins down 2-0 with 40 minutes left to play.
At the 68-minute mark, NYU-Poly tallied again, this time on a shot by Mohamed Ndou from the right side on another CSI failed clearing attempt, putting the Blue Jays clearly in control, 3-0.
From there, however, CSI did play well.  Even with five defenders on the back line, the Dolphins were able to maintain possession and get off shots.  After being untested for a majority of the game, Petri made three saves inside of the final 20 minutes, part of five total on the game.  CSI finally hit paydirt in the 80th minute, when a lined lead pass by Dong Luu in the midfield found a streaking Ibrahim Mubaric on the left side.  The young freshman shed a defender and put a nice shot past Petri for the goal, his first career tally, cutting the lead to 3-1.
CSI wasn’t able to garner a shot on goal from there, seeing a lone shot by Zaw sail wide-right, as NYU-Poly took the win by a 3-1 final.
Poly out-shot the Dolphins, 22-12 (13-6 on goal).  El-Ghareib made 10 saves for the Dolphins, including a pair of exceptional sprawling saves as time expired.  The Blue Jays earned six corner kicks to the Dolphins’ zero.  The hot and muggy afternoon saw no bookings in what was a clean game that featured only 13 collective fouls.
CSI will get back to action this weekend.  The team will travel to Madison, New Jersey, to take part in the Drew University Fall Festival Classic.  Play will begin for CSI at 5pm on Saturday against Keystone College.BoxscoreArchived Broadcast




CSI APPOINTS MELISSA QUILES INTERIM VOLLEYBALL HEAD COACH


Former CSI volleyball player and longtime assistant coach Melissa Quiles has been named CSI’s newest head coach, taking the reigns on an interim basis for the 2010 season after the departure of four-year coach Rose Ruesing, who announced her resignation a week ago. Quiles, who doubles as an assistant coach for the women’s softball team and was also a standout in that sport will continue in that capacity as well. A search for a permanent replacement will commence at the conclusion of the season.
“We are very fortunate to have a returning assistant volleyball coach and four year CSI volleyball player in Melissa Quiles in place to accept the appointment,” said Vernon Mummert, Director of Athletics and Recreation. “With Coach Quiles’ knowledge of the game and her familiarity with the CUNYAC volleyball competition, our team should not miss a beat this year.”
The appointment of Quiles to the position of head coach is well deserved. A four-year standout for the Dolphins from 2001-04, Quiles was a two-year captain and a versatile part of the lineup, totalling 149 kills, 149 service aces, and 566 digs. Quiles immediately joined the sidelines in 2005, serving one year as assistant coach under former head coach Jason Fein before spending the next four years as Ruesing’s top assistant.
“This is an opportunty that I am very excited about and that I have been waiting for,” commented Quiles. “When I was a student-athlete I always looked up to my coaches and thought that coaching would be something I could lend my spirit, heart and dedication to. It will be very exciting to be able to run the program the way I envision it can be.”
The Dolphins will have a seemingly tough task ahead. The team celebrated its finest season in memory two seasons ago in a 16-12 CUNYAC semifinalist campaign that ended with an ECAC Tournament berth, the first in team history. But the team fell to 12-15 a year ago and graduated top-player Alba Basha, the program’s back-to-back CUNYAC first team all-star. The team also said goodbye to versatile senior Carmella Lubrano, and defensive specialists Elyse Santiago and Fiosa Begai. In all, the team sports four returning players, among them standouts Joanna Tepedino and Danielle Ponsiglione, who double on on the softball diamond.
“We have a nice nucleus coming back, but we will be challenged with recruiting another round of student-athletes who will be committed to CSI Volleyball and help make us better both in the short and long term,” Quiles said. “My goal is to keep the players motivated and dedicated towards being a part of something we intend to make better. We’ll need to keep ourselves focused on our next game and stay excited during the course of the entire season.”
With a focus on recruiting for the future and getting the team to be a cohesive unit in time for the season, Quiles is confident that the road for CSI could be a promising one.
“I see the volleyball team improving every year and building up to what I hope can be a championship unit. I would love to bring that championship banner home to the College, and making volleyball a more well-known and popular sport at CSI.”
Joining Quiles on the sidelines will be the return of Solomon Ramos as a second-year assistant, while volunteer assistants Veronica DeMeglio and Kellie Carnevale, a former two-year player and two-year assistant, will also return to guide the unit.



CSI FALL SCHEDULES RELEASED AS SEASON APPROACHES

The College of Staten Island has released its lineup of athletic schedules spanning six fall sports today.  The schedules include a host of intriguing dates and match ups, as well as a collection of over 30 broadcasts on CSI SportsNet, the home of CSI Athletics webcasting available through www.csidolphins.com.
The CSI Soccer teams are looking to bounce back after subpar 2009 campaigns.  The five-time back-to-back CUNYAC Champs on the women’s side were finally dethroned in 2009 to new champion City College of New York, and the two teams will meet twice during the season, including a home date on October 13 that will mark CSI’s second annual Kick for a Cure, designed to promote breast cancer awareness and raise money for the Staten Island Breast Cancer Research Initiative.  The season will also see the introduction of new CUNYAC-rivals John Jay College, who will sport a women’s soccer team for the first time since 2004.  CSI will face the Bloodhounds twice as well (home on September 21, away on October 15).
Under third-year head coach Armen Simoniants, the CSI men will be looking to improve on a four-win campaign that saw them on the outside looking-in come playoff time.  The team will introduce the fall season with a 3:30pm non-conference face-off with Polytechnic University on September 1.  The team will play its first four games on the road, before returning home to play four out of the next five at home between September 11-22.
The CSI men’s and women’s cross-country teams are set for their second foray under head coach Robert Russo-Vikos.  CSI’s youngest coach was brought on just days before the 2009 campaign a year ago and with a full season’s recruiting under his belt is hopeful for CUNYAC championship contention.  The CUNYAC Championship will be held on Halloween, and CSI will host its 3rd annual Invitational just a week before on October 24 at Van Cortlandt Park in the Bronx, New York.
The CSI Women’s Volleyball unit was an ECAC tournament entry two years ago and are looking to recapture some of that magic after a 12-15 campaign a year ago.  The Dolphins will do so with the benefits of only three home contests (thanks largely to a schedule chock full of neutral site tri-matches).  CSI will host its third annual Serve for a Cure to promote breast cancer awareness on September 21 vs. Baruch College, and will have a highlighted rematch vs. Lehman College on October 11 as part of a CUNYAC Tri-Match as a rematch of last year’s postseason quarterfinal loss.
Rounding things up, the CSI women’s tennis team will be looking to expand on a season where they finished as the conference’s number five seed a year ago.  With a majority of their lineup returning fourth year head coach Paul Ricciardi is optimistic.  CSI will play three of its first four contests and will finish with its final two at home against conference opponents Medgar Evers College (October 6) and Brooklyn College (October 12).
CSI SportsNet, the webcasting home for CSI Athletics will be accommodate fans with plenty of coverage in 2010-11.  The team at Sportsnet will cover 11 men’s soccer, 10 women’s soccer, and 6 volleyball dates concentrating primarily when CSI takes to the road, so that fans can listen in when the Dolphins are away.  SportsNet will also carry CUNYAC postseason and beyond should CSI advance.  
For a complete schedule lineup of all six fall sports be sure to visit each respective sports page on .

EDNITA LORENZO TABBED CSI NCAA WOMAN OF THE YEAR

College of Staten Island women’s soccer senior and Student-Athlete Advisory Committee President Ednita Lorenzo has been tabbed the College’s NCAA Woman of the Year, a yearly distinction bestowed on her as part of the NCAA’s recognition of female student-athletes who have excelled in academics, leadership, and community service.
A four-year stalwart and captain of a women’s soccer team that collected three championships in her years at CSI, Lorenzo added four goals and an assist over her career, including a trio of scores in 2009, playing in the midfield and at the front.  Lorenzo was named Female Student-Athlete of the Year at CSI’s Commencement Honors in May 2010 prior to graduating with a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Communications with a concentration in Journalism, boasting an outstanding 3.11 GPA.
Shadowing her performance in the field is Lorenzo’s passion for her fellow student-athletes.  The 2009 senior was a two year member of the executive committee of the CSI SAAC, where she served as President this past year.  She was part of a team that spear-headed multiple fund-raising campaigns including Change for Haiti, aimed at collecting spare change for Haitian Relief efforts, collecting nearly $1,000 in total.  She also organized multiple community service ventures including the SAAC’s annual holiday trip to Eger Nursing Home.  Her pioneering also saw the SAAC introduce a new award at CSI’s annual Awards Banquet.  Called the CSI G.L.O.V.E. Award, the award honors a coach and team who exemplify giving, leadership, organizing, volunteering and encouraging.  On top of her multiple endeavors, she also served an internship in the CSI Athletic Department, serving as principal photographer and gameday event assistant at CSI home athletic contests.
Lorenzo’s NCAA Woman of the Year honor makes her one of 452 honorees spanning all NCAA Divisions nationwide.  Conference Women of the Year honors will be announced in late-September of 2010, with a national winner being announced on October 17, 2010 in Indianapolis.

VERNON MUMMERT NAMED COLLEGE OF STATEN ISLAND DIRECTOR OF ATHLETICS & RECREATION


North Central College’s Assistant Athletic Director Vernon Mummert has been tabbed the College of Staten Island’s new Director of Athletics & Recreation, it was announced today. A veteran for over three decades in upper athletics administration, Mummert has served as an athletic director at the NCAA, NAIA, and NJCAA. He will replace Paul Bobb, whose one-year appointment as Interim Athletic Director will come to a close at the end of the month. Mummert will commence his position on July 15.
As director, Mummert will oversee operations of CSI’s intercollegiate and intramural athletics program, consisting of 13 varsity sports housed within The City University of New York Athletic Conference. He will also oversee operations of the Sports & Recreation Center and its surrounding facilities, including membership services, staffing, and external relations. He holds a Masters of Education Degree in Administration and Bachelor of Science Degree in Physical Education, both from McDaniel College.
Mummert’s travels have taken him to five different campuses, spanning over 30 years in athletics administration. Beginning at nearby NCAA Division III Drew University in 1977, Mummert spent 17 years with the Rangers program, coaching both soccer and tennis, and later assuming Director of Athletics duties, a position he held until 1994. Mummert then traveled west to Prescott, Arizona, as Director of Athletics at Yavapai College, a Division I member of the National Junior College Athletic Association, a position he held for four years.
In 1998, Mummert went back to the NCAA Division III ranks, joining Wabash College in Crawfordsville, Indiana, as Athletic Director, where he served for a decade. While at Wabash, Mummert was honored with the prestigious NCAA DIII Central Region Athletic Director of the Year Award, given to him by the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics. 
Mummert enjoyed one year at the University of Texas at Brownsville (NAIA Division I) before serving at North Central College in Naperville, Illinois, where he oversaw athletics facilities and events this past year. His new appointment at CSI will afford him an opportunity to return to his New York/New Jersey roots. 
“I am very excited to have been the College’s choice for this prestigious position,” noted Mummert. “I am very eager to get on board with President Morales and Vice-President Jones-Woolfolk to bring our institution to the next level.”
National caliber competition, furthering postseason advancement for Dolphins teams, and higher recognition and greater community involvement for student-athletes are all on the docket for an anxious Mummert.
“I’m really looking forward to building those bridges at Staten Island to help us get to where we want to go locally, regionally, and nationally. Getting more teams into the NCAA postseason, getting more recognition for our teams, and working with faculty to create a more harmonious community is very exciting. We want to complement the educational experience for our students at CSI and I’m looking forward to getting started.”
A member of the McDaniel College and Drew University Hall of Fame’s, Mummert has been a part of numerous campus and national committee appointments. As a former soccer and tennis coach, he collected over 275 wins and won three ECAC Championships at Drew University.    
“We are very excited to have a seasoned athletic director like Vernon Mummert enter the CSI program,” says Bobb, who also served as chairperson of the search committee, which fielded many applicants nationwide. “CSI has tremendous potential and it deserves the experience and commitment to excellence that Vernon has demonstrated. There is evidence indicated that he has the ability and leadership that would benefit a first-rate Division III athletic program.”
Born in Baltimore, Maryland, Mummert plans to reside in Staten Island, with his wife, Susan. He is the father of two daughters, Lauren and Megan, and a son, Matthew. Of a soccer family, all of Mummert’s children have enjoyed proficient playing careers. His daughter Megan enjoyed a 20-2-1 season with NCAA Division III Augustana College, while Matthew, a high school senior, completed another successful season at the Carmel U-16 Academy squad, one of the nation’s top soccer programs.




AWARDS BANQUET HONORS STUDENT-ATHLETES


The College of Staten Island honored a host of its student-athletes, coaches, and distinguished staff members with its annual Athletics Awards Banquet held at Sports & Recreation Center earlier this evening.  A total of over 80 award winners were highlighted as part of the gala, among them members of CSI’s 13 intercollegiate sports teams in 2009-10.
After greetings from Interim Athletic Director Paul Bobb, Vice-President for Student Affairs Dr. Jerald Jones-Woolfolk and CSI President Dr. Tomas D. Morales, awards were given for each sport in chronological order beginning with teams last fall, and ending with men’s baseball, which finalized its season just days ago by celebrating a CUNYAC Championship and advancing to the ECAC Metro NY/NJ Postseason Tournament.
Major awards were then presented to Female Athlete of the Year Kelly Kenny, senior on both the women’s soccer and swimming teams.  Kenny was a two-time CUNYAC champion in soccer, and elevated herself into a competitive diver for the Swimming team.  A former CUNYAC Championship MVP, the versatile Kenny played every position on the soccer pitch during her three-year playing career.  Men’s baseball ace Pat Gale was named Male Athlete of the Year.  Gale finished an impeccable junior campaign by posting an 8-2 record on the mound, earning CSI single season records for innings pitched, wins and strikouts. The junior also batted a healthy .418, was CUNYAC Player of the Year and is in the running for two All-American citations which are yet to be announced.
CSI Scholar-Athlete of the Year honors was given to soccer star and senior Adam Birnbaum.  Appearing in 58 games for the Dolphins over the past three seasons, Birnbaum sports a 3.895 GPA, majoring in Economics.  Birnbaum will return for his final season in 2011 as a graduate student at CSI. Dr. William Fritz, CSI Provost, also honored the CSI Women’s Swimming & Diving Team for posting CSI Athletics’ highest Team GPA, at 3.21.
Thomas DeWaters, senior for men’s baseball, was awarded the 5th Annual Bill Cali/John Scrivani Sportsmanship Award, named after CSI’s baseball skippers who earned similar honors from the Staten Island Advance in 2005. 
CUNY Athletic Conference representative Gregg Cohen was on hand to offer nearly 30 awards, bestowed to CSI All-Stars scattered throughout the year and the CUNYAC’s four Scholar-Athlete of the Year Honorable Mentions – Tara Meiners, Danielle McLaughlin, Ryan Hennessey, and Birnbaum.
Throughout the course of the evening, other notable awards were handed out.  A Distinguished Service award was given to Staten Island Advance sportswriter Jack Minogue, who has covered CSI sports since the school was a pre-four-year institution in 1976.
Midway through the ceremony, members of the CSI Student-Athlete Advisory Committee presented their Inspiration Award, given this year to women’s basketball star and senior Mallory Ameneiros, who battled multiple injuries to aid her team in 2009-10. The SAAC also awarded its inaugural G.L.O.V.E. Award to Head Coach Michael Mauro and the CSI Baseball Team for their model of Giving, Leading, Organizing, Volunteering, and Encouraging.
All tolled, the rousing event was a great success, according to David Pizzuto, Associate Athletic Director and principal organizer of the event each year. 
“It seems as if our banquet grows each year because the list of laurels gets greater and greater,” he said. “This is a fantastic event and a fitting close to our year. We have so much to be proud of and to give the students and award recipients their due is worth it.”
Photos of the event will be posted through a slideshow soon.  The CSI academic year will come to a close next week, when Commencement will take place on Thursday, May 27.
Award winners this year include the following:
Women’s Volleyball
MVP: Alba Basha
Coaches: Carmella Lubrano
Coaches: Danielle Ponsiglione
 
Women’s Tennis:
MVP: Gabriella Villarruel
Rookie: Justine Kuna
Coaches: Qing Li
 
Women’s Soccer
MVP: Kelly Kenny
Outstanding Player: Lauren Neglia
Sportsmanship: Ednita Lorenzo
 
Men’s Soccer
MVP – Lirim Begai
Rookie – Andriy Sudak
Coaches – Kenneth Zaw
 
Women’s Cross-Country
MVP: Lisa LaManna
Rookie: Caitlin O’Neill
Coaches: Bibi Ghafari
 
Men’s Cross-Country
MVP: Dean Kunjravia
Rookie: Shannon Pierre
Coaches: Matt Greger
 
Women’s Basketball
MVP: Kristen Panariello
Most Improved: Danielle McLaughlin
Coaches: Mallory Ameneiros
 
Men’s Swimming
MVP – Vladislav Romanov
Rookie – Joe Lee
Co-Coaches – Alex Griss
Co_coaches – Mohamed Hikal
 
Women’s Swimming
MVP – Gabriella Villarruel
Co-Rookie – April Bartlett
Co-Rookie – Priscilla Alvarez
Coaches – Tara Meiners
 
Men’s Basketball
MVP – Jordan Young
Rookie – Herschel Jenkins
Coaches – Dale Taranto
Matty White Leadership Award – Christian Montervino
 
Women’s Softball
Offensive MVP – Kaitlyn Flynn
Defensive MVP – Jennifer Volpe
Pitcher of the Year – Danielle Ponsiglione
Sportsmanship Award – Raechel Strobel
Leadership Award – Jillian Graniero
 
Men’s Tennis
Co-MVP: Patrick Thomas
Co-MVP: Gary Ambartsumov
Coaches: Tom Pack
 
Men’s Baseball
MVP – Pat Gale
MVP – Devon DiCasoli
Rookie – Cory Sullivan
Rookie – Joe Cassano
Coaches – Nick Tingos
 
 
Distinguished Service Award
Jack Minogue, Staten Island Advance
 
SAAC Inspiration Award
Mallory Ameneiros, Women’s Basketball
 
SAAC G.L.O.V.E. Award
Michael Mauro & the CSI Men’s Baseball Team
 
Team G.P.A. Award
Women’s Swimming, 3.21 GPA
 
Bill Cali/John Scrivani Sportsmanship Award
Thomas DeWaters, Men’s Baseball
 
Scholar-Athlete of the Year
Adam Birnbaum
 
Male Athlete of the Year
Pat Gale, Men’s Baseball
 
Female Athlete of the Year
Kelly Kenny, Women’s Soccer and Swimming & Diving
 
 




BASEBALL VS. FDU CANCELLED DUE TO RAIN



The College of Staten Island men’s baseball non-conference tilt vs. FDU-Florham, scheduled to be played Sunday at 12 Noon has been canceled due to rain. Make-up date has not yet been scheduled.
The Dolphins next game will be on Wednesday, March 9th where they will host the College of Mt. St. Vincent at 4pm.




CSI TOURNAMENT OF HEROES SET FOR TIP-OFF; CATCH THE ACTION HERE


The long standing tradition for many during the holiday season is to spend time in the warm indoors with family and loved ones.  For the College of Staten Island and men’s basketball coach Tony Petosa, it isn’t much different.  But most recently at CSI, the holidays have served as a chance to reflect on the unfortunate events of September 11, 2001, when three former student-athletes, Terrance Aiken, Scott Davidson, and Tom Hannafin, died in the terrorist attacks at the World Trade Center.  Now in its ninth year, the annual CSI Tournament of Heroes gives us all a chance to reflect on the heroism and sacrifice of all on that fateful day, and this year’s installment is set for Tuesday and Wednesday, December 28 & 29, at the Sports & Recreation Center.  Despite Mother Nature’s best efforts, it appears as if the show will go on at the Sports & Recreation Center this week.
Folks who want to catch the action can do so on television, radio, and the internet.  WSIA, 88.9FM on Staten Island will have the call live at courtside with coverage of all four games on Tuesday and Wednesday.  Coverage will begin at 5:30pm on both days.  The radio call is also available on the web at www.wsia.fm.  Those who watch to catch the action televised can do so live on Time Warner Cable through Staten Island 76.  This weekend the games will also be available through InDemand.
On Tuesday, December 28th, visiting squads Anderson University and Richard Stockton College will tip off at 5:30pm, followed by the College of Staten Island and University of Dallas at 7:30pm.  A brief ceremony to commemorate the lives of Aiken, Davidson, and Hannafin will take place in-between games one and two.  On Wednesday, the Consolation Game will be played at 5:30pm, with the Championship Game set for a 7:30 tip.  More than anything, the basketball that highlights the evening serves as a backdrop for an emotional night inspired by the three fallen heroes.
“What made them special was that who they were as basketball players echoed to who they were away from the court,” commented Petosa, who coached both Aiken and Davidson and played side-by-side with Hannafin.  “Tommy, even in the tough games, had that humor, that light disposition. Scott was always intense, on or off the court. Terrance was always happy, always smiling.”
Aiken, 30, was a computer consultant working on the 97th floor of WTC Tower I at the time of the attacks.  Davidson, 33, a member of FDNY Ladder Company 118 was one of the first to arrive on the scene on that fateful day.  Hannafin, 36, a member of Ladder Company 8 based in Greenwich Village, also perished heroically at the scene.  His unit was one hit hardest by the attacks.
In January of 2002, just over four months after the attacks, the jersey numbers of Aiken, Davidson, and Hannafin became the first ever retired in men’s basketball history in a stirring ceremony during a regular season contest against Baruch College.  To keep their memories alive even further, the annual tournament was brought on the following season.  Petosa hatched the idea for both events and has been the biggest driving force behind the tournament since.  It’s a labor of love that he is all too eager to take on.
“One of the nicest things ever said to me was by former player, Kassim Nesbitt, after we beat Baruch on the day of the initial ceremony,” Petosa said.  “He said to me, ‘Coach, I didn’t realize what it was like or how important it was to be a part of the CSI family. It means so much to so many.’ I really appreciated that.”
Indeed, many have come to learn the true meaning behind the tournament, thanks to the efforts of Petosa and his support staff.  This year, as in year’s past, the college will host a post-game reception for families of the three fallen heroes and alumni at the conclusion of Tuesday’s games.
“We’re very pleased that the tournament is still getting support from the community as we enter our ninth year,” he said.  “Our goal when we started the tournament was to ensure that Terrance, Scott and Tom, and all of 9/11’s fallen heroes, would always be remembered in the way they would have wanted.  As always, we look forward to welcoming back friends and family members for what has become a yearly tradition for us.”
CSI has never come away with the championship trophy, but it hardly seems to matter, especially when some of the nation’s top NCAA intercollegiate programs choose to make it a part of their schedules each year.  Bill Harris, head men’s basketball coach at Wheaton College, whose tournament CSI participated in to start the 2008-09 season, and whose team was nationally-ranked and took the 2006 tourney installment, was quick to acknowledge the effort made by CSI with their annual tournament.
“It was a great experience.  CSI greeted us with a warm hospitality and we felt welcomed and appreciated the entire way,” said Coach Harris after the tournament.  “We stayed near Ground Zero and it made the significance of the event so much greater.  It was a real pleasure and we were happy to be a part of it.”
“Every year, the tournament is another reminder of how great it is to be a part of something special here at CSI,” said associate athletic director David Pizzuto, who normally coordinates the tournament ceremony to honor the three heroes each year.  “The memories of those three gentlemen are on our minds every single minute of the tournament when we do it each year, and it becomes so much more important than basketball.”
Petosa is quick to deflect his efforts on the creation and sustenance of the tournament, yet enjoys having had the event become such an important function at the college each year.
“It’s been real nice to see it become so successful,” he noted.  “My first goal was to make it to five years. My next goal is another five, and to keep making it into a well-received event on Staten Island.”
So far, mission accomplished.
Tickets to the 9th annual Tournament of Heroes are $5 for adults, $2 for children 10 and older and free for those 10 and under.  All funds generated are used to perpetuate the tournament for years to come.  For more information on tickets, please call (718) 982-3160.
Links to Tournament of Heroes Multimedia
Tribute to Heroes – Dedication Ceremony – January 26, 2002 – PART I
Tribute to Heroes – Dedication Ceremony – January 26, 2002 – PART II
Tournament of Heroes – SportsJam Coverage (2002)
Tournament of Heroes Slideshow (2006)