Suffolk County athletic directors were seen in a video posted earlier this month thanking senior varsity athletes, and asking them to stay physically and mentally tough.
“Although this year didn’t end the way you wanted it to — we’re heartbroken for all of our student-athletes, especially our seniors — we’ve really enjoyed watching you on the fields over the past few years. You’ve given us a lot of thrills,” Section XI Executive Director Tom Combs said. “It’s something you’ll always remember. We wish you all the best in your future endeavors.”
On May 2, Section XI athletic directors were seen in a tribute video to the Class of 2020 recognizing students and asking them to look beyond their current situation.
“I just want to say thanks to the Mariners seniors for all of the memories over these past four years,” Southampton Athletic Director Darren Phillips said. “Use the lessons you’ve learned through playing sports, and apply those principles to everything you do, and you will undoubtedly be successful. To all the 2020 senior athletes, I wish you all the best in the next phase in your journey of life.”
Others like Bridgehampton’s Mike DeRosa, Riverhead’s Brian Sack, and Southold’s Steve Flanagan also sent well-wishes with feelings of sympathy and longing for the season that could have been.
“Hey Hurricane Nation — Kathy Masterson here wishing all our students-athletes a great time. We miss you guys,” the Westhampton Beach athletic director said. “We wish we were out on the field watching you play, and to those we will, I can’t wait to see you again. To my seniors, never forget how much we love you and miss you, and always remember, it’s always about the beach.”
“It’s been great watching you guys play,” East Hampton’s Joe Vasile-Cozzo reiterated. “Good luck, stay safe, and hopefully we see you soon.”
“We wish the best of health to you and your families,” Hampton Bays’ Drew Walker said. “Good luck.”
The athletic directors were seen in a video of a similar style to those student-athletes had posted while practicing and waiting for news on the probability of there being a spring sports season. Athletic directors were digitally passing lacrosse, golf, and basketballs, and heading soccer balls as they delivered their messages.
“Seniors, we wish you nothing but the best going forward,” Shelter Island Athletic Director Todd Gulluscio said. “Everyone, stay safe, stay strong, but most importantly, help your families through this difficult time. Be well.”
“Thank you to all you essential workers and best wishes to the Class of 2020,” Mattituck’s Gregg Wormuth said.
“Be well, stay healthy, and remember we’re all in this together,” Greenport Athletic Director Chris Golden said. “We’ll get through it.”
“Thank you for all the memories you’ve given us over the years,” Section XI Assistant director Pete Bliberg said. “Don’t ever forget where you’ve come from.”