The Carbondale Area Touchdown Club held its annual football banquet to recognize the efforts of the 2010 Chargers’ football team and cheerleaders on Sunday, Dec. 19.
The Carbondale Area Touchdown Club held its annual football banquet to recognize the efforts of the 2010 Chargers’ football team and cheerleaders.
Approximately 230 people attended the event last Sunday afternoon.
Mark Duda, head football coach at Lackawanna College, was guest speaker while Larry Gabriel III, Charger head football coach served as master of ceremonies.
Special Award winners included:
Bill “Juice” Conigliaro Team Spirit Award was presented to Anthony DeGrazia by the Congiliaro family. Jim Miller Most Aggressive Player Award was presented to Carm Carachilo by Jim Miller Sr. Both awards were selected by the team.
William “Bill” McDonough Memorial Award presented to Michael Torch by principal, Joseph Farrell. This award is selected by administration and faculty.
Overall Most Valuable Player was Carm Carachilo while the MVP Offense was Joey Gigliotti. Most Valuable Defensive Player was Carm Carachilo.
Most Dedicated Off Season Player was Bailey Hughes while Most Improved Player was Shayne O’Malley.
Most Valuable Special Team Player was Brandon Sales while Most Versatile Player was Sam Demianovich.
The Coaches’ Award went to Michael Torch while
Most Valuable Offensive Lineman was Bailey Hughes. Most Valuable Defensive Lineman was Anthony DeGrazia.
Coaches, Gabriel, JJ Perri and Glen Hughes were the presenters.
The Jack Harrity Memorial Awards went to Gino Carachilo and Anthony DeGrazia and was presented by Diane Harrity.
Abigail Robinson and Erica Wilczewski were named recipients of the Colleen Novobilski Friendship Award that was presented by Harrity and Lorie Lee.
The football program honored Jim Miller with a special award. Miller was the CA’s first head football coach in 1969 who spent 10 seasons as the head coach and more than 25 seasons as a PIAA football referee.
During the 1972-1973 seasons, the Chargers went 17-3, the best back-to-back winning percentage seasons in school history. The 1973 team claimed the school’s only outright league or divisional crown with a 9-2 mark and Suburban Conference title.
Erik Larson (CA athletic director) and Jeff Arthur (Commisioner of Officials) offered remarks.