WEST HAVEN – Notre Dame High School named hockey and baseball captain Gregory Zullo, ’13, as its Athlete of the Year at the Senior Athletic Award Ceremony on May 21.
This award is Notre Dame’s most prestigious athletic award. The winner is selected by all of the school’s head coaches on the basis of his athletic achievement and contribution to his team and athletic department as a whole.
Mr. Zullo, of Branford, will attend Stonehill College in Easton, Mass., on a baseball scholarship. He was a four-year varsity hockey player and three-year varsity starter for the baseball team. He played in four state championship games, two each in baseball and hockey. An all-state performer in each sport as a junior, he had 14 goals and 26 assists in hockey, including the game-winning goal, in a 5-4 overtime win over East Haven in the first round of the Division I tournament, while earning all-state honors as a senior as well. He had 123 career points (39 goals, 84 assists) in hockey. He was a key cog in the infield, on the mound and in the batter’s box in baseball.
"Greg represented Notre Dame in an exceptional manner in their athletic endeavors and earned this distinction," said athletic director Tom Marcucci, ’66. "He excelled on the ice and the baseball diamond; although his season was cut short by injury, he worked extra hard to return at the end of the regular season. He has the utmost respect from our coaches and those around the area and state."
Notre Dame head hockey coach Bill Gerosa and baseball coach Lou Kessler, ’77, praised Mr. Zullo, as well.
Notre Dame also announced its sportsmanship awards, including the Cavanaugh Award, given to the senior athlete who best exemplifies the ideals of sportsmanship in the eyes of the head coaches. It went to Brian Gargiulo, who was involved in football, indoor track and baseball.
Dylan McGuinness, (lacrosse) was named the CIAC Scholar-Athlete. Jason Abate (outdoor track) was named Notre Dame’s Scholar Athlete. Paul Sliwinski (hockey/lacrosse) and Jordan Williams (football/swimming) received the CIAC Award of Excellence for sportsmanship, ethics and integrity.
The following team awards were announced:
Cross country, Dan Coppolo; football, Chris Perry; soccer, Earl McCoy; basketball, Joe Bongiorni; hockey, Kyle Thibault; indoor track, Earl McCoy; swimming, Jordan Williams; baseball, Michael Levine; golf, Tom Korolyshun; lacrosse, Dylan McGuinness; outdoor track, Ethan Godfrey; and tennis, Bobby Steele.