Trophies were given to the best of the best - those students who pushed the Lions past its competitors while providing the Bronx with a lot of pride along the way.
Among those celebrated were the school’s baseball team, led by Adam Droz. While ousted in the 3rd round of the playoffs, the Lehman team did the impossible this year, decisively beating last year’s Bronx champions from Monroe en route to a 15-1 record; the best in the borough, as the school’s softball team, led by Andrea Perretti also boasted an incredible 14-4 mark on the year.
Other successes this year included the team’s girls’ varsity bowling team, led by coach Anthony Schmerler, which ended a perfect run in the Bronx with a 10-0 record. Marcie Felicies led her boys to a perfect 12-0 season, as the Lions ruled the Bronx lanes before both teams were eliminated early in the playoffs.
Felicies also led a handball team, without its former star Cruz Dueno to an amazing 10-2 record.
Over to tennis, Darryl Warfield led his girls to a perfect 10-0 regular season before coming up short in the semifinals.
It was also a big year for Nigel Thompson, leading a team of pioneers to a 9-3 record in the inaugural PSAL cricket season.
Patrick Straw had an amazing run, watching his boys’ varsity soccer team struggle before pushing the eventual champions from MLK to the limit, losing 1-0 in a thrilling OT playoff battle.
The varsity football team also did damage while leading coach Carmine Colasanto to his 200th career victory.
And finally, Scott DeBellis led his wrestling team, one that boasts several females, to an outstanding 9-1 run. The Lions made their way to the finals of the PSAL Championship where they lost in a tough battle with the unstoppable Petrides team.
Coaches honored the players who helped bring the team success before former alumni and current NABF light welterweight champion Frankie Figueroa offered some inspirational words for the students who surely have bright futures ahead.
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