At last week’s Section VIII Boys Soccer Dinner, Wheatley players brought home three of the handful of recognitions that are announced at this awards dinner.
Wheatley junior forward Pedro Lamarre was named an All New York State player. This is a big accomplishment considering Pedro missed the playoffs due to an injury late in the season. Coach Steve Cadet noted that our soccer program has had other players honored with this award over the years, “but it has been more than 10 years since we had a junior receive this accolade.”
Wheatley senior midfielder Brandon Cervone was awarded the Mike Dillon Memorial Scholarship. This scholarship requires an essay submission from the applications. Brandon wrote about how his inspiration to play and excel in soccer has come from his brother, who has been diagnosed with a level of autism that requires 24/7 care. Brandon recognizes that his ability to play soccer is a gift, and he feels that his play on the soccer field should always be a testimony to his brother, Phillip, and his mother — who has always been there to care for both of them. After the emcee read Brandon’s essay at the dinner, he walked up to receive his award to a standing ovation.
Finally, Wheatley senior sweeper Brendan Doherty was also honored at the Soccer Dinner for his outstanding play in the post season and received the award for Playoff Most Valuable Player.
Congratulations Pedro, Brandon and Brendan!
(Thanks to Steve Cadet for the photos and assistance with the write-up!)