Football prospects share spotlight with Quigley

mcmasterThe McMaster Marauders’ announced their preliminary Hamilton area football recruits at the 12th Annual McMaster Football Gala dinner last night (Thursday).

The Hamilton area recruits include offensive lineman James Collura (Hamilton), defensive back Joey Cupido (Hamilton), defensive end Ben D’Aguilar (Hamilton), defensive back Stephen Dennis (Burlington), slotback Mike DiCroce (Hamilton), defensive back Cody Lynch (Hamilton), running back Dave McMurrough (Hamilton), slotback Spencer Moore (Hamilton), defensive tackle Jordan Powell (Hamilton) and defensive back Andrew Surya (Burlington).

Four of the 10 preliminary recruits played for teams coached by T. Litzen Sports Golden Horseshoe High School Football Coach of the Year recipients. Collura, Cupido and Moore played high school football at St. Jean de Brebeuf Catholic Secondary School and are coached by 2008 Coach of the Year and McMaster alumni Steve Alfano.

McMurrough was a member of the Nelson Lords High School football team, coached by 2007 award winner Bob Stacey. The first T. Litzen Sports Golden Horseshoe High School Football Coach of the Year, Dave Walters, who received the award in 2006, currently has two players on the McMaster roster in Kareem Ferreira and Alex Pongetti.

The McMaster Football Gala dinner honoured McMaster alumni Claudio Silvestri as the 2009 T. Litzen recipient. Silvestri has four of his former players on the Marauders’ roster, including John Hornby, Elliot Hudecki, Jason Medeiros and Jesse Montani.

McMaster head coach Stefan Ptaszek observed that “our program has a rich tradition of producing quality people who impact the Hamilton and Halton communities. Coaches Walters, Stacey, Alfano, and Silvestri are perfect examples of what McMaster Football is all about. Given their commitment to their players and leadership on and off the field, it is no coincidence that McMaster has attracted some of their current and former student athletes.”

As a part of the 2009 Football Gala Dinner, McMaster awarded a trip to the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics, including tickets to the bobsleigh finals courtesy of Co-Sport, the official hospitality services provider for the 2010 Olympic Winter Games. McMaster alumni Jesse Lumsden recently captured the Canadian championship as a brakeman for Pierre Leuders in the two-man bobsleigh competition.

The McMaster Football Gala dinner also paid tribute to McMaster Director of Athletics and Recreation, Therese Quigley. McMaster former Hec Crighton winner, Ben Chapdelaine, spoke about Therese from the perspective of a former McMaster student-athlete, employee and current alumni, and presented her with a framed #13 McMaster football jersey. Quigley wore #13 as volleyball student-athlete. She will depart McMaster this month after 23 years of service, 18 as director.