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Top Stories Of 2012: Mount Pleasant Sports

The Sherman Park Little League 9- and 10-year-old team won the state championship. Photo Credit: Daily Voice
Westlake football player Tommy Hopkins signed to attend the University of Connecticut next fall Photo Credit: Daily Voice

MOUNT PLEASANT, N.Y. -- State champion Little Leaguers, college-bound football stars and scholastic achievements highlighted the Mount Pleasant sports scene in 2012.

Hawthorne resident and Westlake High School football star Tommy Hopkins signed a national letter of intent to attend the University of Connecticut in the fall of 2013 on an athletic scholarship. The 6-foot-6, 280-pound lineman is considered one of the top high school football recruits in New York.

Hopkins was recruited by major Division I programs such as Penn State, Rutgers, Boston College and Virginia.

In August, the Sherman Park 9- and 10-year-old all-stars completed a dream season by winning the New York State 9-10 Championship. The locals went 11-0 in the postseason,  winning the District 20 (Westcheater area), Section 4 and New York State Championships.

Manager John Pugni and coaches Enzo Nardone and Domenick Fensore led the 14 players to the East Regional in Cranston, R.I.

Westlake High School's fall athletic teams were recognized as top scholar-athletes for the second straight year by the New York State Public High School Athletics Association.

“I could not be more ecstatic about this,” said Westlake High School Athletic Director Donna Pirro. “This is right up there on the same level as a state championship for me."

In order to qualify as a scholar-athlete team, the total average GPA of all the student-athletes on the team must be equal to or above 90. In total, eight Westlake teams achieved this feat, with a total fall sports season average of 92.

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