The Glen Cove High School varsity football team was recognized by district administrators and the Glen Cove Board of Education at the Feb. 1 Board meeting.
The team was celebrated for being named Conference III Big Four Champions, after a terrific season of hard-fought wins. In addition to recognizing the team’s accomplishments, coach Pete Kopecky was honored for his 100th career win. Linebacker Gaetano Famiglietti, recipient of the Bill Piner Award, and quarterback Mike Payton, recipient of the National Football Foundation’s Scholar-Athlete Award, were also applauded for their success on and off the field.
Glen Cove High School Principal Antonio Santana presented the team’s captains with a commemorative gold football that was given to the high school by the National Football League Super Bowl High School Honor Roll on behalf of Glen Cove graduate Joe Rizzo (1969). The honor roll celebrates high schools and communities that have contributed to Super Bowl history.
Superintendent of Schools Maria Rianna told the team she couldn’t be any prouder of all they had accomplished.
“You played beautifully,” Rianna said. “You never gave up, and you have made Glen Cove very, very proud.”