2011 Winner Williams Jerez, Centerfielder for the Grand Street Educational Campus, Was Drafted by the Boston Red Sox This Month

Chancellor Dennis M. Walcott today announced the 2011 winners of the Public Schools Athletic League’s (PSAL) annual Wingate Awards for outstanding performance in varsity sports, including baseball, bowling, cricket, Double Dutch, football, softball, swimming, and gymnastics. Each year, the PSAL honors outstanding student-athletes. This year’s winners, all of whom are graduating seniors, were honored at St. Francis College in Brooklyn.

“Congratulations to our athletes for a terrific year in high school competitive sports where many of our students were named All American in their sport,” Chancellor Dennis M. Walcott said. “It is a testament to the PSAL program and to the focus and determination of these young athletes who also must do well in school to participate. They have shown prowess on the field and in the classroom.”

“Our students had a spectacular year this year, playing a football championship game at Yankee Stadium and basketball championship games at Madison Square Garden,” said Deputy Chancellor of Operations Kathleen Grimm. “During these games, they played well and showed good sportsmanship, which is a cornerstone of the PSAL. Congratulations to all our student athletes.”

“I applaud our student-athletes and thank them for giving us exciting games to watch throughout this past year,” said Eric Goldstein, CEO of SchoolFood, Transportation, and the PSAL. “One of our players, Williams Jerez of Grand Street Campus, was drafted by the Boston Red Sox and another player, Morgan Phillips of Frederick Douglass Academy, was drafted by the Cincinnati Reds.”

“All of our students and their families should be proud of what they accomplished this year,” PSAL director Donald Douglas said. “The PSAL offers a wide variety of competitive sports from the traditional, such as baseball and football, to the non-traditional, such as cricket and Double Dutch, and many of our student athletes participate in multiple sports.”

The PSAL Wingate Fund was created in 1903 as the Public Schools Athletic League with the dual purpose of financing and administering athletic programs in New York City public schools. When the school system assumed primary responsibility for these activities, PSAL Inc., and the General George Wingate Fund continued to provide financial support for the PSAL.

More than 30,000 students, both boys and girls, participate in the PSAL, with many playing multiple sports. In addition, more than 200 high schools participate, collectively fielding more than 2,400 sports teams.

The PSAL winners are:


2010-2011 PSAL Wingate Award Fall Season Winners

Girls Bowling Maria Gumb Tottenville High School
Boys Bowling Dylan Bustillo Forest Hills High School
Girls Cross Country Katherine Currier Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School
Boys Cross Country Aaron Somoroff Bronx H.S. of Science
Boys Fencing Ross Calimlim McKee/Staten Island Tech
Football Brandon Reddish Fort Hamilton High School
Girls Golf Christa Golden New Dorp High School
Girls Soccer Niri Halperin Brooklyn Technical High School
Boys Soccer Rodolfo Paguada John Adams High School
Girls Swimming Krista Caputo Curtis High School
Girls Volleyball Shannon Appel Midwood High School


2010-2011  PSAL Wingate Award Winter Season Winners

Girls Basketball Ashley Gomez Murry Bergtraum High School
Boys Basketball Shaquille Stokes Abraham Lincoln  High School
Girls Gymnastics Chloe Hirschowitz Stuyvesant High School
Boys Gymnastics V Dal Cummings John F. Kennedy High School
Girls Indoor Track Claudia Francis Benjamin Cardozo High School
Boys Indoor Track Richmond Ahadzi Sheepshead Bay High School
Boys Swimming William Middleton Curtis High School
Wrestling William Vera William C. Bryant High School

Alternative League

Boys Basketball Kevin Charles Thelma Hamilton Campus

2010-2011  PSAL Wingate Award Spring Season Winners

Baseball Williams Jerez Grand Street Campus
Cricket Imdad Khan Aviation Career and Tech High School
Double Dutch Keziah Watters Thomas Edison High School
Girls Fencing Jin Yee Li Townsend Harris High School
Boys Golf Xander McDonald Smith The Scholars Academy
Girls Handball Serena Wu Midwood High School
Boys Handball Jack Wong Midwood High School
Girls Lacrosse Megan Kane Tottenville High School
Boys Lacrosse Artur Zych Midwood High School
Girls Outdoor Track Chamique Francis Benjamin Cardozo High School
Boys Outdoor Track Shane Green Erasmus Hall Campus
Boys Rugby William Rosa Eagle Academy
Girls Rugby Catharine Perez South Bronx (Validus Prep)
Softball Kayla Hill James Madison High School
Victoria McFarland Tottenville High School
Boys Tennis Quinton Vega Beacon High School
Girls Tennis Leighann Sahagun Benjamin Cardozo High School
Boys Volleyball Troy Gaugler William C. Bryant High School

Alternative League

Girls Basketball Brittany Allen Queens Academy High School