Student Achievements

Sports Team


Under Liam’s guidance and leadership many TZ athletes have been able to attain their goals and beyond.  He has done so much for the students at Tappan Zee and his outreach spans the entire State of New York.  Through local, regional, and state competitions, Liam has been the fulcrum on which the entire Tappan Zee Athletic Department and all its’ teams and student athletes balance.  Here are some examples of the results of his leadership, encouragement, and student triumphs. FRAWLEY STRONG!!


2015-16 To Date

TZHS Boys Basketball – League Champs, Section 1 Class A runner-up
TZHS’s Robert McWilliams named Journal-News Boys Basketball Player of the Year
TZHS’s Helen Joyner (Girls Track) set the County record for weight throw
TZHS’s 5 Journal-News Scholar-Athletes:

  • Stephanie Cambrea (Softball),
  • Robert McWilliams (Boys Basketball),
  • Helen Joyner (Girls Track),
  • Caitlin Hartnett (Girls Cross Country),
  • Sienna Perry (Girls Track).

TZHS’s Stas Souzakis (Boys Track) placed 10th in NYS and was a national qualifier for weight throw STAFF & DISTRICT


  • TZs Liam Burke Named First 2014-15 Journal News Scholar Athlete of the Week
  • TZ has 6 Journal News Scholar Athlete of the week thru the fall and winter seasons.
  • State Champion – Luke Gavigan (2nd consecutive year) 1600M Spring Track
  • Four TZHS Students Qualify for 2015 National Rowing Championships
  • Section Champions: Boys Cross Country (ranked #3 in NYS)  Girls Gymnastics (ranked #4 in NYS)
  • League Champions: Boys Cross Country,  Boys & Girls Bowling, Boys & Girls Lacrosse
  • 1,000 point scorer: Luke McLaughlin (Boys Basketball)
  • Section Semi Finals:  Boys Basketball – 5th time in last 6 years
  • TZ Athletics (only one of four schools in NYS) recognized as a “Five Star Leadership School” by NYSPHSAA.
  • 23 of 26 Teams Receive Scholar Team Status with GPAs of 90%+


  • TZ’s Luke Gavigan Earns All-American Status
  • NYS Champion: Erin Jaskot (Track), 1000m; Luke Gavigan (Indoor & OutdoorTrack), 1600m;
  • Team Section Champs: Boys Cross Country
  • Individual Section Champ: Erin Jaskot (XC)
  • Luke Gavigan wins the mile at the Penn Relays (4:13.35) and Millrose Games
  • League Champs: Girls Tennis, Girls Soccer, Boys Soccer, Volleyball, Football, Girls Bowling, Boys Basketball, Baseball, Softball, Golf
  • JV County Champs: Softball
  • State Rankings: Luke Gavigan  #1  Mile in the Nation; John Hartnett  #3 (220lb Wrest.); Mike Manni  #4 (Hvwt, Wrest.); Softball # 19; Boys
  • Cross Country # 3; Girls Cross Country # 12; Girls Soccer # 18; Boys Basketball # 20; Football  ( Hon. Mention)
  • 100th Win: Mike Manni (Wrestling)
  • TZ Senior Basketball player Kristen McLaughlin became 3rd Girl in TZ History to Score 1000th Point
  • Gavigan was named the NATIONAL High School Athlete of the Week by Running Times Magazine.
  • Erin Jaskot, Recipient of Section One Scholar Athlete Essay Award
  • Manni named Rockland County Wrestler of the Year
  • TZ’s Kristen McLaughlin named New York State Class ‘A’ Girls Basketball Player of the Year
  • TZHS Students Take Silver and Bronze in US Rowing Mid-Atlantic Junior District Championships


  • NYS Regional Champs: Softball
  • Team Section Champs: Boys’ Cross Country, Boys’ Winter Track, Softball
  • Individual Section Champs:  John Hartnett (Wrestling), Mike Manni (Wrestling)
  • League Champs:  Girls’ Swimming, Girls’ Tennis, Boys’ Basketball, Girls’ Bowling, Golf, Boys’ Lacrosse, Baseball, Softball
  • County Team Champions:  Boys’ Cross Country, Golf
  • County Individual Champs:  Desmond Djeckovic (Wrestling), Mike Manni (Wrestling)
  • All-Time Records::  Joe Letizia (Football), Rockland County record holder: Career Rushing, Scoring, and Touchdowns
  • State Rankings:  Boys’ Cross Country (#6), Girls’ Cross Country (#10), Softball (#3)
  • 100+ Victories: Desmond Djeckovic (Wrestling)
  • 2012-13 Journal News Athletes of the Week: Sky;ler Finning (Tennie), Desmond Djeckovic (Wrestling), Jack Carey (Swimming), Kaylie McGivney (Gymnastics), Joe Dinan (Golf), and Michael Woulfe (Baseball)
  • Lacrosse Academic All-American Honors: Nikole Sullivan
  • US Lacrosse Bob Scott Award for Athletic, Academic, and Charachter Excellence: Zak Young
  • Erin Jaskot finishes 9th in Nation in 800m, at Nationals (Track)


New York State Champions:

  • Erin Jaskot (Track, 800m)
  • Boys Swimming (State Tourney Champs)
  • 400 Freestyle Relay ( Jun, Schaub, Neuendorf, Carey)

New York State Team Finalists:

  • Boys Varsity Basketball

New York State Ranking:

  • Boys Swimming (#1)
  • Boys Basketball (#3)
  • Girls Basketball (#8)
  • Boys Cross Country (#13)

All American:

  • 400 Freestyle Relay (Jun, Schaub, Neuendorf, Carey)
  • Luke Gavigan (Mile)

Freshman A-A

League Champs:

  • Girls Tennis
  • Volleyball
  • Boys Bowling
  • Wrestling
  • Boys Basketball
  • Boys Golf
  • Boys Lacrosse

Journal News Scholar-Athlete of the Week:

  • Chris Kane
  • Caroline Russo
  • Regina Argenzio
  • Meagan Jaskot

County Champs:

  • 200 Medley Relay
  • 400 Freestyle Relay
  • Boys Golf

Individual Section Champ:

  • Erin Jaskot (Track: 600m)
  • Jack Carey (50 & 100 Free)
  • Lance Neuendorf (100 Back)
  • Yong Hoon Jun (100 Fly)
  • Swim 200 Medely Relay (Neuendorf, Carey, Jun & Kevin Schaub)
  • 400 Free Relay (Neuendorf, Carey, Jun & Schaub)

Individual League Champ:

  • Nathan Kotch (XC)
  • Brittany Bailey (Swim)
  • Ali McNamara (Swim)
  • Taylor Lawson (Swim)
  • 200 Medley Relay
  • 400 Freestyle Relay

Individual County Champ:

  • Nathan Kotch (XC)
  • Desmond Djekovic (Wrestling)
  • Valdon Djekovic (Wrestling)
  • Chris McGann (Wrestling)
  • Mike Manni (Wrestling)
  • Erin Jaskot (Track 300& 600)
  • Pat Walpole (Track-Shot Put)
  • Nathan Kotch (Track-1600m)
  • Lance Neuendorf (Swim x2)
  • Jack Carey (Swim x2)
  • Yonh Hoon Jun (Swim)
  • Brittany Bailey (Swim)
  • Ali McNamara (Swim)
  • Taylor Lawson (Swim)
  • Erin Jaskot ( Sp Track 400m)
  • Erin Jaskot (Sp Track 800 & 1500m)
  • Pat Walpole (Shot Put)

1,000+ points (Hoops):  Pat Peterson

100+ Varsity Coaching wins:  Coach George Gaine (Hoops)

Wrestling 100+ Career wins:  Charlie Garcia


  • New York State Record Holder –  Stanley Wong (50 Freestyle & 100 Breaststroke)
  • All-American TitlesStanley Wong (50 Freestyle & 100 Breaststroke);  200 Medley Relay (Neuendorf, Wong, Jun, Carey);  200 Freestyle Relay (Wong, Neuendorf, Corey, Carey)
  • Section One Team Champs:  Girls Cross Country,  Boys Swimming, Baseball, Golf
  • League Champs:   Football,  Boys Swimming,  Boys Bowling,  Boys Basketball
  • County Champs:   Boys Swimming,  Boys Basketball, JV Boys Basketball
  • Individual Section Champs:  Stanley Wong- Swimming (50 meter & 100 Breast),  200 Medley Relay,   200 Freestyle Relay
  • Individual County Champ Gabe Gaurdarramus Wrestling (171lb), Caile Kohlbrenner -Track (1,500 meters), Lance Neuendorf (100 backstroke, 100 fly), Reed Neuendorf (500 free),  Jack Carey (100 free), Stanley Wong (50 free and 100 breast)
  • MVP:    Stanley Wong – Swimming (County, Division, League & State meet)
  • (Gymnastics): Kaylie McGivney
  • NYS Championships:  (Boys Swimming): Lance Neuendorf, Stanley Wong,
  • Thomas Zhang, Jack Carey, Alexi Corey, Yong Hoon Jun & Sam Tse,  (Girls Track):Caile Kohlbrenner and Taylor Erin Jaskot.
  • 7 Journal News Scholar Athletes of the Week:  Emma Loniewiski, Megan Curran, Stanley Wong, Tim Coyne, Caile Kohlbrenner, Kerry O’Donohue, Molly O’Donohue
  • NYS Scholar Team (90%+ In-Season GPA): 23 of 28 Varsity teams


  • TZHS Varsity Boys Swim Team Breaks 29 Yr. Old Record
  • TZHS Girls Cross Country Team Wins Section I Class A Championship
  • Tappan Zee Swimmer Breaks 16 Year Record
  • TZ Athletics Creates Athletic Hall of Fame  (see Athletic Hall of Fame page)
  • League Champs in Gymnastics (Division), Boys Swimming, and Wrestling
  • Section Champs in Boys Swimming, Gymnastics (4th year in a row)
  • TZ Boys Basketball Section Champs and NYS Regional Semi-Finalists
  • TZHS Junior 2 Time All-American 50 meter & Breast Stroke
  • Individual Section Champs:  1000 meter Track, 50 meter Swimming, 200 meter Medley Relay Swim Team, 200 meter Freestyle Relay Swim Team,  Gymnastics (Floor, and Vault)
  • Individual County Champs: Wrestling; 500 freestyle; 500 freestyle; 100 freestyle; 500 freestyle & 100 breaststroke
  • TZHS Junior Named MVP – Swimming (County, Division, & League)
  • TZHS Athletes Qualify for New York State Championships To Be Held at Cornell U.
  • 9 Members of Girls and Boys Track Teams Qualify for Nike Indoor Nationals in Different Events
  •  TZHS Senior “National Champion” (gymnastics)
  • TZ Gymnastics RANKED #1 in NYS for third straight year
  • TZHS Junior one of one six New Yorkers and 300 athletes nation-wide selected to participate in National Federation of High Schools annual Student Leadership Conference


  • TZHS Boasts Three Section One Champs (Diving, 500 Freestyle & Gymnastics)
  • TZHS Gymnast Qualifies for Junior Olympic Team
  • TZHS Gymnast Vaults Her Way to Two State Titles
  • TZHS Bowler Selected as HS All-American
  • TZHS Gymnast Named New York State Champion (All-Around)
  • TZHS Athletic Department Finishes the Year With Six League Champions, 2 County JV Champs and 3 Tournament Champs.


  • Wrestling Coach Rich Blauvelt (TZ ’64) enters the Rockland County Coaches Association Century Club with his 100th coaching victory.
  • Girls Basketball Coach Reid Hoffer is elected to the Rockland County Sports Hall of Fame.
  • Gymnastics wins third straight Division title followed by second straight Section One crown.
  • Eight of the nine Fall varsity SOCSD teams qualified as NYS Scholar Teams
  • Girls JV Basketball team finishes undefeated season (20-0) by winning JV County Title
  • Basketball player Ryan Sheridan becomes only the 2nd TZ boy (7th player overall) to score 1,000 points
  • At the Nike Outdoor National Championships in Greensboro, North Carolina, TZHS Senior Emma Rose Miller-Bedell earned ALL-AMERICAN honors by finishing fourth in the nation in the 2000 meter steeplechase
  • South Orangetown Community “Commit to Get Fit” Walk to Wellness Raises $5,266.
  • Brittni Alexander Wins Journal News Athlete of the Week Honors


  • 20 of 24 TZHS Varsity Teams named NYS Scholar Teams…fulfilling requirement of an above 90% academic average
  • NYS Names Julie Pacino (’07) Class A Athlete of the Year !!
  • TZHS Dedicates “Field of Dreams” – New State of the Art Athletic Field
  • Emma Miller Bidell (Winter track) named All American
  • TZHS Softball wins prestigious “Morabito Tournament
  • TZHS Gymnastics Team wins Section I Championship
  • The TZ wrestling team finished its fourth straight winning season posting a 6-4 dual meet record in 2005-2006
  • Tappan Zee ends season with all six senior wrestlers in Section One Championships and two All-Section wrestlers!
  • Boys Lacrosse Team Earns First Tournament Plaque in the Nanuet Invitational Tournament
  • TZHS Girls Softball Team Heads to State Championships


Awards and Recognitions:

  • 2016 –  Liam Frawley honored by The National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) as the recipient of the 2016 NFHS Coach Educator of the Year Award.
  • 2016 – The NYS Athletic Administrators Association honored Liam Frawley with the 2016 Dr. John Foley Professional Development Award in recognition of outstanding contributions to the Professional Development of NYS Athletic Administrators
  • 2016 –  The NYS Athletic Administrators Association proudly honored Liam Frawley in recognition of his outstanding service and dedication as an Athletic Administrator
  • 2014 – TZHS Athletics Earns 2014 Five Star Leadership Honor
  • 2013 – SOCSD Athletic Director Published in High School Today
  • 2013 – TZHS Named 2013 National Program of Excellence Honoree
  • 2012 – SOCSD Athletic Director Liam Frawley Honored at Distinguished Citizen Award Dinner
  • 2011 – Liam Frawley Named Positive Coaching Alliance National Finalist









Frawley Strong!