NANUET – The illustrious history of Nyack shone bright on Saturday night at the Pearl River Elks Club, as three former members of its athletic program were formally inducted into the Rockland County Sports Hall of Fame.
The new inductees from Nyack include: Bob Corvino, a 1969 graduate and the first football player from Rockland to be named first-team All-State; Homer Wanamaker, a 1971 graduate who starred in football, soccer, swimming and baseball; and former basketball coach Ed Matott, who led the program to back-to-back Rockland PSAL championships in the mid-70’s.
“Homer and I played together in high school and in college, and Mr. Matott was my JV baseball coach and my social studies teacher, so its really neat,” Corvino said. “Nyack has had a great tradition over the years. I had a great career at Nyack, it’s very nice at this stage of my life.”
Albertus Magnus’ Joe Clinton, who won the Rockland basketball Player of the Year award as a senior in 1979, as well as Jennifer Feeney Lovell, a 1991 graduate who led the team in scoring and to a Federation Class B championships her senior year, were also inducted.
“Albertus Magnus is like home, we were this little engine that could,” Feeney Lovell said. “There is one Catholic high school in Rockland, Albertus, and it’s such a great place to grow up. It doesn’t get better.”
The other three inductees included Lintz Rivera Adams, a graduate of Suffern in 1981, as well as posthumous honorees Bob Nadal, a former baseball coach for North Rockland and Rockland Community College; and Haverstraw High School graduate Nick Picarello, who was honored with the Joseph Holland Lifetime Achievement Award.
Rivera Adams was the dominant sprinter/middle distance runner of her era. Nadal coached North Rockland to five Section 9 titles and Rockland Community College to eight Mid-Hudson Conference championships. Picarello, a three-sport athlete at Haverstraw, was a Golden Gloves boxing champion in 1942 and a founder and president of the Haverstraw Little League.
“We’re very honored that he’s being recognized. I’m proud, and he’d be honored” Picarello’s son, Nick Jr., said. “He really got involved with the Little League, but also bowling. It was great being around him.”