This year’s inductees into the Westchester Sports Hall of Fame represent quite a gamut of sports. Tom DePaso (football), Mary Henwood (basketball, softball, lacrosse), Diane Swertfager (volleyball, basketball, softball), Mike Chiapparelli (hockey, baseball), Lou Dearstyne (swimming) and Greg Draddy (football, basketball) were voted in by the selection committee on June 22.
Their plaques will be added to the Hall of Fame atrium located on the lobby level of the Westchester County Center in White Plains. The induction banquet is scheduled for Oct. 22, also at the County Center. Those interested in attending should contact Kevin Cook at email@example.com.
DePaso starred on the White Plains High School football team, was a three-year starter at linebacker for Penn State, and played for the Cincinnati Bengals. He is currently general legal counsel for the NFL Players Association.
Henwood was Eastchester High School’s first 1,000-point scorer in basketball, and was a 1,000-point scorer at Hofstra. She went on to compile more than 500 coaching wins in basketball and lacrosse at Rye High School.
Swertfager, a standout at Pleasantville High School and Springfield College, has amassed more than 500 wins, including three state titles, coaching volleyball at Hen Hud.
Chiapparelli is the only 1,000-game winner at his alma mater, Mamaroneck High School, where he has coached the baseball team to more than 500 wins and three state titles, including one this spring. Also, he is the winningest hockey coach in Westchester history, with more than 400 victories.
Dearstyne was an undefeated multiple sectional record-setting swimmer for three seasons at Iona Prep. He went on to Villanova, where he won his events at the Big East Championships all four years.
Draddy was an all-state football player (linebacker and several offensive positions) and all-state 1,000-point scorer in basketball at Rye High School. He went on to star on the gridiron for Holy Cross, and is now president of the Westchester chapter of the National College Hall of Fame.
The Westchester Sports Hall of Fame is sponsored by the Westchester County Parks Department.