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Provenzano Wins Black Helmet Award, Defensive MVP

Crossan earns Team MVP and Offensive MVP honors.

Sachem North senior Vincent Provenzano was named this year's Black Helmet Award winner, presented at the 37th Annual Sachem Football Dinner at Villa Lombardi's Sunday evening.

The Black Helmet is awarded to a player who most resembles a prototypical Sachem football player from pride and passion to grit and determination and shows results on the field. 

Provenzano, who was a First Team All-Long Island selection this year, was also honored with the team's Defensive MVP award.

Dalton Crossan won the Team MVP and Offensive MVP awards. His record-setting season will go down as one of the best in Sachem and Long Island football history.

This is Crossan's second Offensive MVP honor as he split it with Michael Andreassi and Jesse Scanna last season. He and his father Michael (1982) are the only father-son duo at Sachem North to win the honor. Michael Botti, who played in the early '80s, and his son Joe, who played at Sachem East, also achieved the honor.

Crossan is also the third player in Sachem history to win Offensive MVP two straight years. Botti (1983, 1984) and Michael Brantly (1993, 1994) both did as well.

Other awards of note:

  • Patrick Harkins Hustle Award: Chaleek Williams
  • Most Improved Player: Vinny Fragale
  • Most Outstanding Defensive Lineman: Jacob Starling
  • Most Outstanding Offensive Lineman: Vincent Juliano
  • Coaches Awards: Cody Petillo, John Fitzpatrick, John Shannon, Mykael Parada, Vinny Fragale
Pete Brown January 30, 2012 at 08:41 PM
Great Job to all the boys on their accomplishments this year but Mr. Vaccaro, for someone who wrote a book on the "History of Sachem Football", you have a very short memory. Joe Botti (2008), son of Mike Botti (83' & 84') also won the MVP and Offensive MVP for Sachem. Not only that, they were both All Long Island. Thank You
Chris R. Vaccaro January 30, 2012 at 09:34 PM
Well, I wouldn't call it a "short memory." I'm well aware of Joe Botti and his outstanding career. The history of Sachem North and Sachem East football do not blend together. They are two different programs. I can make an addition to the article stating that.

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