Mastracco, Mecca earn first Manfred scholarship

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The winners of the first Robert D. Manfred Sr. Scholarship are Rome Free Academy seniors Kaitlyn Mastracco and Preston Mecca. They will each receive a $5,000 scholarship per year for four years, subject to maintaining satisfactory academics. 

Kaitlyn is the daughter of the late Pete Mastracco and his wife Lynn. She broke the RFA field hockey scoring record this year that was held by Shannon Corigliano McPheron. I know her dad would be so proud of his little girl.

Preston plays baseball for RFA and is a great athlete. Did you know his dad Dave was also an outstanding baseball player for Smith Post and RFA back in 1992?

I coached with the late Bob Manfred for 10 years back in the 90’s and he would be so pleased that these two awesome athletes are receiving this award in his name.

Rome Sports Nickname: Dave Mecca, 1992 RFA baseball star — Devo.

Pick of the Week: Kentucky Derby pick, No. 7 Maximum Security featuring trainer Jason Service and jockey Luis Saez. He is 10-1 morning line so go cash some tickets at OTB.

Geek of the Week: Dave Gettleman, general manager of my New York Giants. His draft last week was rated very bad. He ruined the Carolina Panthers and now perhaps our Giants?

From the mailbag: A beautiful letter from Buddy Evans thanking me for writing about his 
New York State Hall of Fame selection. He wants me on the golf course when I get home.

Tom Meiss was an outstanding baseball player for RFA and Smith Post back in 1998-2000. He actually made the last out as the second baseman back in 1998 for the state championship for Smith Post. He is the athletic director at Oriskany High School and the varsity baseball coach. His team is now 11-0 and people are saying this might be his best team ever. 

Carol Wick passed away two weeks ago at Rome Hospital. She was married to her loving husband Tom for over 50 years. She was the mother of two sons Scott and Keith who were great players for Coach Jim Kenny and Rome Catholic back in the late eighties. When I was a salesman for Nunns back in the day she was the manager for her husband’s physical therapy business. She always had an order for me and we always had a great visit. May she rest in peace.

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