• 2019 James "Ace" Morabito Memorial Invitational Softball Tournament - May 4th and 5th 2019
  • For Additional Information - Contact Perry and Kathleen Novak at nysscogs@yahoo.com
  • The 2019 Morabito Tournament Will Be Held at the Mudville Softball Complex in Herkimer, NY

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September 24, 2018 – 11:00 AM

 

2019 - 39th Annual - James "Ace" Morabito Memorial Invitational Softball Tournament

Saturday and Sunday, May 4th and 5th, Mudville Softball Complex, Herkimer, New York

 

CONGRATULATIONS TO VICTOR HIGH SCHOOL - 2018 NYSPHSAA STATE CLASS AA CHAMPIONS AND TO MOORE CATHOLIC HIGH SCHOOL IN CAPTURING THEIR 2ND CONSECUTIVE CHSAA NEW YORK STATE SOFTBALL CHAMPIONSHIP.

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This tournament will again be a Four-Game Tournament, (win or lose, teams get two games on Saturday and two games on Sunday). This tournament is the largest in-season high school softball tournament, with the longest most storied history, not only within the STATE OF NEW YORK (NYSSPHSAA) but in the Eastern United States as well. It has a tradition of excellence with continued the history of having a winners of this tournament going on to win a State Championship in their respective enrollment classification.
 
CONTACT MR. PERRY NOVAK - TOURNAMENT DIRECTOR AT EITHER nysscogs@yahoo.com OR Telephone (not text) him at (315) 866-6661

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May 4th and May 5th, 2019

 

39th Annual James "Ace" Morabito Memorial Invitational Tournament

 

Host school: Rondout Valley HS

 

Entry fee: $280 per team

 

Teams entered to date:

 

1:  Pearl River-1A (Coach Chris Woolgar) - #22 State Ranked Team in Class A in 2018

2:  Hamburg-6A (Coach Rich Mattison) - Not Ranked in 2018

3:  Iroquois-6A (Coach Aaron Vanderlip)  - #2 State Ranked Team in Class A in 2018

4:  Buffalo Nardin-CHSAA-A (Christina Fanara) - #5 State Ranked Team in Class A in 2018

5:  Pine Plains-9C (Coach Les Funk) - #4 State Ranked Team in Class C in 2018

6:  Rondout Valley-9B (Coach Rob Fischer) - #15 State Ranked Team in Class B in 2018

7:  Archbishop Molloy-CHS-AA (Coach M. Rosenbaum) - #22 State Ranked Team in Class AA in 2018

8:  Bishop Kearney -5B (Coach David Herbst) - #4 State Ranked Team in Class B in 2018

9:  Susquehanna Valley -4B (Coach Karen Bidwell) - #2 State Ranked Team in Class B in 2018

10: Chautauqua Lake -6C (Coach Susan Teets) - 2018 NYS State Class C Champions

11: Deposit - 4D (Coach Dan Briggs) - # 2 State Ranked Team in Class D in 2018

12: TBA

13: TBA

14: TBA

15: TBA

16: TBA

 

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RETURNING 2018 ALL STATE PLAYERS TO THE 2019 MORABITO TOURNAMENT:

 

- KELSEY CARR - ARCHBISHOP MOLLOY HS - PITCHER - 3rd TEAM ALL STATE CLASS AA

- JESSIE DePASQUALE - NARDIN ACADEMY - PITCHER - 2nd TEAM ALL STATE CLASS A

- JULIA KINNALLY - PEARL RIVER HS - 2nd BASE - 4th TEAM ALL STATE CLASS A

- RACHEL YAX - IROQUOIS HS - CATCHER - 6th TEAM ALL STATE CLASS A

- KENNEDY HABERL IROQUOIS HS - SHORTSTOP - 6th TEAM ALL STATE CLASS A

- EMILY PHELAN - BISHOP KEARNEY HS - PITCHER - 1st TEAM ALL STATE CLASS B

- MAC EMERY - BISHOP KEARNEY HS - FIRST BASE/CATCHER - 1st TEAM ALL STATE CLASS B

- BRIE BOON - BISHOP KEANNEY HS - CATCHER - 4th TEAM ALL STATE CLASS B

- MACKENZIE FISCHER - RONDOUT VALLEY HS - OUTFIELD - 5th TEAM ALL STATE CLASS B

- JO SCHMIDT - PINE PLAINS HS - SHORTSTOP - 3rd TEAM ALL STATE CLASS C

- OLIVIA ANDERSON - CHAUTAUQUA LAKE HS - PITCHER - 1st TEAM ALL STATE CLASS C

- CHADELYNN JOHNSON - CHAUTAUQUA LAKE HS - CATCHER - 4th TEAM ALL STATE CLASS C

- CAMERYN HAWKINS - CHAUTAUQUA LAKE HS - SHORTSTOP- 5th TEAM ALL STATE CLASS C

- MACKENZIE STILES - DEPOSIT HS - PITCHER - 1st TEAM ALL STATE CLASS D

- BRYN MARTIN - DEPOSIT HS - CATCHER - 1st TEAM ALL STATE CLASS D

- MIKAYLA MARTIN - DEPOSIT HS - 3rd BASE - 2nd TEAM ALL STATE CLASS D

- ALAINA SMITH - DEPOSIT HS - DP - 4th TEAM ALL STATE CLASS D

 

 

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TOURNAMENT OPENING ROUND START TIMES, ENTRANCE FEE AMOUNT, RULES AND "DEADLINE", UMPIRE ASSESSMENT, AND GAME BALL INFORMATION:

SATURDAY GAME TIMES:

 

10:00 AM, 12:10 PM, 2:20 PM, and 4:30 PM (8 teams play at 10 and 2:20, the other 8 at 12:10 and 4:30)

 

SUNDAY GAME TIMES:

 

9:00 AM, 11:10 AM, 1:20 PM, and 3:30 PM (8 teams play at 9 and 1:20, the other 8 at 11:10 and 3:30)

 

ON SUNDAY, WINNER BRACKET TEAMS WILL PLAY AT 9:00 AM and 1:20 PM.

 

ON SUNDAY, CONSOLATION BRACKET TEAMS WILL PLAY AT 11:10 AM and 3:30 PM

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ALL QUESTIONS AND INQUIRIES SHOULD BE DIRECTED TO Mr. PERRY NOVAK - TOURNAMENT DIRECTOR & PRESIDENT OF NYSSCOGS AT: nysscogs@yahoo.com

 

All Checks are to be made out to and payments are to be sent to:

NYSSCOGS
c/o Kate and Perry L. Novak
3350 Rt. 28
Herkimer, NY 13350

If you need a federal ID #, contact Perry Novak

All Tournament Team and Player Information are to be sent to:

NYSSCOGS
c/o Kate and Perry L. Novak
3350 Rt. 28
Herkimer, NY 13350

email at: nysscogs@yahoo.com

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EFFECTIVE JANUARY 1, 2019, ALL TEAMS THAT HAVE COMMITTED TO THE 2019 TOURNAMENT HAVE COMMITTED TO 4 GAMES. FAILURE TO PLAY THE 4 GAMES COMMITTED TO WILL RESULT IN FORFEITURE OF EACH OF THE 4 SCHEDULED GAMES SHOULD A VALID SUBSTITUTE TEAM NOT BE OBTAINED TO REPLACE SUCH TEAM FOR ANY OR ALL 4 OF THE GAMES COMMITTED TO, SHOULD A VALID REPLACEMENT TEAM NOT BE FOUND - ANY OR ALL OF THE FORFEITURE LOSSES WILL BE PART OF AND INCLUDED AS PART OF THAT TEAMS OVERALL FINAL WON/LOSS RECORD REPORTED AT THE CONCLUSION OF THE REGULAR SEASON TO BOTH THAT TEAMS RESPECTIVE LEAGUE AND/OR SECTION AND TO THE NYSPHSAA. CHSAA AND PSAL FOR SEEDING PURPOSES - FORFEITURE WINS WILL BE GIVEN TO THOSE AFFECTED TEAMS TO WHOM THAT TEAM WAS SCHEDULED TO PLAY AGAINST IN THE TOURNAMENT AND THOSE FORFEITURE WINS WILL COUNT AS PART OF THOSE TEAMS FINAL REGULAR SEASON WON/LOSS RECORD AS IT RELATED TO SEEDING PURPOSES

HOTEL INFORMATION: While the Red Roof Inn in Herkimer, New York is the "Official Hotel" for the Morabito Tournament, rooms there are at a premium, given its location in downtown Herkimer, New York. Thus, if you are not able to secure a room at this facility, there are several other hotels nearby, such as the Hampton Inn in Utica, the Radisson Hotel in Utica, and the Hampton Inn in New Hartford. PLEASE CONTACT MR. PERRY NOVAK, TOURNAMENT DIRECTOR, AS SOON AS POSSIBILE, PERTAINING TO ANY AND ALL QUESTIONS RELATING TO HOTEL/OVERNIGHT ACCOMODATIONS. For those Parents, Relatives, and College and University Softball Coaches planning on staying overnight (for either 1 or 2 nights), please make sure that you book your rooms EARLY. We stress to everyone the importance of booking your rooms early due to room availability, with as many Softball Teams traveling to Herkimer (Mudville Softball Complex) to participate in this event.

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Additional information pertaining to the history of the tournament can be found below:

HISTORY OF THE MORABITO TOURNAMENT


The James "Ace" Morabito Memorial Invitational Softball Tournament was founded, at Port Chester High School (Section 1) back in 1981 by former Port Chester HS Athletic Director, the late Tony Zimbalatti, along with former Port Chester HS Softball Coaches Bill Shaw (New York State High School Hall of Fame Inductee - Class of 2012) and Kathy Federici. This tournament, considered to be the "Grand-Daddy" of all "In Season" High School Softball Tournaments in the Eastern United States, has showcased some of the top elite players ever to come out of New York State. In 2003, the tournament moved to the Binghamton, New York area, where multiple State Coach Of The Year Selection and 2014 New York State High School Softball Hall of Fame Inductee, Coach Dale Cook along with BAGSAI Complex Director, Lou Bishop, continued the excellence in competition, with the tournament being held at Schurnbush Park in Conklin, NY and then at the Nationally Reknown BAGSAI Softball Complex in Binghamton, New York. In 2012, the tournament moved to the Mudville Softball Complex in Herkimer, New York and is now under the direction of Perry Novak, President of NYSSCOGS. The tournament is named after and dedicated to the memory of James "Ace" Morabito, who was a former Port Chester High School Baseball Player, whose life on this earth was cut well too short. In the days where Boys Athlethics were considered "KING" ACE Morabito pushed for equal rights for GIRLS SOFTBALL, pressing the school to ensure that the Girls Softball Team received just as much support from the school and community as the Baseball Team did. With this drive and passion for Girls Softball, when he passed, the Tournament was created and dedicated to his memory. Below is a complete listing of the long history of this outstanding event:

Thru The Years:

1981 thru 1983 – The Beginning:

Back when the tournament was first started, the tournament was a simple 4 team tournament, from within the Sound Shore Area of the Westchester County portion of Section 1, which featured, in addition to host Port Chester High School, neighboring Rye High School, Harrison High School and Mamaroneck High School. Port Chester High School's 4 Year Varsity All Section Standout, Dayna DeCarlo was the individual who made her mark on the early days of the Morabito Tournament. Unfortunately, the tournament did not hand out Tournament Most Valuable Player Awards, but if there ever was one to hand out Dayna would have been a lock. She was that dominant.

1984 thru 1988 – The Formative Years:

It was during these years that the tournament became a true battle between Host Port Chester High School and neighboring Mamaroneck High School. The Lady Tigers captured the 1984 and 1986 Tournaments, while the host Lady Rams of Port Chester captured the 1985, 1987, and 1988 Tournaments. Port Chester's Marie Bellatoni and Tracy Snidack both had strong tournaments for PCHS during this period. During the 1987 Tournament, it was Port Chester High School's All Section Pitcher, Pamela Francella, who was instrumental in their ability to retake the Tournament Crown. However, it was the bat and fielding of Port Chester 3rd Baseman, Kelly Anderson that earned her the very first Tournament MVP Award in 1987. The Iona College bound standout, had 3 home runs in the 2 games played that year and made a diving catch in the hole between 3rd and Shortstop on a line drive hit by Rye High Schools, Susan Hughes to preserve the no hitter pitched that day. In 1988, Port Chester High School continued its Tournament dominance, winning its 2nd consecutive championship, led by Tournament MVP and Binghamton University bound Catcher, Chris Moody.

1989 – The First Expansion:

It was in 1989, when the tournament went from a 4 Team Tournament to an 8 Team Tournament, played over a Friday Afternoon and the following Saturday . It was the intent of the Tournament Directors to utilize the tournament as a ‘Showcase’ event for some of the strongest pitchers in Westchester County (Section 1). Irvington High School proved to be the best that year with former Concordia College Standout Pitcher, Cathy Toolan, leading her team to victory over the 3 games played. 

1990 thru 1993 – The Second Expansion:

It was in 1990, where the Tournament Directors took a major step in the development of the event, and expanded it once again to a 16 Team – 4 Game Tournament, that was played over 2 days. It was during this time that the tournament utilized both the 2 fields at Lyons Park as well as its New Port Chester Middle School Softball Complex, that allowed games to be played at night. It was also during this time that that the field of 16 expanded outside of Section 1, with teams from neighboring Section 9 being included. Finally, these were the years that the tournament champion went on to win a State Softball Championship within its respective enrollment classification. Eastchester High School (Section 1) was the first school during this period to win "Back to Back" Tournament Championships, as well as to go on to win "Back to Back" NYSPHSAA State Softball Championships, in 1990 and again in 1991, coached by 2013 NYS High School Softball Hall of Fame Inductee Thomas "Skip" Walsh. Their 1990 Team was led by Tournament MVP, Fordham University Pitching Standout Pitcher, and 2018 NYS High School Softball Hall of Fame Inductee, Jennifer Satriale. The 1991 Eastchester High School Championship Team was led by Tournament MVP, University of North Carolina - Charlotte All Star and Inaugurial 2012 NYS High School Softball Hall of Fame Inductee, Bonnie Bell. In 1992, Minisink Valley High School (Section 9) entered the tournament, and subsequently went on to win "Back to Back" Tournament Championships, and in 1993, going on to win the NYSPHSAA State Softball Championship. Their 1992 Team was led by Tournament MVP, USMA/West Point Standout Pitcher and 2013 NYS HS Softball Hall of Fame Inductee Carolyn Copcutt. Minsink Valley's 1993 Tournament Championship Team was led by Tournament MVP Cindy Hartman.

1994 thru 2002 – The Final Expansion:

It was in 1994, that the Tournament Committee, which now included Jerry Federici, who would eventually take over as Athletic Director at Port Chester High School, made its boldest move to date. In addition to the 16 Teams participating in the Morabito Tournament, to which the field of 16 teams invited, was expanded out to all High Schools throughout the entire State of New York, making it “The Grand-Daddy” of all High School Softball Tournaments in the entire State of New York. The Tournament Committee also formed a “Sister” 8 Team Tournament, called the Charles Bambace Memorial Invitational Softball Tournament, named after one of Port Chester High School’s former Athletic Directors, to coincide with the Morabito Tournament. This ‘Sister Tournament’ was meant to allow 8 locally based teams to the Port Chester Area, to participate in a competitive event, while being able to watch some of the elite teams in the state play right next to them. These were the years that Section 4 (Southern Tier Area) dominated the event. In 1994 and again in 1995, Binghamton Seton Catholic High School captured the Tournament Championship and subsequently went on, both years, to capture the NYSPHSAA State Softball Championship. The 1994 Team was led by former Canisius College great, Joy Judski. In 1995, they again went on to win the tournament and was led by former Louisiana State University Standout Pitcher and 2012 NYS HS Softball Hall of Fame Inductee, Julie Stashko. In 1996 Horseheads High School, from Section 4, helmed by 2013 NYS High School Softball Hall of Fame Coach Warren Conklin, captured the Tournament Championship as well as the NYSPHSAA State Championship. The Lady Blue Raiders were led by 2013 NYS HS Softball Hall of Fame Inductee and St. Joseph’s University All Star Pitcher, Christina Kowalski. In 1997, Susquehanna Valley High School, led by NYS HS Softball Hall of Famers, Pitcher and former UCONN Standout Pitcher Barb Cook (2012 NYS HS Softball Hall of Fame Inductee) along with her dad, former Morabito Tournament Director and SVHS Coach Dale Cook (2014 NYS HS Softball Hall of Fame Inductee), continued Section 4's dominance during this period of time. The 1998 Tournament was cancelled due to rain all weekend long. In 1999, Horseheads High School captured its 2nd Tournament Championship, with Tournament MVP, and St. John's Fischer College bound, Amanda Kent dominating the competition. Unfortunately, in 2000, Mother Nature came in and forced cancellation of the event. Section 1's North Rockland High School and St. Thomas Aquinas College great and Tournament MVP, Megan DeLalla, came into the 2001 event and dominated it from start to end. In 2002, the rain once again spoiled what would be the last year that Port Chester High School would host the famed tournament, forcing cancellation of the tournament for this year. 

2003 thru 2006 – The Move – Part 1:

It was in 2003, that due to Port Chester High School no longer being able to host the event, that the Morabito Tournament moved to the Southern Tier Area of New York State. Susquehanna Valley High School and Coach Dale Cook, agreed to become the New Host School for the tournament. The tournament was held at both Susquehanna Valley High School and Schnurbusch Park in Conklin, New York. Susquehanna Valley High School ended up being the winner of the tournament in 2003 and again in 2005, led by 2003 Tournament MVP, Fordham University All Star Pitcher, and 2016 NYS HS Softball Hall of Fame Inductee, Rachael Wiggins and 2005 Tournament MVP and former Seton Hall University Standout, Shannon Pease. In 2004, Cicero North Syracuse High School, led by All State Catcher, Binghamton University great and 2016 NYS HS Softball Hall of Fame Inductee, Jessica Phillips, took the title. In 2006, Brewster High School (Section 1), led by Tournament MVP and former University of Buffalo standout, Kristen Gallipani won the event. It was in 2005, that after a torrential downpour of rain, that the Tournament Committee utilized a “Helicopter” contracted from the Nearby Airport to hover over the fields to help dry them out. This was a spectacle that amazed everyone who was in attendance that year and is still talked about today (See Photo Below)

2007 thru 2011 – The Move – Part 2:

It was in 2007, that the tournament was moved from Conklin, New York to the BAGSAI Softball Complex in Binghamton, New York. This would be the last year that Founding Tournament Director, former Port Chester High School Softball Coach, and Inaugural 2012 NYS HS Softball Hall of Fame Inductee, Bill Shaw, would be Co-Chairman of the event, as he announced his retirement following the 2007 Tournament. Tappan Zee High School from Section 1 won the event that year, with UCLA bound Julie Pacino winning the MVP Award, hitting 4 amazing home runs, one clear over a "mysterious tour bus" parked just outside the Right Center Field Fence on Field 2, during that tournament. The side story of that year’s tournament was the presence of that very large tour bus with the windows all shaded, located beyond the Right-Center Field Fence outside of Field 2 at BAGSAI. No one, other than the Tournament Directors knew why this bus was parked there. It was a mystery all weekend long, until the tournament was completed, and Tappan Zee High School was handed their Championship Trophy. The individual who was inside that tour bus watching the event all weekend long was Julie Pacino’s father, the famed Academy Award Winning Actor, Al Pacino.  In 2008, Victor High School (Section 5), captured the tournament championship, led by Tournament MVP and St. Bonaventure University bound Erin Nargi.  In 2009, Chenango Valley High School out of Section 4, with Tournament MVP and former Marist College standout, Dani Koltz leading the way, went on to take the tournament crown. In 2010, led by Tournament MVP and former Syracuse University standout, Mary Beth Dombrowski, Bethlehem High School out of Section 2, capture the Tournament Championship. Finally, in 2011, which was to be the last year that the tournament would be held at the BAGSAI Softball Complex, it was Cicero North Syracuse High School from Section 3, who would garner the their 2nd Tournament Championship Trophy. Their Tournament Championship Quest that year was led by their 4 Time All State Pitcher, 2011 Tournament MVP, Syracuse University and NCAA Record Setting Standout, and 2018 NYS HS Softball Hall of Fame Inductee, Sydney O'Hara. 

2012 thru Present – The Move – Part 3:

It was in 2012, upon the announcement by Tournament Director Dale Cook that he was stepping down as Tournament Director, and that Mr. Perry Novak, Owner of the Mudville Softball Complex and President of NYSSCOGS (New York State Sportswriters and Coaches Organization for Girls Sports) stepped up and offered to take on and host the Morabito Tournament in Herkimer, New York. In 2012, led by Shippensburg University great and Morabito Tournament MVP, Quincy Lewis, that Corning High School from Section 4 captured the Tournament Championship. In 2013, it was Section 3's Cicero North Syracuse High School, who won their 3rd Morabito Tournament Championship Crown, with Tournament MVP and Edinboro University bound Kate Lenart leading the way. In 2014, Brockport High School from Section 5, led by Tournament MVP and current Liberty University Standout Pitcher Julia DiMartino (currently coached by legionary NCAA and USA Olympic Great, Dr. Dot Richardson), took claim of the Tournament Championship. Valhalla High School, in 2015, played in its very first Morabito Tournament, and brought back the Tournament Crown to Section 1, with University of Wisconsin bound Kaylie Dymek being awarded the Tournament MVP.  Then in 2016, North Rockland High School, captured its 2nd Morabito Tournament Championship, with current Manhattan College Pitching Standout, Kayla McDermott being awarded the Tournament MVP. In 2017, unfortunately, with the torrential downpour of rain on Saturday Afternoon, caused the event to be called to a halt during play and subsequently forcing the event to be cancelled. The 2018 Tournament proved to be a very competitive and unique tournament. Rain in the forecast forced the teams to only play 1 game each on Saturday, pushing the tournament to 3 - 5 Inning games to be played on Sunday to complete the event. However, the sun came out in all of its glory and the grit and determination was evident throughout the day. In the end, it came down to 2 former Morabito Tournament Champions, both from Section 4, Suquehanna Valley High School and Corning High School, playing in the Championship Game. Corning HS came out on top, by a score of 4-1. Also, for the very first time in Tournament History, Co-MVP's were named, as Corning's Laura Bennett and Susquehanna Valley's Sophia Pappas were selected as Co-MVP's for the 2018 Tournament. The Committee is extremely excited about the field of 16 schools that they are thinking about assembling for the 2019 Tournament, to carry on the tradition of excellence that has made the James "Ace" Morabito Memorial Invitational, the Largest, Oldest , and Most Respected In Season High School Softball Tournament in the Eastern United States.

 

TOURNAMENT CHAIRMAN:

1981-1984:

TONY ZIMBALATTI
KATHY FEDERICI
BILL SHAW

1985-1994:

TONY ZIMBALATTI
BILL SHAW

1995-2002:

BILL SHAW
JERRY FEDERICI

2003-2006:

BILL SHAW
DALE COOK

2007:

BILL SHAW
DALE COOK
LOU BISHOP
JIM TESTA

2008 - 2011:

DALE COOK
LOU BISHOP

2012 - Present

PERRY NOVAK
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OVER THE YEARS, THE JAMES "ACE" MORABITO MEMORIAL INVITATIONAL SOFTBALL TOURNAMENT HAS SHOWCASED SOME OF THE FINEST HIGH SCHOOL SOFTBALL TEAMS IN THE STATE OF NEW YORK. SINCE 1990, A PARTICIPANT OF THE MORABITO TOURNAMENT HAS GONE ON TO CAPTURE THE STATE CHAMPIONSHIP WITHIN THEIR RESPECTIVE ENROLLMENT CLASSIFICATION. SOME OF THOSE GREAT TEAMS HAVE BEEN:

HORSEHEADS HIGH SCHOOL - SECTION 4

JOHN JAY (EAST FISHKILL) HIGH SCHOOL - SECTION 1

CHENANGO VALLEY HIGH SCHOOL - SECTION 4

MINISINK VALLEY HIGH SCHOOL - SECTION 9

SUSQUEHANNA VALLEY HIGH SCHOOL - SECTION 4

WINDSOR HIGH SCHOOL - SECTION 4

BAY SHORE HIGH SCHOOL - SECTION 11

EASTCHESTER HIGH SCHOOL - SECTION 1

ORCHARD PARK HIGH SCHOOL - SECTION 6

BINGHAMTON SETON CATHOLIC HIGH SCHOOL - SECTION 4

CICERO NORTH-SYRACUSE HIGH SCHOOL - SECTION 3

SOUTH GLENS FALLS HIGH SCHOOL - SECTION 2

AFTON HIGH SCHOOL - SECTION 4

VICTOR HIGH SCHOOL - SECTION 5

MOORE CATHOLIC HIGH SCHOOL - CHSAA

FALCONER HIGH SCHOOL - SECTION 6

BINGHAMTON HIGH SCHOOL - SECTION 4

MECHANICVILLE HIGH SCHOOL - SECTION 2

WILLIAMSVILLE SOUTH HIGH SCHOOL - SECTION 6

PEARL RIVER HIGH SCHOOL - SECTION 1
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HERE IS THE LISTING OF THE MORABITO TOURNAMENT CHAMPIONS OF THE PAST YEARS:

2018 - CORNING HIGH SCHOOL - SECTION 4

2017 - NO CHAMPION CROWNED DUE TO RAIN

2016 - NORTH ROCKLAND HIGH SCHOOL - SECTION 1

2015 - VALHALLA HIGH SCHOOL - SECTION 1

2014 - BROCKPORT HIGH SCHOOL - SECTION 5

2013 - CICERO NORTH SYRACUSE HIGH SCHOOL - SECTION 3

2012 - CORNING HIGH SCHOOL - SECTION 4

2011 - CICERO NORTH SYRACUSE HIGH SCHOOL - SECTION 3

2010 - BETHLEHEM HIGH SCHOOL - SECTION 2

2009 - CHENANGO VALLEY HIGH SCHOOL - SECTION 4

2008 - VICTOR HIGH SCHOOL - SECTION 5

2007 - TAPPAN ZEE HIGH SCHOOL - SECTION 1

2006 - BREWSTER HIGH SCHOOL - SECTION 1

2005 - SUSQUEHANNA VALLEY HIGH SCHOOL - SECTION 4

2004 - CICERO NORTH SYRACUSE HIGH SCHOOL - SECTION 3

2003 - SUSQUEHANNA VALLEY HIGH SCHOOL - SECTION 4

2002 - NO CHAMPION CROWNED DUE TO RAIN

2001 - NORTH ROCKLAND HIGH SCHOOL - SECTION 1

2000 - NO CHAMPION CROWNED DUE TO RAIN

1999 - HORSEHEADS HIGH SCHOOL - SECTION 4

1998 - NO CHAMPION CROWNED DUE TO RAIN

1997 - SUSQUEHANNA VALLEY HIGH SCHOOL - SECTION 4

1996 - HORSEHEADS HIGH SCHOOL - SECTION 4

1995 - BINGHAMTON SETON CATHOLIC H.S. - SECTION 4

1994 - BINGHAMTON SETON CATHOLIC H.S. - SECTION 4

1993 - MINISINK VALLEY HIGH SCHOOL - SECTION 9

1992 - MINISINK VALLEY HIGH SCHOOL - SECTION 9

1991 - EASTCHESTER HIGH SCHOOL - SECTION 1

1990 - EASTCHESTER HIGH SCHOOL - SECTION 1

1989 - IRVINGTON HIGH SCHOOL - SECTION 1

1988 - PORT CHESTER HIGH SCHOOL - SECTION 1

1987 - PORT CHESTER HIGH SCHOOL - SECTION 1

1986 - MAMARONECK HIGH SCHOOL - SECTION 1

1985 - PORT CHESTER HIGH SCHOOL - SECTION 1

1984 - MAMORONECK HIGH SCHOOL - SECTION 1

1983 - PORT CHESTER HIGH SCHOOL - SECTION 1

1982 - PORT CHESTER HIGH SCHOOL - SECTION 1

1981 - PORT CHESTER HIGH SCHOOL - SECTION 1

OVER THE YEARS, THIS TOURNAMENT HAS SHOW-CASED SOME OF THE TOP HIGH SCHOOL SOFTBALL ATHLETES THAT THE STATE OF NEW YORK HAS EVER PRODUCED. HERE IS A LISTING OF THE PAST MVP RECEIPANTS OF THE TOURNAMENT:

2018 - LAURA BENNETT - CORNING HIGH SCHOOL (CURRENT JUNIOR AT CHS) & SOPHIA PAPPAS - SUSQUEHANNA VALLEY HIGH SCHOOL (BINGHAMTON UNIVERSITY)

2017 - NO M.V.P. CROWNED DUE TO RAIN (NO COLLEGE OR UNIVERSITY APPLICABLE)

2016 - KAYLA McDERMOTT - NORTH ROCKLAND HIGH SCHOOL (MANHATTAN COLLEGE)

2015 - KAYLIE DYMEK - VALHALLA HIGH SCHOOL (UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN)

2014 - JULIA DiMARTINO - BROCKPORT HIGH SCHOOL (LIBERTY UNIVERSITY)

2013 - KALET LENART - CICERO NORTH SYRACUSE HIGH SCHOOL (EDINBORO UNIVERSITY)

2012 - QUINCY LEWIS - CORNING HIGH SCHOOL (SHIPPENSBURG UNIVERSITY [FORMERALY AT LIU-C.W. POST])

2011 - SYDNEY O'HARA - CICERO NORTH SYRACUSE HIGH SCHOOL (SYRACUSE UNIVERSITY) *

2010 - MARY BETH DOMBROWSKI - BETHLEHEM HIGH SCHOOL (SYRACUSE UNIVERSITY)

2009 - DANI KOLTZ - CHENANGO VALLEY HIGH SCHOOL (MARIST COLLEGE)

2008 - ERIN NARGI - VICTOR HIGH SCHOOL (ST. BONAVENTURE UNIVERSITY)

2007 - JULIE PACINO - TAPPAN ZEE HIGH SCHOOL (UNIVESITY OF CALIFORNIA - LOS ANGELES - UCLA)

2006 - KRISTEN GALLIPANI - BREWSTER HIGH SCHOOL (UNIVERSITY OF BUFFALO)

2005 - SHANNON PEASE - SUSQUEHANNA VALLEY HIGH SCHOOL (SETON HALL UNIVERSITY)

2004 - JESSICA PHILLIPS - CICERO NORTH SYRACUSE HIGH SCHOOL (BINGHAMTON UNIVERSITY) *

2003 - RACHAEL WIGGINS - SUSQUEHANNA VALLEY HIGH SCHOOL (FORDHAM UNIVERSITY) *

2002 - NO M.V.P. CROWNED DUE TO RAIN (NO COLLEGE OR UNIVERSITY APPLICABLE)

2001 - MEGAN DeLALLA - NORTH ROCKLAND HIGH SCHOOL (ST. THOMAS AQUINAS COLLEGE)

2000 - NO M.V.P. CROWNED DUE TO RAIN (NO COLLEGE OR UNIVERSITY APPLICABLE)

1999 - AMANDA KENT - HORSEHEADS HIGH SCHOOL (ST. JOHN'S FISHER COLLEGE)

1998 - NO M.V.P. CROWNED DUE TO RAIN (NO COLLEGE OR UNIVERSITY APPLICABLE)

1997 - BARB COOK - SUSQUEHANNA VALLEY HIGH SCHOOL (UNIVERSITY OF CONNECTICUT) *

1996 - CHRISTINA KOWALSKI - HORSEHEADS HIGH SCHOOL (ST. JOSEPH'S UNIVERSITY) *

1995 - JULIE STASHKO - BINGHAMTON SETON CATHOLIC HIGH SCHOOL (LOUISIANA STATE UNIVERSITY) *

1994 - JOY JUDSKI - BINGHAMTON SETON CATHOLIC HIGH SCHOOL (CANISIUS COLLEGE)

1993 - CINDY HARTMAN - MINISINK VALLEY HIGH SCHOOL (NO COLLEGE OR UNIVERSITY ATTENDED)

1992 - CAROLYN COPCUTT - MINISINK VALLEY HIGH SCHOOL (U.S. MILITARY ACADMEMY - WEST POINT) *

1991 - BONNIE BELL - EASTCHESTER HIGH SCHOOL (UNIVERSITY OF NORTH CAROLINA-CHARLOTTE) *

1990 - JENNIFER SATRIALE - EASTCHESTER HIGH SCHOOL (FORDHAM UNIVERSITY) *

1989 - CATHY TOOLAN - IRVINGTON HIGH SCHOOL (CONCORDIA COLLEGE)

1988 - CHRIS MOODY - PORT CHESTER HIGH SCHOOL (BINGHAMTON UNIVERSITY)

1987 - KELLY ANDERSON - PORT CHESTER HIGH SCHOOL (IONA COLLEGE)

1986 - NO MVP CROWNED

1985 - NO MVP CROWNED

1984 - NO MVP CROWNED

1983 - NO MVP CROWNED

1982 - NO MVP CROWNED

1981 - NO MVP CROWNED

* INDUCTED INTO THE NEW YORK STATE HIGH SCHOOL SOFTBALL HALL OF FAME

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HISTORY OF SITE LOCATIONS:

1981 thru 1989:

PORT CHESTER HIGH SCHOOL SOFTBALL FIELDS # 1 & # 2

 

1989 thru 2003:

PORT CHESTER HIGH SCHOOL (FIELDS # 1 & # 2 - SEE PHOTO ABOVE)

LYONS PARK - PORT CHESTER (FIELDS # 1 & # 2 - SEE PHOTO BELOW)

PORT CHESTER MIDDLE SCHOOL SOFTBALL COMPLEX (SEE PHOTO BELOW)

2003 thru 2005:

SCHNURBUSCH PARK - FIELDS # 1, # 2 & # 3 (SEE PHOTO BELOW) *

SUSQUEHANNA VALLEY HIGH SCHOOL (SEE PHOTO BELOW)

* IN 2005 IN ORDER TO GET THE SCHNURBUSCH PARK FIELDS PLAYABLE, THE MORABITO TOURNAMENT COMMITTEE USED A HELICOPTER TO DRY OUT THE FIELDS. BELOW IS A PHOTO OF THE HELICOPTER HOVERING OVER FIELD # 2 AT SCHNURBUSCH PARK

 

2006 thru 2011:

BAGSAI SOFTBALL COMPLEX - BINGHAMTON, NEW YORK (SEE PHOTO BELOW) 

 

 

2012 to PRESENT:

MUDVILLE SOFTBALL COMPLEX, HERKIMER, NEW YORK


LONGEST HOME RUNS HIT IN TOURNAMENT HISTORY:

JULIE PACINO - TAPPAN ZEE H.S. - AT BAGSAI FIELD # 3

EMILY ACQUAVIVA - NEW HARTFORD H.S. - AT MUDVILLE FIELD # 5

MADDIE SHUFELT - TROY H.S. - AT MUDVILLE FIELD 2

BRANDI COON - VALHALLA H.S - AT MUDVILLE FIELD 5

KELLY BUCKLEY - HORSEHEADS H.S. - AT LYONS PARK #1

CHRISTINA KOWALSKI - HORSEHEADS H.S. - AT LYONS PARK #1

CINDY HARTMAN - MINISINK VALLEY H.S. - AT LYONS PARK #2

LEAH TRUNCALE - NEWBURGH F.A. - AT LYONS PARK #2

BONNIE BELL - EASTCHESTER HIGH SCHOOL - P.C.MIDDLE SCHOOL

JOY JUDSKI - SETON CATHOLIC - P.C. HIGH SCHOOL #1

AMANDA KENT - HORSEHEADS H.S. - LYONS PARK # 1

SUE MAYO - VALLEY CENTRAL H.S. - P.C MIDDLE SCHOOL

CHRIS MOODY - PORT CHESTER H.S. - P.C. HIGH SCHOOL #1

 

MEMORABLE NO HIT GAMES PITCHED:

1987: PAMELA FRANCELLA - PORT CHESTER (vs. RYE H.S.)

1989: CATHY TOOLAN - IRVINGTON (vs. HARRISON H.S.)

1990: JENNIFER SATRIALE - EASTCHESTER (vs. NORTH SALEM H.S.)

1992: CAROLYN COPCUTT - MINISINK VALLEY (vs. PORT CHESTER H.S.)

1994: JULIE STASHKO - SETON CATHOLIC (vs. CORNWALL H.S.)

1995: JULIE STASHKO - SETON CATHOLIC (vs. BREWSTER H.S.)

1995: KATE HANSEN - MINSINK VALLEY (vs. WARRENSBURG H.S.)

1996: CHRISTINA KOWALSKI - HORSEHEADS (vs. FORT ANN H.S.)

1996: SARAH MAIDA - NEWBURGH FREE ACADEMY (vs. AFTON H.S.)

1996: AMANDA NOYES - AFTON (vs. SUFFERN H.S.)

1997: BARB COOK - SUSQUEHANNA VALLEY (vs. AUSABLE VALLEY H.S.)

1999: SARA DeANGELIS - CICERO NORTH SYRACUSE (vs. HARRISON H.S.)

2002: RACHEL WIGGINS - SUSQUEHANNA VALLEY & KRISTEN HALVORSEN - CORNWALL (2 - 10 INN. IN SAME GAME)

2003: A. BUCHANAN - WINDSOR (vs. IRONDEQUOIT H.S.)

2006: CHELSEA PLIMPTON - WILLIAMSVILLE SOUTH (vs. SUSQUEHANNA VALLEY H.S.)*

2007: BECKAH WIGGINS - SUSQUEHANNA VALLEY (vs. WILLIAMSVILLE SOUTH H.S. - 11 INNING LOSS)

2008: ERIN NARGI - VICTOR (vs JOHN JAY [East Fishkill] H.S.) *

2010: JULIE PINCKNEY - VALLEY CENTRAL (vs VESTAL H.S.)*

2016: KAYLA McDERMOTT - NORTH ROCKLAND (vs. MECHANICVILLE H.S.)

* PERFECT GAME

HISTORY OF SCHOOLS PARTICIPATING BY SECTION OR STATE:

SECTION 12 (PSAL):
CURTIS HIGH SCHOOL

CONSTRUCTION HIGH SCHOOL

PORT RICHMOND HIGH SCHOOL

SECTION 11:
BAY SHORE HIGH SCHOOL

SECTION 10:
FRANKLIN ACADEMY (MALONE)

SECTION 9:
MINSINK VALLEY HIGH SCHOOL

CORNWALL HIGH SCHOOL

PORT JERVIS HIGH SCHOOL

NEWBURGH FREE ACADEMY

MONROE WOODBURY HIGH SCHOOL

VALLEY CENTRAL HIGH SCHOOL

MARLBORO HIGH SCHOOL

PINE BUSH HIGH SCHOOL

JAMES I. O'NEILL HIGH SCHOOL

KINGSTON HIGH SCHOOL

RONDOUT VALLEY HIGH SCHOOL

WALLKILL HIGH SCHOOL

 

SECTION 8:

NO TEAMS EVER PARTICIPATED

SECTION 7:
AUSABLE VALLEY HIGH SCHOOL

SECTION 6:
WILLIAMSVILLE SOUTH HIGH SCHOOL

MARYVALE HIGH SCHOOL

KENMORE WEST HIGH SCHOOL

IROQUOIS HIGH SCHOOL

KENMORE EAST HIGH SCHOOL

WEST SENECA EAST HIGH SCHOOL

NIAGARA WHEATFIELD HIGH SCHOOL

WILLIAMSVILLE NORTH HIGH SCHOOL

FALCONER HIGH SCHOOL

HAMBURG HIGH SCHOOL

GOWANDA HIGH SCHOOL

ORCHARD PARK HIGH SCHOOL

 

SECTION 5:
BATH HAVERLING HIGH SCHOOL

IRONDEQUOIT HIGH SCHOOL

VICTOR HIGH SCHOOL

WATERLOO HIGH SCHOOL

GREECE ATHENA HIGH SCHOOL

WEBSTER SCHROEDER HIGH SCHOOL

PEMBROKE HIGH SCHOOL

GENEVA HIGH SCHOOL

OUR LADY OF MERCY HIGH SCHOOL

MYNDERSE ACADEMY - SENECA FALLS

BROCKPORT HIGH SCHOOL

 

SECTION 4: 

HORSEHEADS HIGH SCHOOL

SUSQUEHANNA VALLEY HIGH SCHOOL

AFTON HIGH SCHOOL

WINDSOR HIGH SCHOOL

MAINE ENDWELL HIGH SCHOOL

VESTAL HIGH SCHOOOL

CHENANGO FORKS HIGH SCHOOL

LANSING HIGH SCHOOL

BINGHAMTON SETON CATHOLIC H.S.

UNION ENDICOTT HIGH SCHOOL

CHENANGO VALLEY HIGH SCHOOL

BINGHAMTON HIGH SCHOOL

CORNING WEST HIGH SCHOOL

ONEONTA HIGH SCHOOL

CORNING HIGH SCHOOL

JOHNSON CITY HIGH SCHOOL

SECTION 3:

CICERO NORTH SYRACUSE HIGH SCHOOL

WESTHILL HIGH SCHOOL

SOLVAY HIGH SCHOOL

SANDY CREEK HIGH SCHOOL

ONEIDA HIGH SCHOOL

BALDWINSVILLE HIGH SCHOOL

JAMESVILLE DEWITT HIGH SCHOOL

NOTRE DAME HIGH SCHOOL (UTICA)

LIVERPOOL HIGH SCHOOL

EAST SYRACUSE MINOA HIGH SCHOOL

NEW HARTFORD HIGH SCHOOL

HERKIMER HIGH SCHOOL

 

SECTION 2:
BROADALBIN-PERTH HIGH SCHOOL

COLUMBIA HIGH SCHOOL

HOOSIC VALLEY HIGH SCHOOL

BETHLEHEM HIGH SCHOOL

SARATOGA SPRINGS HIGH SCHOOL

DUANESBURG HIGH SCHOOL

VOOHEESVILLE HIGH SCHOOL

GUILDERLAND HIGH SCHOOL

FORT ANN HIGH SCHOOL

TROY HIGH SCHOOL

NISKAYUNA HIGH SCHOOL

SOUTH GLENS FALLS HIGH SCHOOL

MECHANICVILLE HIGH SCHOOL

NOTRE DAME-BISHOP GIBBONS HIGH SCHOOL

WARRENSBURGH HIGH SCHOOL

SHAKER HIGH SCHOOL

AMSTERDAM HIGH SCHOOL

COLONIE HIGH SCHOOL

ICHABOD CRANE HIGH SCHOOL

 

SECTION 1:
PORT CHESTER HIGH SCHOOL

JOHN JAY (EAST FISHKILL) H.S.

JOHN JAY (CROSS RIVER) H.S.

SCARSDALE HIGH SCHOOL

ARLINGTON HIGH SCHOOL

OUR LADY OF LOURDES HIGH SCHOOL

SUFFERN HIGH SCHOOL

CLARKSTOWN SOUTH HIGH SCHOOL

CLARKSTOWN NORTH HIGH SCHOOL

NORTH ROCKLAND HIGH SCHOOL

TAPPAN ZEE HIGH SCHOOL

RC KETCHAM HIGH SCHOOL

PEARL RIVER HIGH SCHOOL

RYE HIGH SCHOOL

RYE NECK HIGH SCHOOL

SCARSDALE HIGH SCHOOL

MAMARONECK HIGH SCHOOL

HARRISON HIGH SCHOOL

ALBERTUS MAGNUS HIGH SCHOOL

WHITE PLAINS HIGH SCHOOL

WOODLANDS HIGH SCHOOL

NEW ROCHELLE HIGH SCHOOL

ROOSEVELT (YONKERS) HIGH SCHOOL

MOUNT VERNON HIGH SCHOOL

DOBBS FERRY HIGH SCHOOL

ARDSLEY HIGH SCHOOL

PELHAM HIGH SCHOOL

VALHALLA HIGH SCHOOL

YORKTOWN HIGH SCHOOL

HASTINGS HIGH SCHOOL

ALEXANDER HAMILTON HIGH SCHOOL

NORTH SALEM HIGH SCHOOL

KEIO ACADEMY

HORACE GREELEY HIGH SCHOOL

BRONXVILLE HIGH SCHOOL

IRVINGTON HIGH SCHOOL

SLEEPY HOLLOW HIGH SCHOOL

BLIND BROOK HIGH SCHOOL

OSSINING HIGH SCHOOL

PINE PLAINS HIGH SCHOOL

R.C. KETCHAM HIGH SCHOOL

CHSAA:
GOOD COUNCEL (WHITE PLAINS)

OUR LADY OF VICTORY (DOBBS FERRY)

MARIA REGINA HIGH SCHOOL (HARTSDALE)

ST. JOSEPH BY THE SEA HIGH SCHOOL (STATEN ISLAND, NY)

MOORE CATHOLIC HIGH SCHOOL

ARCHBISHOP MOLLOY HIGH SCHOOL

NARDIN ACADEMY

MSGR. PRESTON ACADEMY (BRONX) 

SACRED HEART ACADEMY (BUFFALO)

 

STATE OF PENNSYLVANIA:
BLUE RIDGE HIGH SCHOOL (NEW MILFORD, PENNSYLVANIA)

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HISTORY OF OUTSTANDING COACHING IN THE HISTORY OF THE TOURNAMENT (BY SECTION):

SECTION 1

JOHN JAY (EAST FISHKILL) HIGH SCHOOL:

BONNIE SCHILLING

JOHN JAY (CROSS RIVER) HIGH SCHOOL:

GEOFF LOVEDAY

PEARL RIVER HIGH SCHOOL:

MICHAEL CARLACCI *

NORTH ROCKLAND HIGH SCHOOL:

TONY TORONTO

MICHELLE SHAW

JACKIE DiNUZZO

 

ROOSEVELT HIGH SCHOOL (YONKERS):

TONY CALIENDO

ARLINGTON HIGH SCHOOL:

DICK BEAMS

PORT CHESTER HIGH SCHOOL:

KATHY FEDERICI
BILL SHAW *
DON MILLS

EASTCHESTER HIGH SCHOOL:

TOM "SKIP" WALSH *

SUFFERN HIGH SCHOOL:

RAY BUTEUX

SECTION 2:

COLUMBIA HIGH SCHOOL:

HELENE PIEL
GARY HOLTZ

SARATOGA SPRINGS HIGH SCHOOL:

BRENDA ADAMS

WARRENSBURG HIGH SCHOOL:

CARRIE ANNE BUMP

MECHANICVILLE HIGH SCHOOL:

DON ARCENEAUX

SECTION 3:

CICERO NORTH SYRACUSE HIGH SCHOOL:

KERRY BENNETT

SANDY CREEK HIGH SCHOOL:

PAT McDOUGAL

SECTION 4:

CHENANGO VALLEY HIGH SCHOOL:

ERIC COLEMAN

BINGHAMTON SETON CATHOLIC HIGH SCHOOL:

DAVE LIGEIKIS

SUSQUEHANNA VALLEY HIGH SCHOOL & BINGHAMTON HIGH SCHOOL:

DALE COOK *

HORSEHEADS HIGH SCHOOL:

WARREN CONKLIN *

AFTON HIGH SCHOOL:

CINDY BOSTLEMAN

SECTION 5:

VICTOR HIGH SCHOOL:

SHELLY COLLINS

SECTION 6:

WILLIAMSVILLE SOUTH HIGH SCHOOL:

GERRY GENTNER

SECTION 9:

MINISINK VALLEY HIGH SCHOOL:

BRUCE GUYETTE

NEWBURGH FREE ACADEMY:

LOU "THE PROFESSOR" BUCCI

VALLEY CENTRAL HIGH SCHOOL:

SANDY STRAUSS *
FRANK JORDAN

MARLBORO HIGH SCHOOL:

JONNAH O'DONNELL

CORNWALL HIGH SCHOOL:

RICK MILLER

 

SECTION 11:

BAY SHORE HIGH SCHOOL:

JIM McGOWAN *

 * INDUCTED INTO THE NEW YORK STATE HIGH SCHOOL SOFTBALL HALL OF FAME

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MR. BILL SHAW RETIRES AS TOURNAMENT DIRECTOR - MORABITO TOURNAMENT

IN 2007, BILL SHAW, FORMER PORT CHESTER HIGH SCHOOL SOFTBALL COACH AND LONG TIME TOURNAMENT DIRECTOR, RETIRED FROM THE MORABITO TOURNAMENT COMMITTEE, AFTER 27 YEARS OF DEDICATION TO THIS ANNUAL EVENT. HIS LOYALATY AND COMMITMENT TO THIS TOURNAMENT, AS WELL AS THE GAME OF HIGH SCHOOL SOFTBALL WITHIN THE STATE OF NEW YORK, IS SECOND TO NONE. HIS CONTRIBUTIONS WILL CERTAINLY BE MISSED BY ALL ASSOCIATED WITH THE GAME AND WISH HIM NOTHING BUT THE BEST IN HIS FUTURE ENDEVOUS.


IN MEMORIUM - ANTHONY "ZIMBO" ZIMBALATTI - FOUNDING CO-DIRECTOR OF THE MORABITO TOURNAMENT AND FORMER ATHLETIC DIRECTOR AT PORT CHESTER HIGH SCHOOOL

May 27, 2006 

Anthony F. Zimbalatti, age 79, passed away in his sleep peacefully on Thursday, May 25, 2006 at his home in West Harrison, NY. One of the most gifted athletes to grace the playing fields of Westchester County, Mr Zimbalatti was an outstanding physical education teacher and coach, serving as Athletic Director in the Port Chester Public Schools for over thirty five years. He started the James "Ace" Morabito Memorial Invitational Softball Tournament, and served as one of the Tournament Directors from 1981 to 1994. The Morabito Tournament has become the largest "In Season" High School Softball Tournaments in the Eastern United States. Born in Port Chester, NY, where he resided for most of his life, Mr. Zimbalatti graduated from Port Chester High School in 1944. He pursued his post secondary education, first at the Sol-Vogel-American Mitchell School of Design, where he received a degree in Art. He later attended St. Bonaventure University, Olean, NY, where he starred in football and served as the captain of the varsity baseball team. Upon receiving his Baccalaureate degree from St. Bonaventure in 1952, he continued his education, securing a Masters degree in Educational Administration from Columbia University in 1962 and the Director's Certificate in Health, Physical Education and Recreation from New York University in 1963. Mr. Zimbalatti's long and illustrious career in coaching and community service spoke to the altruism of his character. A lifelong coach of baseball, football, and basketball, Mr. Zimbalatti's prowness and accompanying accolades as an athlete were demonstrated as a high school coach at St. Mary's School, Elmira, NY, Blessed Sacrament High School, New Rochelle, NY, Pawling High School, Pawling, NY and from 1952 to 1992 in the Port Chester Public Schools. As a young athlete, Mr. Zimbalatti's prowness was evident in the many accolades he accrued. Selected to the AllCounty Football Team in 1944 and holder of numerous track records at Port Chester High School, he played semipro football for the Port Chester 90's. Also a superb baseball player, Mr. Zimbalatti signed a professional baseball contract with the Brooklyn Dodgers and played in their minor league organization. As a gifted athlete in the U.S. Navy, Mr. Zimbalatti participated on the Naval Track and Baseball teams and competed in servicemen's meets in the Milrose Games, Madison Square Garden and Philadelphia's John F. Kennedy Stadium. He also served as President of the Baseball Coaches' Association of Westchester County, the Baseball Umpires' Association of Westchester County and the Port Chester High School Dad's Club. In April, he was elected to serve as President of the Port Chester Old Timers Organization, He also served as Vice President of the Port Chester Carl Schmehl Babe Ruth League, Vice Chairperson of the Park's Commission of the Village of Port Chester, and as a member of the James “Ace“ Morabito Softball Tournament Committee. Mr. Zimbalatti's service to the Port Chester-Rye Brook Communities is evident by the many organizations he founded or in which he played a significant role. He served as the Director of the Special Citizen's Camp for over forty years. This work brought him special joy and attests to the quality of his character. In 1988 he organized the Special Olympics Competition for the Port Chester-Rye Brook Community. Mr. Zimbalatti served as Program Director for the White Plains YMCA Family Swim Club and was the founder of the Hi-Lo Indian Day Camp in Port Chester, NY. Since 1997, he has been affiliated with Keio Academy, Purchase, NY, where he served as Girls' softball coach. In 2003 for both the tenure and impact of his community service, Mr. Zimbalatti was inducted into the Westchester County Hall of Fame for Outstanding Volunteerism in the Village of Port Chester. He is survived by his two children, Carleen and Edward Zimbalatti, children of the late Ann Penabare, and a granddaughter Chiara Blue. He is also survived by two sisters: Marie Zimbalatti and Rina Numme, and a brother Pat Zimbalatti.