The long and the short
At the end of the event, ACBF trustee Nick Iarocci joked about the foundation’s attempts to keep the banquet shorter.
This year’s total time was just around two and a half hours.
The shortest speech of the night came from Jefferson football coach Jimmy Henson, who clocked in a lightning-fast 23 seconds.
The longest? That distinction belonged to Carl Stokes, who came in at a solid 6 minutes, 44 seconds.
What a change
The ACBF Special Recognition Award went to the sixth-grade Edgewood Warriors basketball team.
The Warriors went a combined 30-11 this past season, but it wasn’t always that easy.
“Since third grade, we’ll never forget that first game,” coach Joe Zappitelli said. “It was at a Cleveland tournament, we lost the first game 65-3. It was eye-opening. We realized we had a long way to go.”
The Warriors came a long way, finishing first at the YMCA tournament and at the Edgewood tournament this year.
They also finished second at tournaments at Grand Valley, Jefferson, Lakeview and Cleveland.
Austin and Grant Nowakowski received the first Edward Jones/David Flautt Scholarship. The Coaches’/Referees’ Appreciation Scholarship was given to Emily O’Dell of Geneva, Abby Pisano of Edgewood, Brett Powers of Jefferson and Bud Ritari of Conneaut. Wilson Santiago was given the ACBF Officials’ Appreciation Award.