On the rare occasion the Madison Clinic Dodger players performed poorly, they knew a whirlwind of “encouraging advice” would be forthcoming from Coach Peter Mazzocchi. Turns out his intermittent squalls of instruction were no match for the tempest of Sandy. First there was the destruction and loss of power which made practices unthinkable, and the postponement on Saturdays’ Nov. 3rd away game against formidably also undefeated Lenape Valley. The game was rescheduled for Friday night Nov.9th as every resilient New Jerseyan put their lives back together one day at a time, waiting for this final showdown to bring some short lived normalcy into uprooted routines.
By weeks end, however, the far reaching effects of Sandy still kept Lenape Valley powerless, and after two weeks of no practices, it was decided to end the football season. Disappointed, the Dodgers finish their fabulous year going unbeaten with a 7-0 record, something the fine folks of Madison can add to the constantly growing pride in our community, and the coaches and players certainly deserve high praises for their dedication and hard work. It shows that with great leadership and combined continuity, even a devastating Hurricane could not penetrate the staying power of teamwork, something we all could benefit from.
The 2012 Madison Clinic Dodger Players are: Aiden Bodnar, Matthew Monaco, Patrick Penders, Jack O’hearen, Timmy Holland, Ryan Marquardt, Tommy Dwyer, Peter Kearney, Greyson Cullis, Nicholas Esposito, Matthew McIntyre, Liam Beifus, Aidan Feledy, Patrick Quinn, Carter Vali, Luke Voorhees, Jeremy McKenna, Sean Purce, Bruno Codorlup, John Geier, Jack Wilt and Matthew Gero. Thanks to the coaches for a great season; see you next year!