February Athletes of the Month

Left to right: Thomas Ferrante, Whitman Assistant Principal Mr. Jon Varlamos, and Rosa Portaro.
Left to right: Thomas Ferrante, Whitman Assistant Principal Mr. Jon Varlamos, and Rosa Portaro.

Everything seems to be falling into place for Rosa Portaro. “There is so much to do here at Whitman, I find so much to get involved in,” said the starting Point Guard, for the Lady Wildcat Varsity Basketball team. “I enjoy playing Lacrosse, but Basketball is by far my favorite sport,” said Rosa.  “I have been playing in various leagues for about five years, and when I’m out there on the court, I just want to try my hardest,” said the 5’6” freshman. Rosa had an exceptional February as she and her teammates worked hard to get into the playoffs. This was not totally expected since all of last year’s starters were lost to graduation and this year’s group saw limited minutes last season. As a freshman starter, Rosa’s insecurity about playing at the varsity level lasted only moments, as she embraces the physical aspect of the game with tough gritty play that is bound to keep Coach Trebour smiling for several more years. 

Whitman junior Thomas Ferrante had a fantastic month of fencing. In February he was able to post the best Epee fencing record in Suffolk County. Thomas went on to take second place in the county tournament this past season earning 1st Team All-County, and All-Long Island recognition. This past month Thomas traveled to Portland Oregon to compete in the National Junior Olympics. In Portland, Thomas fenced well and placed in the top 50% of all Epee fencers in the Nation. “There is an energy that Thomas brings to practice and to the fencing strip that often feels like a surge of electricity running through the gym,” said Varsity Coach Kathleen Kolakowski.  “To watch Thomas fence, there is a joy about him as he competes. He's serious and determined, yet he enjoys the pressure of the moment.”  As a junior Thomas and family are making the college rounds and whether it’s going to be Boston or Washington, Thomas is hoping to continue his love for social sciences at a top-tier school in either of those cities.

Congratulations to both of these outstanding student athletes!