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Friday night prior to the boys basketball game, the last home game of the regular season, the high school took a few moments to honor a man who has spent a lot of hours making Rye High School athletes look their best. Tony Marostica has spent 17 years writing sports for the local newspaper. That in itself is cause for honor, but Marostica has done more than that. Tony has invested in the youth of the community.
Read his stories and in addition to the unique style you find an uplifting lilt that puts young local athletes in the best light possible. Tony is a family man and he has included in his family almost every athlete that has gone through Rye High School. He has minored in football, soccer, boys and girls basketball. He has majored in helping young people feel front and center.
Tony had a family commitment (the nuclear one) on a recent Friday evening and asked me to fill in for him at a game. I arrived and within seconds someone asked me “are you Tony tonight?”. The responsibility was obvious. How do you fill the shoes of someone who is a legend?
Tony, not only reports the sports activity, he also goes out of his way at the end of each season to freeze those memories on DVD’s for the various teams. What parent doesn’t appreciate the memories Tony has frozen in picture for the young charges of coach after coach.
Tony is a humble man and will be bothered by this recognition. Perhaps for that reason I should not write this column, but to not write it is also wrong. You see, what Tony has done for 17 years is not write about sports. He has not written about a game. He has written about young people. He has written from his heart about the next generation. Thank you Tony for including us in your family.