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February 9, 2013

Jean DePlacido column: The ring's the thing for Peabody's Diantgikas

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Dowling head coach Tim Boyle (named Division 2 Coach of the Year in 2012) and his captains led the team in an effort to help the Long Island community recover from the devastating damage all around them in the wake of Hurricane Sandy fall.

“We’d cut out our Friday lifting and practice short so we could get up at 5 a.m. Saturday to help the fire department rip up carpeting and tear down the remains of houses,” said Diantgikis. “With 40-plus guys working together, we were able to knock out a house in about 20 minutes. Everybody came together and while some places are still bad, there’s a lot of rebuilding going on.

“We did whatever we could. You’d drive down a street, turn a corner and see a tremendous amount of destruction. There were boats washed up in people’s backyards and houses ripped apart. I’ve never seen anything like it.

“Our coaches got a lot of thank you cards from people that we helped, and we invited families to come to see a game (and) enjoy tailgating with our fans,” added Diantgikis. “Our team put on a free lacrosse clinic for local kids, and we were surprised to be asked for our autographs.”

Diantgikis said he enjoyed working with the kids and teaching them the game he loves. He’d like to do more of it in the future.

“I love teaching and want to come back to be a coach at Peabody High, helping Coach Tony out,” he said. “It’s been a great time here at Dowling, with a berth in the Final Four and a national championship. I hope to see it end in Philly this year (site of the 2013 NCAA Championships).”

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Bishop Fenwick track coach Jay Smith is scheduled to host a Throwing Camp all day tomorrow from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. (weather pending) with former Olympic medalist and four-time world shot put champ John Godina.

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