Class of 2021

John Gregory '86
Back in the 80’s Portledge was a little-known and small school with aspirations to compete at higher athletic levels. Every victory was hard-fought and every loss was a learning experience that helped contribute to the foundation of what is now a very successful athletic program. Invitations to tournaments outside the greater New York area began, and the winning of the Princeton Day School ice hockey tournament in 1986 was a significant moment for the entire athletic program. We had arrived and had the attention of the community and the support of the students and alumni. John was a three-sport athlete who captained the soccer, ice hockey, and lacrosse teams. He was surrounded by talented teammates who made him a better player. One such teammate is a fellow hall of famer, the late Paul Sclafani ’86, who was on John’s side for many years. Almost every goal or assist in John’s ice hockey and lacrosse career had a connection to Sclafani, who will never be forgotten. There are other components that contributed to John’s successful athletic career at Portledge. The coaching staff of Curt Sawyer and Toby Harwood, the teammates, and the sideline support of students and parents (special thanks to his mother, Mimi) were instrumental throughout his time on the fields and at the rink. John focused his talent on ice hockey and represented Nassau County in the 1985-86 season and continued his ice hockey career at Lawrenceville as a Postgraduate. He then went on to play for four years at Trinity College winning 2 ECAC Div III North/South Championships. His senior year at Trinity he was elected captain and ended his career with an OT victory in one of the championship years. He still continues to play ice hockey in Sydney and has many great memories of his time representing Portledge. Portledge is truly proud of all of John’s accomplishments, both on the field and off, and we are proud to welcome him to the 2021 Portledge Hall of Fame.

Chris Adarian '96
Chris won 11 varsity letters during his time at Portledge. A tenacious competitor with a potent blend of skill, smarts, and effort, Chris was a fixture in the starting lineup all four years he was on the Boys' Lacrosse and Soccer teams and had the honor of being named a captain of both squads in his senior year. A versatile weapon on the soccer pitch, Chris was able to play anywhere along the defensive line or in the midfield, his playmaking abilities helped to bring out the best in his teammates. On the Lacrosse field, Chris was known as a rugged and skilled defender who could stop the opposition in their tracks and quickly turn defense into attack for his side. Chris was awarded various Portledge Athletic Awards during his time at the school, as well as earning All-Division and All-League recognition in both Boys' Lacrosse and Boys' Soccer as early as his Sophomore year. After Portledge, Chris went on to join the Lehigh University club lacrosse team. His love of sport continues to this day as displayed by the softball team he started with a group of his fellow 1996 Portledge graduates, becoming an avid golfer, and playing squash regularly. We are thrilled to welcome Chris to the 2021 Athletic Hall of Fame and congratulate him on this momentous occasion.

Pamela (Lee) Van Dina '01
During her athletic career at Portledge, she competed in Cross Country, Basketball, and Lacrosse; receiving a total of 11 Varsity Letters (4 in each basketball and lacrosse and 3 in Cross Country as the team began the fall of her sophomore year). She served as captain of the Cross Country team her Junior and Seniors years, and captain of both the Basketball and Lacrosse teams her senior year. She received multiple awards throughout her tenure at Portledge and was the recipient of the Senior Athletic Award. Lehigh University recruited her for Cross Country, but sadly after competing for a couple of years, had to leave the team due to an injury. Still having the desire to be involved in college athletics, she joined the Crew team where she rowed as part of the varsity open 8 and lightweight 8 and was captain of the team my senior year. Pamela is an incredibly well-rounded athlete and Portledge is extremely proud to induct her into the Portledge Athletic Hall of Fame.

Jessica Lee '01
Throughout her time at Portledge, Jessica played field hockey, basketball, and lacrosse. Field hockey was the sport she excelled in the most and although she was recruited by various D1 schools to continue in that sport, she chose to attend the University of Wisconsin-Madison, which did not have a team. Still wanting to stay involved in athletics, Jessica was able to walk onto the women's lightweight rowing team. She started as a rower for the team but also competed as a coxswain while being injured during her junior and senior years. In addition, she was also part of the lightweight national championship team her senior year at Wisconsin. After graduating, her love of sports continued and she worked with College Sports Television (now CBS Sports Network) managing feature, studio, and game productions, and MSG Network's "Blueshirts Inside Out." Today, Jessica works with the NFL, as the Senior Director of Studio Operations and Production Management where she oversees all production logistics and budgets for all of NFL Media. Portledge thanks Jessica for all she has done for female sports at Portledge and welcomes her to the Athletic Hall of Fame.

Adam Lanza '06
As part of the Class of '06, Lanza's athletic career at Portledge was defined by his athleticism, hard work, and passion for competing.  Lanza received varsity letters for all four years in Soccer, Tennis, Basketball, and Ice Hockey. He excelled at Soccer and Tennis, winning multiple MVP awards, all-region recognition, and helped clinched multiple league titles. His senior year, Lanza earned the Senior Athletic Award. Lanza continued his athletic career at Trinity College, playing men's Varsity Soccer and Tennis all four years, where he co-captained the Men's Varsity Tennis team. Portledge Athletics is excited to have an athlete of Adam’s caliber in the Athletic Hall of Fame and we are proud to induct him into the Class of 2021.

Class of 2020

Stefanie Bishop ‘00
Stefanie '00 was a four-sport athlete during her high school career at Portledge. She competed as a starting defender on the Varsity Boys' Soccer Team before there was a Girls' Soccer Team. Starting the fall season of her junior year, she also ran with the newly formed Varsity Cross Country Team when she was not playing in a soccer match. Homecoming was one of her favorite days; she ran the XC meet in the morning, before playing in the soccer game in the afternoon. In the winter, Stefanie competed on the Varsity Fencing Team. The spring season was her favorite of the three, and the sport at which she excelled the most, Varsity Lacrosse. In her senior year, Stefanie captained her main sports - soccer, fencing, and lacrosse. Besides many team championships and varsity letters, she earned multiple MVP and Coach's Awards, as well as the Senior Athletic Award. Stefanie's athlete career was actually only in the beginning phases at Portledge and her experiences helped influence her achievements today. She competed at a high level of triathlon after college, achieving multiple podiums, before moving onto her passion, ultra-endurance racing. Her specialty is in 24-hour to multi-day events, which include either trail running, obstacle course racing, mountain biking, or adventure racing. (Adventure Racing is a team sport of 3-4 people, where teams use a compass and map to navigate to different checkpoints either on foot, mountain bike, or paddling a canoe, kayak, or another style of boat.) In 2010, she jumped into ultras, competing in a unique event called the Spartan Death Race. It is a race of unknown length, usually lasting 1-3 days, with tasks that test the athletes physically and mentally - carrying heavy objects, chopping wood, memory tasks, puzzles, etc. Every race is starkly different and the challenges are created to "break" the athletes so they quit; there is a low number of participants finishing the race. Not only did Stefanie complete 4 of the 4 races she entered, the longest being 65 hours, but she also won 3 of them. In 2016, she won the World's Toughest Mudder, a 24-hour Tough Mudder obstacle course race, where she completed 85 official miles and over 300 obstacles. In 2018 and 2019, she raced in the Wilderness Traverse, a highly competitive 30-hour Canadian adventure race, finishing in 2nd and 1st place respectively. She is the first American to have won that race in its' 10-year existence. Stefanie continues to race and set high goals for herself in the ultra-endurance world and is training towards them daily. Stefanie always loved the beautiful grounds of Portledge, including the nature preserve, and credits much of her success to the atmosphere at Portledge that nurtured her athletic abilities. The committee is ecstatic to welcome Bishop into the Hall of Fame as part of the 2020 class. 
 
William Bodine III ‘00
As part of the Class of ‘00, Bodine was known as a passionate leader and a true team player. Bodine received varsity letters in all four years in Soccer, Ice Hockey, and Lacrosse where he was selected as team captain multiple times. A notable example was during the 2000 League Lacrosse Championship game when after putting up 10 points, Bodine volunteered to suit up and play goal while Frank Hill had to serve out his penalty. Bodine ended that game with 7 Goals, 3 Assists and 1 save with zero goals against and another League Championship. Bodine was also recognized as the fourth/fifth player from Portledge to be named a High School All American Lacrosse player alongside his teammate Marc Perry in 1999. Bodine had amounted scoring records as well as individual and team accolades/awards throughout his tenure at Portledge ending with earning the Senior Athletic Award. Bodine went on to play NCAA Hockey and Lacrosse at Hobart College and continued his hockey career playing professionally for six years in the ECHL and CHL. Bodine continues to this day to pass forward his love of the game through coaching and hockey development programs based here on Long Island. Thus, we are thrilled to recognize this amazing student-athlete as a member of the 2020 Portledge Athletic Hall of Fame. 

Mark Dourmashkin ‘10
Mark Dourmashkin’s athletic career at Portledge was defined by his display of athleticism, tremendous work ethic, and excellent leadership skills. Mark, a well-rounded athlete, received 12 Varsity Letters (four each in soccer and basketball, and two each in baseball and lacrosse) and served as captain of the basketball team for two years as well as captain of the soccer team his senior year. Mark’s consistent play on the soccer field led the team to capture the league’s best record for three straight years while making the NYSAIS Championship Tournaments in all four seasons. On the basketball court, Mark had an innate ability to make those around him better through his playmaking abilities. He led the Panthers to win their first IPPSAL Championship in nearly twenty years and won an MVP award as well as multiple All-League selections. During Mark’s senior season on the baseball team, he was the catalyst for securing the baseball program’s first-ever championship game appearance. He was also honored as an All-League baseball player. Whether he was on the field or court, Mark was a model example of sportsmanship and always treated his teammates and coaches with respect and dignity. The committee is excited to celebrate Mark and all of his accomplishments and thanks to Mark for being a role model for future Portlege student-athletes.

Class of 2019

Nils Youngwall ’84
An incredibly well-rounded athlete, Nils Youngwall, lettered in Soccer, Ice Hockey and Lacrosse during all four years of Upper School, captained all three programs as both a Junior and Senior and was selected five times as a team MVP. Nils went on to attend Johns Hopkins University, where he played club hockey and walked on to the Varsity Men’s Lacrosse team which resulted in Nils being a member of the 1987 Blue Jays’ team that won the NCAA National Championship in Men’s Lacrosse. Even with all these athletic accomplishments, Nils has always been known as a quiet and humble person who leads by example and is always kind and supportive of teammates and friends. So it is with the support of those friends, as well as the support of all those who had the opportunity to watch Nils compete as a young athlete, that we recognize Nils Youngwall as a member of the Portledge Athletic Hall of Fame.

Chris Masotto ’94
Blessed with significant athletic ability, a tremendous work ethic, and excellent leadership skills, Chris Masotto was the face of Boys Athletics at Portledge in the early 90s. During his Upper School years, Chris received 11 Varsity Letters (four each in ice hockey and lacrosse, and another three in soccer) and served as captain of all three sports during his senior year. Chris’ athletic talents were obvious as he was selected All-League in both soccer and lacrosse during his sophomore, junior and senior seasons, and as a United States Lacrosse Association All American as a senior. Chris went on to graduate from Hamilton College where he played four years of Varsity Men’s Lacrosse, once again serving as a captain for both the ’97 & ’98 Continental squads. Chris’ athletic career was marked by a high degree of sportsmanship as he competed with a determined but calm demeanor and always treated his teammates, coaches, and opponents with great respect. Chris was recognized as the recipient of the Portledge Bowl at the 1994 graduation ceremonies and it is now fitting that he be recognized as a member of the school’s Athletic Hall of Fame.

Willa Sky-Bacon Freer ’99
Willa Sky-Bacon Freer was an athlete who Kelly Gottesman had the pleasure of knowing and coaching through Middle School and High School in both Field Hockey and Lacrosse. Seeing a student-athlete like Willa grow in so many ways, skills, confidence, and leadership to name a few, was an absolute pleasure to experience. Willa always worked hard on her individual skills and teamwork. She had the drive to always improve on her skills and was never afraid to try new things. Willa was always upbeat and brought a positive, upbeat attitude to every practice and game. Willa truly enjoyed playing the sports she did, which only made her that much better. She was a dedicated athlete and a supportive teammate. The committee is excited to celebrate Willa and all of her accomplishments and thanks Willa for being a role model for future Portlege student-athletes. 

Tamara Simpson ’14
While she participated off and on as a member of Coach Corby’s Varsity Girls Tennis dynasty, Tamara Simpson’s athletic career at Portledge predominantly concerned basketball – and what a career it was. Tamara was the best player on a very good Varsity Girls Basketball team during all three of her years at Portledge. She was team and league MVP sophomore, junior and senior seasons, a McDonald’s All American nominee as a senior, and received the Portledge Senior Athletic Award in 2014. Tamara went on to star as an NCAA Varsity Women’s Basketball player at Yale University with a long list of school and Ivy League accomplishments including Ivy League Defensive Player of the year in 2016-17 and becoming Yale’s career leader in steals, a record she set in only her junior year. While all of these individual accolades are certainly incredible, what really defined Tamara as a player is the success she led the Portledge Varsity Girls team to during her years as a Lady Panther. Portledge was a three-time league champion during Tamara’s career and the squad went on to participate in the NYSAIS State Championship Tournament at the close of each of those seasons. In 2013 Portledge was seeded 2nd and reached the semi-finals – this marks the farthest Portledge Varsity Girls Basketball has progressed at the state level in the school’s history. There have been many outstanding girls basketball players at Portledge, as there are now, and the team is usually very competitive, but Tamara took Portledge Basketball to another level and did so with dignity, eloquence, determination and tremendous leadership. Thus, we recognize this amazing student-athlete as a member of the Portledge Athletic Hall of Fame.

Inaugural Class of 2018

Paul Sclafani ‘86
Sclafani was a leader and role model for so many young men at Portledge. He was the captain of nine different teams throughout his career, as he showed an innate ability to lead others and make those around him better. He was extremely unselfish, classy, and a great motivator. Sclafani was the first ever Boys Lacrosse All - American at Portledge. He held the school scoring record for 16 years. He was the Varsity Boys Lacrosse MVP all four years in high school. In hockey, he was the MVP of the Princeton Day School Tournament in 1985 and the MVP of the team his senior year. He was also a standout goalie on the soccer team saving many big penalty kicks throughout his time in net. Sclafani showed those around him how to compete with class and humility through both victories and defeat.

Emily Edwards-Bourdrez ‘07
As part of the Class of ‘07, Emily Edwards-Bourdrez was a relentless defender and rebounder on the basketball court. Known as a fantastic athlete who could dribble end to end and finish, she was a four-year starter for the Girls Varsity Basketball team, Edwards-Bourdrez was also captain for three years in a row, and league MVP twice, scoring over 1,500 career points and notching a career-high 38-point game. A leader both on and off the court, she was a pleasure to coach and well-respected by all that played with her, coached her, or watched her play. While Varsity Girls Basketball was always an important program at Portledge, Edwards-Bourdrez elevated the game to a whole new level. People started coming to games just to see her play, her name began appearing in Newsday which brought the Portledge Girls Basketball program recognition, recruiting picked up, and soon championships were being won. Edwards-Bourdrez was also a big part of building the Varsity Girls Soccer program as she was a four-year starter and the goalie on the first squad to make it to the PSAA playoffs (part of the famous girls soccer Class of ’07 which had an award created after them). In addition, Edwards-Bourdrez started as a defender on the Varsity Girls Lacrosse team. In her senior year, the lacrosse team advanced to the NYSAIS Quarterfinals. Her senior year she earned the Senior Athletic Award. Edwards-Bourdrez continued her athletic career at Tufts University playing NCAA Div III Women’s Basketball.
  
Siena Falino ‘09
Know for her incredible elegance, power, and speed on the ice, Siena Falino was a member of the original six players in 2003-04 to start the Girls Hockey program at Portledge School. Falino once scored seven goals in a victory over Lawrenceville, a Portledge record. She captained the only Varsity Girls Hockey team to win the WIHLMA Championship. Although hockey was her main sport, one in which she would go on to play at the Division I level, Siena was almost as dominant in lacrosse as she led the Varsity Girls Lacrosse team to three consecutive NYSAISAA tournament berths, and was an IPPSAL All-League player on Championship tennis teams (2006 & 2008). Her senior year she earned the Senior Athletic Award. Falino continued her athletic career at Northeastern University playing NCAA Division I Women’s Hockey.

Aaron Lee ‘09
As part of the Class of ‘09, Lee was known as a gritty & determined midfielder who played Varsity Boys Lacrosse for five years. Dominant on faceoffs with a great two-way game that eventually earned him recognition as Portledge School’s sixth All American Lacrosse Player, Lee was also a terrific defensive midfielder in soccer and a hard-nosed point guard in basketball. His senior year he earned the Senior Athletic Award. Lee continued his athletic career at United States Military Academy at West Point playing Men’s Lacrosse.
 
Addie Reilly ‘10
Reilly ‘10 was a three-sport athlete who captained the 2010 Varsity Girls Lacrosse team that won the NYSAISAA Championship, the only Portledge team to win an NYSAISAA Championship. She played on the Varsity Girls Lacrosse teams that competed in four straight NYSAISAA Championship Tournaments and graduated as the All-Time leading scorer in Portledge Varsity Girls Lacrosse history. Her senior year she scored a NYS Record 132 goals. Reilly was the MVP of the first Portledge Varsity Girls Soccer team to win the PSAA Championship (2009) and was a key member of the only Portledge Varsity Girls Hockey team to win the WIHLMA Championship. Her senior year she earned the Senior Athletic Award. Reilly continued her post-Portledge athletic career playing Division I lacrosse at Fairfield University.