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Sammy Cipolla Award

2016 Sammy Cipolla Award


2016 Sammy Cipolla Award winner - Rachel Koopersmith with her family


2016 Sammy Cipolla Award Nominees - Clare Lanscioni, Rachel Koopersmith and Elaina Golden


Coach Dan Powell, Rachel Koopersmith and GTFA President - Dio Vega


2016 Sammy Cipolla Award Nominee - Claire Lanscioni and Coach Carol Heles


2016 Sammy Cipolla Award Nominee - Elaina Golden and GTFA President - Dio Vega

On October 17,2016, the Glenview Titans Fastpitch Association (GTFA) held its annual parent meeting.  It was with great pride that nominees and winner were announced for the 7th annual Sammy Cipolla Award.  This award was established in the fall of 2010 to honor the memory of Samantha Cipolla, a six-year veteran of GTFA and member of the Glenbrook South High School softball team, after she passed away from a two-year battle with cancer in 2009.

The Sammy Cipolla Award has been given each year to the GTFA player who best epitomizes Samantha's attributes, both on and off the field, as voted by the all volunteer board members.  Each coach is asked to nominate one player from his/her team who he/she thinks "shows courage and calm inspiration by approaching seemingly challenging situations with confidence and ease, exhibits unique softball IQ, displays superior work ethic and passion for the game of softball, raises the morale and performance of the entire team through her contagious positive and enthusiastic nature, and who demonstrates true camaraderie by always supporting teammates and celebrating their triumphs."

This year, Glenview Titans Fastpitch Association was very proud to present the Sammy Cipolla Award to Rachel Koopersmith (12U).  Other 2016 nominees were Elaina Golden (14U) and Clare Lanscioni (10U).

Within Coach Dan Powell's nomination, he shared the following traits Rachel represented as a deserving recipient of the Sammy Cipolla Award:

"Rachel's all around attitude, athleticism, and softball skills made it an easy choice for me to nominate Rachel Koopersmith for the Sammy Cipolla Award."

"Rachel has exhibited dedication, athleticism, sportsmanship, and team spirit above and beyond the average player."

 


2015 Sammy Cipolla Award


2015 winner Kylie Coy with Coach - Mike Aiello


2015 nominee Kat Klish


2015 nominee Alex Adams


2015 nominee Bella Albrecht


2015 nominee Emily Miller

In October 2015, the Glenview Titans Fastpitch Association (GTFA) held its annual parent meeting.  It was with great pride that nominees and winner were announced for the 6th annual Sammy Cipolla Award.  This award was established in the fall of 2010 to honor the memory of Samantha Cipolla, a six-year veteran of GTFA and member of the Glenbrook South High School softball team, after she passed away from a two-year battle with cancer in 2009.

The Sammy Cipolla Award has been given each year to the GTFA player who best epitomizes Samantha's attributes, both on and off the field, as voted by the all volunteer board members.  Each coach is asked to nominate one player from his/her team who he/she thinks "shows courage and calm inspiration by approaching seemingly challenging situations with confidence and ease, exhibits unique softball IQ, displays superior work ethic and passion for the game of softball, raises the morale and performance of the entire team through her contagious positive and enthusiastic nature, and who demonstrates true camaraderie by always supporting teammates and celebrating their triumphs."

This year, Glenview Titans Fastpitch Association was very proud to present the Sammy Cipolla Award to Kylie Coy (12Blue).  Other 2015 nominees were Bella Albrecht (16Gold), Kat Klish (14Gold), Alex Adams (10Gold) and Emily Miller (12Blue).

Within Coach Aiello's nomination, he shared the following traits Kylie represented as a deserving recipient of the Sammy Cipolla Award:

"Kiley started the 2015 season having never played travel softball.  She was very shy at Fall practices, and was very hesitant when we started a new practice drill that she was unfamiliar with.  Fortunately, she quickly increased her softball knowledge through the Fall and Winter seasons."

"I also believe her (Kiley)work ethic inspired her teammates to work harder at practice.  It was on many occasions I overheard multiple teammates telling her that she did a great job catching.  As she did better behind the plate, our team did better in the field.  Although our record did not show it, the team improved greatly.  The girls all became better softball players and formed a true camaraderie.  Kiley's performance was inspiring and she was definitely one of the leaders of the team.  She always played with a smile and was friends with all the girls."

 


2014 Sammy Cipolla Award


2014 Sammy Cipolla Award winner - Winnie Tomsheck & Kathleen Christell

Cami Sapienza - 10 Gold Nominee

Amanda Souter 2014 - 10 Blue Nominee & Coach John Azara

Penny McNeela - 10 White Nominee & Coach Elly Koopersmith

Our 2014 Sammy Cipolla Award Nominees

In October 2014, the Glenview Titans Fastpitch Association (GTFA) held its annual parent meeting at the American College of Chest Physicians in Glenview.  In addition to the general business of welcoming new families and reviewing policies for old and new alike, it was with great pride that nominees and winner were announced for the 5th annual Sammy Cipolla Award.  This award was established in the fall of 2010 to honor the memory of Samantha Cipolla, a six-year veteran of GTFA and member of the Glenbrook South High School softball team, after she passed away from a two-year battle with cancer in 2009.

The Sammy Cipolla Award has been given each year to the GTFA player who best epitomizes Samantha's attributes, both on and off the field, as voted by the all volunteer board members.  Each coach is asked to nominate one player from his/her team who he/she thinks "shows courage and calm inspiration by approaching seemingly challenging situations with confidence and ease, exhibits unique softball IQ, displays superior work ethic and passion for the game of softball, raises the morale and performance of the entire team through her contagious positive and enthusiastic nature, and who demonstrates true camaraderie by always supporting teammates and celebrating their triumphs."

This year, Glenview Titans Fastpitch Association was very proud to present the Sammy Cipolla Award to Winnie Tomsheck (14U).  As Coach - Gena Lenti put it, "Winnie was also a great leader during our summer tournaments, catching every single game and never complaining once!  Instead, she embraced the challenge of being the only catcher, and she relished in the opportunity it gave her to be on the field at all times.  That being said, having Winnie on the field at all times was essential to the morale of the team.  Because she was constantly guiding and encouraging others vocally as well as through her actions, she acted as a spark plug for the other girls and someone I could count on when the game was on the line."

Nominees for the 2014 Sammy Cipolla Award included: Penny McNeela (10 White), Amanda Souter (10 Blue), Cami Sapienza (10 Gold), and Maia Blomberg (12 Gold).

2013 Sammy Cipolla Award


2013 co-winner Maddie Kapsimalis and coach Carolyn Welch


2013 co-winner Julia Bass and coach David Stark

Sammy Cipolla Award - 2013

On Monday, October 7, 2013, the Glenview Titans Fastpitch Association (GTFA) held its annual parent meeting in the Park Center’s Lakeview Room.  In addition to the general business of welcoming new families and reviewing policies for old and new alike, the nominees and winners were announced for the fourth annual Sammy Cipolla Award.  This award was established in the fall of 2010 to honor the memory of Samantha Cipolla, a six-year veteran of the GTFA and member of the Glenbrook South High School softball team, after she passed away from a two-year battle with cancer in 2009.

The award is given each year to the GTFA player who best epitomizes Samantha’s attributes, both on and off the field, as voted by the volunteer board members.  Each coach is asked to nominate one player from his/her team who he/she thinks “shows courage and calm inspiration by approaching seemingly challenging situations with confidence and ease, exhibits unique softball IQ, displays superior work ethic and passion for the game of softball, raises the morale and performance of the entire team through her contagious positive and enthusiastic nature, and who demonstrates true camaraderie by always supporting teammates and celebrating their triumphs.”  Visit http://1tuffcookie.blogspot.com/ to read Samantha’s blog and learn more about her.

This year, for the first time, the GTFA experienced a tie and presented two winners: Maddie Kapsimalis (10 Gold) and Julia Bass (12 Gold).

In Coach Carolyn Welch’s nomination letter, she noted that this was Maddie’s first year of playing for the GTFA and that “her incredible work ethic during the fall and winter caused her to come out the gate very strong in the spring.  She worked hard to master the position of 3rd base, quickly becoming [the team’s] strongest player at that position.  She also hit absolutely lights out at the beginning of the season, and was still leading the team with a batting average over .600 halfway into the season.”  Coach Welch also explained that “toward the end of the season, when I told some of our less experienced pitchers that I would try to get them in a couple of games, Maddie picked up a ball and started working on pitching.  Within a couple weeks, she was the best new pitcher on our team.  The speed with which she accomplished this was due to the unique factors that Maddie possesses – the incredible work ethic that drove her to start practice pitching religiously, the true passion for softball that fueled her excitement about learning a new softball skill, her natural athletic ability, and a superior softball IQ that enabled her to process all of the instruction she received from our pitching coach and translate it into her pitching motion with seeming ease.”

Coach Dave Stark noted in his nomination letter that “Julia truly respects the game of softball and has an undying passion for it…Her love for the game is demonstrated in how hard she works.  When Julia first joined the 12 Gold team, she figured she would catch a little, but wanted to work hard, get better and earn her chances.  She took private catching and hitting lessons to improve her skills [and] she caught all but a few games – we had two or three other catchers on the roster, but we couldn’t lose her behind the plate.  She was just too valuable a leader back there.”  Coach Stark added “Julia is an amazing teammate.  She knows when someone needs to be “picked up” and seems to always say the right thing – which usually results in both girls laughing.”

The other nominees for the award were Emma Rempe (10 Blue), Kaylee Braasch (12 Blue), Julia Sultz (14u) and Sarah Joseph (16u).  Past winners include Abby McCune, Alexa Steil and Julia Williams.



Abby McCune wins 2012 Sammy Cipolla Award

Sammy Cipolla Award - 2012

Our third annual Sammy Cipolla Award was presented to Abby McCune at the Glenview Titans Fastpitch Association (GTFA) annual parent meeting in October.  This award is given each year to recognize the GTFA player who has demonstrated a superior work ethic, positive attitude, excellent teamwork and courage in challenging situations while displaying enthusiasm and passion for the game of softball.  Samantha Cipolla played softball in the GTFA for six years and subsequently played on the Glenbrook South High School team for four years.  The award, established in the fall of 2010, is presented in Samantha’s memory after she passed away from a two year battle with cancer. (Visit http://1tuffcookie.blogspot.com/)

Abby McCune played on the GTFA 12u Blue team for the 2012 season as a pitcher.  In her nomination letter, Coach Carol Heles wrote that “Abby worked hard on her own time to improve her craft.  She gained speed and control as the season went along to become our ‘go-to’ pitcher in critical games.  We knew we could count on her to give us a strong outing both physically and mentally…When our other pitchers were pitching, the loudest and most supportive voice coming from the sidelines was Abby’s.  Her continuous ‘you got this’ and ‘nice job’ comments directed toward her fellow pitchers showed just what kind of supportive teammate she was.”

The other team’s nominees were: Alex Kleeman (10 Blue), Emerson Sapienza (10 Gold), Lauren Meier (12 Gold), and Natalie Hayes (14 Gold).  Past winners include Alexa Steil and Julia Williams (see our GTFA Alumni page).



Alexa Steil wins 2011 Sammy Cipolla Award

Sammy Cipolla Award - 2011

The second annual Sammy Cipolla Award was presented to Alexa Steil at the Glenview Titans Fastpitch Association (“GTFA”) annual parent meeting in October.  This award is given each year to recognize the GTFA player who has demonstrated a superior work ethic, positive attitude, excellent teamwork and courage in challenging situations while displaying enthusiasm and passion for the game of softball.

Samantha Cipolla played softball in the GTFA for six years and then played on the Glenbrook South High School team for four years.  The award, established in the fall of 2010, is presented in Samantha’s memory after she passed away from a two year battle with cancer. (Visit http://1tuffcookie.blogspot.com/2010/10/gtfa-softball-award.html)

Alexa Steil played on the GTFA 12u Gold team for the 2011 season as a catcher and lead-off hitter.  In Alexa’s nomination, it was noted that “Alexa is the type of person that has the ability to make those around her better.  She inspires her teammates with her infections smile, can-do attitude and words of encouragement.  No one played harder or cared more about the team than Alexa.”

Each team nominated one player for this honor.  The other nominees were: Julia Bass, Julia Boesche, Sarah Joseph, Madison Kane, and Lainey McKinley.