Three Former Baldwin UFSD Athletes Inducted into Hall of Fame
"48 People to Be Inducted into 2020 Class of Nassau County High School Athletics Hall of Fame"
The 2020 class boasts some of Long Island’s most successful high school coaches, including Bill Cherry (Manhasset), Larry Levane (Syosset, Westbury), Dotty Lynch (South Side), Bob McKillop (Holy Trinity, Long Island Lutheran), Edward Reinisch (Baldwin), Cheryl Scalice (South Side, Valley Stream North), Donald Scott (Manhasset), Joe Vito (Roosevelt) and Arthur Wright (Oceanside).
"You work with those kids and you see the progress they make, you see the difference you make in their life," said Scalice, who was Newsday’s 2019 All-Long Island Nassau Coach of the Year after the South Side girls volleyball team won the Long Island Class A championship. "I set out to make a difference where I can, with the sport that I love."
The athletes in the 2020 class include: Melissa Batchelor Zamroz (St. Dominic), Mark Belger (Mepham), Fred Bruntrager (New Hyde Park), Kim Conway-Haley (South Side), Matt Doherty (Holy Trinity), John Driscoll (Manhasset), Andre Hawkins (Malverne), A.J. Haugen (Bethpage), Lamont Hough (Hempstead), Jimmy Lewis (Uniondale), Jerone Pettus (Freeport, Roosevelt), Emily Pickering Harner (Berner), Marco Rivera (Elmont), Traci Sofsian-Maier (South Side) Chris Thomforde (Long Island Lutheran), and Marion Waldman DeBaise (Baldwin).
A star at Baldwin in the 1920s, she was part of the 1934 Polish Olympic Team as a long jumper.
Coached the Baldwin wrestling team to more than 100 victories, including an unbeaten record in 1946.
Marion (Miki) Waldman DeBaise
Like so many female athletes of her era, Waldman played in obscurity. Only a smattering of people knew that she was a four-sport star. She was a standout in field hockey, basketball, softball and lacrosse. She was good enough to be named the Most Outstanding Senior Athlete at Baldwin High School in 1962. Not only was she the leading scorer in all four sports, she was blessed with enough speed, stamina and strength to place second in the Nassau County Presidential Fitness Competition.
She went on to be an All-American field hockey player at Arcadia University in Pennsylvania. She represented the USA in international field hockey competitions. She was named to the Philadelphia All-Star Lacrosse team and she became an elite tennis player. Waldman was truly a woman for all seasons.