Giants Add Former Dolphins Safety Michael Thomas


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Michael Thomas

A senior at Phillipsburg High School and member of its wrestling team, Andrew “Drew” Horun is a 2016 National Honor Society inductee with varied sporting interests. Outside of wrestling, Andrew Horun is a passionate fan of the National Football League’s (NFL) New York Giants.

Since NFL free agency opened up in March, the Giants have been busy shoring up its defensive unit. The team added linebackers Kareem Martin, Alec Ogletree, defensive backs B.W. Webb, Curtis Riley, and Teddy Williams, and defensive tackle Josh Mauro in the first two weeks and, on March 26, announced the signing of safety Michael Thomas.

A 29-year-old native of Houston, Texas, Thomas entered the league with the San Francisco 49ers as an undrafted free agent out of Stanford in 2012. He spent the next year and a half on the 49ers practice squad before being signed by the Miami Dolphins in December 2013. Named AFC Defensive Player of the Week after his first career game, he quickly proved himself a capable player in the NFL. Thomas has since compiled 147 tackles, one interception, 6 defended passes, and two forced fumbles in 56 career regular season games, all of which were with the Dolphins.


Devils Center Brian Boyle Nominated for Masterton Trophy


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Brian Boyle

Andrew “Drew” Horun is a volunteer soccer and wrestling coach and member of Phillipsburg High School’s wrestling team. When he isn’t studying or coaching, Andrew Horun enjoys following his favorite National Hockey League (NHL) team, the New Jersey Devils.

The nominees for the Bill Masterton Trophy were announced on March 27 and Devils forward Brian Boyle is a front-runner to take home the annual award that honors the player who “best exemplifies the qualities of perseverance, sportsmanship, and dedication to ice hockey.” The nominees for each team were named by respective chapters of the Professional Hockey Writers’ Association and are mostly consisting of individuals who overcome personal or family tragedies. Carolina Hurricanes nominee Jordan Staal lost his infant daughter to a terminal birth defect earlier this season, while Edmonton Oilers nominee Adam Larsson lost his father in February; he was just 50 years old.

Meanwhile, Boyle was diagnosed with chronic myeloid leukemia prior to the start of the 2017-18 NHL season. Yet, he returned to the lineup in November and has since produced 23 points in 62 games and been an integral part of the Devils’ success this season. The Masterton Trophy winner will be announced in June at the year-end NHL awards gala.

Giants Sign Former Patriots Offensive Tackle

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Nate Solder

Andrew “Drew” Horun graduated from New Jersey’s Phillipsburg High School and was a member of the school’s wrestling team. In addition to his love of wrestling, Andrew Horun is a sports enthusiast who counts the New York Giants as his favorite National Football League (NFL) team.

NFL free agency opened up on March 14, and the Giants made a big splash by signing Nate Solder, who was regarded as the best free agent offensive tackle. Solder agreed to a four-year, $62 million contract with the Giants with a reported $35 million guaranteed, which will make him the NFL’s highest-paid offensive lineman next season. The two-time Super Bowl champion had potential suitors in Cleveland and Houston, but ultimately decided to go to New York, where he will replace Ereck Flowers at left tackle.

Solder was selected by the Patriots with the 17th overall pick in the 2011 NFL Draft and started 95 games over the course of seven seasons with the team. Last season, the Denver native allowed 19 quarterback hits, 10 pressures, and 6 sacks. He wasn’t the only high-profile Patriot to leave New England in the first day of free agency. Danny Amendola, Dion Lewis, and Malcolm Butler also signed elsewhere.

Devils Acquire Patrick Maroon at NHL Trade Deadline


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Patrick Maroon

A 2016 National Honor Society inductee, Andrew “Drew” Horun is a graduate of Phillipsburg High School, where he competed on the wrestling team. Beyond his pursuits in wrestling, Andrew Horun is a passionate fan of the National Hockey League’s (NHL) New Jersey Devils.

The NHL’s trade deadline was February 26 and the Devils, in the middle of a push for a playoff spot in the Eastern Conference, solidified its forward group with the acquisition of veteran winger Patrick Maroon. The Devils sent a 2019 third-round draft pick and prospect J.D. Dudek to the Edmonton Oilers in exchange for Maroon, who is in the final year of a three-year, $6 million contract and is scheduled to become an unrestricted free agent in the summer.

Originally a sixth-round pick of the Philadelphia Flyers in the 2007 NHL Entry Draft, Maroon made his NHL debut with the Anaheim Ducks in the 2011-2012 season and played in parts of five seasons with the team before being dealt to the Oilers in February 2016. He scored a career-high 27 goals in 2016-2017 and accumulated 30 points through 57 games this season for the struggling Oilers. The St. Louis native has been a nice fit with the Devils, as he has 6 points through his first seven games with the team.

Lengthy Point Streak Has Devils’ Taylor Hall in Hart Trophy Contention


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Taylor Hall

Andrew “Drew” Horun is a graduate of New Jersey’s Phillipsburg High School where he was a member of its wrestling team. A competitive spirit, in his free time Andrew Horun now volunteers as a wrestling coach and also enjoys watching his favorite professional sports teams, including the New Jersey Devils of the National Hockey League (NHL).

The Devils held a wild card playoff position as of February 21 with a record of 31-21-8. The catalyst for the team’s success has been winger Taylor Hall, who as of that same date had been riding an 18-game point streak dating back to January 2. He missed the entire second period in a recent game against the Philadelphia Flyers, but returned in the third period to score the game-tying goal and, later in the week, scored the overtime winner in a game against the Carolina Hurricanes.

A native of Calgary, Alberta, Hall recorded 53 points in 72 games in his first year with the Devils last season after six years in Edmonton. This season, the 26 year old has 63 points through 55 games and is easily the team leader in that regard, as no other Devil has more than 40 points. He’s also 15th in league scoring and has begun to earn consideration for the Hart Trophy, which is given each year to the NHL’s standout player.

New York Mets Sign Veteran First Baseman Adrian Gonzalez


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Adrian Gonzalez

A 2016 member of the National Honor Society, Andrew “Drew” Horun is a Phillipsburg High School graduate where he was a member of its wrestling team. Andrew Horun now supports young athletes by coaching soccer and wrestling, and also enjoys following his favorite Major League Baseball (MLB) team, the New York Mets.

A five-time All-Star and former first overall pick in the MLB Amateur Draft, Adrian Gonzalez has had a decorated career and finished seventh in MVP voting as recently as 2014. But his output has fallen off in recent years, as the 35 year old was limited to 71 games last season due to injury and produced a disappointing .242 batting average to go along with just three home runs and 30 runs batted in (RBI). However, the former Los Angeles Dodgers first baseman is hoping to revitalize his career in 2018 with the Mets.

Gonzalez was dealt to the Atlanta Braves in a move to shed salary and was subsequently bought out by the National League East franchise. Seeking insurance behind young first baseman Dom Smith, the Mets signed Gonzalez to a league-minimum contract, although he is still owed $22 million from the Braves. Since breaking into the league in 2004 Gonzalez has 311 home runs, 1,176 RBI, and a .288 batting average through 1,875 games.

Knights of Columbus Gaudium et Spes Award

The Knights of Columbus is a Catholic fraternal benefit organization that has over 1.9 million members committed to servicing their communities and neighbors in need. The highest honor bestowed by the organization is the Gaudium et Spes Award, which recognizes individuals and their outstanding contributions of service in the spirit of charity and Christ. It is named after a document of the same name released in 1965 as part of the Second Vatican Council and carries with it a $100,000 honorarium.

The Gaudium et Spes Award is so prestigious that only 11 people and one group have received the honor since 1992, when it was first given to Mother Teresa for her Gospel-inspired charity and worldwide commitment to serving the poor. Other recipients of the award include Cardinal John O’Connor, Archbishop Michel Sabbah, Jean Vanier, and Virgil C. Dechant.

About the Author:

Andrew Horun Wrestling

A senior at Phillipsburg High School, Andrew “Drew” Horun is a member of the school’s wrestling team and earned National Honor Society recognition as a junior. Andrew Horun’s charitable endeavors include volunteering as a wrestling coach, assisting with clean-up days, and helping with various Knights of Columbus fundraisers.

New York Red Bulls Sign Denis Hamlett as New Sporting Director

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Denis Hamlett

As a former student athlete at Phillipsburg High School in New Jersey, Andrew (Drew) Horun was inducted into the National Honor Society and competed on the school’s wrestling team. He has also contributed to his local community by coaching youth in wrestling and soccer. In his free time, Andrew Horun supports the New York Red Bulls soccer team.

Recently, the New York Red Bulls signed Denis Hamlett as sporting director. Hamlett will oversee the team’s sporting operations, including player acquisitions and the operations budget. He will also be involved in the team’s player development model, which includes the youth-oriented Red Bulls Academy, the New York Red Bulls II (a reserve team), and the amateur-league Under-23 team.

A native of Costa Rica, Hamlett played 31 games with the Colorado Rapids during his career. He comes to this new role with nearly two decades of coaching experience, previously serving as head coach of the Chicago Fire for two seasons. Hamlett spent the 2015 and 2016 seasons as top assistant to Jesse Marsch, the Red Bulls head coach.

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