Exceptional athletes, having left their mark on the community, were inducted into the Locust Valley High School Athletic Hall of Fame on Oct. 24. The inductees were chosen by a selection committee, comprised of members of the Falcon Pride Athletic Booster Club and the Locust Valley High School Athletic Department.

Lou Figari, Class of 1969, was inducted for his excellence on the football field and wrestling mat. Figari led the varsity football team in tackles with 129, which included making 21 stops in one game. Not only was he a ferocious force for the Falcons on defense, he was also strong offensively as he rushed for 923 yards in 1968. In one game, Figari rushed for a total of 218 yards. In 1968, he had 1,345 total yards from scrimmage.

Ed Pidgeon, Class of 1978, was a dedicated Falcon wrestler and helped begin the rich winning tradition that our wrestling program is still proud of 37 years later. He amassed a career record of 101-13. As a senior, Pidgeon had an almost perfect season, going 32-1 and accumulating 191.5 points, which included 10 pins. Pidgeon is a two-time New York All-State wrestler and Nassau County champion. 

Roger Montanaro served Locust Valley Central School District proudly from 1967-2001 as a physical education teacher and was a talented varsity coach in the sports of basketball, soccer, boys golf, and track and field. He also coached several junior varsity teams. He led the 2002-03 boys basketball team to the Conference VII Championship, after which the team advanced to the overall Nassau County Finals. They achieved an overall record of 19-3, with a state ranking of 12 and county ranking of fourth, along with the second-most wins in the county with 19.

The 1985 football team was inducted for their success as the first undefeated and County Championship Locust Valley team, with an impressive 10-0 record. One of the most impressive accomplishments for this team was that they had the highest finish in school history in the Rutgers Cup Voting (second), which is awarded annually to the best team in all of Nassau County.

Mark J. Dantuono, director of health, physical education and athletics, said the Hall of Fame is an opportunity to recognize excellence. “It is important to celebrate and honor those who had an impact on the great athletic traditions that are so embedded in this community.”

The Locust Valley Central School District is grateful for the support of Falcon Pride, which makes the Hall of Fame induction ceremony possible.