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February 1, 2017
Ex-MetroStars defender Semioli elected into Suffolk Hall

Former MetroStars defender Mark Semioli of Hauppague, N.Y. was one of eight people announced as 2017 inductees into the Suffolk Sports Hall of Fame Tuesday.

A Hauppauge High School graduate, Semioli played for the LA Galaxy and the MetroStars after graduating from Stanford University. He was a third-team All-American selection in 1987.

Now 48, Semioli enjoyed a six-year Major League Soccer career, retiring after the 2001 season.

Semioli, a 6-foot, 175-lb. defender, was a member of the 1994 Lamar Hunt/U.S. Open Cup winning San Francisco Greek-American team. He also played for the San Francisco Bay Blackhawks, Palo Alto Firebirds, Silicon Valley Firebirds and Monterey Bay Jaguars.

A 6-foot, 175-lb. defender in his prime, Semioli will inducted in a ceremony scheduled for May 5 at the Radisson Hotel in Hauppauge.

The other inductees included:

* Pete Blieberg, former athletic director at Kings Park, East Islip and Sachem High Schools.

* Gene Heeter of Lake Grove, an ex-Jets tight end who scored the first touchdown at Shea Stadium in 1964.

* Karen Dromerhauser-Vilardo, Bay Shore H.S. softball’s career leader in RBI, home runs, doubles and triples

* Ray Searage, the Pirates pitching coach and former Met who starred at Deer Park H.S.

* Brent Ziegler, a former Cincinnati Bengals draft choice who was a fullback at Syracuse University and lacrosse at West Islip High School.

* John Pacella, a former Connetquot High pitcher who played for the Mets and Yankees and secured his first major league win (as a Met) by out-dueling Hall-of-Famer Steve Carlton in June of 1980.

* Linda Nicosia of Saint James, a Sachem H.S. graduate and track star who won the 1,500 meters at the 1987 Pan-American Games.

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