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Immaculate's's Sherwin Bentick (center) was one of the very worthy Super Essex Conference 'Best Teammate' award recipients during the annual event held recently at the Yogi Berra Museum & Learning Center. Joining the Lion student-athlete are Betty Spiropolois (left), who is Investors Bank vice-president and marketing manager, and St. John's University men's soccer coach Dave Masur, who was guest speaker. (Photo courtesy of Yogi Berra Museum & Learning Center)

Devotion To School Always Comes First
For ‘Best Teammate’ From Immaculate
By Steve Tober
For sidelinechatter.com

When the fledgling boys volleyball team at Immaculate Conception High School needed someone to rally the troops, Sherwin Bentick was there to help get the program off the ground and running.

When new IC head basketball coach Jimmy Salmon needed someone to help with managerial duties with the varsity including keeping statistics, setting up water coolers and fetching liquid relief for sweaty players, Sherwin was there as well.

And, this summer, with the likelihood of joining fellow members of the Life Christian Church in West Orange to do missionary work to help people in need in Costa Rica, Sherwin will be there as well.

For a 16-year-old soon-to-be junior at IC, playing jayvee basketball, varsity volleyball and earning ‘second honors’ as an ‘A’ student, with hopes of one day working in forensic science, there is never a dull moment, or a wasted one either, and that’s why the young man from Newark, the son of two hard-working parents originally from Guyana, is a perfect choice as one of the countywide student-athletes selected for annual Super Essex Conference ‘Best Teammate’ Award, which is one of the unheralded yet very worthwhile programs developed by the Yogi Berra Museum & Learning Center with the full support of Investor’s Bank.

Young Bentick is indeed both a very self-ware individual and consummate teammate, traits that he most certainly shares with the on-going spirit and lifeblood of the man who the Berra Museum is named for: none other than the baseball Hall of Famer and American icon Yogi Berra, who also had a deep and ever-lasting love of the IC church and also what the school represents in terms of a solid Catholic-based education.

“I know that Yogi was a great influence on his teammates, and that he always strived to be the best teammate he could be,” said Bentick. “To have the opportunity to be in his great museum, and be in such a positive environment with other students from throughout Essex County who share the same goals and aspirations to always be a good teammate, was just an amazing feeling and I was very honored to be part of the ‘Best Teammate’ event.”

The ‘Best Teammate’ award recipients may be very good athletes and – then again – they may possess what would be considered just average talents in terms of pure athletic skill, yet they all more than make up for any deficiencies in terms of athleticism by exhibiting a ‘team-first,’ hard-working and ‘never-say-die’ attitude that is pure ‘Americana’ in terms of the positive results for the team and the potential for present and future success stories in all facets of life.

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