A senior from William Floyd High School and one from Patchogue-Medford High School were recognized as Great American Rivalry Series Scholar Athletes for 2020. They are recognized for their on-the-field and in-the-classroom success among 142 other recipients nationwide.
William Floyd’s Isaiah Sadler and Pat-Med’s Justin Moustouka both received $500 scholarships on behalf of the organization as well as being eligible to become a member of the organization’s Hall of Fame.
Sadler expressed that he was extremely excited to find out that he was named a scholar athlete by the GARS. In the classroom, Sadler said his favorite subjects are math and science.
“Math just always came really easy to me,” Sadler said. “Ever since I was a kid, I would ask my parents to give me math problems to do.”
Sadler’s first year on the varsity football team at William Floyd was his sophomore year, in which he started at left guard, on the offensive line. Since then, Sadler moved on the offensive line to center and will be the starting center once the postponed football season commences.
As a junior, Sadler was the starting center when the team won the Suffolk County Championship at Stony Brook University at Lavalle Stadium versus the Longwood Lions.
“It was so much fun. We were all literally like brothers,” Sadler said. “We had each other's backs in everything that we did. We were all there for each other.
“We were walking out of the locker rooms and getting the feeling like I was a big-time player. It was amazing getting that feeling walking out and seeing the stands and people in the crowd,” he added.
Sadler is speaking with scouts from universities for his on-the-field and in-the-classroom success.
Moustouka said that he is honored to be recognized for both his schoolwork and his play. Moustouka is a two-sport athlete in football and baseball. Moustouka plays linebacker and quarterback for Pat-Med football, and he plays third base and pitches for the baseball team.
Regarding academics, Moustouka said he always enjoyed science.
“I have always been intrigued by the world around me and how everything works together.”
Adding that he has always looked toward helping others in the classroom, a leadership role as a pitcher and quarterback shine, too.
“Being smart and being able to see the field is something that I have always been able to excel at,” he said of playing quarterback.
Moustouka is an older guy on the baseball team. When playing third base, he said he is constantly shouting out the scenario to his teammates in the field (how many outs, where runners are on the bases, etc.).
Moustouka is the captain for the football team on defense as a linebacker. He said that the plays run through his position, typically.
“At linebacker, the plays ran through the linebackers, and they would send it to the rest of the defense,” he said, adding to the conversation of a leadership role.
Moustouka is speaking with scouts from universities regarding his on-the-field and in-the-classroom success.