Journal News’ Becerra, three more Westchester Hall of Fame appointees


The Westchester County Sports Hall of Fame has announced its 2022 Initiation Class, which will be honored later this fall.

Longtime Journal News photographer Frank Becerra Jr. is part of a distinguished quartet that also includes former Lakeland lacrosse star Ric Beardsley, golf pro Thomas Avezzano Sr. and boxer, trainer and Valhalla soccer coach Ron Berlingo.

They will be officially inducted at a ceremony Nov. 10 at the Glen Island Harbor Club.

Learn more about this year’s inductees:

Frank Becerra Jr.

Becerra has covered school, college and professional sports for Journal News and for more than 40 years. He has photographed nine World Series, three Super Bowls, three Stanley Cup Finals and an NBA Finals, while being a fixture on the local sports scene at all ages.

He joins his father, Frank Becerra Sr., who was inducted into the Westchester Sports Hall of Fame in 1982.

Gallery: Photos from the 2021 Westchester County Sports Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony

Last year: Westchester County Sports Hall of Fame Crash Course 2021

Former Lakeland High School and Syracuse University star Ric Beardsley was inducted into the Hudson Valley Chapter of the US Lacrosse's Hall of Fame on November 27, 2006.

Eric Beardsley

Beardsley was a two-time All-American at Lakeland High School and a four-time All-American at Syracuse University. He was named captain of the United States U-19 men’s lacrosse team in 1992 which won a world championship. He then played six years of professional lacrosse, then moved into a coaching role, where he guided Christian Brothers Academy to a state championship.

Jeovanny Mena, 14, of New Rochelle listens intently to golf pro Tom Dovezzano during Westchester's 4H golf program at Sprain Lake Golf Course in Yonkers October 24, 2007. The group of teenagers from New Rochelle followed a 6-week golf fundamentals learning program.

Thomas Avezzano Sr.

Havezano spent 65 years at Sprain Lake Golf Course in Yonkers and has been its head pro since 1975. Throughout his long tenure, he has played an important role in growing the sport of golf through clinics and popular camps and tournaments such as Halloween. Scramble and Turkey Scramble.

Ron Berlingo, left, works out with heavyweight boxer Tony Grano at the White Plains Youth Center November 16, 2005, in preparation for his professional debut at the Westchester County Center.  He left the amateur ranks as the highest ranked heavyweight in American boxing.  (Mark Vergari / The Journal News)

Ron Berlingo

Berlingo played football at White Plains High School and began his career as a boxer while a student at Springfield College. He was a runner-up in the Golden Gloves and New England AAU championships. He then trained heavyweight contenders Renaldo Snipes and Carl Williams, who held the USBA title for four years.

After boxing, Berlingo coached football at Valhalla, compiling a 78-29-4 record, including a 13-3 playoff mark and a state championship.

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