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Athletics, Health & Physical Education Department



  Director
Stephen Restivo
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Secretary
Nancy Ippilito
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EI Gymnasts Are League Champs

The high school gymnastics team finished the season as undefeated league champions, boasting a record of 6-0. East Islip was the only team in League II to qualify for the Section XI team championships, and after a tough, competitive meet, the Lady Redmen moved up to an exceptional fourth-place finish in Section XI.

All-League honors went to Allison DellOrto, Sofia Ferrezza and Sarah Vasquez. Four team members – Cassie Bergin, Nicole O’Connor, Evie Orlando and Isabella Procaccini – earned All-County status and qualified for the Section XI individual championships, hosted by East Islip. Bergin finished first overall and qualified to compete with the New York State team for the third time.

“Each and every one of our amazing student-athletes contributed to this successful season,” said coach Dennis Jones.


Cross-Country Teams Compete at Disney

The high school’s boys and girls cross-country teams recently traveled to Orlando to compete in the Disney Cross Country Classic, battling some of the best teams from around the country as well as the oppressive heat. Many of the Redmen athletes earned personal best times in the five-kilometer race at Disney’s Wide World of Sports. Guided by coaches John Reynolds and Ralph Tubello, both teams ran well and competed valiantly in their respective divisions, the girls team finishing fifth out of 12 and the boys team seventh of 13.

“Our Disney trip was an overall fun and athletic experience,” said fellow senior and girls team captain Christina Haig. “Runners had the chance to compete with top schools from around the country, encounter different athletic courses and adjust to running in the Florida climate. The team bonding that existed through the entire trip really made my experience 10 times more enjoyable. As captain, I can safely say that our cross-country team gained a sense of trust, acceptance and encouragement because of this opportunity.”

“It was a great experience,” said senior and boys captain John Leddy. “Obviously the parks were enjoyable, but I feel most of the value in the trip existed in the team bonding that we experienced. It was also beneficial to race with top-tier competition. As a senior and leader of the team, I feel like I really got closer to my teammates, and now I believe that the younger guys know what high-tier runners look like and hopefully they’ll be motivated to reach that level themselves.”





Four Sign Lacrosse Letters 

Four outstanding student-athletes and team captains from the high school – Lindsay Guzzetta, Kendall Mittleman, Melissa Sconone and John Sidorski – signed national letters of intent on Nov. 21, committing to play lacrosse in college next September. The seniors were congratulated by Superintendent John Dolan and Athletic Director Stephen Restivo for their achievement, in front of their proud families.

Guzzetta, a midfielder, will play for Plattsburgh University, where she plans to major in health and wellness. Guzzetta, a member of the school’s Foreign Language Honor Society and Honor Roll, was named All-Division in lacrosse as well as All-County, All-Division and All-Tournament in field hockey.

Mittleman, who plays attack, will join the Drexel University team. She has been named All-County in field hockey and All-County Honorable Mention in lacrosse, and is the president of East Islip’s National Honor Society.

Sconone, who also plays attack, signed with the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She plans to major in exercise and sports science. She has been named All-County and MVP, was a member of the Under Armour highlight team and a Newsday Top 100 Player, finished as one of the top 10 scorers in Suffolk County, and was nationally ranked by “Inside Lacrosse” at No. 25 and was the third ranked attacker in the 2019 class.

Sidorski, who plays attack and midfield, signed with Lehigh University where he plans to major in business. He was named All-County and All-League, a U.S. Lacrosse All-American, 2018 Attackman of the Year, a rising junior and sophomore All-Star, and a member of the Super 7 Champs team. He was nationally ranked by “Inside Lacrosse” at No. 33 in the 2019 class.


Kreuscher Named County Champ

The high school’s Camryn Kreuscher was named county champion in the 50-yard freestyle at the Section XI girls high school swimming championships, held at Suffolk Community College on Nov. 3. She also earned a second-place finish in the 100-yard freestyle. Kreuscher is now ranked 10th in New York State in the 50-yard and 15th in the 100-yard. She will compete on Nov. 15 and 16 at the state championship in Ithaca.

Other members of the East Islip/Connetquot swimming team also found success at the county event. Kaila Ohara finished 12th in the 100-yard freestyle and 23rd in the 50-yard freestyle, Shannon Wodicka finished 19th overall in the 200-yard freestyle and 26th in the 100-yard freestyle, Rachal Romney placed 16th in the 100-yard freestyle and 28th in the 100-yard backstroke, Faith Calabrese placed 17th in the 100-yard butterfly and 22nd in the 100-yard backstroke, and Kelsy Kreuscher finished 19th overall in diving.


Volleyball Teams Unite for Dig Pink

October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and the high school’s boys and girls volleyball programs volleyed for a cure by participating in the Side-Out Foundation’s Dig Pink initiative, collectively raising $1,128 over the course of a few weeks for breast cancer awareness.

All teams assisted by selling Dig Pink shirts prior to game days. On Oct. 9 and 10, the boys and girls teams took to the court to help block out cancer. The gym was adorned with inspiring posters, pink donation balls and balloons, and a court outlined in bright pink. Girls team members also raised funds by making baked goods to sell on game day.

“It’s always inspiring to watch a school come together for a great cause,” said girls coach Romina Ackley. “We hope to continue to raise awareness and fundraise.”

“I am so glad that the boys wanted to get involved in the Dig Pink games,” said boys coach Laura O’Donnell. “We often forget that men too are at risk for breast cancer. The participation of the boys and their families in this fight unites all of us at East Islip in supporting a great cause.”


Girls Volleyball Team Catches Alumni Game

The high school’s girls varsity volleyball team recently traveled to Farmingdale State College to watch two alumni play, Alyssa Barbara of Mount Saint Mary College and Kate Flamio of Farmingdale.

The East Islip players were given a tour of the Farmingdale athletic facility and had the opportunity to ask questions about college majors, player recruitment and college life. They then watched their former Lady Redmen captains go head to head in an exciting match that ended with a 3-0 Farmingdale victory over Mount Saint Mary.

“It was a pleasure to take our current team to watch these two former EI players,” said coach Romina Ackley.  “It is beyond rewarding as a coach to watch players you’ve had for so long grow into strong, intelligent, young women that continue their passion academically while also playing volleyball. I look forward to watching future players follow in Kate’s and Alyssa’s footsteps.”


Sconone & Sidorski Nationally Ranked

High school lacrosse stars Melissa Sconone and John Sidorski, both playing attack, were recently honored with prestigious national rankings by “Inside Lacrosse,” with Sconone ranked No. 25 and Sidorski ranked No. 33.

Sconone, the third ranked attacker in the 2019 class, has been the team captain since last season and the MVP in 2017 and 2018. She earned All-County status in 2017 and 2018, finished 13th in Suffolk County scoring as a sophomore and 16th as a junior, and participated in the Under Armour All America Underclass Tournament and U.S. Lacrosse Women’s Division National Tournament.

“Melissa is a coach’s dream,” said East Islip girls coach Steven Levy. “She is ultra-competitive with an intense desire to win and compete. She has incredible hands and lacrosse IQ.”

Sidorski, likewise a team captain, was named All-County and All-League in 2017, finishing the latter year at No. 3 in the county in scoring and fourth on Long Island with 94 points and this year at No. 4 in county scoring and No. 5 on Long Island with 89 points. He was selected to the rising juniors and sophomores All-Star games in 2016 and 2017, and named All-American in 2018 and a member of the Super 7 Champs team in 2017. He has a total of 245 points in the last three seasons.

“I have coached John for the last five years,” said Redmen boys coach Chad Spruyt. “He is a smart player with a tremendous lacrosse IQ. He has become the player that any coach would want on their team and an offensive coach on the field. He is my captain this season and a fantastic leader, the type of player that can make any other player on his team better. 

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EI Enjoys Enthusiastic Pep Rally!

A full house of students filled the high school bleachers with cheers on Sept. 21 at the annual pep rally as Athletic Director Stephen Restivo introduced the school’s 14 proud 2018-2019 athletic squads, including girls swimming, boys and girls cross-country, gymnastics, boys and girls soccer, girls tennis, boys golf, girls and boys volleyball, field hockey, kickline, cheerleading and football.

Keeping the excitement level high were terrific performances by the cheerleaders, the gymnastics squad and the high school pep band, the latter directed by Christopher Neske.

Enthusiastically overseeing his first rally, new principal Mark Bernard welcomed the homecoming court – freshman attendants Emily Blair and Jack Rice, sophomore attendants Enzo Ditta and Jeilene Law, junior attendants Sophia Bates and Joseph Falcon, and senior attendants: Hailey Cooke, Nicholas Conzo, Trevor Garnett and Kendall Mittleman – as well as the nominees for king and queen.

 





Girls Golf Team Plays at County Tournament

The high school’s girls golf team ended the season on a high note, finishing second in League III with a record of 7-3 and qualifying for the county tournament as a team.

During the two-day tournament, held at Middle Island Country Club, team captain Sofia Ferrezza also qualified for the second day as an individual. Other Lady Redmen golfers participating in the competition were Nicole Muroff, , Jaclyn Schiano, Jamie Smith, Sophia Stryjewski and Cassidy Triolo.





Bowler Kreush Signs with Molloy

Amanda Kreush, a star senior bowler for the high school, signed a national letter of intent on May 4 to play for Molloy College in Rockville Centre his fall. She plans to major in early childhood education while bowling for the Lions.

Kreush, who joined the varsity team as a seventh-grader and served as captain of the Lady Redmen during her junior and senior years, had a remarkable career at East Islip. During her tenure, the team went undefeated as league champions for six consecutive years as well as winning state and county championships. Kreush won the Section XI sportsmanship award twice, and earned All-County, All-League, Scholar-Athlete and Minds in Motion recognition. Her academic honors include three years as secretary of the Class of 2018 and membership in the National Honor Society and Foreign Language Honor Society.


Grippi Signs with Mount Saint Mary

High school senior athlete Lauren Grippi signed a national letter of intent on April 18 to play soccer for Mount Saint Mary College in Newburgh this fall.

“It was good for distance, for soccer and for academics,” said Grippi of her choice of Mount Saint Mary and its Knights program.

Grippi, a left midfielder, served as captain of East Islip’s varsity team this year. A member of the school’s Medical Career Academy and Girls Leaders Club, she also played for the East Islip Red Storm travel team and engaged in extensive volunteering work.


Timber Point Students Learn About Healthy Hearts

Students at Timber Point recently celebrated Heart Month by learning all about the heart and circulatory system as well as the importance of exercise for personal heart fitness.

During physical education classes with Patricia Bush and Diane Wahrenburg, the students participated in healthy heart stations that got their hearts pumping. One station even imitated the body’s actual circulatory system in delivering oxygen to the muscles and bringing carbon dioxide back to the heart and lungs. Students also learned about the anatomy and function of the heart, lungs and circulatory system through viewing posters as visual aids and watching videos on the school’s Smart Board. 

“Many students found these body systems to be fascinating and participated in the healthy heart stations with enthusiasm,” said Wahrenburg. “Healthy hearts are happy hearts.”

 


Snow Doesn’t Stop Girls Golf Prep

Despite the unusually cold and still snowy spring, the high school varsity girls golf team is braving the cold and wind in preparation for the beginning of their league matches.

“I’m very proud of the girls for their hard work and focus in less than favorable conditions,” said coach Judith Fischer. “We are looking forward to some warmer temperatures in April as our matches begin. These are a super bunch of young ladies, and captain Sofia Ferrezza is doing a great job motivating and assisting younger girls with skill development.“


Two EI Bowlers Help County Team Win State Title

Juniors Julia Bocamazo and Julianna Spina represented East Islip as members of the Section XI girls bowling team that won the state title this month. The team – also featuring Hannah Manetta of Comsewogue, Taylor Eggert of Kings Park, Rachel Hines of Longwood and Amanda Naujokas of Sachem – featured the six student-athletes with the highest averages in Suffolk County. Bocamazo finished with a 222.2 average, while Spina finished with a 218.1 average.

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Cassie Bergin Named All-Long Island

High school freshman and All-County gymnast Cassie Bergin was named to the 2018 Newsday All-Long Island gymnastics team in a March 23 ceremony. Bergin, who recently earned a third-place finish in balance beam while competing at the New York State girls gymnastics championships, was one of only five student gymnasts to earn All-Long Island status.

“Congratulations to Cassie for being selected and honored from a group of over 1,000 athletes,” said coach Dennis Jones. 

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Thursday, December 13, 2018