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Weekly Sports Update - October 14-18, 2019

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Boys Volleyball Team Claims Victory

The Connetquot High School boys volleyball team moved closer to the first-place Sachem North High School team by defeating Smithtown West High School 3-1 on Oct. 16 at home. Although the T-Birds dropped the first set, they went on to take the next three (25-14, 25-20, 26-24), and, ultimately, the win. 

Stan Maring and Trey Cole recorded 16 kills apiece to improve the record to 9-2 in Suffolk County Division I. Connetquot now stands third in the 22-team division and is refining its game in preparation for the upcoming Suffolk County volleyball playoff tournament.

Coaches Jessica Perry and Steve Woessner, along with the members of the team, are all looking forward to the end-of-the-season county playoffs. 

Field Hockey Team Honors Senior Players

On Oct. 12, the Connetquot High School girls field hockey team came together to win against the visitors from West Babylon High School by a convincing score of 3-0, picking up their third win of the season against the 11-4 Bulldogs.

A loud and supportive home crowd could be heard throughout the game encouraging the girls to do their best. Coach Jen Piscitelli is grateful for her seniors, who have shared their experiences and have encouraged the younger players all season long.

Graduating seniors Abby Audia and Emma Jasinski scored for the T-Birds, along with freshman Farah Amarando. Additionally, Connetquot goalie Hannah Pitka held the visitors scoreless. Prior to the game, graduating seniors Abby Audia, Emma Jasinski and Brooke Parillo were recognized for their dedication to the program and their support for the underclassmen.
Girls Volleyball Team Celebrates Senior Night With a Win

The Connetquot High School girls varsity volleyball team, coach Justin Hertz and the T-Bird community celebrated the team’s graduating seniors on Oct. 11. Connetquot graduating seniors Laurel Edwards, Diana Migliozzi, Julia Patsos, Kiarra Roth and Nicole Serravillo were presented with flowers and gifts, and showered with affection from their teammates, fans and coaching staff in recognition of their efforts. 

The T-Birds celebrated this special night by defeating Northport High School in three straight sets (25-13, 25-19, 25-10). The team also improved its undefeated overall record to 14-0, while Northport fell to 5-4. Kiarra Roth finished with 11 kills, Diana Migliozzi added 18 assists and Julia Patsos had 13 digs to contribute toward this home win.

Connetquot High School ranks first in Suffolk County League II. Way to go, T-Birds!

Girls Cross-Country Team Wins League Championships

Connetquot High School girls cross-country coach Mike Austin celebrated with his runners on Oct. 15 as they defeated Northport High School and finished the regular season as undefeated league champions. Competing at Sunken Meadow State Park, this was the team’s first League III championship in six years and their third total in the 26-year history of the program. 

Isabella Cottone tied the school course record with a time of 17:30. By the end of the day, Connetquot had defeated Northport by a final score of 22-36.

Congratulations to the Suffolk County League III champions, the Connetquot High School Lady T-Birds!

Awesome Athlete

Congratulations to Connetquot High School varsity girls tennis player Andrea Brazyte for winning the Division II tennis tournament by scores of 6-1 and 6-2 in the finals!

Student-Musicians Go Above and Beyond

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On Oct. 10, 30 of Oakdale-Bohemia Middle School’s talented musicians were inducted into the building’s chapter of the Tri-M Music Honor Society. 

After a congratulatory introduction from Principal Susanne Bailey, Tri-M Music Honor Society adviser Melissa Johnson described the significance of membership in the Tri-M Music Honor Society, and congratulated the students for all of their hard work thus far. Additionally, Connetquot Central School District Interim Director of Fine Arts and Music Education George Rockwin was on hand to congratulate the students and their proud parents.

Tri-M is an honor society for music students of outstanding academic accomplishments, with a focus on community and school service serving as supplementary components. This year’s inductees included Tessa Burke, Lilianna Bosconi, Sophie Campagnola, Anthony Cannella, John Finnerty, Lindsay Kaan, Akshat Kamboj, Nazveer Kaur, Nina Keddy, Clare Kelly, Julia Kotliar, Marissa Latasso, Shea Lavery, Halle Lescak, Ryan Mandracchia, Olivia Medina, Emily Pascariello, Lindsey Quinn, Armaan Singh, Jack Dowdell, Alyssa Feldman, Olivia Karl, Michael Kerr, Alexandra Kotsonis, Mia Lange, Amelie Moussa, Katerina Papandon, Dakota Ramos, Liam Sommer, Rhiannon Whelan and honorary inductee, Mr. George Rockwin.

Kicking Away at Cancer

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Nearly 100 players, coaches and students representing Connetquot High School’s soccer program recently took part in the program’s annual Kicks for Cancer clinic on Oct. 14. Due to the community’s outstanding efforts, Connetquot girls soccer coach Ryan Cavanagh and his players raised $1,600 this year in the fight against cancer. 

Future soccer stars in grades kindergarten through eighth grade took part in this third annual fundraising clinic which included a soccer training session to develop essential soccer skills, such as possession, speed, agility and team tactics. 

Proceeds from this year’s clinic will be donated to the DEZY Strong Foundation. The organization was started by Matthew “Dezy” DiStefano, a Sachem Central School District assistant volleyball coach and Connetquot resident. Having been diagnosed with cancer, Mr. DiStefano decided to fight the disease and become an inspiration to others during his inspirational battle. The foundation uses its resources to help families affected by cancer who do not have insurance, and provides programs and experiences to assist with the mental side of the battle against cancer.

The district congratulates coach Cavanagh, his staff and the dedicated young ladies of the Connetquot soccer program for hosting another successful fundraiser. 

Picking the Best Pumpkins

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Celebrating the spirit of the fall season, students from Slocum Elementary School recently visited a special pumpkin patch that sprouted on the school lawn courtesy of the school’s PTA. After picking the perfect pumpkins, the students labeled and decorated their gourds. 

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Girls Soccer Team Defeats No. 1 Team
Connetquot High School girls varsity soccer coaches Ryan Cavanagh and Jen Monahan keep reminding their players that they have the potential to compete with any school on their schedule this season. Recently, the team did just that. At home in front of a loud and supportive crowd of family and friends on Oct. 5, the Lady T-Birds rose to the occasion by defeating Sachem East High School, the No. 1 team in Suffolk County Conference I. 

Connetquot scored in the first half and held the visitors scoreless for the rest of the game, earning an exciting 1-0 victory against Sachem East.

Connetquot came into the match with a respectable 3-4-2 record while Sachem East boasted an impressive 6-3 conference mark. CHS sophomore Laney Schmitz scored the only goal of the game in the 32nd minute of the first half on an assist by Michala Perez. Tremendous energy and defense by the T-Birds kept the visitors off balance for the majority of the match, which earned Connetquot a genuine team win. Additionally, Connetquot goalie Nicolette Pasquarella earned the shutout while being credited with six saves against Sachem East.

Golf Team Maintains Second-Place Standing in League I

The Connetquot High School boys varsity golf team traveled to the West Sayville golf course to take on Sayville High School on Tuesday, Oct. 8. Despite dropping an 8-1 decision to the Sayville Flashes, Connetquot maintains its hold on second place in Suffolk County League I.  

Sachem currently holds first place in League I with a record of 8-0, followed closely by the Connetquot T-Birds. Suffolk County championship playoffs will begin shortly after the regular season is concluded. Coach Gary Pesko is confident in his players and looks forward to their rising to the occasion at playoff time!

Boys Soccer Team Falls to Commack

The Connetquot High School boys soccer team hosted the undefeated Commack High School team on Oct. 7, and despite an aggressive defense and improved offensive play, the T-Birds fell to the visitors by a final score of 5-1. First-year head coach Francisco Herrera continues to see his team improve and is confident that its best games are yet to come.  

Connetquot’s Christian Rivera scored the T-Birds’ only goal. In addition, Kyle Monahan and freshman Tyler Moore combined for 12 saves. Connetquot fans continue to support their T-Birds, and look forward to continued improvement as the season winds down.