CHS Cheerleaders Headed to Nationals


Connetquot High School hosted the New York State Invitational Cheerleading Competition on Feb. 5, inviting 27 schools from Nassau and Suffolk counties to participate in this exciting event.  

The Connetquot T-Birds finished in fourth place out of the 16 competing teams, and will travel to Orlando, Florida, on Feb. 11-12 to compete in the Universal Cheerleading Association’s National High School Cheerleading Championship.

“This has been an amazing season so far,” said Connetquot cheerleading coach Kelly Unterweiser. “The team placed first in their season opener on Dec. 3 and fourth the very next day at the UCA Northeast Regional in Kutztown, Pennsylvania. Their performance at Kutztown earned them an automatic bid to compete in the national championships in Orlando.”

Connetquot seniors Mackenzie Doner and Amanda Iovino competed in the first Suffolk County Individual Cup on Feb. 6. Amanda placed first to earn All-County honors, while Mackenzie finished in an impressive third place. The following day, the varsity cheerleaders won first place in the Wantagh competition and a close second against nationally ranked West Babylon.

Additionally, Connetquot finished first at the Division Avenue High School competition, outscoring their competitors by an outstanding 40 points.

Girls Basketball Holds Coaches vs. Cancer Game

The Connetquot High School girls varsity basketball team hosted their annual Coaches vs. Cancer game on Feb. 3, taking on Central Islip High School.

Unfortunately for the T-Birds, Central Islip defended their undefeated conference title with outstanding outside shooting, a powerful inside game and unyielding full-court pressure.

There were many bright spots over the course of the game for Connetquot, however, especially after senior Jamie Freitag scored from the free throw line, earning her first points of the season. Victoria O’Toole led the T-Birds with 14 points and Carly Hokenson added six.

According to the American Cancer Society website, the national Coaches vs. Cancer program is a collaboration between the American Cancer Society and the National Association of Basketball Coaches. Its purpose is to increase cancer awareness and promote healthy living through year-round awareness efforts, fundraising activities and advocacy programs. Since 1993, coaches have raised more than $100 million for the American Cancer Society.

Girls Basketball Celebrates Graduating Seniors

On Feb. 7, the girls basketball team took on conference rival Riverhead High School at home while celebrating the athletic careers of its graduating seniors. The Connetquot team recognized and thanked Shannon Dent, Alexandra Ehrhardt, Amanda Ehrhardt and Jamie Freitag for their dedication and leadership.
Riverhead took an early lead, and while the T-Birds kept a strong presence on the court, it was short of capturing victory, as the game ended in a score of 53-35. Leading in points for Connetquot were Victoria O’Toole with 10, Jenna Erdman with seven, and Shannon Dent and Emma Buccini with three each.