Weekly Sports Update - September 11-15, 2017

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Football Team Remains Undefeated

The Connetquot High School football team is off to an undefeated start with their recent 34-26 overtime win over Ward Melville High School. 

The T-Birds were down 13-7 at the half, but came back to tie the score and earn the win in overtime in their first home game of the season. Connetquot Superintendent of Schools Dr. Lynda Adams and Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction Dean Mittleman were on hand to witness the win, along with Board of Education trustees Craig Amarando, Nicholas Ferraioli and Robert Grable. 

Cole Bunicci’s fourth-quarter interception and score with five minutes left in the final quarter tied the game at 26 points. Connetquot quarterback Dylan McDermott completed 16 passes for 194 yards and one touchdown. George Wichelns picked up 70 yards on eight carries and a touchdown, while GQ Grippo added seven receptions for 60 yards. Additionally, Grippo scored in overtime to give the T-Birds — and their excited fans — their second win of the season.

Connetquot High School football coach Mike Hansen was pleased with his team’s determination in the second half and overtime to come back from a halftime deficit and pick up an impressive win against the very competitive Ward Melville team.
The T-Birds will play William Floyd High School at home tonight at 7 p.m.   

Soccer Teams Display Valiant Effort

Connetquot High School hosted a double-header of soccer games featuring both the girls and boys teams on Sept. 14. 

Mark Dellecave, the district’s director of health, physical education, athletics and recreation, was on hand to support both teams as they competed to improve their records in anticipation of moving up within the league standings.

The boys team, coached by Nick Sturtz, played hard for the entire game and were down by one point at halftime, but came back to tie the score in the second half.  Unfortunately, Riverhead scored once again and landed a 2-1 victory over Connetquot.   

Emmanuel Kwansah scored the only goal for Connetquot, with Oslen Aluc earning an assist and goalie Tom Foschino contributing four saves. The team’s record dropped to 1-5, but the young athletes look forward to continued improvement throughout the season. 

The girls soccer team came into the Sept. 14 game against Northport High School confident that they would rise to the challenge of playing an undefeated visitor. The girls gave their best efforts but were down at the half by a score of 4-1, and ultimately finished the game on the short end of a 7-1 final score.  
Connetquot’s Celina Schenk scored the team’s lone goal, while Jillian Neunzig picked up the assist and goalie Nicolette Pasquerella stopped four possible Northport goals. The girls, along with coach Ryan Cavanagh, hope to bounce back against Central Islip High School next week. 

Girls Tennis Team Falls Short After Impressive Matches

Connetquot’s girls tennis team played East Islip High School at home on Sept. 12, and, despite their best efforts, came up short by a final score of 4-3.

“Olivia Esposito and Deanna Arndts played a great match in their second doubles competition,” said coach Amy Cohen. “Our girls won 7-5, 6-4 despite being down 4-1 in the second set. The ladies were very impressive in winning the next five games to win the match.”

The team’s record currently stands at 1-3 in the conference, but after playing East Islip the team seems to realize its potential and will be putting in additional effort to move up in the standings. An enthusiastic crowd of family and friends was on hand to support the team, and is looking forward to their next match against Sayville High School.