Weekly Sports Update - October 23-27, 2017

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Gymnastics Team Wins 10th Straight Match

The Connetquot High School gymnastics team welcomed Middle Country High School on Oct. 25, to ultimately defeat the visitors by a final score of 170.4-149.425. Additionally, veterans of the Connetquot Varsity Gymnastics program, going back to 1976, gathered for a reunion to honor this year’s graduating seniors.

Before the match, coach Renee Guerrieri introduced the team’s three graduating seniors and thanked them and their families for their dedication to the Connetquot Gymnastics team over the years. Coaches Guerrieri and Sam Tutone gave each of the seniors a beautiful bouquet of flowers and even shared a few happy tears. The seniors, Lara Clabots, Elizabeth Young and Brooke Ziccardi, have been a vital part of the gymnastics team and a crucial asset in this year’s success.

Gymnast Sarah Moussa won the All-Around category with a score of 35.4, while Amanda Pisano tied for first with Gina Cutillo of Middle Country High School. With this win under their belt, Connetquot remains undefeated and looks forward to the postseason competition.

For the reunion part of the night’s program, retired coaches Vera Truhlar and Jeff Shiebler mingled with their former gymnasts and their children, while reminiscing about the early years of Connetquot’s gymnastics program. From 1976-1991, Connetquot High School won 130 matches and were Suffolk County Champions in 1989 and 1990.

Congratulations to this year’s undefeated gymnastics team, a sincere thank-you to the graduating seniors and a loving “welcome back” to the veteran gymnasts that took part in this year’s reunion.

Girls Soccer Team Advances in Playoffs

In one of the most exciting sports finishes in Connetquot High School history, the girls soccer team defeated Walt Whitman High School at home on Oct. 21 in the last minute of the game’s fourth overtime period! 

Walt Whitman High School got off to a strong start and led 1-0 at the half. With seven minutes left in the second half, Connetquot’s Celina Schenk got past the visitors’ defenders and their goalie to tie the score at 1-1. With regulation over, the first 10-minute overtime period ended with the same score. However, with 1:37 left in the final “sudden death” period, Bryanna Holguin outraced the Walt Whitman team to the net, evaded several defenders and scored the winning goal! 

After Bryanna scored the goal, the home team’s bench emptied as the players and coaches sprinted onto the field to congratulate each other on an exciting win that earned the school a spot in the next round of the Suffolk County AA tournament. 

The girls soccer team earned their ninth win of the season that night and the right to advance and play Ward Melville High School in the next round of the tournament.