Weekly Sports Update - June 18-22, 2018

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Track and Field Season Ends at the National Championships 

Three talented student-athletes just returned from the New Balance National Track and Field championships held in Greensboro, North Carolina, the weekend of June 15, competing against some of the most talented female athletes in the country. 

Bryanna Holguin, Kianna Plummer and Serena Roopnarine returned home from the event with memories of tremendous competition, sports comradery and the pleasure of making new out-of-state friends. Serena Roopnarine finished 11th in the 3,000-meter walk in a time of 16:01.65. Kianna Plummer finished 15th in the same event in a time of 16:28.40 and Bryanna Holguin finished 18th in the triple jump at 36 feet, 11.75 inches.

Coach Jim Crowley III, along with Bryanna, Serena and Kianna, were congratulated by District Director of Health, Physical Education, Athletics and Recreation Mark Dellecave for their outstanding performances and for representing this community in such an exciting fashion. 


Baseball Field Dedication 

On Monday, June 18, more than 100 members of the Connetquot community gathered to honor long-time coach and educator Bob Ambrosini and celebrated as the Connetquot High School baseball field was dedicated in his name.

District Director of Health, Physical Education, Athletics and Recreation Mark Dellecave welcomed the assembled guests and shared anecdotes about Coach “Ambro” with all in attendance. Mr. Dellecave was followed by a number of guests who had stories and pieces of gratitude to share with the audience before the new signpost in center field with his name was unveiled.

Bob Ambrosini graduated from Connetquot High School in 1970 and soon after accepted an athletic grant to attend Adelphi University. He was an outstanding talent on both levels and then returned to Connetquot to teach and coach both football and baseball. 

“Coach Ambrosini was an inspiration to all his players and taught us lessons as much about life as baseball,” said Rob Grable, a former MLB baseball player and current member of the Board of Education.

During Coach Ambrosini’s varsity coaching career he has won 602 games, which is a record for Suffolk County high schools. Additionally, his teams have won 21 league titles, seven Suffolk County titles and two New York State championships. Bob Ambrosini was named Suffolk County Coach of the Year seven times and was inducted to the Suffolk Sports Hall of Fame in 2002. While his teams were winning championships, major league baseball was paying attention and signed six of his players to major league contracts: Anthony Ambrosini (Expos), Dominick Ambrosini (Expos), Rob Grable (Phillies), Matt Guiliano (Phillies), BJ LaMura (Blue Jays) and Rob Zachman (Mariners).