Weekly Sports Update - January 7-11, 2019


Boys Track and Field Team Excels at Recent Meet

Connetquot High School boys track and field coaches Tim Fischer and Shelby White, as well as supportive fans, were impressed by the team’s energy and improvements on time and distance at the Jan. 5 meet at Suffolk County Community College, Brentwood Campus.

Tom Domozych won the boys pole vault with a height of 13 feet, Micah Cooper took fourth with a vault of 11 feet, 6 inches, and Justin Miele finished sixth with a vault of 11 feet. Matt Lopez took first in the 1,000 meters and is now ranked among the top five runners in Suffolk County. Additionally, Jeremy Bertolet jumped over 20 feet in the long jump, ranking him as number two in Suffolk County League II.  

Bowling Team Moves Record to 7-3

With the Connetquot High School bowling team’s 3-0 win over Patchogue-Medford High School on Jan. 10, the T-Birds improved to 7-3 in League II, while holding the highest individual average in the league with a score of 196.

Joe Esposito had a 288 in the first game of a 712 series, and Anna Polcini scored a 256 in the second game of a 676 series against Patchogue-Medford. The T-Birds are now in a race to challenge for first place in League II.

Joe, who averages a score of 210 per game, the highest in the league, also ranks 16th in Suffolk County. Additionally, both Joe and Anna recently placed second and third place out of 140 bowlers in Suffolk County. Kyle Zere and Angelica Polcini placed third out of 60 Suffolk County doubles teams. 

Coach Nick Sturtz is pleased with the team’s effort and success so far, and expects the team to continue to improve as they move into the second half of the season.

Boys Basketball Team’s Winning Streak Comes to an End

Despite a very close final score of 57-49, the Connetquot High School boys basketball team had their six-game winning streak snapped on Jan. 7 at home against Half Hollow Hills High School East. 

After missing the last game due to an injury, senior Sean Andersen led the T-Birds with 15 points and a strong inside game. Taevon Bazemore (12), Jaden Kealey (11), Emmanuel Mondesire (7), Matt Brown (3) and Alex Unger (1) contributed points to help round out the scoring for the home team.  
Coach Tim Trava was pleased with both Sean Andersen’s return and the team’s energy, and looks forward to the rest of the season. The T-Birds still hold first place in Suffolk League II with a record of 7-2.

Girls Basketball Team Comes Up Close Against Bay Shore 

Despite the support of a large, supportive crowd, the Connetquot High School girls basketball team dropped a 59-41 decision to Bay Shore High School on Jan. 5. While the T-Birds kept the score close in the first half, the visitors continued to display their strong offense as the game pressed on. 

Despite the loss, coaches Hafner and Piscitelli continue to see spurts of improvement in the athletes and believe the team will turn their fortunes around in the second half of the season.   
Top scorers for the T-Birds were Jenna Erdman (12), Dana McCall (9), Emma Bunicci (7) and Mia Callaway (6). Emma was also credited as the top rebounder for Connetquot with 8, followed by Mia Callaway, who had 5 of her own.

Boys Basketball Team Claims Victory in Overtime

The boys basketball team has seen some tough competition since the start of the New Year. However, during a recent game against Walt Whitman High School, the T-Birds came out victorious by a final score of 63-58 in overtime. 

The teams were tied at 13 at the end of the first quarter. Then, Connetquot fell behind by 2 points at the half, cut the deficit to 1 at the end of three quarters, and tied the score with seconds remaining in the fourth quarter.  

A clutch free throw by sophomore Jaden Kealey tied the score at 50 with seconds remaining, but it was Emmanuel Mondesire’s block of a Whitman shot that forced the overtime.

In the four-minute extra period, coach Tim Trava’s T-Birds outscored the visitors 13-8 for the win, improving their overall record to 6-2, while Walt Whitman falls to 6-4. 

Top performers for Connetquot included Taevon Bazemore, who finished the game with 21 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists. Jaden Kealey scored 13, while Taevon scored 10 and finished with a game-high 15 rebounds. Additionally, Ryan Vaughn and Alex Unger chipped in with 8 points each, while Matt Brown-Eiring scored on his sole 3-point attempt.