Weekly Sports Update - January 14-18, 2019

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Close Finish for Boys Swim Team/Senior Celebration

In a matchup of undefeated teams, the Connetquot High School boys swimming and diving team hosted Half Hollow Hills High School on Jan. 15 for some friendly competition.

The T-Birds came into the meet with a 4-0 record in Suffolk League I, while the visitors boasted a 5-0 record of their own. Although the night was filled with close finishes, it was the visitors who improved their unblemished record to 6-0 with a 101-80 final score.

Despite the less-than-favorable outcome, Connetquot coach Alex Scichilone is confident his team will build on the positive as they look forward to a rematch later in the season. 

In more recent news, Connetquot High School varsity swim and dive coaches Alex Scichilone and Tom O’Rourke joined with family, friends and supporters to recognize the team’s only graduating senior, Dylan Macejko, on Jan. 17.

“Dylan earned a spot on the varsity swim team as an eighth-grader,” said coach Scichilone. “Throughout his tenure here at Connetquot, he has helped the team earn two undefeated Suffolk League championships. He has also earned All-League and All-County titles in the 50-free and 100-freestyle events, and was named a two-time New York State qualifier in the 50-free, representing Connetquot and Section XI at the New York State championships.”

Besides being a champion swimmer, Dylan is considered a natural team leader, resulting in his being named team captain. The coaching staff and his teammates see him as a leader and mentor to the younger members of the program as well. 

The Connetquot High School Natatorium was filled with grateful family and friends who came to thank Dylan for his contributions and wish him well as he moves on to the next level. 

Boys Basketball Team Nearly Secures A Win

The Connetquot High School boys basketball team got off to a slow start on Jan. 17 against the visitors from Smithtown West High School. Down 31-22 at the half, coach Tim Trava’s half-time pep talk seemed to get his team’s attention. However, as time was winding down, the T-Birds outscored the visitors 21-12 in the last quarter, but still fell short, and took the loss with a score of 61-57. 

Connetquot’s Sean Andersen led both teams by scoring 19 points, followed by Jaden Kealey (15), Taevon Bazemore (11), Matt Brown-Eiring (5), Emmanuel Mondesire (4) and Alex Ungar (3).
Connetquot and Smithtown West each have an overall record of 8-5, but the T-Birds are ahead of the Bulls with a 6-3 League II record and sole possession of third place.

Ice Hockey Team Maintains High Spirits Despite Loss

Despite a valiant effort, the Connetquot and Sayville high schools combined ice hockey team played Half Hollow Hills High School with intensity, but were ultimately outscored by the visitors by a final score of 8-3.

“It’s unfortunate that we were short a bunch of players who were out sick and injured,” coach Erik Scheibe said. “However, our athletes played with a ton of heart, and never quit.”  

Chris Bianva scored two goals for the home team, while Benny McAloney contributed one of his own. Additionally, Corey Riccio was credited with an assist.  

“It’s been a tough season, but the players stick together, work hard and look forward to the next challenge,” coach Scheibe said.