Weekly Sports Update - February 11-15, 2019

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Girls Basketball Team Celebrates Graduating Seniors

On Tuesday, Feb. 5, the Connetquot High School girls basketball team took on Lindenhurst High School at home, while celebrating the careers of its graduating seniors.

The evening’s program began with an introduction of the seniors, presentation of gifts for the players, and recognition of their loving and supportive family members. Coach Charlie Hafner spoke to the crowd about his team and growing program, especially the seniors who have worked and sacrificed for their teammates and the community. He thanked each of the players and their families for their dedication and support, and wished those seniors continued success, while assuring them that he will be following each of them as they move on to the next level. 

The game with Lindenhurst that followed began slowly and with the T-Birds falling behind early. However, in their last game of the season, the T-Birds came on strong in the fourth quarter to cut a 17-point deficit to 3. The offensive burst was led by seniors Emma Bunicci, Victoria D’Archangelis and Karly Hokenson. Despite the T-Birds’ valiant efforts to take the lead, the visitors were able to once again stretch their lead and took home the win by a final score of 58-46.

Top scorers for Connetquot were Emma Bunicci (14) and Jenna Erdman (12).  Rounding out the scoring for the T-Birds were Karly Hokenson (5), Miranda Martiniz (4), Victoria D’Arcangelis (4), Nia Calloway (4), Morgan Elliott (2) and Emma Jasinski (1).

While the final score may have been disappointing, the Lindenhurst game allowed the team to demonstrate the tremendous spirit and intensity they displayed all season long.  

Congratulations to the entire Connetquot girls basketball team for its dedication throughout the season, and a special thank-you for the leadership of its graduating seniors: Vanessa Bohl, Emma Bunicci, Victoria D’Arcangelis, Karly Hokenson, Lauren Kelly, Miranda Martiniz, Dayna McCall, Abby Narvaez, Erin Venth, Gianna Waldron and Karisa Woods. 

Best wishes for continued future success and thank you to the seniors and their families for the outstanding growth of the Connetquot High School girls basketball program!


Boys Basketball Team Advances to the Second Round of County Championships

The Connetquot High School varsity boys basketball team opened the Suffolk County championship tournament with an exciting 53-47 win over Northport High School, at home, on Feb. 14. 

While Connetquot opened with an early lead against the visitors, Northport was able to tie the score at 30 at the half. As the lead changed numerous times throughout the game, the visitors tied the score again by the end of the third quarter at 41.

However, the T-Birds took control of the game late in the fourth quarter using a pressing defense and accurate shooting by Sean Andersen and Taevon Bazemore, ultimately outscoring Northport 12-6 in the final quarter and finishing the game by a final score of 53-47.

Top scorers for Connetquot were Sean Andersen with 15 and 17 rebounds, Taevon Bazemore with 13 and 5 assists, and John O’Connell with 10 points. Rounding out the scoring for Connetquot were Jaden Kealey (8), Emmanuel Mondesire (6) and Alex Ungar (1). Mondesire also had 13 rebounds, while Kealey made two outstanding defensive plays late in the fourth quarter to stop a Northport rally.
Connetquot, now 14-7, faces Longwood High School on Saturday, Feb. 16 at 2 p.m. at Longwood’s home court. 


Multiple Track and Field Athletes Advance to NYS Championships

Athletes representing Connetquot High School’s track and field program found many successes at the New York State Indoor Track and Field meet held at Suffolk County Community College, Brentwood campus, on Feb. 11.

“Bryanna Holguin set a new school record when she reached 38 feet, 5¼ inches in the triple jump,” said head coach Jim Crowley III. “Bryanna also earned All-Suffolk County honors in the high jump, clearing 5 feet, 1 inch and placing fourth in the county.”  
Boys’ indoor track and field coach Shelby White announced that pole vaulting brothers Thomas and Michael Domozych, who finished first and second in Suffolk County, will also compete in the New York State championships.

For Connetquot, several girls achieved Suffolk County recognition in the following events: Emily Pfeuffer placed fourth in the pole vault with a jump of 9 feet, 0 inches; Janelle Foston placed fifth in the triple jump with a leap of 36 feet, 0 inches; Erin McLoughlin placed sixth in the long jump with a distance of 17 feet, 0 inches; and Connetquot’s 4 x 800-meter relay team, consisting of Isabella Cottone, Katie Iocca, Celina Schenk and Melanie Walsh, placed fifth in the county.

Additionally, the Connetquot High School boys indoor track team was also represented at the Suffolk County championships. Congratulations to Matt Lopez for taking fourth in the 1,000-meter run and being named an All-County athlete, and to Connetquot’s 4x200-meter relay team of Micah Cooper, Michael Domozych, Thomas Domozych and Emmanuel Kwansah for placing seventh in Suffolk County.

Congratulations to coaches Crowley and White, and each of the girls and boys representing the Connetquot community at the New York State qualifying track and field meet. Best of luck to Michael Domozych, Thomas Domozych and Bryanna Holguin as they advance to the New York State championships scheduled for March 2 at Ocean Breeze Athletic Complex in Staten Island, New York.