Weekly Sports Update - March 18-22, 2019

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Girls Softball Team Wins Home Opener

With Bella Andres on the mound, striking out five players and allowing only five hits in a complete game, the Connetquot High School girls softball team came away with a convincing 10-4 win against Central Islip on March 18.

Andres earned the complete game win with the help of Isabella Lindsay’s powerful bat, hitting 3-4 with two RBIs. Julianna Levanti was strong at the plate as well, going 2-4 with four stolen bases and two runs scored.  

“The team has been working hard in the preseason, the players support one another, and they are looking forward to another successful season,” coach Michelle Goodwin said.    
The team looks forward to building on their first winning effort throughout the remainder of the season!


Varsity Boys Tennis Team Improves to 2-0

On March 19, the Connetquot High School varsity boys tennis team matched up against Sayville High School at home and earned a 6-1 win, improving the team record to 2-0 in Suffolk League II.

“We are a very young team with three players still in middle school,” coach Ryan Cavanagh said. “Our No. 1 singles player is senior Alan Sabovic, a returning All-Suffolk County selection, and named by Long Island Newsday as a ‘Player to Watch’ this season. We are also led by a junior, Captain Sebastian Govea, along with a senior, Captain Will Kennedy.  We hope to compete for a league title this year, but will have to play to our potential to get past Bay Shore High School.”
With a long season ahead of them, the T-Birds are off to a strong start!


Boys Lacrosse Team Drops Home Opener

Despite their best efforts, the Connetquot High School boys lacrosse team fell to the visiting team from Islip High School on March 18 by a final score of 10-7. The T-Birds played an aggressive defense early on, which resulted in the team’s ending the first half tied at 6-6. However, Islip came on strong in the second half and took the lead in the third quarter, winning their first game of the season.  
Tyler Cordes scored five goals for the T-Birds and added an assist, while Michael Carrere scored twice against Islip. Additionally, Tyler McCarthy earned an assist, and Michael Monahan is credited with five saves in the team’s first game of the season.


Girls Spring Track Team Defeats County Champion Bay Shore HS

Connetquot High School girls spring track coach James Crowley III and his staff were impressed by the team’s outstanding effort against current Suffolk County champion Bay Shore High School during their meet on March 21, where the T-Birds won the head-to-head competition by an impressive score of 86-64.

While the March 21 win was a total team effort, coach Crowley singled out the following team members for their exceptional performances. Emily Medina won the 100-meter hurdles and the 400-meter hurdles and was a member of the meet-clinching, victorious 4 x 100-meter relay; Ali Hardie won the 100-meter dash and the pole vault and led off the clinching 4 x 100-meter relay; Bryanna Holguin won two events, the high jump and the 200-meter dash, while placing second in the triple jump and long jump; Janelle Foston won the triple jump and anchored the winning 4 x 100-meter relay; and Serena Roopnarine won the 1,500-meter racewalk.

Congratulations to the coaches and members of the girls spring track team on their outstanding result against Bay Shore, and best wishes for continued success this season!


Ice Hockey Team Ends Season in Championship Game

The Connetquot and Sayville High Schools’ combined junior varsity ice hockey team finished the regular season with an impressive 16-4 record, earning the opportunity to play in the Suffolk County High School Ice Hockey championship game at the Rinx on March 20. 

The team advanced to the finals by defeating Ward Melville High School 1-0 in the quarterfinals and St. Anthony’s High School 6-3 in the semifinals. However, despite a determined defense, aggressive offense and a sold-out arena, the locals fell short by a final score of 5-1. Smithtown High School came into the championship game with an overall record of 19-1, backed up that record by scoring twice in the first period and keeping the T-Birds scoreless until late in the game.  
The coaching staff was impressed with the team’s progress, intensity and determination to succeed. 
John Bozinos provided the only score for the home team, with Vinny Marchese and Kenny Correa assisting. Team captains Christian Marinelli and Liam Doyle were a driving force for the T-Birds, but the Smithtown Bulls came to play as well.  

The Connetquot/Sayville coaches, Justin Bruno, Glenn Rothburg and Rich Villani, were proud of their boys despite the outcome of the championship game.  

Being that only two teams make it to the championship round of the county tournament, coming back from last year’s 4-16 finish to play in this year’s championship game says a great deal about the character of the players on this year’s team. 

“We are very proud of these boys,” coach Bruno said. “I love this team, and we’ll be back next season.”