Weekly Sports Update - October 28 - November 1, 2019

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Fun and Friendly Competition

Connetquot High School football coach Michael Hansen invited the football teams from the district’s two middle schools to play on the artificial turf at Connetquot High School on Oct. 24, as the district’s Battle of the Middle Schools was held once again. The fun and friendly game invites students, players, parents and coaches from Oakdale-Bohemia and Ronkonkoma middle schools every year.  

The ultimate score of the annual contest is not the most important factor with coach Hansen and his varsity football staff. Coach Hansen begins the event by addressing the players of both schools, telling them that he looks forward to working with them the next year when they move on to the ninth grade at Connetquot High School. He encourages the boys to play their best and to remember that next year these opponents will be their teammates.

OBMS got off to a quick lead, but RMS came back late in the third and fourth quarters. The scoreboard showed that one school had more points than the other, but in the end the teams lined up and shook hands as future teammates. The Battle of the Middle Schools was another success for the community, as both teams finish their regular seasons, and look forward to playing together at Connetquot High School in 2020.

Boys Soccer Team Honors Graduating Seniors

First-year Connetquot High School boys soccer coach Francisco Herrera took time before the team’s scheduled game with Walt Whitman High School to recognize his graduating seniors. 

While coach Herrera accepted the challenge of leading the boys soccer program, the Whitman game demonstrated the program’s growth and future promise. The T-Birds took second-place Whitman into double overtime, but both teams had to settle for a 2-2 tie by the end. It was a tremendous effort for the locals and a source of pride for the players and coaches alike.

Prior to the game, coaches Herrera and John Zambriski spoke about the dedication of their players, especially the leadership of the graduating seniors. The following seniors were congratulated and thanked for their personal efforts to improve the Connetquot High School boys soccer program – Schisnel Alexandre, James Anderson, Joseph Bamfo, Michael Catania, Mason Chetti, Justin Miele, Kyle Monahan, Bryan Parra-Correa, Ethan Plachinski, Adam Plana, Christian Rivera, Ian Schneider and Francisco Strada.
The graduating seniors were each presented with gifts as the coaches showered them with praise for their efforts to help rebuild the boys soccer program. Coach Herrera thanked the boys, wished them well as they move on to the next level and promised to continue to follow their educational and athletic careers.

CHS Community Recognizes Football, Marching Band and Cheerleading Seniors

Oct. 25 was an important day for the Connetquot community, as graduating seniors from the football, marching band/kickline and cheerleading teams were recognized and thanked prior to the CHS vs. Centereach High School football game. 

Under the lights, and on the perfectly manicured football field, each senior was announced, congratulated and presented with a beautiful red rose and personal gift. Despite the 35-20 League II decision to the visitors, the Connetquot community was excited and grateful to be able to recognize and thank their graduating seniors. 

The visitors got off to a quick start, holding a 14-6 lead at the quarter and 21-6 at the half. However, the T-Birds came back in the second half with two touchdowns, but couldn’t overcome the early deficit. With this loss, Connetquot dropped to 3-4 in Suffolk County League II. 

Cole Bunicci scored three times for the T-Birds, beginning with a 61-yard pass play from Drew Guttieri. Bunicci also scored on a 4-yard run and another 15-yard pass from Guttieri. Connetquot should qualify for the Suffolk County playoffs when brackets are announced next week.

Congratulations to the talented and dedicated graduating seniors whose leadership on the football field, on the sidelines and at half-time have provided years of wonderful memories for the Connetquot community. Thank you – your coaches and this community will follow your successes as you move on to the next level!

Girls Soccer Program Honors Graduating Seniors; Advances to Quarter-Finals

On Wednesday, Oct. 23, the Connetquot community celebrated its graduating seniors from the girls soccer program.  

Prior to the Smithtown game, Connetquot seniors were introduced and presented with flowers and gifts from the coaches. As part of the pregame ceremony, the very gracious CHS soccer program presented roses to Smithtown’s graduating seniors as well.

Connetquot High School varsity soccer coaches Ryan Cavanagh and Jen Monahan would like to congratulate and thank the following graduating seniors for their dedication and leadership – Jenna Anderson, Madison Benevento, Summer Daley, Maddison Feraca, Olivia Herrera, Olivia McNay, Paige Shannon, Kayla Valerioti and Hayley Weltner.

In more recent news, the Connetquot High School girls soccer team played one of its most breathtaking games in the history of the program. The T-Birds went through two regulation periods, battled Commack High School through two scoreless overtime periods, and went on to win the game on penalty kicks (3-2) to move on to the second round of the Suffolk County championship tournament by a final score of 4-3.

Emily Morris scored the T-Birds’ only goal in the second period, and her tight offense in the two overtime periods gave Connetquot the chance to come out on top in the penalty kick phase of the game.

Madison Benevento, Morgan Elliott, Emily Morris and Kayla Valerotti scored for Connetquot. Valeriotti’s penalty kick gave the T-Birds the lead and would be the determining goal in the win. Additionally, Nicolette Pasquerella was credited with three saves in this hotly contested, first-round playoff game. Connetquot’s record is now 8-6-2, and they will face undefeated the undefeated Smithtown West High School team (14-0-1) in the second round of the playoffs. 
Congratulations, and good luck in the quarter-finals!