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Weekly Sports Roundup – Sept. 24

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Girls Varsity Volleyball:
The girls varsity volleyball team hosted West Islip on Sept. 22, earning a 3-set win and maintaining an unblemished 3-0 record for 2021. The T-Birds were challenged early, but were consistent with wins of 25-19, 25-17 and 25-18. Connetquot is tied for second place with Smithtown West and Bellport in Suffolk League II.

Highlights for the West Islip win are as follows: Alexa Colondona, two aces, one block, 23 assists and two digs; Marissa Edwards, 5 kills, 2 aces, 2 blocks, 7 assists and 9 digs; Lauren Konzen, 3 kills, 1 ace, 1 assist and 12 digs; Lexi Raimondi, 2 kills and 1 dig; Karly Colletti, 6 kills, 1 assist and 15 digs; Joanna Forrest, 11 kills, 3 blocks and 7 digs; Cadence Brown, 5 kills and 4 blocks.

The annual Dezy/Hertz day will be celebrated on Monday, Sept. 27.

Girls Swim/Dive:
Connetquot hosted the swim/dive undefeated team from Hauppauge/Smithtown on Sept. 21 and ended the meet on the short end of a 108-74 score. T-Bird coach Alex Scichilone was impressed by his team’s effort and looks forward to constant improvement as the season progresses.

The coach singled out Karina Fitzpatrick who qualified for the Suffolk County meet in the 100 free style with a best time of 1:00.17. Kylie Martinez took second in the 200 free and qualified for the county meet in the 200 free, as well as the 100 back stroke. Morgan Cassidy won the diving competition with a score of 261.08.

Boys Soccer:
The high school boys varsity soccer team improved its record to 4-1-1 with an impressive shutout of visiting Commack, by a score of 3-0. The T-Birds took a 2-0 lead into the half and never looked back. Andrew Johnson scored twice for Connetquot, and older brother Kevin Johnson scored as well. Aiden Mallon was credited with two assists. Tenacious defense by goalie Tyler Moore held the visitors scoreless (his third shutout), while registering 10 saves. Coach John Zambriski’s T-Birds stand in second place in the challenging Suffolk league II.


Varsity Football vs. N. Babylon:
The high School football team played its first home game of the season, under the lights on Sept. 17, in front of a loud and supportive standing-room-only crowd. The T-Birds played one of the finest games community residents can remember against Division II North Babylon, but fell to the visitors 30-29. Connetquot was down one point at the half (14-13) and played them even (16-16) in the second half for the final score.

Scoring for the T-Birds were Shaun Hill, Nick LaMantia and Devin Shapiro, who scored on a 75-yard kickoff return to bring the home team within one point of North Babylon. Tyler McCarthy passed for 50 yards on 9 passes; Shaun Hill had 24 yards on three passes and Mike Ross had 13 yards on two passes.

Connetquot is now 1-1 in Suffolk League II and plays its next game at Half Hollow Hills East on Saturday, Sept. 25.

Prior to tip-off, the community held a celebration in memory of two of Connetquot’s finest teachers, most successful coaches and best friends who passed away within weeks of one another this past year. The families and friends of Bob Ambrosini and Nick Masi attended the celebration and accepted colorful plaques and photos to commemorate Nick and Bob’s contributions to the Connetquot community.

Ambrosini coached baseball from 1982-2015 and is the most winning Suffolk County coach with 602 wins. He had been named Coach of the Year 20 times in his Connetquot career. Masi coached football from 1982-1998 and won the LI Class I Championship, Rutgers Cup, 3 county championships, 5 league championships and was named Coach of the Year twice in his Connetquot career.


Connetquot High School golf coach Ryan Olin recently called athletic director Peter Melore with the news that one of his players scored a hole-in-one in the team’s win over Patchogue-Medford HS. Ninth grader Brendan Murphy, a three-year member of the team, helped the T-Birds earn their first conference win of the season by a score of 8-1 at the Mill Pond Golf Course on Sept. 14. Brendan, who is self-taught, has played golf for the last 10 years and looks forward to a winning season and career as a Connetquot High School T-Bird.


Girls Varsity Volleyball V. West Islip

Swim/Dive V. Hauppauge/Smithtown

Boys Soccer V. Commack

Varsity Football V. North Babylon

Connetquot V. North Babylon Kickline & Cheer