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Girls’ XC Takes Top 3 in 1st PSAA Meet

October 23, 2020
Wong takes an early lead she won’t relinquish (PC: Bruce Jeffrey)

Yesterday afternoon the girls’ cross country team turned in a dominant performance on the 2.53-mile S. T. Hsaio home course against Long Island Lutheran, Portledge, and Martin Luther.

The Bears claimed the top three places and slotted five in the top ten behind another strong performance from Sarah Wong (16:56), who in three years has never lost a PSAA race.

The Bears are back in action on Wednesday in a PSAA meet at Portledge.

Top 10 Results

  1. Sarah Wong (Stony Brook) – 16:56
  2. Evelyn Apazidis (Stony Brook) – 17:19
  3. Mia Trama (Stony Brook) – 20:00
  4. Taty Neugebauer (Portledge) – 20:14
  5. Isabelle Bjorgbinsdottir (LuHi) – 20:16
  6. Ana Vissicchio (Portledge) – 20:59
  7. Ramsey Cammerer (Portledge) – 21:03
  8. Anne-Sarah Nichitiu (Stony Brook) – 21:18
  9. Eowyn Jeffrey (Stony Brook) – 22:15
  10. Marilyn Mahoney (Martin Luther) – 23:42

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Ulysse’s Late Header Buries Staten Island

October 21, 2020
Justine Zakayo (shown here in 2019) was a force up front vs. Staten Island (PC: Bruce Jeffrey)

Yesterday afternoon the boys’ soccer team opened PSAA play with a thrilling 2-1 win over Staten Island Academy in the first ever match-up between the two squads. In a normal season the Tigers would compete in the PSAA West Division for boys’ soccer, but COVID-19 remade the league landscape for this unique season bringing the teams together for a regular season tilt.

The Bears drew first blood against the reigning PSAA Champions just past the 20-minute mark of the first half when Dennis Yilmaz struck home a cross from Devin Saraniero. The hosts equalized ten minutes later to leave the score tied 1-1 at the half.

With three minutes left the match was still knotted and appeared headed for a tie (there is no overtime in regular season PSAA play) when senior captain Malik Ulysse headed home the winner off of a corner kick from Daniel Kim, giving the Bears a triumphant return across the Verrazano Bridge.

The win moves the Bears to 2-0 overall on the season. They return to the pitch on Friday afternoon in a home match-up with Our Savior.

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Boys’ XC Cruises in 1st PSAA Meet

October 20, 2020
Scanlon leads the way in yesterday’s meet (PC: Bruce Jeffrey)

Yesterday afternoon, on a perfectly scripted fall day, the familiar sound of thundering feet returned to the S. T. Hsaio home course as the boys’ cross country team battled Portledge, Long Island Luther, Solomon Schechter, and Martin Luther in the first PSAA meet of the season.

The Bears cruised to a dominant victory on the 2.53-mile course, taking the top three spots behind great performances from Colin Scanlon (14:50), Forest Kaplan-Walbrecht (15:25), and Joe Barisic Cubillas (16:03). Scanlon led wire-to-wire and was untested in earning the first individual victory of his career. Tiger Wang (6th/16:25) and Anthony Zajac (7th/16:26) rounded out the scoring for the Bears who placed eight runners in the top ten.

Team Scores

  • Stony Brook (1, 2, 3, 6, 7) – 19
  • Portledge (4, 5, 10, 20, 21) – 60
  • Solomon Schechter (11, 13, 15, 16, 22) – 77
  • Long Island Lutheran (12, 14, 17, 23, 24) – 90
  • Martin Luther – (3 runners, no team score)

Top 10 Results

  1. Colin Scanlon (Stony Brook) – 14:50
  2. Forect Kaplan-Walbrecht (Stony Brook) – 15:25
  3. Joe Barisic Cubillas (Stony Brook) – 16:03
  4. Alexander Simms (Portledge) – 16:21
  5. Tyler Wasserman (Portledge) – 16:24
  6. Tiger Wang (Stony Brook) – 16:25
  7. Anthony Zajac (Stony Brook) – 16:26
  8. Mark Creighton (Stony Brook) – 16:55
  9. Paul Cesario (Stony Brook) – 17:17
  10. Nathan Stortz (Stony Brook) – 17:39

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Hibernation Over! Tennis Sweeps Staten Island

October 15, 2020
Cristobal in action last year (PC: Owen Himsworth)

When the boys basketball team walked off the floor on February 20, no one could have guessed it would be 237 days until another Stony Brook team played an official game.

The COVID-19 pandemic halted the spring season in mid-March and while the Bears returned to practicing this fall, games were not greenlighted until comprehensive protocols were developed by the athletic directors of the PSAA.

Yesterday, the Bears were finally able to compete once again as the girls’ tennis team won its season opener, 5-0, in a PSAA match-up at Staten Island Academy.

In a rematch of last year’s PSAA Championship, the Bears carved through the singles matches behind Carina Cristobal (2-1, Forfeit), Alanna Wu (6-0, 6-2), and Isabel Guo (6-1, 6-0) before the doubles tandems of Samantha Cox and Caroline Helmer (10-0) and Annie Cao and Elis Vieth (10-3) nailed down the sweep. The doubles teams played first-to-10 pro sets due to waning daylight.

The Bears return to the court on Tuesday in a home match-up with the Tigers, which will count as a league match. The Bears will play one league match against Staten Island and Portledge this season before the PSAA Tournament in November.

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On This Day In History | 1998

September 19, 2020
Mattimore vs. Iona

On this day 22 years ago, Matt Mattimore ’95 snared 10 catches for 145 yards and a touchdown in Georgetown’s 13-12 Homecoming victory over Holy Cross.

The former Bear caught a 13-yard pass that capped an 80-yard drive and put the Hoyas up 7-6. They would go on to win thanks to a 77-yard touchdown pass with just 2:36 remaining.

Mattimore closed his senior season in Washington D.C. as a 1st Team All-American and the recipient of Georgetown’s Jeremiah Minihan Coaches Award. He ranks 7th on the Hoyas’ all-time lists for receiving yards in a game (188), in a season (804), and in a career (1,117).

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Duke Basketball Could Have Inside Track for Brother of Blue Devil Legend

July 21, 2020

Jayden Stroman

Jayden at the Brook earlier this summer (PC: Marcus Stroman)

Incoming 8th-grader Jayden Stroman, though he still has five years left of high school, may already be on the minds of the Duke Baseball and Basketball coaching staffs. Kevin Connelly, a writer for the Duke Athletics blog, Ball Durham, said as much in an article published yesterday:

Marcus Stroman is the most famous alumni to come out of the Duke baseball program, but there could be more Stromans on their way to Durham.

Granted, there still is a lot of time to go between now and when members of the Class of 2025 begin to commit, but reports have surfaced that Jayden Stroman, Marcus’ younger brother, will play two sports in high school.

Long Island Sports Fanatic first reported that the youngest Stroman will attend The Stony Brook School, which is a grade 7-12 college preparatory school in Stony Brook, New York, and play two sports, baseball and basketball.

Jayden Stroman has explained his relationship to his brother Marcus as “very close” as one could imagine the two will only get closer now due to the proximity of the two.

Marcus, an original New York native, was traded from the Toronto Blue Jays to the New York Mets at last season’s MLB Trading Deadline and will be spending his second season in Queens beginning this week.

The eldest Stroman attended Duke from 2010 to 2012 and then went back to school to finish his degree, graduating in 2016.

Not only does Stroman have a strong relationship with Duke baseball head coach Chris Pollard, but he also has a significant relationship with Duke basketball head coach Mike Krzyzewski as the Hall of Fame coach allowed the All-Star to sit in on some practices in 2019 watching Zion Williamson, RJ Barrett, and company.

Stroman also said he had a lengthy conversation with Krzyzewski following the practice in which he called him a “god”.

It might be time for the Duke recruiting gurus to watch some baseball and basketball in New York as the Blue Devils could potentially have a legacy athlete soon arrive in Durham.

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Stroman Featured on ESPN & MLB.com

July 16, 2020

Jayden Stroman

Jayden at the Brook last week (PC: Marcus Stroman)

One of our newest Bears is coming to campus this fall with an ESPN highlight already under his belt.

Yesterday, Jayden Stroman, our incoming 8th-grader, was featured on numerous platforms including ESPN.com and MLB.com after hitting two mammoth home runs for his travel team earlier this week.

The blasts were newsworthy in their own right, but the fact that they came off the bat of Marcus Stroman’s little brother is what caught the eye of the sports world. Marcus currently pitches for the New York Mets and enters the shortened 2020 season on the heels of his first All-Star Game appearance a season ago.

On Monday, Jayden mashed a pitch to deep right-center that apparently never appeared to come down. Marcus tweeted out the highlight to his 485,000+ fans:

One day later, the younger Stroman was back at it again, sending this poor offering to the underworld:

The moon shots caught the eye of MLB.com‘s Michael Clair:

Few players have as much swagger on the field as Marcus Stroman. He pops and wiggles on the mound, and isn’t afraid to show emotion after getting big outs.

Looks like his little brother, Jayden, is already a step ahead of him. The youngster — who won’t even graduate high school for another five years — recently got hold of a pitch and drove it out of the park. He punctuated that with a killer bat drop and slow walk into his trot. This is an advanced home run celebration usually reserved strictly for professionals.

This wasn’t a one-time thing, either. Jayden did it again the next day. This one was even more impressive given how much air he got under the ball. The catcher practically fell on his back to watch it soar.

Even the undisputed best player in the game, 3-time MVP Mike Trout, was impressed with Jayden’s power:

The dingers were also picked up by TSN, one of Canada’s leading sports outlets.

Jayden and his travel squad were the first to play on the the newly renovated Jeff Adams Field over the last few weeks, getting a field for the brand new sod. Marcus even stopped by last week to snap a few pics:

Stay tuned for more highlights once Jayden puts on the Blue & White this year.

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Spring Postseason Honors

June 16, 2020

G Badminton 2019

Nancy Man in action in 2019 (PC: Agnes Zhou)

The 98th spring athletic season at the Stony Brook School was cut short due to COVID-19, meaning our badminton, boys’ track, and girls’ track teams did not have the chance to defend their 2019 PSAA titles. The lost season was especially hard on our seniors who were unable to walk off the field for the last time on their own terms. As a result, the PSAA announced that every senior in the league would receive All-PSAA recognition.

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Badminton

  • All-PSAA: Philip Cai, Leslie Kang, Martin Lee, Lisa Li, Nancy Man, Caleb Spreckels, Lydia Sun, Grace Wang, William Wang, Bob Wu, Rosemary Wu & Kevin Zhang

Golf

  • All-PSAA: Chris Kang, Wolf Moller & Steven Saraniero

Boys’ Lacrosse

  • All-PSAA: Jake Aretz, Ian Blunt, Nathan Freeman, Peter Simone

Girls’ Lacrosse

  • All-PSAA: Diana Barbacena, Margaret DiRuggiero, Nadia Hall, Arden Madden, Wura Obasanjo & Lulu Ota

Boys’ Tennis

  • All-PSAA: Brandon Gicquel & Wensan Yin

Boys’ Track & Field

  • All-PSAA: Adetona Adesina, Nick Bertrand, Riley Corcoran, Tony Dai, Ruize Gao, Jiacheng Hong, Leo Hsu, Yan Huang, Myles Johnson, James Liao & Sam Painter

Girls’ Track & Field

  • All-PSAA: Andrea Egbuchulam, Rashel Likoskendaj, Kelly Moore & Mint Zhai

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Etienne Named Big 10 All-Academic

June 11, 2020

Etienne Indiana

Yesterday afternoon the Big Ten Conference announced their All-Academic teams for the 2020 spring season and Jyles Etienne ’17 earned the distinction for the Indiana University Track & Field team.

To be selected to the team, an athlete must be on a varsity squad, enrolled as a full-time student, and maintain a cumulative GPA of at least 3.0. The junior carries a 3.222 cumulative GPA after strong fall (3.825) and spring (3.600) semesters.

Etienne was looking ahead to a strong spring on the high jump mat after taking the Big Ten Indoor Championship in February, but those hopes were dashed by COVID-19. He enters his final season with the Hoosiers with his sights set on new heights.

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On This Day In History | 2007

June 8, 2020

Cox/Carmel 2007 Track

Carmel hands off to Cox during a 2007 dual meet vs. Hampton Bays

On this day 13 years ago, the 4 x 100 meter relay team of Jon Bute, Mike Cox, Terrance Anderson, and Peter Carmel, broke the school record at the NYSPHSAA State Championships, held in Kingston, NY.

The Bears bested the mark of Matt Spooner, Marc Vega, Larry Wilson, and Matt Mattimore, set in 1995, with a time of 43.34 that gave them a second place finish in Division II, just .31 behind Dryden. In addition, Carmel took 8th overall in the Division II 100-meter dash in a time of 11.34.

4 x 100 Meter Results

  1. Dryden – 43.03
  2. Stony Brook – 43.34
  3. Holland – 43.50
  4. Malverne – 43.56
  5. Byron-Bergen – 44.12
  6. Sullivan West – 44.17
  7. Christian Brothers Academy – 44.63
  8. Beekmantown – 45.06
  9. Watervliet – 45.16
  10. Norwood-Norfolk – 48.54
  11. Woodlands – DQ

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