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Etienne 2nd at Vanderbilt Invite

January 22, 2020
Indiana Etienne

Etienne in action earlier this year (PC: Indiana Athletics)

On Friday, Jyles Etienne ’17 took second place at the Vanderbilt Invitational with a leap of 7′ 1″, clearing the 7-foot barrier in his 7th straight competition and 13th overall as a Hoosier.

The junior passed at the first four heights before clearing 6′ 10.75″ on his second attempt to secure at least third place. He soared over 6′ 11.75″ on his third attempt to clinch at least second place, then bested 7′ 1″ on his second attempt before faltering at 7′ 2.25″.

Oklahoma’s Vernon Turner, who owns a career best of 7′ 7.75″, also finished at 7′ 1″, but clipped Etienne based on his fewer attempts at 7′ 1″.

Etienne and the Hoosiers are back in action this weekend as Indiana hosts the Gladstein Invitational.



  1. Vernon Turner (Oklahoma) – 7′ 1″
  2. Jyles Etienne (Indiana) – J7′ 1″
  3. Allen Gordon (Ole Miss) – 6′ 11.75″
  4. Matt McCown (Indiana) – 6′ 8.75″
  5. Tristan Schultheis (Miami) – 6′ 8.75″
  6. Dontavious Hill (Auburn) – 6′ 8.75″
  7. Noah Grimm (Belmont) – 6′ 6.75″
  8. McKinley Thompson (Georgia Tech) – 6′ 4.75″
  9. Cory Meek (Ole Miss) – 6′ 2.75″
  10. Jonathon Squadrito (Auburn) – 6′ 0.75″
  11. Perry Christie (Rutgers) – NH
  12. Qayyim Ali (Rutgers) – NH
  13. Kyle Teague (Middle Tennessee State) – NH



Wrestlers Drop Jericho

January 22, 2020
Wrestling 2020

Kim in action earlier this season (PC: Bruce Jeffrey)

On Saturday morning the wrestling team took down Jericho, 36-21, thanks to several late pins that tipped the scales.

The Bears trailed 0-9 early, but consecutive pins from Carter Brett (138 lbs/5:33) and Nathan Han (145 lbs/1:03) vaulted the Brook into the lead.

Two straight pins for the Jayhawks gave them a 21-12 advantage, but the Bears closed the match with four straight pins to take the win. Yinka Ashiru (170 lbs/0:31), Eze Barrah (195 lbs/2:42), Jason Kim (220 lbs/0:22), and Akinade Peter-Koyi (285 lbs/0:18) closed the match with authority for a 36-21 win.

The Bears are back on the mat this afternoon in a home PSAA match-up with Rye Country Day.


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Swimmers Climb Podium at Horace Mann Invite

January 16, 2020
G Swim 2019

Vincent in action earlier this season (PC: Bruce Jeffrey)

On Saturday, the swim team took on some of New York’s best at the Horace Mann Invitational in the Bronx.

Despite bringing one of the smallest teams in the field and missing two of their top swimmers, the girls finished 7th out of twelve teams while the boys boys secured a 4th place finish, besting the likes of Masters, Leman, and Columbia Prep.

Numerous individuals shone for the girls as Sarah Vincent took 2nd in the 50 freestyle (27.46) and 7th in the 100 breaststroke (1:21.69), Amelia Griffin 3rd in the 50 freestyle (27.70) and 7th in the 100 backstroke (1:11.16), and Sofia Arrascue 3rd in the 100 backstroke (1:08.12) and 4th in the 100 freestyle (1:00.93).

On the boys’ side Hunter Markowitz was a double winner in the 100 freestyle (49.04) and 100 breaststroke (1:01.91) while Marcus Calero took 5th in the 50 free (24.14) and 8th in the 100 freestyle (54.38), Robbie Fehrenbach 7th in the 100 butterfly (106.71), and Oliver Griffin 3rd in the 100 backstroke (1:03.74).

Griffin, Markowitz, Fehrenbach, and Calero then joined forces to take 2nd in the 200 medley relay in 1:47.01 and 3rd in the 200 freestyle relay in 1:37.58.

The Bears are back in the pool on Jan. 27 in a non-league match-up at West Islip.


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Wrestling Topples LuHi in PSAA Opener

January 15, 2020
Wrestling 2020

Barrah in action earlier this season (PC: Bruce Jeffrey)

On Monday afternoon, the wrestling squad built on their momentum from Saturday’s double-header win over Churchill and Storm King with a 48-24 victory over Long Island Lutheran to open their PSAA slate.

Forest Kaplan-Walbrecht (122 lbs/4:48) and Eze Barrah (197 lbs/3:09) earned pins for the Brook while the Bears also earned six forfeits by filling out a number of weight classes that the Crusaders could not match.

The Bears are back in action on Friday in a home non-league match-up vs. Smithtown East.


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Etienne Helps Hoosiers Top Tennessee

January 13, 2020
Etienne Indiana

Etienne in the rafters on Saturday (PC: Indiana Athletics)

On Saturday afternoon, Jyles Etienne ’17 took second place in the high jump, securing 3 points to help Indiana University top the University of Tennessee, 64-58, in Bloomington.

The junior passed at 6′ 1.5″, 6′ 3.5″, 6′ 5.5″, 6′ 7.5″, and 6′ 9.5″ before clearing 6′ 11.5″ and 7′ 1.5″ on his first attempts. He then dropped the bar at 7′ 3.25″ on his first attempt before electing to skip ahead to 7′ 4.5″ with his remaining two attempts after his lone remaining opponent, Tennessee’s Darryl Sullivan, rose above 7′ 3.25″ on his second attempt. Etienne failed to clear on his last two attempts and settled for second place while Sullivan cleared 7′ 4.5″ on his first attempt to overtake Etienne for the national lead. Etienne cleared 7′ 3.75″ on December 13 in the Hoosier Open and has stood atop the national rankings for nearly a month. He remains the #2 ranked high jumper in America.

The 7-foot mark used to be a precious milestone for Etienne, but has become a new normal for him after soaring above the mark in his last six meets and in 12 career competitions as a Hoosier, not to mention the three times he topped the threshold in high school.

The Hoosiers are currently ranked 5th in the country in the latest USTFCCCA rankings from January 8th.


  1. Darryl Hamilton (Tennessee) – 7′ 4.5″
  2. Jyles Etienne (Indiana) – 7′ 1.5″
  3. Ethan Campbell (Tennessee) – 6′ 9.5″
  4. Grayson Rolen (Indiana) – 6′ 3.5″
  5. Matt McCown (Indiana) – J6′ 3.5″




Wrestlers Take Down Churchill & Storm King

January 13, 2020

On Saturday afternoon the wrestling squad turned in an impressive performance, garnering a pair of victories despite operating with a thinned out roster.

In the opening match the Bears made quick work of the Churchill School as pins from Forest Kaplan-Walbrecht (122 lbs/00:22), Danny Isakov (162 lbs/2:10), Adetona Adesina (184 lbs/00:59), and Eze Barrah (197 lbs/1:22) paced the Brook to a 42-6 win.

The Bears made it a doubleheader sweep with a 42-36 win over the Storm King School thanks to pins from Joe Isola (134 lbs/00:27), Carter Brett (140 lbs/2:47), Nathan Han (147 lbs/00:43), Barrah (184 lbs/00:39), Adesina (197 lbs/3:45), and Jason Kim (222 lbs/1:31). Adesina’s match was especially key as the visibly winded senior gutted out a tough victory that proved to be the difference in the match.

The Bears are back in action this afternoon in their PSAA opener vs. Long Island Lutheran.


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Bears Tame Tigers Behind Scanlon’s Hot Hand

January 11, 2020
Basketball G 2020

Scanlon in action earlier this season (PC: Bruce Jeffrey)

On Thursday afternoon the girls’ basketball team showed their character by taking down Lawrence Woodmere, 32-12, 24 hours after a frustrating loss at Waldorf. Niamh Scanlon spearheaded the Blue & White offense with 22 points while the Bears defense continued its habit of pressuring opposing offenses into submission.

The Tigers got the scoring started with a 3-pointer on their second possession, but would be held scoreless until just 4 seconds remained in the half. In the intervening 15 minutes the Bears went on a 16-0 run to take control of the game. Back-to-back 3-pointers from Scanlon gave the Brook the lead for good at 6-3. Wura Obasanjo followed with 2 blocks on a single possession before the Bears induced a five second violation on a baseline out-of-bounds play as they began to impose their will. Nadia Hall and Obasanjo combined for 3 free throws the rest of the quarter to give the Brook a 9-3 edge after one.

Obasanjo opened the second frame with a pair of layups to give the Brook a 13-3 advantage. Scanlon then connected on her third 3-pointer to stay perfect from behind the arc, building what felt like an insurmountable 16-3 cushion in the low-scoring affair. The Bears were 4 seconds away from holding the visitors scoreless in the frame, but conceded a foul on a layup attempt. The Tigers hit one of two to trail 16-4 at the break.

In the early moments of the third quarter Woodmere equaled their production from the game’s first sixteen minutes with a layup and a jumper to pull within 16-8. Scanlon canned a jumper with one minute remaining to push the lead back to 18-8, but those would be the only points the Bears mustered in the period.

Any hopes of a comeback were dashed when Scanlon drilled consecutive 3-pointers to open the fourth, her fourth and fifth long balls of the game. After an Obasanjo free throw made it 25-10, Scanlon hit a layup, her sixth 3-pointer, and a jumper to close out the 32-12 win.

Scalon’s 22 led all scorers while Obasanjo finished with 7 points, 3 blocks and 3 steals and Hall with 3 points and 2 steals. This is the fewest points the Bears have allowed since a 36-10 win over Shelter Island on January 22, 2013.

The Bears are back in action on Monday in a home non-league match-up with Smithtown East.


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