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Class Night 2021

June 2, 2021
Romeus ruled the pitch in the fall (PC: Bruce Jeffrey)

For the second year in a row, we are unable to gather together in Swanson Gymnasium for our annual Class Night, an evening of celebration for the academic, athletic, and leadership accomplishments from the school year. Nevertheless, we still want to take this opportunity to honor the outstanding achievements from a memorable 99th year of Blue & White athletics.

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Major Athletic Awards

John Long Manager’s Award

Given to the athletic team manager who shows the responsibility and dedication demonstrated by John Long, Class of ’75.

For her service to the girls’ lacrosse team, it is my honor to present this award to…

  • Kylie Quigley

Clyde L. Mellinger Award

Two trophies in memory of Clyde L. Mellinger, the first Director of Athletics at The Stony Brook School, awarded to the eighth grade girl and boy, who have best demonstrated good sportmanship, courage, and best use of ability.

For their impact on two varsity teams, it is my honor to present this award to…

  • Logan Charboneau & Caroline Cho

The Bear Blanket

Presented to athletes who demonstrate a consistent contribution of quality performances in athletic competition based on a points system and an application.

  • Forest Kaplan-Walbrecht
  • Lilly Keegan
  • Madison Logan
  • Ava McCormick
  • Mo Romeus
  • Malik Ulysse

Marvin W. Goldberg Coach’s Award

Awarded to the coach who has demonstrated professionalism, expertise and compassion towards his or her athletic team. This award is voted upon by the varsity coaches of the Stony Brook School, lending the recipient the admiration of his or her peers.

  • Johnny Everitt

Swanson Trophy for Superior Performance

Two trophies awarded in memory of the late Robert S. and Louise Swanson by Mary Jane and John P. Swanson ’47 for superior male and female athletic performance.

For leading all Long Island girls’ lacrosse players in goals, points, and ground balls, it is my honor to present the Female Performance Award to…

  • Morgan Ruggieri

For winning three individual events at the PSAA Track & Field Championships and earning meet MVP honors, it is my privilege to present the Male Performance Award to…

  • Mo Romeus

Swanson Trophy for Best All-Around Athlete

Two trophies awarded in memory of the late Robert S. and Louise Swanson by Mary Jane and John P. Swanson ’47 to the persons whose all-around ability, sportsmanship, and courage in varsity competition enabled them to make the greatest contribution to Stony Brook teams.

For winning 4 individual PSAA Championships in cross country and track this year and serving as a basketball captain, it is my honor to present the Female Best All-Around Athlete Award to…

  • Sarah Wong

For garnering All-PSAA recognition in 2 sports, earning a runner-up finish at the cross country championships, serving as a basketball captain, and winning 3 individual crowns at the track & field championships, it is my honor to present the Male Best All-Around Athlete Award to…

  • Colin Scanlon

Bruce Finlay Vanderveer Award

The Vanderveer Trophy is our school’s oldest athletic award. Endowed in memory of Bruce Vanderveer ’31 and presented to the athlete who has shown the highest qualitties of sportsmanship.  For 82 years it was presented specifically to a football player. Now it represents the standard for which every Stony Brook athlete should strive.

This is our school’s oldest athletic award and is given to the athlete who best exemplifies the spirit with which a Stony Brook athlete should compete. The simplest way to explain the impact of this year’s recipient is to say that everyone on the team wanted to be his doubles partner. He remained positive in the face of adversity and showed the same grace and sportsmanship whether he won or last. He was quite simply the backbone of the boys’ tennis team’s first PSAA tournament championship this year. It is my honor to present this award to…

  • Jaden Lee

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Fall Athletic Awards

Marvin Goldberg Boys Cross Country Award

Endowed by the late David W. Cloos, M.D. ’61 and Nancy Cloos Babin.

  • Performance: Colin Scanlon
  • Contribution: Tiger Wang

Girls Cross Country Award

  • Performance: Sarah Wong
  • Contribution: Evelyn Apazidis

Golf Award

  • Performance: Michael Chen
  • Contribution: Harry Apazidis

Fall Dinghy Sailing Award

  • Performance: Steven Hardee
  • Contribution: Lilly Jette

Brandon Stuckey Boys Soccer Award

Endowed by Phyllis and Schuyler Stuckey with love and pride for their son, Brandon Stuckey ’93.

  • Performance: Mo Romeus
  • Contribution: Malik Ulysse

Girls Soccer Award

  • Performance: Madison Logan
  • Contribution: Kayla Ochei

Fall Swimming Award

  • Performance: Oliver Griffin
  • Contribution: Kate Von Savage

Buyers Girls Tennis Award

  • Performance: Carina Cristobal
  • Contribution: Alanna Wu

Volleyball Award

  • Performance: Lilly Keegan
  • Contribution: Shannuel Lamptey

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Winter Athletic Awards

Taft Boys Basketball Award

Endowed by Lyman Taft ’45.

  • Performance: Colin Scanlon
  • Contribution: Lee-Anthony Santiago

Girls Basketball Award

  • Performance: Niamh Scanlon
  • Contribution: Sarah Wong

Winter Swimming Award

  • Performance: Amelia Griffin
  • Contribution: Sam Specht

Norman J. Wiedersum Wrestling Award

Endowed by Norman J. Wiedersum ’39.

  • Performance: Joe Isola
  • Contribution: Zane Obiofuma

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Spring Athletic Awards

Boys Badminton Award

  • Performance: Luqman Bare
  • Contribution: Aidan Riley

Girls Badminton Award

  • Performance: Natalie Desire
  • Contribution: Annie Cao

Swanson Baseball Award

Given by Mary Jane and John P. Swanson ’47.

  • Performance: Justin Porrino
  • Contribution: Jojo Franco

Boys Lacrosse Award

  • Performance: Bobby Reuter
  • Contribution: Joe Spreckels

Girls Lacrosse Award

  • Performance: Emily Berger
  • Contribution: Morgan Ruggieri

Spring Dinghy Sailing Award

  • Performance: Steven Hardee
  • Contribution: Lilly Jette

Pierson Curtis Boys Tennis Award

Given by the family of Mr. Jan C. Parmentier ’43, in memory of the School’s first tennis coach.

  • Performance: Jake Macaspac
  • Contribution: Jaden Lee

Downey Boys Track Award

Given by the family of Bill and Earl Downey ’45, in their memory.

  • Performance: Colin Scanlon
  • Contribution: Mo Romeus

Laura J. Shybunko Memorial Girls Track Award

Endowed by the family of Laura J. Shybunko, mother of Donna Shybunko ’83 and Anne Shybunko Moore ’89, in memory of her life of courage and strength.

  • Performance: Sarah Wong
  • Contribution: Kayla Ochei

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HRs Power Bears Past LuHi on Senior Day

May 25, 2021
Babaev in action earlier this season (PC: Bruce Jeffrey)

Yesterday afternoon, the baseball team closed the 2020-21 athletic year with a 7-2 non-league win over the newly-minted PSAA Champions, Long Island Lutheran.

Justin Porrino took the mound for the final time in his career and battled back in each of the first two at bats to induce groundouts after falling behind in the count, 3-0. With two outs and nobody on, LuHi’s third batter turned on the first pitch he saw from and delivered it over the left field wall to stake the visitors to a 1-0 lead. A pair of singles followed, but Porrino settled down to limit the damage with a pop out to first base. In the home half of the first, the Bears immediately struck back for four runs to forge a lead they would not give up. Lee Santiago earned a leadoff walk and Porrino reach on an error when the catcher dropped an infield pop up. The pair then moved up a base on a double steal before Santiago scored easily on a double by Tyler Smith. A Sebastian Perez groundout plated Porrino with a 2-1 lead and Aaron Babaev followed with a double as the Brook extended the edge to 3-1. Logan Charboneau roped a single to left field to score another run as the Bears took a 4-1 lead into the second.

In the top of the second, Porrino worked a 1-2-3 inning on just 11 pitches to bring the offense back to the plate. Santiago was again the leadoff hitter, after the Bears batted around in the first, and reached on a single in a 3-2 count. Porrino then dug in and helped his own cause when he struck the third pitch of the at-bat over the left field wall for a 2-run homer to extend the home lead to 6-1.

In the top of the third, Porrino allowed singles to the first 2 runners, but Jayden Stroman and Santiago combined on a fielder’s choice groundout before Santiago fired to third base to nab an overzealous LuHi baserunner as the Bears notched an unorthodox 4-6-5 double play. Another single followed, but a fly out to center ended the threat. In the home half, Charboneau launched the first pitch of the inning to left center and over the wall as the Bear advantage grew to 7-1.

Porrino needed just 3 pitches to get through the fourth, despite giving up a leadoff single. The other two pitches of the inning led to three outs as the second batter lined into an 8-3 double play and the third batter was retired on the next pitch on another lineout to center. Though the Bears would not muster any more offense over the final three innings, the defense ensured the lead was safe. Santiago relieved Porrino in the fifth and notched a 1-2-3 inning. Jojo Franco pitched the sixth and worked around a 1-out error with a pair of strikeouts, and Tim Wozny gave up a run in the seventh but slammed the door with a bases loaded strikeout to end the game.

Porrino earned the win with 1 earned run and 2 strikeouts over 4.0 innings and led the way at the plate with 2 hits and 2 RBIs. Charboneau added a pair of RBIs and Smith, Perez, and Babaev each notched an RBI as the Bears prevailed in the first baseball match-up between the programs.

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Bears Take on Gotham’s Best

May 24, 2021

On an unseasonably hot and humid Saturday in Manhattan, a group of Bears battled 89-degree temperatures and some of the best track and field athletes in the state at the New York Relays, held at Icahn Stadium on Randall’s Island.

Colin Scanlon put up his best 400m hurdle time of the season, finishing 2nd with a mark of 56.31. Chad Franklin medaled in both the triple jump (4th/39-2.5) and long jump (5th/20-00), posting a season-best distance in the long. Sarah Wong just missed the podium and came within a second of the school record, taking 6th overall in the 400m hurdles (71.17) despite winning her heat. Finally, Evelyn Apazidis closed her season with a 9th overall finish in the 400m hurdles (77.39).

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Sailing Captures State Championship

May 24, 2021
Evans in action earlier this year (PC: Bruce Jeffrey)

Two years ago, the Bears came tantalizingly close to claiming the State Championship when they tied Rye High School 43-43 but lost the tiebreaker based on their number of individual first place finishes. This year, after COVID-19 canceled the 2020 event, the Bears returned and captured the crown for the first time in program history.

The Bears entered two teams with each comprised of both an A Division and B Division boat. Incredibly, not only did the Bears win the event, but the second team took 4th overall in a fleet of 14 teams. For details on who sailed in what vessel, see the roster below.

The regatta, hosted by the Rochester Yacht Club, was comprised of ten races with the A and B squad for each team sailing in five. Bears 2A took 1st, 1st, 3rd, and 4th in their first four races before rudder trouble in their final race prevented them from finishing. In the event of technical trouble, a “Breakdown” is issued and an average of their previous race scores is given for that race. Bears 2B claimed 2nd, 1st, 1st, 1st, 2nd in a dominant performance that gave Bears 2 an overall score of 18 to claim the championship.

Bears 1A earned finishes of 5th, 12th, 11th, 6th, and 6th, while Bears 1B took 3rd, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, and 1st for a combined score of 53 to earn a 4th overall finish.

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Team Scores

  • 1st: Stony Brook School (Bears 2) – 18
  • 2nd: Canisius HS – 43
  • 3rd: Fairport HS (Red Raiders 1) – 47
  • 4th: Stony Brook School (Bears 1) – 53
  • 5th: Southwestern Central HS – 63
  • 6th: Pittsford HS – 64
  • 7th: St. Joseph’s Collegiate (Marauders 1) – 74
  • 8th: Brighton HS (Bruins 1) – 83
  • 9th: St. Joseph’s Collegiate (Marauders 2) – 89
  • 9th: Brighton HS (Bruins 2) – 89
  • 11th: Mercy HS (Monarchs 1) – 94
  • 12th: Mercy HS (Monarchs 2) – 95
  • 13th: Buffalo Seminary – 110
  • 14th: Fairport HS (Red Raiders 2) – 117

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Sailor Roster

Bears 1

  • Division A: Jack Pawlawsky (Races 1-5), Alexa Hurnyak (1-2) & Julia Evans (3-5)
  • Division B: Harry Fredericks (1-5), JP Bennett (1-4) & Jeremy Lunati (5)

Bears 2

  • Division A: Steven Hardee (1-5) & Katerina Kuthanova (1-5)
  • Division B: Gavin Hudson (1-5) & Lilly Jette (1-5)

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Spring Postseason Honors

May 24, 2021
Derco (left) & Reuter were named All-PSAA (PC: Bruce Jeffrey)

The 99th season of Stony Brook Athletics brought with it a welcome return to team competitions after last year’s spring season was cut short after just two weeks due to COVID-19. The Bears made the most of their opportunities, winning five PSAA Championships. Here are the individual honors from the spring season.

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Boys’ Lacrosse

  • All-PSAA: Bobby Reuter, Joe Spreckels & Jack Derco

Girls’ Lacrosse

  • All-PSAA: Morgan Ruggieri, Ava McCormick & Emily Berger

Boys’ Tennis

  • Championship MVP: Enoch Guo
  • All-PSAA: Jake Macaspac, Jackson Petroske & Jovan Haynes

Boys’ Track

  • Championship MVP: Mo Romeus

All-PSAA:

  • Mo Romeus (100m, 200m, Triple Jump & 4x100m)
  • David Song (400m, 110m Hurdles, High Jump & 4x400m)
  • Anthony Zajac (800m, 1600m & 4x800m)
  • Tiger Wang (1600m, 3200m & 4x800m)
  • Colin Scanlon (110m Hurdles, 400m Hurdles, High Jump & 4x100m)
  • Chad Franklin (Long Jump, Triple Jump & 4x100m)
  • Nathan Kodua (Discus)
  • EJ Lamptey (100m, Shot Put, Discus & 4x100m)
  • Jacob Ryan (100m, 200m & 4x400m)
  • Emmanuel Avila (4x400m)
  • Hunter Magnuson (200m, Triple Jump & 4x400m)
  • Jimmy Hu (4x800m)
  • DJ Posillico (800m, 1600m & 4x800m)
  • Louis Liu (Shot Put)
  • Markus Calero (Discus)

Girls’ Track

  • Championship MVP: Sarah Wong

All-PSAA:

  • Scarlett Davey (200m, 400m, High Jump & 4x400m)
  • Sarah Wong (800m, 3000m, 400m Hurdles & 4x400m)
  • Evelyn Apazidis (1500m, 3000m, 400m Hurdles & 4x400m)
  • Zida Anyachebelu (100m Hurdles & 4x100m)
  • Lilly Keegan (High Jump, Long Jump, Triple Jump & 4x400m)
  • Kayla Ochei (Discus & Shot Put)
  • Shelly Bernardi (100m Hurdles & 4x100m)
  • Vivi Morley (400m & 4x100m)
  • Rukevwe Alade (Discus & Shot Put)
  • Chimelu Ani (100m, Shot Put & 4x100m)

Volleyball

  • Championship MVP: Lilly Keegan
  • All-PSAA: Lilly Keegan, Ava McCormick, Lily Middlekauff & Niamh Scanlon

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Tennis Edges Portledge for PSAA Championship

May 21, 2021
Guo in action earlier this season (PC: Bruce Jeffrey)

On a hot, 85-degree Wednesday afternoon in Locust Valley, the boys’ tennis team capped a memorable season with a 3-2 victory over top-seeded and 4-time defending champion Portledge in the PSAA Championship.

The two squads split the regular season match-ups with the visitor claiming victory each time. The Bears overwhelmed a depleted Panther squad on April 30th, 4-1, but fell, 2-3, on May 6th when the visitors were at full strength. The Bears knew going into the final that the third singles match and both double matches would be key if they were going to clinch their first PSAA title.

Prior to the match, Coach Lars Brownworth’s message to the team was to focus on their mental toughness and recognize that Portledge was not standing between them and the championship, but their own standard of play. He also asked them to rely on their chemistry and brotherhood to overcome whatever nerves they would need to battle before or during the match.

Enoch Guo was a spark plug all season for the Bears and again proved his value by claiming a 6-4, 6-4 win at the crucial third singles slot. Portledge opened the first set by breaking in game one, but Guo immediately broke back to even the set at 1-1. Each player held serve over the next four games as the set remained deadlocked at 3-3. Portledge earned a break in game 7, but Guo again immediately broke back to stay on-serve. He then held serve to go up 5-4, then broke Portledge in the tenth game of the set, earning the final point with the score tied 40-40 to avoid a tiebreaker. Guo held serve to open the second set, then broke Portledge in game two to go up a break. Portledge immediately broke back in game three, then held in game four to even the match at 2-2. Guo then held serve in game five, broke Portledge in game six, and held serve in game seven to go up 5-2 and move within a game of winning the match. Portledge held serve in the next game, then broke Guo in game nine to move back on-serve, but Guo again showed his mettle by breaking Portledge in game ten to win the match and even the overall match score at 1-1 after the Panthers took second singles.

Jaden Lee and Jovan Haynes were anchors for the team all season, exuding positivity and resilience even when facing a deficit. In the first match of the year, the tandem faced match point, trailing 4-7 in a first-to-eight pro set format, before storming back to win the next five games to claim the match and a 3-2 win for the Bears. In the PSAA Semifinals they dropped their first set, 1-6, before storming back to win the final two sets 6-1, 6-4 in a 4-1 victory for the Brook. That reservoir of experience and belief in each other served them well as they battled a tough Portledge pair. In game one, Lee and Haynes fell behind 0-40 before battling back to hold serve. Portledge and the Brook each held serve in games two and three before the Bears earned the set’s only break in game four to go up 3-1. From there each team held serve the rest of the way as the Bears took round one, 6-3. In game nine the Brook fended off a break attempt by Portledge by winning the point with the game knotted at 40-40.

Lee and Haynes opened the second set by breaking Portledge’s best server, but were broken in games two and four with a Portledge hold sandwiched in between. Trailing 1-3, they broke Portledge in game five and followed by holding serve to knot the set at 3-3. Portledge then held serve in game seven and earned their third break of the set in game eight to move within a game of evening the match at one set apiece. With their backs against the wall, Lee and Haynes won the last four games of the set to put the Brook up 2-1 in the team score. They began by breaking Portledge in game nine then holding serve in game ten to even the match at 5-5. They broke Portledge again in game eleven in a 40-40 game and held serve in game twelve to take set two, 7-5.

After Portledge pulled out a thrilling first singles match over Jake Macaspac, 3-6, 6-4, 7-5, the Championship was knotted at 2-2, leaving the second doubles match to decide the outcome. Jonathan Hell and Clement Leung were up to the task. The pair went up a break to build a 4-3 lead, then held serve before breaking Portledge in game nine to win the first set, 6-3. Each team held serve over the first three games of the second set before the Bears broke in game four to go up 3-1. Portledge immediately broke back, then held serve to knot the set at 3-3. The Brook held in game seven, capped by a Hell ace, then broke in game eight to move within a game of the championship. Needing a win to stave off defeat, Portledge built a 40-15 lead in game nine, but Hell and Leung again illustrated the indomitable spirit the team displayed all year by winning the next three points to claim the title.

After the match, Guo was named match MVP while Macaspac, Haynes, and Jackson Petroske were named All-PSAA. The victory earned the boys’ their first PSAA Championship and also marked the first time since 2016-17 that one school claimed both the girls’ and boys’ tennis championships in a single year as our girls also beat Portledge, 3-2, in November. In their three years since joining the PSAA in 2018, the Bears have now won regular season or tournament titles in twelve of the seventeen varsity sports that compete within the league and have won more total championships over that span than any other school.

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Sailors 5th at Mallory Fleet Championship

May 19, 2021
Hudson in action earlier this year (PC: Bruce Jeffrey)

Last weekend the sail team finished 5th out of 16 teams in the MASSA Mallory Fleet Qualifier Championship, hosted by the Toms River Yacht Club in New Jersey.

Mairead Reitzel and Steven Hardee (Division A) and Gavin Hudson and Lilly Jette (Division B) took on some of the strongest programs on the east coast and, after 2 days of racing, finished just 3 points and one place away from earning a berth in the National Championships.

20 races went off on Saturday, ten each in Divisions A and B, in a shifty southwest breeze and warming temperatures. Reitzel and Hardee earned place finishes of 8th, 3rd, 11th, 13th, 5th, 4th, 2nd, 2nd, 3rd, and 2nd in their races as they continued to get sharper throughout the day. Hudson and Jette earned finishes of 9th, 12th, 7th, 4th, 4th, 10th, 14th, 12th, 5th, and 9th as both teams finished with combined day 1 score of 139 points to leave them in a three-way tie for 5th with Norfolk Collegiate School and Christchurch School.

Sunday morning arrived with a whispering western breeze that allowed the eleventh races in each division to go off along with the twelfth race in Division A before evaporating completely, causing the twelfth Division B race to be aborted after the start. A two-hour delay and a resetting of the race course allowed just one more race before the 2:00pm cutoff time, as only four races were completed on the day. Reitzel and Hardee finished 2nd and 11th in their two races while Hudson and Jette took 9th and 7th to finish 5th overall with 168 points. Though they finished within arm’s length of a trip to Nationals, the Bears still qualified for the Phebe King Memorial National Invitational held in Annapolis, MD in June.

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Final Results

  • 1st: Severn School (MD) – 66
  • 2nd: Bethesda-Chevy Chase HS (MD) – 136
  • 3rd: Donovan Catholic (NJ) – 138
  • 4th: Norfolk Collegiate School (VA) – 165
  • 5th: Stony Brook School (NY) – 168
  • 6th: Ranney School (NJ) – 177
  • 7th: Christchurch School (VA) – 180
  • 7th: Toms River North HS (NJ) – 180
  • 9th: Christian Brothers Academy (NJ) – 188
  • 10th: Archbishop Spalding (MD) – 209
  • 11th: Broadneck HS (MD) – 215
  • 12th: St. Mary’s (MD) – 238
  • 13th: Hampton Roads Academy (VA) – 259
  • 14th: Biotechnology HS (NJ) – 287
  • 15th: Fairport HS (NY) – 311
  • 16th: Pittsford HS (NY) – 345

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Tennis Tops Staten Island to Earn 1st Finals Berth

May 18, 2021
Hell in action earlier this year (PC: Faith Liberatore)

Yesterday afternoon, on a gorgeous day on the Hollis Courts, the boys’ tennis team celebrated senior day with a 4-1 win over Staten Island Academy in the PSAA semifinals.

Though the score appears lopsided, several key matches hung in the balance which could have easily flipped the script in a spirited match. Jake Macaspac cruised to a 6-0, 6-2 win at first singles while Clement Leung and Jonathan Hell dominated second doubles with a 6-0, 6-2 victory. The Tigers took the second singles match 6-1, 6-0, leaving two matches in play to decide the final result.

Enoch Guo won his first set at third singles, 6-4, and held a 5-2 lead in the second set before his opponent stormed back to knot the set, 5-5. Guo held serve to go up 6-5, then broke his opponent to win both the set and the match for the Bears as his teammates roared their approval. Jovan Haynes and Jaden Lee provided a thrilling finish to the afternoon as they forced a third set by winning their second set, 6-1, after dropping their first set, 1-6. They pulled out a raucous third set, 6-4, to cap the 4-1 win.

The Bears move on to face top-seeded Portledge in tomorrow’s PSAA Championship match.

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4-Run Inning Leads Bears Over Fordham Prep

May 18, 2021
Stroman in action earlier this season (PC: Bruce Jeffrey)

On a beautiful Saturday afternoon on Jeff Adams Field, the baseball team overcame a slow start to surge past Fordham Prep in a 5-2 win.

The morning began inauspiciously as the first three Rams batters reached safely on an error, a walk, and a single as the visitors grabbed a quick 1-0 lead. Jojo Franco shook off the rough start and came back with a strikeout, a fly out (which scored a second run), and a strikeout to limit the damage. The Bears put two men on in the bottom of the inning, but failed to carve into their deficit.

Franco began the second frame but hitting the batter, but responded with a pair of strikeouts and a pop up to second as he began to find his rhythm. The Bear offense awoke in the bottom of the inning, surging to a lead they would not relinquish. Sebastian Perez started with a walk before Logan Charboneau roped a 2-strike single to left field. Following a pop up, Jayden Stroman stroked a ball into center field in a 3-2 count to plate Perez. On the same play the Rams made a throwing error trying to nab Charboneau at third, and the 8th-grader came around to tie the game. 2-2. Lee Santiago followed by reaching base on an E4 and Justin Porrino followed with a line drive to left field to send Stroman home with the lead. The play was far from over once Stroman crossed home plate as the always-heady Porrino intentionally got himself hung up between first and second. Standing dead stopped between the bags, the senior beckoned the Rams to chase him into a run down and he succeeded in occupying them long enough to allow Santiago to charge home with another run. Adding further insult to injury, Porrino managed to get back to first base safely. The Bears would get no more in the second, but the damage had already been done in the 4-run inning.

The Rams opened the third inning with a single, but Franco induced a pop up and fielder’s choice to record two quick outs. Another single followed, but Tyler Smith erased a runner attempting to steal second to end the inning. The Bears went down in order in the bottom half. In the fourth, Franco continued to look stronger as the game wore on, working around 1-out HBP to put another zero on the board. After the Bears went scoreless in their offensive half, Aaron Babaev stole a hit away from the lead off hitter with a diving snag in left. A single and a flyout followed before a walk spelled the end of Franco’s day. Santiago came on in relief and induced a line out to Franco at second, who was fittingly able to complete his final inning after all.

In the bottom of the fifth, the Bears tacked on an always precious late-inning insurance run. Porrino led off with a single, then stole second before taking third on a passed ball. Two batters later, Babaev sent a 2-out single into center field to give the Brook a 5-2 edge. Santiago began the sixth with a strikeout, then brushed aside an HBP with a 4-6 fielder’s choice and a pick-off of the runner at first. The Bears went down in order in the bottom half as the game moved to the final inning. Fordham’s first batter reached with a single to wake up the first base dugout. Santiago then sandwiched a pair of strikeouts around a walk before loading the bases with an HBP. With the tying run on first base, the Rams sent a line drive to center, but the sure-handed Stephen Cisz was there to seal the victory.

Franco earned the win with 1 earned run and 4 strikeouts in 4.2 innings while Santiago nailed down the save with 2.1 scoreless innings and 3 strikeouts. Porrino powered the offense with 2 hits and 2 RBIs while Babaev and Stroman each added an RBI.

The Bears are back in action on Friday in a non-league match-up at Ward Melville.

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Girls’ Lax Tops Poly Prep in Thriller

May 17, 2021
McCormick in action earlier this year (PC: Bruce Jeffrey)

When the girls’ lacrosse team last tangled with Poly Prep on April 24, the Bears left Dyker Heights with a 10-9 comeback victory thanks to a Morgan Ruggieri goal with 25 seconds left. Saturday’s non-league rematch followed a different script, but the Bears emerged again with a one-goal victory to cap a gorgeous senior day on Fitch Field.

The Bears controlled much of the possession game early on, but it was Poly who grabbed an early 2-0 lead on a free position score and a transition goal. The Bears called a timeout following the second score and the break seemed to regroup the Bears who reeled off three straight goals in a span of just two minutes. A pair of free position goals from Ava McCormick knotted the game at the 16:37 mark and Ruggieri gave the Bears their first lead on a transition score following a Tiffany Akinyoade clear. The Devils responded with a two-goal run to retake a 4-3 lead with 9:15 left in the first half, but a McCormick free position goal and back-to-back scores from Ruggieri gave the Brook a 6-4 lead they would not relinquish. Poly answered with a score at the 3:03 mark, but Ruggieri pushed the Bear lead back to 7-5 just 19 seconds later. The Bears looked poised to head into the half with the same cushion, but Poly scored in transition with 2.9 seconds left as the Brook took a 7-6 advantage into the break.

The Devils seemed to grab some momentum with their late score, but it was the Bears who came roaring out of the halftime, scoring four straight goals to take a commanding 11-6 lead. The teams were deadlocked for the first five minutes of the period, but McCormick broke the stalemate with a free position goal. 15 seconds later Ruggieri scored off of a McCormick draw control to push the lead to 9-6. At the 14:53 mark Ruggieri notched another score from a free position and 52 seconds later McCormick bounced a shot into the top left corner as the Bears took firm control with an 11-6 edge. Incredibly, with their offense seemingly at its zenith, the Bears would notch just one more score over the final 14:01 of game time. It would prove to be just enough.

Poly ended their nearly 13-minute scoring drought with a goal at the 12:28 mark. Ruggieri scored her seventh goal three minutes later to put the Brook back of 12-7. From there Poly refused to go down without a fight, scoring at the 9:19, 4:59, 3:40, 2:48, and 2:02 marks to pull within 12-11 and bring a nauseating tension to what had been a comfortable second half for the Bears. However, the Brook defense did not wilt under pressure. The defensive corps of Akinyoade, Georgia Apazidis, Christy Eugene, Caroline Cho, and Emily Berger held firm, stopping the Devils on two possessions in the final two minutes to seal the victory. With 13 seconds left Poly held the ball behind our cage, but Berger intercepted a pass over the top and held on as the final 10 seconds bled away.

Ruggieri, Long Island’s current points (52) and goals (43) leader, finished with 7 goals and 6 draw controls while McCormick added 5 goals and 9 draw controls. Berger finished with 7 saves in net.

The Bears are back in action tomorrow afternoon with a home PSAA semifinal match-up vs. #3 Staten Island Academy.

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