Last night the volleyball squad assured themselves of their first winning record since 2013 in a 3-0 sweep at Greenport.
The Blue and White took the opening game 25-14, but found themselves behind 17-24 in game two. With their backs against the wall, Bri Kilkenny served us back into a 24-24 tied before taking the game 27-25. The comeback all but broke the Clippers’ spirits as the Bears took the third game 25-19.
Sammy Petersen led the way with 5 aces while Bekah Detwiler registered 5 kills. Recent junior varsity call-ups, Lena Haemer, Mariana Lopes Valles, and Becky Loo, played well in their first varsity action of the season, highlighted by Haemer’s string of winning serves in game one.
The Bears, owners of a 6-3 record, have won three matches in a row despite missing several key players during that span. They were missing two starters in last night’s win over Greenport. The way they have handled adversity this season has been remarkable and their resilience and camaraderie will make them a dangerous team when the playoffs begin in just over a week.
The girls will play their final game on Tuesday at Port Jefferson with the winning team receiving the #2 seed in the Suffolk Class C tournament. In their previous match-up the Bears lost a close 3-2 decision to the Royals.
The following is excerpted from Bob Liepa’s recap of the match in the Suffolk Times:
Not only has Greenport yet to win a match this season, but sets have been hard to come by. In fact, the only two sets the Clippers won this year came against Port Jefferson on Sept. 20.
So when Greenport found itself holding seven-point leads at 22-15 and 24-17 in the second set against Stony Brook on Thursday, a rare set win sat tantalizingly close, like a volleyball hovering just above the net, waiting to be smacked down for a kill.
Incredibly, Stony Brook rallied, fighting off set point five times before prevailing in the set and going on to take the Suffolk County League VIII match, 25-14, 27-25, 25-19.
Wearing pink shirts and black shorts, the Clippers showed their inexperience against Stony Brook (6-4, 6-3), which was led by Lois Ezi (five kills, three service aces) and Samantha Petersen (four aces, one kill, seven assists). Petersen went 16-for-16 serving.
Last night we received a nice surprise.
In the Suffolk County boys’ soccer coaches meeting, we found out that Class B and Class C League Champions would be honored in League VII since it is the only mixed-classification league. As a result, the Bears were name Co-League Champions with Pierson after the squads posted identical 9-4 records. Babylon was named the Class B League Champion with an 8-2 record. This is an atypical move by Section XI as last season two teams were not honored in a similarly configured girls’ basketball league. With the move, Section XI is acknowledging that Class C teams are at a disadvantage playing against larger Class B schools in the league pool.
The Bearslost 1-goal games to Pierson (twice) and B Champion Babylon and lost their 4th to league runner-up Center Moriches. Pierson lost to all three B teams Center Moriches, Mattituck, and Babylon, and then lost their last game of the season to Greenport, 2-1, to move into a tie with the Bears.
This is the first league championship for the boys’ soccer team since the 2004 squad posted an 11-3 record led by the All-Conference play of Pete Carmel, Leon DeLalio, Mike Juhas, Jon Anderson, and Matt Woodley and the All-League play of Dylan Hagemeyer. This is also the fifth League Championship in program history to go along with the titles in 1994, 1995, 2001, and 2004.
A seeding meeting being held this morning will determine whether the Bears play a semifinal game on Wednesday or move directly to the Class C Championship one week from Saturday.
Yesterday afternoon the boys’ varsity soccer team closed the regular season with a 5-1 drubbing at Port Jefferson to finish the league season with a 9-4 record, tied for the most league victories since the 2004 team won 11 games and claimed the League Championship.
The Bears jumped on the royals from the outset, building a 4-0 lead by halftime that all but put the game away after forty minutes. Owen Sobel led the way with a pair of goals and an assist while David Choi added two goals of his own. Jai Narain scored the other goal for his 7th on the season and added an assist. Caleb Lindo, the engine for the Blue and White, notched two assists while Haban Weon added an assist.
The Bears will find out tonight whether Southold has successfully gained entry into the Suffolk Class C tournament through an appeal, giving the Bears a home playoff game next Wednesday, or whether they will meet Pierson in the Suffolk County Championship one week from Saturday.
It is a difficult task to win All-League honors in Suffolk County golf. Only the top ten golfers among the six teams in each league are given the distinction, based solely on their scoring average. Additionally, because golf leagues are determined geographically, the Bears find themselves in the company of some of the biggest schools in the county including Connetquot, Sachem, Middle Country, and Patchogue-Medford.
Two Blue and White golfers made the All-League team despite the stiff competition and their relative youth. Sophomore Steven Ou finished the season as the 8th-ranked golfer in League I thanks to his 44 scoring average for 9 holes, while freshman Christopher Kang finished 10th with a scoring average of 46.
In yesterday’s League I Championship Harry Ou and Christopher Kang earned places in the Suffolk County championship on October 31st at Rock Hill Country Club. Steven Ou and Jamie Barkume missed by a single stroke.
On Tuesday afternoon at the Indian Island course in Riverhead, the boys’ and girls’ cross country squads swept their respective tri-meets in the last regular season meet before next week’s Division Championship.
The girls’ took down Port Jeff and The Ross School by scores of 15-50 led by the first place finish of Miranda Harrigan.
The boys’ took down two perennial rivals, topping Pierson 21-34 and edging Southold 27-28. Louis Wang led the way for the Brook.
On Tuesday afternoon the boys’ soccer team earned a 2-1 victory at Greenport in the penultimate game of the regular season.
After a 0-0 first half, David Choi put the Bears on the board early in the second frame before Alvaro Martinez Torres scored the eventual game-winning goal in the 65th minute, thanks to an assist by Choi. The Porters scored with under ten minutes left to keep it close, but the Bears pulled out the victory.
Martinez Torres’ goal was his 20th of the season, putting him in a tie with Robbie Marvin ’96 for the most goals scored in a single season, a school record that Marvin set in 1994.
As Tuesday afternoon turned into Tuesday evening, the volleyball team found itself locked in a tightly contested match with visiting Mercy. The team’s first playoff appearance since 2014 was on the line as the Bears and Monarchs moved to a decisive fifth game after splitting the first four. However, the Bears lost a key starter who injured herself on the final point of the fourth game loss, meaning they would have to rally together and find a way to win.
Their response was inspiring and showed evidence of their resilience as a squad and the leadership of head coach Stan Winston. The Bears took an early lead and never looked back, taking the game 25-17 to win the match, 3-2, and earn a place in the Suffolk County Class C Tournament.
The Bears won the opening game 26-24 thanks to consecutive aces from Margaret Rudzitis who ended the 24-24 stalemate after Mercy climbed back from a late deficit. The Monarchs rebounded to take game two, 14-25, but the girls put themselves in a position to win by taking game three, 25-18. The Bears took an early lead in the fourth game, but Mercy battled back to take the game, 25-23, setting up the fifth and final game.
Sydnie Beausoleil led the way with 8 aces while Lois Ezi and Sammy Petersen anchored the offense with 11 kills and 26 assists, respectively.
The Bears have two regular season games remaining, today at Greenport and Tuesday at Port Jeff which will decide playoff seeding. One more victory and the Bears will earn their first winning record since 2013.