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On This Day In History | 1996

March 23, 2018
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The 1996 Bears. (Shields: front left, Grimm: #28)

On this day 22 years ago, the girls’ lacrosse team topped Walt Whitman, 18-10, behind 8 goals from Dianne Grimm and 6 goals from Vickie Shields. Both Bears would go on to earn All-County honors after that season.




On This Day In History | 1995

March 22, 2018
Lacrosse 1995

The Bears celebrate the 1995 County Championship

On this day 23 years ago, Newsday released their boys’ lacrosse preview and profiled the Bears, who began that season as the reigning Class B County Champions.

Stony Brook Looms Large: Bears Become Target of Suffolk Class B Contenders

According to John Kenney, Stony Brook is the smallest public school in Suffolk with a boys lacrosse program. And he should know, because he is Stony Brook’s coach and the section coordinator of the sport. “Despite the school’s enrollment of only 232, the Bears are the team everyone is gunning for in Class B this season. That’s because Stony Brook upset top-seeded Half Hollow Hills West, 4-3, in the county Class B final last season.

“It’s going to be an interesting challenge,” Kenney said. “A different challenge, because now everybody will be shooting for us.”

To Kenney, the title “Was and wasn’t unexpected. We weren’t surprised, but it was a shock to the county.

Despite being the defending champion, Stony Brook (14-5 last year) is seeded second. Still, it returns nine of its top 13 players, including its top two scorers. Sam Hanchett had 23 goals and 32 assists and Jake Kenney, the coach’s son, had 43 goals and 21 assists. Other top returnees are defenseman Ed Hughey, goalie Matt Avitable, who was the MVP of the championship game, and midfielders Jim Bickley and Spencer Niebuhr.

“It’s going to be an interesting year in B,” John Kenney said. “It should be a tight race”

The top seed is Half Hollow Hills West (16-2 last year), which won the title in 1993 before losing to Stony Brook in last year’s final.

The Bears would go on to win the Suffolk County championship, once again at Hills West’s expense, in an 8-7 victory.



3 Teams, 34 Individuals Earn Winter Scholar-Athlete Awards

March 20, 2018
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The girls’ basketball team (PC: Bruce Jeffrey)

The New York State Public High School Athletic Association announced the recipients of its team and individual Scholar-Athlete Awards this afternoon and all three varsity programs that competed in the NYSPHSAA during the winter season earned the distinction. In order to qualify a team must maintain a cumulative grade point average equal to or above 90.0% and the boys’ basketball, girls’ basketball, and boys’ swimming teams all earned the honor.

In addition, 34 of our varsity student-athletes were recognized as individual scholar-athletes for maintaining a GPA equal to or greater than 90.0%. The boys’ swim team led the way with an impressive 20 individuals earning Scholar-Athlete distinctions.

During the fall season all eight varsity teams and 70 individuals also earned the distinction.


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Badminton Quells Patriots

March 20, 2018
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Kevin Zhang in action last season (PC: Linnea Piazza)

Yesterday afternoon the badminton team’s opened their seasons with 8-1 victories over Ward Melville in a mandatory non-league match-up.

The Bears, now in their fourth year of existence as a program, handed the fledgling Patriots losses in their first matches as a program.

On the girls’ side, Mary Wang (11-0, 11-2), Judy Liu (11-1, 11-0), Elena Chen (11-0, 11-2), Ariel Wang (11-5, 11-0), and Nancy Man (11-5, 11-3) swept the singles matches while the tandems of Melody Li and Leslie Kang (15-7, 15-3), Rosemary Wu and Grace Wang (15-2, 15-14), and Candy Zhou and Allison Barrientos (15-14, 15-1) won three of the four doubles matches to seal the win.

For the boys, Jerry Liu (15-1, 15-1), Tony Yu (15-7, 15-6), Kevin Zhang (15-4, 15-6), Ulysses Zhang (15-5, 15-8), and David Wang (15-3, 15-2) swept the singles matches while Jack Yu and Caleb Spreckels (15-4, 15-1), Sam Han and Sam Wong (15-8, 15-9), and Ben Sray and Bob Wu (15-8, 15-5) teamed up to win three of the four doubles matches.

In a dominant win, the Bears won a combined 33 of the 37 individual games played. They take the court again on Thursday in a match-up at Half Hollow Hills.


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On This Day In History | 1996

March 20, 2018
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Kenney (#36) with Stony Brook teammate Jim Bickley after a college game

On this day 22 years ago, Jake Kenney was profiled in Newsday‘s “In the Spotlight” section of their high school sports coverage. Here is the article from Joe Krupinski:

Part of the motivation behind Jake Kenney’s successful athletic career at Stony Brook may be attributed to brotherly love.

Kenney, an 18-year-old senior, is the oldest of four sons of Stony Brook athletic director John Kenney. The father believes Jake always has tried to be a proper role model for his brothers: Derek, a 16-year-old sophomore; Nathan, 13; and Adam, 11. They also all play football, lacrosse and wrestle like their big brother.

“It’s no secret that Jake is a real hard worker with a work ethic that anyone would be proud of,” John Kenney said. “He’s been a very good role model by setting high academic and athletic standards for his brothers. In return, they respect Jake tremendously.”

Football coach Barry Giller said Kenney played middle linebacker, left offensive tackle and made the team’s long snaps, a job he had since eighth grade. On defense, he was the team’s leading tackler with 78. On offense, which passed 60 percent of the time, he protected the weak side of the quarterback, who was his brother, Derek. He allowed only one sack last season. “I couldn’t let anyone get to my brother,” he said, only half in jest. “Because then I would have to come home and face the family. My mother would never forgive me.”

Playing three sports with your father as a coach (head coach lacrosse, assists in football, wrestling) can be a trying experience. But not to Kenney, who said, “I have nothing to complain about. I’ve had a great time. Expectations are definitely higher. You’ve got to work harder than everybody else. My father never put pressure on me. But having him as a coach definitely pushed me to higher limits.”

In wrestling, the 5-11, 175-pounder won the League VI title at 177 pounds. He finished with a 15-6 record after losing in the first round of the county tournament to East Islip’s Keith Cadden, who went on to win the Suffolk title. Kenney is one of seven returning starters for a lacrosse team seeking its third straight county Class B title. Playing both attack and midfield last season, he had 35 goals and 34 assists. Kenney, who has a 93.6 academic average, will attend and play lacrosse for Princeton.

Kenney went on to win two National Championships at Princeton and was inducted into the Stony Brook School Hall of Fame in 2004.


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On This Day In History | 2000

March 19, 2018
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Marvin (#1) with the Bears in 1996

On this day 18 years ago, Robbie Marvin ’96 helped engineer the winning runs in the University of Virginia’s 3-1 victory over NC State.

With the score knotted at 1-1 in the top of the 9th inning, Marvin bunted for a hit to put runners on first and second with 1-out. An infield single loaded the bases with two outs and a line drive to left field followed, plating David Stone and Marvin with the winning runs. Marvin finished his day 1-for-4 at the plate with 7 assists at second base.

He finished his senior season with the Cavaliers by leading the team in batting average (.350) and stolen bases (16), while finishing second in assists (121) and third in hits (63). His outstanding season earned him 2nd Team All-ACC honors and VASID All-State Honorable Mention.


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Tennis Tops Bay Shore in Opener

March 19, 2018
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Gicquel in action last year (PC: Bruce Jeffrey)

On a frigid Friday afternoon that saw feel temperatures dip into the low 30s, the boys’ tennis team opened the season with a 5-2 non-league win over Bay Shore. The Bears showed tremendous toughness as four of their five match wins came in three sets.

Brandon Gicquel epitomized the grit the Bears showed against a quality opponent in less than ideal conditions. The sophomore first singles player fell 2-6 in the first set, but battled back  6-2, 6-3 in the next two sets to win the match. Steven Ou (Ret.) and Wensan Yin (6-2, 3-6, 6-4) earned wins at second and third singles, respectively.

The tandem of Jovan Haynes and Pratik Harjani earned a tough second doubles victory with a third set tiebreaker, 6-3, 2-6, 7-6 (7-4), while the third doubles team of Alan Wang and Andy Liu finished off the Marauders with a 6-4, 2-6, 6-2 win.

Next up for the Bears is a match-up at Ward Melville this afternoon.


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