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Wozny & Carr Sign Letters of Intent

November 14, 2019
Baseball Carr Wozny

Carr (left) & Wozny flanked by coaches Dustin Mones & Noah Bakker

Yesterday evening, on National Signing Day, seniors Joe Wozny and Jack Carr inked their Letters of Intent to play baseball at the collegiate level. The fellow pitchers will be the first Bears to play baseball at the Division I level since Lyndsey Simmons ’00 earned All-Big 12 honors at Oklahoma State in 2003.

Wozny is headed to the University of Connecticut and one of the strongest baseball programs in the northeast. The Huskies earned a berth in last year’s American Athletic Conference Championship and have been to three of the last four NCAA Tournaments. Dozens of Huskies have gone on to the major leagues, most notably current Astros outfielder George Springer. Since his freshman season of 2017, the big right-hander has been the catalyst of the team. In 2018 he garnered All-State honors thanks to 5 wins and a school record 121 strikeouts, leading the Bears to their first postseason berth since 1999. Last year, his 4 wins and career-high .424 batting average powered the Brook to an undefeated League Championship season, the first team title in twenty years. For his career he has 12 wins, 240 strikeouts in 120 innings, 67 hits, and 66 RBIs.

Carr is in his first year with the Bears after transferring from perennial power Archbishop Molloy where as a junior he was 7-0 with a 1.26 ERA to go along with 41 strikeouts in 48 innings of work. Those impressive marks earned him a nod on the CHSAA Class AA Second Team. The 5′ 10″ righty is headed across the street to Stony Brook University and a program that has been a mainstay near the top of the America East Conference for over a decade. Since 2004 Stony Brook has garnered six tournament titles, including the 2019 crown, tied for the most in conference history. In 2012 the program rocketed into the national consciousness when they made a magical run to the College World Series. Twenty-eight Seawolves have been drafted into the MLB and three currently play on major league rosters with the Mets, Angels, and Padres.

Wozny and Carr form the core of a menacing pitching lineup that will face some of the strongest programs on the east coast this spring, including nationally-ranked IMG Academy in a late March tournament.

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Corcoran 8th at NYSAIS Championship

November 5, 2019

On Marathon Sunday in New York City, the cross country teams closed their seasons at the 36th Annual NYSAIS Cross Country Championships at Van Cortlandt Park’s 5000-meter course.

Riley Corcoran finished 8th overall in a field of 159 runners, the highest individual finish for a Bear in State Championship since Andy Hoffman placed 7th at Saratoga State Park in 1984 with a time of 15:52. Corcoran’s mark of 17:21, a personal best on the course, was also the fastest time at a State Championship since Jacob Brummeler ran 17:20 in the 2013 NYSPHSAA Championship. Zack Xu (66th/19:33), Colin Scanlon (72nd/19:53), Forest Kaplan-Walbrecht (83rd/20:11), and Jake Macaspac (88th/20:34) also scored for the Brook who took 7th place in a field of 20 of the best private school teams in New York, including numerous former Ivy League rivals who use Van Cortlandt as their home course. It was the highest team finish for the Bears in a State Championship since the 2007 team took 3rd at the NYSPHSAA Championship.

Team Scores

  1. Hackley – 44
  2. Packer Collegiate – 83
  3. Collegiate – 88
  4. Trinity – 126
  5. Fieldston – 173
  6. Dalton – 193
  7. Stony Brook – 283
  8. Horace Mann – 285
  9. Trevor Day – 294
  10. Rye Country Day – 295
  11. Riverdale – 318
  12. Dwight – 319
  13. Poly Prep – 357
  14. Masters – 360
  15. Grace Church – 401
  16. LREI – 411
  17. Calhoun – 420
  18. Saint Ann’s – 440
  19. Browning – 465
  20. Avenues – 555

On the girls’ side, Sarah Wong improved on both her place and time from a year ago, finishing 27th in 22:18, the girls’ highest State Championship individual finish since Margot Rashba took 15th at the 2013 NYSPHSAA Championship. Evelyn Apazidis (94th/25:35), Diana Barbacena (95th/25:36), Judy Tao (101st/26:00), and Yasmin Tinaz (108th/26:21) also scored for the Bears who finished 15th out of 17 teams. Additionally, Apazidis was the 3rd-highest finisher among 8th-graders and Maryana Lekanova (112th/26:31) was the 4th-highest 8th-grade finisher. The Bears return seven of their top nine to next year’s team, so the future remains bright for this squad.

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Fall Postseason Honors

November 4, 2019
Volleyball 2019

Detwiler (spiking) & Robbins (left) earned regular and postseason MVP honors for volleyball (PC: Bruce Jeffrey)

It was another memorable fall season at the Brook as the Bears took home six team championships, matching their standard from last fall as well as the school record for titles in a single season.

This feat could not be achieved without the passion and commitment of our coaches and the exemplary work of our student-athletes. Here is list of those who earned individual honors from this past season.

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Boys’ Cross Country

  • PSAA Coach of the Year: David Hickey
  • All-PSAA: Riley Corcoran, Colin Scanlon, Zack Xu, Forest Kaplan-Walbrecht, Jerry Wan, Jake Macaspac, Nathan Freeman, Pedro Gradvohl, Frank Cheng & Emman Ajewole

Girls’ Cross Country

  • PSAA Coach of the Year: Alicia Brummeler
  • All-PSAA: Sarah Wong, Evelyn Apazidis, Yasmin Tinaz, Diana Barbacena, Judy Tao, Maryana Lekanova & Ellen Tong

Boys’ Soccer

  • All-PSAA: Brandon Gicquel, Mo Romeus, Owen Sobel & Tiger Winston

Boys’ JV Soccer

  • PSAA MVP: Luqman Bare
  • PSAA Tournament MVP: James Fay
  • All-PSAA: James Fay, John Fay, Will Maglione & Aaron Thomas

Girls’ Soccer

  • All-PSAA: Madison Logan & Sophia DiLavore

Girls’ Tennis

  • PSAA East Division MVP: Sadhana Sridhar
  • All-PSAA: Marta Bennett, Carina Cristobal, Isabel Guo & Alanna Wu

Girls’ Volleyball

  • PSAA East Division MVP: Bekah Detwiler
  • PSAA Tournament MVP: Elizabeth Robbins
  • All-PSAA: Leslie Kang, Elizabeth Robbins & Natalie Stefaniuk

JV Girls’ Volleyball

  • All-PSAA: Joan Bamgboye, Katrina Deng & Lilly Keegan

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XC Teams Defend PSAA Titles in Dominant Fashion

October 31, 2019

On Monday afternoon at the famed Van Cortlandt Park in the Bronx, the boys’ and girls’ cross country teams successfully defended their 2018 PSAA crowns with an overwhelming show of force in the 30th Annual PSAA Championship.

Sarah Wong repeated as the individual champion, scorching the 2.5-mile course in 17:43 to best her 18:05 mark from last year and lead the team to the 13th title in their history. It was also the fastest winning time since Woodmere’s Nia Gibson ran 17:10 in 2014. Kew-Forest nabbed the second spot, two runners from Avenues claimed third and fourth, and Long Island Lutheran took fifth, but none of those schools had a full squad to qualify for the team score. It would not have mattered, however, as an impenetrable Stony Brook core secured the next five places to slot six Bears in the top ten. Evelyn Apazidis (6th/19:49), Yasmin Tinaz (7th/20:23), Diana Barbacena (8th/20:34), and Judy Tao (9th/20:36) scored for the Bears who became the first team to repeat as champions since Coumbia Prep won in 2008 and 2009. Maryana Lekanova (10th/20:50) and Ellen Tong (14th/21:28) earned All-PSAA honors by finishing in the top 15.

Team Scores

  • Stony Brook – 15
  • Waldorf – 50
  • Portledge – 55

The boys nearly swept their race as well, racking up a scant 19 points to best Avenues (53), Portledge (73), Solomon Schechter (99), Long Island Lutheran (106), and Knox (115). Riley Corcoran joined Wong in repeating as the individual champion, running a Van Cortlandt career-best in 14:01, eight seconds ahead of his winning time from a year ago. His time was also the fastest winning mark since 2013 as he led the boys to a 66th title in team history. Colin Scanlon (3rd/15:06), Zack Xu (4th/15:08), Forest Kaplan-Walbrecht (5th/15:42), and Jerry Wan (6th/16:26) scored for the Bears while Jake Macaspac (8th/16:38), Nathan Freeman (9th/16:43), Pedro Gradvohl (10th/16:44), Frank Cheng (12th/17:12), and Emman Ajewole (14th/17:20) joined their teammates on the All-PSAA team. They are the first team to repeat as PSAA Champions since Long Island Lutheran accomplished the feat in 2015 and 2016.

Team Scores

  • Stony Brook – 19
  • Avenues – 53
  • Portledge – 73
  • Solomon Schechter – 99
  • Long Island Lutheran – 106
  • Knox – 115

Both teams close their season at Van Cortlandt Park on Sunday morning in the 36th Annual NYSAIS Cross Country Championships.

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Wachter #1 Ranked 2021 1B in New York

October 31, 2019

Wachter Baseball

This morning Perfect Game, the world’s largest baseball scouting organization, updated their class rankings, slotting T.J. Wachter as the top first baseman among all New Yorkers in the Class of 2021. He also garnered the following rankings among 2021 grads:

  • #10 overall in New York
  • #13 first baseman in the U.S.
  • #387 overall in the U.S.

The 6′ 7″ junior helped lead the Bears to an undefeated PSAA Championship last spring, hitting 5 home runs while batting .484. Here is Wachter’s full scouting report from Perfect Game:

TJ Wachter is a 2021 RHP/1B with a 6-7 225 lb. frame from Shoreham, NY who attends The Stony Brook School. Extra large build with strength in his hips and legs. Easy well-paced delivery, stays on line well, long arm action coming to an extended 3/4’s arm slot. Fastball topped out at 87 mph, gets good angle on his fastball with consistent run and sink. Short slider works opposite of his sinker effectively. Tunneled his change up well with his fastball with similar life and good arm speed. Threw well, filled up the strike zone and struck out four hitters. Durable sinker/slider type with three solid present pitches and a good chance to keep improving.

Right-handed hitter, hits with tight hands and an inside swing path, mostly opposite field contact, has the size and strength to open up his swing and show some power.

Good student, verbal commitment to Fordham.

This week Wachter was also featured in an Axcess Baseball article about a resurgence in quality hitters on Long Island that may buck a recent trend that has seen 14 of the last 15 major league products from the island make it to the big leagues with their arms. Here is what Vinny Messana had to say about the big right-hander:

T.J. reclassified so he is now a 2021 at The Stony Brook School after transferring from Shoreham-Wading River. He has imposing size. He’s about 6’5″ 220 lbs and has prodigious power. Throwing him BP, I found myself flinching due to the force of his bat speed. With two more years of high school still, he should put up some ridiculous numbers. I haven’t seen him in a game, but his power is off the charts in the cage.

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Fay’s 2 Goals Power JV Soccer to PSAA Title

October 25, 2019
B JV Soccer 2019

James Fay in action vs. Avenues earlier this season (PC: Bruce Jeffrey)

This afternoon, the boys’ JV soccer team completed an undefeated PSAA season with a 4-0 win over 2nd-seeded Avenues in the PSAA Championship, held at Cantiague Park.

After a dominant regular season, during which the Bears outscored their league opponents 41-7 in six matches, the Bears came into the match highly favored. Avenues was well aware of the Bears’ potent offense, having yielded 15 goals to the Blue & White in two previous match-ups, and attempted to stem the Bear attack by clogging the back and mid-fields with eight to nine players while sending only one or two up to counterattack. The strategy worked insofar as the Bears were kept off the board for most of the first half, but the Brook still had several chances, including two near misses by Luqman Bare in the opening minutes. The Bears finally broke through with less than five minutes remaining when Bare pounced on a misplayed ball by the keeper, tucking away a 1-0 lead that the Brook took into the break.

In the second half the Aviator defense remained stout, though the crossbar did yeoman’s work at the 36:35 mark on a strike from Bare. The Bears finally got some breathing room with 25:46 left when John Fay sent a right cross in to his twin brother James who banged home the 2-0 lead. Down two goals, Avenues could no longer contentedly crowd the back third and as they ventured further up in a desperate attempt to mount a comeback, the backfield opened up for our speedy forwards. James Fay struck again 15 minutes after his first score, carrying the ball up the left sideline and into the box before blasting a shot between the keeper and near post. Bare nearly added another just 21 seconds later but was again foiled by the crossbar. With 3:41 remaining Alex Zaborek capped the win and the season with a score that swelled the lead to 4-0. The stingy defense of Stephen Cisz, Aaron Thomas, Nicky Candela, and William Maglione never allowed the Aviators to mount a meaningful threat for the entire afternoon. Lemuel Kutame anchored the defense with his fourth clean sheet of the season.

As the final seconds bled away, the boys ran onto the turf, relishing that most difficult of accomplishments: perfection.

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Volleyball Sweeps Heschel to Claim PSAA Crown

October 24, 2019
Volleyball 2019

The Champs

Exactly one year ago today, the girls’ volleyball team walked off the court at Long Island Lutheran’s Visscher Gymnasium heartbroken after a stunning loss in the PSAA Championship. Today they returned to that same patch of hardwood but this time left it with what they came for: a PSAA title.

In the opening game, Heschel scored the first point with a kill, but the Bears responded with five straight points, highlighted by kills from Bekah Detwiler and Ava McCormick, to grab a lead they would not relinquish. A Nadia Hall kill pushed the lead to 7-2, prompting an early timeout from the Heat, but the break in play did little to stem the Bear assault as Elizabeth Robbins dropped in an ace on the very next point. Two more kills from Hall pushed the advantage to 12-4. A Niamh Scanon ace, a Hall block, and a Shannuel Lamptey kill and the Bear lead swelled to 15-4. A Natalie Stefaniuk ace left the Brook up 22-9 and another Robbins ace put the Bears on the precipice at 24-10 en route to the 25-11 win.

In game two the Bears took an early 5-2 lead thanks to a Lamptey spike and another Stefaniuk ace. The Heat battled back to knot it at 5-5, but the Brook countered for four consecutive points with a Detwiler kill, a Scanlon ace, a Hall block, and another Scanlon ace that clipped the sideline to retake a 12-7 lead. After a timeout, Heschel changed the tide by absorbing the Bears’ hits, extending points, and grinding out several long rallies to pull within 14-13. A Detwiler kill moved the lead to 15-13 and the Bears looked poised to extend the advantage to three, but the Heat deflected two hard blows and won the point to ignite a 5-1 run that left them up 18-16. It felt eerily similar to last year’s final in which the Bears took game one but let a lead slip away in game two on the way to a 3-1 loss to Long Island Lutheran. Today, the Bears showed their championship mettle by closing the game with an 11-3 run to seize control of the match. After Heschel surrendered a point by touching the net, Detwiler tied the game with an ace. Hall followed with a sky-scraping spike to give the Bears the lead back. Heschel would pull even again at 20-20, but Lamptey scored a fortuitous kill on a service return then followed with another kill for a 22-20 lead. Heschel then failed to return a Scanlon serve before surrendering an ace to the freshman as the Bears took a 24-20 lead. A double-touch on Heschel closed game two, 25-21, as the Blue and White took a commanding 2-0 edge.

There was little drama in game three as the Bears raced out to a 7-1 lead, highlighted by aces from Leslie Kang and Stefaniuk. A Hall kill found the right sideline for a 9-3 lead, Detwiler scored an ace that curled over the net to move the advantage to 11-5, and McCormick buried a kill in the back left corner as the lead swelled to 18-8. Another Robbins ace moved the needle to 21-10 before Detwiler completed the coronation with an ace that closed the game at 25-11 and sent the Blue Fan Group spilling onto the court in a cathartic celebration three years in the making.

It was fitting that Detwiler, Robbins, and Kang each had a moment in the final game, the trio at the core of the team for the last four years. As freshman that helped the team to an improbable and historic run to the 2016 Suffolk County Championship and have been mainstays during the most successful era in volleyball history, a run that included three consecutive undefeated regular season championships and a string of 26 straight league victories. But their careers were not without heartbreak. Losses in the last two championships would have torn at the fabric of most teams, but this group weathered the adversity and brought the team back to the promised land.

Scanlon finished with 5 aces and 14 assists, Detwiler notched 8 kills and 3 aces, Hall had 5 kills and 2 blocks, and McCormick added 6 kills. Robbins was our reliable mainstay in the middle with 45 digs. After the match Detwiler was named the East Division Regular Season MVP while Robbins earned Tournament MVP honors.

The Bears are back in action on Tuesday in the opening round of the NYSAIS Tournament. They will find out their opponent over the weekend.

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