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On This Day In History | 1945

March 25, 2017
Football 1946

The 1946 football team that won the school’s first Ivy League title

On this day 72 years ago, the Stony Brook School joined the Ivy Preparatory School League, the school’s first athletic affiliation.

Stony Brook School became a member of the newly organized Ivy Prep School League here today. With delegates of six New York, Brooklyn and Long Island prep schools in attendance, the new loop was formed also to include St. Paul’s of Garden City, Adelphi Academy and Poly Prep of Brooklyn, and Horace Mann and Trinity of New York. Hollis S. “Babe” Spotts, director of athletics at Adelphi, was named the first president of the league.

~ Newsday

The Blue and White would remain in the Ivy League for 24 years, winning 49 team championships and 125 individual championships over that span. The cross country and track programs, led by the legendary Marvin Goldberg, became dynasties as the Blue and White took home 15 consecutive cross country titles and 12 straight track titles.

As the population continued to swell on Long Island and suburban developments melted out from New York City, it became harder to travel to places like Poly Prep and Horace Mann for afternoon games. As a result, in the fall of 1973 the school made the move to the New York State Public High School Athletic Association where we have remained ever since.

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Ivy League Championships

  • Baseball (1): 1967
  • Basketball (2): 1949 & 1957
  • Cross Country (21): 1949, 1950, 1951, 1952, 1955, 1956, 1957, 1958, 1959, 1960, 1961, 1962, 1963, 1964, 1965, 1966, 1967, 1968, 1969, 1971 & 1972
  • Football (1): 1946
  • Track & Field (15): 1956, 1957, 1958, 1959, 1960, 1961, 1962, 1963, 1964, 1965, 1966, 1967, 1969, 1971 & 1973
  • Wrestling (9): 1954, 1955, 1961, 1962, 1963, 1968, 1970, 1971 & 1972

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Bears Chase Panthers to Stay Undefeated

March 24, 2017
B Tennis 2016

Wei (in action last season) was part of a victories 1st doubles tandem (PC: Bruce Jeffrey)

The boys’ tennis team improved to 3-0 on the season yesterday with a 4-3 win over visiting Miller Place in a League V match-up.

Freshman Brandon Gicquel was the lone victor on the singles side, winning second singles 6-3, 6-4 for his second straight victory. The three doubles tandems swept their opponents in straight sets to secure the victory for the Bears. John Wei and Harry Ou took first doubles, 6-4, 6-3, Hyun Cho and Wensan Yin won second doubles, 6-4, 6-1, and Ben Tom and Alan Wang won a tight third doubles match with a second set tie-breaker, 7-5, 7-6 (7-5).

The win was nearly a carbon copy of the Bears’ final match of last season when they topped the Panthers at home, 4-3, behind a clean sweep of the doubles matches. The Bears are currently tied atop the league standings with Ward Melville (2-0) and Bayport-Blue Point (2-0).

The Bears are back in action on Tuesday as they travel to Ward Melville for a battle of unbeatens.

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On This Day In History | 2001

March 24, 2017
Banks Syracuse 2000 Lacrosse

Banks during Syracuse’s 2000 National Championship win over Princeton

On this day 16 years ago, Liam Banks ’98 notched four points to spur the Syracuse men’s lacrosse team to a 14-8 victory over #1-ranked and previously undefeated Princeton.

The 6th-ranked Orangemen held a 6-4 lead early in the second half when they reeled off a game-breaking 5-0 scoring run to put down the Tigers. Banks scored one of the five goals and added two of his three assists in the period.

‘Cuse would go on to lose to Princeton in the 2001 National Championship, 10-9, a rematch of the 2000 final that saw the Orangemen win 13-7 and Banks earn the championship MVP award with a 6-goal performance. Banks would close 2001 as an honorable mention All-American and the Orangemen’s 4th leading scorer with 50 points.

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Syracuse

On This Day In History | 2004

March 23, 2017
Banks Virginia 2004 Lacrosse

Banks during Virginia’s 2004 National Championship win over Princeton

On this day 13 years ago, Caitlin Banks ’00 notched 4 points to lead the University of Virginia women’s lacrosse team to a 19-6 victory over UMBC.

The former Bear gave the Cavaliers a 1-0 lead just 46 seconds into the game, firing a laser from the top of the fan. Just 12 seconds later she assisted teammate Amy Appelt for a 2-0 UVA lead. Banks second score extended the Cavalier advantage to 7-1. She completed the hat trick to push the lead to 15-4.

The Cavaliers would go on to win the National Championship that season in a 10-4 victory over two-time defending champion and previously undefeated Princeton. Banks would notch 3 goals and an assist to cap an All-American senior season.

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Virginia

Tennis Tops Sayville in Frigid Match

March 23, 2017
B Tennis 2016

Hyun Cho (in action last season) helped 1st doubles get the win (PC: Bruce Jeffrey)

Yesterday afternoon the boys’ tennis team improved to 2-0 on the season with a dominant 5-2 non-league victory over Sayville, despite battling a wind chill factor of 19 degrees.

A biting wind raged all afternoon, sending 30 mph gusts tearing across the courts, but it was the Bears who were the fiercest thing on the hardcourt yesterday. Steven Ou (6-0, 6-2) made quick work of his first singles opponent, Brandon Gicquel (6-1, 6-1) was unstoppable at second singles, and Jim Li (6-2, 6-0) controlled fourth singles.

On the doubles side Hyun Cho and Wensan Yin (6-0, 3-6, 7-5) won a hard-fought battle at second doubles while Ben Tom and Alan Wang (7-5, 6-2) closed off the Golden Flashes at third singles.

The Bears are back at it today for their third match in as many days in a league tilt with Miller Place.

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On This Day In History | 2003

March 22, 2017
2000 Swimming B

The 2000 swim team (Shapiro: 2nd row, left)

On this day 14 years ago, Steve Shapiro ’00 finished 7th in the 1650 yard freestyle at the NCAA Division III National Championships.

The former Bear cruised to a time of 16:01.17, which remains the 4th fastest time in Amherst College history.

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Amherst

Bears Hold Court vs. Lions

March 22, 2017
B Tennis 2016

Thomas Lawton (in action last season) won a key 3rd-setter yesterday (PC: Bruce Jeffrey)

Yesterday afternoon the boys’ tennis team opened the season with a 4-3 victory over Longwood. Despite having limited court time over the last two weeks due to the wintry weather, the Bears looked sharp in their league opener.

The Bears took three of the four singles matches as Steven Ou took first singles 6-1, 5-7, 6-3, Thomas Lawton won a gritty third singles match 4-6, 7-5, 6-1, and Jim Li swept fourth singles 6-3, 6-4. A 6-3, 6-4 victory at third doubles by Ben Tom and Alex Wang provided the winning margin for the Brook.

The Bears will host Sayville this afternoon at home in a non-league match.

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