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On This Day In History | 2002

February 18, 2018
Baseball 1998

Grimm (#2) and the 1998 Stony Brook baseball team

On this day 16 years ago, Pete Grimm ’99 hit a two-run home run for UNC-Wilmington in their 11-3 victory over Siena College.

The former Bear came in as a pinch hitter in the 8th inning and launched a pitch to center field to give the Seahawks an 11-3 lead and improve their record to 4-1.


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On This Day In History | 2009

February 18, 2018


On this day nine years ago, the boys’ basketball team advanced to the County Championship for a second straight year in a 57-51 semifinal win over Mercy.

In their two regular season match-ups with the Monarchs, the Brook pulled out narrow victories. In the third match-up the Bears found themselves down 24-25 at the half and still trailed by one after a taught third quarter that included a Mercy flagrant foul. In the final frame, with a championship berth on the line, the Bears outscored Mercy 20-13 thanks to three of Tim Pandolfi’s four 3-pointers. His first broke a 41-41 tie. Then, he drained another to extend a Bear lead to 52-48. On the ensuing possession he sank a dagger into Mercy hearts with a sensational double-clutch 3-pointer out of a spin move that put the Brook up 55-48 and brought the Swanson crowd roaring to its feet.

Pandolfi finished with 19 points while Logan Vimont turned in his best game of the year, scoring 18.

The Stony Brook School Boys’ Basketball team defeated Mercy 57-51 Tuesday night in a Section XI Class C semifinal game held on the campus of The Stony Brook School. Sophomore Tim Pandolfi hit back-to-back three-pointers, the second coming with 27 seconds remaining in the game, to put No. 2 Stony Brook up 55-48 and seal the victory over No. 3 Mercy.

Pandolfi finished with 19 points and seven assists. Junior Logan Vimont added 18 points and nine rebounds, as well as being a defensive presence in the middle. Also strong defensively for the Bears were senior captains Franz Lawrence and Aaron Frazier, who were very aggressive in Coach Hickey’s man-to-man scheme.

The game was very close until the last minute, as Mercy led by one at the end of the first half and again going into the fourth quarter. With the win, Stony Brook improves to 13-5 on the season, including three wins against Mercy, all hard-fought victories.

~ Village Times Herald



Bears Return to Final for 7th Straight Year

February 17, 2018

February has come to signify one thing at Stony Brook: playoff basketball.

For the seventh straight year, and the 11th time in the last twelve, the boys’ basketball team is back in the Suffolk County Class C Championship. Over that span, the names have changed but the results have stayed the same. Pizzchillo, Pandolfi, Odom, Providence, and Vaughn have all run point. Carmel, Webster, Washington, Daniel, and Etienne have battled underneath. Knowles, Abrahamsen, Colarusso, O’Connor, Zhu, and D’Alessio have patrolled the perimeter. Singer, Meyer, Kayonga, and Bohuny have all come up with big plays in key moments. There is a common thread that runs through each of those names and many others over the years, and that is playing championship basketball.

To get back to a game that increasingly feels like their birthright, the Bears needed to get past a feisty Mercy team that they dispatched twice during the regular season by scores of 51-43 and 54-46. In both games the Bears failed to put the Monarchs away once they built a cushion and tonight would follow a similar script.

Both teams struggled to find their form in the first two minutes, but Owen Sobel finally broke the ice with a layup off of a nice feed from Jai Narain. The Monarchs nudged ahead with back-to-back scores, but the Bears’ full court pressure helped instigate a 7-2 run capped by a Narain 3-pointer as they took an early 9-6 edge. Mercy closed the gap with a bucket, but a pair of free throws from James Toney and a fastbreak layup by Andy D’Alessio gave the Bears a 13-8 advantage after one.

Both teams traded baskets early in the second frame, but a steal and layup by Sobel at the 4:30 mark spurred an 11-2 run that gave the Brook a 27-15 lead at the break. After Sobel’s pilfer, D’Alessio followed with a 3-pointer before Mercy answered with a basket to clip their deficit to 21-15. From there Sobel, Seamus Scanlon, and D’Alessio each scored layups to give the Bears a surge of momentum at intermission.

With their backs against the wall in hostile territory, the Monarchs responded with an impressive 7-0 run to begin the second half, quickly dispelling any hopes that this would be an easy Blue and White victory. D’Alessio finally broke the spurt with a layup, but Mercy responded to keep their deficit at five. The Bears pushed their advantage back to eight three different times before the end of the quarter, but each time Mercy answered to keep the game within reach. A Sobel putback gave the Brook a 37-29 lead with 27 seconds left, but Mercy canned a 3-pointer to close within five points entering the fourth quarter.

Mercy displayed tremendous grit all evening, particularly on the offensive boards and in their transition defense. A scrappy team like that can be dangerous come playoff time because they are tough to put away. However, the Bears once again dipped into the reservoir that has fueled so many memorable playoff moments over the last decade. Narain opened the scoring with a 3-pointer at the 5:40 mark, then Emil Vaughn extended the lead back to double-digits with a steal and layup. Mercy answered with a free throw and a bucket, but Antonio Rizzo’s second 3-pointer with 4:04 left extended the lead back to 45-35. Twice more Mercy carved the lead back to single digits before a Sobel floater and a D’Alessio fastbreak layup with 2:11 left put the Bears up 51-39 and seemed to finally break the Monarchs spirit. The Bears would not be threatened the rest of the way en route to the 54-45 win.

D’Alessio led the Bears with 13 points while Sobel recorded his fourth double-double of the season with 11 points and 13 rebounds. Narain (11), Toney (8), Rizzo (6), Vaughn (3), and Scanlon (2) rounded out the scoring.

The Bears move on to the County Championship set for Sunday at 3:30pm at Suffolk Community College–Selden. They face #1 Greenport whom the Bears upset in last year’s final, 49-35.


  • The Bears have earned a place in the Class C Final in 11 out of the last 12 years, winning in 200720102013201420152016 & 2017. They have won the last five titles, the longest streak in the history of Class C.
  • Only two other teams (going at least as far back as 1987 when there is a gap in the Suffolk bracket archives) have made it to seven consecutive county finals: Bridgehampton (1995-2001) and Center Moriches (1995-2001).
  • This is the Bears’ 14th straight victory over Mercy dating back to 2005 including two other postseason match-ups: the 2007 County Championship (43-32) and a 2009 semifinal (57-51).
  • The Bears have won five of their last six home playoff games: 2007 vs. Pierson (56-31), 2008 vs. Southold (66-48), 2009 vs. Mercy (57-51), 2017 vs. Port Jeff (50-47) & 2018 vs. Mercy (54-45).


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Number of Factors Led to Pierson Playoff Loss to Stony Brook

February 16, 2018

On Wednesday evening the girls’ basketball team upset 2nd-seeded Pierson in the semifinals of the Class C tournament, 47-44. Here is the recap of the game from Drew Budd of The East Hampton Press.


A “perfect storm of events” led to the Pierson/Bridgehampton girls basketball team’s 47-44 loss at home to Stony Brook in the Suffolk County Class C semifinal on Wednesday night.

That’s the way Lady Whalers head coach Kevin Barron described his team’s defeat, which, by some, could be characterized as an upset. Just a week prior on February 7, Pierson had taken care of the same Stony Brook team, 52-28, at home. But Stony Brook had defeated Pierson, 49-45, on its home court back on January 19.

The storm Barron was referring to on Wednesday night began when Celia Barranco had some early foul trouble, then she suffered a head injury that forced her to miss much of the game. Still, thanks to Stony Brook’s best player Beth Felix, one of the top scorers in the county, facing early foul trouble herself, Pierson led by as many as 12 points.

Stony Brook, though, slowly clawed its way back as Felix found her groove in the second half, and the Lady Bears finally took the lead with just under a minute remaining. Now trailing by three points, and without one of their top offensive weapons in Katie Kneeland, who fouled out with 2:43 remaining in the game, the Lady Whalers had a number of scoring opportunities in the final seconds but couldn’t convert on any of them.

Stony Brook, with the win, advanced to play Mercy in the county final on Monday night.

“We just never pulled away as much as we did the last week when we played them when we kind of controlled the whole game and our offense was really clicking,” Barron said. “Give them credit, they made some really nice adjustments. They weren’t just depending on Felix to put the ball in the hoop. She had 24 points but she was distributing the ball well to her post players and they were finishing their layups and shots from the foul line.”

One of his players on Thursday, Barron said, described it as feeling “helpless” out on the court as the lead slowly faded.

“They knew something needed to be fixed but they were having trouble fixing it and felt the game unraveling,” he said. “I was calling timeouts, trying to calm them down, they just weren’t executing.”

With no seniors in the starting lineup, Barron said his young team found it difficult to play consistently throughout the season. The Lady Whalers won five of their first six games to start the season, then hit a bit of a lull, losing five of eight from December 14 to January 19. With just three players graduating this spring in Shannon Sloane, Cassie Arbia and Liz Lesser, Barron is hoping that his team can find that consistency next season.

“Sometimes when you have a team they have to mature together, and that was my message to them after the game, they never really played consistently throughout the season,” he said. “They started off really hot, hit a mid-season cold streak and got a little hot at the end of the season, but bottom line, they weren’t consistent all the way through.”


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Postseason Ends in Heartbreak for Pierson Basketball Team

February 16, 2018

On Wednesday evening the girls’ basketball team upset 2nd-seeded Pierson in the semifinals of the Class C tournament, 47-44. Here is the recap of the game from Gavin Menu of the Sag Harbor Express.


What began as a lovefest for the Pierson Whalers — a Valentine’s Day doubleheader to celebrate the boys and girls basketball teams and their quest to advance in the Suffolk County Class C playoffs — ended in heartbreak Wednesday night as fans clad in scarlet and white filtered out of the high school gym in a collective state of shock.

In the early game the Lady Whalers let an eight-point fourth-quarter lead slip away in an outbracket playoff game against visiting Stony Brook, which slipped away with a 47-44 victory that ended Pierson’s season at least one game short of its planned destination, the Suffolk County Class C Championship game, which now will be contested between the Bears and top-ranked Mercy on Monday at Suffolk County Community College in Selden.

The silver lining for the girls program is that head coach Kevin Barron can expect to see a large part of this year’s team return next season. Only three seniors — Shannon Sloane, Cassie Arbia and Lizzie Lesser — will graduate this spring.

The team received a boost this season when sophomore guard Chastin Giles left Mercy to attend Pierson, where she led the team in scoring and handled the bulk of the ball handling duties. Giles had 21 points on Wednesday, but she struggled to get off a good shot during the final two minutes. Ironically, it was Sag Harbor native Niamh Scanlon, playing varsity as a seventh grader, who made the go-ahead basket for Stony Brook off an offensive rebound with 41 seconds remaining.

“I talked to the girls about consistency,” Barron said following a postgame conversation with his players. “We just had no chemistry tonight on offense. They played well enough to beat us, which is a difficult thing to do when you’re away in a playoff game.”

Pierson beat Stony Brook by 24 a week before Wednesday’s playoff game and entered the postseason having played in the last four county championship games, winning three in row prior to last season’s loss to Port Jefferson. But the Bears on Wednesday showed resiliency all night. They lost forward Danielle Graves to an ankle injury early in the game and star point guard Beth Felix, who finished with a game-high 24 points, played the entire second half with four fouls.

Stony Brook’s defense was stingy as well as the Bears closed the game on a 10-1 run over the final minute and 45 seconds.

“We were having a problem passing and cutting, which is a big problem because a lot of us were getting face guarded,” said junior Katie Kneeland, who fouled out of the game with 2:43 remaining. “And if you’re face guarded you can’t really get the ball so you have to use those screens to get around the defense and go for the layup.”

“They were playing really far up,” Giles added about Stony Brook. “I tried to drive more, but I couldn’t finish every layup. They were playing really far up, so it was hard to get the ball out to everybody.”

After Giles pushed Pierson’s lead back to six with 1:45 left in the game, Felix connected on a long-range three-pointer and a pair of free throws to quickly cut the margin to a single point. Scanlon’s putback put the Bears up 44-43, and moments later Felix rebounded a missed three by Giles, was fouled, and hit both her free throws to put Stony Brook up by three. Celia Barranco hit a foul shot with 13.7 seconds on the clock, but it was the last offense Pierson was able to muster during the frenzied closing moments.

“It just wasn’t our night,” Barron said afterward. “I told the girls ‘You have to learn from this loss, you have to let it sink in for a while because this one should hurt.’”


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Felix Named League MVP

February 15, 2018
B Basketball 2018

Felix hits a floater in a win over Port Jeff (PC: Bruce Jeffrey)

On Tuesday evening at the girls’ basketball coaches meeting, Beth Felix was named the Co-MVP of League VII, along with Mattituck’s Liz Dwyer.

The junior guard finished the regular season ranked 8th on the Suffolk County scoring list at 21.1 points per game, ahead of Dwyer’s 18.9. Her 56 three-pointers led Long Island. She topped 30 points on three occasions with a high of 33 in a 48-55 setback at Mercy. She scored her 1,000th career point midway through the season and was recently named the Section XI Athlete of the Week. She also led the Bears to a 6-8 record in a tough, mixed-classification league, a mark strong enough for inclusion in the playoffs on an appeal.

The seeding committee’s faith in allowing the Bears into the playoffs was rewarded by the Bears’ 47-44 upset victory over 2nd-seeded Pierson last night. Felix scored 24 points and knocked down three 3-pointers, including one with 1:31 left that halved a six-point deficit and paved the way for a thrilling comeback. The win puts the Bears back in the County Championship for the first time since 2013.


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Boys’ Basketball County Semifinal Notes

February 15, 2018
B Basketball 2018

(PC: Bruce Jeffrey)

Tomorrow afternoon the 2nd-seeded boys’ basketball team will face off against 3rd-seeded Mercy in the semifinals of the Suffolk County Class C Tournament. Here is what you need to know for the match-up.

  • Date: Friday, February 16th
  • Time: 4:30pm
  • Place: Swanson Gymnasium
  • Admission: $6 or FREE with your Blue Fan Group shirt or Student/Faculty ID


Game Notes

  • This is the 18th straight postseason appearance for the Bears, the 2nd-longest active streak in Suffolk behind perennial power Amityville.
  • The Bears face Mercy who beat 6th-seeded Southold last night in overtime, 62-58. This is Mercy’s first postseason berth since 2008.
  • The winner of tomorrow’s match-up will play the winner of #1 Greenport/#5 Port Jeff in the Class C Final on Sunday, February 18th at Suffolk CCC–Selden at 3:30pm.
  • The Bears have won four of their last five home playoff games: 2007 vs. Pierson (56-31), 2008 vs. Southold (66-48), 2009 vs. Mercy (57-51) & 2017 vs. Port Jeff (50-47).
  • The Bears have earned a place in the Class C Final in 10 out of the last 11 years, winning in 200720102013201420152016 & 2017. They have won the last five titles, the longest streak in the history of Class C.
  • The Bears have won 13 straight games vs. Mercy dating back to 2005 including wins in both regular season match-ups this year: 51-43 & 54-46.
  • The Bears have won both postseason match-ups vs. the Monarchs: the 2007 County Championship (43-32) and a 2009 semifinal (57-51).




Results: 8-13 (1-9)

  • Nov. 28th @ Greenport – L 31-86
  • Nov. 30th @ Hampton Bays – L 48-52
  • Dec. 1st @ East Hampton – L 48-80
  • Dec. 2nd @ Mattituck – L 51-78
  • Dec. 6th @ Smithtown Christian – W 61-38
  • Dec. 8th vs. Shelter Island – W 53-39
  • Dec. 12th vs. Pierson – W 52-45
  • Dec. 13th @ Bridgehampton – W 63-48
  • Dec. 19th @ Southold – W 50-42
  • Dec. 21st @ Ross – W 51-41
  • Jan. 3rd @ Mattituck – L 49-73
  • Jan. 9th @ Port Jeff – L 40-70
  • Jan. 17th @ Center Moriches – L 39-109
  • Jan. 24th @ Babylon – L 39-72
  • Jan. 26th vs. Port Jeff – W 38-30
  • Jan. 29th vs. Stony Brook – L 43-51
  • Jan. 31st @ Stony Brook – L 46-54
  • Feb. 2nd vs. Center Moriches – L 54-86
  • Feb. 6th vs. Mattituck – L 55-60
  • Feb. 9th vs. Babylon – L 49-66
  • Feb. 14th vs. Southold (Class C 1st round) – W 62-58 (OT)


  • Allan Zillnicki – 20.6 ppg/ 25 threes
  • John Venesina – 10.1 ppg/ 15 threes
  • Jaylen Stilley – 9.3 ppg
  • John Algieri – 4.7 ppg/ 1 three
  • Aidan Martin – 4.5 ppg/ 1 three
  • Chris Alkinson – 3.0 ppg/ 1 three
  • Matt Kneidl – 3.0 ppg


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Stony Brook Profile

Results: 13-6 (5-5)

  • Dec. 2nd vs. Shelter Island – W 68-45
  • Dec. 6th @ Southold – W 61-41
  • Dec. 8th @ Kew Forest (Portledge Holiday Tournament) – W 53-45
  • Dec. 10th @ Portledge (Portledge Holiday Tournament) – W 67-60
  • Dec. 11th vs. Smithtown Christian – W 79-31
  • Dec. 13th @ Greenport – L 49-72
  • Dec. 18th vs. Ross – W 70-40
  • Dec. 20th @ Bridgehampton – W 62-58
  • Jan. 15th vs. Pierson – W 61-50
  • Jan. 16th @ Babylon – L 37-77
  • Jan. 20th @ Center Moriches – L 35-78
  • Jan. 22nd @ Mattituck – L 54-64
  • Jan. 24th vs. Port Jeff – W 44-40 (OT)
  • Jan. 26th vs. Mattituck – W 46-38
  • Jan. 29th @ Mercy – W 51-43
  • Jan. 31st vs. Mercy – W 54-46
  • Feb. 2nd vs. Babylon – L 61-64 (OT)
  • Feb. 5th vs. Center Moriches – L 49-73
  • Feb. 9th @ Port Jeff – W 52-45


  • James Toney – 17.3 ppg/ 11.4 rpg/ 1.4 apg/ 3 threes
  • Seamus Scanlon – 9.2 ppg/ 5.3 rpg/ 1.1 apg/ 4 threes
  • Owen Sobel – 8.0 ppg/ 11.4 rpg/ 2.3 apg/ 1 three
  • Jai Narain – 7.9 ppg/ 3.3 rpg/ 1.6 apg/ 19 threes
  • Emil Vaughn – 6.6 ppg/ 4.3 apg/ 3.5 rpg/ 3 threes
  • Andy D’Alessio – 3.9 ppg/ 1.2 rpg/ 0.4 apg/ 15 threes
  • Antonio Rizzo – 3.5 ppg/ 0.8 rpg/ 0.3 apg/ 14 threes
  • Rex Eshirow – 1.6 ppg/ 1.9 rpg/ 0.7 apg/ 1 three
  • Jerry Li – 1.4 ppg/ 1.3 rpg/ 0.3 apg
  • Josh Aduba – 1.2 ppg/ 1.6 rpg/ 0.1 apg
  • Colin Scanlon – 0.7 ppg/ 1.2 rpg/ 0.6 apg/ 3 threes
  • Sam Hou – 0.2 ppg/ 0.3 rpg/ 0.1 apg
  • Nick Liberatore – 0.0 ppg/ 0.1 rpg/ 1 three


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