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Volleyball Closes Undefeated Season

October 20, 2018
Volleyball 2016

Beausoleil in action in 2016 (PC: Bruce Jeffrey)

On Friday evening the volleyball team closed the regular season with an emphatic 3-0 victory over Kew-Forest to improve to 10-0 on the season and 8-0 in the PSAA East Division. It was their seventh sweep in eight league games this season. It is also the first time a Stony Brook team has engineered consecutive undefeated league seasons since the girls’ cross country team accomplished the feat in 2012 and 2013.

The Bears started off slowly in game one, falling behind 1-3, but a Bekah Detwiler kill, bookended by a pair of kills from Ava McCormick, gave the Brook a 5-4 lead they would not relinquish. The Bears led 13-10 before closing the game on a 12-1 run, punctuated by three aces from Leslie Kang, and two kills apiece from Detwiler and McCormick. Liz Robbins closed out the game one win with two aces over the final three points.

In game two the Bears and Jaguars were locked at 4-4 before the Brook unleashed a 21-6 run to build a 2-0 lead in the match. A Sydnie Beausoleil kill ignited the run, Mercedes Alvarez added four kills, and Detwiler notched two kills and an ace.

In game three, the Bears built at early 8-1 lead behind three Alvarez aces and extended the lead to 19-8 after an Arden Madden ace and kills from Alvarez and McCormick. A Niamh Scanlon ace pushed the Jaguars to the brink at 23-11 and two Beausoleil kills closed the 25-11 win. Beausoleil finished the match with 7 kills and 3 aces while McCormick added 5 kills.

The Bears earned the #1 seed in the east by virtue of their undefeated record and will face the West Division’s 4th seed, Evangel Christian, at home on Monday in the first round of the PSAA playoffs.


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Golf Drives Past Connetquot

October 19, 2018
Golf 2017

Saraniero in action last year (PC: Bruce Jeffrey)

Yesterday afternoon the golf team closed their regular season with a victory over Connetquot in a scrimmage on a cold and windy day at Pine Ridge Golf Club.

The Bears saved their finest performances for the season’s toughest match day as they fought temperatures in the upper-40s and a stiff breeze. Steven Ou shot a season best 38, Steven Saraniero shot a season best 45, Jake Dessart shot a 47, and Harry Apazidis shot a season best 48 as the Bears out-stroked the Thunderbirds 178-190.

That closes the fall season for the golf team. They will compete in the PSAA Golf Championship in May at the Glen Cove Golf Club.


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On This Day In History | 1976

October 19, 2018
Whitney 1976 XC

Mark Whitney warms up at Sunken Meadow in 1976

On this day 42 years ago, the boys’ cross country team clinched the League Championship with a 15-46 win over Pierson.

The team was led by Mark Whitney (County Champion/ 2nd at State meet), Andy Whitney (3rd at Counties/ 18th at State meet), Henry Ho, Bill Hobbs, and Jim Hansen. The championship was the Shrikes’ sixth consecutive league title, spanning both the Ivy League and Section XI.


  • Sept. 28 vs. Center Moriches (15-50)
  • Oct. 5 vs. Shelter Island (15-48)
  • Oct. 12 vs. Greenport (18-48)
  • Oct. 15 vs. Hampton Bays (17-42)
  • Oct. 19 vs. Pierson (15-46)



Volleyball Sinks Baymen

October 19, 2018
Volleyball 2018

The girls huddle before a scrimmage at Knox earlier this season

Yesterday evening the volleyball team clipped Hampton Bays, 3-2, in a non-league match to improve to 9-0 on the season.

The Bears dropped game one, 21-25, the first opening game they lost all season, but bounced back to win game two, 25-17. They won a thrilling third game 26-24 to take a 2-1 lead in the match, but fell in an equally close fourth game, 23-25. In the deciding fifth game, they prevailed 25-15.

Bekah Detwiler had 10 kills, Mercedes Alvarez had 6 kills, and Sydnie Beausoleil recorded 4 of the team’s 20 total kills.

The Bears are back in action on Friday evening in their regular season finale vs. Kew-Forest School.


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Sargent Closes Season with Another Record

October 18, 2018

On Friday, in the final swim meet of the season vs. Smithtown, Madison Sargent closed her sensational freshman season with another school record, breaking her own mark in the 100 backstroke.

She topped her previous time of 1:02.35 with a mark of 1:01.99, her fourth individual school record of the season. She currently owns five individual school records, including the 200 freestyle (1:57.02), 100 butterfly (59.71), 100 freestyle (53.75), 500 freestyle (5:13.89), and 100 backstroke (1:01.99), and is a member of all three school record relay teams.


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On This Day In History | 1994

October 18, 2018
B Soccer 1994

The ’94 Bears

On this day 24 years ago, the boys’ soccer team clinched the first League Championship in program history. Here is the account of the match from Newsday:

Stony Brook Clinches First League Title

Robbie Marvin scored twice and assisted on Jim Bickley’s goal 14:29 into the game that opened the scoring as Stony Brook beat Pierson/Shelter Island/Bridgehampton, 3-0, yesterday to clinch at least a share of the League VIII boys soccer championship. The title is the first for the Stony Brook program.

“We have had a varsity program since 1973 and this will be only our third winning season,” said coach David Church. “When I told the kids in the locker room after the game that we won the league title, they were beside themselves. But they don’t want this to end here. We want to see how we can do in the playoffs.”

Church is referring to the Class C playoffs, in which the League VIII champion gets an automatic bid. Stony Brook (10-1, 8-0) holds non-league wins over Southampton of League VII and Mt. Sinai of League VI. Marvin has scored at least a goal in each game and his 16 for the season is just one shy of the school record of 17 set by Nils Brownswirth in 1992.



Second Half Surge Buries Waldorf on Senior Day

October 17, 2018
G Soccer 2017

Martinez in action last year (PC: Nkenna Ezeano)

This afternoon, on a brisk and blustery October day, the girls’ soccer team topped Waldorf, 5-2, in the seniors’ final regular season home game.

The 0-0 halftime score belied the offensive outburst that awaited in the second half as the Bears and Wolverines combined for seven goals. Donna Sanders finally broke the offensive drought with a goal thirteen minutes into the half, courtesy of a Morgan Ruggieri assist. Sanders added a second score twelve minutes later off of a pass from Madison Logan that ignited a combined five goals in just nine minutes of game time.

Waldorf answered one minute later to cut their deficit to 1-2, but Beth Felix (assisted by Sarah Hull) pushed the lead back to two goals two minutes later. Three minutes after Felix’s strike, Waldorf pulled back within a goal at 2-3, but Logan added a goal (assisted by Sanders) three minutes later to stem the tide and cap a furious stretch of soccer. Felix added an unassisted goal with six minutes remaining in the match to end the scoring. Hull (1 save) and Sophia DiLavore (2 saves) ably defended the goal while Alyssa Martinez played her normal role of extinguishing any backfield threat with her speed and tenacity.

The Bears are back in action tomorrow afternoon at Staten Island Academy in their regular season finale. A win will clinch the Bears the #2 seed in the PSAA playoffs next week.


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