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On This Day In History | 1999

February 23, 2015
The 1999 Bears | Fischer (holding ball on right) & Kiernan (holding ball on left)

The 1999 Bears | Fischer (holding ball on right) & Kiernan (holding ball on left)

On this day 16 years ago, the girls’ basketball team won the first Suffolk County Championship in program history with a dominant 61-30 win over Pierson. The team was led by Rebecca Fischer who secured a double-double with 18 points and 14 rebounds.

The win was an important milestone for a program that would become a dominant force in small school girls’ basketball, winning nine League Championships and seven Suffolk County Championships over the next fourteen years.

On March 23, 1999 the team was honored with a tribute in the United States House of Representatives given by Michael P. Forbes, a Republican from New York’s 1st District which includes most of Central and Eastern Suffolk County. Here is what Mr. Forbes read before the House in the girls’ honor:

A Tribute to the Stony Brook School Girls Basketball Team

Mr. Speaker, it is with great pride and emotion that I rise today in the House of Representatives to pay tribute to the girls high school basketball team from Stony Brook, on Long Island. Culminating a successful season, marked with 15 wins and 4 losses, the Bears of Stony Brook were crowned the 1999 Suffolk County Class D basketball champions.

With a proud history, the girls basketball team had to overcome past disappointments, to band together as a team and win the championship. In the previous two years, the Bears had traveled to the Suffolk County tournament only to be denied the prestigious championship. This season, led by coach Keith Singer, the girls were finally successful in their quest for the title. Their journey ended the weekend of February 20 with the overwhelming victory over Pierson High School. After receiving the number one seed in the playoffs, the Bears defeated Pierson High School, ranked second in the tournament, by a score of 61-30.

The strong 15 and 4 record is a testament to the hard work and determination of the Bears. Coach Keith Singer’s leadership kept these young women poised on winning the championship. On the basketball court, the Bears were blessed with a well-balanced offensive team. Senior Rebecca Fischer led the Bears offense by scoring 18 points, and adding 14 rebounds. Fellow senior, Sara Kiernan, further contributed to the Bears’ success with 13 points. The team’s success would not have occurred without their determination and teamwork.

The Bears’ success is also attributed to their dominating defensive style. The team has frustrated numerous teams with their suffocating defensive play. Led by senior Sara Kiernan, who amassed five steals, the Bears put together a stringent zone defense. The success of their defense is most easily seen in their domination of rival Pierson. In the final, the Bears’ defense devastated Pierson. In the first period, Pierson was held to a mere 7 points. Overall, Pierson was only able to score 30 points against the Bears, despite being ranked second in the County.

The work ethic and determined spirit of this high school basketball team are a true reflection of my Congressional District. The entire community is filled with pride for these young women, who have worked so hard and sacrificed so much to reach their goal. So I ask my colleagues in the U.S. House of Representatives to join me and all my neighbors in saluting the Stony Brook Bears, the 1999 Suffolk County Class D girls high school basketball champions.




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