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Top 10: Stories of 2017

December 31, 2017
Regional B Basketball 2017

Brandon Providence led the Bears to their first State Final 4

2017 was a special year for the Bears as memorable team and individual performances continued to raise the level of Blue and White athletics.

These were the ten most read stories from the past year. See you in 2018!


#10 | Swimmers Sink North Babylon | January 12th

Hunter Markowitz leads the Bears past the Bulldogs, 51-42.

#9 | Bears Hot at Plate vs. Knights | April 5th

The baseball team improves to 4-0 on the season, their best start since 1995, as they top Smithtown Christian, 14-7, behind a nine-strikeout performance by Joe Wozny that gave him his Suffolk County-leading third victory.

#8 | Bears Stun Greenport for 5th Straight County Crown | February 20th

Despite winning the last four Suffolk County Championships, the boys’ basketball team entered the county final as decisive underdogs to top-ranked Greenport. Spearheaded by Emil Vaughn’s stifling defense, the Bears shock the Porters in a historic 49-35 victory.

#7 | Wozny & Mega Lead Baseball Past Royals | March 25th

The baseball team opened the season with a 5-1 victory over Port Jeff thanks to a dominant performance by Joe Wozny. The freshman pitched six no-hit innings and struck out 12 to lead the Brook.

#6 | Records Fall in Opening Swim Meet | September 9th

The first meet of the season set forth a pattern the girls would follow all year as two school records fell in Swanson Natatorium. Rachel Crane, Rebecca Crane, Madi Sargent, and Yesenia McKee reset records in the 200 and 400 freestyle relays to open a season that would see a total of six school records fall.

#5 | Binghamton Bound! Bears Reach 1st Final 4 | March 15th

Behind Brandon Providence’s 16 points, the boys’ basketball team earns the first State Final 4 trip in program history in a 45-27 win over Millbrook.

#4 | Etienne US #1 Indoor After 7’2.5″ Jump | May 6th

Inclement weather moved the high jump event indoors at the St. Anthony’s Invitational, setting the stage for one of the greatest moments in Stony Brook history. Jyles Etienne won the event with a personal best leap of 7′ 2.5″ to reset his own school record. In doing so he earned America’s #1 indoor high school jump of the year.

#3 | Washington Reels in “Catch of Year” vs. Nebraska | September 23rd

Early in the first quarter of Rutgers University’s match-up at Nebraska, Jerome Washington ’12 snagged an incredible catch that had everyone from ESPN to Bleacher Report in disbelief. It was the #1 play on SportsCenter’s Top 10 later that night.

#2 | Sargent Leads Historic Day at Swimming Leagues | October 26th

Madi Sargent continued a remarkable 8th-grade season by winning League Championships in the 200 freestyle and 500 freestyle, turning in school record and State Championship-qualifying times in each.

#1 | Etienne Featured in Sports Illustrated | June 2nd

On the merits of an incredible weekend in March in which he had a double-double in the Regional Championship victory over Millbrook and won the high jump at the USATF national indoor championships, Jyles Etienne is featured in the “Faces in the Crowd” section of Sports Illustrated.


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