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Badminton Edges Knox to Clinch Title

May 10, 2022
Kim in action this season (PC: Faith Liberatore)

On Friday afternoon, the badminton team clipped Knox, 6-5, to claim the outright regular season PSAA title with one match to go.

Glen Choi (15-6, 15-1), Daniel Kim (15-7, 15-6), and Daniel Wong (15-8, 15-7) each won their singles matches while the doubles tandems of Aidan Riley and Leo Lin (16-14, 15-11), Erin He and Ariel Yu (15-8, 15-3), and Annie Cao and Aliee Yang (15-4, 15-7) came up with crucial points to edge the Falcons.

The Bears wrap up the regular season at Portledge this afternoon before turning their sights to next week’s playoffs. The Bears have secured the #1 seed and will host a semifinal match on Monday afternoon.


Baseball Win Featured in Newsday

May 10, 2022
Franco (PC: Gabriella Sun)

On April 30, the baseball team traveled to Phillips Academy Andover and battled one of the top teams in the Northeast in a 2-0 victory. This weekend, Brian Heyman of Newsday profiled the win.


Stony Brook’s Biggest Win

Jon Brewer saw many great high school pitchers in 12 years coaching in Georgia. Then Stony Brook School’s new coach saw Thomas White.

“Thomas White was, to date, the best pitcher I’ve ever seen at the high school level,” Brewer said.

And Brewer’s Bears managed to beat him.   

They traveled to Andover, MA, and split a doubleheader with heralded Phillips Academy on April 30. Stony Brook won the opener, 2-0, hanging a tough loss on Perfect Game’s top-ranked pitcher and third-ranked player overall in the country’s junior class. White has committed to Vanderbilt, but the 6′ 5″ lefty is expected to be a high first round pick in 2023.

“From what everyone tells me,” Brewer said, “it’s definitely the biggest win in school history among athletics.”

Brewer said White was throwing 96 mph heat. He dominated, yielding one run and one hit and fanning 11 in five innings. But Stony Brook junior righty Johan Franco, who was throwing 88, tossed a three-hit shutout.

“He mixed it up and kept Phillips Academy off-balance,” said Brewer, who also credited the fielding behind Franco and the work of freshman catcher Devon McMorris.

Franco, who had just one strikeout, also doubled in the 2nd, putting two in scoring position. The Bears scored when White balked. They added another run off a reliever in the 6th. 

Syosset’s Sebastian Perez, a sophomore right fielder/pitcher, tripled and later scored. Brewer said, “He’s going to be a big name.”


Carr Nails Down Seawolves Win

May 6, 2022

On Wednesday afternoon, Jack Carr ’20 pitched a scoreless 9th inning to help Stony Brook University top island rival Hofstra, 15-7.

In a game that saw a combined 22 runs scored, the former Bear was tapped to pitch the top of the 9th in which he recorded a ground out and line out to left before working around a two-out walk with a ground out to short.

It marked his eighth scoreless appearance this season. In an otherwise outstanding sophomore campaign, his one blemish remains an outing against Old Dominion in March in which he was asked to take one for the team in a three-inning mop up role. The 7 earned runs he yielded are the only ones he has given up this season in 12 innings of work and his 5.25 ERA is far from an accurate reflection of just how valuable he has been to the Seawolves this year.

Carr and the Brook are back in action tomorrow in an America East match-up vs. UMBC in Stony Brook.


Helmer Signs Letter of Intent

May 6, 2022
Helmer in action in the fall (PC: Bruce Jeffrey)

On Wednesday evening, Caroline Helmer signed her National Letter of Intent to play Division III tennis next fall for Gordon College.

The senior has been a stalwart player for the girls’ tennis team for the past two seasons, helping to lead them to undefeated campaigns and back-to-back tournament championships. In the 2020 title match against Portledge, Helmer, with her 1st doubles partner Sam Cox, overcame an early deficit in the first set to win 7-5 before winning five straight games in set two to win it, 6-2, and claim a pivotal match in the Bears’ 3-2 win. While her tennis skills have made her an important part of the team, it is her winsome nature and quiet leadership that will be even more difficult to replace next year.

Next fall she will move on to Wenham, MA where she is set to join a Fighting Scots squad that earned a berth in the Commonwealth Coast Conference semifinals last fall, but will be looking to replace three graduating seniors. Helmer follows in the footsteps of Sarah Hickey ’09 and Richie Armand ’12 who also played tennis at Gordon and she is part of a larger lineage of nearly two dozen Stony Brook athletes that have played for the Scots.


Tennis Clips Portledge in Key League Match

May 6, 2022
Knaupp in action this season (PC: Bruce Jeffrey)

Yesterday, on a May afternoon built for tennis, the boys’ varsity squad clipped Portledge, 3-2, to improve their league record to 4-1.

Liam Swords and Clement Leung opened the scoring by making quick work of their 1st doubles match, 6-2, 6-3. The 2nd doubles tandem of Forest Kaplan-Walbrecht and Nick Knaupp won their first set 6-4, but the Bears dropped the first set in each of the three singles matches to fall behind early in the match. The Bears would go on to drop 1st and 2nd singles, making the two remaining matches must-wins for the Bears to take the overall victory.

Jaden Lee fought back at no. 3 singles to win the second set, 6-3, while Kaplan-Walbrecht and Knaupp dropped their second set, 4-6, sending both matches to first-to-10 super-tiebreakers in the waning daylight. Lee showed his mettle by revving up a ferocious serve that led to 3 aces as he powered his way to a 10-3 win. 2nd doubles was even more dominant in their tiebreaker, as Kaplan-Walbrecht and Knaupp used a variety of shots to win points and force Panther errors on the way to a 10-2 tiebreaker win and the match victory. This is the Bears’ third straight win over the Panthers dating back to last year’s PSAA Championship.

The Bears were slated for a Saturday doubleheader with Staten Island Academy, but a washout is in the forecast. They will return to the court next week.


History! Girls’ Lax Clinches 1st Title

May 5, 2022
Puopolo in action this season (PC: Bruce Jeffrey)

Yesterday afternoon, the girls’ lacrosse team topped Portledge, 13-2, to secure the outright PSAA regular season championship, the first of any kind in team history. The program began in 1993 and folded in 2006 without a single winning season or playoff appearance, though several outstanding individuals went on to play at the college level. The program was reborn in 2016 and reentered varsity competition in 2019. Now, in just their third season as a varsity team (discounting the 2020 COVID-shortened season), the Bears have reached the top of their league and are looking for much more.

A Morgan Ruggieri free position goal opened the scoring at the 22:54 mark. Alexandra Puopolo doubled the Bear lead 18 seconds later on a bounce shot from the left side, but Portledge halved their deficit just over a minute later. From there, the Blue & White defense showed its claws and held the Panthers scoreless for the next 40:15 of game time as Emily Berger stoned multiple point blank shots and Christy Eugene led a speedy, aggressive backfield core that scooped seemingly every ground ball and made interior passing an impossible task.

With the defense locking down the visitors, the offense gorged itself on lengthy possessions that wore down the Portledge defense and led to a flurry of first half goals. Alexis Savage, Long Island’s leading private school scorer, found the top left corner at the 17:19 mark and added a free position goal with 10:51 left. Ruggieri found the top shelf with a laser less than two minutes later and added a sidearm goal with 7:12 remaining as the Bear lead swelled to 6-1. Savage added another goal 40 seconds later before Mia Trama and Sydneyanna Giardini contributed back-breaking scores in the final two minutes as the Brook carried a formidable 9-1 advantage into the break.

The Bears scored the first two goals of the second half to run their scoring surge to nine goals as Savage ripped twine on a lefty shot before Ruggieri found a cutting Giardini for another goal. Portledge scored their second and final goal with 6:02 left, but Natalia Pagano and Savage each scored before the horn to cap the historic victory.

Savage led the way with 5 goals and 4 assists while Ruggieri notched 3 goals and 2 assists. Giardini (2G), Pagano (1G/ 1A), Trama (1G), and Puopolo (1G) rounded out a Bear attack that Portledge simply had no answer for. While the offense was sharp, the story of the game was the Blue & White defense, anchored by Berger’s 12 saves. Eugene played the best game of her career, flying around the field, chasing down attackers, physically dominating ground ball battles, and carrying the ball upfield like never before. She came with a fire yesterday and it fueled her backfield team of Georgia Apazidis, Nikki Carlo, and Tiffany Akinyoade that scooped up 10 ground balls, deflected numerous passes, and forced a bevy of turnovers, never allowing the Panthers to get comfortable for a single possession.

The Bears are back in action tomorrow as they travel to Staten Island Academy for a PSAA match-up.


Baseball Mercies 1st Place LuHi

May 5, 2022
Laureano at Andover on Saturday (PC: Gabriella Sun)

On Tuesday afternoon, the baseball team built on their momentum from Saturday’s 2-0 win over Phillips Andover by pounding Long Island Lutheran, 13-3, in a non-league match-up. It was the Bears’ second win over LuHi, who is currently undefeated in the PSAA.

Jacob Lippe took the mound for the Brook and gave up a single and a line drive double to the first two batters. A pick-off of the runner at second was followed by another sharp single that plated the game’s first run, but the freshman was far from rattled as he struck out the next two batters to end the inning.

What followed was one of the longest half innings Jeff Adams Field has ever seen. The Bears sent 18 batters to the plate as they put the game out of reach early. Here are the Bears’ first 16 at bats in which they registered 7 hits, 5 walks, 12 runs, and only 1 out. At one point, a run came across in eight consecutive at bats.

1.Sebastian PerezSingle LF
2.Tyler JonesBunt single
3.Aaron BabaevDouble RC1-1
4.Logan CharboneauWalk
5.Jayden StromanWalk2-1
6.Seth LaureanoSingle LF3-1
7.Jojo FrancoFielder’s Choice
8.Sam Ribeiro DiCanioWalk4-1
9.Alex BaadenSingle CF5-1
10.Jadden RodriguezWalk6-1
11.Sebastian PerezE67-1
12.Tyler JonesSingle RF8-1
13.Aaron BabaevHBP9-1
14.Logan CharboneauSingle RF11-1
15.Jayden StromanStrikeout + Passed Ball12-1
16.Seth LaureanoWalk

LuHi chipped back for two runs in the 2nd inning, but Charboneau took over pitching duties in the 3rd and needed just eight pitches to sit down the side in order. In the 4th, he struck out the side before a Rodriguez sacrifice fly brought the up-10-after-five mercy rule into play. In the 5th, Charboneau worked around a pair of walks with a strikeout and a game-ending 1-6-3 double play to nail down the 13-3 win.

The Bears are back in action this afternoon in a match-up at Ward Melville.


Badminton Sweeps LuHi

May 4, 2022
Qin & Rao in action (PC: Faith Liberatore)

Yesterday afternoon, the badminton team celebrated Senior Day by sweeping Long Island Lutheran, 11-0, to remain unbeaten in league play.

Glen Choi (15-3, 15-4), Daniel Kim (15-2, 15-13), Daniel Wong (Forfeit), Katrina Deng (15-6, 15-5), Rebecca Pan (15-4, 15-3), and Nancy Zhang (15-2, 15-6) took the singles matches while David Liu and Steven Yu (15-2, 15-2), William Tao and Richard Lu (Forfeit), Erin He and Ariel Yu (15-6, 15-4), Shinyoung Cho and Yvonne Wang (15-12, 15-10), and Ethan Rao and Irene Qin (Forfeit) rounded out the win at doubles.

The Bears are back on the court tomorrow at Portledge with a chance to clinch the PSAA outright regular season title for a second straight year.


Bears Roll vs. Columbia to Stay Unbeaten

May 2, 2022
Giardini in action this season (PC: Bruce Jeffrey)

This afternoon, the girls’ lacrosse team improved to 7-0 in PSAA play with a 15-2, rain-slicked victory over Columbia Prep at Randall’s Island.

The Bears led 11-1 at the half before easing up on the throttle and cruising to the win. Sydneyanna Giardini had her best performance of the season with 5 goals and an assist. Morgan Ruggieri (5G/ 3A), Mia Trama (3G/ 2A), Natalia Pagano (1G), and Gabby Macaspac (1G) rounded out the Bear attack. Emily Berger registered 11 stops in net.

The Bears return to the field on Wednesday when they host Portledge in a key league match-up. A win would give them at least a share of the first championship in team history.


Track Athletes Among New York’s Best

May 2, 2022

The two-time defending League Champion boys’ and girls’ track and field teams will look to earn 3-peats when Buyers’ Park and the Marvin W. Goldberg Track host to the 32nd PSAA Championship on May 12.

Numerous Bears have already put up impressive times and distances and 10 are currently ranked in the top 10 among NYSAIS athletes in their respective events. In addition, Scarlett Davey’s 400 meter time is the second-fastest in all of New York among eighth-graders.


Bears in NYSAIS Top 10

Girls’ 200 Meters

  • 10th: Scarlett Davey – 27.95

Girls’ 400 Meters

  • 8th: Scarlett Davey – 1:03.13 (2nd fastest eighth-grader in NY)

Girls’ 400 Meter Hurdles

  • 7th: Evelyn Apazidis – 1:12.90

Boys’ Discus

  • 2nd: Zach Mogambi – 124′ 1″

Girls’ Shot Put

  • 10th: Vida Sandberg – 26′ 0.5″

Boys’ Shot Put

  • 7th: Klod Berdica – 39′ 2.75″
  • 8th: EJ Lamptey – 38′ 5″

Girls’ High Jump

  • 3rd (5-way tie): Lilly Keegan – 4′ 8″

Girls’ Long Jump

  • 5th (tie): Niamh Scanlon – 15′ 6″
  • 7th (tie): Lilly Keegan – 15′ 4″

Boys’ Long Jump

  • 9th: Niks Zemitis – 19′ 4.5″

Girls’ Triple Jump

  • 3rd: Lilly Keegan – 32′ 3.75″
  • 10th: Niamh Scanlon – 29′ 4.75″

Boys’ Triple Jump

  • 9th: David Song – 36′ 3.75″


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