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Volleyball Returns to Final After Semi Sweep

October 28, 2021
McCormick in action earlier this season (PC: Bruce Jeffrey)

On Monday afternoon, the volleyball team continued their dominant reign with a 3-0 sweep over Portledge in the PSAA semifinals, vaulting them into a Championship match for a sixth straight season, including their trips to the Section XI finals in 2016 and 2017. The win also marked their 18th straight sweep of a PSAA opponent, their 32nd consecutive home victory, and their sixth straight playoff victory.

The Bears established themselves early in set one. A Niamh Scanlon ace gave the Brook an early 2-0 edge before a Lily Middlekauff kill was bookended by Gillian Bernier aces for a 6-1 advantage that propelled the Bears to a dominant 25-6 opening round win.

Set two was a different story as the Bears found themselves trailing 12-13. Consecutive Keegan kills gave the Brook the lead back at 16-14 and they would not look back from there. Middlekauff sent an ace into the deck for an 18-15 lead and Keegan registered a kill and an ace to push the edge to 20-16 before Ava McCormick notched kills for the 24th and 25th points to close off a 25-21 win.

In set three, the Brook grabbed control early thanks to a pair of aces from Scanlon and a Keegan kill on the back line. Four straight Bernier aces preceded a block and ace from McCormick as the Bears surged to an insurmountable 12-1 lead. The Bears rolled from there and Middlekauff closed out the 25-3 win with consecutive aces.

The Bears are back in action this afternoon as they host #2 Long Island Lutheran in the PSAA Championship.

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Boys’ Soccer Headed Back to Finals

October 27, 2021
Fay in action earlier this season (PC: Bruce Jeffrey)

On a balmy Monday afternoon on Fitch Field, the boys’ soccer team punched their ticket to the PSAA Championship for the third time in four years with a 7-0 semifinal win over Long Island Lutheran.

The Bears struck early when James Fay notched a goal in the first five minutes, but the teams played even soccer from there until 3:44 remained in the half. In need of an offensive spark, Enoch Guo stepped up and rifled a shot from the left side to double the Blue & White lead. Then, with just 3.3 seconds left, Guo struck again from the left side, blasting a shot between the keeper’s legs to give the Brook a commanding 3-0 lead at the half.

At the half, coach Tim Beirne reminded the team that though they held a three-goal edge, they had not played their brand of soccer over the first forty minutes. “Excellence is the standard. Nothing else is acceptable.” The Bears responded when Fay found the net again at the 33:21 mark on a pass from Guo. Lee Maeba put home his own rebound at 28:41 to give the Brook a 5-0 advantage. The Bears cemented the victory with a pair of goals in the final five minutes when Joe Spreckels headed home a brilliant corner kick from Jadon Sun and David Chang netted a goal less than 30 seconds later. Lem Kutame registered his fifth clean sheet of the season between the posts.

The win not only gave the Bears a return trip to the finals, but marked their ninth straight home victory against league opponents and their seventh straight win over LuHi.

The team takes the field today against #3 Portledge in the PSAA Championship at Cantiague Park.

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Cross Country Teams Run to 4th Straight Crowns

October 26, 2021

Yesterday afternoon, the boys’ and girls’ cross country teams took to the 2.5-mile S. T. Hsaio home course and ran away with their fourth consecutive PSAA Championships. It was the first 4-peat in the PSAA boys’ race since Packer Collegiate’s run from 2000 to 2005 and the first on the girls’ side since Packer took consecutive crowns from 2003 to 2007.

Evelyn Apazidis did not let the standard fall on her watch as she took the individual crown, following in the footsteps of Sarah Wong, who won three straight titles before graduating in May. Portledge grabbed the second spot, but the Bears nabbed the next five to cement another dominant victory, 19-36, over Portledge. All ten Bears’ runners finished in the top 15 to earn All-PSAA recognition.

Top 15 Results

1Evelyn ApazidisStony Brook17:01
2Tatyana NeugebauerPortledge17:54
3Yasmin TinazStony Brook18:27
4Alexandra PuopoloStony Brook18:38
5Mia TramaStony Brook18:54
6Alice SunStony Brook19:26
7Eowyn JeffreyStony Brook19:28
8Christina MinkPortledge20:28
9Ramsey CammererPortledge20:32
10Anne-Sarah NichitiuStony Brook20:57
11Lisa YanStony Brook23:05
12Thalia RiveraMartin Luther23:07
13Kayla LernerSolomon Schechter23:37
14Natalia PaganoStony Brook23:46
15Emily ShuStony Brook23:51

The boys had an equally convincing victory in their race, shaking off the balmy weather to fill the top spots. Zack Xu took the individual crown, joining two-time victor Riley Corcoran as boys’ PSAA Champions. The Brook put all five scorers in the top seven to decide the result early in the race, racking up 21 points to defeat Portledge (54), Solomon Schechter (69), and Long Island Lutheran (95).

Top 15 Results

1Zack XuStony Brook14:20
2WassermanPortledge14:57
3Forest Kaplan-WalbrechtStony Brook15:16
4Joe Barisic CubillasStony Brook15:25
5SimmsPortledge15:33
6Marc NichitiuStony Brook15:35
7Paul CesarioStony Brook16:22
8HauserSolomon Schechter16:45
9RadicsLong Island Lutheran16:50
10Theo GreenfieldStony Brook17:05
11Nathan StortzStony Brook17:18
12SeptonSolomon Schechter17:21
13CarterWaldorf17:30
14VogelSolomon Schechter17:55
15Troy MengStony Brook18:10

The Bears are back in action on November 7 in the NYSAIS Championships.

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Fall Playoff Schedule

October 23, 2021
Carina Cristobal looks to lead the tennis team to their 3rd title in four years (PC: Bruce Jeffrey)

[Updated 11/3 @ 11:48pm]

The 100th year of Blue & White Athletics has been a successful one as the volleyball, boys’ soccer, and girls’ tennis teams already clinched undefeated regular season championships and remain in the hunt for much more. As the light wanes and the leaves melt from green to gold, postseason competition returns to the Brook.

This is your headquarters for the fall playoff season. Check back here for results and next round information after each contest.

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Boys’ Cross Country

PSAA Championship [Won, 21-54-69-95]

  • Mon. October 25 @ 3:30pm — Stony Brook (S. T. Hsaio Course)

NYSAIS Championship [8th place]

  • Sun. November 7 @ 3:00pm — Van Cortlandt Park (Bronx, NY)

Girls’ Cross Country

PSAA Championship [Won, 19-35]

  • Mon. October 25 @ 3:35pm — Stony Brook (S. T. Hsaio Course)

NYSAIS Championship

  • Sun. November 7 @ 3:15pm — Van Cortlandt Park (Bronx, NY)

Boys’ Soccer

PSAA Semifinals vs. #4 Long Island Lutheran [Won, 7-0]

  • Mon. October 25 @ 5:00pm — Stony Brook

PSAA Championship vs. #3 Portledge [Lost, 1-2 in 2OT]

  • Wed. October 27 @ 3:00pm — Cantiague Park (Hicksville, NY)

Boys’ JV Soccer

PSAA Championship vs. #2 Portledge [1-1, Lost 2-4 in PKs]

  • Fri. October 29 @ 4:00pm — Stony Brook

Girls’ Soccer

PSAA Semifinals @ #1 Staten Island Academy [Lost, 0-7]

  • Mon. October 25 @ 1:00pm — Staten Island Academy

Girls’ Tennis

PSAA Semifinals vs.West #2 Staten Island Academy [Won, 5-0]

  • Tue. October 26 @ 3:00pm — Stony Brook

PSAA Championship vs. East #2 Portledge [Won, 3-2]

  • Thur. October 28 @ 3:00pm — Stony Brook

NYSAIS Singles Tournament Quarterfinals [Won, 6-2, 6-1]

  • Mon. November 1 @ 4:00pm — Carey Leeds Center (Bronx, NY)
  • #3 Carina Cristobal vs. #6 Blakely Duskin (Packer)

NYSAIS Singles Tournament Semifinals [Lost, 6-7, 6-7]

  • Wed. November 3 @ 4:00pm — Carey Leeds Center (Bronx, NY)
  • #3 Carina Cristobal vs. #2 Rachel Roth (Hewitt)

Volleyball

PSAA Semifinals vs. #4 Portledge [Won, 3-0]

  • Mon. October 25 @ 4:30pm — Stony Brook

PSAA Championship vs. #2 Long Island Lutheran [Won, 3-0]

  • Thur. October 28 @ 5:30pm — Stony Brook

NYSAIS Tournament Opening Round vs. #10 Trinity [Won, 3-0]

  • Mon. November 1 @ 5:00pm — Trinity

NYSAIS Tournament Quarterfinals vs. #2 Poly Prep [Lost, 0-3]

  • Wed. November 3 @ 5:00pm — Poly Prep

JV Volleyball

PSAA Semifinals vs. #4 Kew-Forest [Won, 2-0]

  • Tue. October 26 @ 4:30pm — Stony Brook

PSAA Championship vs. #3 Knox [Won, 2-0]

  • Thur. October 28 @ 4:00pm — Stony Brook

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Bears Outlast Portledge for 2nd Straight Undefeated Season

October 22, 2021

Last week, the boys’ soccer team traveled to Locust Valley where they battled Portledge to a 1-1 tie. Despite not coming back with the win, the Bears still clinched at least a share of their third straight league crown. The draw set up a potential titanic clash on Fitch Field for Wednesday afternoon for the #1 seed in next week’s PSAA Tournament, but Staten Island Academy jumbled those plans with a 1-0 victory over the Panthers on Saturday. There was still plenty for the Bears to play for on Wednesday, even after clinching the top seed and outright league title. A second straight undefeated season was on the line as well as an eight-match home winning streak in the league dating back over two years. The Bears also came into the match with a 5-0-1 all-time unbeaten record vs. Portledge (by a combined score of 20-2) and did not intend to change the script.

The early minutes of the match were fairly even with the Bears maintaining an upper hand in meaningful scoring chances. The home team broke through at the 26:04 mark when James Fay sent a lefty cross into the box to Kevin Kiprotich Kirui who cut the ball back from his defender before burying a righty skip shot past the keeper. The Panthers were able to equalize less than five minutes later when a speedy forward got free on the left wing and sent in a cross that was put home, but the Bears had one more strike in them before the half. Stephen Cisz sent a big throw into the box where Kiprotich Kirui and the Portledge keeper collided on a 50-50 ball. The ball fortuitously bounced to Lee Maeba who looped a high-arcing shot over a Portledge defender who ably tried to fill the void left by the keeper. The final 8:26 of the half ticked by uneventfully and the Brook took a 2-1 edge into the break.

Less than six minutes into the second half, the Bears built a two-goal cushion when John Fay sent a corner kick to the back post. Dennis Yilmaz volleyed the ball back to the middle where Joe Spreckels put it home for a 3-1 lead. Portledge refused to go away as they halved their deficit at the 18:42 mark with a header goal off of a throw in, but the anxious Stony Brook crowd let out a cathartic cheer with 7:00 remaining, but not before the Fay brothers tested the ligament strength in several pairs of ankles. John began by taking space on the left wing, then making a defender dance before dishing the ball to James who took a step back off the ball and baited his defender into thinking he was playing a long pass into the box. When the Panther jumped, James tucked the ball past him and crossed it to Yilmaz who buried the Bears’ fourth goal and Portledge’s hopes in the same strike.

The Bears move on to the PSAA semifinals for a fourth straight year where they will host Long Island Lutheran on Monday.

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Tennis Closes 4th Straight Unbeaten Season

October 22, 2021
Creighton in action earlier this season (PC: Bruce Jeffrey)

On Friday evening, in the waning light, the girls’ tennis team capped a fourth consecutive undefeated League Championship season with a 4-1 victory over Portledge. Since joining the PSAA in 2018, the Bears have yet to drop a regular season league match as they extended their record to 18-0.

Carina Cristobal continued her dominant play at first singles, winning 6-0, 6-1. Alanna Wu battled back from a 1-4 deficit in the first set to win her second singles match, 7-5, 6-3.

After the Bears dropped the third singles match, the overall result came down to the two doubles matches where each team split the first two sets. With darkness encroaching, both matches utilized a super tiebreaker to ten points in lieu of a third set. Both Stony Brook teams emerged victorious in the taut battles as Ali Cristobal and Isabel Guo (5-7, 6-3, 10-8) and Meghan Creighton and Vida Sandberg (6-4, 2-6, 10-4) pulled out the wins.

The Bears are back on the court on Tuesday as they host the second-seeded West Division Staten Island Academy on the home courts at 3:00pm in the PSAA semifinals.

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Swimmers Cruise Past Floyd

October 22, 2021
Hunt in action last year (PC: Bruce Jeffrey)

On Tuesday afternoon, the girls’ swim team celebrated Senior Day with an 80-51 victory over William Floyd in home waters.

Kaitlyn Tse (200 free/2:16.38), Amelia Griffin (200 IM/2:25.16 & 100 free/58.09), Ruthie Crane (50 free/26.84 & 500 free/5:28.50), and Sofia Arrascue (100 butterfly/1:10.23 & 100 backstroke/1:07.78) were individual winners for the Brook. Griffin, Tse, Arrascue, and Crane also combined to win the 200 medley relay in 1:59.90, while Tse, Kim Ward, Duretti Teressa, and Naomi Crane won the 200 free relay (2:04.22).

Other highlights included, Kate Hunt chasing down a Colonial in the 100 breaststroke and out-touching them at the wall by just 0.2 seconds, Nevaeh Pulipati swimming two strong anchor legs for the 200 free and 400 free relays, and Trinity Kim putting her extra practice to good use with some great dives in her relay swims.

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Sailors 4th at Fleet Championships

October 21, 2021
Bennett (bow) in action earlier this season (PC: Bruce Jeffrey)

Last weekend, our dinghy sail team traveled to Rochester for the MASSA Fleet Racing Championships, hosted by the Rochester Yacht Club on Lake Ontario.

On Saturday, the morning began with thunderstorms and heavy rains, which gave way to light rain and a south westerly breeze as racing got underway at 10:00am. The weather held, and blue skies and sun even made an appearance, which allowed 16 races to go off before an afternoon squall chased the boats from the water. The weather on Lake Ontario remained volatile on Sunday morning with a big shifting wind that prompted a course alteration. Two races were completed in each fleet before the winds peaked at 33 knots and racing was called.

In Division A, Steven Hardee, JP Bennett, and Sean Beaver raced to a 5th place finish with 69 points, earning one first place and one second place finish in the process. Gavin Hudson, Mairead Reitzel, and Nick Gargiulo combined to finish second in Division B, earning two first place finishes and three third place finishes in the process for 41 points. Their combined 110 points earned the team a 4th place finish overall in a field of 18 teams from across the eastern seaboard.

Results

1stSevern School (MD)73
2ndChristchurch School (VA)88
3rdChristian Brothers Academy (NJ)109
4thStony Brook School110
5thNorfolk Collegiate School (VA)134
6thNorfolk Academy (VA)139
6thArchbishop Spalding (MD)139
8thDonovan Catholic (NJ)160
9thBroadneck HS (MD)185
10thSt. Mary’s (MD)201
11thRanney School (NJ)205
12thBiotechnology HS (NJ)213
13thPoint Pleasant Beach HS (NJ)220
14thKecoughtan HS (VA)265
15thSouthwestern Central HS (NY)280
16thBrighton HS (NY)289
17thMamaroneck HS (NY)309
18thNichols HS (NY)316

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Volleyball Closes 5th Straight Undefeated Season

October 15, 2021
The Champs (PC: Bruce Jeffrey)

On Wednesday afternoon, the volleyball team closed their regular season with a 3-0 victory over Portledge. Despite clinching the PSAA regular season title on Friday, the Bears had plenty to play for in Locust Valley with a fifth consecutive undefeated season on the line as well as a school record in their sights.

From 2005-2008 our girls’ basketball team won an astonishing 37 consecutive league games, a total the volleyball team equaled with Friday’s win over Kew-Forest. The victory over Portledge eclipsed that total and cemented their status as one of the greatest dynasties in school history.

The Panthers, who the Bears had previously swept 3-0, put up little resistance as the Brook took all three sets, 25-14, 25-15, 25-17. Aside from a 38th straight league win, it was the Bears’ 17th straight sweep vs. league opponents, including playoff matches.

The Bears now await their semifinal opponent as they take the top seed in the PSAA Tournament for the fourth year in a row. They will face either Kew-Forest or Portledge as the fourth seed.

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Boys’ Soccer Ties Portledge, Still Clinches Share of Title

October 15, 2021

On Wednesday afternoon, the boys’ soccer team traveled to Locust Valley and came away with a 1-1 tie to remain unbeaten in PSAA play.

James Fay put the Bears on the board with 24:13 left in the first half when Portledge failed to clear the ball and the sophomore lofted a shot over the keeper, who had come off his line. The Brook held the same margin in the second half until Portledge knotted the match on a free kick at the midway point. The two squads battled for the remainder of regulation and ten additional overtime minutes before darkness ended the match.

Despite the tie, the Bears remain the only undefeated team in the PSAA with one match to go, assuring them of at least a share of their third consecutive PSAA regular season title. A win over Portledge on Wednesday or a Portledge loss to Staten Island Academy would give the Brook the outright league title and the top seed in the PSAA Tournament.

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