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Class Night 2020

May 22, 2020
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The 2019 PSAA Girls’ Cross Country Champions

This evening our community would have gathered in Swanson Gymnasium for the annual Class Night festivities, celebrating the academic, athletic, and student life achievements from the 98th year of the Stony Brook School. Though we could not be together to celebrate the amazing athletic achievements from the 2019-2020 school year, we are still honored to announce the recipients of these awards.

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Major Athletic Awards

Thomas W. Brohard, Jr. ’25 Wrestling Award

Named in honor of the SBS faculty member who is credited with bringing interscholastic wrestling to Long Island schools.  This annual cash award, endowed by Thomas W. Brohard III ’65, the late John S. Cather ’35 and his widow Edith Cather, is given to offset the college expenses of a wrestler.

  • Adetona Adesina

The Bear Blanket

Presented to athletes who demonstrate a consistent contribution of quality performances in athletic competition based on a points system and an application.

  • Emmanuel Ajewole
  • Diana Barbacena
  • Rebekah Detwiler
  • Brandon Gicquel
  • Leslie Kang
  • Wura Obasanjo
  • Elizabeth Robbins
  • Colin Scanlon
  • Niamh Scanlon
  • Sarah Wong

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Fall Athletic Awards

Marvin Goldberg Boys Cross Country Award

Endowed by the late David W. Cloos, M.D. ’61 and Nancy Cloos Babin.

  • Performance: Riley Corcoran
  • Contribution: Zack Xu

Girls Cross Country Award

  • Performance: Sarah Wong
  • Contribution: Diana Barbacena

Golf Award

Given by Daniel ’04, Michael ’05, David ’08, and Sarah ’09 in honor of their father, SBS coach and faculty member, Michael G. Hickey.

  • Performance: Chris Kang
  • Contribution: Wolf Moller

Fall Dinghy Sailing Award

  • Performance: Steven Hardee
  • Contribution: Isabella Seminario

Brandon Stuckey Boys Soccer Award

Endowed by Phyllis and Schuyler Stuckey with love and pride for their son, Brandon Stuckey ’93.

  • Performance: Owen Sobel
  • Contribution: Brandon Gicquel

Girls Soccer Award

  • Performance: Sophia DiLavore
  • Contribution: Madison Logan

Girls Swimming Award

  • Performance: Rebecca Crane
  • Contribution: Anya Caraiani

Buyers Girls Tennis Award

  • Performance: Sadhana Sridhar
  • Contribution: Marta Bennett

Volleyball Award

  • Performance: Elizabeth Robbins
  • Contribution: Leslie Kang

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Winter Athletic Awards

Taft Boys Basketball Award

Endowed by Lyman Taft ’45.

  • Performance: Owen Sobel
  • Contribution: Rex Eshirow

Girls Basketball Award

  • Performance: Niamh Scanlon
  • Contribution: Wura Obasanjo

Boys Swimming Award

  • Performance: Hunter Markowitz
  • Contribution: Steven Saraniero

Norman J. Wiedersum Wrestling Award

Endowed by Norman J. Wiedersum ’39.

  • Performance: Eze Barrah
  • Contribution: Forest Kaplan-Walbrecht

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Senior Day | Spring 2020

May 15, 2020
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Riley Corcoran in action in 2019 (PC: Bruce Jeffrey)

COVID-19 has robbed us of many things as a society and as a school, including a spring athletic season that will never be played. Our hearts especially break for our seniors who were unable to walk off the field as Bears on their own terms. Our hope is that they find solace in the fact that giving up their season kept many people safe during this pandemic.

Despite the setback of a lost season, the response of our coaches and athletes has been incredible. The strength, perseverance, and optimism is palpable from this amazing group of Bears.

We are unable to honor our seniors in person this year, so we decided to virtually thank our Class of 2020 for everything they contributed to our program. Not only did they spearhead unprecedented success, including a record six league championships in the spring of 2019, but they did so in a way that made all of us so proud.

To the Class of 2020, we love you, we will miss you, and we’re so grateful that we got to see you wear the Blue & White. God’s blessings as you leave the Brook. Don’t forget about us; we certainly won’t forget about you.

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Boys’ Badminton

Tony Bi, Philip Cai, Martin Lee, Caleb Spreckels, William Wang, Bob Wu & Kevin Zhang

 

Girls’ Badminton

Leslie Kang, Lisa Li, Nancy Man, Lydia Sun, Grace Wang, Rosemary Wu & Kelly Zhang (Mgr.)

 

Baseball

Emmanuel Ajewole, Jack Carr, Riley Corcoran, Chris Kang (Mgr.) & Joe Wozny

 

Boys’ Lacrosse

Jake Aretz, Ian Blunt, Nathan Freeman, Peter Simone & Avalon Zborovsky-Fenster (Mgr.)

 

Girls’ Lacrosse

Diana Barbacena, Margaret DiRuggiero, Nadia Hall, Arden Madden, Wura Obasanjo & Lulu Ota

 

Sailing

Dinghy: Jack Crager & Hannah DiLavore

Keelboat: Jerry Chen, Ning Guan, Boumie Oruene, Steven Tang, Chris Zhang & John Zhou

 

Boys’ Tennis

Marta Bennett (Mgr.), Brandon Gicquel, Sadhana Sridhar (Mgr.) & Wensan Yin

 

Boys’ Track

Adetona Adesina, Nick Bertrand, Riley Corcoran, Tony Dai, Ruize Gao, Jiacheng Hong, Leo Hsu, Yan Huang, Myles Johnson, Deanna Kelly (Mgr.), James Liao & Sam Painter

 

Girls’ Track

Andrea Egbuchulam, Rashel Likoskendaj, Kelly Moore & Mint Zhai

 

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SBS Featured in Long Island Lacrosse Journal

May 8, 2020

This week Long Island Lacrosse Journal profiled our school, our lacrosse programs, and our decision to move toward accepting post-graduate student-athletes.

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The Stony Brook School is about to conclude their 98th year as an institution. While their athletic programs are continuing to rise, the most important thing to them is character. Athletic Director Dan Hickey says that their motto is “character before career.” The Stony Brook school provides a great academic opportunity for students in grades 7-12 and is a Christian school.

The diversity in their student body is unlike any other, with students not just coming from all over Long Island, but all over the world. The students that make up the school come from 26 different countries with many religious backgrounds where they have the opportunity to dorm during the school year. Part of the growth of their athletic programs has been the switch from Section 11 to the Private Schools Athletic Association. The variety in the sports that they have to offer is second to none. Last year they brought home 13 championships which is the most in the league in a single year.

Being the only school in the Long Island and New York City area to accept post grad athletes, this gives athletes an opportunity for Long Islanders to stay and play locally. After a 10-year absence from lacrosse, Hickey brought the program back four years ago and is looking to see it return to what it was in the 1990s which saw them win multiple championships. A huge part of their growing lacrosse program is Vanessa Windsor who is the coach of the girls lacrosse team and Brian Hildebrand, the boys head coach. Part of Windsor’s love for the game of lacrosse is that it teaches life lessons and that you have to come together as a team. The Stony Brook school’s care for their students is much deeper than just what they achieve in the classroom and in athletics. It’s about what their students are able to contribute to the world.

LILJ Co-Founder, Mike Winkoff conducted an interview with the Stony Brook Schools Head Women’s Lacrosse Coach, Vanessa Windsor, and the Stony Brook School’s Athletic Director, Dan Hickey on April 22nd, 2020. See above to check out the interview.

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McCormick Named to 2023 Watch List

May 5, 2020
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McCormick in action last year (PC: Dylan Van Law)

On Sunday, Long Island Lacrosse Journal released its Class of 2023 watch list, and freshman Ava McCormick was listed among Long Island’s best talent from the public, private, and catholic leagues. In addition, McCormick was the only PSAA player to make the list.

Last year, as an 8th-grader, McCormick scored 23 goals and added 10 assists, highlighted by a 5 goal/3 assist performance in a 14-5 win over Avenues. Her consistently high level of play at midfield helped lead the team to its first postseason appearance in program history. LILJ also honored her teammate, Morgan Ruggieri, on the 2022 watch list.

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PSAA Cancels Spring Season

April 30, 2020

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What has felt inevitable for some time was made official yesterday as the Private Schools Athletic Association announced the cancellation of the spring athletic season in the wake of the COVID-19 global pandemic. Here is the press release from the PSAA:

On Monday, April 27th, P.S.A.A. President James Regan announced the decision to cancel the spring athletic season and P.S.A.A. Championships due to concerns over the Sars-Covid Virus after consultation within the Association and its distinguished members.

“The league and the participating schools feel the disappointment and heartbreak for our student-athletes and while we delayed as long as possible to make this decision we felt nothing was more important than the health and safety of our athletes, coaches, and everyone else who make it possible to run an athletic season. We simply ran out of time to be able to field a season.

It was agreed that every Senior student-athlete will receive an All-PSAA award to honor them for their participation.

To our extended P.S.A.A. family, please stay safe and strong. We will overcome, persevere, and defeat the challenge presented to all of us together. We look forward to seeing all of you for the Fall 2020 Season.”

Our boys’ and girls’ lacrosse teams, boys’ and girls’ track teams, coed badminton team, and boys’ tennis team were affected by the decision. The sailing and baseball teams do not currently play in the PSAA. The track teams and badminton team will wait another year to defend their 2019 PSAA crowns. Despite the setback, our athletes remain engaged with daily workouts and challenges led by Coach Vanessa Windsor.

While many of us look forward to 2020-21 and the 99th athletic season of the Blue & White, our hearts break for our senior athletes who will not play their final season. Seniors, we encourage you to reframe in your mind how you view this lost season, that you can see and appreciate it as a sacrifice that kept many people safe.

Your sacrifice, achievement, passion, commitment, and effort will not be forgotten.

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Game of the Day: Girls’ Soccer vs. Southold (2013)

April 21, 2020

If you’re like me, you’re missing sports tremendously, and marble racing just isn’t cutting it.

We wanted to do our part to help fill the void while we wait for the wide world of sports to return, so every few days we’ll unlock the vault and post a game from Stony Brook’s illustrious history.

First up, our girls’ soccer County Championship from 2013 in which the Bears pull off perhaps the greatest comeback in 98 years of Blue & White Athletics. The win also cemented a dynastic reign that saw our girls win six Suffolk titles in seven years. Enjoy!

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On This Day In History | 1998

April 20, 2020
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The 1998 baseball squad

On this day 22 years ago, the baseball team edged Port Jeff, 4-3.

The Bears did all their scoring in a 4-run fourth inning, capped by a Pete Grimm single that scored Teppei Inoue. Grimm then came on in relief and did not allow a hit over the finals two innings to pick up his fourth save.

Grimm finished 2-for-3 at the plate with an RBI while Inoue went 3-for-3 with 2 RBIs.

The bears went on to win the League VII Championship that season.

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On This Day In History | 1994

April 19, 2020
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The ’94 boys’ lacrosse team

On this day 26 years ago, the boys’ lacrosse team clipped Babylon in overtime, 9-8.

After a 1-1 opening frame, the Panthers exploded for 5 goals in the second while shutting out the Bears to take a 6-1 lead into the half. The Brook responded by carving into their deficit with a 4-1 third quarter to trail 5-7 heading into the fourth. They still trailed 7-8 with one minute left in regulation when Jonas Fischer knotted the score to send the game into overtime. Just 49 seconds into the first extra period, Sam Hanchett found the back of the net and the defense ensured it was all the offense the Bears needed in both overtimes.

Jim Bickley, Spencer Niebuhr, and Hanchett led the Bears with 2 goals apiece, while Hanchett and Liam Banks added scores. Hanchett also notched 5 assists for the Blue & White.

The Bears went on to win the program’s first Suffolk County Championship later that season.

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Ruggieri Named to 2022 Watch List

April 19, 2020
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Ruggieri in action last year

Yesterday, Long Island Lacrosse Journal released its Class of 2022 watch list, and sophomore Morgan Ruggieri was listed among Long Island’s best talent from the public, private, and catholic leagues. In addition, Ruggieri was the only PSAA player to make the list.

During last year’s freshman campaign, Ruggieri led the team in scoring as with 44 goals and 5 assists, including three separate 7-goal outbursts, as she powered the team to its first postseason appearance in program history.

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On This Day In History | 2003

April 18, 2020
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Banks in the 2004 National Championship

On this day 17 years ago, Caitlin Banks ’00 scored 2 goals to help lift the University of Virginia to a 12-9 ACC Semifinal victory over Duke.

Banks’ first goal came with 10:20 remaining in the first half when she drove from the top before tucking away a 6-2 lead for the Cavaliers. She pushed the lead to 11-6 in the waning minutes of the game when she found an open net that was vacated when Duke’s goalie came out to challenge a pass.

Though the Cavaliers went on to fall to Maryland in the ACC Championship, they would get revenge in a 9-8 victory over the Terrapins in the NCAA Semifinals. In the NCAA title game, UVA fell to Princeton in overtime, 8-7, but reached the mountaintop one year later, defeating Princeton for the title as Banks notched 4 points in the 10-4 win.

In 2003, Banks earned a place on the NCAA All-Tournament Team. She also finished 4th on team in scoring with 37 goals and 20 assists, notched 5 hat tricks on the season, and led team with a 53% shooting percentage.

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