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Scanlon Enters Season as NY’s 2nd Fastest Hurdler

April 12, 2021
Scanlon at the 2019 Feds Championships (PC: MileSplit NY)

In 2019, Colin Scanlon turned in a sensational sophomore season by earning PSAA Championships in the 110m & 400m hurdles, a NYSAIS State Championship in the 400m hurdles, and a shattered school record and 6th place finish in the 400m hurdles at the New York State Federation Championships. His 55.68 time ranked him as the #4 sophomore in the U.S. at the time. Unfortunately, today marks 675 days since Scanlon last kicked out of the blocks in a hurdle race due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

But this spring the Bears are back on the track and the senior now enters his final season as the 2nd-fastest 400m hurdler in New York. Check out the MileSplit NY full rankings here. Though the NYSAIS and Federation Championships will not be run this year, the Bears have a pair of dual meets with Poly Prep, a regular season PSAA meet, and a PSAA Championship meet on the schedule, giving Scanlon a chance to leave a final mark on the program.

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Top Ten Returning 400m Hurdlers in NY

  1. Joshua Peron (Frontier) – 54.22
  2. Colin Scanlon (Stony Brook) – 55.68
  3. Peter Fischer (Harrison) – 55.72
  4. Justin Vazquez (Christ the King) – 57.10
  5. Sam Perozzi (McQuaid Jesuit) – 57.24
  6. Brendan Style (Bayport-Blue Point) – 58.14
  7. Jaden Kinnear (Southwestern) – 58.21
  8. Eric Anderson (West Hempstead) – 58.45
  9. Brandon Edmund (Xavier) – 58.49
  10. Elijah Mallard (Washingtonville) – 58.66

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Volleyball Overwhelms Schechter

April 9, 2021
Scanlon in action earlier this season (PC: Bruce Jeffrey)

This afternoon the volleyball team ran their consecutive league match winning streak to 31 games with a dominant 3-0 sweep of Solomon Schechter to improve to 5-0 on the season.

The Bears immediately grabbed control in the first ever volleyball match-up between the two schools as Ava McCormick scored a kill to ignite a 7-0 spurt. Niamh Scanlon followed with three consecutive aces as the Bears raced out to a comfortable cushion. The Lions scored their first point of the match to make it 7-1, but McCormick answered with her second kill and Lily Middlekauff followed with three straight aces to push the lead to 11-1. A Lilly Keegan kill that painted the left sideline extended the Bear advantage to 15-4. Schechter responded with a point, but the Bears scored the last ten points of the game, highlighted by four Keegan aces, before Joan Bamgboye closed the 25-5 first game win with a kill.

Game two began much as the first did, with the Bears snaring early control. Niamh Scanlon served up an ace to open the scoring and McCormick followed with another kill and then a spike. Scanlon registered two straight aces and Middlekauff and McCormick registered consecutive kills and the Brook led 7-0 in a blink. The Lions gained a point to make it 7-1, but that would be their only score of the game as the Bears reeled off the final 18 points. Middlekauff took over the serve with the score at 8-1 and registered 9 aces over the rest of the game while Keegan and McCormick each notched multiple kills to propel the Bears to an emphatic 25-1 win.

In game three the Bears may have relaxed a bit as the Lions took their first lead of the match at 2-3. A kill and an ace from McCormick gave the Bears the lead back at 4-3, but Schechter was still hanging around at 10-8, having scored more in game three than the previous two games combined. However, the Bears would right the ship and score the next 15 points to close out one of their most lopsided victories during their unprecedented stretch of dominance. Schechter could do nothing to absorb Scanlon’s serve as she fired five more aces while McCormick added three more kills and Middlekauff contributed a deft touch kill as the Bears closed out the sweep, 25-8.

The Bears are back in action on Monday in a key match-up at Long Island Lutheran that could decide the regular season championship and the top seed in the PSAA tournament.

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Bears Walk Off vs. Ward Melville

April 9, 2021
Porrino in action earlier this season (PC: Bruce Jeffrey)

Few things can help you shake off a frustrating defeat better than a walk-off victory the following day. That it happened against crosstown powerhouse Ward Melville made it all the sweeter for the Bears.

On Monday afternoon the baseball team lost a sloppy one to Mt. Sinai, looking like they had not yet returned from the long Easter weekend. But on Tuesday the boys came to the diamond focused and made some huge late-inning plays to pull out a 3-2 victory against one of Long Island’s strongest programs.

In 2019, Ward Melville’s last full season, the Patriots made it to the Class AA County Championship series, losing in three games to Connetquot. The Patriots currently have two Major Leaguers in Steven Matz and Anthony Kay, who both pitch for the Toronto Blue Jays. The Bears do not have the pedigree of their East Setauket neighbors, but they are rapidly closing the gap thanks to the talent on the team and the outstanding coaching of Dustin Mones and Noah Bakker. Tuesday was another step in the Bears’ growth as numerous players stepped up.

Jojo Franco took the mound and pitched a dominant top of the first, needing only 8 pitches to induce a pair of right field fly outs and a strikeout. In the bottom half the Bears had plenty of traffic thanks to walks from Tucker Genovesi and Franco and a Justin Porrino single, but the Bears made two outs on the base paths to stymie the rally. In the top of the second, Franco quickly recorded a pair of ground outs and nearly had a third before an error put a Patriot on first. The Bears thought they had the runner picked off of first, but the umpire overruled himself after a passionate entreaty from the Ward Melville first base coach. Before the next pitch, Franco threw over again and got Melville’s base runner into a rundown before tagging him out as Franco faced the minimum through two innings. In the bottom of the second, Lee-Anthony Santiago laced a single to right field and Chris Diesso worked a 2-out walk to bring up Jayden Stroman. The 8th-grader slashed an opposite field single to left, plating Santiago for what appeared to be a 1-0 lead, but the umpire ruled the run did not count when Diesso was tagged out going from first to third.

In the third, Franco worked a third shutout inning. The Patriots led off with a single, but Franco got the next batter looking and Diesso recorded the second out when he nabbed a steal attempt at second with a great throw. After a 2-out walk, Franco dug deep and closed the inning with a strikeout. The Bears lit up the scoreboard in the third when they drew three straight 1-out walks thanks to Porrino, Franco, and Tyler Smith. A strikeout followed for the second out and it looked like the Patriots would get out of trouble when Santiago skied an infield pop up, but the Melville first baseman had trouble tracking it. The ball fell to earth, scoring Porrino and Franco who displayed some heady baserunning.

Franco gave the ball to Stroman to start the fourth and the 8th-grader flashed another zero on the board with a strikeout, a ground out, and a pop up. In the bottom half, Melville countered by striking out the side as the game moved to the fifth. In the top half, the first two Patriots reached on singles, but Stroman came back with a huge strikeout on a 3-2 count and then a second K after he walked the bases loaded. Another walk followed to plate Melville’s first run and Genovesi relieved Stroman. The junior yielded another walk to knot the score at 2-2, but came back with a big strikeout to limit the damage. In the bottom half, a bloop single from Porrino was all the Bears could muster. Both teams registered quick sixth innings as the taut affair moved to the seventh and final frame.

The Patriots immediately got Genovesi into some trouble when an error and a single to deep left-center put the first two batters on base. Unfazed, the Bear defense stepped up in the game’s biggest moment. Santiago, Stroman, and Sam Ribeiro DiCanio combined for a 6-4-3 double play and Stroman followed with a tough ground out going to his left as the Bears quickly erased the Patriot threat, earning a chance to win the game. In the bottom of the seventh, Stroman was again at the center of the action as he took a ball off his lower back like a champ to reach first base with no outs. Genovesi sacrifice bunted to move Stroman to second, and then the 8th-grader took third on a passed ball. That brought Porrino to the plate, who already had two hits on the game. He added a third when he cracked a shot over the left fielder’s head to send the Bears spilling out of the dugout with a 3-2 victory.

The Bears are back in action on Jeff Adams field this Saturday vs. Wrath Baseball.

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Ruggieri Commits to Manhattan

April 1, 2021

Last week, junior Morgan Ruggieri verbally committed to play lacrosse at Manhattan College, making her Stony Brook’s first Division I commit in womens’ lacrosse since Caitlin Banks ’00 with the University of Virginia.

In her first season with the Bears in 2019, Ruggieri established herself as one of the top freshman on the island, leading the team in scoring 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. Last season she was named to Long Island Lacrosse Journal‘s 2022 Watch List, but lost out on her sophomore season due to the COVID-19 pandemic. This year she is poised to lead a youthful but talented squad back to the PSAA playoffs.

Manhattan College, which plays in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference, has won three MAAC conference titles in their history and Ruggieri hopes to play a role in bringing home the first since 2005. In 2019 the Jaspers finished fourth in the conference with a 6-2 record to earn a berth in the MAAC playoffs along with Fairfield, Siena, Canisius, Marist, and Monmouth.

The Bears are set to open the season on April 14 at home vs. Portledge.

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Sailing Opens Season with Regatta

April 1, 2021
The fleet on the harbor last fall (PC: Bruce Jeffrey)

Today The Village Times Herald published a story about our sailing program written by Director of Marine Programs John Everitt, keelboat coach Rob Taylor, and Advancement Associate for Communications Alana Brooks.

Your Turn: Spring Sailing on Port Jefferson Harbor

A sailing regatta was recently held on beautiful Port Jefferson Harbor that reflected the richness of the Three Village community. The regatta, hosted by The Stony Brook School, included the Port Jefferson Yacht Club and the Sayville Yacht Club. Twelve sailors enjoyed an invigorating day on the water after a year of COVID-19 challenges and a long winter indoors. Anyone watching the sailors navigate the glistening harbor would be able to see that each team has made considerable gains through hours of practice.

Stony Brook School coach John Everitt commented, “It’s been a tough year for our sport. The regatta gave our local young sailors chance to reunite on the water and enjoy sailing away from their textbooks and cell phones.”

Sailing is a lifetime sport. It teaches the necessity of teamwork, the appreciation of nature and the importance of caring for our environment. The Port Jefferson waterfront is a beautiful harbor and a valuable asset to our community. Access to water on Long Island is at a premium, and the clubs and sailing programs are so grateful to be able to use the harbor, and to have had the support of the Town of Brookhaven and the Port Jefferson Village over the years.

Professional sailor and America’s Cup champion Wally Henry, a 1982 graduate of The Stony Brook School, grew up in Port Jefferson and is on the coaching staff at SBS as well. Wally enjoys sharing his love of sailing and wealth of wisdom with his sailors.

When talking about dealing with the pandemic, Henry said, “We were so grateful to continue sailing during the pandemic, since it was a little piece of normalcy we got to hold onto. I told the kids that we needed to look at COVID as an opportunity and determine what to do with that opportunity.”

Since then, students have taken advantage of the opportunity to spend more time practicing and improving their skills without the pressure of having to compete every week.

Every coach loves to see his former players continue with their sport. Ella Simmons, the Port Jefferson Yacht Club coach, graduated from The Stony Brook School in 2019. She sailed throughout her high school career under both Henry and Everitt.

“PJYC has a long history in Port Jefferson Harbor and has been home for countless sailors since 1960,” said Simmons. “We have created a new sailing program that gives kids opportunities to learn, grow and compete through sailing.”

The Stony Brook School sailing program has called Port Jefferson home for 30 years. Both the Port Jefferson Yacht Club and The Stony Brook School will continue their commitment to the sport by offering sailing programs for young people during the summer. For more information on sailing programs, visit portjeffersonyachtclub.com and sbs.org.

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Volleyball Spikes Pioneers to Stay Unbeaten

April 1, 2021
Lily Middlekauff serves vs. LuHi (PC: Bruce Jeffrey)

Yesterday afternoon, the girls’ volleyball team topped Our Savior to improve to 4-0 on the season by way of four sweeps. It is also the team’s 30th consecutive league match victory dating back to 2016.

The Bears dispatched the Pioneers with relative ease at home on Monday, but two days and five miles later the Bears found a sharper, grittier Our Savior team, perhaps fueled by their home crowd. The Bears took early control of game one thanks to kills from Lilly Keegan and Ava McCormick and a Niamh Scanlon ace. In a blink the Brook held a 6-0 lead. The Pioneers got no closer than five points the rest of the way as the Bears took game one, 25-15. The highlight of the game was a pair of sensational digs from Gillian Bernier that led to a Scanlon kill and a 15-8 advantage.

In game two, Scanlon opened with an ace, but the Pioneers responded with four straight points to take their first lead of the match. The Bears bounced back with a 6-1 run, capped by a trio of points from an Ella Middlekauff block, a McCormick ace, and a Keegan kill. Our Savior refused to wilt after giving back the lead as they scored four straight points, including consecutive aces, to retake a 9-7 lead and prompt a Stony Brook timeout. The pause seemed to refocus the Bears who took the next four points to take back a lead they would not relinquish. Though the Bears would not trail again in game two, the Pioneers refused to go down willingly. Midway through the game, the Pioneer crowd gave its loudest cheer after the hosts capped a long rally with a point to pull within 14-12. The momentum was up for grabs, but the experienced Bears made sure to seize it. On the next point, a Bernier kill rolled along the top of the net before falling to the deck on Our Savior’s side, providing the catalyst for a 6-0 run that paved the way for the Bears’ game two win. McCormick, Scanlon, and Keegan followed with kills as the Bears emphatically righted the ship. McCormick and Ella Middlekauff closed out the game with a pair of kills as the Brook took a 2-0 lead, 25-16.

In game three, the Bears trailed until nabbing a 6-5 advantage when the Pioneers failed to return a Lily Middlekauff serve. The score ushered in an 8-0 run, capped by three Lily Middlekauff aces in a span of four points. It seemed that the Bears would cruise from there, but once again Our Savior showed toughness by pulling to within 18-15. The Bears gained some breathing room with a Scanlon touch kill and a Bernier missed serve. After Keegan’s third massive kill of the game the Bears led 22-17, needing just three points to close out the sweep, but the Pioneers improbably scored the next five points to knot the score at 22-22. Despite the unexpected pressure, the Bears remained focused, imploring each other to focus on the next point. That confidence, born out of their sustained excellence for the last five years, helped them close out a 30th straight win. After Our Savior served the ball out, Keegan followed with an ace to move the Bears within a point of the win. But the Pioneers scored to pull back within 24-23 before a serve into the net anticlimactically ended the final game, 25-23.

The Bears are back in action after the Easter holiday with a Thursday home match vs. Lawrence Woodmere.

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Volleyball Cruises Past Pioneers

March 30, 2021
Ella Middlekauff & Bernier hit the deck vs. LuHi last week (PC: Bruce Jeffrey)

Yesterday afternoon the girls’ volleyball team improved to 3-0 on the season with a 3-0 sweep of Our Savior. The victory also extended the Bears’ league match winning streak to 29 games, dating back to 2016. Since joining the PSAA in 2018, the Bears have won 15 matches by way of the sweep. Our Savior is the only PSAA team that has ever taken a single game off of the Bears in regular season play, both 3-1 wins for the Bears. The last time the Bears were pushed to five games in a league match was October 18, 2016, a 3-2 win over Mercy. It has simply been one of the most dominant stretches for any program in the history of Stony Brook athletics.

The Bears took control right from the start as Niamh Scanlon registered six aces in the team’s first nine points. Ava McCormick notched a pair of kills during the run as the Brook built a 9-0 advantage. The Pioneers closed to within 12-6, but an Ella Middlekauff kill and a Lilly Keegan missed serve pushed the Bear lead back to 14-6. A few points later a sensational Scanlon dig led directly to a Keegan kill before Gillian Bernier rocketed a kill into the deck for an 18-7 lead. The Brook was untested the rest of the way in the 25-10 opening win.

Our Savior registered an ace on the first point of game two, but it would prove to be their only lead of the afternoon as the Bears quickly regained an edge behind consecutive kills from McCormick. A Lily Middlekauff ace and consecutive kills from Keegan and Bernier extended the advantage to 9-3 and the Bears didn’t look back from there. Over the rest of the game Bernier notched 3 kills and an ace, Keegan registered 2 aces, Scanlon recorded a kill and an ace, and McCormick and Ella Middlekauff added kills as the Bears pulled away, 25-11.

In game three, Scanlon fired a pair of aces and McCormick added a kill as the Bears raced out to a 4-0 lead. Consecutive aces from Bernier extended the edge to 7-1 before McCormick bookended an Ella Middlekauff back line kill with two aces of her own, as the lead swelled to 12-2. The Bears remained in firm control the rest of the way until McCormick ended the 25-9 win with another kill.

The Bears are back in action tomorrow afternoon in a rematch at Our Savior.

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Bears Top Diamond Baseball Academy

March 29, 2021
Porrino vs. Mt. Sinai last week (PC: Bruce Jeffrey)

On beautiful Wednesday afternoon on Jeff Adams Field, the baseball team improved to 2-0 on the season with a 6-1 victory over Diamond Baseball Academy.

Justin Porrino took the ball for the Bears and worked a scoreless top of the first. A single followed a lineout to left, but catcher Chris Diesso erased the runner with a pick-off throw. DBA followed with a 2-out walk, but centerfielder Tucker Genovesi took care of the final out on a liner.

The Bears lit up the scoreboard in the first inning for the second game in a row to take an edge they would not relinquish. Genovesi led off with a double off the centerfield wall. Porrino sacrificed Genovesi to third with a bunt before Tim Wozny drew a walk and promptly stole second. A wild pitch and an error on the throw home plated both runners for a 2-0 lead. Four consecutive walks followed as Smith, Jojo Franco, Aaron Babaev, and Sebastian Perez showed great discipline at the plate to push another run across. A sacrifice fly from Jayden Stroman plated a fourth run to cap the Bears’ first inning scoring.

In the top of the second, Porrino used a fly out and a pair of 4-3 ground outs to work around a 2-out walk, but the Bears went down in order in their half as the game moved to the third. In the top half, Porrino got into his first bout of troubl, when the first two batters reached on a single and a walk, but the gritty senior bounced back with three straight strikeouts, needing just three pitches on the second, to slam the door shut on the third inning. In the bottom half, a Franco double one-hopped the wall before Perez stung one up the middle to give the Brook a 5-0 edge.

Both teams worked a perfect fourth as Porrino gave way to Lee-Anthony Santiago who used two ground outs and a strikeout to retire the DBA side. In the top of the fifth, a single, a stolen base, and wild pitch, and a single gave DBA its only run of the game. The Bears got the run back in the bottom of the inning when Stephen Cisz doubled, Smith reached on an error by the leftfielder, and Franco drilled a ball up the middle for a 6-1 edge. Stroman took over mound duties for the final two innings and retired all six batters he faced, including a pair of strikeouts.

The Bears are back in action on Wednesday vs. Mt. Sinai at Diamond in the Pines.

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Two Bears Named Preseason All-Long Island

March 29, 2021

Last week Axcess Baseball released its Preseason All-Long Island Teams and seniors Tyler Smith and Tim Wozny were selected among the best of the best from Long Island’s public, private, Catholic, and independent players.

Tyler Smith, who will continue his career next year at St. Peter’s University, was named the designated hitter on the All-LI Third team, while the RIT-bound Wozny was named to the Honorable Mention team as a right-handed pitcher. The duo helped the Bears get off to a great start last week with wins over Mt. Sinai and Diamond Baseball Academy to open the season.

The Bears are back in action on Wednesday vs. Mt. Sinai at Diamond in the Pines.

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Volleyball Extends Streak vs. LWA

March 26, 2021
McCormick registers a kill vs. LuHi (PC: Bruce Jeffrey)

On Wednesday afternoon, the girls’ volleyball team extended their league match winning streak to 28 games with a 3-0 sweep over Lawrence Woodmere academy. The Bears took the individual games 25-13, 25-10, and 25-4 to continue an undefeated league stretch that began in 2016. Joan Bamgboye closed out the victory with consecutive aces.

Stats

  • Kills: Ava McCormick (9), Lilly Keegan (5), Ella Middlekauff (2) & Niamh Scanlon (2)
  • Aces: Lily Middlekauff (9), McCormick (6), Keegan (5), Scanlon (5), Joan Bamgboye (2) & E. Middlekauff (1)
  • Missed Serves: Scanlon (3), Gillian Bernier (3), McCormick (2), E. Middlekauff (2), L. Middlekauff (2) & Keegan (1)

The Bears are back in action on Monday in a home match-up with Our Savior.

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