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Boys’ Badminton Caps Regular Season with ‘W’

May 16, 2018
B Badminton 2018

Han & Wong in action earlier this season (PC: Caitlin O’Neill)

Yesterday afternoon the boys’ badminton closed a sensational regular season with a 9-1 league record (13-3 overall) after a 5-4 victory over Smithtown East

The Bears wrung out any potential drama of this final match when they beat Walt Whitman 6-3 last Thursday to clinch the outright League II Championship. Nevertheless, the boys were sharp in sweeping the season series from the Bulls for the first time in their four year history to win their fifth in a row as they head into the postseason.

Jerry Liu (15-8, 15-4), Kevin Zhang (15-5, 15-12), and Ulysses Zhang (15-8, 15-8) claimed singles wins while Sam Han and Sam Wong (15-8, 15-11) and Ben Sray and Bob Wu (9-15, 15-13, 15-8) continued their reliable play at doubles.

The boys earned the #3 seed in the Suffolk County playoffs and face #6 Northport (6-10) at home tomorrow afternoon. The Bears are 3-0 all-time against the Tigers and won the most recent match-up on April 24th, 8-1. The girls’ postseason fate rests in the hands of undefeated Walt Whitman who can usher the girls in with a victory over Smithtown West. A West loss would give them and Stony Brook identical overall (9-7) and league (5-5) records. The Bears own the tiebreaker by virtue of their two wins over West this season.

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On This Day In History | 2004

May 16, 2018
Banks 2004 Virginia Lacrosse

Banks during the 2004 National Championship

On her graduation day at the University of Virginia, Caitlin Banks ’00 notched five points to lead the Cavaliers to a 15-11 victory over Northwestern in the NCAA quarterfinals. The win tied the program record with 17, a mark they broke five days later with a victory over Georgetown in the semifinals.

Banks scored the opening goal, just 47 seconds into the game, and added four assists, including three straight late in the second half that stretched the Cavalier lead from 12-10 to 15-10. Her 4 assists also moved her to 3rd on UVA’s all-time list.

Virginia went on to win the National Championship, thanks in part to 3 goals and an assist from the former Bear.

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On This Day In History | 1996

May 15, 2018
Baseball 1996

The 1996 baseball team

On this day 22 years ago, the baseball team clinched the League VIII title, the third of four league championships in program history.

Catcher Chris Liese gave the Bears all the offense they would need, driving in two first inning runs en route to the 6-1 win over LaSalle. Liese also flashed his arm, throwing out four base runners on the day. Chris Meserole earned the win for the Bears in helping them improve to 12-2.

The Brook went on to win the program’s first County Championship since 1987.

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On This Day In History | 1966

May 14, 2018
B Track 1966

Crozier hands off to Krampe in the final relay

On this day 52 years ago, the track team edged Poly Prep in a thriller to win an eleventh consecutive Ivy League Championship, breaking Poly’s record of ten consecutive Ivy titles. Here is the account from the July 1966 edition of The Stony Brook Bulletin.

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The scene was the Hofstra University track; the time, 4:15 p.m. on Saturday, May 14. The event: the final race of the Ivy Preparatory School League’s championships track and field meet, the 880 yard relay. The score: Stony Brook, 46, Poly 45. If Stony Brook could finish anywhere in the race ahead of Poly, the Ivy crown would be won for the eleventh consecutive time. If Poly could beat Stony Brook, a tie or defeat was possible.

Throughout the season both Poly and the Brookers had pointed to this date. In comparing dual meet records, there could be no question over which team had the power. Stony Brook had won over St. Paul’s, 80-60; Poly had swamped the same St. Paul’s team 103-37. Poly trounced Riverdale, but Riverdale beat Stony Brook by 15 points. Te outcome of the Ivy meet loomed as a certain Poly victory.

Even as the meet began, the advantage seemed all Poly’s. Dave Grau, the Blue and White’s only pole vaulter, landed in a tangle of crossbar and crushed wrist and had to be hospitalized. Meanwhile the Brooklynites were winning the high jump, the long jump, and edging into the weight events, where Stony Brook had hoped to break even. Before any running events began, Poly led 16-4.

Then the Brookers began to move. Captain Chris Spencer led his platoon of two-milers through a 1-2-3 sweep, racking up a record 9:52 for the eight laps. Sprint find of the season David Sie scored a point in both the 100 and 220 yard dashes. Dan Stevens made a determined run down the homestretch to snatch the mile away from aspirants wearing Horace Mann and Riverdale colors. Downey trophy winner Bill Krampe doubled and took both the 440 and 880, although in the latter race Mike Wildeman very nearly out-Kramped Krampe in an eyelash finish. So the points piled up, until when Poly won the triple jump the score stood 46-45 with only the relay to go.

Fans from all the other schools united in cheering for the Poly team, as Sie, Fred Sampson, John Crozier, and Krampe took their positions. Forgotten momentarily was an excellent St. Paul’s quartet, last year’s winning relay combination. The Saints came marching in, but the race was for second place. Sie’s remarkably controlled running from the outside lane brought him to Sampson with a lead over Poly, which Sampson made sizable before yielding to Crozier. Crozier impressed with a 23-second effort against Poly’s Paul Krankel, hurdles champ, and when Krampe got the baton, not even Poly’s double sprint champion, Steve Hirsch, could catch him.

Stony Brook won the Ivy League, 48-46, over the best Poly team in a decade.

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Wozny Named Top Prospect by BC Prospects

May 14, 2018
Baseball 2018

Wozny takes a cut earlier this season (PC: George Gildersleeve)

Joe Wozny has been named a “Top Prospect” by Blue Chip Prospects.

The sophomore right-hander was slotted at 11th on a list of 55 Long Islanders from the class of 2020 and was one of just eight Division I-committed players on the list. Wozny committed to UConn this past fall.

BC Prospects gave Joe the following brief scouting report:

Power frame with projectable body type. Features a high 80’s FB with the ability for more. Developing secondary pitches makes him a very interesting prospect.

2018 Regular Season Pitching Statistics

  • Record: 5-0 (tied for 8th in Suffolk)
  • ERA: 1.01 (1st on team)
  • Strikeouts: 100 (seven from tying Cameron Thiessen’s 1989 school record)
  • Earned Runs: 7 (in 48.2 innings)
  • Saves: 1
  • WHIP: .996 (1st on team)
  • Strikeout/Walk Ratio: 4.76/1 (1st on team)

2018 Regular Season Batting Statistics

  • Hits: 29 (2nd on team)
  • Doubles: 10 (1st on team)
  • Triples: 2 (1st on team)
  • Home Runs: 2 (1st on team)
  • RBIs: 31 (1st on team)
  • Runs: 27 (2nd on team)
  • Batting Average: .420 (3rd on team)
  • Slugging %: .710 (1st on team)
  • OPS: 1.204 (1st on team)

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On This Day In History | 1983

May 13, 2018
B Tennis 1983

The ’83 boys’ tennis squad

On this day 35 years ago, the boys’ tennis team won a fourth consecutive League Championship with a 7-0 win over Mercy.

Matt Tubbs (6-3, 6-2), Ed Lin (forfeit), Paul Bastin (forfeit), and Mike Strasberg (forfeit) swept the singles matches while Kris Chvatal and Pat Nolan (3-6, 6-2, 6-4), Jim Storey and Doug Storey (forfeit), and Chris Levy and Mike Esser (forfeit) earned doubles wins over the Monarchs.

The Shrikes went 14-3 that season, despite losing the core of the previous year’s championship team to graduation. Greg Fitzpatrick won the Conference IV singles title while the team made it to the second round of the Suffolk County tournament.

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Results

  • April 12 @ Port Jeff (non-league) – 3-4
  • April 13 @ Southold – 6-1
  • April 15 @ Shoreham- Wading River (non-league) – 1-6
  • April 18 vs. Mercy – 6-1
  • April 22 vs. La Salle – 5-2
  • April 25 @ Southampton – 5-2
  • April 28 @ Shoreham-Wading River (non-league) – 5-2
  • April 29 @ Easthampton (non-league) – 4-3
  • May 3 vs. Southold – 7-0
  • May 5 vs. Mattituck – 5-2
  • May 6 vs. Miller Place (non-league) – 7-0
  • May 7 vs. St. Paul’s (non-league) 7-0
  • May 9 @ Mattituck – 6-1
  • May 11 vs. Southampton – 7-0
  • May 12 vs. Kings Park (non-league) – 4-3
  • May 13 @ Mercy – 7-0
  • May 17 @ Westhampton Beach (non-league) – 3-4

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On This Day In History | 1962

May 12, 2018
B Track 1962

The ’62 track squad

On this day 56 years ago, the track team won a seventh consecutive Ivy League Championship, part of a string of twelve crowns they won from 1956-1967. Here is the recap of the event from Deane McGowen of the New York Times.

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Stony Brook Trackmen Take 7th Straight Ivy Prep Title

Stony Brook School, displaying strength throughout the competition, overwhelmed its seven rivals and won the seventeenth Ivy Preparatory School League track and field championships yesterday.

Under sunny skies and a pleasant breeze at Columbia’s Baker Field, Coach Marvin Goldberg’s Long Island squad compiled 56 points to take the team title. It was the seventh straight year Goldberg’s runners and field men won the championship. Poly Prep holds the record with ten straight titles.

Riverdale of the Bronx finished second with 34 points. Trinity of Manhattan and Poly Prep of Brooklyn were tied for third with 23 points.

During the fourteen-event varsity program two records were set and another was tied. Bill Johnson of Stony Brook tossed the discus 139 feet 9 1/2 inches to break by a half an inch the mark set by Steve Johnson of Stony Brook three years ago.

John Beal of Trinity, a slender 6-foot junior, got his lanky body over the high jump bar at 6 feet 5/8 inch. Beal, one of four double victors the meet produced, broke the mark of 6-1/8 set by Don Carter of Stony Brook in 1953.

The other double victors were Bill Kennedy, Stony Brook’s middle distance ace, and Paul Geiger, Riverdale’s sprinter.

Kennedy flashed to a come-from-behind victory in the 440, covering the distance in 0:52.4. Then the Stony Brook youth returned to capture the 880 in 2:02.7.

The meet was scored on a 5-3-2-1 basis. Stony Brook won five of the events and picked up points with several second and third-place finishes. The only even Goldberg’s youngsters failed to score in was the broad jump.

Other individual winners were John Kirchmeier of Stony Brook, mile.

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Stony Brook Results

120 Yard High Hurdles

  • 2nd: Dick Geisler
  • 4th: John Lyon

Mile

  • 1st: John Kirchmeier – 4:43.0
  • 3rd: Mark Hanchett

100 Yard

  • 2nd: Andrew Knittle

440 Yard

  • 1st: Bill Kennedy – 52.4
  • 3rd (tie): Robin Lingle & Doug Wedel

220 Yard Low Hurdles

  • 2nd: Dick Geisler
  • 3rd: Andrew Knittle

880 Yard

  • 1st: Bill Kennedy – 2:02.7

880 Yard Relay

  • 2nd: Stony Brook

Javelin

  • 4th: John Lathen

Discus

  • 1st: Bill Johnson – 139′ 9.5″

High Jump

  • 3rd: John Lyon

Shot Put

  • 2nd: Bill Johnson
  • 4th: Doug Darby

Pole Vault

  • 2nd: Jack Emery

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Team Scores

  • Stony Brook – 56
  • Riverdale – 34
  • Trinity – 23
  • Poly Prep – 23
  • St. Paul’s – 12
  • Horace Mann – 6
  • Adelphi – 3
  • Hackley – 0

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