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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
Baseball 1998

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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On This Day In History | 1996

April 17, 2020
Baseball 1996

The ’96 baseball squad

On this day 24 years ago, the baseball team topped Pierson, 10-2, behind a 3-hitter from Chris Meserole. Geoff Sorbello went 3-for-4 with 3 RBIs while Teppei Inoue added 2 hits and 2 RBIs. Meserole struck out four Whalers and did not relinquish a walk to earn the win.

The Bears went on to win the Suffolk County Championship that season.

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Scanlon 11th Fastest Junior in America

April 15, 2020
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Scanlon during his 110 hurdle victory at the PSAA Championships last May (PC: Bruce Jeffrey)

After a sensational sophomore campaign that included two PSAA Championships (110m & 400m hurdles), a NYSAIS State Championship (400m), and a shattered school record (400m), Colin Scanlon was poised for another big year in the hurdles. Unfortunately, the COVOD-19 pandemic proved to be a barrier too high to clear.

Regardless, Scanlon entered the season as the 11th fastest junior in America and 2nd fastest in New York according to MileSplit USA:

  1. Bryce McCray (Greater Houston, TX) – 52.69
  2. Mario Paul (Rutherford County, KY) – 53.86
  3. Joshua Peron (Frontier, NY) – 54.22
  4. D’Carlo Calderon (BC Elite, TX) – 54.31
  5. Tegan Bock (Boone, IA) – 54.32
  6. Dillon Leacock (Rolesville Lightning, NC) – 54.51
  7. Bri’yon Watts (Zephyrs, IL) – 54.88
  8. Desmyn McCall (Sandalwood, FL) – 55.21
  9. Joseph Morrone (St. Peter’s Prep, NJ) – 55.36
  10. DJ Robinson (May River, SC) – 55.38
  11. Colin Scanlon (Stony Brook, NY) – 55.68
  12. Jackson Sexton (Atlanta Lightspeed, GA) – 55.71
  13. Peter Fischer (Harrison, NY) – 55.72
  14. Joshua Thomsen (I Am Elite Track Club, MN) – 55.81
  15. Floyd Whitaker (Highland, NJ) – 55.89

The future remains bright for Stony Brook’s latest speed demon.

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On This Day In History | 1978 & 1979

April 14, 2020
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Kevin (right) flanked by brother Don ’75 in 1979

On this day 42 (and 43) years ago, Kevin Lockerbie ’77 turned in memorable performances with the University of North Carolina mile relay team.

In 1978, the freshman joined forces with Wayne Tucker, Sam Brown, and Wayne Miller to win the event at the Big 3 meet in Raleigh vs. Duke and N.C. State in a time of 3:17.3.

Exactly one year later, Lockerbie and a trio of Tar Heels broke the school record with a mark of 3:10.9 to take 4th place at the Carolina Relays.

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Stony Brook School Accepting Post-Grad Athletes

April 12, 2020

Baseball 2019

In response to the NCAA’s decision to extend an extra year of eligibility to spring athletes, we have decided to open our doors to high school student-athletes that have been adversely affected. In doing so, we are allowing post-graduate athletes for the first time in our history. Here is an article from Greg Sarra of Newsday, further explaining the reasoning behind our decision.

For more information on our post-grad program, visit our website.

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The Stony Brook School has announced that it will be accepting post-grad applications for the first time in the school’s 98-year history for the 2020-21 school year.

The decision to accept post-grad students came in response to the NCAA’s recent ruling that granted all spring sports student-athletes an additional year of eligibility after the COVID-19 outbreak forced the cancellation of all intercollegiate sports.

High School sports in New York have been postponed through April 30.

“The NCAA’s decision to grant an extra year of eligibility to spring athletes has the consequence of throwing the 2020 and 2021 recruiting classes into turmoil,” said Dan Hickey, director of athletics at The Stony Brook School. “Futures that were so clear a month ago are murkier now as student-athletes are faced with lost roster spots and diminished scholarship offers due to the current crisis. In response to these current hardships, we are accepting post-graduate student-athletes for the first time in our history, in the hopes of providing another option for athletes who are now weighing difficult decisions. COVID-19 is reshaping the landscape in a number of areas including the world of athletics.”

Hickey went on to explain that The Stony Brook School, one of the original members of the Ivy Preparatory School League in 1922, and now serving as a co-ed boarding school on Suffolk’s north shore, had flirted with the idea of post-grad students for a number of years.

“It is something we’ve definitely thought about in the past,” Hickey said. “We want to provide another option for Long Island and New York City families, who have an uncertain landing spot after graduation. Our robust academic program and flexible league affiliations afford us the agility to pivot quickly to accepting post-graduate students.”

The Stony Brook School, a private Christian institution, would be the only school on Long Island to become a post-grad boarding school that offers sports. The school was a member of Suffolk’s Section XI and a member of the New York State Public High Schools Athletic Association from 1974-2018.

“We left Section XI and went to the Private Schools Athletic Association in the fall of 2018, “Hickey said.

Accepting post-grad students is common practice for many northeast boarding schools because the New England Prep School Athletic Council allows them. A post-grad year affords student-athletes, that may not have received the right college looks out of high school, an opportunity to gain that much-needed critical exposure. The extra year can also shore up academic resumes for another shot at a school that might not have accepted them.

“The decision to accept post-grads, makes us the only option on Long Island or in New York City for students interested in athletic opportunities at post-grad schools,” Hickey said. “Post-grad options are all out of state.”

Dustin Mones, the baseball coach at The Stony Brook School, saw the lost opportunities in the cancellation of the spring sports season.

“We certainly know some athletes in our sphere of influence that have been directly affected,” said Mones, who led the Bears to the PSAA league title and a berth in the NYSAIS tournament in 2019. “I believe there are a number of athletes, who were seniors this year in high school, who will miss the opportunity to be drafted into Major League Baseball. And those players would have the option to repeat their senior year or do a post graduate year and have another opportunity for the draft for next year.”

The Stony Brook School has 32 sports programs. Spring sports are boys and girls track, boys tennis, boys and girls lacrosse, co-ed sailing, co-ed badminton and baseball.

With no league in New York that allows post-grads to participate, any team accepting post-grads would be independent and play a regional/national schedule.

The Stony Brook School baseball team was playing as an independent in 2020 with a schedule against national powers from Massachusetts, North Carolina, Connecticut, Alabama, Tennessee and Oklahoma.

“Our baseball complex is currently undergoing a $300,000-facelift with new bullpens, fencing and natural grass,” Hickey said. “If you want to stay home and play ball in front of your family for that last year you can do it here. You don’t have to go New England or to some baseball factory in Georgia or Florida. Our school has an outstanding academic reputation that serves as an ideal capstone to the high school experience. And because of our flexible league affiliation we also have some great athletic opportunities as well. And we’re right on your doorstep.”

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