Field hockey coach Jen Piscitelli was pleased with the team’s efforts in its Sept. 13 win over visiting Copiague. The team’s aggressive defense and teamwork on offense led the T-Birds to an impressive 6-0 win. Connetquot is off to an exciting start, boasting a 3-1 overall record.
Briana Censi and Heather Dent scored twice for the T-Birds while Kenzi Sorensen and Margaret Sullivan chipped in with one goal apiece. Farah Amarando, Dent and Sullivan were each credited with an assist.
Connetquot High School gymnastics coaches Renee Guerrieri and Samantha Tutone celebrated the team’s Sept. 14 exciting win over Commack by announcing that four teammates had been named All-Long Island by Newsday. Newsday announced that they had selected the 25 most outstanding high school gymnasts on Long Island for 2021, who included Noel Cutinella, Alexandra Melchiona, Avery Melchiona and Ariana Platti. It should be mentioned that while two of the girls are seniors and one is a junior, Avery Melchiona is an eighth grader.
Connetquot is now 2-0 overall this season, after hosting Commack. The final score was Connetquot 163.25 – 156.1. Arianna Platti excelled on the beam with a score of 9.4. Alexandra Melchiona won the bars (9.2) and floor exercises (9.3).
The girls varsity tennis team remains undefeated after crushing Brentwood 7-0 on Sept. 11 at home. T-Bird coach Amy Cohen was impressed by her team’s confidence as they hosted crosstown rival Brentwood HS. One highlight for Connetquot was Aleksa Brazyte who won first singles (6-3, 4-6, 7-6, 8-6). Connetquot improves to 2-0 in Suffolk League I.
High school boys soccer coach John Zambriski’s T-Birds spent most of the match on offense against Ward Melville on Sept. 10 but didn’t score. The Connetquot boys also kept the visitors from scoring, led by goalkeeper Tyler Moore who was credited with 11 impressive saves. Connetquot’s league II record now stands at 2-0-1.
Junior Varsity Field Hockey and Tennis:
The junior varsity field hockey team defeated Copiague by a score of 8-0 this week. The junior varsity tennis team defeated Lindenhurst by a score of 7-0. Coach Leslie Sewell is proud of the team’s 2-0 start this season.
Boys Soccer V. Ward Melville
JV Field Hockey
Dressed in patriotic colors, students throughout the district paused their schoolwork to pay tribute to the fallen heroes of Sept. 11 and the 20th anniversary of this infamous day in history.
At Oakdale-Bohemia Middle School, a formal salute was arranged by sixth grade English teacher Patricia Alway and included a blessing from Reverend Larry Chadwick and Rabbi Rosenthal, patriotic music by the Suffolk County Police Department Pipe and Drum Corps, the singing of the national anthem by retired NYPD detective and district security guard Tania Slaters and the planting of flags around the Sept. 11 memorial by honored VIPs. Students Paityn DeRiso, Christopher Lindsay, AnnaSophia Murphy and Braden Zuccaro also read original poems that punctuated the upbeat message that resonated throughout the ceremony.
OBMS Principal Sue Bailey reminded the audience and students that, “We can honor our heroes by living every day with a compassionate and generous heart.”
John Pearl Elementary School also held a Patriots Day celebration at the front lawn’s memorial. Principal Susan White explained that the celebration of Sept. 11 is a way to thank the heroes in the world and to think about the people who protect lives and keep them safe. Original poems and thoughts about being a hero were read by fifth grade students Bella Alsano and Preston Piorkowski, and Lilly Leranello led the students in the Pledge of Allegiance. Music teacher Bonnie Vernon also led the students in patriot tunes.
On Sept. 3, in preparation for the anniversary of Sept. 11, Edith Slocum Elementary School Principal John Delio welcomed community volunteers who decorated the campus with American flags. An additional display of patriotism and respect for the families who lost loved ones on Sept. 11, veterans and first responders were also on display in the main courtyard.