Weekly Sports Update
CHEERLEADING: On March 26, CHS varsity cheerleading coach Kelly Unterweiser joined with varsity football coach Mike Hansen to honor their graduating seniors. Prior to the home football game against visiting Copiague HS, players, cheerleaders, coaches and parents gathered to be recognized for their dedication to the athletic program, and for the pride they have generated during their four years as Connetquot T-Birds. Congratulations to the following graduating cheerleading seniors: Nicolette DeAngelis, Kayla Hansen, Sydney Rhodes, Dyana Scherpich and Tyan Scherpich.
FIELD HOCKEY: Congratulations to the CHS JV girls’ field hockey team who, on April 8, took home a 4-0 victory against Copiague. This was their second win of their shortened season.
SWIMMING: The Connetquot-East Islip girls’ swim and dive team celebrated the career of its graduating seniors on March 30 after the last home meet of the season. In a meet that was decided by the last relay match of the day, the T-Birds did their best but were outscored by the visitors by an overall score of 97-89. Coach Shicalone was proud of his team’s efforts and singled out Kylie Martinez, who won the 500 free style with a time of 5:24.56. The coaching staff was also proud of the 200 free relay team of Kaila O’Hara, Marissa Mcdougall, Cadie Brown and Kylie Martinez who took the win with a “season best” time of 1:44.04. Connetquot divers Morgan Cassidy, Lara Booth and Kelsey Kruescher swept the competition and finished first, second and third. Congratulations to graduating seniors Shannon Wodicka, Payton Collins, Amelia Laible, Jenna Drapala, Rebecca Narvaez, Kaila O’Hara, Nicole Molinaro, Faith Calabrese, Anna Stahurski and Adriana Romano.
SOCCER: Connetquot HS boys’ varsity soccer coach John Zambrisi joined players, friends and families in honoring the team’s graduating seniors, while enjoying an impressive 6-2 win over visiting Copiague. The T-Birds took a 3-2 halftime lead, and turned it into an exciting 6-2 victory, earning their third win of the season. Aaron Chetti scored three goals, while teammate TJ Steffensen added two and Kevin Johnson scored one more. Kevin Johnson was credited with two assists, while Chetti, Friel, Andrew Johnson and Gavin Lane added one apiece. The T-Birds’ goalie, Tyler Moore, was credited with 3 saves for the home team. A special thanks to the following graduating seniors for their dedication to the program: Aaron Chetti, Nicholas DiLeone, CJ Giacone, Gavin Lane, Adam Specht and TJ Steffensen.
VOLLEYBALL: On March 25, the Connetquot High School boys’ varsity volleyball team was outscored by visiting Walt Whitman High School in 3 straight sets. Ben Lillie recorded 8 kills, 4 blocks and 2 aces for the T-Birds. Brendan Rogalle had 14 kills. On April 8, the team beat Sachem East on April 8, in three straight sets (25-18, 25-19, 25-15). Sean Rogalle had 15 kills, Dom Ruggiero added 31 assists and two aces and Jacob Danziger and Connor Ruais each had seven kills to lead the T-Birds. Connetquot now stands 4-4 in Suffolk league I.
FOOTBALL: On Friday, March 26, the CHS varsity football team took a 14-0 lead in the first period and turned it into an impressive 41-8 win over the visitors from Copiague. The T-Birds earned their first win of the season and now stand 1-2 in Suffolk league II play. Offensively, Jovanni Montalvo picked up 141 yards on 27 carries, scored two touchdowns and scored on a 2-point conversion; Nick LaMantia gained 24 yards and scored a TD; Matta Marra picked up 30 yards on 5 carries and scored a TD; Joseph Martin picked up 5 yards on two attempts scoring another TD; Matty Marra was 6-7 in the air for 104 yards and a TD. Dylan Fougere had three receptions for 35 yards; Brett Harvey had 2 receptions for 51 yards and a TD and Jordan Heath picked up 18 yards on his reception. Charlie Blanthorn scored three extra points playing on the special teams. Defensively, Kevin Gatien had 5 tackles, Vinny Catania had 4 tackles (2 for a loss), Christian Paredes is credited with 3 tackles (one for a loss) and a fumble recovery. Tyler Ramacca had three tackles, Matt Gomez had two tackles and a quarterback sack; Tyler Youmans had 3 tackles and a pass breakup; Isaiah Rascoe forced a fumble and recovered a fumble; Jovanni Montalvo also recovered a Copiague fumble.
The Connetquot High School junior varsity football team had its first game of the season on March 27 against Syosset. Connetquot’s energy showed itself early, and the T-Birds won by a final score of 27-6. On April 1, the team beat the Huntington JV team by a score of 33-20, and on April 6 they beat Smithtown 26-0. The team is now undefeated, with a 3-0 record.
On March 25, the CHS class of 2021 adorned their cars with school spirited decor and participated in a car parade to pick up their caps and gowns, lawn signs and senior “swag bags." Watch this video to get a glimpse!
On March 26, pajama-clad students at Sycamore Avenue Elementary School embarked on a literary-themed scavenger hunt throughout the building. Youth and Family Services Coordinator Laura Michelsen, in conjunction with the school’s dedicated Dignity for All Students Act committee, hid cut-outs of characters from popular children’s books from “Pete The Cat” to “The Tale of Despereaux” for the students to find. This social-emotional learning activity allowed the students to put their detective skills to the test while feeling cozy in their PJs and having fun with their classmates.