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Weekly Sports Update – September 9-13, 2019

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Girls Volleyball Team Continues Winning Streak

The Connetquot High School girls volleyball team defeated Sachem North High School on Sept. 11 in three straight sets 25-13, 25-11 and 25-20. With this win under their belt, Connetquot improves to 3-0 in Suffolk County League II, while Sachem North falls to 0-2. During the match, Kiarra Roth had 10 kills and Julia Patsos had 15 digs in the home win.

Coach Justin Hertz’s success with the girls volleyball program at Connetquot spans a decade and includes two New York State championships. Last year’s T-Birds, despite having lost seven players who went on to play NCAA Division I, finished the season 13-2 with an invitation to the Suffolk County championships. 

While the 2018-19 team did extremely well, considering the loss of so many players, including Connetquot’s first All-American MacKenzie Cole (Duke University), Coach Hertz and his 2019-20 team are determined to get back to that championship level. 
Connetquot’s roster includes five experienced seniors, nine juniors, one sophomore and an impressive freshman by the name of Lauren Konzen. The winning tradition remains, and this year’s team is determined to improve over last year’s finish.

Girls Soccer Team Improves to 2-1 with Win Over William Floyd

The Connetquot High School Lady T-Birds soccer team kept visitors William Floyd High School scoreless in the first half and outscored them 2-0 in the second to earn the win, improving their season record to 2-1-1.  

T-Birds Morgan Elliott and Kayla Valerioti each scored in the second half, while Olivia McNay and Valerioti provided an assist and Maddison Feraca contributed five saves against the opponent.

CHS Football Program Looks Forward to Playing in Division II 

With their upcoming game on Friday, Sept. 13 at 7:00 p.m. against Northport High School, Connetquot High School football coach Mike Hansen will begin his 17th season as head coach of the Thunderbirds. This season also marks the first time that the T-Birds will be playing at the Suffolk County Division II level. Despite the change, the football program is fully prepared for the season and up to the new challenge.

The T-Birds are led by quarterback Drew Guttieri (6’3”/215), Cole Bunicci (6’5”/225), Sean Schaller (6’/280), Jack McCarthy (6’3”/230) and Tyler Cordes (5’10”/195). Guttieri has already committed to attending NCAA Division I Stony Brook University in the fall of 2020. He is considered a powerhouse for passing the ball downfield, as well as running the ball for the T-Birds.

Bunicci was a major factor toward the team’s 6-3 record in 2018 due to his dual strengths running the ball and running pass patterns. Coach Hansen also claims that James Mastro (5’11”/175), the team’s fastest runner, will be an asset to the T-Birds this season. 

Boys Soccer Team Comes Up Short Against Brentwood

Connetquot High School’s new boys soccer coach Francesco Herrera encouraged his players to come into the recent game against Brentwood High School knowing they were going to face one of the toughest opponents on Long Island. Brentwood led by a score of 2-0 in the first half, but despite Connetquot’s aggressive defense and excellent display of teamwork on offense, the visitors finished the game by a final score of 8-0.

The T-Birds played hard, and while Coach Herrera played his upperclassmen early, he also gave the younger players an opportunity to play against a talented team and improve their skills. The T-Birds’ overall record now stands at 0-3-1. 

Goalies Kyle Monahan and Tyler Moore displayed some excellent feats of athleticism throughout the game, as they recorded nine combined saves against Brentwood. 

Remembering Our Nation’s Heroes

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Staff and students from John Pearl Elementary School commemorated those who lost their lives on Sept. 11, 2001 during a special Patriot Day celebration held in front of the school’s War Memorial.

Prior to the assembly, John Pearl Elementary School Principal Susan White thanked the staff and students for attending and reminded them of the importance of celebrating Patriot Day on an annual basis. 

Fifth grade students from Annamarie Damore’s and Jeanne Cardone’s classes then led the attendees in reciting the Pledge of Allegiance, dressed in their colorful red, white and blue outfits. Additionally, the students sang patriotic songs, including the John Pearl School song and “Nothing More” by The Alternate Routes. 

Stepping into the School Year

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Kindergartners attending both Sycamore Avenue and Edith L. Slocum elementary schools met their teachers and made new friends at the annual kindergarten playdates held at their respective schools earlier this month.

Prior to the first day of school on Sept. 5, the future Connetquot High School graduating Class of 2032 were invited to tour their classrooms, play with some old friends and make a few new ones along the way.

Sycamore Avenue Elementary School Principal Stuart Pollak and Edith L. Slocum Elementary School Principal Mr. John Delio were on hand to welcome the parents and new students for this special day. 

Both Sycamore and Slocum teachers, along with members of the school’s Parent-Teacher Associations, welcomed the students and made them comfortable with their new surroundings. Refreshments and craft activities were also provided by each school’s PTA officers as the students mingled and enjoyed their first official visit to their new schools. 

Enhancing Technological Skills

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Prior to the start of school in September, the district hosted a Google Level I Certified Educator Bootcamp course to enable educators to learn how to integrate the resource within their instructional practices. 

During the two-day workshops, which were facilitated by District Mentor Alise Pulliam and Technology Integration Specialist Victoria Pappas, participants explored the tools within Google’s G Suite. These included, but were not limited, to Chrome browser, Classroom, Docs, Drive, Forms, Sheets, Sites, Slides and YouTube. 

Following the professional development, attendees took a three-hour exam to demonstrate their knowledge and received their official Level I Educator Badge from Google.

Weekly Sports Update – September 2-6, 2019

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Boys Volleyball Team Wins Home Opener

Connetquot High School boys volleyball coach Jessica Perry was very impressed with her team’s opening effort against the visitors from Eastport-South Manor High School on Sept. 5. The T-Birds, led by seniors Trey Cole and Stan Maring, won their home opener by a final score of 3-1. While ESM won the first set 29-27, the home team was able to rally together to win the next three straight sets by scores of 25-21, 25-19 and 25-22.  

Trey Cole contributed 17 kills, Stan Maring had 12 and sophomore Dominick Ruggiero was credited with 47 assists. Additionally, recently appointed Director of Health, Physical Education, Athletics and Recreation Pete Melore was on hand to support the T-Birds.

Connetquot is led by an experienced group of veterans which includes seven seniors and five juniors among the 16 players on the 2019 roster. Coaches Perry and assistant coach Steve Woessner were satisfied with the opener and are expecting great things from this hardworking group of student-athletes.  

The T-Birds finished the 2018 season with an overall record of 9-5, earning a Suffolk County playoff bid as the program’s most successful season in a decade.