Nearly 200 Connetquot Central School District first through twelfth grade student-athletes recently completed the eighth annual soccer camp held at Connetquot High School.
With assistance from former varsity boys soccer coach Nick Sturtz and girls varsity soccer coach Ryan Cavanagh, the students were divided into two groups based on age and gender.
Seventh-through-12th graders attended the morning program while first-through-sixth graders attended the evening session. Each day began with a series of stretching exercises followed by skill drill stations and team play. The campers and coaches also played a variety of games designed to keep the players sharp and motivated along the way. Current and former varsity soccer players took part in the program as well as coaches and mentors, offering valuable advice along the way.
Additionally, both campers and parents had the opportunity to welcome the upcoming new varsity boys soccer coach, Francisco Herrera, who took part in this year’s camp and looks forward to the upcoming soccer season.
More than 150 student-musicians representing the Connetquot High School marching band recently participated in a five-day intensive 2019 summer camp to expand their skillsets as drum majors, color guard performers, kickline members and marching band instrumentalists.
During the camp, the students worked to learn the choreography for this year’s musical numbers and build comradery between new and returning members. To celebrate the success of this year’s camp, the Oakdale-Ronkonkoma-Bohemia Boosters for the Arts provided the students with a delicious barbeque on the last day.
“I congratulate all the students and student-leaders for a successful week; we are looking forward to another great year,” said Gregory Johnson, who has been the marching band director for the past 15 years.
The band’s 2019-2020 performance schedule includes the Columbus Day Parade in Manhattan, New York, the QVC Holiday Parade in Westchester, Pennsylvania and the Newsday Marching Band Festival held at Hofstra University. Looking to the future, the group will also be performing in the Hollywood Christmas Parade in November 2020.