Girls’ Basketball Team Falls to Undefeated Comsewogue
Connetquot High School girls’ basketball coach Charlie Hafner knew that this could be a challenging year for the team, considering there would be fewer than five returning varsity players this season. While that prediction was fulfilled the first two games, the Connetquot T-Birds came to play on Dec. 6, at home against the undefeated Comsewogue Warriors.
Led by 12th graders Jenna Erdman, Emma Jasinski and Kiara Roth, Connetquot scored early, broke the Comsewogue press and played aggressive defense. The T-Birds took an early lead in the first period and led at the half 20-16.
Unfortunately, the visitors made critical adjustments at the half, took the lead late in the third period and continued that into the fourth. While Comsewogue took the win 40-30, Connetquot coaches Hafner and Piscitelli were pleased with the team’s effort and improvement. Their players came away from this game with a belief that they would continue to improve and would be surprising a few opponents sooner than expected.
Top scorers for Connetquot were Jasinski (8), followed by Edron (6) and Emily Mohr and Hayley Weltner (5 apiece). Senior Kiara Roth led the T-Birds with her aggressive defense and rebounding.
Grapplers Fall to Commack HS
In Connetquot High School’s first Suffolk County League II wrestling match of the year, the T-Birds fell to Commack 38-28. Earning wins for Connetquot were James DeLucia, Scott Gifford, Miguel Lozano, Dalton Otto, Sean Schaller, Eddie Stepanek and Steven Wilkinson.
Connetquot was coming off a first-place finish in the Dec. 7 Sayville Invitational tournament. The T-Birds recorded 23 place winners and Steven Wilkinson was named the tournament’s Outstanding Wrestler.
Connetquot High School Business Honor Society students visited with fifth grade students at the Edith L. Slocum Elementary School to share tips on how to make sensible financial choices.
Through hands-on activities and games, students learned a practical approach to possibly starting a business and making smart decisions about managing money. The High School Heroes program is a service-learning project sponsored by Junior Achievement USA that enables high school students to become role models for elementary students.
These “heroes” teach and empower elementary students using lessons centered around work readiness, financial literacy and entrepreneurship. Connetquot Business Honor Society advisers Andrea Pizzimenti and Gina Senft bring the high school students to each of Connetquot’s elementary schools over the course of the year.