2016 fall sports season comes to a successful close

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Courtesy of Evan Dash

Senior captain Connor MacPhail jumps up to serve in the Vikings’ quarterfinal match against East Meadow on Nov. 5.

Chris Spina and Louis Blakeman

Boys Varsity Football

The boys varsity football team finished their season with a record of 2-6 in their first year of non-conference play.  Coach Adam Hovorka and assistant coaches Fleming, Botti, and Carlock helped the team bounce back after starting out the year 0-5.  Some of the team’s leaders are Jajuan Curtis, Jacob Kaypour, and Jose Ramirez.

Unfortunately for the team, all these players are seniors and will not be returning next year.

“It was great playing for the team this year. I wish we could’ve won more games but overall I had a lot of fun,” said Curtis.

Juniors James Dalimonte and Drew Reiter will be returning to the team next year, as well as sophomore quarterback Elliot Avidane. The team hopes to build off this slightly underwhelming year and improve their record next season.

Boys Cross Country

The boys cross country team has had a very successful season this year.  Coached by Jeremy Klaff handled by seniors Jordan Hurt, Rory Owens, and Aaron Siff-Scherr, the team defeated Syosset by a total of 25 points in counties. However, they lost to Syosset by 3 in state qualifiers.  Hurt, Owens, and Siff-Scherr will be attending states as individuals. Siff-Scherr has had an outstanding season, as he was nominated by News 12 as a Scholar Athlete.

A Scholar Athlete, according to Newsday, is someone who exemplifies not only academic excellence, but athletic success as well. The team looks to make it to states next year, as they missed their chance by a small margin this year.  Some young runners on the team also have high personal expectations for next year.

“I want to finish top 25 in an all county race next year,” said sophomore Ben Goldstein.

Although the boys cross country team didn’t qualify for states, they still had a great season.

Girls Cross Country

The girls cross country team was also highly successful this season. They were to selected to participate in the Manhattan invitational and the Sunken Meadow invitational, and also traveled on overnight trips to the Chenango invitational and the Saratoga invitational.  They placed third in counties and in state qualifiers.  Even though they came in third, senior Maria Kogan and junior Hurt came in first and second in state qualifiers, respectively.

Kogan and Hurt will be attending states at Chenango.  The team was coached by Nicole Dumpson this year. However, she will be leaving to coach at American International college next season.  The girls hope to win counties next season and go on to states, but it will be difficult as multiple seniors will be leaving the team.

“Hopefully we can win counties next year because I think our team will be strong and filled with talent,” said sophomore Sophie Roth.

Boys Varsity Volleyball

The boys varsity volleyball team was among the most successful fall sports this season. Led by senior Stanley Elysee, the team went 10-5 in the regular season and lost in the Nassau County Class A Semifinalists. The captains of the team were seniors Connor

MacPhail, and Jeremy Ettlinger, and junior Daniel Dash. Head coach Maria Giamanco and assistant coach Kristina Wood trained the team this year. The boys varsity volleyball team beat East Meadow three sets to one in the first round of the playoffs, but they lost to Plainview three sets to none in the semifinals. In spite of their losses, the team has high hopes for next season, and they hope to work together in order to improve their performance.

“As a sophomore and the starting setter on the boys varsity volleyball team, I believe that I have had a great season and that I have improved my skills significantly,” said sophomore Reggie Bharath. “I have enjoyed playing with my teammates who have been very supportive and encouraging throughout the season.”

Girls varsity volleyball ended the season with a 4-7 record. Although they didn’t make playoffs and suffered seven losses, many of those losses were close games. This season, the team was coached by Melinda DiGiovanna and Christine Piserchia.

“I had a wonderful time playing for the team as a sophomore, but I wish we could have made the playoffs.” said sophomore Tara McCarthy.

The returning players believe that they can achieve a winning record next year and succeed in the playoffs.

Boys Varsity Soccer

The boys varsity soccer team finished with a league record of 2 wins, 7 losses, and a tie, and their overall record was 3 wins, 9 losses, and 2 ties. The team’s leading scorer was junior Ryan Stevens, who scored 4 goals, tied for 5th in the conference. This season came as a shock for the team, and although many of the players are disappointed, they believe that this will serve as a constructive experience that will help them improve next season.

“Our season didn’t go as expected but lessons are learned from our mistakes,” said sophomore Savvas Christoforou.

Despite this season’s losses, the team still hopes to make the playoffs next year.

Girls Varsity Soccer

The girls varsity soccer team had a very successful year this season.

Unfortunately, they lost to Calhoun in the county semi-finals 1-0. Senior captain Rachel Rosen scored the game-tying goal off a corner kick with seconds remaining, giving the assist to her sister, junior Becca Rosen. The team won the game in the final minute of overtime.  Some of the team’s key players, namely seniors Rachel Rosen and Casey Cybriwsky, will be graduating this year. Although it will be difficult to replace the graduating seniors, the team can look forward to new talent coming up from Weber.

“We hope to improve by keeping our heads high and staying positive to get even farther next season”, said sophomore Julia Ciorciari.

Girls Varsity Field Hockey

Girls varsity field hockey achieved an 8-4 overall record this year. They had a 5-4 record in their conference and lost in the first round of the playoffs. The coaches were Kathleen Lennon and Jessica Shawver. Junior Mikayla Walsh gave the team strong offensive talent, and on the defensive side, senior Ivy Denham served the team’s backbone.

“Next year we want to get back to the playoffs and make it to the county finals,” said sophomore Morgan Gearty.

Based on this year’s performance, the girls field hockey team is in a good position for next year, and they hope to make it past the first round of playoffs in the fall.

Girls Tennis Team

Although the girls tennis team didn’t have the best year in terms of the number of games they won, they did have many close matches. Over half of last year’s team graduated, but the freshmen on the team were able to rise to the occasion.

“It was truly evident that many of the younger girls who made the team this year really did a good job in filling the spots on the team from past seniors,” said sophomore Brittany Polevikov.

The team’s camaraderie created a supportive environment for all the players, and the team hopes to maintain its friendly atmosphere and dominate the conference next year.

Girls Varsity Swimming/Diving

This year, the girls swimming team, coached by Joe Lennon, participated in Conference 1, finishing the season with a decent record of 5-4. They sent 15 swimmers and 3 divers to counties, and are sending 5 swimmers to states: juniors Annabelle Corcoran, Molly McLoughlin, and Anna Thompson, and freshmen Madeline Competello and Caitlin Knight.

“Next year we hope to send more swimmers to states and counties, and hopefully beat some of the tough losses from this year,” said sophomore Carter Shields.

All in all, it was a great season for the girls, as they finished 5th in the county.