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Winter sports season comes to an end

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Senior Xavier Merriweather dribbles the ball down court in a playoff game against Plainview High School on Feb. 16. Port won the game 83-69.

Senior Xavier Merriweather dribbles the ball down court in a playoff game against Plainview High School on Feb. 16. Port won the game 83-69.

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Sean Lui

Senior Xavier Merriweather dribbles the ball down court in a playoff game against Plainview High School on Feb. 16. Port won the game 83-69.

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The winter sports season has come to an end, and Schreiber’s spring sports have taken the fields. This past winter season was full of ups and downs, and each sport’s final results reflected the efforts of the players and coaches alike.

Wrestling

In the 2017 Nassau County Wrestling Championships, Port placed twentieth out of forty, with a score of 37.5. In the 106-pound weight class, freshman Dan Gibson lost in the finals when he was pinned by an opponent from Lynbrook. Gibson was the only wrestler to make it to the tournament finals.

At the close of the season, two wrestlers from Schreiber ranked in the top six for their weight class. Gibson finished as a rank four in the 106-pound weight class. Senior Captain Michael Nahas finished as a rank four as well, in the 120-pound weight class.

The team’s success didn’t come easy this season. Determination and productive practices are key, according to the players.

“We worked hard as a team to build up a good record, and we also focused,” said sophomore Andrew Gaudioso. “When we made sure to cut weight and to give our best effort, the other things fell into place.”

Girls Track

Girls indoor track finished the season strong with numerous wins under their belt from a number of prestigious track meets, most of which were local competitions at places like The Armory or St. Anthony’s. Toward the end of the  season, multiple outstanding runners were able to qualify for both state and national meets.

At the NYSPHAA/NYS Federation Championship, more commonly known as “states,” senior Maria Kogan finished 12th out of 35 in the 1000m race finals with a time of 2:58.67.

Lucy Hurt participated in the 1500m race finals at states, in which she finished 20th out of 30 with a time of 4:56.60.

Sophomore Ava Gellis, senior Beatriz Chavarria, junior Lucy Hurt, and senior Maria Kogan participated in the New Balance Nationals Indoor meet in the 1600m sprint medley championship. The girls finished in 12th place out of 28 groups with an impressive time of 4:10.26.

“We worked really hard this season, and it paid off. It was a great experience,” said Gellis.

Boys Basketball

The boys basketball team was able to make a name for themselves in Nassau County this year and raise the standard for future players. The team finished the regular season third overall in the conference with a record of 8-5.

The team advanced to the playoffs as the 8 seed to match up with Plainview JFK in the first round at home on Feb. 11. Port won the game by a large margin of 14 points, ending the game with a score of 83-69.

In the second round of the playoffs, however, Port failed to beat Uniondale on their home court on Feb. 22. The final score was 49-48, with Uniondale coming out on top. The team had a chance to put a last-second basket in, but the ball hit the rim and bounced off.

Port’s star player, senior Xavier Merriweather, finished with the second highest number of points on the season in Nassau County. Averaging 22 points per game, he trailed only one Garden City player by 2.6 points.

Girls Basketball

The girls basketball team ended the season on a high note, finishing third in overall in their conference behind Baldwin and Hicksville. Their record was 8-5.

When the winter season began, the girls entered the playoffs as the five seed to match up with Herricks. At home, the girls were able to defeat the opponent with a score of 57-31. With a 26-point margin of victory, it is clear that the 12 seed Herricks team just couldn’t compete with Port.

In the second round of the playoffs, the girls faced off away from home with Freeport. Freeport’s 4 seed team beat Port with a score of 40-35.

The star of the team, junior Tyler Owens, was listed as one of the highest scorers in the county. Averaging a total of 16.5 points per game, Owens finished as 14th in Nassau overall.

Boys Swimming

After two undefeated conference II champion winning seasons, the Port Washington-Roslyn boys swim team moved up to conference I and finished the season with a .500 record of 4-4.

Regardless of the fact that they moved to a conference with a higher difficulty, they continued their successful streak, breaking five school records in the process. Throughout the season, the team experienced ups and downs in terms of their performances, but nevertheless improved significantly.

In the first meet of the season, Port Washington-Roslyn was defeated by Plainview 53 to 49. Soon after, they notched a win onto their belt by defeating rival Manhasset 95 to 86.

“The team overall was really fun,” said freshman Russell Kolen. “We ended up losing our first meet but then continued on through the season and progressively got better and better.”

One thing that remained consistent through the duration of the season was the production of their best swimmer, junior Derek Knight. Knight’s scores were among the best in the county, with season bests of a 22.83 second 50 meter freestyle, a 48.19 second 100 meter freestyle, and a 1:46.20 200 meter freestyle.

Near the culmination of the season, Port Washington-Roslyn competed in the Nassau County Swimming & Diving Championships and placed 6th, ahead of towns like Massapequa and Manhasset.

Gymnastics

The girls gymnastics team was extremely successful this season, dominating nearly every meet that they competed in.

Due to the girls’ incredible gymnastics skills, the team was victorious in every meet except for one. They were undefeated until they faced off against Cold Spring Harbor in the last meet of the season. After a heated competition, they were narrowly defeated, ending their winning streak.

Three members of the team made it to state qualifiers, including sophomore Sami Flyer, sophomore Riley Kerin, and junior Alex Gao. With the help of these elite gymnasts, Port won the conference and were asked to move up conferences.

Though they did not elect to move to a more difficult conference, the fact that they were asked to compete at a higher level displays the success they enjoyed this season.

“Representing Schreiber on the gymnastics team this year was a fun and rewarding experience,” said Flyer. “I hope we have continued success next year and beyond.”

Boys Track

This season, the boys upheld their reputation as a high-performing team, finishing second place in the conference.

The runners who led the team this season included seniors Stanley Elysee, Joey Levine, Rory Owens, and Aaron Siff-Scherr, as well as juniors Ryan Stevens and Alex Zsikla.

Siff-Scherr ran the 1000 meter event with a time of 2:32, one of his personal best performances, while Owens ran the 1600 meter event in an impressive 4:32.

To go along with these excellent results, Stevens ran the 300 meter in 38.76 seconds, and Levine ran the 600 meter in 1:25.

In the field events, Zsikla led the went a 43’ 2 in the triple jump, while Elysee recorded a  20’ 6.75 in the long jump. Scores such as these helped the team win most of their meets.

“Overall it was a very successful season,” said sophomore Nicholas Scardigno. “I hope it will carry over into next year.”

Boys Bowling

By the end of the winter season, the boys bowling team had a record of 7-3, having lost twice to Garden City and once to Roslyn High School.

Some of the top bowlers were seniors Jonathan Lin and Kyle Harding. The highest game score between the two of these seniors was 265.

The team started with a strong lead, defeating teams like Great Neck South and Manhasset by scores of around 875-650 each game. But as they moved into the later games of the season against stronger opponents like Garden City, they were unable to continue such their winning streak.

After the season, coach Joseph DelGais was proud of his team for their success and looks forward to hopefully continued success next year. The entire varsity team is graduating this year, so sophomores Jack Siegel and Teddy Nelson will have some big shoes to fill next season.

“It was a successful year and the team greatly improved throughout the season,” Siegel said. “Next year we want to come out strong.”

The boys bowling team has never won a title and intends to do so in the coming years.

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