Spring Athletes Earn Postseason Awards

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The baseball and girls track teams were the standouts in the spring sports season at Southampton High School, and several athletes on both squads were recognized for their efforts and fine play at the conclusion of the season.

The Lady Mariners 4×100-meter relay team made its ninth consecutive trip to the state tournament and earned All-State honors. Paris Hodges, Meggie Gallo, Carley Guida and Jessa Laspesa, who were on the relay, earned All-Division, All-County and All-State recognition. Teammate Isabella Franz, who advanced to states in the 800-meter race, was also named All-Division, All-County and All-State. Middle distance runner Hannah Connolly-Sporing also earned All-Division honors.

The baseball team won the Suffolk County Class B Championship this season, and was led by several key players. Senior pitcher Wyatt Schmidt was named All-League and All-County, while Garrett Pike, Eddie McLaughlin, Thomas Beckman, Henry Egan, and Kevin Edgar were all named All-League. Jake Marano earned All-League Academic honors.

For the Southampton boys track team, Joseph Strassfield, Alejandro Rojas, Andre Franklin, Keaton Laub, and Jesse Scanlon were named All-League. For the softball team, catcher Lexi Rosko and junior outfielder Hannah Gross were named All-League. In boys tennis, the doubles team of Alex Grun and Connor Kiembock were All-Division, while singles player Keeling Pilaro and Dylan Blue were named All-League.

Pierson

Both the Pierson baseball and softball teams had historic seasons, with each advancing to the Class C State Tournament. The softball team, which made its second straight trip to states, lost in the semifinals. Junior shortstop Kasey Gilbride was named All-County and was the League VIII Player of the Year. Catcher Emma Romeo was named All-Division, while pitcher Sam Duchemin was All-Division and was the League VIII Pitcher of the Year. Second baseman Sabrina Baum was named to the All-Tournament team, and head coach Melissa Edwards was named Coach of the Year in League VIII. The Lady Whalers will graduate just one senior, outfielder Julia Schiavoni.

The Pierson baseball team also lost in the state semifinals to the eventual state champion. Lefty senior pitcher Colman Vila was named All-Long Island, was the League IX MVP and was also All-County. Shortstop Forrest Loesh and catcher Aaron Schiavoni were also named All-County, while Loesch was the Al Desiderio Small Schools Tournament MVP. Tim Markowski, Nick Kruel, and Jack Fitzpatrick were named All-League, while pitcher Jake Bennett was named Academic All-League. The team won the League IX Sportsmanship Award, and Schiavoni won the Good Sportsman Award at states. Jon Tortorella was named the League IX Coach of the Year, and Henry Meyer was named the JV Coach of the Year.

East Hampton

While none of East Hampton’s spring sports teams advanced to the playoffs, several individuals had good seasons. For the baseball team, Brendan Hughes, Peter Shilowich and Maykell Guzman were named All-League, while Peter Vaziri was Academic All-League. Shortstop/pitcher Ali Harned was named All-County for the softball team, while pitcher Casey Waleko was All-Conference and outfielder Ellie Cassel was All-League. For the girls lacrosse team, Maggie Pizzo and Carley Seekamp were named All-County, Pizzo and Melanie Mackin were Academic All-Americans, and Jenna Budd, Bronte Marino, Cassidy Walsh and Amanda Seekamp were All-Division. Jacqui Thorsen won the Unsung Hero Award. For the boys lacrosse team, Drew Harvey was named All-County while Cortland Heneveld was All-League. For the boys tennis team, Julian MacGurn was named All-Division, while Collin Kavanaugh, Andrew Davis, Reese Donaldson and Matt Silich were All-League. And for the girls track team, Dana Cebulski, Amanda Calabrese and Taliya Hayes were named All-League.

Information for the boys track team was not available.

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