East Sports Roundup: Mariner Football Drops to 1-5; Bonac Boys Volleyball Wins


The Southampton football team fell to 1-5 in Division IV after a 53-7 home loss to Elwood/John Glenn (4-2) on Friday night.

Glenn took a 34-0 lead into halftime and did the rest of its scoring in the third quarter. Lyle Smith scored the final touchdown of the game, averting a shutout for Southampton.

The Mariners will visit Center Moriches on Friday night for a 7 p.m. game and will close out the regular season at home against Mercy on Friday, November 1, at 6:30 p.m.

Center Moriches (5-1) moved into fourth place in the division after handing Greenport/Southold its first loss of the season last week. Mercy (0-6) sits at the bottom of the division, behind Southampton, and is coming off a 34-13 loss to East Hampton.

Cross Country

The East Hampton boys and girls cross country teams had a good week, each winning dual meets in League VI.

The boys beat Mount Sinai, 20-42, on the 2.8-mile course at Sunken Meadow on October 15 to finish 5-1 on the season, second to Shoreham/Wading River (6-0), the top-ranked Class B team in the state. It’s the best dual meet record for the East Hampton boys team since 2005.

The Bonackers swept second through ninth places to win the meet. Mount Sinai’s Dan Connely was first, in 14:45, followed by Bonackers Erik Engstrom (16:13), Jack Link (16:18), Thomas Brierley (16:40), Adam Cebulski (16:51) and Sean Mocha (17:09).

The girls beat Elwood/John Glenn, 16-40, also at Sunken Meadow, on October 15 to finish with a 2-3 record in League VI. Dana Cebulski won the race in a personal-best time of 18:35. Liana Paradiso was second, in 20:32; Jacki Messemer was third, in 21:12; Devon Brown was fourth, in 22:59; and Merissah Gilbert was fifth, in 23:19.

Both teams competed at the Brown Invitational in Rhode Island on Saturday. In the girls 5K race, Cebulski was fourth overall, in 18:51, while Paradiso was 30th, in 20:26. Messemer (20:51), Brown (22:10), Gilbert (23:10), Julia DeSousa (23:39) and Alexandra Vecchio (25:02) also had good times. East Hampton finished 10th out of 28 teams.

For the boys, the Bonackers were fourth out of 28 schools in the varsity 5K, led by Engstrom (13th, 16:25), and Link (15th, 16:35), while Cebulski (40th, 17:17), and Brierley (44th, 17:23), also had good times. There were a total of 220 runners in the race.

In the JV race, Bonacker freshman Josh Dempsey was eighth overall out of 200 kids, with a time of 17:34.

The Southampton boys cross country team finished in second place in League VII with a 5-1 record after a 23-35 win over Mattituck at Indian Island on October 15. The Lady Mariners lost, 33-24, to Mattituck at Indian Island on the same day, finishing with a 1-4 mark in League VII. Individual times were not available.

The Pierson girls cross country team beat Southold, 20-38, at Mashashimuet Park in Sag Harbor on October 15 to finish with a 4-2 record in League VIII, good enough for third place. Elena Skerys and Hannah Jungck finished second and third, respectively, for Pierson. The boys fell to 2-4 in League VIII after a 40-19 loss to Southold on the same day.

The Lady Whalers participated in the Nassau Coaches Invitational at Bethpage State Park on Saturday. Arlene Burns, Paola Zeas and Rose O’Donoghue all had their best races of the year.

Bonac Boys Volleyball

The East Hampton boys volleyball team kept its playoffs hopes alive with a 3-1 win at Huntington on Friday, moving to 3-8 in Division I, 3-9 overall.

In order to advance to the Division II (Class B) county playoffs, East Hampton must finish in the top four among the seven Class B teams that compete in Division I; Eastport South Manor, Westhampton, Sayville, Shoreham/Wading River and Center Moriches are the other ‘B’ teams. As of Monday, ESM (5-5) and Sayville (6-5) were the first and second ‘B’ teams in the division, respectively, while Center Moriches (5-6) sat just one spot ahead of East Hampton.

East Hampton was scheduled to play Connetquot this past Monday, and will face West Islip in a non-league match, play at Lindenhurst and home against Shoreham to close out the regular season. East Hampton head coach Josh Brussell said that the Shoreham game will be a “must win” for his team’s playoff chances.

While East Hampton is only fourth among the ‘B’ teams, Brussell said he believes his squad can beat anyone in Class B come playoff time, if they can get there.

The Bonackers won, 25-19, 25-8, 22-25 and 25-13, against Huntington on Friday. Robert Anderson had six kills and three aces, while Henry Whitney also had six kills and Peter Shilowich had five kills. Pat Silich had five kills, three aces and four digs. Brady Yusko had three aces and 29 assists, and Matt Lownes had nine digs. East Hampton had 14 aces as a team.

Girls Soccer

The Southampton girls soccer team fell to 3-6 in League VIII, 4-7 overall, after a 3-1 loss at Central Islip on October 16. The Lady Mariners were scheduled to play their final game of the season at Hampton Bays on October 23.

The Pierson girls soccer team fell to 1-11 in League VII, 1-13 overall, after losing, 6-0, at home to Port Jefferson on October 15 and falling, 5-0, at Babylon on Friday. Port Jeff and Babylon sit atop the league standings with 11-1 records.

Pierson was scheduled to host Stony Brook for its final home game on October 22 and was slated to visit Southold/Greenport to close out the regular season on October 23.

Girls Volleyball

The Southampton girls volleyball team fell to 2-8 in League VII after two losses last week, a 3-0 home loss to Bayport/Blue Point on October 17 and a 3-2 loss at second-place Hampton Bays on October 15. Southampton won, 25-19, in the first set against Hampton Bays, dropped the second set, 25-12, won the third, 25-18, and then lost, 25-18 and 25-8.

Southampton was scheduled to visit Babylon on Monday, October 21, and will close out the season at home against Center Moriches on Tuesday, October 29, at 6 p.m.

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