The Westhampton Beach girls indoor track team had one of its finest seasons in program history this past winter, and the accolades it picked up over the course of the season prove just that.
Keira Kelly (high jump), Lauren Lorefice, Jenny Jordan, Grace Gilbakian and Nora Murphy, who all made up the 4×400-meter relay team, all earned All-State honors. Kelly also topped off her winter with Emerging Elite All-American honors. Kelly and the 4×4 squad also took home All-County and All-League accolades, as did Lucy DiBenedetto, Sarena Choi and Kelsey Jordan. The Lady Hurricanes were also a Small Schools Suffolk County finalist.
The boys indoor track team was led this past winter by Mike Gatusso, Kyle Terry, Jack Ryan, Khai Henderson and Roger Llivasaca, all of whom earned All-League honors.
The wrestling team had a solid regular season, going 4-3 in League VI, then had a number of grapplers secure a placement at the league tournament. Hunter Hulse, Dane Mendoza, Alex Kravitz, Matt Tobin, Connor Glynn, Dan McClure and Brandon Elroumy all placed second, while Matt Tanzman, Chris Chomicki and Liam McIntyre placed fourth to earn All-League status and move on to the Suffolk County Division I Championships. Hulse placed second at counties and Mendoza placed fourth to become All-County wrestlers. Hulse earned a wild-card bid and appeared in the New York State Division I Championships.
The boys and girls basketball teams didn’t have the seasons they were hoping for. Both teams finished with 2-8 League V records, but a few players still earned postseason awards. Liam Huysman was named All-County, All-Academic and All-Legaue. Teammate Devon Ware was also named All-League. Shea Casey earned All-League honors for the girls.
The boys and girls indoor track teams, the boys and girls basketball teams and the wrestling team were recognized as New York State Public High School Athletic Association Scholar Athlete teams.
The Hampton Bays wrestling team turned heads this past winter, and for a number of reasons.
Following a solid regular season that saw the Baymen finish with a 5-2 record in League VII/Division II, they followed up with an impressive run at the Suffolk County Division II Championships. Ralph Oswald, who had lost his father just four days prior to the county tournament, won a county title and was named Most Outstanding Wrestler and Champion of Champions. Johnny Nolan won a county title too. Both Nolan and Oswald appeared at the New York State Division II Championships.
Lucas Kraus, Travis Flynn, Tom O’Shea and Jackson Perez all placed second in their respective weight classes at counties, while Joey Panetta, Ayden Muhs and Andres Martinez placed third to become All-County wrestlers. Overall, the Baymen finished third out of seven teams, which was their best finish at counties since the inception of two separate divisions in 2003-04.
The girls basketball team also had a successful winter, winning back-to-back League VII and Suffolk County Class B titles. The Lady Baymen saw their run come to an end in the Long Island Championship, though, in a loss to Carle Place. Alexis Fotopolous was named All-State, All-Long Island Second Team, All-County and League VII Player of the Year. Hannah Reed, MaryKelly Hilton and Alex Maitland-Ward each earned All-League honors and Niamh Cantwell was named League VII Rookie of the Year. Taylor Dunn and Sarah Jiudice were Academic All-County.
The boys basketball team finished up the season with a 3-11 League VII record (5-13 overall). Tyler Carbone was All-League, Zack Mangel was All-Academic and Dan Aube was given the Unsung Hero Award.
Adam Busiello became the third wrestler in Eastport South Manor wrestling history to win a state title this past winter. He was the first ever eighth-grader from Long Island to win a state title and did so handily, outscoring his opponents 60-2 in the process. Busiello was also named All-Long Island, All-County and All-League. Nick Garone placed second at the Suffolk County Division I Championships to become All-County and was also league champion and Most Outstanding Wrestler in League V. Matt Defrancis also won a league title, Alex German and Mark Zaharis placed second, Sean Carey placed third and Noah Rogers finished fourth.
Luke Lafferty (long jump) and Connor Langdon (triple jump) both reached the New York State Indoor Track Championships this past winter after their All-County efforts. Grant Gerard and the 4×200-meter relay team of Laffery, Langdon, Jake Hobbie, Aleks Cusumano and Mike Insogna earned All-County honors as well.
Taylor McClay was All-County and All-League for girls indoor track while Dallas Cooley, Ashley Schafer, Kristen Shine, Cassandra Shore, Kelsey and Kaeli Huff, Jordyn Biskup, Brittany Castoro, Ashlyn Dalton, Keara Brown and Michaela Brummerloh were each All-League athletes.
The boys and girls bowling team took home some hardware this past winter. Doug Pinelli made the New York State All-Star team that won a state title. He was also All-County First Team and All-League First Team. For the girls, Karalynn Lemmon was All-League and a Match Play Award Winner. Lindsay Shine was All-League, a Dottie McGuire Sportsmanship Award winner and made the Wild Card All-Tournament team. Madison Wilken and Lucia Verrelli were both All-League and Kyla Masarik was All-League Second Team.
The boys and girls basketball team had a rough winter, finishing with 1-13 records in League IV. Dylan Demasi was Academic All-County for the boys while Samantha Giacolone was All-Conference for the girls. Giacolone was also Academic All-County, as were Maddie Campbell and Corie Hack. The Lady Sharks were also given the Sportsmanship Award.
Boys and girls basketball, boys and girls indoor track, wrestling and girls bowling were all named Scholar Athlete teams.