The Pierson field hockey team made school history last month when it won the program’s first-ever state championship, beating Cazenovia, 1-0, in double overtime to claim the state Class C title. Not only was it the first state crown for the program—in its 10th trip to the state final four—it was only the second state championship in any sport in the school’s history: the basketball team won a state title in 1978.
Several members of the team and coaching staff were recognized for their achievements with postseason awards. Senior midfielder Kasey Gilbride, who scored the game-winning goal in the title game, picked up the most hardware. She became the first player in Pierson program history to be named to the All-Region National Field Hockey Coaches Association (NFCHA) team. Gilbride was also named to the Newsday All-Long Island First Team, along with defender Katherine Matthers. Gilbride and Matthers were also named All-County and were named to the All-State and All-Long Island Tournament teams. Head coach Shannon Judge was named Newsday’s Coach of the Year.
Freshman forward Ana Sherwood was named All-County Honorable Mention, and was also named to the All-State Tournament Team, while senior defender India Hemby, junior goalie Sam Duchemin and senior forward Emme Luck also were named to the All-State Tournament Team. Hemby and senior defender Kirra McGowin were named All-Conference, while Luck was named All-Division. Sophomore midfielder Erica Selyukova, McGowin and freshman defender Rachael Miller were named to the All-Tournament Team.
Overall, it was a successful fall sports season for most Pierson teams. The boys soccer team went undefeated and won the League VIII regular season title, advancing to the Suffolk County Class C title game before losing to Southold. Forrest Loesch, Drew Harvey, Duncan Bennett and Jack Fitzpatrick were named All-Conference, while Harvey was Academic All-County. Gavin O’Brien and Jon Lopez were named All-League. Fitzpatrick was one of just four 20-goal scorers in Suffolk County. Head coach Peter Solow was named the League VIII Coach of the Year.
The Pierson girls volleyball team also advanced to the Suffolk County Class D final, losing to Shelter Island. May Evjen was named All-League and All-Tournament, and she also was nominated for the Exceptional Senior Award for her high GPA.
Shannon Keane was named All-League and All-Tournament, while Tatyana Dawson and Lilian Kunzeman were also named All-League. Bridget Canavan, Jennah Hochstedler and Sydney Mitchell were named All-League Honorable Mention.
The girls soccer team won the Sportsmanship Award for League VII, and Courtney Kinsella was named All-League. Marley Holder was named All-County Academic, one of 10 girls in the county to receive the honor.
The Pierson cross country program sent several runners to the New York State Class D meet, including Tiger Britt for the boys team and Elena Skerys, Hannah Jungck and Maya Buckner for the girls team. All four were named All-League.
The boys golf team, which finished third in League VIII and also won the Southampton Town Challenge at Sebonack Golf Club this year, had two All-League recipients, Jack Bori and Ben Kushner. The team also won the League VIII Sportsmanship Award.
Three Pierson students competed on the East Hampton girls tennis team and earned postseason awards as well. Isabel Peters was All-League, while Cecelia Combemale and Lily Kot were All-Division.
The field hockey, volleyball and girls soccer teams, as well as the East Hampton girls tennis team, also were recognized as NYSPHSAA Scholar Athlete Teams for having an average of 90 or better while participating in varsity sports.
Despite losing most of its starters from a state-finalist team last year, and not having any seniors on its roster, the Southampton field hockey team had another banner year, advancing to the Suffolk County Class C final before losing to eventual state champion, Pierson. Forward Meggie Gallo was named All-State and All-County, while Shelby Pierson earned All-Conference honors. Leila Thomas, Erin Morgani and Keara Wood were named All-League, and Morgani and goalie Alex Ambrose were named to the All-Tournament team.
The Southampton boys soccer team advanced to the postseason for the sixth straight year, losing in the county semis to Mattituck. Elliot LaGuardia and Stefan Djurasic were named All-Conference, while Milos Djurasic and Jesse Scanlon were named All-League. Artur Barbosa was named All-Academic.
The boys golf team won a share of the League VIII title with East Hampton and had three golfers earn All-League honors: Christian Oakley, Matt Kreymborg and Eddie McLaughlin.
For the girls soccer team, Caroline Rumph was named All-League and All-Academic, while Noelle Crough was All-County Academic. Allison O’Conor and Sarah Warren also were named All-Academic.
The Southampton cross country program sent three runners to the state Class C meet, with Hannah Connolly-Sporing representing the girls team, while Sebastian Cuyjet-Hunter and Spencer Crough represented the boys team. They were named All-League, as was Lumei Abantangelo from the girls team.
For the girls tennis team, Noa Dubin earned All-County honors, Julia Kepczynska and Marcelina Kropiwnicka were All-Division, and Keynu Banks, Jade Kalbacher and Cecelia Scheuer were All-League.
On the football team, quarterback Taylor Sanders was named All-County, Second Team, while Tyler Sanders, Chris Bautista and Ian Saw-Burke were named All-Division, Second Team.
Lexi Rosko earned All-League honors for the girls volleyball team.
The East Hampton girls volleyball team had another great year, advancing to the Suffolk County Class B final before losing to Elwood/John Glenn. Senior Raya O’Neal was named the League VI Player of the Year, was an All-County pick, made the All-County Tournament Team, and also was named to the All-State Class B Fourth Team. Katie Brierley and Carley Seekamp were named to the All-County Tournament Team, while Brierley and Seekamp also earned All-Division Class B honors. Lydia Budd, Jenna Budd and Cassidy Walsh were named All-League, while Christina Cangiolosi earned All-League Honorable Mention honors. Kathy McGeehan was named the League VI Coach of the Year, while Ashley Ullmann was named the JV Coach of the Year.
The East Hampton boys soccer team won the League VI regular season title and before getting upset by Glenn in the second round of the Class A playoffs. Nick West earned All-State honors, while goalie Nick Tulp was named All-County. Denis Espana and Donte Donegal were named All-Conference, while Esteban Valverde and Bryan Oreamuno were named All-League. Lucas Escobar was named Academic All-County. West was the League VI Player of the Year, Rich King was the League VI Coach of the Year, and Steve Tseperkas was the JV Coach of the Year.
For the boys volleyball team, Brady Yusko was named All-County, while Henry Whitney was named All-Division. Pete Shilowich, Matt Lownes and Whitney were named to the All-Tournament team.
For the girls tennis team, Carly Grossman, Isabel Peters, Madison Aldrich and Maggie Pizzo were named All-League, Cecelia Combemale and Lily Kot were named All-Division, and Daniella Dunphy and Gillian Neubert were named All-County. The team received the Scholar Athlete award.
On the football team, quarterback Cortland Heneveld was named All-County, while Thomas Nelson, Brendan Hughes, R.J. Notel and Bryan Gamble were named All-Division. Danny McKee and Colton Kalbacher were named All-Division Second Team.
For the field hockey team, Sophia DePasquale was named All-County Honorable Mention, Kathryn Wood was named All-Conference, and Alyssa Bahel and Amanda Calabrese were named All-Division.
The boys golf team shared the League VIII title with Southampton, and had Matt Griffiths, Turner Foster and Steven Kane earn All-League honors.
For the girls soccer team, Amanda Seekamp was named All-Conference, while Rachael Harty was named All-League. Shannon Lamprecht, Harty, and Caoimhe McKeon were named All-League Academic.
For the girls cross country team, Dana Cebulski and Liana Paradiso were named All-County, while Jackie Messemer was named All-Division. The team was recognized as a Scholar Athlete team. Information on the boys cross country team was not available.
For the girls swim team, Lindsey Stevens, Vanessa Betancur, Morgan German, Marikate Ryan, Cecilia DeHavenon, Lilah Minetree, Shannon Ryan, Marina Preiss and Isabella Swanson were named All-League, while Preiss was also named All-County.