Shawn Stelling Earns 12th Man Award; Pierson Field Hockey Racks Up Postseason Hardware

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Publication: The East Hampton Press & The Southampton Press
By Drew Budd   Dec 11, 2018 6:56 AM
Dec 11, 2018 10:08 AM

The 12th Man Award is given to players who have seen success on the field even through severe hardships. Shawn Stelling led the Southampton/Pierson/Bridgehampton football team at the quarterback position this past season while dealing with the abrupt loss of his father, Robert, who died in a plane crash in San Diego. For continuing to lead the football team while dealing with that loss, the younger Stelling was given Suffolk County’s 12th Man Award at the Suffolk County Football Coaches Association Awards Dinner on December 3.

Stelling was also named All-County while teammates Matthew Donovan and Sincere Faggins were named First Team All-Division. Dakoda Smith, Naike Williams and Elijah White were Second Team All-Division. The Mariners finished the season 2-6 in Division IV but defeated Hampton Bays for this year’s Mayor’s Cup.

The Southampton girls soccer team reached the postseason for the first time in its 19-year history as a varsity program after a 5-8-1 season in Division II. It lost to Mattituck/Southold/Greenport in the opening round. Charlotte Cardel was named All-County for her efforts throughout the season and Caroline Palumbo was All-County Academic with a GPA of 97.7.

The Southampton boys soccer team went 3-9-1 in League VI (5-10-1 overall) this past fall. Parker West was named All-Conference, Logan Whitall and Diego Trujillo were named All-League and Oscar Avendano was All-Academic.

The Southampton field hockey team finished the season 5-9 in Division II. C.C. Wetter was named All-County, Emma Wesnofske and Morgan Fullam earned All-League honors and Lucy Wesnofske was awarded the team’s Unsung Hero title.

The Southampton boys golf team forced a three-way tie for the League VIII regular-season title with East Hampton and Westhampton Beach. Jack Browne, Jack Blackmore, Jack McDonnell and Daniel Silverberg all earned All-League honors.

The Southampton boys cross country team won the League VII title for the fifth straight season. Billy Malone, Zac Mobius and Griffin Schwartz were each All-Division and All-League while Justin and Luke Marro and Patrick Gabrielle were All-League. Michelle Gagliardo was All-Division and All-League running for the girls team. Riplee Mercer and Evie Purcell were All-League.

Playing in a tough League VII, the Southampton girls tennis team went 0-10 in league play but 3-10 overall. Charlotte Ferguson and Christine Szafranski were both All-Division while Kasia Rus and Isabella Ellam were All-League. Olympia Campbell was given the team’s Sportsmanship Award.

Southampton girls volleyball went 2-8 in League VII this past fall (2-10 overall). Ayanna Ray was All-Conference and Isabella Lenihan was All-League.

Southampton’s Thomas Gabrielle and Megan Robinson and Bridgehampton’s Aziza El and James Fairchild were named their school’s 2018 Suffolk Zone Award Winners by the New York State Association of Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance. The award is presented annually to the top female and male senior physical education leaders in each of the Suffolk County High Schools. They were chosen by the high school physical education staff for their outstanding character and leadership skills in school as well as in physical education class.

Southampton boys and girls cross country, boys golf, boys soccer, field hockey, girls tennis and girls volleyball all qualified as New York State Scholar-Athlete teams. To qualify, 75 percent of a team’s roster must have had an average GPA of 90 or above. Pierson/Bridgehampton’s boys and girls cross country, boys golf, boys and girls soccer, field hockey and girls volleyball and East Hampton/Pierson’s girls swimming and East Hampton/Pierson girls tennis were all New York State Scholar-Athlete teams.


The Pierson/Bridgehampton field hockey team won its fourth consecutive Suffolk County Class C title this past fall and has the hardware to show for its hard work throughout the season.

Paige Schaefer and Charlotte Johnson both earned All-State honors. Johnson, heading to Duke University next fall, was also named Goalkeeper of the Year, was named to Newsday’s All-Long Island First Team for the second year in a row and made the All-Long Island Tournament Team. She led all of Long Island with 156 saves, according to Newsday. Schaefer, who will be playing at Lehigh University in Pennsylvania next fall, earned an Academic Exceptional Senior Award and was named to the All-Tournament Suffolk Team along with teammate Mia Gangemi.

Brooke Esposito was All-County Honorable Mention and Emma Rascelles, Meredith Spolarich, Olivia Aupperlee and Abby Sherwood were each named All-Division. Sophia Bitis was given the team’s Unsung Hero Award.

The Pierson/Bridgehampton girls volleyball team returned to the playoffs after a 10-2 League VII season (13-2 overall) but it lost to Mattituck in the Suffolk County Class C Championship. Sofia Mancino was named to the All-County Tournament Team and Hannah Tuma, who is the school’s valedictorian, was All-County Academic. Tuma, Mancino and Samantha Cox were each named All-Class C/D ,and Cox, Olivia Cassone and Celia Barranco were All-League.

Ben McErlean, Peter Schaefer and Penelope Greene all qualified for the New York State Cross Country Championships. McErlean was All-Division and All-League and Schaefer was All-League.

Henry Brooks became the first golfer in Pierson history to qualify for the New York State Championships, which aren’t until this upcoming June. Brooks defeated Commack’s Brad Castaldy in a one-hole playoff to punch his ticket after the two were knotted up at 164. Brooks was All-County, All-Conference and All-League. Cooper and Tucker Schiavoni were both All-League golfers.

A year removed from reaching the New York State Championships for the first time in program history, the Pierson boys soccer team had a hard time adjusting with all of its losses to graduation and went 3-9 in League VII (3-13 overall). Alex Weseley and Jorge Alvarado were both named All-Conference players while Joey Badilla was All-League and Borys Zasada was All-County Academic. The Whalers were also given the Sportsmanship Award for League VII.

Katie Kneeland led the Pierson/Bridgehampton girls soccer team and earned All-County honors for her efforts. The Lady Whalers went 2-11-1 in Division II (2-12-1 overall).

The East Hampton/Pierson/Bridgehampton girls swimming team had another successful season, winning the League III regular season title with a 5-0 record. Jane and Julia Brierley, Oona Foulser and Sophia Swanson were All-State by placing 13th in the 200-yard medley relay at the state meet after having already qualified as an All-County team. The same group was also All-County in the 200 freestyle relay and competed in the same event at states. Swanson and Jane Brierley were All-County in the 100 butterfly and 100 breaststroke, respectively, and competed in those events at states.

The following swimmers earned All-League honors: Jane Brierley (200 individual medley), Julia Brierley (100 breaststroke), Caroline Brown (100 backstroke), Foulser (50 freestyle, 100 free), Darcy McFarland (100 butterfly, 100 backstroke), 400 free relay (Olivia Brabant, Kiara Bailey-Williams, Emma Wiltshire, Camryn Hatch).

Information on East Hampton/Pierson’s girls tennis team was not provided.

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