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May 20, 2019 9:40 AMPublication: The East Hampton Press & The Southampton Press

East Hampton, Pierson, Bridgehampton, Southampton Winter Athletes Earn Postseason Accolades

May 20, 2019 9:40 AM

The East Hampton/Pierson/Bridgehampton boys swimming team had its best season in program history this winter—and team members have the hardware to prove it.

As a team, the Bonackers went undefeated in League II meets, and then followed that up by winning the League II Championship meet and placed second in Suffolk County—all program bests.

Four Bonac swimmers then qualified for the New York State Swimming and Diving Championships. Ethan McCormac placed third in the 100-yard freestyle and fifth in the 200-yard freestyle, earning All-State honors in both events. McCormac also helped East Hampton’s 200-yard freestyle relay team qualify for the ‘B’ final, in which it placed 18th in the state. He was joined by his younger brother Owen, a sophomore, East Hampton junior Aidan Forst and Pierson senior Ryan Duryea.

East Hampton placed 23rd as a team and helped Section XI (Suffolk County) place fifth among the state’s 11 different sections. Ethan McCormac was also All-County, as was the 200 free relay team. The 200-yard medley relay team of Owen McCormac, Joey Badilla, Jack Duryea and Colin Harrsion and the 400 free relay team of Fernando Menjura, Edward Hoff, Forst and Ethan McCormac were both All-League this season. And the following individuals were All-League in their respective events: Ryan Duryea (200 IM, 100 breast), Harrison (50 free), Hoff (100 free) and Owen McCormac (50 free) and Badilla (100 back).

East Hampton’s Ryan Fowkes was League and Small Schools Champion in the 1,000-meter race in the indoor track season. He went on to qualify for the New York State Championships, where he placed 11th.

The East Hampton boys basketball team finished its season 6-10 in League V, 6-14 overall. Malachi Miller and Jeremy Vizcaino were both named All-League. Information on the girls basketball team was not provided.

Samantha Schurr led East Hampton’s bowling team in its inaugural season in every statistical category and was named All-League for her efforts.

The East Hampton/Pierson/Bridgehampton wrestling team was unable to win a League V dual-meet match this past winter but had to deal with a coaching change mid-season when Anthony Piscitello accepted a teaching position in another school district. Longtime teacher and coach Jim Stewart took over the team and helped the team in the postseason, where Santiago Maya qualified for the Suffolk County Division I Championships.

Stewart dished out a few of his own team awards. Brian Barrera was given the Coaches Award, Caleb Peralta was named Most Improved and Maya was named the team’s Most Valuable Wrestler. Both East Hampton’s varsity and junior varsity were also given Team Sportsmanship Awards.

Bridgehampton

The Bridgehampton boys basketball team fell a victory short from reaching the New York State Class D Final Four, suffering a 66-60 loss to Marathon in the Regional Final. The Bees did win what was their very first Long Island Class D Championship, defeating Academy Charter before beating Roscoe Central in the Regional Semifinal.

J.P. Harding was named to LongIslandBasketball.com’s All-Long Island Second Team on top of being named All-County and All-Conference.

Elijah White was also named All-Conference. Naéjon Ward was named to the Small School All-Tournament Team and All-Conference. Harding, White and Ward were each named All-League. Jacqhr Carr shared the League VII Jim Lynch Unsung Hero Award with Shelter Island’s Luke Lowell-Liszancke and Nat DePasquale was League VII All-Academic.

Pierson/Bridgehampton

The Lady Whalers had one of their best seasons in program history, winning the League VI title with a 16-0 undefeated record, then winning another three games in the Suffolk County tournament, eventually falling to Class A Champion Mount Sinai in the Small Schools Championship, which ended the team’s impressive 19-game winning streak.

Katie Kneeland paced the team throughout the season. She was named All-County, Academic All-County, she was named to the All-Tournament Team, League MVP and All-League. She also earned a News 12 Scholar Athlete. Chastin Giles and Celia Barranco were both All-Conference and All-League and Sofia Mancino were All-League. Paige Schaefer and Autumn Coffey were Academic All-County.

The Pierson/Bridgehampton boys basketball team qualified for the postseason after going 7-5 in League VII (10-9 overall) but lost to Southold in the opening round. Henry Books was named All Conference and All League and Nick Egbert was named All-Academic. William Fujita was named League VII JV Coach of the Year.

Southampton

Luke Rey reached the New York State Indoor Track Championships in the 55-meter dash after placing second at the Section XI State Qualifier. He went on to place 18th in the state.

The Southampton boys basketball team had a solid regular season, going 9-3 in League VI (14-5 overall), but then suffered a loss to Mattituck in the opening round of the Suffolk County Class B postseason. Dakoda Smith, Sincere Faggins and Marquise Trent were each named All-Conference and All-League while Marcus Trent was named All-League. Jomel De La Cruz earned All-Academic honors and Ricky Taylor was named the League VI JV Coach of the Year.

The Southampton girls basketball team was on the cusp of breaking a somewhat lengthy playoff drought, but lost a tough game at Port Jefferson to fall a win short. Taylor Pike was All-Conference and All-League, while Madison Taylor and Allysha Thomas were both All-League.

Anthony Medina ended a four-year drought of a Southampton wrestler reaching the finals of the Suffolk County Division II Championships. He placed second at 195 pounds. Brad Bockhaus was also All-County by placing fourth at 220 pounds.

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