The Jonas Salk Middle School fall athletic season has come to a successful conclusion. The boys soccer teams, the girls soccer teams, the football team, the cross country team, and the badminton team all maximized their rosters to encourage athletic participation. The dedication and sportsmanship exhibited by the athletes at Salk allowed all the teams to develop into solid squads. The highlight of the fall athletic season was the addition of the seventh grade boys soccer team and the seventh grade girls soccer team. The extra team enabled 50 more students to participate in athletics.
The boys seventh grade soccer team started the first half of the season with a 1-4 record. Despite the slow start they won their last four games finishing the season 5-4. The late success of the team was based on strong defense. The back line was led by John Cappa, Camilo Hernandez, Matt Levy, Chris Campbell and Chris Xanthoudakis, and anchored by goalie, Rich Reuter. The offense was led by Even Gerard, Brian Sciubba, Norman Hernandez, Ryan Kenny, Will Machmer, Eric Ackerman and Steve Donovan.
The boys eighth grade soccer team started the season slowly, losing their first four games. Despite the slow start the athletes won their last three out of five games finishing the season on a strong note. Outstanding goalie play was exhibited by Tom Wright and Eric Milk. The defense was led by T.J. Lazarus and Dylon Reitmayr. The top goal scorers for the Seahawks were Rob Sanicola, Greg Martorelli, Robert Nunley, Tim Cordova and Bryan First.
The girls seventh grade soccer team finished their season 2-5-1. This was a learning year for the team, having had 25 members, many inexperienced in soccer. With each game the team's skill level improved tremendously. The girls' positive attitudes, work ethic and dedication paid off not in their record, but in their overall improvement individually and as a team.
The team was led by offensive players, Toni Caserta, Jillian Pulsinelli, Kim DeLorme, Marissa Hall and Jessica Flavin. The team's defense was behind Lauren Saladino, Amy O'Connor, Jessica Nocero and goalies, Corinna DeOlivera and Lisa Oliveri.
The eight grade girls soccer team completed their season on Oct. 22 with an exciting come-from-behind victory over cross town rivals, Wisdom Lane. The success of Salk's season was not measured by their won-loss record, which was under .600, but in the progress the girls made throughout the season. The team's dedication and work ethic allowed them to finish the season with a victory. Outstanding players included Shannon Hart, Amara Erdrich, Teresa Mercuri, Jackie Muller, Lucy Kinnally, Katie Heenan and goalies, Alex Gargiso and Christy Landwirsick.
The Salk seventh and eighth grade football team finished the season with a come-from-behind victory over Woodland. Nick Tintle scored with three minutes left in the game on a 70-yard touchdown run. The victory allowed the Seahawks to finish the season with a 4-2 record. The success of the team was based on the hard work the boys demonstrated in practice. The offense was led by quarterbacks, Andrew Masone, Michael Ackerman and Nick Manfredo. Runningbacks, Adam Molano, Gian Valenti, Nick Tintle and Rich Baily solidified the Seahawk ground game. The team's defense was led by Luke Ingram, Chris Sipp, Peter Egan, Tyrone Opena and Dan Walters.
The Salk Middle School cross country team competed against other central Nassau schools in seven meets this October. The boys and girls on this team ran two mile courses at Hempstead Lake State Park, Bethpage State Park, and Eisenhower Park. James Herrera was the leading runner for Salk in all seven races.
The Salk girls badminton team had a very successful season, winning four, losing three, and tying one. The girls won their last three matches to finish with a winning season. Outstanding players included Kim Smith, Ashley Chung, Tara Nowlin and Rachel Pagona.