The seventh grade girls softball team played to a six inning tie against Wantagh. The team was led by an excellent pitching performance from Nikki Pena. She allowed two earned runs and struck out 10 though six innings. Lisa Provenzano sparked the offense with a towering home run to lead off the sixth that helped to preserve the tie. Scoring two runs apiece were Samantha Miller, Danielle Baglivo and Shannon McAdam. All the girls played well.
The varsity badminton team defeated Valley Steam North by a score of 6-1. The singles players, Merari Chacon, April Orthner and Christine McCave, played extremely well. The match was saved by third singles players Jill Bischoff and Reena Temburni who had a clean, well-deserved win. First doubles players Christine Sampson and Jessica Sampson lost their first match, but came back in two more strenuous matches to win their game. In fourth doubles, Elyse O'Brien and Maggie Cheng added a point to their score with a win in three matches. The team is now 4 and 1 with several varsity players well on the road to Conference Championships.
The season is underway for the Island Trees Bulldogs lacrosse team. The Bulldogs had a slow start having to play an excellent Lynbrook team and a very good Bethpage team. The Dawgs are now entering the heart of their season with many must-win games if they want to get a good seed in the playoffs. The Dawgs have had non-league wins over New Hyde Park and Mineola.
Senior captains James Sguigna, James DelMonaco and Jerry Sampson led the team. Sguigna leads the team in goals while DelMonaco and Sampson hold the defense together. Juniors Matt Koenig and Dan Baudille help control the offense and the attack position. Sophomores Steve D'Ambrosio and Greg Rossi run the midfield for the Dawgs and are large contributors to the team. Rich Carroll and Keith Cardamone round out the defense for the Bulldogs. Dan Scorzelli and Rich Cama have shared time in goal and have had many outstanding saves, keeping the Dawgs in the game.
The JV lacrosse team beat Clarke by a score of 6-0. Joe Swicicki, who was perfect in goal, recorded the big shutout. Pete Condela and Nick Trevelyan scored goals for I.T. with two each and Jeff Ritter and Ricky Bailey with one each.
The JV girls softball team lost against Sewanhaka by the score of 20 to 12. The girls played a nice game, but the many mistakes they made cost them the game. The Lady Dawgs held them in the first with a huge lead of 6, but it went downhill from there. The many runs scored were by Sandy Baglivo, Caity Donahue and Lisa Smith with two each and Kristina Ruff, Christine "Smiling Stripes" Fielding, Carol Lehmann, Kristen Schafer, Michelle McGowan and Cheryl Werling with one each. Great fielding by Lehmann, Ryan Ann Ezzo, Ruff and Donahue. Great catching by Smith and pitching by Donahue, Kristin Mullervy and Ezzo.
The Island Trees junior varsity baseball team improved its record to 4 and 3 with a 4-0 win over hometown rival MacArthur. Michael Thompson pitched a one hit shutout to record the victory. The game was scoreless until the bottom of the fifth when Bryan Mercer hit a two out triple. He scored on an RBI single by Danny Beale. The JV Bulldogs tacked on three more runs in the bottom of the sixth with key hits by Matt Ostrowski, Ryan Pastore and Scott Kapica to secure the victory.
The I.T. JV baseball team has won their last three games in a row with other victories over New Hyde Park and Valley Stream South. Other Bulldogs who have been hot at the plate include Tom Lombardi and Paul Liguori. The JV Bulldogs start their league games next week with a three game series vs. Seaford.