The season got off to a great start, both the JV and the Varsity teams were able to practice outdoors every day. This hasn't been the case for a number of years with the weather in March being so unpredictable. Both teams have a promising season ahead of them. The JV team has a lot of talented and dedicated players. Our first scrimmage is against MacArthur at Island Trees. This should be a very tough, but exciting game as both teams have extraordinary talent.
Congratulations to the Island Trees Wrestling team. They improved their record to 3-1 with a shutout of Grand Ave. Leading the way by pinning their opponents were Matt Eberlein, Stephan Barea, Anthony Stassi, Tom Willoughby, Dan Carlson, Joe Sorisi, Joe Cataldo, Matt D'Albenzio and Edwin Franco. Nik Butrico and Peter Molino each won by close decisions. On the "B" mat, wrestlers Sean Busch, Corey Stimach, Anthony Ciaravino, Nick Waring, Jeremy Ayala, Justin Habermehl, Chris Stassi and Brian Smith all pinned their opponents. Rob Landini won by decision. The Bulldogs wrestling team takes on Merrick at home next.
The eighth grade Girls Basketball team put together a strong defensive effort to defeat a tough Woodland team. The Lady Dawgs used their athleticism and their hustle to come up with loose balls and tough rebounds against the bigger Woodland team. Jena Leardo and Kristen Burgos paced the attack with eight points each. Angelika Paskins added five, Rachel Trager and Kristen Walsh chipped in four points and Gina Ciaravino, Kelly Cala and Kristin Vesely each had a basket. The team combined for 14 steals and 12 blocks on the defensive end to seal the victory. Patricia Brewer, Jessica Greene, Brianne Lopez, Marissa Sciacca, Lauren Lucas, Lauren Maniace and Andrea Fragoletti provided great effort and hustle throughout the game.
The seventh grade Lady Dawgs won a very hard fought battle by defeating Woodland 31-23. The girls were led by their composure and guts, needing both to defeat a very physical Woodland team. Meghan Biondolillo defined this by playing injured throughout the fifth period, yet she still stepped up. Renee Balvin's "team-first" attitude paid off tremendously for the girls, while Ashley Moore's poltergeist attitude led the defense. Jill Foster, Christina Merrill, Rebecca Burleson and Stephanie Rogers all played key minutes in the fifth period. Meghan Carey and Deanna Brown's defense were a highlight for the girls, while Lisa Barenzano's toughness was an inspiration. It was a great team effort and the girls' class was noticeable and key to the victory.