The Island Trees boys JV soccer team finished off the first half of the season with a 4-0 victory over Seaford; Dave Valencia led the attack with 2 goals and an assist. Shaun Rutherford converted a penalty shot for a goal and Dan Carlson scored his first goal of the season on a breakaway. He placed a perfect ball in the corner of the net that left the goalie with no chance. The boys are currently 4-0-2 in league play and look to extend their excellent play in the second half of the season.
The Varsity Bulldogs lost a heartbreaker to the Warriors of Wantagh by the score of 13-6. The Dogs challenged the second place Warriors, but came up short with four minutes to go. The defense was outstanding. The Bulldogs play West Hempstead for Homecoming.
The Island Trees Cross Country team competed in another excellent meet. The Bulldogs were led by several outstanding runners including junior Mike Battafarano with a time of 20:46; freshman Bill Dmuchowski with a time of 21:47; senior Joe Cusker with a time of 21:50; freshman Mike Pellegrino with a time of 28:39; and senior Rob Howells, returning from an injury, with a time of 33:59. All runners ran well.
The Island Trees Lady Bulldogs also ran excellently in their meet. The Bulldogs were led by junior Loren Wignall with a time of 27:33 in her first meet. Outstanding races were turned in by junior Christine Smith, senior Elissa Smith and junior Krystyna Malewski in her first meet.
Come out and support the Bulldogs on Saturday, Oct. 29 in our league championship at Bethpage State Park.
The Girls Varsity Volleyball team is on a winning streak. The girls won a great game against Freeport. The team was led by excellent hitting skills displayed by Sarah Hess, Katie Blauvelt, Catie Hollett, Ashley DeLuca, Beth Hughes and Megan Scher. Great blocks were also made by Sarah Hess, Catie Hollett, Ashley DeLuca and Beth Hughes. The serving was incredible with Katie Blauvelt, Catie Hollett, Kristin Vesely, Ashley DeLuca, Sam Modik, Beth Hughes, Megan Scher, Jen Abramowski and Nicole Dollar with many aces. The team overall played great defensively with terrific passes by all. Jen Reno and Allison Llorente were able to carry the team strong by making excellent sets. The girls also defeated Hempstead with great serving by Sam Modik, Katie Blauvelt, Deanna Brown and Kristin Vesely. Good passing by Jen Reno and Megan Scher. Nice hitting by Sarah Hess and Catie Hollett. The ladies played excellent games to win these matches and hopefully can keep up this winning streak.
The JV volleyball team improved their record to 5-3 by defeating Freeport 3-0. Brianne Lopez, Jill Foster, Carolyn Alvarez and Megan Hollett contributed with dominating series. It was a total team effort.
The Girls Varsity Soccer team has started to click and is gearing up for the playoffs on a positive note. They have won 2 of their last 3 games, posting wins over Cold Spring Harbor 3-1, state-ranked Garden City 4-2 and losing a tough one to Farmingdale 1-0. IT - 3; Cold Spring Harbor - 1. Goals were scored by Meghan Sguigna, Christina Merrill and Ashley Moore with assists by Val Ahrens and Meghan Sguigna. The game was played under the lights and on turf. IT - 4; Garden City - 2. After trailing 2-0 the Lady Dawgs scored 4 unanswered goals to get the win. After being rattled by the physical play of the Trojans, IT regained their composure and created scoring opportunities while containing the Garden City offense. After trailing 2-0, Christina Merrill opened up the scoring on a rebound of a shot from Meghan Sguigna. Rene Balvin then scored on a rebound on a shot by Ashley Moore. This tied the game up at 2-2 at halftime. In the second half, the Lady Dawgs came out possessed! They would not be denied this game! The defense of Kristen Burgos, Kiersten Bortell, Steph Kaiser, and Meghan Carey along with midfielders Val Ahrens, Michelle Topel, Rebecca Burleson, Rene Balvin and Kristen Walsh were tenacious! When play started, the Lady Dawgs were the aggressors and in the 7th minute Ashley Moore scored on a pass from Michelle Topel for the gamer. To put the nail in the coffin, Meghan Carey scored on a corner kick from Topel. With two games remaining, Coaches Goldberg and Schneider are confident that the girls will be ready for the playoffs.
The Boys JV Soccer team continued their run for an undefeated season by squeezing by Floral Park 1-0. The boys started off slowly, it could have been the long layoff due to the weather or maybe it was the fact that Floral Park loaded up their defense to stop the Bulldogs. Regardless of the reason, the Bulldogs were able to break through when Dan Carlson, who was added to the offense as a 4th forward, found an opening in the defense and Tom Willoughby fed him the ball for an easy goal. It was all the Bulldogs needed as the defense was solid as usual and Bob Collelouri posted another shutout.
A job well done goes out the 7th grade girls soccer team on their game against Woodland. Although the Lady Dogs were unable to clinch the win, they played tough for all 4 quarters of the game. Stopper, Erin Carey scored the Bulldogs only goal of the game off of a well-placed pass from Kelsey Riegel. Kaitlyn Interlandi, Sarah Kutzma, Kayla Walsh, Andrea Barbera, Meagan Burns and Dominique Nacovsky kept offensive pressure on the opposing team's defense for the entirety of the game. Notable defensive plays were made by sweepers, Stephanie Brown and Whitney Dobladillo. Fullbacks Michelle Fabis, Kristin Rochon and Samantha Brand also played well using solid communication to keep Woodland from gaining tangible scoring opportunities. Goalies Corinne Dodge and Stacy Riley had 3 and 5 saves respectively and should be commended on their season opener.
The Island Trees boys 7th grade soccer team defeated Woodland 7-0. The team played a great game all around. Goals were scored by John Duffy, Tyler Walsh, Mike Avitable, Kyle Schamberger and Nic Jorge. The defense was outstanding throughout the whole game as the awesome twosome of Mike Mangeniello and Andrew Willoughby shut down Woodland's offense.
A great game was played by the boys 8th grade soccer team, but they came up short 3-1 against Howitt. Great game was played by Tom Enders, Pat Lehosky, Chris Dmuchowski, Billy Kuch, Rob Panebianco, Jaime Sierra and Tom Steinwall.
The Middle School Football team played an exceptional game from start to finish against Locust Valley. They proved that the Falcons could not take the fight out of the Bulldogs by not giving up in the final seconds of the game. It all started in the first quarter when Anthony Ciaramitaro hit Anthony Wrightington on a screen pass that went 60 yards. Great blocking by linemen Michael Caldarera, Chris Nickel, James Vesely and Mike DeSimone, filling in the team as center. The defense scored a safety shortly after by a tackle by outside linebacker Brian Verbitsky. The Bulldogs were then plagued with fumbles and turnovers and allowed the Falcons to take a 20-8 lead. The turning point of the game was by the "B" team defense stopping the Falcons from scoring and forcing them to turnover on downs. The 5th quarter was sparked by great runs by Robert Castillo and Brian Verbitsky for a 35-yard TD run. With the final minutes of the game and the Dogs down 20-14, the defense did not falter. The Dogs forced the Falcons to turn over on the downs with 9 seconds left in the game. Captain Anthony Ciaramitaro went to his go-to man and hit Wrightington on a 56-yard bomb for the score. The Bulldogs could not convert on the extra point and ended with a tie. Great effort by the whole team for not giving up and playing from start to finish.
The Boys 8th grade Soccer team played a great game, but came up short against Merrick Avenue 3-0. Great game was played by Tom Enders, Tyler Bauer, Pat Lehosky, Dom Rosello, Joe Gombar, Chris Dmuchowski, Rob Pulido, Tom Steinwall, Billy Kuch and Josh Sailor.
The Boys' 7th grade Soccer team defeated Salk by the score of 6-0. Two goals were scored by Chris Cutrone and goals were also scored by Ryan MacDonald, Tyler Walsh, Mike Manganiello and Nick Jorge. Goalie Casey Hasting recorded his second shutout of the year.
The Girls' 8th grade Soccer team tied Merrick Avenue 2-2. Goals were scored in the 11th and 19th minute by Jessica Pierre-Tijero and Jessica Beissel. The last home game of the season will be against Wantagh.
Congratulations to the Girls' 7th grade Soccer team on their 4-2 win over rival Salk. Lisa Indelicato scored 2 of the Bulldog goals, the firsts off of a well-placed pass from Kayla Walsh and the second off of a one-touch pass from Kaitlyn Interlandi. Midfielder Theresa Ng scored the 3rd goal off of a right foot cross from Meagan Burns. Dominique Nacovsky wrapped up the Lady Dogs successful scoring attempts with a phenomenal left foot shot. Midfielders Rebecca Velez, Shannon Rutherford, Cassidy Witkowski, Kelsey Riegel and Erin Carey gave much needed offensive support throughout the game. Defensive players Whitney Dobladillo, Stephanie Brown, Stacy Riley, Samantha Brand, Kristin Rochon and Corinne Dodge all made notable defensive plays and should be commended on their constant use of team communication. Goalie Mikayla Munch made a solid debut with 6 saves during her time in the net.