Written by Tom Fitzpatrick Thursday, 03 April 2014 00:00
The Wheatley School’s Boys Varsity and Girls Varsity Indoor Track, Fencing, Girls Basketball and Boys Basketball have been recognized by the New York State Public High School Athletic Association for academic excellence in its Scholar/Athlete Recognition Award Program. This program recognizes athletic teams from across New York State for the exemplary academic performance of its team members.
Based on a composite of the grade point averages among team members, team champions are selected for each varsity sport from those high schools across New York State that enter the competition. Each team is vying for the crown of New York Scholar/Athlete
State Champion in their respective sport. The Wheatley School has received this recognition for 21 state championships since entering the program in 2000.
The girls’ basketball team, coached by Brian McConaghy and Ashley Rogala led by captain’s Olivia Braito, Ankita Kelkar and Jamie Sellinger, had a grade point average of 98.644. The boys’ basketball team, coached by Jim Curcio and led by captain’s Kevin Martins (Mineola) and Andrew Tripi (Mineola), had an average of 91.006.
The boys’ indoor track team, coached by Dan Walsh and led by captains Tom Giunta, Dillon Hanel and Neil Shahdadpuri, had an average of 97.221. The girls’ indoor track team, coached by Laura Gurick, had an average of 97.802. The girls’ fencing team, coached by Pierson Taylor and Terry Grace and led by captains Gabriella Leccese and Samantha Siegler, had an average of 97.250.
The boys’ fencing team, coached by Pierson Taylor and Terry Grace and led by captain Ben Goldbaum, had an average of 96.360.