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Schreiber Girls Softball Scholar-Athletes

An already successful Schreiber High School girls’ softball team season became even more satisfying and rewarding with the recent announcement that the New York State Public High School Athletic Association had named the Vikings as its scholar-athlete champion in softball for the 2012-2013 school year.

A very proud coach, Eric Sutz, who guided the girls to the conference championship this year following a season when they failed to lose a single league game, was surprised at this latest honor. “We found out about this when most of the girls were already done with school, so we didn’t really have an opportunity to celebrate as a whole group,” he said. Sutz nominated his team, filling out the application that required the listing of grade point averages for each of the 20 team members for the year.

“I think what’s amazing,” he added, “is that the girls achieved this despite a busy spring with SATs, AP tests, and having to choose colleges. I give them a lot of credit for performing.

The Vikings won all 14 of their league games and finished 15-4 before losing in the first round of the playoffs. The conference championship was their first since 2004. They’re also the second Schreiber team to achieve the scholar-athlete designation this year. The boys’ volleyball team was honored in January, becoming the first Port team to be named since the award was established 12 years ago.

Jackie Avila, one of only four seniors who played on Sutz’s team, was thrilled with the softball team’s accomplishment. “It made me feel very proud of my team,” said the catcher, who is continuing her education at Binghamton in the fall. “I knew they were smart but to have this achievement on top of the conference championship was an awesome way to end the season. It shows how great they were.” Elisabeth Kostallas (Nassau Community), Georgia Goodman (Tufts) and Sarah Marinelli (University of Vermont) are the other graduating seniors.

“I’m going to miss all of the girls,” said Avila, who recently received her own individual honor, a $1000 scholarship and sportsmanship award named for Rem Lumi. “They’re like my second family. I’m going to come back as much as I can because the girls are so sweet and hard working.”

Sutz, who just finished his fifth year as head coach, still has the potential of bringing back 16 of his players for next season. All of the returning players played on the varsity level, as there weren’t enough players to field a junior varsity.

Avila was asked for a prediction as to how the team would do next year without her, Kostallas, Goodman and Marinelli, who Sutz has frequently referred to as his core four. Avila and Marinelli played for Sutz for four years and Kostallas and Goodman played three. I think we’re going to come back to the playoffs, I mean ‘they’re’ going to come back, she said, with a touch of envy and sadness. “They’re going to do even better.” Their other co-captain, Alex Caprariello, who was an all county pitcher this season as a junior, will lead the Vikings.

News

Gould A. ‘Stretch’ Ryder III, accomplished sailor, pilot, businessman, civic leader, and steward of the beautiful waterfront of Port Washington, passed away Oct. 24 at The Amsterdam at Harborside Hospice Center in Port Washington.

Stretch, as he was known to all, was well known as part of the crew on Ted Turner’s “Courageous” when it won the America’s Cup in 1977. Turner stayed in touch and visited Stretch last week.

Stretch’s life was marked by numerous personal contributions and accomplishments.

Parents concerned about classroom sizes spoke up at the Port Washington Board of Education meeting, as the board passed an approval of the larger sizes.

Parents spoke of class sizes at the district’s elementary being in the mid 20s, an amount they felt compromised the quality of their children’s education.

“The board of education changed our children’s education for the worse,” said one mother of larger average class sizes the board had approved last year. The comment drew clapping from the audience.


Sports

The Port Washington Soccer Club has presented Schreiber High School graduate and captain of the Port Washington Blue Knights, Cameron Boroumand, with the annual $1,000 Joe Cohen Scholarship.

The award, which has been presented annually for over 10 years, was established by the Port Washington Soccer Club to honor Joseph Cohen, a gifted athlete who attended college on a soccer scholarship. He went on to achieve outstanding success, first academically, and then in his professional life.  He gave his time fully and with great heart to innumerable charitable endeavors.

The tough and talented Port Washington volleyball team defeated Hicksville at an away game this past Friday in all three sets.

With strong returning players who also play on club teams year round, the Port Washington team plays with a certain level of chemistry. Megan Murphy and Kelly Nardone led the way with 12 assists and Mia Walker had six kills.


Calendar

Schreiber Symphony Orchestra - November 6

Port Summer Show - November 6

Residents For A More Beautiful Port Washington Meeting - November 7


Columns

1959: The Year The Music Stopped Playing
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