The boys' basketball team earned a conference championship having to defeat a Massapequa team on the last day of the season to do so. Forever will this team be memorialized on a banner in the gym. And what will we all take from this season? Newsday gave two half-page articles to the team with pictures. Barry Landers from Cablevision's Telecare network saw the camaraderie and talent in our team and opted to televise our game not once but twice during the season! And was there any better place to be on Friday the 13th of February when Port hosted a first-round playoff game to a standing room-only crowd in the Schreiber gym. The face painted student section was outstanding during the season and no better than that night. Congrats to coaches Dooley, Sutz and former Schreiber grad Richie Miglietta for manning the sidelines and giving all of us a thrill this winter. New boys JV coach Joe Virgilio brought college playing experience along with good life lessons to his team. And Matt Holzer's JV2 team's youth and enthusiasm made for an exciting season.
An entire new coaching staff was on the sidelines for the Lady Vikings for the first time in 25 years. New varsity coach Dennis Trottier took a rebuilding team and has set some strong foundation. It was thrilling to see former Lady Viking standout Danielle Gil on the sidelines as assistant coach bringing the pride and passion to the young players. Last season there was no junior varsity girls' team. This year coach Lauren Bishar campaigned and worked hard to get 11 girls to play and finish the season. The best is yet to come!
Coach Anthony Schettino continues to raise the bar with our wrestlers. As a former Schreiber graduate, he continues to give the best for the team. The long season of invitational, conference matches and qualifiers bring out the best in the boys. Coaches Brian Walsh and Joe Mascaretti gave unselfishly to see this team succeed. This year's team had many personal triumphs.
The gymnastics team was led by coaches Katie Lessig and Jeanine Cuttita. The team competed fiercely and with grace and style. If you had the pleasure to see this team, you know the talent and ambition of all these girls.
Coaches Alan Hagel and Kevin Braddish led the girls and boys bowling teams this winter. The boy's team had a record number of the competitors and both teams fared well this season.
Our boys swim team, led by coach Joe Lennon, practice early in the morning hours and compete late into the night representing Port well in the conference schedule.
Our fencers, Will O'Neill and Will Zhau represented us well in foil in the Nassau County independent league where Joe Lederer was team advisor.
Finally, the winter track program continues to grow beyond imagination. Girls coaches, Kris Ocker and Virginia McMahon along with boys coaches Robin Cooper and Brendan Dagan and the ever present effervescent Bruce MacDonald, bring our runners to new heights and experience. And Marco's Millrose Mile... priceless.
The Schreiber winter season comes to an end and in a matter of days, the spring season will be upon us. Whether it be the thunderous ovation that happens after a steal and a score or the silent anticipation of a culminating balance beam routine, in the end, it is the competition that drives the athlete and coach, it is the pride in the blue and white of the Port Vikings that keep spectators young and old coming to the games. It is the memories of a season gone by that prevail.
Not every team will win its last game, not every individual his last meet. In fact only one team among over 57, one individual among hundreds can call themselves the best in the state. This winter at Schreiber was a memory-filled season of so much more than the score. Kudos to all the competing athletes and their fans for supporting them. See you "around the fields" in a couple of weeks!