East Islip High School’s boys winter track team participated in a crossover meet at Suffolk County Community College in Brentwood on Saturday, Dec. 17. Fifteen runners made the top 40 list in their events, including the 4x200 and 4x400 relays. The meet’s MVP was Andrew Sharkey, who achieved personal bests on the 55-meter high hurdles (8.75) and 600-meter dash (1:29.97).

The girls JV team played a non-league game on Dec. 17 at Herricks High School, winning 38-18. Eighth-graders Alexa Mattera (8 points) and Christina Talamo (10 points) were the leading scorers for East Islip.

The boys JV basketball team notched their first win of the season on Saturday, Dec. 17, beating Islip by a score of 52-21. Brandon MacMorris led the way with his second consecutive 18-point performance. The Redmen played tenacious defense, relying on the hot shooting of Harley Spinks, Matt Croce, Steve Cinquemani, Brennan Walsh and Steven Caturano to secure the victory. “Congratulations on your first win, boys!” said coach Timothy McDermott.

East Islip’s varsity wrestling team finished with a top team score of 264.5 in the Dec. 17 Cyclone Tournament at South Side High School in Rockville Centre. Other teams competing included Chaminade (217.5 points), Riverhead (204), Lynbrook (144), Manhasset (124), Hicksville (98), Plainview-Old Bethpage JFK (61) and Hempstead (32).

In the championship finals, East Islip’s Jesse Dellveccia decisioned Chaminade’s Joseph Bocardo 5-1 in the 99-lb. weight class, James Burke (EI) pinned Cameron Cipolla (Hicksville) at 4:25 in the 106-lb, Justin Morena (EI) pinned Kyle Helgans (Riverhead) at 0:33 in the 120-lb., Peter Rooney (Chaminade) pinned Chris Sortino (EI) at 3:35 in the 132-lb., Dennis Ferro (EI) pinned Dan Normoyale (Riverhead) at 0:34 in the 138-lb., Shawn Cummings (EI) pinned Jason Espinosa (Lynbrook) at 1:53 in the 170-lb., Matt Mott (Lynbrook) pinned Chris Chambers (EI) at 0:25 in the 195-lb., and Jon Espinosa (Lynbrook) pinned Dan Hayden (EI) at 2:47 in the 285.
In the consolation finals,  East Islip’s Danny Orlando (EI) decisioned Ryan Holtzgruber (South Side) 11-4 in the 99-lb., Ethan Zaweski (Riverhead) pinned Frank Argenti (EI) at 3:17 in the 120-lb, and Erik Adon (EI) won a 9-3 decision over Manhasset’s Grant Weiss in the 145-lb.

East Islip’s JV wrestling team scored 166 points in the Paul P. Grammatico VSS Tournament at Valley Stream Central High School on Dec. 17, coming in third place overall. Other teams competing included Island Trees, Babylon, Bellmore JFK and Valley Stream South.
“We had 8 guys place at VSS,” said coach Michael Longobardi. Freshman Marcus Rivera placed second at 220 lbs., going 3-1 with 2 pins. Sophomore Sal Cipolla, senior Dylan Kruger and freshman Jonathan Wilson all placed third. Cipolla (120 lbs.) was 5-1 with 3 pins, Kruger (195) was 4-1 with 3 pins, while Wilson (220) was 3-1 with 3 pins. Freshman Griffin Brown, junior Zak Smalls, Justin Rigo and Kevin Ramos all placed fourth in their weight classes. Brown (99), Smalls (138) and Rigo (170) were all 3-2; Ramos (182) was 2-2.

Photos by Glenn Reed.