BOYS VARSITY BOWLING
“East Islip boys bowling had a big week last week,” said coach Rick Papandrea, referring to two away matches where the team defeated Lindenhurst and North Babylon, including big scores by Nick DeFazio (663 series) and Jon Cheadle (659 series).
 “We’re sitting in third place with a very young team this year, after being defending county champs,” Papandrea said. After graduating four seniors last year, the team is returning only one starter from the championship team. Although expectations were low, they are now in a position to capture a seventh league title in a row, with two matches remaining this week, both at home.
 “The boys need another big week, but they are bowling well and the team is really coming together,” Papandrea added. “They own the high team game and high team series in all of Suffolk. These young men have started their ascent to the league title.”

GIRLS VARSITY BOWLING
On Jan. 17, the girls varsity bowling team defeated Northport 39-1, led by Lena Sorrentino’s county-high 279 game and 749 series, as well as Kristina Freitag (257 game, 730 series), Alexa DeFazio (234 game, 642 series), Courtney McGinn (224 game, 626 series), Nancy Baione (221 game, 612 series), Kelsey Fryer (256 game, 611 series), Jordan Kruger (247 game, 666 series) and Nichole Baione (238 game, 682 series). The team scored a county-high 1201 game and 3431 series.
The team then beat North Babylon on Jan. 19, by the score of 35.5-4.5. Freitag led the way by rolling a 278 (703 series). Other notable bowlers were Fryer (226 game, 625 series), Sorrentino (227 game, 614 series), McGinn (226 game), DeFazio (204 game) and Nancy Baione (202 game).
“We’ve increased our record to 11-0,” said coach Harold Cooley, noting that the team’s final league match takes place on Jan. 23 against West Islip.

BOYS VARSITY BASKETBALL
East Islip boys varsity basketball team enjoyed a decisive win at home over Riverhead on Jan. 17, beating the Blue Waves 73-59. Center Evan Maxwell led the way for the Redmen with 31 points, a career high for the imposingly tall East Islip senior. He also added 14 rebounds.

BOYS JV BASKETBALL
The boys JV team returned to their winning ways with a 58-43 victory over Riverhead on Jan. 17. The three-guard tandem of Matt Croce, Harley Spinks and Brandon MacMorris combined for 29 points. Freshman Zach Acocella was solid on both ends of the floor, notching 11 points and numerous defensive stops. After a run by Riverhead, the Redmen sealed the victory with a big jump shot by freshman Greg Palma. The JV boys next game is Jan. 23 against Long Island basketball powerhouse Lutheran High School.

GIRLS VARSITY BASKETBALL
On Jan. 17, East Islip fell to Riverhead, 62-31.

GIRLS WINTER TRACK
The girls varsity winter track and field team earned several medals at the League III relay meet in Brentwood on Jan. 19, including Emma Hallowell and Faith Penny (gold medal in the high jump), Jamie Curren and Emily Francois (gold medal in the 1500-meter race walk), Sam Taveras and Antonella Vasquez (silver medal in 1500-meter race walk), and Quinn Favilla, Grace Revello, Lexi Francisco and Kayla Murphy (silver medal in the distance medley relay).

WRESTLING
East Islip’s wrestlers were victors again at home on Jan. 18, edging Walt Whitman High School 34-31 with wins at 106, 120, 126, 182, 195 and 220 pounds.