The middle school track team had two meets last week, opening the season in the rain at Southport-East Manor High School and then competing the next day at home at East Islip Middle School. “The team looks strong, with a large turnout for both the boys and girls squads,” observed Board President Glenn Reed.

The East Islip boys track team won again against a tough Copiague team on May 2, with a final score of 79-62. East Islip was on top of their game, the standout performances including senior Jerel Williams winning the 400 and 200-meter runs, junior Shane Martensen winning the 1600 and 3200-meter runs, sophomore Evan Barnes achieving two personal bests in the 100 and 200- meter runs and junior Andre Deegan placing second in the 100-meter run. “Athletes of the Meet” Brian Smith, Martensen, Ray O'Connor and Jack Smith ran a season best 8:44.64 in the 4x800 run, helping EI lock down the win.  
“I couldn't have been more proud of my team” said EI coach James Connell. “They were extremely motivated all meet long and did not give up many points. They really showed myself and the other coaches that they came to win.”


The East Islip baseball team swept Newfield last week, taking the 3-game series and improving to 16-1 for the year.
On May 2, John Dondero pitched a one-hitter with 8 strikeouts, allowing Newfield only a two-out single in the fifth inning. Dondero went 2-for-3 with an RBI in this 3-0 game. .
The following day saw East Islip win 4-2, with Ken Rotunno striking out four Newfield batters in a complete game . Dave Palmer went 1-for-3 with a triple and two RBI.
In the final game of the series, East Islip exploded at bat, defeating Newfield 13-0. Winning pitcher Dave Palmer pitched a complete game, striking out 13 batters and giving up only 2 hits. Casey Stengel hit a home run and 4 RBI.
EI headed into the final week of the season with a 3-game series against second-place Smithtown East.

East Islip’s softball team won two out of three last week, beginning with a May 2 win over Hauppauge in a League III/IV crossover game. Courtney Blake was the winning pitcher in the 5-2 victory, throwing a complete game and allowing only 5 hits and 1 walk with 2 strikeouts. Senior shortstop Lindsey Zenk went 2-for-3 with 2 runs and 2 stolen bases, Alexa Martone went 3-for-3 with an RBI single. The game featured a battle of coaching brothers, with East Islip coach Jason McGowan coming out on top over his brother, Hauppauge coach Jimmy McGowan. Both are sons of legendary Bay Shore coach Jim McGowan.
On May 3, EI lost a 5-2 game to Half Hollow Hills West, again with Blake on the mound.
EI roared back on May 5, demolishing Half Hollow Hills East by a lopsided 15-0 score and raising their League III record to 12-2. Sophomore Danielle Drywa had her first multiple-home run game, going 2-for-3 with 2 home runs (including a grand slam) and six RBI. Kelsey Fileccia also homered, and Kristina Rodriguez went 2-for-3 with an RBI. Ace pitcher Blake won again.

East Islip’s girls golf team went 3-0 last week, with their League II season record improved to 7-3. EI defeated Connetquot twice and downed Bellport, losing only one match point all week.
EI won the April 30 game against Bellport by 9-0. Kim Schmidt and junior Hannah Rielly both shot a 11-over 47 on Timber Point’s white course.
On May 2, they beat Connetquot 8-1. Schmidt shot a 45 and sophomore Cathy Marku shot a 48, with the team shooting a season-low combined score of 248.
East Islip beat Connetquot again on May 3, winning 9-0.

The girls varsity team hammered Connetquot on May 1, coming away with a 19-9 victory in Division I. East Islip was led by Nicole Levy’s 2 goals and 8 assists and Victoria Gregson’s 5 goals and 1 assist. Other scorers: Carlee Ancona (3 goals, 1 assist), Jackie Niciforo (2 goals, 4 assists), Lisa Olen (2 goals), Mackenzie Houghton (1 goals, 2 assists), Elizabeth Vetter (1 goal, 2 assists), Jacqueline Clyne (1 goal) and Shannon Cummings (1 goal). Lee-Ann Salim made 6 saves, Krista Ancona made 2.
East Islip then lost a close 11-10 game against Ward Melville on May 3, despite Krista Ancona’s 5 saves. EI scorers were Gregson (4 goals), Niciforo (3 goals), Cummings (2 goals, 1 assist), Carlee Ancona (1 goal) and Levy (4 assists).

On April 30, the boys varsity lacrosse team came out on top against Whitman, winning 11-10. Ken Pastore scored with 4:23 left to put East Islip up 10-9. Freshman goalie Sean Sconone made 11 saves, and Robert Sconone scored 1 goal and 5 assists. Other scorers for EI were Tyler Rigo (3 goals), Sean Spruyt (3 goals), Joe Modica (1 goal, 1 assist), Troy Revello (1 goal, 1 assist) and  Shawn Cummings (1 goal
East Islip fell short against Smithtown West, losing 16-5 on May 2 despite 3 saves each from goalies Sean Sconone and Robert Rohan. EI scorers were Rigo (3 goals), Bobby Kenney (2 goals), Anthony Diesu (1 assist) and Robert Sconone (1 assist).
The team came back strong on May 4, defeating Floyd 11-6. Robert Sconone led EI with 4 goals and 2 assists, followed by Spruyt (4 goals), Rigo (3 goals, 4 assists), Cummings (1 assist) and Revello (1 assist). Goalie Sean Sconone made 7 saves.
The East Islip Middle School girls lacrosse tean beat Ronkonkoma 16-7 on May 2, led by seventh-grader Taylor Lungrin’s 5 goals and great saves by goalies Cailee Greco and Jenna Murphy. Sara Wright and Rachel Florenz also had outstanding games with 3 goals each. Amanda Moccaldi, Veronica Saager, Kayla Harrison, Angelina Perrone and Amanda Rovalino each scored a goal for EI.  

In league play, the boys varsity tennis team hit a rough patch, losing Bay Shore on April 30 (David Carroll lost 6-2, 6-1 at third singles) and Connetquot on May 1, both by 6-1 scores.

Photos by Glenn Reed