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Athletics, Health & Physical Education Department

Stephen Restivo


Nancy Ippilito




Three Varsity Boys Earn All-County in Track and Field

Three members of high school’s varsity boys track and field team recently earned All-County honors: Jason Conzo (third place in pole vault), Javier Ornella (third place in shot put) and Josh Terhune (county runner-up in the 800-meter run).

Girls Track Team Makes History

The high school’s girls varsity track and field team won their first league championship since 2016, defeating Westhampton Beach on June 4 by a score of 80-60. Building on this victory, the Lady Redmen continued to make history by hosting the division championships for the first time on June 9, and winning the first division championship in school history. East Islip scored a whopping 113 points, far ahead of the 72 points tallied by the second-place team.

East Islip’s squad was led by division champion Joy Petersen in the 2000-meter steeple chase and Hannah Smalley in the 800-meter. The 4x400-meter relay team of Grace Micali, Jenna Scandale, Olivia Simonetti and Smalley won the division championship and set a new school record time of 4:09.35. The 4x800-meter team of Hailey DeHaas, Petersen, Danielle Simonetti and Sam Tucci also won the division championship with a time of 10:00.84. The 4x100-meter relay team of Kayla Kniff, Melissa Mirabelli, Gianna Motto and Ayanna O’Neal took 4th place in a season best time of 52.84 seconds. 

Individual scorers included Deirdre Carney (second place in the pentathlon), Kniff (fourth in the 100-meter high hurdles), Motto (fourth in the 100-meter dash), Petersen (second in 1,500-meter), Scandale (fourth in the 400-meter and fifth in the 200-meter), Danielle Simonetti (second in both the 800-meter and 2,000-meter steeplechase), Olivia Simonetti (second in high jump and third in 800-meter), Smalley (third in 1,500-meter), Tucci (fifth in the 3,000-meter), Sophia Worst (fifth in the 400-meter intermediate hurdles).

The Lady Redmen concluded their season on June 17 at the Section XI individual championships. Olivia Simonetti high jumped 5 feet 1 inch to place fifth overall. Scandale ran a personal record time of 60.33 to take sixth overall. Smalley continued her record-breaking season by taking third overall in the 800-meter with a time of 2:16.2, capping off a remarkable season in which Smalley established herself as the best 800-meter runner in school history, shattering the previous school record by over four seconds. The highlight of the Suffolk County meet was the performance of the 4x800 meter relay team of Petersen, Danielle Simonetti, Olivia Simonetti and Smalley, who won their race by a commanding 20 seconds, earning the title of county champions. Their time of 9:25.99 was the fastest in school history, and it was the first time in East Islip history that a relay team won the county championship. This 4x800 meter relay team finished their season ranked No. 1 on Long Island and No. 3 in New York State.

“This season was outstanding, and without question, the best the school has ever seen,” said coach John Reynolds. “Every day, the girls came out with a purpose and the results proved that. The bigger the meet, the better the result. They yearned for the best competition and when given the opportunity, showed they were the best kids to run in Suffolk County. I could not be prouder to have coached these wonderful young ladies. Their effort and determination showed me that they will not only be successful on the track but in whatever they put their focus to in life.”


EI Wins LI Baseball Championship

The high school’s varsity baseball team won the Long Island championship on June 20, defeating Bethpage High School 14-2 in the exciting Conference IV contest at Mitchel Field. It was East Islip’s first time being named Long Island champions since 1991.

In a fun family twist, this year’s championship team featured two brothers – senior John Rizzo Jr. (13 strikeouts in a complete game) and sophomore Nick Rizzo (2-for-4 with a triple and five RBIs) – whose father John Rizzo Sr. was a member of the 1991 champion Redmen.

“We were fortunate to have a great group of talented kids that did everything the coaches asked of them,” said coach Sal Ciampi. “In the end, all the hard work paid off. I have never felt any team was more deserving of winning a championship.”

Hannah Smalley Signs with UD

High school senior Hannah Smalley signed a national letter of intent on June 10 to join the track and cross-country team at the University of Delaware in Newark this fall. She will major in pre-veterinary medicine.

During her athletic career at East Islip, Smalley has earned All-County, All-League, All-Division, and Scholar-Athlete distinction. She is also a member of the school’s National Honor Society and Science Honor Society, and earned high honor roll recognition.

Boys Track Team Takes Fifth in Divisionals

The high school’s boys varsity track team recently finished in fifth place in their division championship.

Josh Terhune led the way by winning the 800-meter race with a time of 2:00.03, one of the fastest times in the county, and placing fourth in the high jump. EI’s 4 x 100 relay team of Joe Margo, Vinny Mariani, Peterson Lowman and Kevin Smith also took first place.

Second-place finishers included Jason Conzo in pole vault, Smith in the 100-meter race and Javier Ornella in shot put. The 4 x 400 relay team of Conzo, Nick Groneman, James Kelly and Josh Terhune finished in third place, running an impressive race, while Ryan Auffant place fourth in the discus throw. 

“It was a great team effort watching the boys battle through such tough conditions,” said coach Ralph Tubello. “Congratulations to all the champions and place winners.”

O’Hara Signs With SUNY Cortland

High school senior Kaila O’Hara signed a national letter of intent on June 3 to join the swimming and diving team at SUNY Cortland this fall. She plans to major in mathematics and adolescent education.

A freestyle sprinter, O’Hara serves as swim captain for the Connetquot-East Islip girls varsity swimming and diving team, where she was named MVP in 2019 and 2020-21. She earned All-League recognition in 2018, 2019 and 2020-21, achieved Scholar-Athlete and High Minds in Motion distinction, and was named to the 2017 All-County team. O’Hara was the top scorer for her team at the 2020-21 season Section XI county championships, placing fifth in 100-yard freestyle and seventh in 200-yard freestyle. She also is a member of East Islip’s varsity track and field team, competing as a pole vaulter and sprinter.

In academics, O’Hara earned a spot in the top 10% of her senior class and is a member of East Islip’s National Honor Society and Foreign Language Honor Society.


Hockey Captain Zembrzycki Signs

East Islip Ice Hockey senior captain Tyler Zembrzycki signed a junior hockey contract on May 13 to play for the Long Beach Sharks organization. The center was selected 10th overall on April 28 in the first round of the NA3HL draft.

A three-year varsity hockey player, Zembrzycki served as assistant captain in his junior year before being named captain as a senior. He finished his high school career in third place overall in scoring in the Suffolk High School Hockey League while only playing 10 games this year. Zembrzycki also plays for the Long Island Arrows 18U travel team, where he finished sixth in the league in scoring out of 319 players.

Off the ice, Zembrzycki is dedicated to giving back to the community. He helped organize the distribution of pumpkins to the district’s elementary schools, participated in raising American flags along East Islip’s Main Street and served as a student volunteer for the For the Kids Foundation.

“I am looking forward to this new adventure and hope to see some of you cheering me on in the stands at the Long Beach Arena for the 2021-2022 season,” Zembrzycki said.


A Great Day for Senior Girls Golfers

The six seniors on the high school’s girls golf team – Juliana Chillemi, Danielle Muroff, Sarah Piccinini, Jacklyn Schiano, captain Sophia Stryjewski and Marie Tohill – were honored for Senior Day at Timberpoint Golf Course on May 19. Each golfer was greeted by family and friends as they came off the ninth hole and presented with a bouquet of flowers and a poster signed by their teammates. After the match, the seniors and their parents shared a cake on the course terrace. 

“This was a great way for the girls to end their senior days and years of playing varsity golf,” said coach Judith Fischer.

Perrone Signs to Play College Lacrosse

High school senior Giavanna Perrone signed a national letter of intent on Dec. 11 to play lacrosse for Young Harris College in Georgia. She plans to major in creative writing.

As a freshman at St. John the Baptist in West Islip in 2018, Perrone was the lacrosse team’s leading scorer and won the Sixth Man Award. The midfielder was the East Islip junior varsity leading scorer in 2019. She was named a 2018 Maverik National High School Lacrosse All-American in 2018 and a Maverik National Classic All-Star in 2019, playing in the Maverik National Lacrosse Classic both years, and was selected for the 2019 Intercollegiate Women’s Lacrosse Coaches Association’s Brine Presidents Cup. Perrone was also a field hockey team captain in 2018 and a member of the National Junior Honor Society.

Mariani to Play Soccer for St. Joe’s

High school senior Vincent Mariani signed a national letter of intent on Jan. 25 to play soccer for St. Joseph’s College this fall. He will attend the school’s Long Island campus in Patchogue, playing for the Golden Eagles.

A center midfielder, Mariani has been a member of East Islip’s soccer and track teams since middle school, and has also played soccer for a club team. In academics, he has earned honor and high honor roll recognition. His future plans are to study to become an educator and eventually a soccer coach.

Boys Bowlers Start Strong

The high school’s boys bowling team is off to another amazing start. In just the first six matches, these athletes have posted some large numbers and currently trail first place by only two points.

Leading the team with a 227 average, senior Joe Zagari bowled a perfect 300 and 30 clean frames in a Jan. 26 match against Lindenhurst High School, while Jack Baranek and team captain Dylan Sgueglia both rolled 299s against West Islip on Jan. 21. In the latter matchup, East Islip posted a high game of 1,299 for five bowlers and a three-game series of 3,398 pins, the county-high total for this season. All five starters – also including Sebastian Gebhard, averaging 205, and Shawn Watts, averaging 216 – are among the top 12 leaders in the league. Rounding out the team, coached by Judith Fischer, are Andrew Jacobsen, Michael Lorefice, Brenden Muller, Adam Seibert, Niko Stavropoulos, Gregg Stephens and Matt Sundberg.

boys bowling team group photo

HS Cheerleaders Recognized by Newsday

The high school’s cheerleading team, guided by coach Ariel Abesamis, was given honorable mention recognition by Newsday on Feb. 15. Seniors Kayla Brabender and Jules Keaney were highlighted.

View the article here.

cheerleaders literally lifting each other up

Boys Bowlers Take League Title

The high school’s boys bowling team recently wrapped up its fifth consecutive league title. The Redmen earned the most points in the county, and Joe Zagari finished with an average of 232, the highest in Suffolk. The team will compete in the county championships on Feb. 28, seeking a fifth straight title.

Senior Raso Signs With SUNY Oneonta

High school senior Joe Raso signed a national letter of intent on Feb. 23 to play soccer this fall for SUNY Oneonta. He received a Presidential Scholarship to attend the university, where he plans to major in pre-professional health or accounting.

A forward, Raso is East Islip’s team captain and has earned All-County All-Conference, All-League, Scholar-Athlete and MVP recognition. He has also played for the past eight years for the Commack United soccer club team, where he also serves as captain. In academics, Raso has earned high honor roll for four consecutive years.

HS Wrestlers Earn League Title

The high school’s wrestling team clinched the League V title on Feb. 23 with a 46-12 victory over Kings Park. Freshman star Sebastian Regis earned the title belt for defeating his opponent with a 2:18 pin. Two days later, East Islip beat Half Hollow Hills West by a 53-12 score.

Senior Walsh to Play for SUNY Delhi

Senior John Walsh committed to play soccer for SUNY Delhi this fall. He plans to study nursing.

An All-League center back, Walsh served as 2020 captain for East Islip’s soccer team. He has also played club soccer for Commack United since 2017, and was a member of East Islip’s varsity tennis team as a sophomore.

Twin Bowling Champions!

The high school’s boys and girls varsity bowling teams both captured their respective county championships.

The girls team took the title with a commanding 438-pin victory. The team was led by Natalie Mavrich, who shot a 1336 overall, averaging 222.6 on the day, which was 18 pins higher than her season average. The Lady Redmen had key contributions from everyone on the team, including freshman Kailyn Bloch, who shot a 1,265; eighth grader Dakota Collins, who shot a 1,224; junior Kristy Murphy, who rolled a 1,170; and senior Mia Lembo, who rolled a 1,115. In the final and best match of the day for the team, seventh grader Makayla Boyd came in relief and bowled a 220 in her first county experience.

In one of the lowest scoring tournaments ever, the boys team shot three high games – 1094 in game 1, 1103 in game 5 and 1109 in game 6 – that led to their fifth straight title. The boys finished the morning session at -92 behind Smithtown. In game 4, the first of the afternoon, they shot a 1,031, a high for all schools in that game, which closed the gap to -12. With a big game 5 scoring 1,103, the Redmen took the lead and never looked back, finishing the tournament at +89 and swinging the tournament by 181 in the afternoon session. Joseph Zagari, who bowled a county high average during the regular season with 232, totaled 1,462 pins for an extraordinary average of 243 on the day. Captain Dylan Sgueglia bowled 234, 206 and 225 in games 1, 3, and 6; Sebastian Gebhard rolled 207 and 245 in game 3 and the critical game 5; and Shawn Watts bowled 246 and 210 in games 1 and 4. Seventh grader Matthew Sundberg subbed in game 4 and stayed in the lineup for games 5 and 6, averaging 229. Jack Baranek added 225 pins in game 3 and subbed in game 6, throwing three strikes in a row at a crucial point in the tournament.


Undefeated Girls Basketball Team Are League Champs

The high school’s varsity girls basketball team won four games in five days to go 5-0 as undefeated league champions. This marked the first time since 2001-2002 that the team – led by coach Mike Petre – has claimed back to back crowns. Additionally, sophomore Sara Simonetti and junior Jessica Peluso were named All-County, Junior Kamilah Pasha was named All-Conference and senior Meghan Garnett was named All-League.

girls basketball team group photo


Cheerleader Keaney Signs with UD

Senior Julianna Keaney signed a national letter of intent on Feb. 23 to continue her cheerleading career at the University of Delaware in Newark. She received the prestigious Blue Hen Success Grant scholarship from UD, where she plans to major in elementary education.

The 2021 cheerleading team captain for East Islip is a four-year varsity athlete and member of the high school’s Foreign Language Honor Society. Keaney earned All-County and All-Long Island Second Team recognition and has also competed on an All-Star team at Gravity Cheer since she was 9 years old.

Congrats to EI's Suffolk Zone Winners

High school seniors Peter Carino and Meghan Garnett were East Islip's recipients of this year’s Suffolk Zone Awards, given by the Suffolk Zone Chapter of the New York State Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance. One male and one female senior student in each Suffolk high school is honored annually with this prestigious award for their contributions to the overall positive outcomes of their physical education amd health classes as well as their school. Unfortunately, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Suffolk Zone Awards ceremony could not be held this year.

Peter Carino and Meghan Garnett were East Islip's recipients of this year’s Suffolk Zone Awards

Dellavecchia Is East Islip’s First Division I All-American Wrestler!

Congratulations to Jesse Dellavecchia, East Islip’s first NCAA Division I All-American wrestler! Dellavecchia went into the NCAA tournament with an undefeated 11-0 record at 157 pounds for Rider University. As the fourth seed in the tournament, he defeated No. 1 seed Ryan Deakin of Northwestern in the semifinals with a fall in 3:18. The graduate of East Islip's Class of 2015 thus became the first Long Islander to reach the Division I wrestling finals since 2004. While Dellavecchia lost 4-0 to Iowa State's David Carr in the final match in St. Louis, this proved to be a season to remember for the EI alumnus.

Mahon to Play Baseball at Penn State

High school senior Brandon Mahon signed a national letter of intent on Feb. 23 to play baseball at Pennsylvania State University this fall. He will attend Penn State’s York campus, where he plans to major in business.

The outfielder and pitcher has been involved in numerous community service outreach events since elementary school, including the high school’s STARS program; Long Island Cares; From the Heart’s Adopt-a-Family program, where he helped remodel a house; and the Polar Plunge to benefit the Special Olympics.

Connetquot Students Go on a Walk for Autism

Students at Connetquot participated in the first CES Jigsaw Walk for Autism Awareness on April 7.


Booster Club to Host Redmen Golf Outing on July 15

The East Islip Athletic Booster Club will host the 18th annual Redmen Golf Outing on July 15 at Timber Point Country Club.

annual golf outing flyer

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Gymnastics League Champions!

The high school’s varsity gymnastics team has done nothing but shine this year, remaining undefeated even when faced with last-minute lineup changes and ending the season as League 3 champions. Two gymnasts, Jules Banville and Evie Orlando, also qualified for the individual competition for the top 30 gymnasts in Suffolk County.

“Congrats to such a wonderful group of girls,” coach Lindsey Panza said. “They should be very proud of themselves and all that they accomplished this season.”

Chiefs Captain Zembrzycki Selected 10th Overall in Hockey Draft

East Islip Ice Hockey senior captain Tyler Zembrzycki was recently selected 10th overall in the NA3HL Hockey Draft by the Long Beach Sharks. Zembrzycki finished third overall in high school scoring this season while playing one less game. The star center has grown every year within the organization and was a three-year varsity player for the Chiefs. His passion for the game along with his leadership will no doubt propel him to great opportunities in the future.

Tyler Zembrzycki draft stats

Season Starts With Superb Shutout

The high school’s varsity baseball team began their long-awaited season on May 8 with an impressive 9-0 victory over Half Hollow Hills West at the Moriches Athletic Complex. Senior starting pitcher John Rizzo Jr. set a school record, striking out 20 batters in a complete-game shutout. Rizzo also went 1-for-3 in hitting, driving in three runs. Sophomore Nicholas Rizzo hit a solo home run on the first pitch of his varsity baseball career, Derek Burrell hit a two-run double and Ryan Thompson notched two hits.

Student throwing a baseball



Senior Swimmers Sign with Oneonta

High school seniors James Llewellyn and Jon Stanzione signed national letters of intent on May 13 to continue their swimming careers this fall at the State University of New York College at Oneonta. Both Llewellyn and Stanzione serve as senior captains of East Islip’s swimming and diving team, and the pair broke a 40-year school record as part of the 200-meter medley relay team.

Llewellyn has earned All-State, All-County and Scholar-Athlete recognition. He plans to major in education.

Stanzione has earned All-State, All-Long Island, All-County, All-League, Scholar-Athlete, High Minds in Motion and High Honor Roll recognition, and was the recipient of the Carey Leadership Award. He is also a member of the National Honor Society, Foreign Language Honor Society and Science Honor Society. Stanzione will pursue a double major in geology and earth science at SUNY Oneonta, which granted him a Presidential Scholarship.

Middle School Spring Sports Information

Attention: All Boy's interested in trying out for the Boy's Baseball Team make sure to join the EIMS Baseball Google Classroom. This is where all important information will be posted regarding tryouts and the baseball season.

The join code is


Boy's Baseball tryouts will start next week on 5/ must be cleared through final forms to participate.

The following middle school sports will be offered for the upcoming Spring Season which starts on 5/10/21 and ends on 6/12/21:

*Boys Lacrosse
Girls Lacrosse
Boys Tennis
Boys Track
Girls Track
* At this time, Boy's Lacrosse is designated as a High Risk sport at this time and students will need to get tested weekly for Covid 19 by our school nurses.

Please Do Not register until I send out the Finalforms link. I will be sending the link out on Monday 3/22/21 for you to register for the sport your child wants to play. If you register now, you will not be able to select the sport your child wants to play. Please wait until Monday 3/22/21 when Finalforms is open for registration. Please read this attachment as well.

Stephen Restivo
Director of Health, Physical Education and Athletics
East Islip School District
(631) 224-2072/3
Fax 1-631-581-8204

Away Spectators

Below is the information regarding spectators attending athletic events during the Fall season:

Indoor Sports: Gymnastics, Boy's Volleyball, Girl's Volleyball, Girl's Swimming
No more than two spectators only per athlete may be permitted, subject to facility capacities- Home spectators only

Outdoor: Football, Boy's Soccer, Girl's Soccer, Girl's Tennis, Field Hockey,
No more than two spectators only per athlete may be permitted, subject to facility capacities.

For ALL home contests, spectators will have to be checked in 15 minutes prior to the start of the contest. Schools may be more restrictive regarding allowing away spectators at contests. Therefore, I have attached a spreadsheet which indicates who is allowing away spectators and who is not. As a district, we must be respectful of each and every school district's policies. Spectators are finally permitted to attend contests and I am asking that we follow these specific procedures if we want our students to continue to participate. I look forward to seeing you in our brand new facilities here in East Islip.

Stephen Restivo

Click here to view Spectator List

Ryan Smith to Play Lax for Hofstra

Senior Ryan Smith signed a national letter of intent on Nov. 12 to play lacrosse for Hofstra University, where he plans to major in physical education.

A midfielder, the 2021 team captain for East Islip joined the varsity team as a sophomore, when the team played in the county championship game. He earned a Scholar-Athlete award in 2019. Smith, who also plays club lacrosse for Legacy, is a member of the school’s Foreign Language National Honor Society and the Town of Islip Youth Board.

Sophia Worst Signs with Wagner

High school senior Sophia Worst signed a national letter of intent on Nov. 12 to play field hockey for Wagner College, a Division I school in Staten Island. Her major is undecided.

The 2020 team captain, a defender, is a four-year varsity starter. She won All-Division honors in 2019 and the Scholar-Athlete award in 2017, 2018 and 2019. Worst, a member of the school’s National Honor Society, also plays for the Strong Island club team, which qualified to play in the USA Field Hockey National Indoor Tournament in 2019 and 2020. She has participated in USA Field Hockey’s Futures Program since freshman year, and was selected to play on the New York State team for the National Futures Championship and the AAU Junior Olympic Games.



Upcoming NCAA Webinar for Your Student-Athletes

Postponement of Interscholastic Athletics

Athletic Booster Club Membership Form 20-21

Fall 2020 Interscholastic Athletic Information

COVID Task Force Meeting

Sports Questionnaire (Orange Card)

Health Appraisal Form aka Physical Form

JFK's Outdoor Fitness Classes

During recent physical education classes, JFK students participated in exciting and challenging outdoor fitness activities that promoted health and wellness.

“Our students are thrilled to be back, engaging in wonderful activities in their academic areas as well as enjoying the great weather and physical education,” said Principal Deborah Smith. “It was fabulous to see the classes enjoying each other’s company while learning new games through structured lessons.”

2020 Grad Dylan Rigo Wins Scholarship

High school Class of 2020 graduate Dylan Rigo was recently awarded the John Gagliano Memorial Scholarship due to his outstanding academic and athletic achievements and exemplary service to the East Islip Youth Football League organization. Rigo, an All-County running back/linebacker, served as East Islip’s team captain and earned a county championship in 2016.

On Aug. 10, just a few days before leaving to attend Utica College, Rigo was visited by EIYFL directors Tom Costarelli and Henry Nunez, who presented him with the scholarship certificate.

“Throughout his entire football career, Dylan has always made our East Islip community proud of both his success in the classroom as well as on the football field,” Costarelli and Nunez said. “Most importantly, he has always returned to his East Islip Youth Football roots to help out. We wish Dylan all the best as he embarks on the next chapter in his college football career.”

Message to Seniors from Chris Kreider of the NYR

A message for the EIHS Class of 2020 from New York Rangers hockey star Chris Kreider!

Senior Samantha Winegard Signs for Softball with Muhlenberg

High school senior Samantha Winegard recently signed a national letter of intent to play softball for Muhlenberg College in Allentown, Pennsylvania, where she plans to study biology/pre-med.

As a softball player for EI for four years on the varsity level, Winegard earned All-Division and All-Region First team honors. She also played on the school’s varsity volleyball team. An AP Scholar and historian of the school’s National Honor Society, Winegard is also a member of East Islip’s Foreign Language Honor Society, National Art Honor Society and STARS club.

Football Stars Higgins and Rigo Sign Letters of Intent

In June, senior athletes Tom Higgins and Dylan Rigo – both now graduates of the Class of 2020 – signed national letters of intent to play football in college. Higgins will attend Western Connecticut State University this fall, while Rigo will attend Utica College. Superintendent John Dolan and varsity football coaches Sal Ciampi and Mike Gentile were in attendance at the official signing to celebrate with both seniors.

Higgins and Rigo began playing football together a dozen years ago in the Suffolk County Police Athletic League, a friendship that continued into their careers on the East Islip varsity team, where both earned All-County status, Higgins as a middle linebacker and Rigo as a running back/linebacker and team captain. As freshmen, the two were part of East Islip’s 2016 county championship squad.

Visit from a Talented Wizard

Harlem Wizards basketball player Patric Massey, also known as “The Artist,” visited Timber Point on Jan. 8, sharing personal stories about his childhood and how he handled bullies and overcame obstacles to be a successful athlete. During the PTA-sponsored event, Massey also enlisted several student and teacher volunteers to participate in basketball tricks and games.

“The entire school was mesmerized by his cheerful personality and talents with the basketball,” said Principal Danielle Naccarato.

JV Cheerleaders Earn Second Place

The high school’s junior varsity cheerleading team recently finished second overall in a competition held at Walt Whitman High School in Huntington Station.

Porti Signs with Molloy College

Senior Emily Porti signed a national letter of intent on Jan. 30 to continue her track and cross-country career at Molloy College this coming fall. She plans to major in nursing. During her years in East Islip, Porti earned All-County, All-League, All-Division and All-American recognition as well as the High Minds in Motion award. She chose Molloy for its excellent nursing and athletics programs.

Cheerleaders Win First Place

The high school varsity cheerleaders won first place at their last competition on the first weekend of February, and the team’s seniors were recognized.

Tricarico to Play Hockey for Canisius

High school senior Will Tricarico signed a National Letter of Intent on Feb. 10 to continue his ice hockey career at Canisius College in Buffalo, where he will play for the Division 1 Golden Griffins. He plans on majoring in sports management.

In 2014, Tricarico was recognized by the Nassau County Legislature for demonstrating commitment, leadership and dedication when his PAL hockey team represented the United States in the United World Games Lighthouse Tournament in Harbin, China.

As captain of the East Islip High School Ice Hockey Club, coached by Danny Barbarito and Robby Miller, Tricarico ended his senior season with 24 goals and 21 assists, placing him fifth in the ranking of Suffolk County High School Hockey League varsity scoring leaders. He also plays travel hockey with the No. 2-ranked Long Island Rebels U18 team coached by Frank Dell’Isola. Both of Tricarico’s teams will play in the state championships this year.

During his time at East Islip High School, he also was a member of the school’s varsity golf and tennis teams. 

Boys Bowlers Win Fourth Consecutive County Title

The boys varsity bowling team came out on top at Sayville’s Bowlero on Feb. 8 to capture their fourth consecutive county title. The team features captain Sonny Pico alongside Chris Andresen, Jack Barancek, Sebastian Gebhard, Nick Illare, PJ Miglionico, Dylan Sgueglia, Shawn Watts and Joe Zagari. The team will compete for the state title on March 15 in Syracuse.

Redmen Wrestlers Take Third

The high school’s wrestling team recently competed in the League IV championships at Bellport High School, boasting 11 place winners and earning third place overall as a team with 171 total points.

The Redmen had three finalists: freshman Justin Shayew (29-7) at 99 pounds, junior Michael Colon (24-10) at 152 pounds and senior Arjay Wilko (31-7) at 182 pounds. Shayew won the 99-pound bracket with a pin over top-seeded Vincent Romano of North Babylon High School. Other outstanding efforts for East Islip included seventh grader Logan Alfalla (23-12) placing third at 99 pounds, eighth grader Sebastian Regis (16-9) placing fourth at 220 pounds, junior Louie Cinquemani (20-12) placing fourth at 126 pounds, junior Shane Lyons (18-6) placing third at 152 pounds, junior Peter Carino (26-4) placing third at 160 pounds, junior Rich Lawrence (25-12) placing fourth at 285 pounds, senior Mark Shayew (24-9) placing third at 145 pounds and senior Nick Agresta (31-7) placing fourth at 195 pounds.

All 11 place winners qualified for the Suffolk County tournament, held Feb. 15-16 at Suffolk Community College’s Brentwood campus. Justin Shayew beat John Tietjen of Sachem East to take fifth place in the 99-pound bracket.

Lady Redmen’s Resurgence Marks EI Basketball

The high school’s girls varsity basketball team finished the regular season 16-4 overall and 11-1 in league play, earning them their first league championship since 2004. They also defeated Sachem North in the playoffs on Feb. 12 by a score of 56-47 to advance to the Elite 8, where they will meet Ward Melville on Feb. 19.

Seniors Hannah Calarco, Alexa Fusco and Gia Gremaux helped spark the Lady Redmen’s resurgence this season. Gremaux was named All-County; sophomore Jessica Peluso, junior Kira Rumfola and freshman Sara Simonetti were named All-League; sophomore Kamilah Pasha earned League IV Rookie of the Year honors; and coach Mike Petre was honored as League Coach of the Year for the 11th time.

“We sincerely thank the staff, administration, parents and students for their amazing and unwavering support as well as their unbridled enthusiasm,” Petre said.

Welch Signs to Run for Cortland

Senior Bridget Welch signed a national letter of intent on Feb. 6 to continue her track and field career at SUNY Cortland this fall. She plans to major in secondary education while running for the Red Dragons.

The captain of East Islip’s girls track team, Welch earned All-League and All-Division honors during her high school career, specializing in the 400-meter hurdles.

Fourth and Fifth Graders Compete in Town Hoops Contest

Fourth and fifth graders at JFK and RCK elementary schools recently competed at the school level for the 34th annual Town of Islip Sharp Shooter Basketball Contest.

Sponsored since 1993 by the Islip Department of Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs and the Islip Elks, the Sharp Shooter “Just Say No to Drugs” program offers local students the challenge of scoring as many baskets as possible in one minute, improving their skills in basketball while providing an alternative to drug abuse.

Winning first place for JFK at the school level were fourth-graders Andrew Bruno and Madison Greene and fifth-graders Avery Bowden and Joe Cardillo. JFK’s second-place finishers included Gabriel Acevedo, Ryan Bradley, Joe Commande, MacKenzie Godbout, Owen Madden and Olivia Shaw.

Taking first place for RCK at the school level were fourth-graders Hunter Guzman and Caitlyn Repiak and fifth-graders Kevin Defilipis and Lily Pasha.

Each school’s first-place winners moved on to participate in the townwide contest’s final round on March 7. 

Former EIHS Wrestler Wins Mid-American Conference

This past weekend, former Redmen wrestler Jesse Dellavecchia won the Mid-American Conference for Rider University at 157 pounds, securing a 4-1 victory over Jarrett Jacques from Missouri University in the finals. Dellavecchia is the first wrestler from East Islip to win a Division 1 conference championship. Currently ranked sixth in the 157-pound weight division, he will wrestle in the Division 1 NCAA Championships at US Bank Stadium in Minneapolis on March 19-21.


Trio of EI Swimmers Earn All-State Honors

High school athletes James Llewellyn, Nick Spameni and Jon Stanzione qualified for and recently competed in the New York State swimming championships, finishing 19th overall in the 200-meter medley relay and earning All-State honors.

Two HS Girls Bowlers Selected for All-Long Island

Junior Natalie Mavrich and eighth grader Kailyn Bloch were two of only six high school girls bowlers selected by Newsday for All-Long Island status for the past season!

Stadium Scoreboard Support for Class of 2020 Athletes

The high school showed support for the senior athletes of the Class of 2020 on May 1 by displaying “2020” on the Sal Ciampi Field at Sal Boomer Esiason Stadium scoreboard.

Senior Alexis Grippi to Play Soccer for Mount Saint Mary

High school senior Alexis Grippi recently signed a national letter of intent to continue her soccer career this fall at Mount Saint Mary College in Newburgh, where she plans to major in education.

Grippi, a midfielder, played for the EI Lightning Division I travel team. An Honor Society Dual Language member for ASL and Italian, she also was a member of East Islip’s Leaders and Best Buddies school clubs and volunteered for Just For Kicks for four years to help developmentally challenged students play soccer.

Two Girls Golfers Named to LI Top 25

Two varsity girls golf team members from the high school, junior Sophia Stryjewski and senior Sofia Ferrezza, were recently named in the top 25 on Long Island. Both athletes have been All-League golfers for the past two years. Ferrezza has been captain since her sophomore year and Stryjewski will take over as captain of the team next year.


Winter Sports Awards Info

Due to COVID-19, we had to cancel our winter awards night that was scheduled for March 25. Students will have the opportunity to come and pick up their awards on the following dates and times in the middle school cafeteria:

June 9, 2020

Wrestling/Boys Track                     8am-9am                    
Girls Basketball/Boys Basketball      9am-10am                    
Boys Bowling/Girls Track                10am-11am                    
Cheer/Swimming/Girls Bowling        11am-12pm

Please make sure you wear your mask upon entering the cafeteria.


Fall Athletes Honored at High School

Honoring the outstanding accomplishments of the high school’s athletes, the fall sports awards ceremony, held in December, recognized varsity teams including boys golf, boys and girls cross-country, field hockey, football, gymnastics, boys and girls soccer, girls tennis, girls swimming, and boys and girls volleyball.


Boys Volleyball Players Awarded

The boys varsity volleyball team celebrated a terrific year at the Suffolk County Boys Volleyball Coaches Association’s annual awards dinner on Dec. 9, with seven players receiving recognition. Gregory DeGeorge and Evan Kane were named All-County; Brandon Keaney was named All-Division; Jack Deehan, Yama Dorastin and Benjamin Hutter earned All-Division Honorable Mention; and Deehan, Josh Isacksen and Keaney received All-County Academic recognition. 

“Congratulations to these seven athletes and to the entire team for its great success,” said Coach Laura O’Donnell.


Gymnasts Win Sportsmanship Award, Banville Earns All-County

For the second consecutive year, East Islip High School’s girls gymnastics team won the Suffolk County Sportsmanship Award. Additionally, seventh-grade student-athlete Juliana Banville earned All-County honors.

Suffolk Zone Award Winners

High school seniors Alexa Fusco and Christian Harty were named recipients of this year’s Suffolk Zone awards. Both students were honored at the annual Suffolk Zone Awards dinner, held on Dec. 3 at Villa Lombardi’s in Holbrook.

The Suffolk Zone Chapter of the New York State Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance presents these awards to one male and one female senior student in Suffolk County who contribute to the overall positive outcomes of their physical education and health classes as well as their school. These students make an outstanding effort to be cooperative, honest, poised, self-confident, attentive, industrious and enthusiastic regarding all classroom activities.

“Alexa and Christian are always working to support the instructional efforts of the class, and are very deserving of this prestigious award,” said Stephen Restivo, East Islip’s director of health, physical education and athletics.


Four Senior Boys Sign Lax Letters

Senior boys lacrosse players Nick Agresta, Anthony Carroll, Robert Kreush and Colby Rogers signed national letters of intent on Dec. 5 to continue their sports careers in college next fall.

Agresta, a defenseman and four-year varsity player for East Islip, signed with Wingate University in North Carolina. He plans to major in education.

“Wingate is an overall great fit for me,” Agresta said.

Carroll, who plays defense and long stick midfielder, will play for Hofstra University, where he will major in sports medicine. A member of the varsity lacrosse team since eighth grade, he served as captain and earned All-County status his last two years. A two-sport athlete, he also was named captain and All-County for football in his senior year.

“I liked the practice environment and campus,” Carroll said of Hofstra.

Kreush, a midfielder, signed with SUNY Binghamton, where he plans to study science. A Scholar-Athlete, he earned All-County status in football and All-County honorable mention in lacrosse.

“I liked the high academic standards at Binghamton,” Kreush said.

Rogers, who will play face-off for Jacksonville University, plans to major in nursing.

“I chose Jacksonville for the coaches and the great environment,” he said.



Four Girls Lax Seniors Sign for College

Four terrific senior girls lacrosse players – Hannah Calarco, Alexa Fusco, Alyssa Levy and Rachel Schlesinger – signed national letters of intent on Nov. 13, committing to continue their athletic careers next fall in college.

Calarco, who plays midfield/attack, will attend Coastal Carolina University in Conway, South Carolina, where she plans to major in physical education. An Honor Roll student, she has been on the varsity lacrosse team for four years, was named a Scholar-Athlete and earned 2019 All-County honorable mention. Calarco also played for the Legacy travel lacrosse team.

Fusco, a middle defender, will play for Long Island University team, where she will major in mathematics and secondary education.  A member of the varsity team since her freshman year, Fusco earned All-Division honors for the last two years and the Suffolk Zone award. A multi-sport athlete, she played on the varsity basketball team for three years as well as the varsity soccer team for all four years, earning All-Division and All-County honors in the latter sport. Fusco serves as president of the school’s Girls Leaders Club and vice president of the Foreign Language National Honor Society, and is a member of its National Honor Society, Yearbook Club and symphony orchestra.

Levy, who plays attack, will attend Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island. She is undecided on a major. A lacrosse player since prekindergarten, Levy has been on the varsity team all four years of high school, earning All-County honors twice as well as All-County honorable mention. She also played for three years on EI’s varsity field hockey team, earning All-County honors twice as well as All-Division and All-Tournament honors; on the school’s basketball team for one year; and for the Legacy travel lacrosse team since seventh grade. Levy is a member of the school’s National Honor Society, Foreign Language National Honor Society, Girls Leaders Club and Yearbook Club.

Schlesinger, a goalie, signed with Rollins University in Winter Park, Florida, where she plans to study pre-med and major in biology. A four-year varsity lacrosse starter, she earned All-Division honors. As an athlete, Schlesinger earned Scholar-Athlete and High Minds in Motion awards, and was also a member of both the East Islip varsity swim team and Legacy lacrosse travel team since seventh grade. She is a member of the school’s SADD club and Key Club.

“It has been an incredible experience watching this group develop as athletes,” said Steven Levy, East Islip’s varsity girls head coach. “I have had the pleasure of being in the front row throughout their careers. They are a special group of athletes, students and members of our community.”


Softball Team in Academic Top 10

The high school’s varsity softball team was recently ranked No. 10 in the nation as part of the unweighted high school category in the Easton/NFCA Top 10 Academic Team rankings for the 2018-2019 school year. Eleven members of the team – Lauren Crawford, Allison Dell’Orto, Ashley Fuchsman, Kyra Kreuscher, Morgan Lanberg, Jenny Murphy, Kristyn Murphy, Katelyn Nelson, Gianna Perretta, Madison Sturtz and Samantha Winegard – also earned Academic All-American status.

“This is a huge honor for our program,” said coach Jason McGowan. “These girls put in a ton of work on the field and in the offseason. It is wonderful to see that all of their hard work in the classroom is paying off and it’s nice to see them recognized.” 

“Schoolwork comes first and it’s difficult balancing a varsity sport and homework but you just get it done,” said Crawford, the team’s captain. “It’s cool to see that we have one of the highest GPAs in the country.”

From an athletic standpoint, Dell’Orto (as a utility player) and Crawford (as a second baseman) were both recently named first team NFCA Regional All-Americans.

“I am extremely proud of these two young ladies,” said McGowan. “They will both leave East Islip as two of the best players to ever step on the field.”


A Classic Homecoming

The traditional homecoming parade returned to East Islip on Sept. 28 to the delight of the community, with students, staff, families and friends proudly marching from RCK to the freshly renovated Sal Ciampi Field at Boomer Esiason Stadium.

From the first possession, the varsity football team took control of the game against Kings Park. By halftime, East Islip had pulled out to a 49-7 lead over the Kingsmen and the thrilled crowd were ready for some entertainment, courtesy of the high school’s band and cheerleaders.

Neel Patel and Danielle Heller were crowned 2019 homecoming king and queen. The homecoming court was rounded out by freshman representatives Muhammad Abdullah and Neoma LoCimple; sophomore representatives Livia Nedd and Gerson Tamayo; junior representatives Enzo Ditta and Ryann Youngberg; senior class nominees Anthony Carroll, Mia Catalonotto, Jenna Golini, Leah Neville, Dylan Rigo and Alexander Zimmer.

After pulling the entire starting offense before the third quarter began, the undefeated Redmen went on to earn a lopsided 63-14 victory, capping a classic homecoming day.




EI Grad Sortino to Cheer for UMass

Alexa Sortino, a Class of 2019 graduate of East Islip High School, has signed to join the cheerleading team at the University of Massachusetts this fall. She will major in communications.

“UMass has a good business school as well as a good cheer team,” Sortino said of her selection.

Sortino has been an East Islip cheerleader since age 6. The 2019 All-County athlete and Scholar-Athlete was twice a junior varsity team captain and earned the 2018 MVP award. As varsity cheer captain, she led the team to the UCA Nationals for the first time in East Islip history. She also served as an EICC youth league coach.

During her educational career at East Islip, Sortino was a member of the National Honor Society, served as secretary of the Foreign Language Honor Society and sang in the Honors Choir.


Girls Golfers Finish Second in League

The high school’s varsity girls golf team, coached by Judith Fischer and captained by junior Sofia Ferrezza, finished the season with a terrific 8-2 record, earning them second place in League III and the fifth best record in the county. The team is busy preparing for the county competition, to be held on May 20-21 at Middle Island Country Club.

Lady Redmen Finish Seventh Overall in Counties

The high school’s varsity girls golf team, coached by Judith Fischer, competed in the Suffolk County competition on May 20-21 at Middle Island Country Club, finishing seventh overall. Two golfers, captain Sofia Ferrezza and Sophia Stryjewski, made the initial cut to return to compete on the second day as individuals for an All-State spot. In a field of 103 golfers, Stryjewski finished 13th, six strokes off the All-State mark; Ferrezza finished in 19th, 12 strokes off the cut. 

Sciallo Signs with SUNY Morrisville

Senior Erica Sciallo recently signed a national letter of intent to play field hockey this fall for SUNY Morrisville, where she will major in early education.

“I wanted to be part of their team, and Morrisville has a great education department,” said Sciallo of her choice.

Sciallo, who won the Coach’s Award in field hockey, is also a member of East Islip’ basketball and track teams as well as the Foreign Language Honor Society.


Cheerleading Scholarship for Kaczynski

Senior Danielle Kaczynski will join the cheerleading team at LIU Post this fall. She is the first East Islip student to earn a cheerleading scholarship.

Kaczynski, who plans to major in business and minor in fashion merchandising, has been involved with cheerleading since age 4, starring as a member of All Star Cheerleading, coaching younger athletes, serving as junior varsity captain at East Islip and performing on the varsity team for the last two years.


EI’s 17 Student-Athletes Earn 21 Medals at Special Olympics

For the fourth consecutive year, the East Islip Redmen competed at the Special Olympics New York Spring Games North, held on May 11 at Bethpage High School. At the end of a spectacular day of competition, camaraderie and team spirit, the students brought home eight gold, eight silver and five bronze medals as well as six fourth-place ribbons, three fifth-place ribbons and three sixth-place ribbons.

“All the athletes were superstars and the EI team rocked the Special Olympics,” said Special Olympics coach and physical education teacher Diane Wahrenburg. “Thanks to all the volunteers, the EI administration and to the parents for all their support.”

East Islip started its first Special Olympics team in 2016, entering six athletes that year to compete in the Spring Games. Since the program’s inception, 27 students have participated. Coached by physical education teachers Laura O'Donnell and Julie Susskind, this year’s team grew to 17 participating student-athletes, including seven from the middle school (Jonathan Carberry, Rile Carrillo, Chloe Gagnon, Emily Kolensky, Jake Kozak, Janissa Llyod and Michael Pacheco), nine from the high school (Anthony Agresta, Danny DiOrios , Emily Maccarone, Julia Modico, Santiago Pacheco, Robert Phillips, Jake Pipitone, Sara Spruyt and Kelly Stubblebeen) and one returning EI graduate (Donald Ahlers).

“More important than the medals or ribbons is the day itself,” said middle school coach O'Donnell. “It’s a day the athletes, their families, coaches and volunteers come together and celebrate the true spirit with which the Special Olympics was founded: ‘Let me win, but if I can’t win, let me be brave in the attempt.’ Our athletes show their bravery from the first day of training to the moment they step out onto the track and field on the day of the Games. I couldn’t be prouder to be their coach.”

“We are excited about how the program is growing and look forward to continuing to offer more training and competition opportunities to our student-athletes,” said high school coach Susskind. “With more people coming on board and the growing support of the community and the administration, it would not be surprising for us to host in the near future. It’s a great experience for the kids and something I personally look forward to every year.”

“Not only has our student-athlete numbers increased, but so has the number of volunteers,” said O’Donnell. “This year, we had 22 volunteers supporting our athletes on the field at the Games, several of them returning for the second or third time.”

The team members and their families enjoyed an annual pregame breakfast on May 9 in the middle school cafeteria, also attended by district administrators and volunteers, and the students were recognized at the Board of Education’s May business meeting.

Redmen Teams Hold 'Lax Out Cancer' Event

The high school’s boys and girls varsity lacrosse teams joined forces on April 29 to organize a special “Lax Out Cancer” event, selling shirts and raising more than $1,000 to benefit the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center. The project was spearheaded by senior girls player Melissa Sconone.


Board of Ed Recognizes County Champion Bowlers 

The high school’s 2019 county champion boys and girls varsity bowling teams were recognized at the Board of Education’s April 17 business meeting. The student-athletes, boys coach Judith Fischer and girls coach Harold Cooley were all congratulated by Superintendent John Dolan, Board of Education President Christopher Zachry and Athletic Director Stephen Restivo.


Winter Athletes Honored at HS

The high school held its winter sports awards on March 26, honoring the outstanding efforts on its varsity athletes. The ceremony included recognition of the varsity boys basketball, girls basketball, boys bowling, girls bowling, cheerleading, boys swimming, boys winter track, girls winter track and wrestling teams.

“It was a pleasure honoring several students for not only their accolades on the field but also in the classroom,” said Athletic Director Stephen Restivo. “It is very impressive to see how our students balance their time on and off the field.”


Girls Golfers Start Strong

Led by captain Sofia Ferrezza, the high school’s varsity girls golf team spent the month of March working to get into shape for the start of matches. They won their April 4 opener against Islip High School by an impressive 9-0 score.

“We have a very competitive team this year,” said coach Judith Fischer. “I expect we will have a successful season and hope to qualify for the county tournament for the 13th year in a row.”


Basketball Buffs Score at Sharp Shooter 

Basketball buffs from fourth- and fifth-grade classes at JFK and RCK competed at the school level for the 33rd annual Town of Islip Sharp Shooter Basketball Contest.

Sponsored since 1993 by the Islip Department of Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs and the Islip Elks, the Sharp Shooter “Just Say No to Drugs” program offers local students the challenge of scoring as many baskets as possible in one minute, improving their skills in basketball while providing an alternative to drug abuse.

Earning first place for JFK at the school level were fourth-graders Olivia Shaw and Lucas Trager, and fifth-graders Kiera Bloch and Ian Frey. JFK’s second-place finishers were fourth-graders Avery Bowden and Evan Gordon, and fifth-graders Chloe Garatina and Jake Nieves.

Earning first place for RCK at the school level were fourth-graders Kevin Deflippis and Alexis Kneisel, and fifth-graders Iyana Carpenter and Blake Gilchrist. RCK’s other finishers included fourth-graders Kayla Penny and Syiel Tunstall and fifth-graders Devin Franklin, Brianna Martin and Grace Micali in second place, and fourth-graders Brea Oquendo, Carman Ortiz and Liliana Pasha and fifth-grader Jack Connors in third place.

Each school’s four first-place winners moved on to participate in the townwide contest’s final round, held on March 2 at East Islip High School.


DellOrto to Play Softball for Ithaca

High school senior Allison DellOrto signed a national letter of intent on March 29 to play softball this fall for Ithaca College, where she plans to major in health science. During her East Islip career, the stellar shortstop earned All-State, All-Long Island, All-County, NFCA Regional All-American and NFCA Academic All-American honors.

“It was a combination of feeling at home there, and Ithaca’s good softball and academic programs,” DellOrto said of her choice.


2015 Alumnus Dellavecchia Wrestling in Division I NCAA Tournament

East Islip alumnus Jesse Dellavecchia, a graduate of the Class of 2015, is wrestling for Rider University in the Division I NCAA tournament, held on March 21-23 in Pittsburgh. The tournament will be televised on ESPN 3 and ESPN, with the first round starting at 12 p.m. on Thursday. Dellavecchia is the first wrestler from East Islip to ever qualify for the Division I NCAA tournament. A two-time New York State finalist, three-time All-State selection and four-time All-American while with the Redmen, Dellevecchia won the county title in 2015.



Brianna Campson Signs with UPB

High school senior Brianna Campson signed a national letter of intent on March 7 to play soccer at the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford this fall. She was congratulated at the ceremony by her family and Athletic Director Stephen Restivo.

Campson, who plays defense, chose UPB after an invitation from the college’s soccer coach. She began playing soccer at the age of 4 and went on to earn 10 varsity letters by the end of her senior year as well as eight High Minds in Motion awards. As a track athlete, she was named All-League and was a key member of the 2015-2016 undefeated league-champion spring track team. She is a member of East Islip’s Foreign Language Honor Society and Girls Leaders Club.



Conway to Play for Union College

High school senior Ryan Conway signed a national letter of intent on March 1 to play soccer at Union College in Schenectady this fall. She was congratulated at the ceremony by her family and Athletic Director Stephen Restivo.

An exceptional athlete, Conway earned All-State, All-Long Island and All-County honors, as well as Division II Player of the Year and Minds in Motion awards. She has maintained a GPA of above 95 during her athletic career.

“I chose Union because it’s an amazing academic school,” said Conway, who plans to major in business. “I love that it’s Division III, so I will have time to study as well as play sports.”


Gymnast Bergin Outstanding at States

The high school’s Scholar-Athlete Cassie Bergin competed for Section XI against 121 gymnasts from across the state at the New York State girls gymnastics championships, held March 2 at Cold Spring Harbor High School. It was the sophomore’s third consecutive effort as part of the county team. With hard work, determination and focus, Bergin finished an outstanding seventh on floor exercise and uneven bars, ninth in vaulting, and 10th in all-around.



Cole Zanni Wins Soccer Scholarship

High school soccer player Cole Zanni recently won the Ray Perez Memorial Scholarship Award, given to Suffolk County’s top scholar-athlete by the Suffolk County Soccer Coaches Association. Zanni is only the second East Islip student to ever win this prize.

“This is an incredible honor,” said Zanni’s soccer coach, Ray Lang. “Only one player in the county each year is given this award, and out of 56 teams with 20 kids on each team, Cole won it because of his academics and his ability on the soccer field.”


Murphy to Play for Queens College

Senior Jenny Murphy signed a national letter of intent on Jan. 23 to play softball for Queens College this fall. She plans to major in special education while attending the college.

A centerfielder and four-year starter on East Islip’s varsity team, Murphy was named All-Division in 2018 and earned Golden Glove and Minds in Motion honors. She also earned All-County recognition as a bowler for the Lady Redmen.

McHugh Signs with St. Joseph’s

Senior pitcher Matthew McHugh signed a national letter of intent on Jan. 11 to attend St. Joseph’s College in Brooklyn. He plans to major in business. A Scholar-Athlete in soccer, McHugh is also a member of the school’s National Honor Society and Foreign Language Honor Society as well as the local Ancient Order of Hibernians organization.

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Softball Team Bonds Through Christmas Charity Work

Showing a commitment to the wider community, the high school’s varsity softball team continued its tradition of shopping for Long Island children in need, again teaming up with Christmas Magic, a local nonprofit organization. The caring students shopped for and wrapped each present, purchased via donations from Christmas Magic. The gifts will be delivered to a shelter in Mastic Beach by softball coach Jason McGowan.

“We had a great time shopping for these kids, knowing that they will wake up with a bunch of presents,” said senior Allison Dellorto. “It feels good to help those less fortunate than us.”

“It was a great night to bond with the team,” said fellow softball player Jenny Murphy. “I look forward to this every Christmas.”




Lamando to Play Soccer for Potsdam

Senior Justin Lamando signed a national letter of intent on Dec. 14 to play soccer for SUNY Potsdam. He was congratulated by his proud coaches, family and Redmen Athletic Director Stephen Restivo.

The three-year varsity left back and team captain won the Cary Award for Leadership; he also was named All-Division as a member of the school’s tennis team. On the academic side, he was named to the high honor roll and is a member of East Islip’s National Honor Society and Foreign Language Honor Society. He plans to major in business administration and management.


Fantastic Field Hockey Team Earns Accolades

The high school’s division champion field hockey squad earned numerous deserved accolades at the Suffolk County Field Hockey Coaches Association’s annual awards dinner. The Dec. 4 ceremony was held at Villa Lombardi’s in Holbrook.

Seniors Lindsay Guzzetta and Kendall Mittleman earned All-County status; seniors MaryKate Carroll and Sarah DiPrima and juniors Allison Chiarelli and Alyssa Levy earned All-County Honorable Mention; Carroll and Guzzetta both won All-Tournament recognition; and Melissa Sconone took home the Unsung Hero award.

“This is a great team, better every day on and off the field,” said coach Christopher Veit.



Bowler Spina Signs with Arkansas  

High school senior and star bowler Julianna Spina signed a national letter of intent on Dec. 13, committing to Arkansas State University. Girls varsity bowling coach Harold Cooley and Athletic Director Stephen Restivo were in attendance to congratulate Spina, along with her family.

While bowling for the Red Wolves, Spina plans to major in biology and chemistry. A member of East Islip’s National Honor Society and Foreign Language Honor Society, she will graduate in the top 10 percent of her class. As an athlete, she earned All-State, All-County and All-League status, was a key member of the state champion team, and was the 2017-2018 Suffolk County Match Play winner at 29-1. She bowled a 754 series with the Lady Redmen, the highest in the county at the time.

“Julianna is one of the hardest working and most dedicated student-athletes you will find,” said Cooley. “She puts 100 percent of herself into everything she does, both in and out of school, thus putting her at the top of the list in both categories. I'm proud to be her coach and wish her all the best in her future endeavors.”


Zone Awards for Palmer & Sconone

High school seniors Christopher Palmer and Melissa Sconone were named recipients of the 2017-2018 Suffolk Zone awards. Both students were honored at the annual Suffolk Zone Awards dinner, held at Villa Lombardi’s on Nov. 28.

The awards are presented to the top male and female physical education students in each Suffolk County high school’s graduating class, by the Suffolk Zone Chapter of the New York State Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance. The criteria for selection include outstanding character and leadership qualities, strong contributions to the overall positive tone of physical education and health classes as well as their school, and an A average or above 90 in physical education classes and an overall grade point average of 3.0.

“Melissa and Christopher make a terrific effort to be cooperative, honest, poised, self-confident, attentive, industrious and enthusiastic regarding all class activities, and they are always working to support the instructional efforts of their classes,” said Stephen Restivo, East Islip’s director of health, physical education and athletics.


EI Gymnasts Are League Champs

The high school gymnastics team finished the season as undefeated league champions, boasting a record of 6-0. East Islip was the only team in League II to qualify for the Section XI team championships, and after a tough, competitive meet, the Lady Redmen moved up to an exceptional fourth-place finish in Section XI.

All-League honors went to Allison DellOrto, Sofia Ferrezza and Sarah Vasquez. Four team members – Cassie Bergin, Nicole O’Connor, Evie Orlando and Isabella Procaccini – earned All-County status and qualified for the Section XI individual championships, hosted by East Islip. Bergin finished first overall and qualified to compete with the New York State team for the third time.

“Each and every one of our amazing student-athletes contributed to this successful season,” said coach Dennis Jones.

Cross-Country Teams Compete at Disney

The high school’s boys and girls cross-country teams recently traveled to Orlando to compete in the Disney Cross Country Classic, battling some of the best teams from around the country as well as the oppressive heat. Many of the Redmen athletes earned personal best times in the five-kilometer race at Disney’s Wide World of Sports. Guided by coaches John Reynolds and Ralph Tubello, both teams ran well and competed valiantly in their respective divisions, the girls team finishing fifth out of 12 and the boys team seventh of 13.

“Our Disney trip was an overall fun and athletic experience,” said fellow senior and girls team captain Christina Haig. “Runners had the chance to compete with top schools from around the country, encounter different athletic courses and adjust to running in the Florida climate. The team bonding that existed through the entire trip really made my experience 10 times more enjoyable. As captain, I can safely say that our cross-country team gained a sense of trust, acceptance and encouragement because of this opportunity.”

“It was a great experience,” said senior and boys captain John Leddy. “Obviously the parks were enjoyable, but I feel most of the value in the trip existed in the team bonding that we experienced. It was also beneficial to race with top-tier competition. As a senior and leader of the team, I feel like I really got closer to my teammates, and now I believe that the younger guys know what high-tier runners look like and hopefully they’ll be motivated to reach that level themselves.”

Four Sign Lacrosse Letters 

Four outstanding student-athletes and team captains from the high school – Lindsay Guzzetta, Kendall Mittleman, Melissa Sconone and John Sidorski – signed national letters of intent on Nov. 21, committing to play lacrosse in college next September. The seniors were congratulated by Superintendent John Dolan and Athletic Director Stephen Restivo for their achievement, in front of their proud families.

Guzzetta, a midfielder, will play for Plattsburgh University, where she plans to major in health and wellness. Guzzetta, a member of the school’s Foreign Language Honor Society and Honor Roll, was named All-Division in lacrosse as well as All-County, All-Division and All-Tournament in field hockey.

Mittleman, who plays attack, will join the Drexel University team. She has been named All-County in field hockey and All-County Honorable Mention in lacrosse, and is the president of East Islip’s National Honor Society.

Sconone, who also plays attack, signed with the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She plans to major in exercise and sports science. She has been named All-County and MVP, was a member of the Under Armour highlight team and a Newsday Top 100 Player, finished as one of the top 10 scorers in Suffolk County, and was nationally ranked by “Inside Lacrosse” at No. 25 and was the third ranked attacker in the 2019 class.

Sidorski, who plays attack and midfield, signed with Lehigh University where he plans to major in business. He was named All-County and All-League, a U.S. Lacrosse All-American, 2018 Attackman of the Year, a rising junior and sophomore All-Star, and a member of the Super 7 Champs team. He was nationally ranked by “Inside Lacrosse” at No. 33 in the 2019 class.

Kreuscher Named County Champ

The high school’s Camryn Kreuscher was named county champion in the 50-yard freestyle at the Section XI girls high school swimming championships, held at Suffolk Community College on Nov. 3. She also earned a second-place finish in the 100-yard freestyle. Kreuscher is now ranked 10th in New York State in the 50-yard and 15th in the 100-yard. She will compete on Nov. 15 and 16 at the state championship in Ithaca.

Other members of the East Islip/Connetquot swimming team also found success at the county event. Kaila Ohara finished 12th in the 100-yard freestyle and 23rd in the 50-yard freestyle, Shannon Wodicka finished 19th overall in the 200-yard freestyle and 26th in the 100-yard freestyle, Rachal Romney placed 16th in the 100-yard freestyle and 28th in the 100-yard backstroke, Faith Calabrese placed 17th in the 100-yard butterfly and 22nd in the 100-yard backstroke, and Kelsy Kreuscher finished 19th overall in diving.

Volleyball Teams Unite for Dig Pink

October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and the high school’s boys and girls volleyball programs volleyed for a cure by participating in the Side-Out Foundation’s Dig Pink initiative, collectively raising $1,128 over the course of a few weeks for breast cancer awareness.

All teams assisted by selling Dig Pink shirts prior to game days. On Oct. 9 and 10, the boys and girls teams took to the court to help block out cancer. The gym was adorned with inspiring posters, pink donation balls and balloons, and a court outlined in bright pink. Girls team members also raised funds by making baked goods to sell on game day.

“It’s always inspiring to watch a school come together for a great cause,” said girls coach Romina Ackley. “We hope to continue to raise awareness and fundraise.”

“I am so glad that the boys wanted to get involved in the Dig Pink games,” said boys coach Laura O’Donnell. “We often forget that men too are at risk for breast cancer. The participation of the boys and their families in this fight unites all of us at East Islip in supporting a great cause.”

Girls Volleyball Team Catches Alumni Game

The high school’s girls varsity volleyball team recently traveled to Farmingdale State College to watch two alumni play, Alyssa Barbara of Mount Saint Mary College and Kate Flamio of Farmingdale.

The East Islip players were given a tour of the Farmingdale athletic facility and had the opportunity to ask questions about college majors, player recruitment and college life. They then watched their former Lady Redmen captains go head to head in an exciting match that ended with a 3-0 Farmingdale victory over Mount Saint Mary.

“It was a pleasure to take our current team to watch these two former EI players,” said coach Romina Ackley.  “It is beyond rewarding as a coach to watch players you’ve had for so long grow into strong, intelligent, young women that continue their passion academically while also playing volleyball. I look forward to watching future players follow in Kate’s and Alyssa’s footsteps.”

Sconone & Sidorski Nationally Ranked

High school lacrosse stars Melissa Sconone and John Sidorski, both playing attack, were recently honored with prestigious national rankings by “Inside Lacrosse,” with Sconone ranked No. 25 and Sidorski ranked No. 33.

Sconone, the third ranked attacker in the 2019 class, has been the team captain since last season and the MVP in 2017 and 2018. She earned All-County status in 2017 and 2018, finished 13th in Suffolk County scoring as a sophomore and 16th as a junior, and participated in the Under Armour All America Underclass Tournament and U.S. Lacrosse Women’s Division National Tournament.

“Melissa is a coach’s dream,” said East Islip girls coach Steven Levy. “She is ultra-competitive with an intense desire to win and compete. She has incredible hands and lacrosse IQ.”

Sidorski, likewise a team captain, was named All-County and All-League in 2017, finishing the latter year at No. 3 in the county in scoring and fourth on Long Island with 94 points and this year at No. 4 in county scoring and No. 5 on Long Island with 89 points. He was selected to the rising juniors and sophomores All-Star games in 2016 and 2017, and named All-American in 2018 and a member of the Super 7 Champs team in 2017. He has a total of 245 points in the last three seasons.

“I have coached John for the last five years,” said Redmen boys coach Chad Spruyt. “He is a smart player with a tremendous lacrosse IQ. He has become the player that any coach would want on their team and an offensive coach on the field. He is my captain this season and a fantastic leader, the type of player that can make any other player on his team better. 

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EI Enjoys Enthusiastic Pep Rally!

A full house of students filled the high school bleachers with cheers on Sept. 21 at the annual pep rally as Athletic Director Stephen Restivo introduced the school’s 14 proud 2018-2019 athletic squads, including girls swimming, boys and girls cross-country, gymnastics, boys and girls soccer, girls tennis, boys golf, girls and boys volleyball, field hockey, kickline, cheerleading and football.

Keeping the excitement level high were terrific performances by the cheerleaders, the gymnastics squad and the high school pep band, the latter directed by Christopher Neske.

Enthusiastically overseeing his first rally, new principal Mark Bernard welcomed the homecoming court – freshman attendants Emily Blair and Jack Rice, sophomore attendants Enzo Ditta and Jeilene Law, junior attendants Sophia Bates and Joseph Falcon, and senior attendants: Hailey Cooke, Nicholas Conzo, Trevor Garnett and Kendall Mittleman – as well as the nominees for king and queen.


Girls Golf Team Plays at County Tournament

The high school’s girls golf team ended the season on a high note, finishing second in League III with a record of 7-3 and qualifying for the county tournament as a team.

During the two-day tournament, held at Middle Island Country Club, team captain Sofia Ferrezza also qualified for the second day as an individual. Other Lady Redmen golfers participating in the competition were Nicole Muroff, , Jaclyn Schiano, Jamie Smith, Sophia Stryjewski and Cassidy Triolo.

Bowler Kreush Signs with Molloy

Amanda Kreush, a star senior bowler for the high school, signed a national letter of intent on May 4 to play for Molloy College in Rockville Centre his fall. She plans to major in early childhood education while bowling for the Lions.

Kreush, who joined the varsity team as a seventh-grader and served as captain of the Lady Redmen during her junior and senior years, had a remarkable career at East Islip. During her tenure, the team went undefeated as league champions for six consecutive years as well as winning state and county championships. Kreush won the Section XI sportsmanship award twice, and earned All-County, All-League, Scholar-Athlete and Minds in Motion recognition. Her academic honors include three years as secretary of the Class of 2018 and membership in the National Honor Society and Foreign Language Honor Society.

Grippi Signs with Mount Saint Mary

High school senior athlete Lauren Grippi signed a national letter of intent on April 18 to play soccer for Mount Saint Mary College in Newburgh this fall.

“It was good for distance, for soccer and for academics,” said Grippi of her choice of Mount Saint Mary and its Knights program.

Grippi, a left midfielder, served as captain of East Islip’s varsity team this year. A member of the school’s Medical Career Academy and Girls Leaders Club, she also played for the East Islip Red Storm travel team and engaged in extensive volunteering work.

Timber Point Students Learn About Healthy Hearts

Students at Timber Point recently celebrated Heart Month by learning all about the heart and circulatory system as well as the importance of exercise for personal heart fitness.

During physical education classes with Patricia Bush and Diane Wahrenburg, the students participated in healthy heart stations that got their hearts pumping. One station even imitated the body’s actual circulatory system in delivering oxygen to the muscles and bringing carbon dioxide back to the heart and lungs. Students also learned about the anatomy and function of the heart, lungs and circulatory system through viewing posters as visual aids and watching videos on the school’s Smart Board. 

“Many students found these body systems to be fascinating and participated in the healthy heart stations with enthusiasm,” said Wahrenburg. “Healthy hearts are happy hearts.”


Snow Doesn’t Stop Girls Golf Prep

Despite the unusually cold and still snowy spring, the high school varsity girls golf team is braving the cold and wind in preparation for the beginning of their league matches.

“I’m very proud of the girls for their hard work and focus in less than favorable conditions,” said coach Judith Fischer. “We are looking forward to some warmer temperatures in April as our matches begin. These are a super bunch of young ladies, and captain Sofia Ferrezza is doing a great job motivating and assisting younger girls with skill development.“

Two EI Bowlers Help County Team Win State Title

Juniors Julia Bocamazo and Julianna Spina represented East Islip as members of the Section XI girls bowling team that won the state title this month. The team – also featuring Hannah Manetta of Comsewogue, Taylor Eggert of Kings Park, Rachel Hines of Longwood and Amanda Naujokas of Sachem – featured the six student-athletes with the highest averages in Suffolk County. Bocamazo finished with a 222.2 average, while Spina finished with a 218.1 average.

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Cassie Bergin Named All-Long Island

High school freshman and All-County gymnast Cassie Bergin was named to the 2018 Newsday All-Long Island gymnastics team in a March 23 ceremony. Bergin, who recently earned a third-place finish in balance beam while competing at the New York State girls gymnastics championships, was one of only five student gymnasts to earn All-Long Island status.

“Congratulations to Cassie for being selected and honored from a group of over 1,000 athletes,” said coach Dennis Jones. 

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Saturday, November 26, 2022