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All-County Honors

Earl L. Vandermeulen High School junior Thomas Mark was named an All-County lacrosse player for the 2017 spring season at an awards ceremony, held at Villa Lombardi’s in June 14.

Mark, who has been playing lacrosse since elementary school, received the honor after leading his team in points, explained coach Taylor Forstell.

“Thomas exhibits all the qualities you look for in a player, from his physical play and leadership, to his exceptional vision on the field,” Forstell said. “He is truly the quarterback of our offense and we look forward to having him back for his senior season.”

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Fifth Place for Golfer

Earl L. Vandermeulen High School sophomore Shane DeVincenzo took fifth place at the NYS Federation Golf Tournament held at Bethpage State Park on June 11.

During the highly competitive game, Shane, faced off against 24 top public and private school players from around the state on Bethpage black, a 71-par course that is considered one of the toughest on the pro-circuit. He finished with an impressive score of 79.

He earned the chance to compete at the tournament after capping off a tremendous season with a sixth-place finish at the NYSPHAA high school golf tournament. 

“Shane just may be one of the best golf players in the school’s history,” said Danielle Turner, Ed.D.., director of health, physical education and athletics.

The Port Jefferson School District extends its congratulations to Shane DeVincenzo. 

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Student Golfer Ends on a High Note

Earl L. Vandermeulen High School golf team member Shane DeVincenzo capped off a tremendous season with a sixth-place finish in the NYSPHAA high school golf championship, held at Cornell University.

During the competition, Shane battled through tough weather conditions to end the day with a total 151. In addition to his sixth placement, he secured All-State honors and a chance to play in the Federation Cup at Bethpage Black.

“Shane’s success is a direct result of a tireless work ethic and desire to be the best. He handled himself like a pro and I couldn’t be prouder,” said coach Charles Ruoff.

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Softball standouts

Two Earl L. Vandermeulen High School softball players were recognized with awards at the Suffolk County Softball Awards Dinner, held at Villa Lombardi’s on June 13. During the ceremony, senior Jackie Brown was presented with an All-County award and sophomore Taylor Catoggio earned an All-League title. “Once again, we are proud to recognize and celebrate the successes of our student-athletes,” said Danielle Turner, director of health, physical education and athletics. “Jackie and Taylor continue to prove themselves as exceptional in the classroom and on the field.”

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Student Athletes Commit to Colleges

Earl L. Vandermeulen High School senior athletes, who have chosen to continue their athletic journeys at some of the nation’s top colleges in the fall, were honored at a mock signing on May 31. The Port Jefferson School District extends its congratulations to the following students:

Jillian Colucci – Marist College
Jackie Brown – Adelphi University
Brittany Fazin – LIU Post
Clare O’Connor – William Smith College
Chris Cheslock – SUNY Oneonta
Courtney Lewis – Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

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Track Stars Qualify for States

Six Earl L. Vandermeulen High School spring track and field stars have qualified for the state competition to be held at Union-Endicott High School on June 9 and 10. 

The student athletes, Liam McSweeney, Alex Rebic, Grant Samara, Cooper Schoch, Sabrina Schully and Sam Walker and earned their spots in the NYSPHSAA state competition after competing in the state qualifier held at Stony Brook University on June 3 and 4. 

At the state competition, Sam Walker will compete in the 1600, 3200 and 4x800; Alex Rebic, Cooper Schoch and Liam McSweeney in the 4x800; Grant Samara in the 3000 Steeplechase; and Sabrina Schully in the outdoor pentathlon for girls track and field. 

The Port Jefferson School District extends its congratulations to the student athletes. 

 

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Varsity Teams Earn Distinguished Award

The New York State Public High School Athletic Association has recognized all of Earl L. Vandermeulen High School’s spring varsity teams with Scholar/Athlete Team Awards.

To earn the awards, each team met the criteria of maintaining a group GPA of 90 percent during the spring season.

“The Athletic Department is extremely proud of our athletes. This designation shows that they are not only dedicated to their sport(s), but to their studies,” said Danielle Turner, director of physical education, health and athletics.

The Port Jefferson School District extends its congratulations to the members of the spring varsity teams, including softball, baseball, girls and boys lacrosse, boys and girls track and field and boys tennis.

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Girls Basketball Team Makes History

Despite a tough loss during the Class C championship game, the high school girls basketball varsity team will be remembered for making it to the state competition for the first time in Port Jefferson’s history.

The team earned the spot after winning the Long Island and regional championship titles. Their winning streak ended with a buzzer beating 65-63 loss to Watkins Glen at Hudson Valley Community College on March 19.

“They fell just short, but they have changed the basketball culture here in Port Jefferson,” said Danielle Turner, director of physical education, health and athletics. “What they have done as a team and for our community is something that will be talked about for years to come in Port Jefferson.”

 

 



Royals Win Regional Championship!

The high school girls basketball team made history on March 9 when they won the regional championship game against Haldane at SUNY Old Westbury.

The Royals, who ended the game with a final score of 43-30, will now head to the state Final Four Championship on March 17-19 in Troy.  

The win comes after the girls clinched the Long Island Championship on March 6.

The Port Jefferson School District extends its congratulations to the athletes and wishes them the best at the state championships.

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Long Island Champions!

The varsity girls basketball team clinched the Long Island championship title on March 6 at SUNY Old Westbury. To earn the title, the Royals took an 18-point lead over East Rockaway, ending the game with a final score of 67-49. The win puts the team in the regional final on Thursday, March 9. The Port Jefferson School District extends its congratulations to the athletes.

 

 


Sports Accomplishments Recognized

The Port Jefferson Board of Education recognized the athletic accomplishments of two high school athletes at its meeting on Feb. 14. The students recognized with certificates, included varsity basketball player Courtney Lewis for scoring her 2000th point and Richard D’Elia for earning the Suffolk County Division II wrestling title at 106 pounds.


 

 


2000th Point! 

Courtney Lewis’ goal to score 2000 career points became a reality for the high school senior on Feb. 11 during a game against Pierson-Bridgehampton.

Prior to the game, Courtney was just 34 points shy of reaching her goal, but as the game continued, she realized she was close to attaining the goal.

“I couldn’t have done it without the support of my teammates,” said Courtney.

In scoring her 2000th career point, Courtney became the 22nd player in Suffolk County girls basketball to reach the milestone and 32nd of all boys and girls to attain the benchmark

Courtney has been playing basketball since she was in the fourth grade and has been a member of the Royals varsity team since the seventh grade. In addition to playing basketball, she also runs spring track.     

 







 

 


Soccer Player Signs With LIU Brooklyn

With her family by her side, high school senior Brittany Fazin recently penned her name to a Long Island University Brooklyn letter of intent.

Brittany, a soccer player, said she selected Long Island University for its physical therapy program, as well as its soccer team.

“I am looking forward to working with the soccer coach,” she said.

In addition to playing soccer for the last seven years, Fazin is also a singer in her school’s chorus.

“We are thrilled for Brittany,” said Danielle Turner, director of physical education, health and athletics. “She is well-deserving.”





 


Soccer Player Signs with Marist

With her parents standing beside her, high school senior Jillian Colucci signed a letter of intent to attend Marist College in the fall on a full soccer scholarship at a signing ceremony on Feb. 1.

Jillian, an accomplished athlete, holds a number of titles. She is an All-Long Island Soccer Player, Suffolk County Soccer Player of the Year and has been named an All-American soccer player by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America. She also recently helped lead her school’s varsity soccer team to two back-to-back Class C State Championships.

In addition to playing varsity soccer since the seventh grade, Jillian is a member of her school’s varsity basketball team, president of the Varsity Club, a member of the National Honor Society and treasurer of the Interact Club.

“We couldn’t be more proud of Jillian,” said Director of Physical Education, Health and Athletics Danielle Turner.

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Wrestlers Get Army Lesson

The Royals wrestling team learned from some of the best on Jan. 9 as representatives of the Army Olympic Training program held a clinic for them at Earl L. Vandermeulen High School. During the clinic, the wrestlers worked on advanced wrestling skills and honed in on basic training techniques. “It was a great experience. The wrestlers learned a lot,” said Athletic Director Danielle Turner.



Scholar Awards for Football Player

The Suffolk County Football Coaches Association recently recognized high school senior varsity football player Brian Mark with two academic scholar awards.

Among the prestigious awards Mark received was the Golden Eleven Award, which is presented to the top 11 academic scholars in Suffolk County and the LaBue Award, which is presented to the top academic scholar.

“We are so unbelievably proud of Brian,” said Danielle Turner, athletic director.

In addition to his participation on the football team, Mark is also the captain of the varsity basketball team and a member of the varsity lacrosse team. When not on the field, he is working as a member of his school’s Varsity Club and serving as president of the Investment Club. He is also a peer leader for Sources of Strength.

“It was an honor to receive the Golden Eleven and the LaBue awards,” Mark said. “It is a privilege to be part of a group of such great football players and athletes."




Seniors Honored for Leadership

High school student-athletes Brian Mark and Corinne Scannell were honored by the New York State Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance as Suffolk Zone Student Leadership award winners at a ceremony on Dec. 7.

The seniors were selected based upon their excellence in physical education, leadership ability and service to community.

The Port Jefferson School District extends its congratulations to Brian and Corinne.



 


Score for Field Hockey Player

High school senior Jackie Brown has been named as a member of the All-Long Island field hockey team as part of Newsday’s All-Long Island Sports Awards.

Jackie, who will play field hockey in the fall of 2017 at Adelphi University, has been involved in the sport since the age of 6.  She has been a member of the high school’s varsity field hockey team since the eighth grade and holds the leading goal scorer title for Long Island. She has also been named as an All-State and All-Tournament player.     

In addition to playing field hockey, Jackie is a member of her school’s softball and basketball teams. She is also the vice president of the Student Organization, co-president of the Varsity Club and a member of the Yearbook Club and National Honor Society.


 

 


Suffolk Soccer Player of the Year

High school senior Jillian Colucci has been named as part of Newsday’s All-Long Island Sports Awards as Suffolk County’s Soccer Player of the Year and as a member of the All-Long Island soccer team.  

Jillian, who helped lead the varsity soccer team two back-to-back Class C State Championships, has been a member of the varsity team since the seventh grade. She has played the sport since the age of 4.

“I watched my brother play soccer since I was a baby. It was natural to follow in his path,” said Jillian.

In addition to playing soccer, Jillian is also a basketball player, president of her school’s Varsity Club, a member of the National Honor Society and treasurer of the Interact Club.

Jillian plans to attend Marist College in the fall. She has not yet declared a major.

“It was so wonderful and such an honor to have received the Suffolk Soccer player of the year title,” said Jillian.



2016 New York State Soccer Champions

For the second year in a row, the high school girls’ varsity soccer team in the Port Jefferson School District claimed the New York State Class C championship title.

The team secured the win by defeating Geneseo with a final score of 4-1 during playoffs, held in Cortland on Nov. 13.  

“This is truly a special group of girls,” explained Athletic Director Danielle Turner. “They are a team in every sense of the word. There is no other group more deserving of a state championship. I am so proud of them, our coaches and the entire Port Jefferson Community.”

The Port Jefferson School District extends its congratulations to the entire team and coaching staff.

Click here for highlights from the girls varsity soccer 2016 NYS Class C Semi-Final & Final games.



Long Island Soccer Champs!

The varsity soccer team has done it again — they now hold the Long Island Championship title.

The girls secured the title after defeating Haldane High School at Sleepy Hollow High School on Nov. 5 with a final score of 3-0.

The team will head to Courtland on Nov. 12 to compete in the New York State soccer championships and defend their state title.



Swimmer Earns County Titles

Kyra Sommerstad, a high school swimmer, will head to the state championship after earning two county titles at the Suffolk County Championships, held on Nov. 5 at Suffolk County Community College.

The freshman swimmer took first place in both the 200-meter medley and the 100-meter backstroke. Her times were 2:07:88 and 57.16 respectively.

Sommerstad will compete at Ithaca on Nov. 12.




Suffolk County Champs!‚Äč

The high school girls varsity soccer team is the newest Suffolk County “Class C” champion.

The girls earned the title after winning a game against Southold on Oct. 28 at St. Joseph’s College. The 8-0 win allowed the girls to end their season with a 13-0-1 record.

The soccer team will head to Westchester on Nov. 5 to play in the regional championships.


 

 


League Golf Champs

The high school varsity golf team ended the season as the new League VI Champions. To earn the title, the Port Jefferson golfers maintained a 10-0 winning streak throughout the season.  

“I am so proud of these students and how hard they work,” said Danielle Turner, athletic director.  “They aren’t just great golfers, they are great kids.”


 

Cross-Country Team Displays Top Speeds

Members of the middle school cross-country team exhibited outstanding athletic abilities at the Section XI meet held at Sunken Meadow State Park on Oct. 20.

During the meet, eighth-grader Brian Veit showed extreme skill by taking first place overall against 200 competitors with a time of 8:37.77. Teammate Owen Okst placed 14th with a time of 9:14.08.

The girls also held their own, with team members Anastasia Geelan finishing 52nd with a time of 11:04.12 and Evelyn Walker placing 61st with a time of 11:19.43. Also running was Heid Beidenkapp, who placed 67th, and Kate Sommerstand, who finished 69th.

 

 

 

Friday, February 23, 2018