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Sports & Fitness

The Phantom Sports Beat: Winter Fred Keating

    As we head into December, the playoffs are finished, the league champions have been determined, the “super bowl” of football (AKA, the Long Island Championship) has been played, and our attention turns largely to the indoor sports, like basketball, bowling, wrestling, and boys’ swimming. Very few games have been played, and they don’t really tell us much about what to expect as we go forward. Nevertheless, we were able to run down some coaches and get their preliminary assessments of the coming Winter Sports season. Let’s take a look.

    The Phantom Varsity Girls Basketball team is coached by the veteran Toni Mulgrave, who had an up-and-down season last year. Injuries to key players played havoc with the team early on, and they experienced several losses in the beginning of the season. However, when several of the injured returned later, the team came together and played a better brand of basketball. In fact, they won three of their last four and showed some grit and talent in the process. This year, Mulgrave hopes to build on last year’s positives and feature a solid team. She will rely on her point guard, Emily Toy, to provide senior leadership and a steady hand, along with Kelly Young, her other senior. Lauren Wilke, a sophomore, is a good scorer, and Frankie Villar, a junior, should control the ball on the break. Shannon Pinka, another experienced junior guard, is injured, however, and the team misses her already. The early going has not been promising—they lost to a solid Sayville team in a non-league match, but Mulgrave was experimenting with her lineups, trying a variety of combinations to see what clicked, to assess who could do what. Sayville was not cooperative; they featured a quick fast break and really hit the boards. “We still have a lot of work to do,” said a pensive Mulgrave after the game. “We’re still a work in progress.”

    Last year, the Varsity Boys Basketball team, under the aegis of Coach Charlie Peck, went all the way to the Long Island Championship before losing at the end. They followed the system that Peck had instituted, which we call “run and gun.” They push the ball upcourt and shoot within a few seconds, before the opposition time to set up their defense, before they can box out for the rebound, before they know what hit them. If the Phantoms  cannot get off a good shot, then they will “work the ball,” set picks, and run set plays. The system calls for superior shooting, strong ball control, few turnovers, and excellent basic skills—precisely the things Peck emphasizes in his practices and film study. This year, he is relying on those who know the system, particularly soph Mike Darby, Doug Niblock, Ka-Sean Watlington, Evan Harenberg, and Jake Terrill. To battle under the boards, he will look to soph Kevin Doty (6’5”), Harenberg (6’3”), and Prabhnoor Singh (6’4”). Controlling the ball in the backcourt will be Andrew Riefenstahl, Sam Piekos, Darby, and Niblock. This promises to be another exciting season.

    This year’s edition of the BBP Varsity Bowling team, coached by Scott Murphy, has a rather different look from your normal bowling squad: there are no juniors on the team, and no seniors. There are only sophomores, freshmen, and middle schoolers currently participating. Coach Murphy, now in his 5th year with the team, knows many of his squad from his Spring Bowling Camp, where they polished their form and improved their skills during the off-season. They have yet to bowl their first match of the season, so it is difficult to project who will be the “starting five,” but Coach did mention two sophs, John Hussey and Steven Festa. Bowling is a sport that rewards repetition and consistency, two factors that may work against his young team, but maybe that Spring Bowling Camp experience will make a difference in the Fall. Stay tuned.

Coaches Jake Benedetto, Joe Gallagher, and Rich Reilly are back with the Varsity Wrestling Team. They are looking forward to another successful season with a group of almost 30 wrestlers, many of whom they have coached in previous years, like Cameron Mauro, Greg Larsson, Austin Kruger, Joe Donnelly, Jack Donnelly, Brandon Croteau, and Joseph Albanese. Known for their work ethic and discipline, the coaches hope to see solid improvement from guys like Andrew Truelich, Isaiah Sweeney, Carter Baron, Derek Strine, Thomas Knapp, Ryan Jones, and Chris Behan. “There are a lot of medals to be won, and we have the guys to do it.” It promises to be an exciting season. Stay tuned.     Note: The Varsity plays its home matches at the Sayville Lanes on Sunrise Highway and Raft Avenue, a half mile west of Broadway Avenue. Why not come out and cheer them on?

    The Say-Bay Swim team, under the expert direction of Coaches Mike Brocki, Dan Cameron, and Ben Brutch, expects to be “competitive” this season. Brutch is the “new kid on the block; he worked previously at Middle Country School (Social Studies) and was a Suffolk County lifeguard. Now he’s come to Sayville and finds the job “awesome.” It’s too early to get much detail, but the coaches will rely on a core of returnees to start the season. They would be senior Sal Prevosto, Sean Caraher, the defending County & State Champion in the 100 Breast, and the Kolar Klan of Brendan, Kevin, Jake, and Dylan, along with Ed Schulze, Kevin Dean, and Kieran Thomas. They all work hard, are highly motivated, and have the talent to bring home a championship.

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