Tags Posts tagged with "Port Jefferson Royals"

Port Jefferson Royals

by -
0 254
Port Jefferson sophomore David Ford battles in the paint in a non-league matchup against Southold Jan. 13. Photo by Bill Landon

Port Jefferson went toe-to-toe with Southold on their home court, but the Settlers found their rhythm in the final 8 minutes with their three-point play to edge the Royals 50-38 Jan. 13. Port Jefferson freshman Drew Feinstein led the way for the Royals hitting five from the floor, three triples and a free throw for 20 points. Luke Filippi the sophomore, went 2 for 2 from the line along with five field goals netting 12.

The loss drops the Royals to 0-3 in league VII and 2-8 overall. They will retake the court Jan. 15 at home against Southampton. Tipoff is at 6:15 p.m.

Jack Neiderberger a senior places 3rd overall at 195lbs in the Bob Armstrong Memorial Cup Dec. 14. Photo by Bill Landon

The Port Jefferson and Mount Sinai wrestlers hit the mat at the Bob Armstrong Memorial Cup tournament Dec. 14. Port Jeff wrestlers made a showing, with the Royal’s Frank D’Elia made the podium finishing 2nd at 99 pounds and teammate Liam Rogers finished 2nd at 113 pounds.

In the Consolation Finals, Tyler Rogers pinned his opponent at the 3:18 mark, Sam Robertson won with a major decision and Anthony Evangelista took victory at 145 pounds.

Mount Sinai fared well in the Bob Armstrong Memorial Cup. In the final round, Brenden Goodrich pinned his opponent at the 1:39 mark and Mike O’Brien, at 138 pounds, did it in 26 seconds. O’Brien took the “Most Pins-Least Time” honors with four pins on the day in just 4 minutes 41 seconds. Both Joe Goodrich, at 182 pounds and Gian Luca Ferrara at 220 pounds pinned their opponents in final round at 0:42 and 3:56 respectively.

The Royals are back out on the mat Dec. 20 when they hit the road to face Babylon. First match is 5:30 p.m.

The Mustangs retake the mat Dec. 18 at home with a 4 p.m. start against Bayport-Blue Point.

Mount Sinai dominated their homecoming game through three quarters of play out scoring the visiting Royals 33-6 before Port Jeff rallied in the final quarter. Royals’ quarterback Luke Filippi (filling in for the injured Sam Florio) found senior Aidan Kaminska on a pair of short yardage pass plays for his 2nd and 3rd touchdown in the game where the senior set a Section XI record with 17 catches for 233 yards placing him 2nd in total receptions in a single game.

But despite Kaminska’s record the Royals fell to the Mustangs 39-20 Sept. 28.

Mount Sinai sophomore running back Joseph Spallina led the way with a16-yard run, a 23-yard pass reception and an 85-yard interception all finding the end-zone for the Mustangs. Senior quarterback Brandon Ventarola punched in from short yardage, while Matthew LoMonaco scored on a 14-yard pass play and Michael Trepeta found the end-zone on a 3-yard run.

Junior Alex Ledesma’s solid boot put up two PAT’s for the Royals in addition to Kaminska’s record making set of catches.

The win boosts the Mustangs to 4-0, tied with Shoreham Wading River in their division at the season’s halfway point.

The loss puts Port Jeff 1-3 in league. Their next game is set for Oct. 5 for homecoming weekend, where they expect to face Greenport at home with a 2 p.m. start time.

Mount Sinai looks to keep their perfect record intact when they hit the road Oct. 12 to face undefeated Shoreham-Wading River, for sole possession of first place in League IV. Kickoff is at 2 p.m.

by -
0 546
Port Jeff sophomore Evelyn Walker from behind the plate in a Royal’s 13-1 victory over visiting Southold/Greenport May 6. Photo by Bill Landon

By Bill Landon

After trailing by a run in the opening inning, Port Jefferson’s softball team had to be patient at the plate and let the game come to them in a league VI matchup notching a 13-1 victory over visiting Southold/Greenport May 6. It was a must win game for the Royals, who must also win the final game of the regular season to make the playoffs.

Port Jeff’s Abby Rolfe, the freshman pitcher, was the spark for the Royals going four for four at the plate, scoring three times with three RBIs, as well as winning from the circle. The victory propels the Royals to 6-7 in league and will lead them to face Mattituck for their final game of the regular season at home May 8.  First pitch is at 4:15 p.m.

 

By Bill Landon

The Shoreham-Wading River Wildcats boys lacrosse team is on a tear, making short work of visiting Sayville with an 18-8 league victory April 6 to remain unbeaten. The Wildcats, a perennial powerhouse in the postseason, sit atop their division at 6-0.

The Wildcats have outscored their opponents 86-29 through six games, where their closest was an 8-6 win against Bayport-Blue Point in their season home opener. The Wildcats were back in action when they hit the road April 11 taking on Islip, where they won 18-7. SWR next hosts Harborfields April 12 at 7 p.m., and later Comsewogue April 16 at 4 p.m.

 

by -
0 985
Three Village students once again have a youth cheerleading program to participate in. Photo from 3VPJ Hawks Cheerleading

Things are getting cheerier in the Three Village school district.

Those attending Ward Melville High School’s homecoming may have noticed several little ones with shirts reading “future cheerleader.” After a 10-year absence, youth cheerleaders are returning to the community after the recent merging of the Three Village Wildcats and Port Jefferson Royals youth football program — now called the 3VPJ Hawks.

Members of the 3VPJ Hawks youth cheerleading program learn stunts from Ward Melville High School cheerleaders. Photo from Trish Gallery

While Port Jefferson still had its youth cheering program, the Three Village Wildcats cheer team ended a decade ago. In May, the Hawks board voted unanimously to bring back the program with Three Village students after Ellie DePaul, the organization’s new director of cheerleading, made a motion to initiate one. In June, recruiting began for boys and girls between the ages of 4 and 11 who were interested.

“The program, I feel, is really going to benefit the high school at the end of the day because you’re not having cheerleaders coming to seventh-grade tryouts without having any cheer background,” DePaul said.

Trish Gallery’s 11-year-old daughter Julia is one of the Hawks, and the mother said she agreed the team is helpful to a budding cheerleader. She said her daughter and fellow cheerleaders have been learning various skills, how to stay healthy and work together as a team. She said she noticed her daughter is gaining confidence.

“She’s learning skills like the stunts,” Gallery said. “That’s something you really don’t learn anywhere else. Those stunts are giving her a lot of confidence.”

DePaul said Ward Melville High School varsity cheerleaders Sydney Crichton, Bri Wilson and Nicolette DePaul, her daughter, who once were Three Village Wildcats cheerleaders, jumped at the chance to help out with the more than 60 girls ranging from ages 4 to 11 who make up three cheer teams. DePaul said the members have also been working with the Setauket-based Shine Dance Studios to enhance their dance moves and Silver Stars Gymnastics in East Setauket where the team practices tumbling on the mats — a skill she said is vital for cheering in later years.

Wilson, 17, a senior who has been a member of Ward Melville’s varsity cheerleading team for three years, said she’s been cheering for the school district since junior high school and, up until third grade, was part of the Wildcats cheer youth program along with Crichton and Nicolette DePaul. The three were interested in bringing the youth program back because they knew how valuable it was, including gaining them an advantage when trying out for school cheer.

“Getting to share my love with these little girls and to think, ‘Wow, in a few years from now they’re going to be like us is insane.'”

— Bri Wilson

“We knew what we were supposed to do on the sidelines,” Wilson said. “How to get the crowd pumped. Even though we were little, we knew what we were doing.”

She said she loves helping out with the younger children and hopes to be on a college cheer team next year and a coach in the future.

“Getting to share my love with these little girls and to think, ‘Wow, in a few years from now they’re going to be like us is insane,’” she said.

Gallery said her daughter loves working with the Ward Melville students.

“She really looks up to the varsity cheerleaders,” the mother said. “She just feels so special when they share their talent with her, and they take her under their wings.”

Wilson said cheering is important because it creates a positive environment and brings a “game to life.”

“It has such a different feel with the crowd getting involved and being excited,” Wilson said. “We start screaming for the team and so do the parents and anyone in the crowd which definitely helps the team.”

Ellie DePaul said she thinks cheerleaders are an essential part of the school community.

“I really think it’s an intricate part of school spirit — community spirit — having the girls cheer on the athletes just really boosts the spirit of the community,” DePaul said.

For more information about the 3VPJ Hawks, visit www.3vwildcats.com.

by -
0 2325

Capping off a week of school-spirited events and a parade complete with floats from each grade level, the Earl L. Vandermeulen High School Royals football team took the homecoming win against Bayport-Blue Point, 34-16, Oct. 6.

Many spectators were in town to celebrate their 40 year high school reunion and joined in the festivities by riding in the parade and cheering on the Royals. Others lined the streets of Port Jefferson Village as the students and Disney-themed floats, student-musicians led by music teacher Mark Abbonizio, families, board of education members, teachers and administrators shared their royal pride.

by -
0 690

Port Jefferson’s boys soccer team jumped out to a 2-0 lead at home against Babylon Sept. 24, but dropped the game 3-2 after a Babylon comeback. The loss dropped the Royals to 1-7 in league competition this season.

by -
0 745

Wyandanch traveled to Earl L. Vandermeulen High School Sept. 15 and defeated Port Jefferson on the football field 26-23. The Royals have opened the young season with two straight losses. They’ll look to get in the win column Sept. 21 at 6 p.m. at Mount Sinai.

Port Jefferson School District’s new athletic director, Adam Sherrard. Photo from PJSD

Port Jefferson School District’s athletic programs have excelled in recent years, but the Royals faced a new kind of challenge this summer.

Adam Sherrard has been named the replacement for Port Jeff’s outgoing director of health, physical education and athletics, Danielle Turner, who accepted a similar position in the Locust Valley school district in June.

Sherrard, a Farmingville resident, has coaching and teaching experience from previous stops at Huntington and Smithtown school districts, where he taught physical education at all grade levels. Most recently he taught at Jack Abrams STEM Magnet Intermediate School in the Huntington district. He served as Smithtown East High School’s defensive coordinator for the varsity football team and as a middle school lacrosse head coach, in addition to other high school and middle school coaching assignments, according to his LinkedIn page.

“I’m eager to work with the students, staff, nurses, administrators, coaches and parents in the district,” Sherrard said in a statement. “Since I first arrived here, I noticed the commitment to the well-being of students is profound and I look forward to continuing to strengthen the positive environment in the Port Jefferson School District.”

He earned an advanced graduate certificate in educational leadership from Stony Brook University and a Master of Arts in educational leadership and administration from Touro University International, according to a district press release. He holds a Bachelor of Science in physical education from Cortland University.

“The energy and enthusiasm that Mr. Sherrard exudes will serve our district well,” district Superintendent Paul Casciano said in a statement. “We look forward to his leadership and progressive ideas in building on the many successes of our athletic program. Mr. Sherrard will continue to move us in the positive direction of our physical education and health education programs. This includes social and emotional growth opportunities to ensure our students have the support systems needed to succeed.”

During Turner’s time with the Royals, the girls varsity basketball and soccer teams each reached New York State championship rounds, with the soccer team bringing home its second straight trophy in 2016. It was the team’s third straight appearance in the finals. The basketball team fell just short in the 2017 state title game, though it was the first time it had won a county crown since 1927. Quarterback Jack Collins broke numerous school records and became the first football player in school history to be named League IV Most Valuable Player. The wrestling team went undefeated and won the League VIII championship during the current school year. Shane DeVincenzo put Port Jeff’s golf program on the map, winning the Suffolk County individual title in 2017.

“Port Jefferson will always have a special little place in my heart, and I could not be more thankful that my career has led me through it,” she said in a June email.