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Legislator Caracappa poses with security guards from Newfield High School in Selden

Suffolk County Legislator Nick Caracappa recently visited Newfield High School to recognize seven security guards who were instrumental in apprehending an intruder on school grounds.

Legislator Caracappa poses with security guard from Newfield High School in Selden

On September 23, 2021 at approximately 10:49 A.M., security guards reported that an unknown male entered onto school grounds apparently to confront a student just outside of the school doors. The security guards confronted the man who acted aggressively, in such a way that they believed the man might be armed with a gun. The man fled, and the security guards started to chase the man who escaped over a fence and into the surrounding neighborhood.

Notifications were made to the Suffolk County Police, and four surrounding schools, Newfield High School, Selden Middle School, Jericho Elementary, and North Coleman Elementary School were all placed on lockdown. At 11:10 A.M. the subject was apprehended by Police Officers in the woods just north of 153 North Coleman Road, Centereach. An extensive search by multiple canine units was conducted from the Newfield High School to the apprehension location with negative results for any firearm; however, two knives were located where the subject jumped over a fence. At 12:35pm the lockdown was lifted, and nobody was injured during the incident.

“I am happy to recognize the efforts of these men; Michael Banks, Frank Crocitto, Matt Finelli, Emmanuel Rancy, Anthony Rivera, Russ Scott and John Webber,” stated Caracappa. “Their keen efforts helped ensure the safety of students and staff, and were instrumental in assisting the police with the apprehension of the intruder. My gratitude goes to Newfield High School’s Principal, Scott Graviano and his heroic security guards for their dedication to public safety.”

It was Ward Melville sophomore striker Rob Hauss who broke the ice with three minutes left in the opening half off an assist from Ron Palillo to put the Patriots out front, 1-0, in a League II matchup Oct. 11 on the road against Newfield.

Dominic Lollo’s foot scored the insurance goal with the help of Sean LaPeters in the second half for the final score, 2-0. Ward Melville senior Jack Jespersen made seven stops in net. 

The win lifts the Patriots to 7-3-1 in their division with three games remaining before post season play begins.

The Newfield Wolverines cast a shadow over Smithtown East in their homecoming football game handing the Bulls a 39-7 defeat Oct 2.

Newfield’s Devin Aviles found the endzone twice in the 1st quarter, and teammate Joe Hackal broke a 44 yarder in the second to lead 24-0 at the half.

Smithtown East junior running back Ryan Rooney took the goose egg of the scoreboard for the Bulls catching a pass from Tommy Azzara then turned it upfield and dove for the endzone for the score. Newfield quarterback Josh Jacobs punched in from short yardage along with teammate Sean Sullivan scored on a 29 yarder for your final score.

The win lifts the Wolverines to 2-2 as the loss drops the Bulls to 1-3 at this midway point in the season.

Both teams retake the field Saturday where Newfield hosts North Babylon in their homecoming game, and the Bulls travel to Connetquot. Kickoff for both games is 2 p.m.

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The Ward Melville Patriots were able to contain the Newfield Wolverines in a Division I field hockey game where the Patriots spread the scoring wealth on their way to a 5-0 shut out on the road Sept 24.

Senior midfielder Courtney Quinn broke the ice half way into the opening quarter for the Patriots when her shot found its mark, and Peyton Phillips rocked the box two minutes later for the 2-0 lead.

Ward Melville senior Izzy Paglia scored at the 13 minute, 40 seconds mark of the second quarter along with fellow senior Emily Grillo who drove her shot home for a 4-0 Patriots lead at the half.

Patriots Olivia Comerford the sophomore rounded out the scoring with 3:38 left in the game for your 5-0 final. Goalie Molly Treder had a quiet day in net for the Patriots with one save.

The win lifts the Patriots to 5-1. The team was back in action Sept 28 with a road game against Bay Shore. Newfield drops to 2-4 in league and returned to the field the same day where they hosted Smithtown East.

Newfield senior defender Megan Spina maneuvers mid-field in a D-I matchup against Smithtown West Sept 21. Photo by Bill Landon

After protecting a one goal lead going into the second half, Smithtown West junior Sophia Campitites scored the insurance goal with 13 minutes left in regulation for the 2-0 lead in D-I road game against Newfield Sept. 21. 

Newfield’s Megan Spina’s foot spoke next when the senior drove her shot home five minutes later to trail by one. Smithtown West desperate to hang on to their one goal advantage had those hopes dashed by Newfield forward Sarah Cavallo with 20 seconds left in regulation when the sophomore’s shot found its mark to tie the score at 2-2 forcing overtime. 

Unable to settle the game in the first ten-minute overtime period, Smithtown West managed a team goal in the scrum in front of the Newfield net seven minutes into the second, to take the lead and held on to win it 3-2.

The win lifts Smithtown West to 3-1-0 in league while the loss drops the Wolverines to 2-2-1. Both teams are back in action on Sept. 23 where the Bulls travel to take on their cross-town rivals, Smithtown East, while Newfield will host Lindenhurst. Game times are 4:30 and 5:30, respectively. 

— Photos by Bill Landon

Time to shop ’til you drop! One of the longest running Craft & Gift Fairs is back this Sunday! Newfield High School, 145 Marshall Drive, Selden will present the 38th annual Selden Craft & Gift Fair on Sept. 19 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The outdoor event will host over 75 exhibitors featuring handcrafted designs and unique gift items. Event will benefit the Middle Country Athletic Booster Club. Free admission. Held rain or shine. 631-846-1459, www.depasmarket.com

Northport midfielder Ricky Corbett with a header at home against Newfield Sept 14. Bill Landon photo

The Newfield Wolverines looked for that first win of this early season in a League II road game against the Northport Tigers when senior co-captain Oscar Moreno broke the ice to put the Wolverines out front 1-0 with 10 minutes remaining in the opening half. 

Northport senior midfielder Justin Besosa made it a new game midway through the second half to even the score. Both teams unable to break the tie finished the game in a draw. 

Newfield senior goal keep Carter Rothwell had twelve saves in net where Northport’s goalie Tommy Pace stopped five.

Newfield at 0-1-1 will retake the field in a home game against Bay Shore Sept 17. Northport also at 0-1-1, 2-1-1 overall, will face Walt Whitman in a road game Sept 18. Game times are 5:15 p.m. and 8 a.m., respectively.

Comsewogue’s Brendan Topper makes the play at first in a road game against Newfield June 5. Bill Landon photo

Trailing Newfield 2-1 to open the 4th inning, Comsewogue loaded the bases when Christopher Valazquez laid off a pitch for the walk to plate Aaron Freidman to tie the score, but it was Dominic Schuch’s bat that spoke next for a base clearing inside the park grand slam homerun to jump out front for a 6-2 lead.

But Newfield chipped away at the deficit loading the bases in the bottom of the 4th inning plating a runner when the batter was hit by a pitch then Mike Madina drove in Stephen Lumme and Dylan Johnson. Newfield’s Joe Hackel scored on a passed ball in the bottom 6th inning to make it a one run game when Medina struck again with a 2 run rbi double to take a 10-9 lead to open the 7th inning.

Newfield’s defense prevailed to close out the one run victory.

With the win Newfield improves to 13-2 for the top spot in league III with 3 games left on their schedule while the loss drops Comsewogue to 7-8.

Post season play begins Tuesday June 15. 

Cast members from the Newfield High School production of ‘The Addams Family.’ Photo from MCCSD

By Kimberly Brown

To celebrate the kickoff of Newfield High School’s live stream production of “The Addams Family,” parents and teachers surprised the cast and crew with a car parade.

The show will premiere on Saturday, June 5. 

Rain didn’t stop people from surprising Newfield High School students last Saturday with a car parade.
Photo from MCCSD

Parents instructed the students who performed in the play to dress up in their costumes so they could take press release pictures. Little to their knowledge, what seemed to be an endless line of cars decorated with balloons, posters and pinatas waited outside. 

“They thought it was strictly for publicity and had no idea there was going to be a parade like that,” said parent Sean Austin. 

The production team brought a speaker, where music from the show played. Cast and crew members showcased one of their dances while the car parade circled the bus loop. 

“Everyone’s really happy the play is finished,” Austin said. “I know it was a little bit of a weird process with the filming, since they had to perform scenes out of order, but in a way, it was good because if they messed up on a part so they could easily go back and redo it.”

Students and parents paid homage to chorus and theater arts director Joan Meichner, who was faced with the challenging task of putting together the production while still adhering to the changing COVID-19 guidelines and regulations. 

Cast members from the Newfield High School production of ‘The Addams Family.’
Photo from MCCSD

“From the time the show was cast, to the time we were in production and filming, the COVID guidelines and regulations had changed several times,” Meichner said. “The students in the show handled all of these changes with unparalleled grace, excellence and enthusiasm.”

Despite the obstacles, giving the students a production they are proud to be a part of is the only goal Meichner hoped to achieve. 

“I am certain that we accomplished that, and the growing excitement as we eagerly await our premiere is inspiring,” Meichner said.

After a 23-month hiatus it was time to play ball Monday, May 3, when the Bulls of Smithtown West opened their softball season at home against Newfield.

The Wolverines struck first and took a three-run lead in the top of the fourth before Smithtown West retook the lead in the bottom of inning when Brook DaSilva’s bat drove in Hailey Cinquemani to take the first lead of the game. The Bulls scored what they thought was an insurance run in the bottom of the fifth before Newfield exploded in with four unanswered runs in the top of the seventh to win the game, 8-6.

Both teams are back in action May 5 when the Bulls travel to Huntington, and Newfield plays their home opener against North Babylon. Start times are 4 p.m. and 4:15 p.m. respectively.