By Benito Vila
Field Hockey Honorees
There were 23 Pierson student athletes honored this fall by Suffolk County’s coaches and administrators for their contributions and successes on and off the field of play. The Pierson athletic offices released the names of all those selected before the Thanksgiving break and all but the six field hockey honorees found their names in print.
Those six collected their awards Tuesday night at the county’s field hockey coaches’ banquet. Lindsay Warne earned All-County honors, with Alexa Lantiere and Megan Pintauro coming home with All-County Honorable Mention. Aly Bori was selected All-Conference and Sam Federico All-Division. Abby Gawronski earned All-Tournament honors.
Pierson varsity field hockey coach Shannon Judge was chosen for the Suffolk County Division III coaches’ award after leading her team to an all-time program-best 14-2 finish. This divisional coaching award went to Lady Whaler Debbie Jayne in 1999 and Coach Judge’s high school coach, Nancy Cole, in 1997.
With several Lady Whalers already playing on travel teams, the local field hockey off-season started last night. Coach Judge and her Southampton counterpart, Kim Hannigan, are hosting Wednesday evening clinics throughout the winter for girls in grades three through eight at SYS on Majors Path, Southampton. For more information on these clinics, contact Kim Hannigan at 680-9398.
Teams Earn High Marks
Beyond the numerous individual honors, Pierson teams earned nine scholar-athlete and sportsmanship awards this fall. Keeping their collective grade-point averages above 90 were three Lady Whaler teams: varsity volleyball, varsity soccer and varsity field hockey.
Maintaining their composure despite the intensity of competition were three Whaler teams–varsity soccer, varsity cross-country and middle school soccer–and three Lady Whaler squads: JV field hockey, varsity soccer and varsity volleyball.
Pierson athletic director Bill Madsen called the team honors “pretty impressive”, noting the sportsmanship awards are given by opposing coaches and the collective challenge of maintaining high grades.
Leaders To Conference
Sophomore Gavin Kudlak and junior Aly Bori have been selected to represent Pierson this morning at the Section XI Safety Conference in Wading River. This workshop is designed to help school districts develop student leaders at the high school level.
As part of this statewide program, each local district is asked to select one male and one female student-athlete in either their sophomore or junior years for the conference. The hope is that the districts will benefit from the presence, involvement and influence of these students throughout the current school year and beyond.