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Girl’s JV Finishes 50/50

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The Pierson girl’s Junior Varsity Basketball team showed improvement throughout the season — even though they dealt with a number of setbacks.
“We improved a great deal, especially the first year JV players,” Coach Haley Luzim said on Monday.
Those first year JV players included Ryan Duffy, Sam Kamper, Rachel Saidman, Nina Hemby and Amber Pagano.
Luzim said that this year’s biggest challenge, however, were the injuries and illnesses.
“Our leading guards, Sariah Cafiero, Emily Hinz and Catherine O’Brien battled knee problems,” the coach said. She also said that Duffy and Pagano missed a few weeks at the beginning of the season due to broken fingers as well.
Luzim said that the team’s “strong, tough forward,” Nina Hemby, broke her finger at the end of the season and that also added to their struggles.
Not only did Duffy break a finger, but she also got a concussion, (not while playing) and that caused her to miss the end of the season.
Other than the numerous instances with the injuries, Luzim said that the girl’s played well.
She said she was “pleasantly surprised” by their most recent game against Stony Brook – the last game of the season.
“The girl’s put everything we worked on this season together in one game. They played phenomenally,” she said.
Overall, the JV team can credit themselves with six wins and six losses to close out the season.
Another player, with no injuries to report this season was Cynthia Alvarez, who was great on rebounding, according to the coach.

Here Come the Lady Whalers

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There is nothing like having a win after a loss, it shows improvement and that is exactly what the Pierson Girls varsity basketball team is shooting for – literally.

Last Wednesday the girls played Miller Place and narrowly lost 57-53, although the girls played an aggressive game. After falling behind in the first quarter 9-13, the Lady Whalers managed to close the gap on the Panthers slightly closing the first half behind, 21-24.

The Panthers extended their lead by seven points in the third quarter 31-38, but the Lady Whalers rallied in the last quarter, outscoring  Miller Place 22-19. The effort was not enough, however, and Pierson lost their season opener 53 – 57.

“We did some nice things in that game,” Coach Dennis Case said on Wednesday, “we only lost to them by four.” Senior Katie Osiecki scored 26 points that game, gaining nearly half the total points for Pierson.

Following Osieki was fellow senior Ala Pinckney with nine points, tying sophomore Sarah Barett’s nine and senior Arielle Chase came in just behind them with six points. Case said Chase is playing well, although she took a break last season.


The girls quickly picked it up again at the end of last week when they played Hampton Bays on Friday, defeating the Lady Baymen 48-30. Coach Case said the girls played a great game against Hampton Bays and added the Lady Baymen, who were Class B champions last year, are a really good team, so the defeat was “thrilling.”

“We held them to 10 points in the final half,” Case said.

Ala Pickney, a senior, was the top scorer that game earning 14 points for Pierson. Closely following Pickney was fellow twelfth grader Osiecki with 13 points. Gabrielle Arondel, senior, came in at a close third for points in the game, earning 11 for Pierson.


The girls also took their second victory last week against Southampton leading the Mariners by 14 points in the final, 44-30. During Monday’s game, Arondel shot three three-pointers for Pierson. Tenth-grader playing on varsity, Samantha James, scored a career-high of 16 points – and was the top scorer for Pierson at Monday’s game. Osiecki and Arondel tied at 13 points for Pierson while playing against the Mariners.

“The first half was slow, but the girls picked it up in the end,” Case said of the win against Southampton, starting the game tied at eight points in the first quarter. Pierson led by one at the half, 15-14. The girls outscored the Mariners 17 to 9 in the fourth, on their way to 14 point victory.

Pierson Varsity plays Mattituck at home on Friday at 6 p.m., following the Junior Varsity against the same team at 4:30.

 As for JV, they played Hampton Bays last Friday and lost by four points, according to Coach

“We played really well, for what was pretty much our first game,” Luzim said on Wednesday, “We were up by one point but we ended up losing by four.”

Sarah Cafiero, a ninth-grader, has stepped up to play point guard, because the team lost their former point guard. Luzim said so far, Cafiero is doing a great job. Emily Hinz, an eighth-grader is helping with the defense and doing a tremendous job, according to Luzim.

“They make a lot of steals happen, they are both on top and really marking the guards, they really get their long arms in there,” Luzim joked. Nina Hemby, a sophomore, is a great rebounder and forward, according to the coach and has been powering through the opposition.

The girls won Monday’s game against the Mariners and Luzim said the girls looked like they are definitely improving.



Girls basketball looking good prepping for League Games

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The season may not be in full force just yet, but the girl’s basketball team had just enough practices this week to play their first scrimmage against East Hampton on Monday.

Both JV and Varsity managed to outperform the competition, with no final scores to report, however, because it was not a league game.

Although the girls won, varsity coach Dennis Case said that his team still has a lot of work to do. “Our guards are sharp,” Case said, “and our forwards are looking good.” Case said he has his starting guards, but he is still trying out different combinations for the starting line-up.

“We tried a bunch of combos on Monday,” Case said of choosing his starters, “and some looked better than others.” Case said senior Katie Osiecki looked solid on Monday and scored well for the team. Sophomore Sami James played well at forward, according to Case. Ala Pinckney, a senior, will be a starter this season along with Sarah Barrett a sophomore who also played on varsity last year as a freshman.

“We took a good look at the kids on Monday,” Case said, “and we are optimistic, if we can learn to rebound more within our league.” Rebounding, Case said, will be important this season and added that there are some taller kids in their league where the girls may face some tough competition.

“We have to play a mental game, the girls need to slow down and cut down on mistakes,” Case said, but added, “we have the quickest guards in the league; we just have to be patient.”

Other players on varsity this season include seniors Gabi Arondel, Alicia Tagliasachi, Diana Rodriguez, Arielle Chase and Nell Kruszynski. Eleventh graders Alexia Faraguna and Brittany Scala are also set to play this year. The varsity girls played Miller Place yesterday, Wednesday December 3.

JV coach Haley Luzim said her girls played well against East Hampton on Monday. “The girls were aggressive, they ran our plays nicely and had many steals and rebounds,” Luzim said on Wednesday. Tenth graders on the team this season include Amanda Busiello, Catherine O’Brien, Cindy Alvarez and Nina Hemby. Ninth graders include Sarah Cafiero, Sam Kemper, Amber Pagano, Ryan Duffy, Emily Hinz and Rachel Saidman.

Luzim said the girls still need some work however, “We need to focus on making more lay-ups in our next game on Friday.” The JV girls will play Hampton Bays on Friday at 6:15.



End Comes Quick for Girls in Playoffs

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Stony brook ended Pierson\'s season in quadruple overtime

Last week the high school varsity girls volleyball, soccer and field hockey all had high hopes for the playoff season, preparing all week for last weekend’s games, only to be disappointed in the end for a loss for all three teams.


Perhaps the biggest upset of the weekend, was the varsity girls soccer game, where the girls went into quadruple over-time against Stony Brook at the Dowling Sports Complex. The girls had to appeal in order to get into the playoffs. But on Saturday they were up against Stony Brook, who they tied with last time they played the them, earlier this season.
Soccer coach, Haley Luzim said that the girls played excellent on Saturday. With only 1:48 remaining in the game, Pierson’s Katie Osieki scored, but after the girls started celebrating their victory, the referee took back the goal, calling an illegal handball. Luzim said the girls were very upset. The game then went into overtime, where neither team scored in the first two 10 – minute overtime periods and the third 5-minute extra period. They finally lost in the end when Stony Brook eventually scored, 108 minutes into the game. Goalie, Annie Osiecki had five saves on Saturday for Pierson.
The seniors that Luzim will be sad to see go will be Katie Osieki, Alicia Tagliasacchi and Diana Rodriquez.
For Luzim, she said the season started out slow, and the girls were able to develop and improve on their defense, communication and desire to win. In the off-season, she says the girls need to continue to work their ball skills. Luzim is planning to get the girls playing in an indoor soccer league this winter, which will help them with their ball skills and control. In addition, the girls may be attending a soccer camp as a team. This, according to Luzim, will help them build their skills and get in shape for next season.

Field Hockey

The girl’s varsity field hockey team also went into overtime on Saturday. They traveled to Patchogue-Medford where they were up against Port Jefferson. The first two halves of the game showed no score for either team and coach Shannon Judge said the team lost 2.5 minutes into overtime off a broken corner.
“After we lost, I told the girls, people expected nothing of us, and we came in fourth in our league,” Judge said.
She added that the team actually had the second best record in the league, but they come in fourth because of the power rating.
For next season, the girls will only have three starting positions to fill and coach Judge says she already has the kids that will step in to take those positions. This season was a good one for the team overall, Judge said. Her senior, Samantha Federico beat the school’s record of 13, by getting 16 goals this season. Judge said, another senior, Anna Verneuille, a captain and her tenacity as a defender will be missed. Other seniors Dina Silver and Mariah Marienfeld, played an excellent season according to Judge.


The varsity girl’s volleyball team shed tears on Friday night after their game in Center Moriches against Shelter Island. Stacey Springer, coach for the varsity team said the girls played really well the first match against their opponents, but lost all three games. “We have to work on mental toughness, the ability wasn’t always the issue,” she said. She added that the girls needed to have more confidence in themselves. She said now she is trying to get the team to push for clinics, clubs and doing more than just participating in the fall season. She adds that the defense, did a great job, but the offensive side needed to hit a little harder and a little more often, “I feel that’s where we lost some of our points, but, she said, “I’m happy they got to have that playoff experience this year.” Seniors that won’t be returning for Pierson volleyball next year are Danielle Schiavoni, Devan Larson, Brianna Hand, Veronica O’Malley and Luisa Kennefick.