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Sports Wrap 10/24/13

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Girls Tennis Advances To Set Up Meeting with Rival

Pierson’s Isabel Peters defeated Alanna Salwen, 6-1, 6-2, at second singles to help lead the fourth-ranked East Hampton/Bridgehampton/Pierson girls tennis team past Smithtown West in the second round of the Suffolk County team playoffs on Tuesday. The Lady Bonackers advanced to play rival Ross School in a quarterfinal yesterday, October 23, after press time.

Girls Soccer Closes Season

The Pierson-Bridgehampton girls soccer team fell to 1-12 in League VIII this week with a 5-0 loss to Babylon on Friday followed by a 1-0 loss to Stony Brook at home on Tuesday.  The Lady Whalers closed out the regular season at Southold-Greenport yesterday, October 23, ending the high school careers of Katherine Coronado, Paige DePetris, Gabrielle Goggin, Marley Holder, Katy Koehne, Ashley Nill, Diana Rozzi, Eilis Sheil, Sol Varela and Phylicia Weber.

Head coach Lisa DiRussa thanked the seniors on Tuesday for their selflessness in helping to start a re-building process at Pierson by playing occasionally on the junior varsity team this fall.

“Their response was overwhelmingly positive,” DiRussa said about the seniors. “They embraced the experience as mentors and leaders. I feel lucky to have a team led by these ten seniors who set the tone for respect, hard work and kindness for all to follow.”

Pierson Golfers Finish Third in League VIII Championship

The Pierson-Bridgehampton golf team finished in third place behind Southampton and East Hampton in the League VIII Championship at Rock Hill Golf Club on Tuesday.  East Hampton won the tournament with an overall team score of 453, Southampton finished second with a 469 and Pierson was third with a total score of 470. Center Moriches finished fourth and Westhampton finished fifth.

Pierson senior Jack Bori shot an 88 over 18 holes to lead the Whalers. Garrett Potter shot a 93 and Ben Kushner a 94 to close out their seasons. Jack Brown (96), Charles Canavan (99) and Matthew Burke (99) rounded out the top six.

Along with Bori, Kushner, Potter and Brown, fellow seniors Nick Kruel, Pat Rice and Henry Kotz closed out their golfing careers for Pierson.

One last gathering will take place on October 28 with the team’s annual Pumpkin Classic, where players will be joined by a parent, friend or teacher for a round on the famed course at The Bridge Golf Club.

Bori and Kushner Win at Sebonack

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Jack Bori and Ben Kushner, pictured with Jack Brown, Charles Canavan and coach Sean Crowley, won the Southampton Town Challenge at Sebonack last week.

Jack Bori and Ben Kushner, pictured with Jack Brown, Charles Canavan and coach Sean Crowley, won the Southampton Town Challenge at Sebonack last week.

By Gavin Menu

The Pierson-Bridgehampton golf team has fallen short this season against their rivals from Southampton and East Hampton, falling most recently, 8-1, on Tuesday to the Mariners, who clinched their second-consecutive League VIII title. When it comes to winning the coveted “Shutter” in the Town of Southampton Challenge at the Sebonack Golf Club, however, the Whalers are the team to beat.

Jack Bori and Ben Kushner, Pierson’s top-two players, on Friday defended the Whalers’ crown from last season’s tournament, where then-seniors Dillon Decker and Gabe Dennon posted the lowest score of the tournament. Bori and Kushner combined to shoot a 73 in a best-ball format, which was five strokes better than Matt Kreymborg and Christian Oakley from Southampton.

Teams from Hamptons Bays (83) and Westhampton Beach (96) finished in third and fourth place for the tournament.

“Even though the weather was threatening, it was a good day for the Whalers,” head coach Sean Crowley said. “They really played with good teamwork. If one kid went down a hole, the other stepped up.”

The best-ball tournament is set up where each team’s lowest score on every hole is posted to the scorecard. Pierson’s 73 was just 1-over par on the demanding, championship-level course at Sebonack.

“They were very consistent from start to finish and played good partner golf,” Crowley said, adding that Jack Brown and Charles Canavan, Pierson’s number three and four players, caddied for Bori and Kushner. “The caddies worked really well together reading and measuring distances.”

Pierson finished the regular season with a 6-4 record following Tuesday’s loss to Southampton. Kushner continued his strong play and posted a 38 at the Noyac Golf Club to halve his match with Oakley. Kreymborg defeated Bori in the top spot with a score of 41 to Bori’s 44.

Matt Burke shot a 50 in the fifth spot to halve his match, while Canavan (48), Brown (55) and Pat Rice (62) lost points to their opponents from Southampton.

Next up for the Whalers is the League VIII Fall Championship at the Rock Hill Golf Club in Manorville on Tuesday, October 22.


Pierson Golf Team Bounces Back with Two Wins

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Pierson’s Jack Bori shot a career-best 1-under par 35 at Noyac on Tuesday during the Whalers’ 8-1 win over Center Moriches.  Michael Heller photo

After dropping consecutive matches to perennial rivals East Hampton and Southampton, the Pierson-Bridgehampton golf team bounced back with consecutive wins over Westhampton Beach and Center Moriches this week to improve its overall record to 5-3.

Jack Bori shot a 40 to win in the number one spot and set the pace against Westhampton during his team’s 8-1 win. Ben Kushner (42), Charles Canavan (46), Pat Rice (48) and Theo Gray (53) also picked up wins in the top six for the Whalers, who outscored Westhampton 226-258.

Against Center Moriches on Tuesday, Bori shot a career-best one-under par 35 at the Noyac Golf Club to lead the Whalers over Center Moriches in a 7.5-1.5 win. Jack Brown (45), Matt Burke (46) and Addison Cook (48) also picked up points while Canavan halved his match in the three spot after shooting a 47.

The overall team score was in favor of the Whalers, 219-232.

Pierson will host the Ross School today, October 10, at 3:30 p.m. at Noyac and will close out the regular season against unbeaten Southampton on October 15, also at Noyac at 3:30 p.m.

Target Bonackers


Pierson junior Gabe Denon had the low score this week, 41, as the Whalers broke their losing streak, deafeating the

Pierson junior Gabe Denon had the low score this week, 41, as the Whalers broke their losing streak, defeating the Westhampton Hurricanes 7-2.

Andrew Rudansky

With a 7-2 win this Tuesday against the Westhampton Hurricanes, the Pierson Whalers varsity golf team have snapped a two-game losing streak and are now well on their way to matching the record of last year’s breakout season. The win against the Hurricanes put them right back on track to catch the league-leading, defending Long Island champion East Hampton Bonackers.

“All things go through East Hampton right now,” said varsity coach Sean Crowley.

The Whalers are 4-2 on the season in league play; currently in third place in League VII behind only East Hampton (6-0) and the Southampton Mariners (5-1).

“In order to really get to the next level, we need to start beating Southampton and we need to start beating East Hampton,” said Crowley.

The Whalers have already lost once this year to both of these teams in away games.

While the win against the Hurricanes (who are 2-4) put the Whalers on the right track for their own championship run, they still won’t be considered a top team until they can prove they can defeat either of these two regional powerhouses. Luckily they will have the chance to do just that in the coming weeks.

Tuesday’s win had the Whalers playing in cold, humid weather at the front-nine of the Noyac Golf Club, where they had to battle against a two-club wind (20 mph) throughout the day. Despite the less than clement circumstances at the team’s home course, they took the match in decisive fashion.

“I think the first four holes are the ones that cause the most problems,” said Crowley in reference to the Whalers’ home course at Noyac. “If our players get through the first four holes okay they usually have a pretty good day.”

Junior Gabe Denon, the team’s number two player, had the low score of the day with 41, beating his nine-hole average this season by two strokes.

The team suffered a brief scare in the midst of the winning effort. The team’s number one, junior Dillon Decker, recorded his first loss of the year when he forfeited his match due to an injury after playing only four holes.

“He came into the match with a little bit of a twinge, he said it happened because he over practiced over the weekend,” said Crowley downplaying the injury.

Decker looks good to go in the future, but losing him to injury would have been a big blow to the Whalers’ chances this year. His individual record is now 5-1-1 with a team low average of 39.16.

“[Decker and Denon] are really committed to the game,” said Crowley. “Right now they are doing everything a junior golfer needs to do in order to get better; they take the game more seriously than everybody else here.”

The team’s three and four golfers are senior Harrison Bayrami and sophomore Jack Bori. Both of them have averaged 45.66 strokes in nine-holes through the season.

Bayrami helped solidify Tuesday’s win by taking his match with a score of 46. Crowley has said that the four year varsity player’s off-the-course leadership and on-the-course ability have both contributed to the team’s success.

“Bori is one of my players that has shown great promise for the future,” said Crowley.

Bori’s season low this year was a 39, which he hit in the 2-7 loss to Southampton on September 22.

Rounding out the six man roster on Tuesday were the team’s five and six, sophomore Max Snow and junior Jake Bennett. Both golfers have been averaging around 50 strokes through the season.

After the game, Crowley took special note of Charlie Canavan who tallied a 49 in an exhibition round. A good round with an exceptionally strong start from the young freshman, like the one this Tuesday, could lead to greater things in the coming years.

Crowley is confident that the team, as configured, can reach last year’s 8-4 record, and even surpass it. As he said, it all comes down to the games against Southampton and East Hampton.

“Our scoring numbers so far are actually lower than last year,” said a confident Crowley. “I think we can pull it off.”

The next league game for the Whalers is today, October 6 against the last place Center Moriches Red Devils at the Pine Hills Country Club. The team gets their next crack at the Bonackers at the Noyac Golf Club on Tuesday, October 18.