Wrestling Season Comes to a Close

wrestling1.jpg

SCS wrestler Guiseppe Crilly. Photo by Jocelyn Chatman

By Ashley Burke
STAFF WRITER

The JV boys wrestling team is coming to the end of its season. The wrestlers have worked hard and gained experience this season.

Junior and team captain, Joshua Bellinger, finished off the season with a 6-3 record.

Bellinger has been on the team for four years, and he says this season was different from last year. There was a different coach and an entirely different dynamic. This season required more work from the players, but it paid off because the team grew as a whole. Bellinger motivated the team by encouraging them and telling them their strengths.

“On every other team, the team works hard and certain individuals stand out, but on the wrestling team, each individual works hard for a win,’’ said Coach Michael Sinclair. “Win or lose, their character makes their team stand out. We don’t have the best players; we work hard and show good character.”

Sinclair encourages the Knights by showing them where they have grown, and he is proud of them.

The plan for next season is to move to varsity and hopefully attract more wrestlers. Next season the team plans to work on their strengths. The goal for the wrestling team is to establish a culture and create excitement.

Overall, there were not many wins, but the team gained experience which has provided knowledge to improve in the future.

Advertisements

Wrestling Season Continues Strong

By Ashley Burke
STAFF WRITER

wrestling2.jpg

SCS Wrestler Spenser Stein. Photo by Jocelyn Chatman

“Wrestling is unique in that it’s a team sport, but you can’t get help from fellow mates. Once the whistle blows, your’e on your own, and once it blows again, you’re back on a team. Your team prepares you to get out there on your own,” said wrestling coach, Michael Sinclair.

The JV team now has 20 players. Its practices are always different; there is no typical day. Many practices are hardcore and include activities like picking up pipes, lifting each other, and crawling across the mats. Other days, the wrestlers will practice different moves.

Sinclair expects the boys to be better wrestlers and to work harder than they ever have before, this season.

“My hope is that my boys won’t just learn how to wrestle well, but be an example to the student body, and the epitome of what we expect of SCS Knights, both in character and conduct,” Sinclair said.

2016 ROSTER

JV Wrestling

9th grade:

Vincent Giancana

Peter Claudio

Guiseppe Crilly

10th grade:

Augustin Beas-Romero

Jacob Addeo

Jeremiah Parson

Michael Kosiba

Tyler Glut

Raymond Hong

Spencer Stein

Juan Pablo Carbajal

William Pinto

11th grade:

Jhair Alzamora-Martinez

Kyle Seok

Charles Wias

Joshua Bellinger

Richie Clinton

Giovanni Gregg

12th grade:

Antonio Collier

What to Expect this Season from Boys Basketball

By Caroline Painter
SPORTS EDITOR

Winter is here, and that means basketball is back.

This year, SCS will not have a JV or varsity boys basketball team. Instead, the SCS coaching staff is focusing on developing the junior high team so that these young men can grow into extraordinary high school athletes.

So far, the team has eight boys, and they are all evenly and equally skilled.

Coach Dan Skaritka says, “We do have multiple players who can contribute in multiple areas of the game.”

The team is focusing on the fundamentals and the basic drills of basketball during practice. Coach Skaritka is trying to give these boys a solid foundation and a grand knowledge in the world of basketball. He is conditioning them well. With games starting soon, they have been focusing on half court, inbound plays, and scrimmaging.

“Not many players on the team have played organized basketball for a long period time, so I expect a lot of growth in skill level and knowledge of the game.  We will be playing larger schools, so I’m excited to see how competitive we will be in games,” Skaritka said about his expectations for the season.

The team does not yet have an ultimate rival, being that this is Coach Skaritka’s first year coaching at the junior high level.

He believes that each game is a “must win rivalry game,” this season.

That’s a Wrap for SCS Boys Varsity Soccer

By Caroline Painter
SPORTS EDITOR

The SCS Boys Soccer team finished their season strong.

Coach Nieto explained, “We lost 8 players last year. We knew it would be a little bit of a challenge, but it turned out better than I thought it would.”

The team’s season record was 4-9, and overall in the league it was 4-6. The boys’ lost in their first round of playoffs in the NYS Sub-Regional game to Fort Ann, with a score of 3-0.

The players that received All-Conference recognition were seniors Nikita Grob and Ian Mims.

All-League was awarded to sophomores, Luciano Pagliarulo and Aydin Olgun.

Senior, Zachary DiBlanda made the 2015 Academic All-County team.

Next year’s top returning players to watch include juniors, Rich Clinton (MID), Anthony Lewis (MID), John Martin (MID), Kyle Seok (MID), William Vandeventer (MID/GK), Brandon Weindorf (FWD), Jhair Alzamora Martinez (MID), and Justin Zuber (MID).

The top returning sophomores include, Luciano Pagliarulo (FWD), Spencer Stein (BK), and Aydin Olgun (GK).

Coach Nieto says, “We had a good season, I enjoyed it and the team learned a lot. It was a good experience.”

He is “Shooting high” for next season.

The Knights Come Up Short in the NYS Soccer Sub-Regional Game

By Caroline Painter
SPORTS EDITOR

The Smithtown Christian boys soccer team has come to the close of their season, losing the Class D NYS Sub-Regional Game against Fort Ann on Tuesday, November 3.

Fort Ann was ranked #1 by the NYS Sportswriters Association, with a record of 19-0 for their season. The Smithtown Christian Knights’ record was 4-8. Their overall record for the season was 4-10 and they were ranked #10 by the NYSSWA.

This was the team’s first and only playoff game for the 2015 season.

The final score was 3-0.

Defending State Champions! SCS Baseball Wins 2nd Class D Title

By Ashley Burke
SPORTS EDITOR

Photo via Newsday.com

Photo via Newsday.com

The Smithtown Christian baseball team won the Class D state title against Westfield, 8-4, Saturday in upstate Binghamton. It was the Knights’ second straight championship.

Juniors Glen-Luke Middendorf, Zach DiBlanda and Carlos Pagan each batted 3-for-4. Sophomore stalwart pitchers Austin Sala and Jimmy Seviour were awesome at the plate in the championship game. They batted 2-for-4.

Sala, who was the starting in the title game, struck out six which helped lead the Knights to victory.

The team had five hits in the first inning.

Junior Sal Ciaravino scored the winning run in the semifinal game in the Final Four.

Event For The Varsity Baseball Team: Defending Class D State Champs!

By Mary Maselli
MANAGING EDITOR

Photo Courtesy of Newsday

Photo Courtesy of Newsday

Smithtown Christian School is holding an event in honor of the SCS Varsity Boys Baseball team.

The event is in celebration of their victory in defending their title! The team is Class D State Champion for the 2nd consecutive year.

When: Wednesday, June 17th @ 11:30 AM SHARP

Where: SCS Parking Lot (Please park in the spots closet to the field to allow for buses to park in their designated spots.)

What: Canyon of Heroes Celebration

Why: We are proud of our SCS Knights!