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Vol. 14, No. 9
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Enrollment continues to drop across Long Island schools A3 Middle Country’s elementary schools celebrate STEM A5
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Declining enrollment creates challenges for school districts BY KYLE BARR KYLE@TBRNEWSMEDIA.COM
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A shadow hangs above the heads of Long Island’s school districts: The specter of declining enrollment. “From last year, not a whole lot has changed, enrollment is still declining,” Barbara Graziano, the manager of the Office of School Planning and Research for Western Suffolk BOCES said. “What a lot of districts are seeing is there is a significant displacement between their graduating classes being larger than the following year’s kindergarten classes.” School enrollment across Suffolk County has been in decline for nearly a decade. In last year’s annual report on enrollment, Western Suffolk BOCES, a regional educational service agency, said there was a 9.1 percent overall decline in enrollment in townships from Huntington to Smithtown from 2010 to 2016. Between the 2006-07 and 2016-17 school years, Long Island saw a 6.2 percent decline in enrollment, according to Robert Lowry, the deputy director for advocacy, research and communications at the New York State Council of School Superintendents. Statewide enrollment declined 4.2 percent in the same period. Nearly every school district on Suffolk County’s North Shore has seen at least some decline, and the trend can have tangible effects on a district’s long- and short-term planning. “Declining enrollment may push a district toward reconsidering staffing and whether it’s necessary to close a school,” Lowry said. Smithtown Central School District in the 2012-13 school year had 10,317 students enrolled in the district, and four years later the number dropped more than a thousand to 9,241 in 2016-17. The declining enrollment was cited in 2012, with guidance from the district’s Citizens’ Advisory Committee on Instruction and Housing, as the rationale behind the closing of Nesconset Elementary
School, and again in 2017 when the district closed Brook Branch Elementary School. “Over the last few years, the board of education and administration have been proactive regarding the district’s declining enrollment,” Smithtown Superintendent James Grossane said in an email. “The district will continue to monitor its enrollment trends to plan for the future.” Experts cite factors like declining birthrate, aging population and changes in local immigration patterns as potentially having an impact on local enrollment. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention published a report in May indicating the national birthrate in 2017 hit a 30-year low with 60.2 births per 1,000 women between the ages of 15 and 44. The national birthrate has been in general decline since the 1960s, but this most recent report is low even compared to 10 years ago when the birthrate was closer to 70 births per 1,000 women. Suffolk County’s population is also skewing older. Census data from the American Community Survey showed from 2010 to 2016 there was an estimated 28,288 less school-aged children between the ages of 5 and 19 living in the county. School closings are probably the most severe action districts tend to take to mitigate the effect of declining enrollment, but it is not the only option. The Three Village Central School District has seen enrollment drop by about 900 students during the last decade. In its recently passed budget the district said it was making several staffing changes, including consolidating the roles of certain staff members. The district cited declining enrollment along with staff retirements and attrition for the changes, but also promised to add a new high school guidance counselor and an additional district psychologist to give attention to individual student’s mental health. “While our district, like so many others in our area, have recently been experiencing a decline in enrollment, particularly at the elementary level, we have
In school districts across the TBR News Media coverage area, as seen in graph at top, enrollment has been trending down across the board, with a few exceptions, like Huntington and Comsewogue.
taken this opportunity to create efficiencies using current staff in order to lower class size and support a number of new initiatives, programmatic enhancements and student support services,” Cheryl Pedisich, the superintendent for Three Village schools said in an email. Kings Park Superintendent Timothy Eagen said lower enrollment allows for smaller class sizes and for more attention to the mental health of individual students. “Our students today need a little bit more mental health support than students yesterday,” Eagen said. “Obviously we don’t need as many elementary sections, but we haven’t necessarily decreased our total staffing amount because we’ve been increasing our mental health supports.” Even with those potential benefits, many districts are still trying to work out the long-term implications of lower enrollment. Al Marlin, a spokesperson for the New York State School Boards Association said enrollment has a large effect on how much state aid a school can procure. “Declining enrollment affects school districts in several ways — perhaps most importantly through the impact on state aid because New York’s school-aid distribution formula is based, in part, on enrollment numbers,” Marlin said in an email. “Declining enrollment also can make it more difficult for districts to sustain academic courses, including Advanced Placement courses and programs such as sports teams.” Shoreham-Wading River school district conducted an enrollment study in 2015 that was updated for the 2017-18 school year. The study predicted the district will recede to 1,650 enrolled students by 2025, compared to 2,170 as of May. Along with a declining birthrate and an aging population, the district pointed
to low housing turnover from 2008 to 2016 for part of the declining enrollment. “It is difficult to predict the exact number, but it is fair to say that the enrollment decline in the district will be continuing in the near future,” SWR superintendent Gerard Poole said in an email. Superintendents from SWR and Rocky Point school district both said they do not have any plans to close schools, but there is a possibility lower enrollment could affect the districts’ ability to apply for grants. A few districts are breaking the trend. Huntington Union Free School District has actually seen an increase in school enrollment from 2012 to 2017, but Superintendent James Polansky said in the most recent years that increase has started to level off. Polansky did not want to speculate as to why enrollment in Huntington was not decreasing like other districts, but Graziano said it might be because the district is more diverse and attracts more immigration than nearby districts. “Every district is different, they have to look at their own schools and communities to see how they deal with enrollment,” Polansky said. Every year Western Suffolk BOCES releases a report that looks at schools’ current enrollment and compares it to previous years. Graziano, who is working on this year’s report, most likely to be released sometime this month, said the agency expects a continuing decline in school enrollment at least for the next several years. Though eventually, she said, the declining enrollment should level off as entering kindergarten class sizes stabilize. However, there is no telling when that might be. “Birthrates do not seem to be increasing, it doesn’t look like, as of right now, that’s going to turn around any time soon,” Graziano said. “But of course, we don’t have a crystal ball.”
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COMMUNITY NEWS Middle Country Central School District MIDDLE COUNTRY SCHOOL DISTRICT
Elementary students face off in STEM challenge Middle Country Central School District hosted its 4th annual STEM Celebration — welcoming the community to support students from each elementary school as they competed in various science, technology, engineering and mathematics challenges. The event opened with various STEM activities for all community members to try, including building a LEGO tower. Each of the district’s eight elementary schools received grade-specific LEGO engineering and NAO Robotics programming
challenges in October and worked to perfect their models leading up to the event. The students’ hard work culminated with presentations of their creations to a panel of expert judges from the fields of technology, engineering, architecture, business and education. Kindergarten students also took part in a DUPLO engineering challenge, the results of which were presented in video feed throughout the evening. High school and middle school science research students were also in attendance to
present projects. They were joined by members of the middle and high school robotics competition teams who were demonstrating their award-winning robots. After the LEGO competition, students participated in the on-demand problemsolving competition, during which students
had to think on their feet, using materials to solve a given problem. Teams had 10 minutes to process the challenge, engineer a solution and build a prototype before being scored. Hawkins Path Elementary School was named the Middle Country Central School District Elementary STEM School of the Year.
Sound Beach animal rescue group helps save 27 bunnies Volunteers hopped to save nearly 30 domestic rabbits that were left alone and abandoned in a tick and poison ivy infected stretch of forest last week in Ronkonkoma. Smithtown-based nonprofit Guardians of Rescue received a tip about illegally released rabbits and reached out to local animal rescue groups for help. Volunteers spent close to two full days, May 27 and 28, capturing 27 rabbits that had been marooned in a forest near the Ronkonkoma train station commuter parking lot. One was found dead in the forest and another died while receiving care. “These particular rabbit breeds were not suited for the wild,” said Robert Misseri, president of Guardians of Rescue. “There is no telling how long they would have lasted, but it would have not been long.” Misseri said he put the call out to several local animal rescue groups including the Sound Beach-based nonprofit Strong Island Animal Rescue League. The first rabbit that Erica Kutzing, vice president for the Strong Island rescue group, saw when she arrived at the forest was larger than any wild rabbit should have been. It was a Flemish Giant, a breed of rabbit known for being extremely calm. Kutzing got down to its level and laid out rabbit feed in a line and the rabbit loped toward her. Frankie Floridia, the president of Strong Island rescue, flashed out a net from behind her and caught the rabbit.
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Erica Kutzing coaxes toward her one of 27 bunnies that were abandoned in the woods. Kutzing held it as she brought it back to their car. She said it was nearly as big as a small dog. “Whoever abandoned those rabbits should be ashamed,” Floridia said. “They were giving those rabbits a death sentence.” Many of the rabbits they found were of different breeds including Lionheads and Flemish Giants. Some had interbred with each other, which makes the rescue groups believe the animals were held together in cages. “Black ones, white ones, gray, brown, there were all different kinds,” Kutzing said. “It was like shopping at Macy’s, you could get any color you wanted.” Misseri said he suspects the person who
abandoned the rabbits had been breeding them. Many were sick with pneumonia. Others were injured by the cage they were kept in and the rabbits they were caged with, according to Misseri. Several had cysts and many were suffering from malnourishment. The first captured is currently being nursed back to health, and was given the name André the Giant after the famous French wrestler and actor. “Once we caught him we were running through the woods — it was just net after net after net,” Kutzing said. “And you have to be careful picking these guys up because if they kick strong enough they’ll break their backs, if they get too frightened they can have a heart
attack. They have paper-thin skin so if you handle them wrong you can tear the skin.” The rabbits have been sent out to multiple animal rescue operations in the surrounding area. Six were taken in by Guardiansof Rescue, but all have already been fostered out. Several were taken in by Long Island Orchestrating for Nature from Malverne, the Connecticutbased Hopalong Hollow Rabbit Rescue and Queens-based All About Rabbits Rescue. The Suffolk County Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals has put out a $3,500 reward for a person who leads them and authorities to the person who abandoned the animals. Several local animal rescue groups donated money toward that reward, namely Guardians of Rescue, Strong Island Animal Rescue League and Long Island Orchestrating for Nature, who put up $500 each, while the SPCA and All About Rabbits Rescue put up $1,000 each. “We at the SPCA take this very seriously, especially in cases of abandonment like this,” Suffolk SPCA President Roy Gross said. “This is a case of abandonment and animal cruelty, and so the person or persons involved in this are up for criminal charges. All that person had to do was to pick up a phone, call any of these organizations and we would have found a home for them, but instead he abandoned them.” To foster any of the remaining rabits, call Guardians of Rescue at 888-287-3864. The SPCA said that any tips about the person who abandoned the rabbits can be sent to their phone number 631-382-7722.
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BY DESIRÉE KEEGAN DESIREE@TBRNEWSMEDIA.COM A Coram man who allegedly fired a rifle at a group of people in Middle Island Friday and fled the state was found dead of a gunshot wound after a confrontation with New Jersey State Police, authorities said. Suffolk County Police 6th Squad detectives first reported that Todd Gregory, 47, of Coram, was in a white 2006 GMC pickup truck when he fired a rifle at a small group of people standing in front of 27 Half Mile Road at around 6:40 p.m. June 8. The bullet went through the rear window of a parked vehicle, and a 15-year-old boy, standing behind the vehicle, was struck in the chest and arm by small pieces of flying debris caused by the bullet. Gregory, who was known to the group, fled the scene in the GMC. The boy was transported to Stony Brook University Hospital where he was treated for minor injuries and released. Detectives determined that Gregory was
possibly suicidal and may have been fleeing the state. Detectives notified Nassau County Police, New York City Police, New York State Troopers, New Jersey and Pennsylvania state police of the vehicle description, possible destination and that Gregory was armed and dangerous and possibly suicidal. New Jersey state troopers attempted to stop the pickup in Knowlton Township and pursued it to Old Mine Road in Hardwick, where they lost the truck, attorney general officials said. Police found the pickup in a secluded area at about 11:30 p.m. and attempted to walk toward the truck when they heard a single gunshot from inside the vehicle, officials said. One trooper fired multiple rounds into the truck, where Gregory was found dead, attorney general’s officials said. Police recovered two rifles from the truck, officials said. No troopers were injured. The New Jersey Attorney General’s Shooting Response Team said Gregory went to the home to harass a man from a previous dispute and his family.
LEGALS NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING BOARD OF ZONING APPEALS TOWN OF BROOKHAVEN PURSUANT TO THE PROVISIONS OF ARTICLE IV, SEC. 85-29 OF THE BUILDING ZONE ORDINANCE OF THE TOWN OF BROOKHAVEN, NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN THAT THE BOARD OF ZONING APPEALS WILL HOLD A WORKSESSION ON JUNE 18, 2018 (BZA CONFERENCE ROOM – 1ST FLOOR) AT 3:00 P.M. AND A PUBLIC HEARING ON WEDNESDAY, JUNE 20, 2018 (2ND FLOOR AUDITORIUM) COMMENCING AT 2:00 P.M. AT ONE INDEPENDENCE HILL, FARMINGVILLE, N.Y. TO CONSIDER THE FOLLOWING: TIMES OF MIDDLE COUNTRY 14. Goldfish Swim School, c/o Kelly’s Expediting, 2150 Smithtown Ave., Suite 5, Ronkonkoma, NY. Location: Northeast corner Middle Country Rd. & Mark Tree Rd., Centereach. Applicant requests permission for proposed wall sign on west elevation to exceed 48 sq. ft. permitted (58.84 sq. ft.). (0200 48700 0200 003002) THE FOLLOWING CASES
WILL COMMENCE AT 4 P.M. 30. SC Homes Inc., 14 Howell Dr., Smithtown, NY. Location: Northeast corner Henry Ave. & Selden Blvd., Centereach. Applicant requests front yard setback variance from Henry Ave. for existing 2nd story deck. (0200 47100 0200 012000) 44. Paula Real Estate LLC, 21 Paula Blvd., Selden, NY. Location: East side Paula Blvd. 211’+/- South of Middle Country Rd., Selden. Applicant requests rear yard variance for existing one story residence addition. (0200 48900 0400 037000) 45. Kalpana Patel, c/o Traci’s Permits, 80 Terry St., Patchogue, NY. Location: North side Hawkins Rd. 194’+/- East of Tree Rd. & South side Nicholls Rd., Centereach. Applicant requests front yard setback variance from Hawkins Rd. for existing roof over exceeding 4’ x 8’ permitted (6’ x 10’); also, side yard variance for existing outside cellar entrance exceeding 5’ permitted enchroachment (5.8’). (0200 38900 0400 019000) THE FOLLOWING CASES WILL COMMENCE AT 4 P.M. 48.
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Incidents and arrests June 6–June 10 ATV joyride
A 31-year-old man from Port Jefferson Station was allegedly operating a 2011 Yamaha all-terrain vehicle in the private parking lot of Nesconset Shopping Center on Nesconset Highway in Port Jefferson Station without permission from the property owner at about 10:30 p.m. June 7, according to police. Police arrived and attempted to pull the man over and he attempted to flee, then dismounted and fled on foot, police said. Once apprehended, the perpetrator resisted police instructions to place his hands behind his back, police said. He was arrested and charged with operating an ATV on private property, resisting arrest and obstruction of government administration.
A Miller Place resident made an inquiry into a listing on the website Let Go for an RV posted as for sale and ultimately sent the seller three separate $500 eBay gift cards as payment, though the transaction was never completed, according to police. The incident was reported to police June 6.
Coram man who shot at car in Middle Island found dead in Jersey
At about 2:30 p.m. March 23 a 29-year-old man from Coram allegedly punched another person in the face several times near the intersection of Timber Ridge Drive and Timber Ridge Court in Coram, according to police. He was arrested June 8 in Selden and charged with assault.
Assorted menswear was stolen from Kohl’s on Nesconset Highway in Setauket June 10 at about 5:30 p.m., according to police.
A package containing jeans was stolen from a mailbox at a home on Old Post Road in Setauket June 8 at about 2 p.m., according to police.
Cash and pills taken
Prescription medication and cash were stolen from a home on Grant Street in Port Jefferson June 6 at about 9 a.m., according to police.
Weapon possession and lewdness A 32-year-old undomiciled man was being cited for allegedly having an open container of alcohol in public while on Oakland Avenue in Port Jefferson June 8 at about 8:30 p.m. when police discovered he was allegedly in possession of a gravity knife, according to police. He also allegedly intentionally exposed his private body parts in a lewd manner, police said. He was arrested and charged with criminal possession of a weapon and lewdness.
Laundry break in
A window was smashed at Old Town Laundry on Old Town Road in Port Jefferson Station at about 4 a.m. June 8 and quarters were stolen from within, according to police.
A 27-year-old woman from Rocky Point allegedly stole merchandise from Walmart on Nesconset Highway in Setauket June 8 at about 6 p.m., according to police. She was issued a field appearance ticket and charged with petit larceny.
Taking from Target
Twelve packs of aerosol air duster cans were stolen from Target on Pond Path in South Setauket June 3 at about 1 p.m., according to police. The theft was reported to police June 7.
While parked on Partridge Lane in Setauket June 6 at about 7 a.m., the glass window of a sliding door on a 2005 Dodge minivan was broken, according to police.
Near the intersection of Greenhaven Drive and Novie Road in Port Jefferson Station June 6 at about 7:30 a.m., a 46-year-old man from Selden allegedly possessed a glass tube containing crack cocaine residue, according to police. He was arrested and charged with seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance.
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SCPD: Opioid-related deaths trending down in 2018 BY KYLE BARR KYLE@TBRNEWSMEDIA.COM Suffolk County’s police department has new numbers to get excited about. Despite being less than halfway through the year, the police department and medical examiner’s office report the county is on trend to see a nearly 100-person decrease in opioid-related deaths in 2018, compared to the last two. Chief of Detectives Gerard Gigante and Chief Medical Examiner Michael Caplan confirmed at the May 31 Suffolk County Legislature’s health committee meeting that if numbers remain low through June and July, Suffolk might see overdose deaths drop to 2015 levels — 260 total — compared to 2016 and 2017, where there were 362 and 359, respectively. “It feels like we’re making headway,” Gigante said. “Like we’re getting somewhere.” The total number of opioid deaths for this year is 120 as of May 1, which includes 78 cases still pending, in which the medical examiner could not yet attribute the overdose to causing the victim’s death. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported 64,000 people nationwide died from drug overdoses in 2016. Caplan said Suffolk mirrors the national statistic that approximately 80 percent of all drug overdoses are caused by opioids. Gigante attributed the decrease to large-scale drug busts, like the arrest of six people involved in a Brookhaven-based drug ring in Middle Island in March. In the last few years the number of
overdoses involving prescription drugs has decreased, according to Caplan, while those involving illegal and nonprescription substances have increased. “ was the peak of where prescription medications like oxycodone were our biggest problem,” the medical examiner said. “We saw the trend going away from prescription opioids and to semisynthetic opioids like heroin and fentanyl.” Members of the health committee said the trend down is uplifting. “We’re amazed,” Legislator William
“Doc” Spencer (D-Centerport) said. “These numbers are nearly 10-fold less than previous years.” Gigante also spoke during the meeting about the department’s High Intensity Drug Tracking Area system, which maps overdose detections in real time for police officers out in the field. SCPD members can report the location, time and other details of an overdose, which is used to determine where to concentrate resources. The police department used the system to map 13 opioid overdoses Memorial Day
weekend, three of which were fatal. This is compared to last year’s Memorial Day weekend where nine of 40 reports resulted in a fatality. The numbers reflected in the statistics do not account for people who drive themselves to hospitals, but Gigante said he hopes to get medical institutions involved in reporting those numbers too. “If we can override June and July then we will really start to see the ratio decrease,” Gigante said. “I’m cautiously optimistic we can turn that corner.”
Sheriff’s office passing out free drug, alcohol testing kits BY KYLE BARR KYLE@TBRNEWSMEDIA.COM
‘This is a oncein-a-lifetime moment, but please be responsible in your actions.’
Local schools have long tried to curb drug and alcohol use at prom while still trying to ensure graduating classes celebrate the final days before graduation. Frank Pugliese said in his first year as principal of Shoreham-Wading River High School, he hopes his students can enjoy prom while staying safe. “We strongly advise all students to always make appropriate decisions,” Pugliese said in an email. “With that being said, we have great students. The vast majority make smart choices regardless of the policies in place, and we trust that they will continue to do so on prom night.” Smithtown High School West participates in the county District Attorney’s Office new Choices and Consequences program that shows the dangers of reckless and drunk driving. Members of the DA’s office will be in the high school June 18. In a letter to students, Smithtown West High School Principal John Coady said anyone caught drinking during prom will be suspended and kicked out. Prom tickets will not be refunded, and the student may be barred from the graduation ceremony. Fifty alcohol and 25 drug testing kits were sent out to numerous schools to kick off the program. The kits are also available free at each Suffolk County legislator’s office and will remain offered through
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that contains a single cup and stick that changes color depending on the presence of alcohol. A new Suffolk County Sheriff’s “We want parents to ask tough questions Department program is looking to keep and [have] tough discussions early on kids safe this prom and graduso that they don’t get the ation season, while creating a knock on the door by a police way for parents to more easily officer telling them that their open a dialogue with kids about child is in the hospital or telling underage drinking and drugs. them that their child was driving “We just want everyone to while intoxicated,” Toulon said. be prepared,” Suffolk County “We would rather let them take Sheriff Errol Toulon Jr. said. care of their children so that law “It’s a celebratory moment for enforcement does not [have to] people graduating high school get involved.” and moving on, and they feel a The North Shore Youth little empowered.” Council already offers these On May 22 the sheriff’s kits. Executive Director Janene office announced it is passing Gentile said she doesn’t see the out free alcohol and drug kits as a punitive measure, but testing kits. as a way for parents to more According to the Centers for easily talk about the topic with Disease Control and Prevention, their children. the leading cause of death for “Drinking is cultural in people in the United States our society, but it’s an adult between the ages of 15 and choice and not a young 24 is motor vehicle crashes. In — Errol Toulon Jr. person’s choice,” she said. Suffolk County, the leading “This is not supposed to be a causes of motor vehicle crashes are driving punishment, and I don’t believe that was while ability impaired by alcohol or dugs ever the purpose. It’s important to show and reckless or distracted driving. kids that they can have fun without being The test kits include standard urine test high or drinking.”
the North Shore Youth Council. Each alcohol testing kit costs .74 cents while drug testing kits are $1.50. The $5,000 program is being paid for with asset forfeiture funds. “I would like for all of them to enjoy the moment,” Toulon said of seniors attending prom and graduation. “This is a once-in-alifetime moment, but please be responsible in your actions so you do not harm yourself or anyone else.”
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Clockwise from top left; attendee Max Starke builds with LEGO brick; Assemblyman Steve Englebright presents a resolution to Angeline Judex, executive director of the Long Island Explorium; visitors observe LEGO robots in action; and the Saber Guild battles.
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Smithtown High School’s Mechanical Bulls robotics team that fired T-shirts from the Port Jefferson Village Center all the way into Harborfront Park. New York State Assemblyman Steve Englebright (D-Setauket) presented the Explorium with a resolution commending its work in producing the event. At the same time three volunteers who worked with the Explorium on the event received the Presidential Volunteer Service Award for their work in the Explorium’s museum. One of those young men, fourth-grader Greyson West, received the bronze reward for working between 26 and 49 hours at the museum. “We earned the award by our age group and how many hours we participated in volunteering at the museum,” Greyson said. “It feels pretty good to receive it.” An organizer of the event commended Greyson’s hard work. “They work with the children, they worked with the community,” Carole Van-Duyn, the Explorium’s museum program director said. “Our volunteers taught and engaged with the kids in several events and Greyson helped make it a great experience.”
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BY DESIRÉE KEEGAN DESIREE@TBRNEWSMEDIA.COM Middle Country’s seniors have shown the strength, determination and dedication to achieve greatness, and now they have the success to prove it was all worth it. After undergoing six brain surgeries and having a shunt put into her skull to help her manage an incurable disease, Lexi Roth hit the ground running. She helped Middle Country’s 4×400-meter relay team cross the finish line a fraction of a second behind first at the Division I state championships last weekend. The girls clocked in second among Division I schools in 3 minutes, 52.92 seconds. Rush-Henrietta Senior High School finished in 3:52.52. The quartet, which also includes seniors Dana Cerbone and Maritza Blanchard and sophomore Jessica Faustin, placed fourth among all schools during the June 8 and 9 meet at Cicero-North Syracuse High School. “That group especially had an immense amount of talent and the work ethic that goes along with that, so I’m not surprised they got where they got to,” said former coach Matt Torres, who worked with the seniors their first two years. “Jessica, being the young one, works incredibly hard. She has some great leaders in front of her.” Cerbone is about five feet tall, but Torres said you wouldn’t know it. She placed fourth among Division I athletes in the 200 dash (24.94) and fourth overall (25.33).
“Girls tower over her, but she has a bulldog-type mentality,” he said. “It wasn’t just practice, it was after practice that she would want to do more to see if she could get even just a little bit better. She’d push to have that edge, get in the weight room.” He said none of the athletes would stop between seasons. They showed a desire to remain in shape and continue to try to take their talents to the next level. “Maritza was always on the brink of being great, and I think coach Cuzzo really helped push her toward that,” he said. Blanchard also brought home an additional medal with a third-place overall finish in the 400 dash. She crossed the finish line in 56.78. She ranked fifth among Division I schools (57.39) and bounced back to have a better showing in day two. “Everything is moving in the right direction,” two-year spring track and field coach Charley Cuzzo said. “I’m very proud of how the kids ran. What they’ve been able to do is quite an accomplishment. They were ready to go, and they proved it.” The quartet came out of nowhere and shot right up to the top. The girls were ranked No. 1 in the state prior to the meet. Cuzzo said they’ve made improvements that are impressive, and ones that the seniors will take with them to the collegiate level. “They haven’t gotten there by accident,” Torres said. “They got there by how hard they work.
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Middle Country’s 4x400 relay team, on left, of Jessica Faustin, Lexi Roth, Maritza Blanchard and Dana Cerbone placed second in the state in Division I and fourth among all schools. Maritza Blanchard, above with Bay Shore’s Nia Singer, finished third among all schools in the 400 dash.
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SPORTS BILL LANDON
Clockwise from left, Kyle Johnson fires a pitch from the mound; Bobby Vath connects with a pitch; Vath tosses a heater; and Johnson swings away.
Newfield pitchers provide during prospects game BY BILL LANDON A two-run eighth inning helped Nassau County tie the game and earn the wouldbe go-ahead run over Suffolk in a 5-4 Blue Chip Prospect Grand Slam Challenge win June 8 at St. Joseph’s College. With the game tied 3-3, Garden City’s Mike Handal’s RBI gave Nassau the lead, and a Suffolk error brought in the eventual game-winning run in the 14th annual game sponsored by Rawlings, proceeds from which will benefit the Cohen Children’s Northwell Health Physician Partners Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics center in New Hyde Park. St. John the Baptist catcher Logan O’Hoppe hit the ball deep to right, which scored Rocky Point pitcher and outfielder Joe Grillo from second, but Locust Valley’s Thomas Eletto forced a groundout with two runners on to earn the save.
Nassau 5 Suffolk 4
“It was a lot of fun playing tonight with all these kids,” said Ward Melville second baseman Logan Doran, who committed to Division I George Washington University. “I’m excited about competitive baseball. I’m ready to go.” Doran proved that when he cleanly fielded a ball rocketed in the dirt, and passed it to short stop Kyle Johnson who turned a double play with bases loaded to retire the side and keep Suffolk up 1-0 in the second. Johnson, who will continue his baseball career with Stony Brook University, said he’s been in awe of all the effort and commitment that goes into putting together the event for senior elites. “This game’s awesome — Blue Chip; Jim Clark, who put this together years ago — it shows how [talented] Long Island is,” the soon-to-be Newfield grad said. “You’ve seen the guys this year that got drafted and a lot of those guys played in this game, so it’s an honor to be out here.” Suffolk made it a two-run lead in the top of the third when West Islip outfielder Jake Guercio crossed home plate for the second time. And Suffolk’s hitting didn’t stop there. Johnson stole second just ahead of a tag with Brentwood’s Justin Aviles in the batter’s box, but Aviles’ grounder toward third was thrown home in time to get Doran for the second out. Grillo smacked the ball deep to right next to load the bases, but Suffolk couldn’t capitalize on the chance. Plainview JFK’s Ryan Saltzman hit a sacrifice fly to put Nassau on the board in the bottom of the inning, and Plainedge’s Jason Bottari did the same to make it a new game. With no outs in the fourth, Newfield pitcher Bobby Vath hit into a double play, but Sayville’s Jake Russo raced home from third in time to help Suffolk retake the lead. The team looked to build on its lead
in the top of the fifth when Mount Sinai third baseman George Rainer took four consecutive pitches at the plate to draw a walk, but two straight strikeouts ended the inning. “It’s a great feeling to be playing with the best players on Long Island — I really enjoyed it,” said Rainer, who signed a letter of intent to play at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. “It was a great day to end my varsity baseball career. I had a lot of fun and I can’t wait to see what college has in store.” Harborfields pitcher Gavin Buda, the
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