Celebrating SWR High School winter sports achievements

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The Shoreham-Wading River Board of Education celebrated the achievements of the high school’s winter sports season at its recent meeting.

The girls’ track team members garnered numerous awards, including All-League for Nicole Garcia, Katherine Lee, Francesca Lily, Isadora Petretti and Lexie Smith. All-County accolades went to Nicole Smith along with Lee, Lily and Lexie Smith. Garcia, along with Lily, Petretti and Smith, won the League 4 x 800-meter relay. Smith was also named SWR Most Improved. Lee took many awards in her senior year, including All-Division, All-State, All-Academic and SWR Most Valuable Player. She also won the League 3,000-meter and 1,500-meter, the county 1,000-meter and finished second in New York State in the 1,000-meter.

Boys’ winter track team members Damien Caputo, Rickie Cassazza, Mark Costas, Brendan Madden, Daniel Montenegro, Luke Rey, Matthew Rose, Calvin Schmalze and Adam Zelin were named All-League. Casazza, Ryan Ledda and Montenegro took the All-County title, while All-Academic went to Calvin Schmalze. Aidan Casey received the Heart of the Team award and Zelin was named SWR Most Improved. Casazza place second in New York State in the high jump and was named co-SWR Most Valuable Player along with Ledda and Montenegro.

Boys’ basketball team members Xavier Arline and Brian Drost were named All-League and All-Academic, respectively, and Trey Ekert and T. J. Wachter were honored as co-SWR Most Improved.
On the girls’ basketball team, Mikayla Dwyer, Abby Korzekwinski and Erin Triandafils were recognized as All-League, and Mikayla Dwyer was named All-Academic. Triandafils was also named SWR Most Valuable Player. Michele Corona was named Rookie of the Year and SWR Most Improved award went to Melissa Marchese.

Members of the wrestling team named All-County are Dylan Blanco, Cooper Cummings, Peter Delise, Jake Jablonski, Connor Pearce, John Carl Petretti, Eddie Troyano and Chris Vedder. Petretti was also the Suffolk County champion at 152 lbs., placed fourth in the state tournament and received All-State honors. Pearce was named Suffolk County champion at 113 lbs., and Troyano and Vedder were recognized as SWR Most Valuable Player and Most Improved, respectively.

Sophomore Jason Louser was also recognized for being named All-County, All-State, All-American, 200-meter individual medley county champion and the state champion in the 200-meter individual medley and 100-meter breaststroke.

Winter sports teams also scored big in the classroom. Of the 117 total varsity athletes, 58 of them maintained a 90 or above average. Both the girls and boys winter track teams and boys and girls winter basketball teams were named scholar-athlete teams, with team averages of 90 or above.

Each student-athlete received a SWR School District pin from Superintendent of Schools Gerard Poole and Board of Education President Robert Rose.