Girls Varsity Track and Field
Head Coach Jeremiah Pope is a former professional football player who has played in the NFL for the Philadelphia Eagles (2004) and is a current co-owner of Port Fitness Studio in Port. Pope has coached for six seasons.
“We were extremely excited to win our championship again because not too many teams win with a team made up of mostly freshmen and sophomores,” said Pope. “So we were not only happy to see the underclassmen step up, but also to see some girls earn their first team championship ever.”
The assistant coach is Elizabeth Eickelberg. “This is her first season as a coach and her first championship,” said Pope. “She has taken
over the role of our powerhouse long-distance group and racewalkers. She is a former runner at
Adelphi University and competes professionally. I mainly work with sprinters, mid distance and relays.”
Pope continued, “We have achieved so much over the last six years, winning four back-to-back Conference/Division Championships, earning two back-to-back County Championship runner-up plaques, as well as me earning Coach of the Year last season. We have numerous All-State, All-Long Island, All-County and All-Conference athletes that have come through our program. In addition, we have shattered many school records. Last season we broke our schools 4x400m relay, which earned us a spot at the NYS Championships and we raced away with a 6th-place medal and NYS ranking.”
The team started the season with 42 girls and now has been cut down to about 22 girls who have qualified for County Championships. “Our team’s success has been built on our leadership not only from the coaches, but also our returning runners and nominated captains: Beatriz Chavarria (Jr.), Christina Marinelli (Sr.), Catalina Salvatierra (Sr.) and Maria Kogan (Sr.),” said Pope.
Girls Varsity Bowling
The team completed their season undefeated in match play with a 12-0 record, while not losing a game in any match this year (36-0). They also qualified for the County Team Championships by finishing this season with one of the top 16 team averages in Nassau County. According to Coach Kevin Braddish, none of these accomplishments has ever been achieved by the Schreiber girls varsity bowling team. Braddish has been the coach for nine years.
“In the interest of full disclosure, I am a parent of one of the varsity girls on the team,” said Braddish.
The team practices and competes at the Herrill Lanes in New Hyde Park. There are 10 girls on the team between varsity and junior varsity. On a side note, said Braddish, the girls JV bowling team was almost equally as successful. They won the JV Conference Championship, finishing 12-0 in match play (31-5 game record). Both the varsity and junior varsity were undefeated this year, winning all 12 matches.
“The varsity girls managed to win every game inside all of those 12 matches,” said Braddish. “This means they were 36-0 because there are three games played in each match. That is something that has never been done here in Port Washington. I am extremely proud of these girls. They work hard every day trying to better themselves. The county finals were on Jan. 30 and the girls bowled well. We ended up in 11th place out of 16 teams. Sarah Chung had the high average for the day at 158.”
The team captains are Ruth Benitez and Jenna Worms. Benitez has a 162 average and Worms has a 160 average. These averages allow them to compete in the individual county finals. Anyone who has a 160 average or better can compete to see who is the best individual bowler in the county. Only 28 girls in the county have been invited to this tournament, which will be held on Feb. 6.
Boys Track and Field
Arnold Donado is head coach of the boys track team. “This is my fourth year coaching track and my first as the head coach,” said Donado. “We have about 42 boys on the team. We were very excited to win the first Boys Winter Conference Championship ever. It was a competitive meet and came down to the final events to decide
the winner. In total we had nine boys receive All-Conference honors.
Nicole Dumpson, team supervisor/coordinator and hurdles coach for the program, said, “This is actually a first for the school on the boys side so it is very rewarding.”
“We had been fortunate with a mild December so we were able to be outside a lot,” said Dumpson. “We also utilize the school weight room and the hallways if need be, but we prefer to keep the kids outside to try to avoid injury. With this past weekend’s snow, we are using the Port Washington Tennis Academy this week; the track melts very slowly.”
All of the Section VIII League Meets and Championships are held at St. Anthony’s High School in Huntington. “They have a great indoor facility for a high school,” said Dumpson. “We also attend Invitational Meets at the renown Armory Track & Field Center and the brand new Ocean Breeze facility on Staten Island.”
Jennifer Cajou (former state triple jump champion) is the assistant sprints and jumps coach.
“Since Coach Donado and I have taken on the program, we have finished as a top team in the conference and division every season. This is the second time both boys and girls have won both titles,” said Dumpson. “This sport takes commitment. Somehow our kids manage to remain a top academic team so we were happy to see all of their hard work pay off. I truly enjoy my job at Port Washington. I love the athletes as well as my staff and administration. There really isn’t a more gratifying place to be.”
Boys Varsity Swimming
The boys varsity swim team won their conference championship. The team is coached by Head Coach Joe Lennon and Head Diving Coach Matthew Carrozzo.
“Winning the Conference Championship is always a goal of the season,” said Lennon. “As the season began, we saw tremendous progress in our returning athletes and outstanding potential in our new team members. The final two dual meets of the season were, by far, the most competitive. The meet against Great Neck South came down to the final races, but our athletes dug deep and were able to out-swim some very tough opponents. Then we faced an even tougher Massapequa team. The win was such an exciting and satisfying achievement. This team is proof that determination can make you reach beyond your limits and do great things.”
“There were some standout swimmers this season,” said Lennon. “Owen Walsh is a senior and team captain this year. He is the team’s top backstroke swimmer and is a Nassau County Qualifier for the 50 and 100-yard freestyles as well as the 100 backstroke. Derek Knight is a sophomore who has team records in the 50, 100, 200 and 500-yard freestyles. Gordon Shaub is the school-record holder in the 1-meter dive. Other county qualifiers were Vasilis Myrianthopoulos in the 500 freestyle, Richard Dzwlewicz in the 100 backstroke, Daniel Dzwlewicz in the 1-meter dive and Chris DiLillo in the 1-meter dive.”
The team competed in the Nassau County Championships at the Nassau County Aquatic Center in Eisenhower Park on Feb. 3, 5 and 6, and came in second to Long Beach.