Pierson Student-Athletes Earned A Number Of Postseason Awards This Past Fall Season

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Meredith Spolarich was an All-State player on top of being an All-State Tournament Team selection. DREW BUDD

It was a busy and successful fall for Pierson’s athletic programs, with both field hockey and girls cross country reaching their respective state championships, while the boys soccer team was one win away from doing so.

The Whalers field hockey team reached the New York State Tournament, which was played in Suffolk County for the first time. They lost in the semifinals to eventual county champion and state powerhouse Whitney Point, but it was still a successful season for Long Island and Suffolk County champion Pierson.

Meredith Spolarich was named All-State for her efforts and was also named to the All-State Tournament Team. Both Micky Wilson and Caroline Canavan were named to the Long Island Championship Tournament Team and Eleana Merola and Lily Perello were named to the Suffolk County Championship Tournament Team.

Madison Stuckart earned All-County honors, Mia Gangemi was an All-County Honorable Mention and Eva McKelvey was All-Division. Tahnie Sullivan was given the team’s Unsung Hero Award and Cali Wilson was given the Sportsmanship Award.

Sara O’Brien helped lead the Pierson girls cross country team to the state meet. DREW BUDD

Pierson’s girls cross country team qualified for the New York State Class D Championship race after winning the Suffolk County title. Sara O’Brien, an eighth-grader, emerged as the team’s top runner and has All-League honors to show for it.

The Pierson boys cross country team placed second in Suffolk County’s Class D race and also placed second in League VIII. A pair of runners, P.J. Ramundo and Justin Gardiner, qualified for the New York State Championships. Both were All-County, All-Division and All-League runners.

The Pierson/Bridgehampton boys soccer team defeated Southold for the Suffolk County Class C title and defeated Carle Place for the Long Island Championship, but then lost to eventual state champion Alexander Hamilton in the Regional Final.

In his first varsity season, Gavin Gilbride was an All-County goalie for the Whalers. MICHAEL HELLER

The Whaler’s starting goalie, Gavin Gilbride, was named All-County and All-Conference, while Helio Paucer was named Most Valuable Player of the Suffolk County Championship. David Moreno was also named All-Conference, while Javi Tubatan and Ryder Esposito both earned All-League honors. Pierson’s boys junior varsity team was given the League VII Sportsmanship Award.

Brenden Burke led the Pierson/Bridgehampton boys golf team all season and was therefore named the team’s MVP. He also earned All-League status.

Charlie Corwin impressed in his first varsity football season with the East Hampton/Pierson/Bridgehampton/Ross football team as a sophomore and earned All-County honors and a Team MVP Award to show for it. Juniors Finn Byrnes and Will Darrell earned First Team All-Division honors, while juniors Dan Lester and Richie Maio and senior Mike Moret were named Second Team All-Division. Aryan Chugh was named Most Improved and John Marin was given the Coaches Award.

Pierson senior Sandrine Becht was All-County, All-Division and All-League. DESIRÉE KEEGAN

Sandrine Becht and Maya Molin earned All-County, All-Division and All-League honors while playing for the East Hampton/Pierson girls tennis team.

Melissa Quihuiri and Jocelyn Prieto were named All-Division playing for the East Hampton/Pierson girls soccer team. Prieto was also named the team’s MVP, Skye Tanzman was named Most Improved Player and Nicole Velez was given the team’s Coaches Award.

Each of the school’s fall varsity programs — boys and girls cross country, boys golf, boys soccer, field hockey and girls volleyball — each earned New York State Scholar-Athlete team honors by having a cumulative GPA of 90 or higher. Additional information on the girls volleyball team was not available.

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