Pierson’s Girls Volleyball, Southampton’s Boys Soccer Top Lists Of Fall Award Honorees

Pierson volleyball players, from left to right, Gulia Dryden, Sofia Mancino, Sam Cox and Olivia Cassone at the Suffolk County volleyball awards dinner.

For the second time in three seasons, the Pierson/Bridgehampton girls volleyball team qualified for the New York State Championships by upsetting Mattituck in the Suffolk County Class C Championships and then dispatched Oyster Bay in the Long Island Championships.

Samantha Cox was one of six players chosen in the state in Class C for First Team All-State. She was also named to the All-State Tournament Team and the All-County Tournament Team as the Most Valuable Player. She was also All-County and League VIII Player of the Year.

Olivia Cassone was named Second Team All-State, made the All-County Tournament Team along with Cox and was League VIII Defensive Player of the Year and All-League. Sofia Mancino was All-Classification (C) and Gylia Dryden and Grace Brosnan were both All-League selections.

The Pierson/Bridgehampton field hockey team won its fifth straight Suffolk County Class C Championship this past fall and reached the Long Island Championship where it fell to Carle Place. Meredith Spolarich was an All-County Honorable Mention, while Mia Gangemi and Joyce Arbia were All-Classification (C). Maeve O’Donoghue, Mahlia Hemby and Madison Stuckart were named to the All-County Tournament Team, Emma Rascelles was All-Division and Mackenzie Wilson was named the Lady Whalers’ Unsung Hero. Spolarich was named the team’s MVP, Caroline Canavan was named Most Improved Player and Stephanie Illagorre was given the Coach’s Award.

The Pierson girls cross country team won its first Suffolk County Class D title in five years. The Lady Whalers were led all season by Penelope Greene, who finished seventh at the New York State Championships to earn All-State honors, which head coach Jim Kinnier said may be the first time in program history. She was also All-County, All-Division and All-League. Abby Sherwood, in her first year running cross country, was All-League.

The Pierson boys cross country team had a successful season as well, placing second in the county in Class C and third in League VIII. Ben McErlean qualified for the state meet for the third consecutive season and was All-County and All-League. P.J. Ramundo was All-Division and All-League and Peter Schaefer was All-League. The Whalers were also a New York State Scholar Athlete team.

The Pierson boys golf team qualified for the first ever Section XI Team Tournament and were led all season by Henry Brooks, who was All-League, finished in a three-way tie for first place at the Conference IV Championships, was All-County and qualified for New York State Championships for the second year in a row. Tucker Schiavoni, Harry Ambrose and Reed Kelsey also qualified for counties and Schiavoni was All-League. Brooks was named the team’s MVP, Kelsey was the Most Improved Player and Ambrose was given the Coach’s Award.

The Pierson/Bridgehampton girls soccer team finished with a 5-9-1 overall record. Brooke Esposito was named All-County while Halle Kneeland and Grace Perello were All-Division. Kneeland, Carly Gulotta, Kathryn Powell, Victoria Dudek-Tipton and Elizabeth Borzilleri each earned All-Academic honors.

The Pierson/Bridgehampton boys soccer team finished 3-13 in League VII. Mateo Barahona was All-Conference, Nick DiRussa was All-League and Academic All-County and Sebastian Gomez was All-League. Pierson’s varsity team won the League VII Sportsmanship Award and its JV program was given the Suffolk County Sportsmanship Award.

The East Hampton/Pierson/Bridgehampton girls swimming team finished second in League III with a 3-2 record and went ahead and placed second at the League III Championships. The Lady Bonackers placed sixth in the county and qualified five of their swimmers for the New York State Swimming Championships.

Jane and Julia Brierley, Darcy McFarland and Sophia Swanson, and Kiara Bailey-Williams as an alternate, all reached the state meet. The Brierley sisters, McFarland and Swanson competed in both the 200-yard medley and freestyle relays. The squad placed 27th in the state in the medley relay in 1:51.77 and 38th overall in the state in the freestyle relay in 1:42.16. Individually, Swanson competed in the 100-yard butterfly and 100-yard freestyle. She placed 41st in the state in the 100 fly in 59.31 seconds, and on short rest, went ahead and placed 45th in the state in the 100 free in 54.47 seconds. Jane Brierley competed in the 100-yard breaststroke, where she finished 34th in the state in 1:08.85.

The Brierleys, Swanson and McFarland were All-County in both the 200 medley and 200 free relays. Swanson was All-County in the 200 free, 100 butterfly and 100 free while Jane Brierley was All-County in the 100 breast and All-League in the 200 IM, 100 back and 50 free. Bailey-Williams was also All-League in the 200 IM. Catalina Badilla was All-League in the 200 free and was also a part of the 400 free relay team that reached All-League status along with Emily Dyner, Caroline Brown and Bailey-Williams. McFarland was All-League in the 100 fly and Dyner was All-League in the 100 back.

The swim team also handed out a few team awards. Swanson was given the Most Valuable award, Julia Brierley was Most Improved and McFarland was given the Coach’s Award.

The East Hampton/Pierson/Bridgehampton girls tennis team, after a slow start, turned around their season to finish in a three-way tie for second place with Shoreham/Wading River and William Floyd with all three teams finishing with 6-4 League VII records. Juliana Barahona was an All-County singles player for the Lady Bonackers while Chiara Bedini and Kaylee Mendelman were an All-County doubles pair.