Sports Wrap: Here Comes Spirit Night, Brooks Drops 41, Bridges Upset, Track Relays

Spirit Night at Pierson High School is always a celebration. Michael Heller photo

Spirit Night is Approaching

The Sag Harbor Booster Foundation will host its eighth annual Spirit Night at Pierson High School on Friday, January 25. There will be a pair of varsity basketball games with the Pierson/Bridgehampton Lady Whalers taking on Port Jefferson at 4:30 p.m., followed by the Pierson boys team taking on Ross at 7:15 p.m. The night will also include performances by the middle and high school choruses, a Sag Harbor Youth Hoop parade and scrimmages, a performance by the school’s competitive cheerleading team and a demonstration by the Pierson robotics team.

The night will include a full food concession with apparel also for sale in the lobby. The Booster Foundation is asking everyone to wear school colors and fill the gym with red and black. 

Brooks Drops 41 on Smithtown Christian

Pierson junior Henry Brooks exploded for 41 points in a 71-64 victory for the Pierson boys basketball team over Smithtown Christian on January 10. The Whalers actually trailed by one point at halftime, but clawed their way back into the lead in the third quarter and held on down the stretch. Freshman Wilson Bennett, playing his second varsity game, scored 11 points, while Cooper Schiavoni and Richard Barranco chipped in with eight points apiece.

The Whalers improved to 3-2 in League VII, 6-6 overall, and were scheduled to play at first-place Greenport on Wednesday after press time. Following a game at Shelter Island next Tuesday, January 22, at 5:45 p.m., Pierson will return home for Spirit Night on January 25.

Bridgies Upset on Shelter Island

Riding high from a win over Pierson in their first home basketball game of the season, the Bridgehampton Killer Bees crashed back to earth with a 65-62 loss at Shelter Island on January 10. With Lucas Quigley-Dunning leading the way with 28 points, Shelter Island led by 19 after three quarters and withstood a furious charge by Bridgehampton in the fourth quarter to hold on for the win.

J.P. Harding scored 21 points to lead the Killer Bees, Elijah White had 19 and Nae’Jon Ward scored 17. Bridgehampton outscored Shelter Island 22-6 in the fourth quarter.

Next up for the Killer Bees (3-2 in League VII, 6-6 overall) is a home game on Friday, January 18, against Southold at 6 p.m.

Barahona Sets Personal Mark in Shot Put

Pierson sophomore Juliana Barahona set a personal record in the shot put with a toss of 27 feet, 2 inches at the Zeitler Relays Invitational at Suffolk County Community College in Brentwood on January 10. Her teammate, Bella Espinoza, threw for the first time in the event and with a distance of 10 feet, 9 inches, combined with Barahona to finish seventh in League 4 with a combined distance of 46 feet, 11 inches.

The East Hampton winter track team’s sprint medley relay finished second overall, with Pierson’s Penelope Greene running the 400 meters, followed by Lillie Minskoff (200 meters), Marisol Chamale (200 meters) and Ava Engstrom, in the 800 meters.

“These girls did an excellent job,” East Hampton head coach Yani Cuesta said, noting that Greene and Engstrom are distance runners. “We don’t have enough girls that can go up in distance to help our distance runners but they were more than willing to come down and run faster. It was cute that at the end of the meet when the girls were getting their medals, Penelope said, ‘I never thought I would get a medal that said sprint on it.’ This goes to show how the team will work together to help each other out.”

Barahona also ran in the 4×200 relay with Leah Hatch, Julia Caldwell and fellow Pierson athlete Grace Brosnan, with the team finishing in 13thplace with a time of 2:09.50. Greene, Espinoza, Engstrom and Anna Carman finished seventh in the 4×400 relay in 4:48.15.

The team’s 1,500 meter race walk team of Mimi Fowkes and JiJi Kramer won their relay event with a combined time of 16:40.26

The team’s next meet is back at Suffolk Community College in Brentwood for the Jim Howard Invitational on Thursday, January 17, starting at 5 p.m.