Sports Wrap: Cross Country Tops Southold, Swimmers Win, Tennis Back on Track, Football Falls

Caroline Jungck, right, and Penelope Greene running at Mashashimuet Park last week against Southold. Eric Bramoff photos

Cross Country Teams Beat Southold 

The Pierson boys cross country team beat Southold, 24-35, on a flat and fast 2.6-mile course at Mashashimuet Park on Thursday, September 20. The Whalers were led by sophomore Ben McErlean, who finished second in 15 minutes and 13 seconds. Junior Peter Schaefer was third at 15:25, and Hunter Hansen struggled in at 16:08 with a sore calf muscle. Other standouts included Sage Witty (6th in 16:25), Mitch Mavellia (8th in 16:48) and freshman Tom Schiavoni, who had an impressive first varsity race, according to his coach Joe Amato, rounding out the top 10 in 17:15.

The Pierson girls team won by forfeit because Southold only had three runners, with Penelope Greene and Caroline Jungck finishing first and second, respectively. Both teams will travel to Sunken Meadow for the Suffolk Coaches Invitational on Saturday.

Ben McErlean was the second overall finisher against Southold.

Swimmers Earn First Victory 

After dropping two non-league meets to start the season, the East Hampton/Pierson/Bridgehampton girls swim team kicked off its League III season with an 88-60 win over Hauppauge on September 21. The Lady Bonackers won almost every event, including the 500-yard freestyle, which Pierson’s Kiara Baily-Williams won in 6:10.20, which was more than 41 seconds clear of the next finisher. East Hampton will host Sayville/Bayport on Thursday, September 28, at 5 p.m.

Tennis Gets Back on Track

The East Hampton girls tennis team rebounded from a tough loss to Westhampton Beach by trouncing Southampton on Thursday, September 20. The Lady Bonackers won every match against winless Southampton and improved to 4-1 in League VII, just one match behind the Lady Hurricanes, who improved to a perfect 6-0 this week. The Lady Bonackers, whose ranks include several key players from Pierson, were scheduled to play three matches this week against William Floyd, Shoreham-Wading River and Eastport-South Manor, and will face Westhampton Beach on the road in the season finale on October 2.

Mariners Football Falls to Glenn

The Southampton football team, fresh from beating Hampton Bays to bring the Mayor’s Cup back to its hallways, fell back to Earth last Friday night following a 35-14 loss to visiting Elwood-John Glenn, which jumped out to a 28-0 halftime lead and never looked back. Justin Tiernan carried the ball 21 times for Glenn (3-0) and amassed 215 rushing yards and three touchdowns. Southampton, which dropped to 1-2 on the season, will face Greenport/Southold/Mattituck for its homecoming on Friday, September 28, at 6:30 p.m.