Sports Wrap: Duryea Qualifies for Counties, Spirit Night Approaching

Pierson's Ryan Duryea, swimming last year, is one of the team's captains for this year. Michael Heller photo
Pierson’s Ryan Duryea, competing earlier this year, qualified for the Suffolk County meet in two events last week. Michael Heller photo

Duryea Qualifies for County Meet in Two Events

Pierson’s Ryan Duryea posted personal-best times in the 50 and 500 freestyle events during the East Hampton/Pierson boys swim team’s 95-75 win over Huntington/Harborfields on January 10 to qualify for the Section XI Championship, which will be held on February 17 at Suffolk County Community College in Brentwood.

Duryea finished third in the 50 freestyle with a time of 24.44, and was second in the 500 free with a time of 5:22.91. Other Pierson swimmers also had strong performances, with Joey Badilla in the 100 backstroke, Jack Duryea in the 50 and 100 breaststrokes and Conor Flanagan in the 100 breast, also posting personal-best times. Pierson’s Fernando Menjura won the 100 freestyle in 54.13 and was a member of the winning 200 freestyle relay.

The Bonackers (4-2) hosted West Islip on Tuesday and Sayville on Wednesday, and will close out the League II season with a home meet against North Babylon on Monday, January 22, at 5 p.m. The League II Championship meet is scheduled for February 1 at Hauppauge High School.

Spirit Night is Approaching

Pierson High School will host its Seventh Annual Spirt Night on Friday, January 26, with boys and girls varsity basketball games, and shorter contests between teams from Sag Harbor Youth Hoop. The event, which is sponsored by the Sag Harbor Booster Foundation, will begin with a pep rally for high school students at 2:15 p.m. The Pierson/Bridgehampton girls basketball team will take on Southold at 4:30 p.m., followed by youth hoops games at 6 p.m., and a Pierson boys varsity game at 7:15 p.m. against the Ross School.

The school’s robotics team will put on a demonstration at halftime of the boys game, and the middle and high school choruses will sing the National Anthem before the girls and boys varsity games.