Whalers Fall at Greenport, Bees Bounce Back
The Greenport boys basketball team continued its push toward a League VII title with an 87-51 victory over visiting Pierson on January 16, as Jude Swann led the Porters with 41 points and 10 rebounds. Pierson junior Henry Brooks scored 26 points to lead the Whalers, who dropped to 3-3 in league play and 6-7 overall. Pierson played at Shelter Island on Tuesday and will host the Ross School for Spirit Night on Friday, January 25, at 7:15 p.m.
The Bridgehampton boys basketball team bounced back from a loss to Shelter Island with two straight victories on its home court. J.P. Harding scored 33 points and had 18 rebounds in an 82-39 win over Ross on January 16, which he followed up with a 29-point and 19-rebound performance in a 66-53 win over Southold on Friday. The Killer Bees improved to 5-2 in League VII, 8-6 overall, and will host Smithtown Christian on Thursday, January 24, at 6 p.m. Greenport comes to town on Monday for another game with a 6 p.m. start.
Brosnan Breaks School Record in High Hurdles — Twice
Pierson freshman Grace Brosnan set a new indoor track record at East Hampton High School in the 55-meter high hurdles with a time of 9.91 seconds at the Jim Howard Memorial Invitational on Thursday, January 17. The previous record of 9.8 seconds was set in 1999 by Maria Dayton.
“You will notice that Grace’s time seems slower but it is a Fully Automated Timing stat,” track coach Yani Cuesta said this week. “If I were to try and compare the hand-held time with a FAT, then I would have to add .24 to the handheld making Maria’s time 10.04.”
Pierson sophomore Juliana Barahona finished ninth in the shot put with a throw of 27 feet, 5.5 inches, her best of the season.
On Sunday, the team competed in the League 4 Championship meet, and finished eighth out of 11 teams. “Not bad for a small team of 11 girls,” Cuesta pointed out. “They really did a great job and we couldn’t be prouder of them.”
Brosnan broke her own school record with a time of 9.81 in the high hurdles, finishing seventh overall, and also finished fourth in the high jump with a leap of 4 feet, 10 inches. In addition, she led off the team’s 4×200 meter relay, which finished fifth in 1:59.43.
“Grace is a very strong athlete and she’s very competitive and willing to try things out,” Cuesta said. “Getting a school record as a freshman is exciting and promising for her future.”
Barahona scored points with a fifth-place finish in the shot put and improved on her personal best with a toss of 27 feet, 7.5 inches. She also ran as part of the 4×200 relay. Penelope Greene, a Pierson sophomore, finished seventh in the 1,500 meters with a time of 5:23.46.
Next up for the team is the Suffolk County Small Schools Championships, which will take place on Saturday, February 2, at Suffolk County Community College in Brentwood.