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Office of Athletics, Health & Physical Education

Home of the "Clippers"

Mr. Robert McIntyre, Director


Welcome to the Athletic Department of the South Country Central School District, home to the Bellport Clippers.

We have an outstanding athletic program, which includes a number of championship teams.  Our nationally recognized Bellport Varsity Football Team won the Long Island Championship for the 6th time in 2010.  During that same season our Girls Volleyball Team won the Suffolk County Championship. The Varsity Boys Track 4 x 800 Relay Team won the Suffolk County Championship, the New York Relays and the Melrose games the past two years, and in 2012 the team won a league title.  Ninety percent of our varsity teams receive the New York State Scholar Team Award on an annual basis.  We are proud of our accomplishments and invite you to take a moment to explore our website.

For more information about our programs, please feel free to call my office at (631)730-1597 or email me at


In The News

Pay credit where credit is due

(By Andres Rivas, The Long Island Advance 11/9/17)

Coming into this year, nobody expected Bellport Soccer to do anything.  I mean, let’s face it, after nine years without playoffs and only four victories the previous year, who expected soccer, out of every sport, to do something good this year?  Well the truth is, that’s what kept this group of boys motivated:  Justin Yanza, Sam Gonzaga, Troy Zarba, Leo Argueta, Jonathan Ulloa, Steven Williamson, Josiah Igwe, Chris Colon, Branden Rasmussen, Samuel Hampson, Gerson Granados, Jonathan Pelaez, Geovanni Vasconez, Yanlee Salinas, Albert Hernandez, Adony Velasquez and captains Josue Arriaza, Kelvin Canales and Justin Barbecho.  The truth is, the doubters kept doubting and the people who had faith in them kept it.  At the beginning of the season, I wrote an article called, “Bellport looked forward to silence critics,” and that’s exactly what they did.  After winning their first three games of the year, things were shaken up, but then they dropped the next three games and went on to win three of the next four games.  Then the magic game happened.  When the team defeated West Islip, 2-1 at home, and assured a position in the playoffs, the collective “they can’t, they won’t” turned into “they can, they did.”  Everyone should remember this group of boys, let by Peter Grossi and Joseph Malandro.  The chip on their shoulder this year was doubt, but maybe next year it will be the support from their true fans.  There is talent surrounding this team for years to come, and we should pay our respects by acknowledging Bellport Soccer more. 
(Courtesy of The Long Island Advance)


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Bellport football ends year with victory

(By Andres Rivas, The Long Island Advance 11/2/17)

The Bellport varsity football team won its final regular season game Friday night, Oct. 27 against Kings Park, 60-0.  It was a bittersweet victory due to the season end.

Bellport reached this game with a 2-5 record.  The thing that really hurt the most for Bellport was the close games; four of five of their losses were decided by seven points or less and one of their games was by 14 points.  All games were within the minimum; the offense averaged almost 26 points per game and the defense allowed 19.6 points per game.

Kings Park reached this game allowing 27 points per game and scored just about 12 points.  Having dropped their previous four games, both teams looked forward to ending the season on the positive side of the coin.  Bellport did it with a blowout.

Bellport began the game with the ball on the field and looked forward to taking the lead on the opening drive.  A 50-yard run from DJ Trent saw him end in the endzone, for the early advantage.  Yanlee Salinas was in charge of adding the extra point with a kick and Bellport took a 7-0 lead.  Later in the quarter, Trent had a 15 yard rush for his second touchdown of the night and a 13-0 lead.  In the second quarter, Bellport went back to work, this time through senior Teandre Rountree, who rushed 15 yards and the third touchdown of the game for the Clippers.  Salinas once again was in charge of adding the extra point.  Trent wasn’t done yet, obtaining his ninth rushing touchdown of the season with a 5-yard rush, Salinas added his third extra point of the night and the Clippers held a 27-point lead at halftime.

As if it weren’t enough, to kick off the third quarter, Trent obtained his fourth touchdown of the game and his 10th overall on the season and Bellport amplified their lead with an extra point by Salinas.  Bellport defense prevailed throughout the whole first half, and in the second half nothing changed, as Kings Park was held scoreless.  In the fourth quarter, Bellport finished bringing out their artillery, and a mistake by Kings Park saw an interception by Myles Wilson, who ran 56 yards for a touchdown; Salinas added the extra point.  Rountree had his second touchdown of the game with a 22-yard rush and Salinas concluded with his sixth extra point of the night.  Nicky Cornacchiulo had five attempts for 49 yards and had a touchdown to extend the lead to 54-0, a 6-yard rush.  To conclude this victory, Kyler Pizzo had an interception and rushed it for 72 yards into the endzone.

Trent concluded with 14 attempts, 169 yards and four touchdowns, Rountree with 11 attempts, 100 yards and two touchdowns.  Ryan Baumann had three sacks.  Carter Vanderkleft had two sacks.  Bellport concludes with a 3-5 record.

Bellport finished the season 3-5, just missing the playoffs.
(Courtesy of The Long Island Advance)


Bellport soccer reaches playoffs for first time in 9 years

(By Andres Rivas, The Long Island Advance 10/19/17)

Last Friday Bellport faced West Islip, where assuring a win secured them a playoff berth for the first time in nine years, by defeating the Lions 2-1.

Bellport reached this game with a 6-6 record, having split their last six games with three victories and three losses.  They knew how important this game was, given they only had one game left, which was played this past Tuesday.  But they didn’t want to wait for the last game; they had their traditional annual senior game in front of their fans and wanted to play their best.

Previously in West Islip, the Clippers conceded a 1-0 defeat.  They outplayed the Lions, having more opportunities and more shot on goal, but the ball just didn’t go in the back of the net.  Almost three weeks later Bellport got their revenge.  From the initial whistle, the Clippers dominated.   They maintained the ball on the other side of the pitch and, three minutes in, had their first opportunity with a shot from Gerson Granados.  A good intervention from goalkeeper Tim DeLuca kept the game tied.  A few minutes later the Lions had the ball on the opposing side, getting a chance through the middle of the pitch, but the Clippers defended their position well and didn’t allow them to get inside the box.  Ten minutes later, Bellport drew first blood.  An initial pass by Granados to Jonathan Cruz, who ran the ball down, got inside the box and shot the ball, beating DeLuca.

Bellport almost made it 2-0 before halftime.  West Islip tied the game at 1.  A cross from the right side found Shamus Davidson, who scored after a rebound in the box in the first half.  At halftime there were speeches dedicated to the six seniors playing their last game in front of their fans.  Jonathan Pelaez, Geovanni Vasconez, Yanlee Salinas, Kelvin Canales and Josue Arriaza.

Beginning the second half, they dominated possession with various opportunities in the first 10 minutes, and after 13 minutes they took the lead.  A ball whipped into the box by Justin Barbecho found Granados in the box and after another save by DeLuca, Leo Arguetta was there for the rebound and the Clippers took the lead 2-1.  Nine minutes later the Lions looked to tie the game, but a key save from Sam Hampson prevented this.  A few minutes later Hampson had another save after a few rebounds in the box.  Ten minutes later Arguetta had two opportunities to make it 3-1, but the opposing goalkeeper made two good saves.  With five minutes left, Barbecho cleared a key pass from the floor with his head and after the final whistle, the Clippers celebrated their well-earned playoff berth.  “It’s an amazing feeling to be a junior captain and lead this team into playoffs,” said Barbecho after the game.

“It feels great knowing we accomplished something great.  I thank God,” said Pelaez.

“No words can describe this. [I am] extremely proud of the team—we worked hard and put our hearts out for this game,” added senior captain Arriaza.

“Before the game we were readying up and I saw the fire and desire in the seniors.  I worked hard and wanted to take this team far this year,” concluded Salinas.

As of print, Bellport faced Comsewogue on Tuesday and now awaits their rival in playoffs. (Courtesy of The Long Island Advance)

A strong beginning for cross country

(By Andres Rivas, The Long Island Advance 9/21/17)

After accomplishing League IV champions last year, the Bellport cross country team wants to repeat their league title.  However, this year there have been two additional teams that will challenge them for that title, Eastport-South Manor and West Islip.  Bellport senior Thomas Brock, who ran a 16:50 for 5000 meters at Sunken Meadow State Park, will lead the team.  Bellport also has juniors with experience like Matthew Sabolenko, Michael Foley and Tyler Zapata, who were named to the All-League team this past year.  This season, Bellport has defeated Deer Park 24-35 and Half Hollow Hills West 15-50.  Their next meet will be against Eastport-South Manor. (Courtesy of The Long Island Advance)

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Bellport soccer defeats Comsewogue

(By Andres Rivas, The Long Island Advance 9/28/17)

This past Tuesday afternoon the Bellport varsity boys soccer team defeated Comsewogue High School 2-0.

Bellport reached this match in urgent need of a victory, after losing the last three games.  Two weeks ago they faced Half Hollow Hills West and were defeated 2-1, then North Babylon, who had three victories in four games and defeated Bellport 5-1.  On Saturday they face West Islip at home for a close game, but the Lions came out on top with a 1-0 victory.  The Clippers had three days to regroup before Tuesday’s game against Comsewogue at home.  

In the first half Comsewogue attacked within the first 10 minutes, invading Bellport’s side of the pitch but the strong defending from the midfield and the defenders kept the game at zero.  The Warriors had their first shot of the game 10 minutes into the match, which resulted in an effective save from Sam Hampson.  Five minutes later the Clippers had their first chance to do damage inside the box with a shot from Gerson Granados, but it went wide.  The away team kept on pressuring, but Hampson made two more saves, maintaining a clean sheet.  Bellport, with five minutes remaining in the first half, kept the ball on the other side but were denied every chance at the net.  The score was 0-0 at halftime. 

In the second half Bellport began with the ball and lead with a good opportunity from Jonathan Pelaez, but it hit the crossbar.  With 17 minutes in, the Clippers had another chance but were denied.  Mat Sparhuber deflected the ball and there was a corner kick.  After a clearance by the defense, the ball fell to the feet of Kelvin Canales, who launched it with his left foot into the back of the net and Bellport took a 1-0 lead.  They had all the momentum and the crowd behind them.  Only two minutes later the Clippers doubled their lead; after a clearance by Justin Barbecho, the ball fell to Granados, who ran across midfield and into the area, where he dribbled past Sparhuber and made it 2-0.  Eight minutes later Bellport almost made it 3-0, but were again denied.

“It feels great winning for my team; we’re playing hard and leaving everything out there,” said Canales.  With this victory, the Clippers snapped their three-game losing streak and obtained their fourth victory.  “After three hard losses, it feels good to come back and win a game.  We must communicate and believe in each other,” added Barbecho.

Bellport faces Eastport-South Manor today at 4 p.m. at Bellport High School, a team they defeated 2-0 on Sept. 7.  “It’s a big win for the team and we’re ready for ESM – we play with intensity,” said Hampson, who finished with 11 saves. (Courtesy of The Long Island Advance)

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Second game, first victory

(By Andres Rivas, The Long Island Advance 9/21/17)

After a bitter loss last week in Westhampton, where they preserved a lead for most of the game, this week Bellport had one objective in mind, to invade Islip field and ruin their homecoming.  Bellport looked forward to doing damage from the initial whistle.  They took their first victory of the season, defeating Islip 37-20.

“Our coaches were pumping us up because they picked us for homecoming,” said James Highsmith.  In the first quarter, Devin Trent made a 21-yard pass to DJ Trent for the touchdown and Bellport was up 6-0.  They tried to amplify their lead with a two-point conversion, but it wasn’t successful.  The good defensive linemen of Bellport held Islip scoreless through one.

In the second quarter, Islip took the lead.  Junior Valentino Rosselli had a 25-yard rushing touchdown; Kris McDonald converted the extra point.  The Clippers didn’t take long in regaining the lead, Trent (RB) had an 11-yard rushing touchdown and this time around they converted the two-point conversion with a pass from Trent (QB) to Cole Cipp and that was the score at halftime.

After the initial whistle to the second half, the defensive linemen from the Clippers and the Buccaneers held their position and it was a one-possession game heading into the further quarter.  That changed quickly as Nicholas Barry had a one-yard rushing touchdown to give the Buccaneers the lead back, with McDonald once again converting the extra point.  The Clippers kept on fighting and so (RB) Trent had a 54-yard rushing touchdown, for his third touchdown of the day.  Equahn Lewis rushed across the end zone for the two-point conversion.  The Buccaneers failed to go down with ease and so in a kickoff return Justin Ashman rushed for 75 yards, but failed the two-point conversion.  They failed to convert the additional two points and trailed by two points.

The Clippers looked forward to ending the game with a statement.  Trent had his fourth touchdown of the day; this time he rushed for 28 yards into the end zone.  A pass from Trent (QB) to Highsmith made it a 10-point lead for Bellport.  Trent (RB) concluded with 201 yards and four touchdowns.  Bellport added one more touchdown at the end of the game with an interception from DeaSean Jackson, who ran 66 yards.  Ryan Baumann added the additional point.  

Carter Vandekieft had 10 tackles and two sacks.  Baumann also had five tackles and a sack.  Myles Wilson added an interception and seven tackles.

“It feels pretty good.  We needed the win to prove to ourselves and to others that we can get the job done and go all four quarters,” said Trent (RB).

With this victory, Bellport is now 1-1, while Islip falls to 0-2.  Bellport has scored an average of 37.5 points and has allowed an average of 31 points.  With East Hampton’s forfeit, they will be 2-1 and now face Sayville (2-0), who have allowed 14 points in each of their two games and have scored an average of 27.5.  That game will be at Bellport High School next Thursday at 4 p.m.

“We have to come out strong and be aware of our surroundings and we have to defend home field,” added Trent (RB). (Courtesy of The Long Island Advance)

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Two wins for girls volleyball

(By Andres Rivas, Long Island Advance 9/21/17)

Last week, Bellport girls volleyball defeated West Islip and North Babylon.  They began the week fresh off two victories against key opponents like Deer Park and Huntington at home, and looked forward to doing more damage.  

The West Islip Lions concluded last season with an 8-3 record and had begun this season with two victories in two games.  Still, the Clippers took the victory in four sets, 26-24, 27-25, 23-25 and 27-25.

There was a lot of volleyball to be played; three of the four sets went to an additional point.  Senior Alex Krawczyk had three saves, received well eight serves that were hit to her, nine serving points, two defensive digs, 14 assists and nine kills.  Senior Gil Donaghy had a defensive dig, five kills and three dinks.  Senior Kara Rosenberg received well 28 of the serves that were hit to her; she also had 13 defensive digs and 15 good passes.  In the second set, it went to two additional points, with the Clippers winning both.

But the Lions weren’t going down without a fight.

In the third set, it was 23-23 when West Islip put the pressure on as they won the next two points to win the set.  Bellport wasn’t done, as they grabbed the fourth and final set of the game, winning in OT, 27-25.  Junior Jaelyn Conquest had nine kills, 13 effective dinks, 26 blocking assists and one kill.  Junior Alyssa Mantione had nine defensive digs, a save, seven serving points, 23 blocking assists and a team-high 21 assists.  Sophomore Pim Benjatismongkol had four saves, three defensive digs and three kills.  Junior Jamie Trowbridge had seven kills.  “Considering we went into the game both undefeated, it felt great coming out with the win,” said Conquest.

On Monday, Sept. 18, Bellport traveled back home, where they faced North Babylon, who came into this game losing both of their previous season games.  The Clippers defeated the Bulldogs 25-11, 25-13, 25-21.  Krawczyk had 10 serving points, four aces, two kills, 10 serving points and seven assists.  Rosenberg had four defensive digs, defended well four serves and one good attack.  Donaghy had an ace and two serving points.  Tamia Lawson had two defensive digs and three aces.  Karen Barrera and Emma Bautista combined for three serving points, an ace, three assists, a kill and a dink.  Mantione had six assists.  Samantha Murray had two aces and a kill.  Talaya Guirantes had five blocks.  Jordyn LaGrega had two kills and two serving points.  Madison Baumann had a serving point and 10 blocks.

With these victories, Bellport is in sole possession of first place with a 4-0 record and will face Eastport-South Manor next Monday.  Also with this victory, coach Lawrence Auth obtained his 350th victory as a coach in his 22nd year.  “One game at a time.  ESM is a very solid program; we have to be blocking.  They’re solid all the way around and they’re going to be good.  We have to be ready for them,” said Auth.  Courtesy of Long Island Advance

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Saturday, November 18, 2017
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