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 (reprinted courtesy of Long Island Advance 9/2916)

Halfway through their 2016 regular season schedule, the Clippers have built a four-game winning streak and are proving a growing contender among the 13 varsity football teams in Suffolk Division II.

Ben Erkan and his teammates want to enjoy repeated success during his senior season.  “It definitely feels [good] to be winning again,” said Erkan, a senior linebacker-fullback. “The guys have been putting in a lot of work and it definitely pays off. There is a lot of joy. Our community is excited. In the beginning, a lot of people doubted us. Now we are getting the community together again.”

The 2016 Bellport players are all eager to redeem themselves because they recall the team’s dismal 1-7 season a year ago. The Clippers are the highest-scoring Suffolk team (averaging 45.6 points per game) and have a versatile offense sparked by senior quarterback Jimmy Morrell, wide receiver Dequan Wilson and sophomore running back D.J. Trent, who has scored a touchdown in every game.

After opening with a 28-7 victory over 12th-seeded Smithtown East, the 10th-seeded Clippers have dominated 11th-seeded Centereach 36-20, 13th-seeded Copiague 56-0 and sixth-seeded Deer Park 63-6. Head coach Joe “Sonny” Cipp is pleased, but he’s not bragging.  “We have a low seed and are playing weak teams,” said Cipp. “Our opponents are 4-10. We are upbeat and in good spirits, but we have beaten the teams we are expected to beat. We had dogfights in two of them [against Smithtown East and Centereach].”

The Clippers are also a big favorite for their fifth game, hosting winless Riverhead Saturday at 2 p.m. at Joe Cipp Field. Eighth-seeded Riverhead is scoreless in its three games.  Erkan, a 5-foot 8-inch, 165-pounder, is proving a steady team leader and a persistent aggressive defender. “Our biggest leader vocally is Ben Erkan,” said Cipp.  “He is not that big, but he is all over the field [and has] a lot of energy.”

Erkan has made a team-high 42 tackles (22 solo hits), three sacks and an interception.  “I try my best on every play,” said Ekan. “We say ‘JYD.’ That means Junkyard Dogs [a longtime nickname for Bellport defenders]. We say that a lot around here. It means a lot to us.”  Stephen Schwicke, a former All-County defender for the Clippers, keeps the defenders motivated, said Erkan. Other leading tacklers include Rocale Reyes and Jake Gennusa.  Morrell, an agile QB, has helped produce 17 touchdowns in the first four games.  He has completed 29 of 52 passes for 646 yards, 10 TD passes and one interception. Morrell has rushed 41 times for 325 yards and seven touchdowns.  “He is active and fast,” said Cipp. “He is definitely the leader of the offense. Jimmy has improved his escape-ability in the pocket and he is maturing in fundamentals.”  For the rushing attack, Trent has gained 345 yards and five TDs on 39 carries for offensive coordinator Jamie Fabian. Wilson has caught 11 passes for 329 yards and kicked 11 extra points. Justin Rountree has grabbed eight passes for 185 yards.  As for the defense, Ryan Baumann has three sacks and 18 tackles. Defensive tackles Issaiah Wallace and Shawn McGorty also contributed, along with Anthony LaGrega, Cole Cipp, Nicky Cornacchiulo, James Highsmith and Teandre Rountree.

Erkan knows the Clippers still have to challenge second-seeded West Islip and fourth-seeded North Babylon.  “Our schedule is going to get harder,” said Erkan. “We have to keep evolving and working hard.” 



Bellport Standout Joins Texas Tech Women's Basketball

 (reprinted courtesy of Long Island Advance 5/26/16)

Aurella Guirantes feels more confident, more mature and she feels happy to join a new family atmosphere. One of the premier athletes in Bellport history, Guirantes has chosen to continue her basketball career by signing with Texas Tech. She's gained a full athletic scholarship and will soon attend summer school on the Lubbock campus.

"I really like the fit," Guirantes said. "I wanted to go to a big-time school and this is an opportunity to make a big impact [as a freshman]." She was recruited by more than 30 colleges and selected the Lady Raiders. Her other two final college choices were Rutgers and Louisiana State. "I am really looking forward to the challenge; I have no doubts in my body," she said.

Texas Tech coach Candi Whitaker arranged for Guirantes to pose for color photos wearing her new jersey. "Arella is an elite scorer," said Whitaker. "She has the ability to score at all three levels and has great instincts on both ends of the court. I love her vision and passion for the game." Currently, she's back home practicing at the Boys and Girls Club of the Bellport Area with her father, Robert. She completed a post-graduate season at an elite prep school in Florida. She averaged 33 points, 13 rebounds, 3.5 assists and 2.6 blocks for IMG Academy. During her final Bellport season, she made first-team All-State and became a 2,000-point career scorer in Suffolk County.

National recruiting services ranked the 5-foot-11-inch wing as the No. 44 prospect in the country and judged her the No. 17 wing in 2016 by ESPNU HoopGurlz. Recruiting analyst Dan Olson of ESPNU described her: "A proven scorer with deceptive quickness; fills the state sheet with consistent mid-range production; triple threat athlete; exploits the defender, draws contact and delivers at the charity stripe; among the elite scorers in the class of 2016."

Guirantes said Texas Tech made her feel at home and she's confident she can adjust more than 1,000 miles from home. "I think it might be fun," she said. "I will be fine. Florida [living in a dorm at IMG Academy with many new people] was a test to see if I was comfortable being away from home. I was able to do it." Starting in November, Guirantes will get a repeated taste of top-level NCAA Division I basketball competition in the Big 12 Conference. Texas Tech will challenge nationally ranked teams like Baylor, Texas and Oklahoma.

Suffolk Zone Awards Recipients - James Jankowski and Natisha Scott

The Suffolk County Chapter of the NYS APEHRD annually recognizes one male and one female physical education student from each high school for outstanding leadership, character and overall success in physical education. The awards are chosen by the high school physical education staff.

This year's Suffolk Zone Award Recipients are James Jankowski and Natisha Scott.




Pictured, left to right, Mr. Nelson Briggs, Asst Superintendent for Personnel and General Administration, James Jankowski, Natisha Scott and Mr. Robert McIntyre, Athletic Director.







Suffolk Zone Awards Recipients - Nick Fountis and Courtney Pabst

The Suffolk County Chapter of the NYS APEHRD annually recognizes one male and one female physical education student from each high school for outstanding leadership, character and overall success in physical education. The awards are chosen by the high school physical education staff.

This year's award recipients are Courtney Pabst and Nick Fountis. 

Nick is an All-state football player and captain. He is also standout lacrosse player. Nick demonstrates leadership on and off the field and exemplifies what it means to be a student athlete. Nick is ranked 25th in his class and has a 94.32 average. 

Courtney is the second Pabst to win this award. In 2011 her sister Caitlyn also received this award. Courtney is a three sport athlete who recently signed a national letter of intent to play lacrosse at Pace University. Courtney is a standout soccer player, an avid runner and an exceptional lacrosse player. She is a leader amongst her peers and epitomizes what it means to be a student athlete. Courtney is ranked 24th in her class, has a 94.36 average.

Both Nick and Courtney have had a perfect 100 physical education average throughout high school.


Varsity Football

The varsity football team finished the regular season as Division 2 Champions and Big Four Champions. 

Coach Joe Cipp III was awarded Coach of the Year for division 2.

The following football players received All-County honors after the 2014 fall football season:

Andrew Trent received special recognition from the Suffolk County Football Coaches Association for being voted as the most outstanding receiver in Suffolk County. He broke school records for most receiving yards in a single season this year and most career yards. Andrew was also voted "All-State" by the New York State Sports Writers Association.

Conor Haverty made school history this season by surpassing John Fernandez (1996) as the leader in career total tackles making him the second player ever to record over 300 tackles. Conor is a two year All-County player and a three year varsity starter.

Adrien Del Rosario - Ranked second this season in tackles and second in rushing yards. While other players seemed to get recognition for their accolades on the field, Adrian went quietly about his business. The coaches of Division 2 took notice of him and unanimously voted him all-county. Adrian played a key role in winning the division title.

Nick Fountis is a team leader who started at quarterback for the past 3 years and broke the school record as a kicker for successfully kicking 59 extra points. His leadership on and off the field also earned him "All-State Honorable Mention" by the New York State Writers Association.




The volleyball team finished the season 12-0 in league 4 and earned the title undefeated league 4 champions. 

Samantha Colombo is a four year varsity volleyball player. She is an outside hitter and Captain. She was named Team MVP, League MVP, All-County and Suffolk County Elite 8. She ranks #3 all-time in career digs with 860. Sam was the focal point of our offense. 

Toni Parenti - Is a four year varsity player. Setter, Captain, Team MVP, All-County and has the following career stats: Ranked #2 all-time in serving percentage at 96.06%, Ranked #2 in assists in a season with 587 and Ranked #1 all-time in career assists with 1,426. 

Hailey Wagner - Right Side/Setter, Academic All-County. At the All-County dinner Hailey was recognized as the number 1 academic volleyball player in Suffolk County. Last spring she was recognized as an "Academic All-American" in lacrosse. This fall Hailey applied for the Wendy's High School Heisman Award which is awarded to one male and female student in each high school in New York State. There are over 1000 public and private high schools in New York State. Out of all those students Hailey was chosen as the number 1 female award recipient in the state. Hailey is a tremendous 3 sport athlete and has excelled academically to the top of her class and the top of New York State. Earlier this fall Hailey signed a National Letter of Intent to play division 1 lacrosse at Marist College.


League Sportsmanship Award Fall 2014

The following teams received the league sportsmanship award for the fall 2014 season:

* Varsity Boys' Cross Country

* Varsity Boys' Soccer

* Middle School Boys' 8th Grade Football


New York State Scholar Team

The following teams received the New York State Scholar Team distinction:

* Girls' Varsity Tennis

* Girls' Varsity Soccer

* Girls' Varsity Cross Country

* Boys' Varsity Cross Country

* Girls' Varsity Volleyball


New York State Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance Conference

Kreamer Street Phys Ed Teacher, Kerry Hogan, was asked to be a presenter at the 77th annual NYS AHPERD Conference, (NYS Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance). Kerry presented on the use of technology in the physical education setting. Kerry is the first physical education teacher from the South
Country School District to present at a State Conference.


Fall Sports Update - October 17, 2014

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Board of Education Honors Bellport Athletes Satchel Johnsen and Matt Posch

At the June 18th Board of Education meeting, Bellport athletes Satchel Johnsen and Matt Posch were recognized for their outstanding accomplishments.

Satchel Johnsen: Satchel is a three year captain of the Boys Golf Team and has attained many honors as a Bellport golfer. Some of those honors include: 2014 league champion, four time All-Division golfer, three time All-Conference golfer, two time All-County golfer and two time player in the NY State Golf Championships. Satchel is ranked 15th in his class academically and will be attending Messiah College in the fall, where he will continue his golf career.

Matt Posch - The BOE recognized Matt Posch as the most accomplished Boys Lacrosse player in school history. Matt finished his career with 234 total offensive points. As a freshman, Matt was rookie of the year in conference two. He was named All-Division four times, All-County three times and is a three year Team captain. Matt signed a Division I scholarship to play lacrosse at Sacred Heart University. Matt is ranked 28th in his class academically.



Bellport Athletes Participate in Special Olympics Spring Games

On Sunday May 18th, nine athletes from Bellport High School and Bellport Middle School participated in various track and field events at the Special Olympics Spring Games hosted by Southampton High School.  Athletes from a variety of Suffolk County Schools competed for gold, silver and bronze metals.  Mr. Patronaggio and Mr. Grossi volunteered to chaperone the event and were joined by high school students from the “Athletes Helping Others” club.  

The athletes trained for a month in various events with Mrs. Clark at Bellport HS and Mr. Giacomin at Bellport MS.  At the games, the athletes were cheered on and supported by the “Athletes Helping Others” club, Mr. Patronaggio, Mrs. Quatrale, Mr. Grossi, Mrs. Bodnarchuk, and Mrs. Giacomin.
Our athletes did an excellent job and are looking forward to next year’s competition.  Below is a list of participating athletes:

Bellport High School
Deanna Boylan: 1 silver medal
Jillian Kelvas: 2 gold medals
Joe Maddalone: 2 gold medals
Kyshauwn Maynes: 1 gold medal
Bellport Middle School
Thomas Spiotta- 2 gold medals
Sa'Von Liggins- 1gold, 1 bronze
Ethan Wilson- 1 gold 1 silver
Taishawn Augustin 1 gold 1 bronze
Jimmy Garcia  1 gold 1 silver
Congratulations and good luck next year! 



Bellport High School Senior, Haley Gibbons, signs "Letter of Intent"

Bellport High School Senior, Haley Gibbons, signed her "letter of intent" to play college soccer at Queens College, a Division II University.


Bellport Dance Team Places 2nd in Nationals

The Bellport High School Clipperettes Dance Team placed second in the NDA National Championship Competition, recently held in Orlando. Outsized by most of their competitors, the Clipperettes worked hard to be a viable force in the competition finals. Click here to read the article in the Long Island Advance 3/26/14


Bellport Wrestling Wins Glen Cove Cup

Under the direction of Wrestling Coach Chuck Maragioglio, Bellport Varsity Wrestling won the Glen Cove Wrestling Tournament on January 11th.  Click here to read the article from the Long Island Advance 1/14/14


All-State Linebacker, Honorable Mention 2012 and 2013

Congratulations to Bellport High School Senior, Connor Cipp, who made Honorable Mention All-State Linebacker for the 2012 and 2013 seasons.   In addition to his football achievements, Connor excels in the academic field as well, proudly earning the following accolades during his High School career.  

Three- time All-Division Football player 2011, 2012, & 2013
Two-time All-County Football player 2012 & 2013
Two-time All-State football player 2012 & 2013
National Football Foundation College Hall of Fame Top Scholar-Athlete member (inducted 2012)
Suffolk County Academic All-Division 2011, 2012, & 2013
Runner-up for the LaBue Award (Suffolk County football top scholar-athlete)
Ranked #3 of 360 in his class academically.
HOBY Hugh O'Brian Youth Leadership Award Ambassador 2012
Rensselear Medal Award Top Math /Science Student 2013
National Honor Society Vice President 2013
Math Honor Society Treasurer 2012 & 2013
Science Honor Society 2011, 2012, & 2013
National Latin Exam Summa Cum Laude perfect score 2012
National Latin Exam Magna Cum Laude 2013
Science & Research Awareness Series Program (SARAS) SUNY at Stony Brook 2013
Perfect 800 score on SAT II math II exam 2013


Board of Education Commendations

Bellport High School Students and Varsity Girls Volleyball Coach Larry Auth were recognized at the January 8th Board of Education meeting.  Superintendent of Schools, Joseph Giani and Board President, Chris Picini, presented certificates to the following :

Mariah Jno Charles- All County, Girls Cross Country
Connor Cipp- All County, Football
Arella Guirantes- All County, Volleyball
Connor Haverty- All County, Football
 Chris Swenson- All County, Boys Cross Country
Matt Posch- NYSAHPERD Suffolk Zone Award
Nina Puglisi- NYSAHPERD Suffolk Zone Award
Coach Larry Auth - 300 Victories for Girls Varsity Volleyball.


All County Honors

Congratulations to the following students, who attained All-County honors in their respective sports during the fall of 2013.

Mariah Jno Charles – Cross Country

Connor Cipp – Football

Connor Haverty – Football

Arella Guirantes – Volleyball

Christopher Swenson - Boys Cross Country

Bellport Star Scores her 1,000th Point

Congratulations to Arella Guirantes, Bellport High School Varsity Girls Baskeball star, who scored her 1,000th point recently in the recent Bellport vs. Shoreham-Wading River game.  Arella sank a free throw 16 seconds into the fourth quarter of the game at Shoreham-Wading River High School, becoming the third player in Bellport history to reach the 1,000-point mark. The game was stopped and her achievement was announced on the public-address system.  Click here to read the article in the Riverhead Review.

NYS AHPERD Suffolk Zone Awards - Nina Puglisi & Matt Posch

On December 4th, Matt Posch and Nina Puglisi were recognized by the Suffolk County Chapter of the New York State Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance (NYS AHPERD) for outstanding achievement in physical education.  Each year every high school in Suffolk County selects one male and one female senior for the Suffolk Zone Award.  Matt and Nina received their award and recognition at a dinner held at the Hyatt Regency in Hauppague.  There were over 600 people in attendance.



Fall National Signing Day - Megan Schaffer and Matt Posch

On November 13, Fall National Signing Day,  Megan Schaffer and Matt Posch were honored by the Bellport Athletic Department with a formal scholarship signing event.  Matt signed his letter of intent to attend Division 1 Sacred Heart University to play lacrosse.  Matt is an honors student ranked 30th in his class.  Matt was the Suffolk County rookie of the year in 2011 and was named All-County in 2012 and 2013.  Megan, a standout defensive lacrosse player, signed her letter of intent with Division 2 Franklin Pierce University.  Megan has a 95.8 GPA and is ranked 19th in her class.

Arella Guirantes - Division One Basketball Prospect

On Sunday, October 27th, Arella Guirantes raised her stock as a Division 1 Basketball prospect.  During the Metro Classic, Long Island verse New York City, Arella led all scorers with 20 points and was named the MVP after Long Island beat NYC 88 – 82. Guirantes, only a junior, is in conversation with many Division 1 schools and has yet to make a decision.  Some of the players that she competed with and against on Sunday are already committed to schools such as Duke, South Carolina, Michigan and Delaware.  Arella competes all year in AAU travel basketball tournaments all over the country.  This past summer she played in the junior nationals in Washington D.C., The Nike, Adidas, and Harlem “Goat” tournaments.  Arella is a scholar athlete that is making her family and Bellport proud.  


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