BOE honors winter athletes

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During their May 17 meeting, the South Country Board of Education honored five athletes for their accomplishments during the winter sports season.
Ella Masem, Samir Bell, Cadence Howard, Jaiden Green and Camryn Howard each received certificates of recognition. Masem earned accolades for setting a new state record with the Section XI state intersectional relay team, and Bell received kudos for being named to the All-Long Island First Team for basketball along with leading his team to a Division 2 season championship. Siblings Cadence and Camryn Howard were acknowledged for their achievements on the wrestling mat. Both earned All-State honors, and Cadence was one of the first female wrestlers to compete in the New York State Public High School Athletic Association’s inaugural all-girls wrestling invitational tournament. Green received distinction for being an All-State wrestler.
The athletes’ coaches — Alic Johnsen, track; Peter Grossi, boys basketball; and Chuck Maragioglio, wrestling — were also acknowledged for their accomplishments along with athletic trainer Gina Harris, who was presented with the prestigious Henry Schein Medical Athletics and Schools 2023 Rising Star Award.

Date Added: 5/23/2023

Big Win for Girls Lax Team

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Congratulations to the varsity Girl's lacrosse team on their win last night against John Glenn. Their 13-4 win secured a draw in the Section XI playoffs for the first time in program history. The team finished with a regular season record of 10-6. This is one of the better records in program history. Good luck to the girls as they prepare for playoffs. The first-round playoff game time and location will be available at Congratulations to first-year coaches Courtney Pabst and Erin Cawley.

Date Added: 5/11/2023

Senior baseball players thank inspiring staff

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Appreciation was in the air as nine Bellport High School senior baseball players recently paid tribute to the staff members who made a major impact on them during their time in the South Country School District. The players each lent them their game jersey to display or wear on May 8 for their senior game.

Date Added: 5/10/2023

Bellport athletic trainer earns Rising Star Award

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South Country School District’s head athletic trainer, Gina Harris, has been recognized with a prestigious Henry Schein Medical Athletics and Schools 2023 Rising Star Award.

Harris was recognized as a distinguished athletic trainer following an application and nomination process. She was nominated by Bellport High School junior Brynn Johnson, who participates in a training program in which she shadows Harris.

The entire South Country school community is lucky to have the honor to call Gina Harris our athletic trainer,” said Patrick Hayes, the district’s director of health and physical education. “Mrs. Harris goes above and beyond on a daily basis to ensure that all athletes remain safe and return to play as quickly as possible. For her, it is more than a job; it is about the longstanding relationships that are forged here at Bellport High School. You cannot help but think of Gina when you hear of Bellport athletics.”

In honoring Harris, Henry Schein Athletics noted a few of her many contributions to Bellport High School, including running the athletic department’s rehabilitation programs, attending doctor’s appointments with her athletes, establishing a cardiac screening day for athletes, creating a summer workout program and developing her own work-based learning program, where students have the opportunity to shadow her.

“I feel incredibly fortunate for the opportunity to make a greater impact and to be an ambassador for this astounding profession,” Harris said of the recognition. “Thank you to Henry Schein Athletics and my community for recognizing me as the 2023 Rising Star. I'm honored to have even been nominated, and I'm beyond proud to be given a chance to represent such a supportive community.”

Harris, who started her career in South Country in August 2017, completed her undergraduate studies at SUNY Cortland and graduated with a Bachelor of Science in athletic training in 2013. She worked as an assistant athletic trainer at LIU Brooklyn while working on her Master of Science in exercise physiology and sports nutrition. As part of the LIU program, she worked with high-caliber athletes, including two-time Olympic medalist and world champion Brendon Rodney.

Harris is currently enrolled in a Master of Science program at Northeast College of Health Sciences to specialize in applied clinical nutrition and improve the necessary skills involved with injury prevention, recovery and sport performance.

The South Country School District extends its congratulations to Gina Harris on her impressive achievement.

Date Added: 4/11/2023

Bellport Softball Players Recognized

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The South Country School District congratulates senior Alexis D’Altorio and junior Aarilin Pitre for being named to Newsday’s Top 100 Long Island Softball Players list. Alexis was named for hitting a .480 with 15 RBIs and making 15 runs and stealing eight bases last season. Aarilin was recognized for batting a .365 with honors and 18 RBIs, making 24 runs and stealing 11 bases last season.

Date Added: 4/7/2023