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Gonatas Named Track & Field Athlete of Year and French Coach of the Year

Track and field awards, Matt French Coach of the year and George Gonatas Athelte of the yearThe U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association has awarded Suffolk County Community College’s George Gonatas from Fort Salonga the NJCAA Division III 2018 Outdoor Track and Field Men’s Field Athlete of the Year Award for the Northeast Region.
Gonatas is ranked first nationally in the shot put and second nationally in both the discus and hammer. His mark of 13.70m (44’-11½”) in the shot put leaves him on top of the Descending Order List by more than one foot.

And that’s not all!

Matthew French, in his seventh year as Suffolk’s Track Coach has been named Northeast Coach of the Year by the USTFCCCA. Coach French has had athletes hit 30 qualifying marks for the NJCAA Division III Outdoor Track & Field Championships this year and his team has sat in first place in the Northeast Region throughout the entire season.

Source: Suffolk County Community College

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Newsday: Suffolk County CC softball advances to NJCAA World Series

The Suffolk County Community College softball team topped Anne Arundel Community College, 6-1, in Arnold, Maryland, in the District H Championship Sunday to advance to the NJCAA World Series for the third consecutive season. They lost in the national championship game last season.

Seeding for this year’s tournament will be announced next Monday, with opening games scheduled for May 17 in Rochester, Minnesota, coach Joe Kosina said.

Karisa Lawrence pitched a four-hitter, did not allow an earned run and struck out 13 in the berth-clinching win. Sabrina Burrus’ first-inning double gave SCCC a 1-0 lead. Cori Augustine added a two-run double later in the inning and Macy Kane’s three-run double in the seventh broke it open.

“She was able to get ahead with her screwball and finish up with the rise ball,” Kosina said of Lawrence.

SCCC is 18-12 this season and 54-1 in the last three years in Region XV and District H play, Kosina said.

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Suffolk County Community College Softball Team 3-Peat

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The Suffolk Softball Team won their 3rd consecutive Region XV Championship on Saturday by beating Nassau in a 2 out of 3 series by scores of 6-0 and 20-2.

In game 1 Region XV Player of the Year Karisa Lawrence threw a complete game 5 hit shutout with 11 strikeouts. Alena Thompson went 2 for 3 with a run scored 2 RBIs and 2 stolen bases. Sabrina Burrus hit a solo home run and Tournament MVP Maison Zumpol was 2 for 3 with 2 runs scored and a sensational home run saving catch that had her tumble over the fence in left center field.

Game 2 was all about the Suffolk offense and reigning Region XV Pitcher of the Year Cori Augustine in the circle. Augustine threw a complete game 4 hitter with 9 strikeouts while giving up 2 unearned runs, she was also 3 for 3 at the plate with 2 runs scored and 3 RBIs. Hazel Hernandez was 3 for 4 with 5 RBIs, Alena Thompson was 3 for 5 with 3 runs scored and an RBI, Maison Zumpol was 4 for 4 with 5 runs scored and Meagan McClinchey was 4 for 4 with 5 runs scored and 5 RBIs that included a Grand Slam.

For winning the tournament the Sharks had 6 members on the All Tournament Team: Maison Zumpol– MVP, Karisa Lawrence, Alena Thompson, Cori Augustine, Meagan McClinchey and Alyssa Kelly.

Now Suffolk goes on the road to play in the District H Championship. Their 1st game will be on Saturday May 5th against Butler Community College, if the team loses they head home if they win they move on to the winner’s bracket game at 2:00 against the winner of Anne Arundel and Massasoit.

Source: Suffolk County Community College Athletics


25-2 Suffolk County Community College Men’s Basketball Team, No. 1 Seed in Region XV Tourney, March 2-4 at Suffolk

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The 2017-18 Suffolk Sharks
From L to R:

(Back row): Asst Coach Kareem Abdur Rahmen, Jonathan Rivera (Brentwood), Ryan Graziano (Dix Hills), Tyree Grimsley (West Babylon), Juwan Veneable (Port Jeff), James Singer (Farmingville), Myquel Matthews (Central Islip), Justin Leonard (Dix Hills), Keith Palmer (Brentwood), Asst Coach George Holmes, Head Coach Victor Correa

(Front row): Jonathan Agostino (Centereach), Jaye Bookhart (Bellport), Darius Townsend (Nesconset), Tyler Hammond (Medford), Jaylin Montalvo (Wheatley Heights), Steven Tynes (Brentwood), Cashwayne Hutchinson (Bronx), Adam Esfandiari (Stony Brook).

The 25-2 Suffolk County Community College Men’s Basketball Team won in overtime Tuesday night (2/20) against Borough of Manhattan Community College, 107-100.

This win solidified the Sharks number one seed position for the Region XV Tournament, March 2 – March 4, to be held at Suffolk’s Brookhaven Gym on the Ammerman Campus in Selden.

The Sharks will be playing the 7:30pm game on Friday, March 2. The team’s opponent has yet to be determined.

All games for the tournament will be live-streamed on the Suffolk County Community College website, at www.sunysuffolk.edu.

A full schedule will be available early next week.

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Suffolk County Community College Sharks Take Silver at National Competition

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Suffolk County Community College Team members and high school graduated from

Top Row left to right:
Leighann Sepulveda (Sachem North HS), Rachel Steck (Comsewogue HS), Corina Bonifacio (Smithtown East HS), Genna Consalzaio (West Babylon HS), Danielle Mignogna (William Floyd HS), Jessica Ferretti-(Sayville HS), Kathryn Fritz (Newfield HS), Stefanie Espey (Islip HS), Jessica Geist (Newfield HS), Destiny Leonard (Riverhead HS), Leah Schweigert (William Floyd HS).

Bottom Row left to right:
Melanie Adams (Ward Melville HS), Gianna Modica (East Islip HS), Katlyn Alger (Sachem North HS), Angelique Scala (Longwood HS), Cameryn Graziano (William Floyd HS), Jessica Maina (Centereach HS), Ciara Meisner (East Islip HS), Alyssa Ambrosio (Kings Park HS), Emily White (Ward Melville HS), Jessica DeStefano (West Islip HS), Sarah Kavanagh (East Islip HS), Samantha Bona (Smithtown West HS).

The Suffolk County Community College Cheer Team placed second in the Open All Girl Division at the Universal Cheerleaders Association (UCA) Nationals held on January 15 at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex in Disney World.

Suffolk faced a tough division of 12 teams. Six went on to the finals. Ten of the 12 other colleges Suffolk competed against were four-year institutions.

In past three years, Suffolk has brought home a bronze and two silver medals. The difference between first and second place at last year’s Nationals was 11.2, this year it was .8 .

“The planning and the rebuilding has already begun and we look forward to heading back to nationals with a vengeance,” said Head Coach Gina Caputo.

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Watch Video of John J. and Kevin Foley Family Scholarship

Watch Video of John J. and Kevin Foley Family Scholarship

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Suffolk County Community College has announced a fundraising effort to endow the John J. and Kevin Foley Family Scholarship, recently established to honor Kevin and his father, who have both been dedicated to supporting the College and its students. This endeavor will recognize the numerous contributions made by two gentlemen who have played major roles in the history of the College over the full course of their careers.

Kevin’s father, John J. Foley, was a remarkable Suffolk County legislator who served his constituents for 18 years — advocating for labor, education and health-related causes. He acted forcefully and believed strongly in the importance of education. John Foley dedicated his life to public service, including tenure as a member of the College’s Board of Trustees.

Any contribution to this worthwhile cause will be helpful and appreciated. Thank you.


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Suffolk Men’s Track and Field Win Season Opener

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Malik Hinds, at right and Daniel Velasquez in the 4 x 400 relay. Hinds was named Men’s NJCAA Division III National Athlete of the Week

The Suffolk County Community College Men’s Track and Field Team kicked-off the season by winning the St. Joseph’s College Spring Opener.

Team highlights include:

  • Ilya Wilson (Islip) placed second men’s 1500 with a time of 4:21.28
  • Daniel Velasquez (Port Jefferson Station) finished third in the 400 hurdles with a time of 59.02
  • The 4 x 400 relay team took silver with a time of 3:40.30; Micah-Assibey-Bonsu (Central Islip), Malik Hinds (Bay Shore), J’Son Hobson (Bellport) and Daniel Velasquez (Port Jefferson Station)
  •  The 4 x 800 took third and fourth; the third place squad came in with a time of 9:17.32 Ryan Evans (Middle Country), Joseph Varca (Sachem North), Michael Neftleberg (Sachem North), Demetrios Caroussos (Smithtown). The fourth place team with a time of 9:41.66 was run by Carols Martinez (Central Islip), Anthony Fernandez (Middle Country), Andres Guerrero (Rocky Point) and Brandon Cotto (Bay Shore)
  • Malik Hinds (Bay Shore) took home the gold in the  Long Jump with a leap of 6.65m
  • Suffolk’s Micah Assibey-Bonsu (Central Islip) placed second in the Men’s Triple Jump with 14.28m jump.

Malik Hinds was named Men’s NJCAA Division III National Athlete of the Week by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA)

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Suffolk’s Tah’Joenae Hinton Named NJCAA Division III Second-Team Region XV All-Star

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by Danielle Shangold

Medford second-year Suffolk County Community College Women’s Basketball player Tah’Joenae Hinton has been named National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) Division III Second-Team Region XV All-Star for the 2016-2017 basketball season.

Only ten women are chosen for the prestigious award from NJCAA Region XV.

Hinton suffered an early season shoulder injury, but returned stronger then ever to complete her last season as a Shark.

Hinton was a team co-captain whose leadership and experience on the court helped her excel.

This season Hinton:

averaged 11.1 points a game
averaged 10.6 rebounds
scored a high of 21 points in a single game
had a high of 21 rebounds in a single game, 8 offensive, 13 defensive

“ Tahj has developed as a player but more importantly has grown as a successful student and a productive young woman with a bright future,“ said Coach Kevin Foley.

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New Honor for Athletic Director & Coach Kevin P. Foley at Suffolk County Community College

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Friends, family and colleagues gathered to celebrate the 40 plus years of service by Coach Kevin P. Foley and his father and former trustee the late Hon. John Foley.

The College is creating an endowed scholarship to honor John Foley and plans to rename the Brookhaven Gym’s Basketball Court in honor of Coach Foley.

See event photos and video

Suffolk County Community College Alumni and Friends can share support and donate online

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Suffolk #1 in Country! Awarded Prestigious Directors’ Cup For National Championship Performance

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Suffolk County Community College Athletic Director Kevin Foley with the 2016 NATYCAA Director’s Cup

Suffolk County Community College athletics is number one in the country and has been recognized by The National Alliance of Two Year College Athletic Administrators (NATYCAA) with the group’s and prestigious NATYCAA Directors’ Cup. The NATYCAA Cup program began in 2004 to highlight excellence in two-year athletics based on success in championship competition. Awards are given to the NJCAA member colleges based on performance at national championship events throughout the academic year. Suffolk bested more than 200 college athletic programs nationally for the award in the non-scholarship Division III collegiate level.

Suffolk County Community College also received national recognition from the National Association of College Director of Athletics  for placing second in the country in the Learfield Director’s Cup standing that is  composed of 538 Division I, Division II, and Division III two-year colleges.
Suffolk County Community College Athletics garnered four national championships this year:

  • National Champions – Women’s Cross Country
  • National Champions – Women’s Track and Field
  • National Champions – Men’s Track and Field
  • National Champions – Men’s Bowling

and placed in the top 10 in other contests, including

  • Men – 5th Place in National Tournament- Cross Country
  • Men – 5th Place in College World Series- Baseball
  • Men – 8th Place in National Tournament- Tennis
  • Women – 3rd Place in National Tournament- Tennis
  • Women – 5th Place in National Tournament- Bowling
  • Women – 7th place  in National Tournament- Soccer

“Congratulations to our student athletes, Athletic Director Kevin Foley, our coaches and the entire athletic department for their continued commitment to excellence and an outstanding nationally-recognized athletic program. I am very proud of our student-athletes who dedicate so much time and effort to excel in their respective sports,” said Suffolk County Community College President Dr. Shaun L. McKay.

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