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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

3-Peat

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


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

Malik Hinds

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 County Community College Women’s Cross Country National Champs!

photo l to r: Ryleigh Donegan, Bridget Reiffert, Stacey Sinkoff, Kayla Clements, Ashlee Rommeney, Leana Wiebelt, Menely Genao, Coach Matt French

photo l to r: Ryleigh Donegan, Bridget Reiffert, Stacey Sinkoff, Kayla Clements, Ashlee Rommeney, Leana Wiebelt, Menely Genao, Coach Matt French

Anchored by two runners finishing in the top ten, Suffolk County Community College won the 2015 NJCAA Division III Women’s Cross Country Championship last Saturday. The Sharks clinched their program’s second national title and first since 2007.
Freshman Ryleigh Donegan was the first Suffolk County student-athlete to cross the finish line, cracking the top five with a time of 19 minutes, 26.7 seconds. Coming in behind her teammate in sixth place was Sharks sophomore Leana Wiebelt, finishing with a time of 19:35.9.Sophomore Kayla Clements completed the race in 20:06.3, contributing an 11th place finish to the Suffolk County effort. The Sharks other qualifying finishes came from freshman Menely Genao and sophomore Ashlee Rommeney. Genao’s 20:33.3 performance earned 19th place, while Rommeney took 37th with a time of 21:24.2.Suffolk County Community College Athletic Director Kevin Foley lauded the team and Coach Matt French. “Coach French has done a tremendous job rebuilding the Women’s and Men’s Cross Country teams, “Foley said.  “In two short years, through his leadership and dedication, Matt has lead Suffolk Cross Country and Track & Field into the national spotlight.””I and the entire college community are proud of our women’s cross country team and the championship efforts of our scholar athletes and coaches,” said Suffolk County Community College President Dr. Shaun L. McKay.”The ladies handled the expectations from their number one ranking with tenacity and maturity, getting the job done on the day it counted. I am proud of both the women and the men. Definitely a standout season for each team,” Coach Matt French said.

Name Hometown HS grad of: Honors
Kayla Clements Shirley William Floyd All-American (Honorable Mention)
Theresa DeFilippo Patchogue Patchogue-Medford
Nora DiMaria Commack Commack
Ryleigh Donegan Center Moriches Center Moriches All-American (First-Team); USTFCCCA Northeast Region Women’s Athlete of the Year; Region XV Individual Champion
Haley Entenmann Lake Ronkonkoma Sachem North
Menely Genao Port Jefferson Station Comsewogue
Bridget Reiffert Mastic William Floyd
Ashlee Rommeney Ronkonkoma Sachem East
Stacey Sinkoff Mt. Sinai Mt. Sinai
Kristen Starke Eastport Mepham
Leana Wiebelt East Setauket Ward Melville All-American (Second-Team)

Source: Suffolk County Community College


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Suffolk County Community College’s Bowlers Are Academic Champs !

Suffolk County Community College’s Women’s Bowling Team has been honored by the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) as one of the 2014-15 NJCAA Academic Teams of the Year.

Emily Clark of Port Jefferson Station; Emily Halbert of Islip; Jordan Kruger of East Islip; Brianna Meyer of Middle Island; Laura Molloy of St. James and Lena Sorrentino of East Islip were recognized for earning the highest grade-point average – a 3.37 — in their respective sport and gender during the 2014-15 academic year.

Twelve awards were earned by men’s programs and 13 by women’s. Teams are required to compile at least a 3.0 grade-point average to be considered for the honor.

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13 Suffolk Community College Students Athletes Are Academic All Americans

Thirteen Suffolk County Community College student-athletes have been named Academic All Americans by the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA).

Seven of the students were named “superior” for maintaining a grade point average of between 3.8 and 3.99. Six students are “exemplary” for maintaining a grade point average of 3.6 to 3.79.

“All of us at the College take great satisfaction in the accomplishments of these students as they are recognized for their commitment to learning and their passion for competition,” said Suffolk County Community College President Dr. Shaun L. McKay.

The students are:

Name Academic Award Sport Hometown
Courtney Bocchieri Superior Volleyball Bay Shore
Matt Carusillo Superior Cross Country West Islip
Jennifer Cibelli Exemplary Soccer West Islip
Larissa Ellerman Superior Women’s Basketball Sayville
Nick Hennessy Exemplary Golf Stony Brook
Josiah Hoshyla Exemplary Track and Field Hampton Bays
Billie Longo Superior Women’s Softball Bay Shore
Veronica Marino Exemplary Women’s Basketball Lake Grove
Gabrielle Mason Superior Track and Field Westhampton Beach
Mary Kate O’Connell Superior Women’s Basketball Patchogue
Lena Sorrentino Superior Women’s Bowling East Islip
Patrick Stepnoski Exemplary Baseball Southold
Frank Valentino Exemplary Baseball West Islip

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Suffolk County Community College’s Eric Brown ’70 Named NJCAA Division III Regional Coach of the Year.

Suffolk County Community College Head Baseball Coach Eric Brown ’70 of Coram who was inducted into the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) Baseball Coaches Association Hall of Fame last spring, has been named the American Baseball Coaches Association (ABCA)/Diamond Sports Company National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) Division III Regional Coach of the Year.

Coach Eric Brown '70

Coach Eric Brown ’70

Coach Brown is the longest tenured coach of any athletic program at Suffolk County Community College and has led the Sharks for 25 years, amassing an overall record of 587-322-7.

Coach Brown will be honored at the ABCA Annual Convention in Florida next January.

“Coach Brown has once again demonstrated that he is an exceptional leader.  He is a credit to our institution, and I am proud to congratulate him personally and on behalf of the entire College community,” said Suffolk County Community President Dr. Shaun L. McKay.

Coach Brown has led Suffolk to six appearances in the NJCAA Division III World Series (1998, 1999, 2000, 2006, and 2011, 2014) and is a five-time recipient of the Region 15 / District F Coach of the Year Award.

A multi-sport star himself, Brown lettered in three sports – including baseball – as a student-athlete at Suffolk. He was hired to the lead Suffolk’s Baseball program in 1987 and was subsequently inducted into the Suffolk County Community College Sports Hall of Fame in 1993.

Brown is a member of the Suffolk County Sports Hall of Fame and the Longwood High School Sports Hall of Fame.

In addition to his program’s success on the field, the NJCAA Region 15 Umpires Association has awarded Coach Brown’s program its annual sportsmanship award four times.

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Suffolk County Community College in NJCAA Basketball tournament

Live Sharks Telecasts

Live Sharks Telecasts

Watch the men’s and women’s basketball teams compete in the NJCAA tournament starting this Friday. For the National Junior College Athletic Association tournament, this is the schedule of telecasts:

Friday, February 28

5:30 p.m. Men’s Division III Quarterfinal game #3

7:15 p.m. Men’s Division III Quarterfinal game #4

(Highlights of games 1 and 2 will be shown at halftime of games 3 and 4)

Saturday, March 1

2:30 p.m. Women’s Division III Semifinal #1

4:45 p.m. Women’s Division III Semifinal #2

7:00 p.m. Men’s Division III Semifinal #1

9:15 p.m. Men’s Division III Semifinal #2

Sunday, March 2

11:00 a.m. Men’s Division I Final

1:30 p.m. Women’s Division III Final

4:00 p.m. Men’s Division III Final

President Shaun McKay supporting Women’s Basketball Team

These telecasts are a production of Sharks TV in association with the Radio and Television Production program of Suffolk County Community College.

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