Coach on Goalie
Brad McCarty, coach of the national champion Messiah College men’s soccer team, whose goalie is Brandon West, a former Bonac star, had this to say by way of e-mail: “One of the things that separates Brandon from everyone else is his work ethic, on and off the field.”
“When it comes to goaltending, his strength and speed give him the athleticism to compete at a high level. Second, he has developed his footwork and technique in the last year and a half, allowing him to be more consistent, and, third, he has the aggressiveness and confidence necessary to play in the goal.”
“I believe he certainly has the potential to play soccer after his collegiate career. It is extremely competitive at the next level, though Brandon brings with him a number of attributes that will transfer to the professional game.”
Shani Cuesta, who coaches East Hampton High’s girls winter track team, in writing about the Jim Howard memorial meet of the past weekend, said her charges turned in 14 personal-best performances.
First and foremost, Dana Cebulski was the small schools runner-up, and fourth over all, in the 1,500-meter race in a personal-best time of 5 minutes and 20/100ths of a second. Cebulski took third among the small school competitors in the 1,000, in 3:10.74.
There were five personal bests in the 55-meter dash, Gabbie McKay’s 8.34 being the fastest of the Bonac times. Annie Schuppe’s throw of 26 feet, 2 inches in the shot-put was a “p.r.,” as was Alexa Berti’s 48.67 in the 300.
The league championships are to be contested at Suffolk Community College-Brentwood on Jan. 26.