A Host of Teams Eye the Playoffs

Boys soccer starts with a home game today
Raya O’Neal and Christina Cangiolosi, whose mother, Maude, is at right, celebrated after Monday’s sweep of Amityville. The two seniors received signed volleyballs from their teammates as mementos. Jack Graves

    With the playoffs looming, the East Hampton High School girls volleyball team, led by Raya O’Neal, one of the best all-around players Kathy McGeehan has ever had, swept Amityville in three sets here Monday afternoon to finish the regular season tied with Sayville for the League VI championship at 11-1.

    McGeehan said following Monday’s match that she didn’t know where East Hampton would be seeded among the county’s Class B teams, though she thinks John Glenn, which went undefeated in League VII, will get the top seed and that her team will be seeded second.

    East Hampton is to play a first-round game here on Saturday at 4 p.m., she said.

    East Hampton’s boys soccer team, which won League VI with an 11-1 record, is to play Rocky Point in a first-round county Class A game at 2 p.m. today. The winner is to play the John Glenn-Harborfields winner at the site of the higher seed Monday at 2. The Class A final is to be played at Dowling College next Thursday at 4.

    The girls swimming team, which went 3-2 (5-2) in the regular season, is to compete in the league championships at Hauppauge High School tomorrow at 4:30.

    The boys cross-country team, coach­ed by Kevin Barry, which was the second small school in the division championships last week (and eighth over all among the county’s 52 schools), “the best we’ve done in 11 years,” is to run in the Class B race at the county meet at Sunken Meadow tomorrow at 1:55.

    Shoreham-Wading River, which is the top-ranked B school in the state, won the division race. In finishing as the runner-up East Hampton bested Bayport-Blue Point, the 10th-ranked B team in the state.

    Erick Engstrom led the way at the division meet, finishing 29th over all (among 180 or so runners), after which came Jack Link, who was 33rd, Thomas Brierley, who was 40th, and Adam Cebulski, who was 50th. All four made all-division for having finished among the top 20 in their classification.

    “The top five individuals [at the county meet] will go on to the states, at Queensbury High School on Nov. 9,” said Barry. “Erick and Jack, who have been pushing each other, have a chance. Erick’s probably the sixth man, but from fourth to 10th is really close. It will all depend on who wants it more.”

    When asked about the girls, Barry said, “They were sixth in the divisions, 5 points out of fourth. Dana [Cebulski] and Liana [Paradiso] were all-division because they finished in the top 20. I also heard that Jackie Messemer had a very good race.”

    Asked about a recent 28-team invitational meet at Brown University, Barry said, “We took fourth. Erick was 13th in 16 minutes and 25 seconds and Jack was 15th in 16:35. Dana had a great race. She was fifth in 18:51. At one point she was third, but she hit the wall, I think.”

    “There were teams there from New York City, Rhode Island, Massachusetts, Connecticut. . . . It was a great meet to go to. It’s been a great year.”

    And, finally, the boys volleyball team’s playoff chances hinged on a match it was to have played with Shoreham-Wading River here Tuesday.

    A win would mean the team, coached by Josh Brussell, would play a first-round game at the top Class B seed Monday at 5 p.m. The Class B final is to be played at Westhampton Beach next Thursday at 4.