All Fall Teams Were Scholar-Athlete Ones

The two with the highest aggregate G.P.A. in that group were field hockey (96.388) and girls swimming (96.072)
Maggie Pizzo, this month’s News 12 Long Island scholar-athlete honoree, will play lacrosse at Yale University, and presumably also the flute, as she did at a national high school band concert in Nashville recently. Jack Graves

    As fall sports were about to give way to winter ones at East Hampton High School last week, Joe Vas, the district’s athletic director, was happy to report that all 11 of East Hampton’s fall teams were scholar-athlete ones given their 90-plus averages.

    The two with the highest aggregate G.P.A. in that group were field hockey (96.388) and girls swimming (96.072).

    Vas said, in reply to a question, that the teachers make themselves available to the students who need extra help each day during the half-hour between the last class and team practice sessions.

    As for the winter, Vas said there would be no bowling, given the fact that East Hampton Bowl is on the market, and that “Riverhead [where the nearest lanes are] is too far for us to go to practice every day.”

    “It’s too bad,” he said, “because bowling is a lifetime sport, but there’s nothing we can do.”

    Shani Cuesta and Luis Morales are to coach the winter girls and boys track teams, whose meets are held at Suffolk Community College in Brentwood. Morales has taken over as the head coach from Chris Reich, who, said Vas, “is upstate now.”

    Bill Herzog, who at one time coached Morales and Reich, will be Morales’s assistant — in the winter and in the spring.

    Steve Tseperkas continues as the varsity wrestling coach, though Sean Zay, a former Bonacker, will be his assistant rather than Louis Russo, who is sidelined at the moment with a back injury. Russo’s expected to coach the middle school team when its season begins in January.

    Bill McKee and his younger brother, Joey, will continue coaching boys basketball — Bill the varsity and Joe the junior varsity. And Howard Wood, who played professionally in Spain for a decade, will continue coaching the girls varsity, assisted by Kelly McKee, the former boys coach at the Ross School, who is replacing Louis O’Neal, Herm Lamison’s assistant now at Southampton High.

    Craig Brierley and Bryan Cunningham continue to coach the varsity boys swimming team.

    East Hampton is combined with the Pierson (Sag Harbor) and Bridgehampton High Schools in boys swimming, wrestling, and girls and boys track.

    Speaking of coaches, Vas said he welcomes calls to the athletic office (329-4143) from anyone interested in coaching the varsity baseball team this spring, given the fact that Ed Bahns, a drivers education teacher, will no longer do so.

    Also on the scholar-athlete front, Maggie Pizzo, a Yale University women’s lacrosse recruit and a flautist who recently became the first East Hampton High School student to perform with the national high school band at the National Association for Music Educators’ conference in Nashville, has been cited by News 12 Long Island as one of its scholar-athletes.

    A News 12 crew interviewed and filmed Pizzo at the high school on Nov. 20 as her parents, John and Mimi, her music teacher, Marilyn Van Scoyoc, and Vas, among others, looked on.

    “She’s very talented,” said Van Scoyoc. “She made the all-New York State band too. We’ve had no one until now who’s made the all-national band.”

    Pizzo is one of four senior female athletes at the school — the others being Amanda Seekamp, a lacrosse teammate of Pizzo’s who’s going to Hofstra, Raya O’Neal, who recently signed a letter of intent to attend Hampton (Va.) University on a full athletic (volleyball) scholarship, and Marina Preiss, who’s to swim at San Diego State — to be tapped by Division 1 schools — a first for East Hampton.

    They and Cort Heneveld, who’s to play lacrosse at the Naval Academy, are to be honored in the school’s library on Dec. 11.