Girls Volleyball and Swim Teams Vie for League Titles

The girls swimming team improved to 2-0 in league meets by defeating Sayville 91-77
John Forrester ran an interception back 30 yards to tie the score at 14-14 midway through the third quarter in Monday’s game here with Port Jefferson. Craig Macnaughton

East Hampton High’s junior varsity football team gave pretty much as well as it got in Monday’s game here with Port Jefferson, which wound up a 28-20 winner as night was about to fall.

The Bonackers scored on their first possession, owing to a long run by Christian Johnson, to which Kevin Bunce Jr. tacked on 2 more points, but were held scoreless throughout the rest of the half.

Port Jefferson made it 14-8 six seconds before the break, thanks to a long touchdown reception, but midway through the third John Forrester, the free safety, intercepted the visitors’ quarterback and ran the ball back 30 yards to tie it at 14-14.

Following another long scoring pass play by Port Jeff, Danny Ortiz tied the count again, at 20-20, carrying the ball in from the 20 after Rene Criollo had recovered a fumble. 

A 58-yard hook-and-ladder play that ended at East Hampton’s 20 served to do the Bonackers in in the game’s final minutes as, with first-and-goal at Bonac’s three-yard line, the Royals’ quarterback dived into the end zone. He then passed for 2 more points, upping the visitors’ lead to 28-20 with 56 seconds remaining on the clock.

“It’s not over yet,” a Bonac parent was heard to call out in the gloaming. But it was.

In other high school sports action this past week, the girls swimming team improved to 2-0 in league meets by defeating Sayville 91-77; the girls volleyball team continued undefeated as the result of defeating Islip, Miller Place, and Sayville; the girls tennis team bageled Shoreham-Wading River 7-0 and edged Eastport-South Manor 4-3; the field hockey and girls soccer teams each won twice, while the boys soccer team lost twice, to Sayville and Islip, by 1-0 scores, and the boys volleyball team, which as of Monday had yet to win a match, lost 3-1 to West Islip.

The golfers, on Sept. 26, lost their first match of the season, 8-1, at the hands of Westhampton Beach, the home team that day. They’ll get a chance to avenge themselves this afternoon at the South Fork Country Club in Amagansett.

Sophia Swanson was named swimmer of the Sayville meet last Thursday after having won the 200 individual medley and having swum legs on two winning relay teams. She placed third in the 100 butterfly, East Hampton’s coach, Craig Brierley, said, “even though her goggles filled with water, causing her to pull them off mid-swim.”

Julia Brierley, in the 50 freestyle, and Darcy McFarland, in the 100 backstroke, turned in county-qualifying times that day. As of Tuesday, seven of the team’s swimmers have turned in county-qualifying times.

Aside from Swanson, other Bonac individual winners at the Y.M.C.A. East Hampton RECenter last Thursday were Oona Foulser, in the 50 and 100 freestyle races, and Jane Brierley, in the 100 backstroke. Two of East Hampton’s three relay teams won — Caroline Brown, Julia Brierley, Swanson, and Foulser in the 200 medley relay, and Foulser, Caroline Hoff, Swanson, and Julia Brierley in the 200 free relay. East Hampton, with Olivia Brabant, McFarland, Emma Wiltshire, and Camryn Hatch, placed second in the 400 free relay, but forwent the points.

In the girls volleyball team’s 3-1 win over Sayville Monday, Elle Johnson, the setter, had 40 assists and 18 digs. Mikela Junemann had 15 kills, Madyson Neff 12, and Ella Gurney eight. Gurney, the middle hitter, was also credited with seven blocks. Molly Mamay, the libero, had 30 digs and served three aces. 

The set scores were 25-18, 25-23, 24-26, 25-19. As of Tuesday, Kathy McGeehan’s team led League VI at 7-0. The Bonackers were 8-0 over all.

Sophia Swanson, who had to jettison her goggles mid-swim, placed third in the 100 butterfly but was first in three other races here last Thursday. Craig Macnaughton