Local sports schedule

This team looked as if it would be a special one early on
How sweet it is: The Pierson Whalers hailed the school’s first state field hockey championship in 10 tries. Kasey Gilbride (11) scored the title-winning goal; Katherine Matthers, at left, got the assist. W. James Matthers
Katherine Matthers notched one of the Whalers’ goals in the first one-on-one shootout round Saturday. W. James Matthers
Sam Duchemin, Pierson’s junior rookie goalie, “really stepped up” in the two rounds of shootouts that capped the state semifinal with Whitney Point, and shut out Cazenovia in the Class C title game.W. James Matthers

Two games are slated for Ross on Sunday
David Mendez, center, “who’s been wanting to play with us for a long time,” according to John Romero, saw a lot of action at striker for the under-30 team. Jack Graves

The geographical-enrollment realignment would commence this spring
Ed Bahns and Bill McKee, who coaches the varsity boys basketball team, came up with the league realignment idea about a decade ago. Jack Graves
The western boundary for nine East Hampton High School sports teams, beginning this spring, will be Route 83 (Patchogue-Mount Sinai Road).

A large crowd watched the futsal championships at the Sportime Arena
Antonio Padilla, chasing Christian Gonzalez above in Saturday’s men’s futsal final, was the league’s most valuable player. Jack Graves
Anna Strong’s second-half goal, which gave Sportime a 2-0 lead over Los Hamptons in the women’s final at Sportime Saturday night, put her over the top in the goal-scoring competition. Jack Graves

Local sports schedule

The Whalers are to play Whitney Point, a Binghamton-area team
Kasey Gilbride, showing perfect form above during the Long Island Class C final at Dowling College’s sports complex, is a goalie’s worst nightmare. Jack Graves
These four Whalers, Kirra McGowin, Katherine Matthers, Emme Luck, and Kasey Gilbride, made the all-Long Island tournament team.
Pierson’s 1-0 win over Division III’s champion, Miller Place, in the county small schools championship game was presumably a first. Jack Graves Photos

The second set of the match proved to be pivotal
There were some happy moments, especially in the third set of the county Class B final. Jack Graves
Raya O’Neal (7), left. is the first East Hampton High School girls volleyball player to sign with a Division 1 program, according to her coach, Kathy McGeehan. Cassidy Walsh, rising up for a block above with Jenna Budd, right, had an outstanding match versus John Glenn, with five blocks and eight kills. Jack Graves Photos

The news was pretty much all good
“The kids really responded to” Nick Finazzo, above, and Scott Abran, said the seventh-and-eighth-grade team’s head coach, Dave Fioriello. Jack Graves
Dave Fioriello said it’s been a kick to coach the 44-strong undefeated seventh-and-eighth-grade football team this season. Jack Graves

It is the fourth year in the past five that Preiss has qualified for the state meet
Seven of the eight competitors John McGeehan took to the county girls swim meet Saturday posed for a photo last Thursday before jumping into the Y.M.C.A. East Hampton RECenter’s pool. From left, they were Marina Preiss, Lindsey Stevens, Shannon Ryan, Morgan German, Cecilia De Havenon, Isabella Swanson, and Lilah Minetree. Marikate Ryan was missing. Jack Graves Photo