by Karen Costa
With our 3 condensed sports seasons this year, we have already reached the end of the first one, which was winter sports. On Jan. 4 winter track, bowling, fencing and boys swimming began their season and on Feb. 10 (after a 2-day snow delay) boys and girls basketball and wrestling were able to join in. While there was some COVID quarantines and delays, overall, all the seasons were all played and everyone was happy to get back to work. Even without spectators, the energy and enthusiasm of the athletes was apparent on the events that were live streamed for all of us to watch.
Boys swimming ended their season sending 4 swimmers to counties – Aidan Cameron, Alfonso Zavala, Chris Cody and Emilio Diaz all participated in the tournament on Feb. 20. Our swim team is combined with Sayville and each year we get more BBP students involved. Bowling finished up strong and had 2 bowlers achieve post-season honors: Hunter Kramer was named as an All-County bowler and Jack Walch was named as All-League. The BBP/Sayville combined fencing team finished with an 11-0 record and lost in the championships to Newfield. BBP has 1 fencer, Bobby Newbeck, on that team.
Wrestling got off to a late start due to some COVID delays and they finally got their meets in at the end of February. They finished their season with a 2-2 record. For basketball, the varsity and JV teams got in all their games. Boys varsity ended with a 3-3 league record and girls varsity ended with a 2-4 league record. There were lots of really fun, close games for all 4 teams. Boys and girls winter track were able to compete in 3 outdoor meets in January. These are some hardy kids who are running, jumping and throwing outdoors in January.
Looking forward, the traditional fall sports will be played in the next season starting Mon., Mar. 1. As of this printing, all sports are approved to move forward by Section XI and by our school district. The only exception to this is boys golf, which is pushed back 2 weeks and will begin Mar. 15. As per AD Tim Mullins, Section XI has not yet provided information about whether spectators will be allowed. The fall sports include: volleyball, girls swimming, field hockey, cross country, boys golf, girls tennis, soccer and football. Schedules are available on the Section XI website: sectionxi.org. Middle School sports will begin their fall sports on Mar. 22 and include: soccer, football, game day cheerleading, cross country and field hockey. This will be the first season for the middle school and I am sure there will be lots of students anxious to get out and play.
Schedules for MS are also found on the Section XI website.