William Floyd recently concluded another successful fall athletic season with two varsity teams making deep postseason runs – football and girls’ tennis – and a host of student-athletes taking home postseason awards!
The varsity football team had another tremendous season. Led by head coach Paul Longo, the Colonials had a perfect regular season (8-0) and were ranked as the best large-school football team in New York by the New York State Sportswriters Association (NYSSWA). The Colonials marched through the Suffolk Championship bracket, defeating Central Islip, Sachem East and Ward Melville en route to their 11th Suffolk Championship in program history. The Colonials would fall just shy of winning their sixth Long Island Championship, losing a hard fought battle to Freeport 20-19.
Along with their tremendous season came plenty of individual player accolades.
Keith Winfrey was named to the USA Today 2018 All-USA New York Football Team (First Team). Winfrey along with Nick Silva (linebacker) were also selected to the New York State Sports Writers Association (NYSSWA) 2018 Class AA All-New York State team for defense (First Team). Earning All-New York State Second Team accolades for defense were Gary Anderson (defensive lineman) and Jordan Clinton (defensive back); and earning Third Team honors were P.K. Kite (defensive lineman) and Mack Driver (linebacker). Andrew Minelli, a linebacker, earned an All-State Honorable Mention.
Jordan Clinton received the National Football Foundation Receiver Award given to the most outstanding receiver in Suffolk County. He was honored at the Suffolk County High School Football Coaches Association and by Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone in a special ceremony recognizing Suffolk’s best held at the H. Lee Dennison Building in Hauppauge in late December.
Additionally, Keith Winfrey, Gary Anderson and Nick Silva were named to Newsday’s 2018 All-Long Island First Team. Mack Driver and Jordan Clinton were both named to Newsday’s All-Long Island Second Team. Keith Winfrey, Nick Silva, Gary Anderson, Mack Driver and Jordan Clinton were also named to the All-County team. Mack Driver, Keith Winfrey, Nick Silva, Jordan Clinton, Gary Anderson, Mike Tarry, P.K. Kite, Andrew Minelli and Tyshawn Lopez were named All-Division (First Team) while Corie Crews, Isaiah Sadler and Eddie Longo were named All-Division (Second Team).
Girls’ Varsity Tennis
The girls’ varsity tennis team had another great season under the leadership of two-time United States Tennis Association Coach of the Year Dave Pia, advancing to the second round of the playoffs following a playoff victory over Mattituck. They clinched their 16th consecutive playoff appearance on the heels of a 10-6 regular season record, good for third place in their division.
For their excellent play, Hailey Loughlin and Alyssa Drell earned All-County honors. Chandni Patel and Lindsey Boocock were named to the All-Division team and Saskia DaSilva, Rachel Zummo and Amanda Jones earned All-League honors.
Girls’ Varsity Soccer
Despite missing the playoffs by just one game, the girls’ varsity soccer team finished their 2018 season with an overall record of 9-6-1, including eight league wins. Makayla Willets earned Suffolk County Girls Soccer Coaches Association (SCGSCA) League AA “Goalkeeper of the Year” honors, along with All-State and All-County accolades. Brianna Ditillo and Kamryn Berberich earned All-Division honors.
Along with the individual student-athlete awards, Kaleigh Sidaras, rookie head coach for the girls’ varsity soccer team, was announced as the Suffolk County Girls Soccer Coaches Association (SCGSCA) League AA “Coach of the Year.”
Cristopher O’ Gorman, first year head coach for the junior varsity girls’ soccer team, also took home “Coach of the Year” honors for his efforts.
Boys’ Varsity Soccer
The boys’ varsity soccer team wrapped up their 2018 season with seven League I victories and five individual student-athletes receiving awards. Ethan Loarca earned All-County honors, Sebastian Paniccia was named All-Conference, Jonathan Vanegas and Sebastian Sosa received All-League accolades and Jimmy Mulvaney was named to the All-Academic team. Head Coach: Paul Paniccia
Varsity Field Hockey
The varsity field hockey team saw four student-athletes take home accolades. Emily Mehnert was named to the All-County team. Alexa Denis and Delaney Zurowski were named to the All-Division team and Dara Amaya earned the team’s Unsung Hero award. Head Coach: Maria Carucci
In gymnastics, Katharine Stirber and Brooke Phelps both were All-League gymnasts. Head Coach: Richard Daly
Boys’ Varsity Cross Country
Jecsi Velasquez earned All-League for the boys’ varsity cross country team. Head Coach: Edward Noll
Girls’ Varsity Volleyball
Cassidy Samuelson was named to the All-County team for girls’ varsity volleyball. Head Coach: Matthew VanHorne
Suffolk Zone Award
This award, presented by Suffolk Zone Chapter of the New York State Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance, recognizes two graduating seniors from each high school for outstanding achievement in physical education and academics, displaying great character and leadership qualities as well as conducting themselves as positive role models for their peers. This year’s recipients are Hailey Loughlin (tennis) and Anthony Hristidis (cross country).