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Hampton Bays cheerleaders make history

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For the first time since 2020, the Hampton Bays High School competitive cheerleading team has advanced post-season and qualified for the 2024 Suffolk County Championship on Feb. 17. Hampton Bays is also the only team on the South Fork to represent competitive cheerleading at this level.

To earn the spot in the championships, the team finished the season with a school-record overall high average of 70.39 and placed fourth in almost all of their regular season competitions. Finishing in front of Babylon, Hampton Bays will also compete against Southold, Shoreham-Wading River and Mount Sinai at counties.

The Hampton Bays cheer team is led by senior captains Elise Flynn, Allie O'Brien and Maria Recarte and includes two returning leaders from last year, Eden Spellman and Maddie Warn. Other high schoolers on the team include Diana Heming, Emily Lucero, Kiarra O'Hagan and Aoife Sheil. Daniela Gomez, Maya Grieco, Sophia Mazzaraco and Gwyn Reilly were all pulled up to varsity from the middle school team to complete the 2023-2024 roster.

Date Added: 2/6/2024

Hampton Bays track stars set records

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Hampton Bays High School boys and girls winter track athletes have made impressive strides this season.

At the Steve Borbet Invitational, held at the Armory Track in New York City on Jan. 12, juniors Sofia Galvan and Izzy Ospitale and seniors Leah Fassino and Emma Halsey broke the school record by 20 seconds in the 1,600-meter sprint medley relay. They crossed the finish line with an impressive time of 4:36. The previous record was set in 2017.

At the Indoor Track and Field League V Championships on Jan. 20, Halsey broke another two school records. She placed first in the triple jump with a jump of 34 feet, 1.5 inches and first in hurdles with a time of 8.80 seconds, beating her previous school records. Galvan also broke her own school records after placing fourth in the 3,000-meter with a time of 11:23, breaking her record by six seconds, and placing sixth in the 1,500-meter at 5:14, beating her previous time by five seconds.

Meanwhile, the boys track team finished the season fifth overall with 10 All-League performances. Charlie Garcia was the big highlight, winning the 55-meter dash with a personal record of 6.65, which was just shy of the 6.62 school record and one one-hundredth of a second off the standard for nationals. He also earned the title of 300-meter dash league champion with a time of 36.53 and garnered All-League titles in three events with the 4x4 relay team. The 4x4 relay team, comprised of Eddy Benenaula, Garcia, Joffre Proano and Eddie Reyes, finished in second place. Additionally, Michael Poremba finished fourth overall in shot put with a throw of 37 feet, 4.5 inches. Proano earned a personal record in hurdles with a time of 8.84, finishing sixth. He also came in sixth in the triple jump finals with 36 feet, 8.25 inches, and earned All-League titles in the three events. Freshman Erick Ibanez earned All-League as well with a sixth-place finish in the long jump at 17 feet, 8.75 inches.

The Hampton Bays School District extends its congratulations to all the athletes on a job well done.

Date Added: 1/26/2024