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Winter 2011-2012 Portledge School Athletic Recap

It was the winter of the hardwood as the Portledge Varsity Basketball teams dominated the winter athletic scene. Varsity Girls Basketball led the way by winning a third consecutive IPPSAL Championship, reaching the semifinals of the prestigious NYSAISAA Class C Girls Basketball Tournament and establishing an overall record of 26-2.

This record and the .930 winning percentage that goes along with it are among the finest overall marks in school history. Congratulations to seniors Lisa Dourmashkin ’12 (Locust Valley) and Alexa Lodenquai ’12 (Westbury) who graduate with three consecutive IPPSAL Championships, coaches Skip Amadio, John Greene and Francesca Maiello, and the rest of the Lady Panthers squad. Watch out for this team next winter as sophomore sensation Tamara Simpson ’14 (North Babylon), who is arguably one of the top ten players in the state, returns, along with dominating defensive center Ceci Mulry ’13 (Glen Cove) and lightning quick guard Kristie Kelly ’13 (Oyster Bay).

The Varsity Boys Basketball team went on to win its second IPPSAL Championship in the last three years under head coach Nick Woll. The Panthers final record of 20-4 was one of the best overall seasons for Varsity Boys Basketball in quite some time. Sophomore standout, Terence Simpson ’14 (North Babylon) led the way on the court and in the headlines, as he put together a few really monster games that were well chronicled in Newsday. Seniors Nick Lobley ’12 (Sands Point) and Zack Pilson ’12 (East Northport) were also key contributors to the success of this team. The real stars, however, were the group’s consistent mental focus, hardworking attitude and commitment to overall success. The Junior Varsity Boys Basketball team adds excitement about the future as they, for the first time in a few years, won a series of games in the very challenging IPPSAL JV Boys Basketball League. Look for Zack Kleinwaks ’15 (Glen Cove) and Pat Callan ’15 (Locust Valley) to be varsity stars in the future.

The Varsity Boys Ice Hockey team suffered a bit of a downturn from last year’s mark of 19-4 by going 8-15 this winter. The future looks very bright; however, as the standout forward line of freshman Jeremy Bracco ’15 (Freeport) and sophomores Brandon Fusaro ’14 (Elmont) and Brandon Fortunato ’15 (North Hills) emerged as the next great trio of Panther icemen, worthy successors to the mantle of leadership passed on by last year’s captains Tom Parisi ’11 (Commack), Pat Condon ’11 (Merrick) and Ori Benyamini ’11 (North Woodmere).

The Varsity Girls Ice Hockey team continued on its own rebuilding path by concentrating on the development of a slew of talented young female skaters in the seventh through ninth grades. Rising eighth-graders Emily Appenzeller ’16 (Melville), Payton Matthews ’16 (Oyster Bay) and Nicole Arceri ’16 (Ronkonkoma) were some of the biggest surprises as Appenzeller was tremendous in the nets, Matthews demonstrated great speed and skill on the wing, and Arceri was rock solid on defense. In addition, seventh-grade defenseman Georgia Keogh ’17 (Glen Cove) displayed unlimited potential for the future and the “core of four” ninth-graders, Samantha Horton ’15 (Oyster Bay), Lindsay Miller ’15 (Manhasset), Madison Weller ’15 (Lido Beach) and Grace Keogh ’15 (Glen Cove) provided fantastic leadership for the younger players.

The Varsity Squash team won twice against Friends Seminary from New York City and was very competitive in matches against Poly Prep and Packer Collegiate from Brooklyn. Squash continues to grow as a Varsity program at Portledge and much of the credit goes to the hard work and perseverance of graduating seniors Sam Melman ’12 (Huntington) and Zach Cooper-Vastola ’12 (Roslyn Heights). All in all it was another fine and very positive season for Portledge Athletics.