Taking A Look Back At September: Northport High School

NORTHPORT, New York, October 2

BY: Andrew Wroblewski

Oh, September. With you, come long school days – but, in turn, so come high school sports.

From boys soccer to girls volleyball and everything in-between, Northport High School’s varsity athletes have been on fields, in the gyms and on the courts this season. So let’s see how they’ve looked.

First off, the Northport girls soccer team has been outstanding. Led by senior forward Sabrina Barton with 7 goals this season as of press time Tuesday, the Tigers have put the ball in the back of the net 24 times. Even more incredible, Northport has yet to give up a goal through eight games this season. The Tigers (8-0) are back in action today at 4:30 p.m. in Central Islip (0-7).

Continuing with unbeaten teams, the Northport boys volleyball squad has started the season 5-0 – including 3 shutout victories. Senior Mike McLaughlin has been key for the Tigers so far and will look to continue that today when the team travels to Center Moriches (1-6) for a 6:30 p.m. start.

Also unbeaten is the girls cross country team, which emerged as victors from its three-team meet with North Babylon (0-1) and West Islip (0-1) in September. The girls were in action again on Tuesday against Riverhead (1-0), but they’ll next meet Bay Shore (1-0) at Sunken Meadow State Park in Kings Park for a 4:30 p.m. start.

One loss isn’t bad, right? The football team shouldn’t think so. Through three games this year, the boys have emerged at 2-1 including a big shutout win against Walt Whitman (2-1) on homecoming day. At quarterback, junior Andrew Smith will lead the team to Ward Melville (0-3) for a 4 p.m. kickoff today.

A junior and Northport’s man under center, Andrew Smith has been key for the Tigers so far this season.
A junior and Northport’s man under center, Andrew Smith has been key for the Tigers so far this season.

The girls swimming team – also made up of swimmers from neighboring Commack High School – is in the one-hitter club, too, dropping only one of its meets so far this year. Today the girls will try to keep their winning ways intact when they travel to St. Joseph’s College and take on William Floyd (0-2) at 4 p.m.

With the field hockey sticks, Northport has been a force. The Tigers (5-2) won four of its five via shutout and have relied on junior Noelle Peragine (8 goals) to do the scoring so far this season. On Wednesday, the team took on Commack (4-3) at home, and will next travel to Connetquot (3-5) on Oct. 6 for a 4:30 p.m. start.

Taking down a first place team is an accomplishment the Tigers boys soccer team can put on its résumé: Northport defeated Central Islip (5-1) by a score of 5-3 on Sept. 18. Brandon Egan, senior forward for Northport (3-2-3), has been a force for the Tigers so far, leading Northport in total points with 5. On Wednesday he would look to keep that up during a trip to Smithtown East (5-2-1); and then on Oct. 6 as Northport heads to Walt Whitman (5-2) where it’ll faceoff against the Wildcats for the second time this season at 4:45 p.m.

Ryan Pedersen, a sophomore defender, is one Northport anchors on defense.
Ryan Pedersen, a sophomore defender, is one Northport anchors on defense.

The Lady Tigers have been playing solid tennis. They started the season at 3-3 – thanks to three straight wins to start the season, but with three losses that followed. The girls looked to get back to their winning ways on Tuesday and Wednesday against Walt Whitman (2-5) and Kings Park (1-7); next they’ll welcome John Glenn (5-3) at 4 p.m. on Oct. 6.

So far this season, the boys cross country team has yet to get in the win column, starting the season 0-2. On Tuesday, though, they looked to bounce back against Connetquot (1-1) and then again on Oct. 7 when the boys travel to Belmont Lake State Park in West Babylon at 4:30 p.m. to face Lindenhurst (1-1).

Also struggling through September was the girls volleyball team, which has started the year 0-6. The girls would look to get on track as they traveled to Lindenhurst (1-6) on Tuesday and then again on Oct. 7 when they welcome Half Hollow Hills East (2-5) for a 5:45 p.m. start.

Keep up with The Record week to week for more in-depth Tigers analysis and coverage.

Originally published: Long Islander News: The Record
(Thursday, October 2, 2014;  A28)

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