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All-Sachem Patch Winter 2010-11 Selections

A look at the top athletes in Sachem from the past few months.

The following athletes have been selected as part of the All-Sachem Patch team for the winter of 2010. Every athlete on this list was selected by the coaches at Sachem High Schools East and North.

Please note, all of these athletes were selected by the coaches in the Sachem Central School District.

To see a list of our inaugural All-Sachem Patch players from the spring of 2010,  or from the fall of 2010, .

First Team

Dave Brown, Sachem North basketball: Brown, a senior forward, ranked third in League II with a 13.8 point per game average. “Dave made incredible progress from his junior to senior years,” North coach Tom Mullee said. “He led the team in both scoring and rebounding and was a unanimous all conference selection as a senior.” Brown had 22 rebounds in a game at Hills East this year and a career-high 24 points at Connetquot.

Dan Candemeres, Sachem East basketball: Candemeres was one of the top players in Suffolk County this season. He was the first player in Sachem East boys basketball history to be named all-county, all-conference, all-league. This season he averaged 19.5 points per game and was fourth in Suffolk County in three-point shots made with 53.  He finished his Sachem career with 956 career points, ranking him as the all-time leading scorer at Sachem East.

Kayla Cataldo, Sachem North track & field: Cataldo was a New York State championship meet qualifier in the pole vault. She was also all-county and a New York State Scholar Athlete. A two-time nationals qualifier (school record in sprint medley relay in 2010 and 2011), she set the school record in the pole vault.

Brittany Christiansen, Sachem East track & field: She was a League I and Suffolk County runner-up in the shot put and placed third at the Long Island championships. Christiansen ranks sixth in New York and currently has a school record of 39-03.75. In the weight throw, she placed second at the Long Island championships, competed at the Millrose Games, and ranked fourth in the state. She placed 23rd at nationals and holds the school record of 44-08.00.

Katie Doherty, Sachem East basketball: As a freshman, Doherty is following in the footsteps of some familiar family members. She's dominant and along with the other underclassmen on her team, will help wreak havoc over the rest of Suffolk County for years to come. She was named All-League this season.

Meagan Doherty, Sachem East basketball: The junior is one of the most underrated players in Suffolk County and easily East's MVP this past season as the Arrows found themselves back in the county championship. "Her game savvy is formidable and if she becomes pain free, her senior year will be an eye-opener for those who doubt her ability," said East head coach Matt Brisson.

Dan Donaghy, Sachem East swimming: He was Sachem East's county championship star with four personal bests, three team season bests and one school record. He was also an All-County selection.

James Donlevy, Sachem North swimming: Donlevy, a sophomore, was all-county in the 50 and 100 freestyle. He came in second at the county championships in both the 50 and 100 freestyle and only lost those events once during the regular season. His best 50 time is 22.05 and 100 time is 48.66. 

, Sachem East basketball: A freshman, she plays well beyond her years. She will help East be a force in League I over the next three seasons. Everson was named All-League this season.

Nick Gallina, Sachem North basketball: A three-year varsity player and all-conference selection, Gallina averaged 10.8 points per game. “Nicky was the consummate point guard,” North coach Tom Mullee said. “He could handle any pressure, go by guys at will, finish around the rim, and find shooters. Other teams game planned to stop Nicky." In addition, he led the team in assists and contributed with rebounding.

Alyssa Genduso, Sachem East track & field: Genduso was all-league and all-county in the long jump. She was runner up at the county and Long Island championships and holds the school record in the long jump with a leap of 18-03.25. This season she ranked seventh in the state and placed 12th at the state championships. In the 55-meter dash, she was a League I runner up and placed fifth at the county championships. In the pole vault she placed third at counties.

Brandon Hayes, Sachem North track & field: The junior ran the 1,600-meter event in 4:49.25.

Rachel Paul, Sachem East track & field:  Paul will go down as one of the top runners in Sachem history. She was all-state, all-county and all-league this past winter. She was a league, county and Long Island champion in the 1,500-meter run. She also won county titles in the 600-meter run and 1,000-meter run. Paul took first at the Molloy Stanner Games and Rhode Island Classic and placed fifth at states in the 1,000. She placed seventh at nationals in the 800 and set school records in the 600, 1000 and distance medley relay. She also was fifth at the Millrose Games, and ranked eighth in the U.S. in the 800-meter run.

Christine Malinowski, Sachem East bowling: A senior, she was the top bowler on the team this year. In six seasons, she was a six-year scholar athlete, two-time all-league selection, and a one-time all-county selection. Malinowski had a 190 average, a 279 high-game and a 708 high series. “She was a key bowler on our team for six years,” said head coach Dianne Groneman. “Her leadership and outstanding bowling will be hard to replace.”

Mike McCarthy, Sachem North wrestling: The senior 215-pound wrestler was 28-10 this season and placed in five Tournaments. He won the Islip Cup, was a League II champion and finished sixth in Section XI.

Frank Merante, Sachem East wrestling: Merante was the epitome of perseverance this season. After suffering a torn ACL in late August, he underwent reconstructive knee surgery and came back on a tear winning all of his matches in the regular season and capturing the 171-pound League I title for the second consecutive season. He entered the county tournament as the fifth seed and wrestled to the finals where he lost to eventual state champion Chanse Menendez of Hauppauge. He finished with a 23-1 record in 2010-11.

Jeremy Milito, Sachem East bowling: Possibly the best boys bowler in Sachem history, Milito was a four-year member of the varsity. His 228 season average was second highest in the county. He was a member of the Section XI team that won a state title and he led the state tournament with the highest six-game total of 1,377. 

Sean O'Hagan, Sachem North wrestling: Only a freshman, O’Hagan was 36-4 this season, including leading the team in falls with 17. The 103-pound grappler was the champion of the Whitman, Copiague, and Sachem Invitational tournaments, was third at the Wantagh Tournament and second at the Islip Cup. He was a League II champion and placed fourth at counties.

Sean O’Malley, Sachem East wrestling: O’Malley had an excellent senior season to cap off one of the most successful careers in school history. He captured a League I title and was named Outstanding Wrestler of the League I tournament. One week later, O’Malley finished second in Section XI and earned a wild card to the New York State tournament. O’Malley went 2-2 at states and narrowly missed all-state honors. He is a four-time League I finalist, and a two-time all-county wrestler. He won 40 matches this season, running his career total to a school best 140 victories.

Gio Santiago, Sachem North wrestling: The sophomore was 27-6 during the 2010-11 wrestling season at 189 pounds. He placed in five tournaments this year, won the Copiague Tournament and was second at the Bellport, Whitman, and Sachem invitational tournaments. He finished third in League II and fifth in Suffolk County.

Alex Saavedra, Sachem East track & field: Saavedra was a county champion in the two-mile and placed sixth at the state championship. The senior, who was a First Team All-Sachem Patch selection in the fall for cross-country, will run in college. He was a member of the League I champion 4x800 relay team.

Anthony Stefanelli, Sachem East swimming: He broke one school record this past winter and was a state qualifier. Stefanelli placed third in the county and was an all-county selection.

Vin Vacanti, Sachem North basketball: Vacanti, a senior, ranked fifth in League II with a 12.8 points per game average and was an all-league selection. His 36 three-point shots were third in League II. In addition to being the teams No. 2 scorer, he was Sachem’s best defender consistently defending the opposing teams best guard. He had 22 points in a big home victory against Northport and led Sachem in scoring in its playoff loss at Floyd with 20 points.

Chris Weilbacher, Sachem North track & field: Weilbacher, a senior, ran the 600-meter run and finished 10th overall in Suffolk County.

Tim Wilson, Sachem East swimming: He broke two school records and was a league champion and state qualifier. Wilson was also an all-county selection.

Keira Wood, Sachem North track & field: Wood was a New York State championship meet qualifier at 600-meters. She was all-county, academic all-county, all-league and a New York State Scholar Athlete. A two-time national qualifier, she has set school records in the 500-meter (1:18.36), 4x1,600-meter relay (22:34.40) and was a member of the school record setting sprint medley relay in 2010 and 2011.

Rob Yannotta, Sachem North track & field: Yannotta, a sophomore, is on the coaching staff’s radar as a potential threat in the county for another two seasons. He placed 15th in the high jump this season.

Second Team

Ryan Beierle, Sachem North track & field: The sophomore was a member of the 4x800 relay squad.

Anthony Beuttner, Sachem North basketball: “If there were a sixth man of the year award Anthony would undoubtedly have won it,” said North coach Tom Mullee. Off the bench he connected on 50 three-pointers, giving him the fourth highest single season total in school history. He finished second in the league in three-pointers made and at the conclusion of the regular season was seventh on Long Island. His highlights include scoring nine consecutive points in a home game against Northport giving Sachem a three-point lead after trailing by six late in the third quarter.

Lucas Brum, Sachem East track & field: Brum, a First Team All-Sachem Patch selection for football in the fall, was a League I champion in the shot put with a toss of 46’6. 

Cameron Byrne, Sachem East swimming: Byrne, an All-County selection, broke school records in two events this season and was an integral part of East's success. 

Emily Carmel, Sachem East basketball: "She became an instant and indispensable end-to-end dynamo," Brisson said. "The long range arsonist also led the team in charges collected. She comes to work every day and she is committed to doing whatever it takes to keep East on top."

Jessica Caruana, Sachem East bowling: Caruana showed great promise in her first year bowling. The junior averaged a 177, recorded a 253 high-game and a 668 high-series. “Jessica joined the team for the first time this season and made a lasting impression on the teams we faced,” Groneman said. “She is a tough competitor not only as a field hockey player, but now as a bowler also."

Brian Corbett, Sachem East basketball: Corbett, a senior, was all-conference and all-league. He averaged 10.5 points and 8.1 rebounds per game.

Colin Eberhardt, Sachem North track & field: The junior was a member of the 4x800 relay squad.

Victoria Hassett, Sachem East basketball: The lone senior who played this past season, Hassett evolved into a dynamic leader for the East girls team. "There was no question where she was taking us," Brisson said. "With Meg's [Doherty] skill and Victoria's courage, we marched deeper into the playoffs than anyone thought possible in November."

Kelly Lavan, Sachem North track & field: Lavan was all-league in the 3,000-meter event, was a New York State Scholar Athlete and helped set a school record in the 4x1,600-meter relay (22:34.40).

Danielle Levine, Sachem North basketball: Levine was a leader on the girls basketball program. She was an all-league selection.

Greg Markfelder, Sachem East track & field: Markfelder was a county champion at high jump, clearing 6'4".

Kelly Maranchuck, Sachem East track & field: Maranchuck was all-league and all-county. She was a League I champion in the 1,500-meter racewalk and placed third at counties, fourth at the Long Island championships, and eighth at states. She ranked 10th in the event at the state level.

Erin McNulty, Sachem North basketball: McNulty was a leader on the girls basketball program. She was an all-league selection.

Katie Michta, Sachem North track & field: Michta was all-league in the 1,500-meter race walk, a New York State Scholar Athlete and a two-time nationals qualifier.

Tyler Monsees, Sachem East wrestling: Tyler Monsees put together an impressive senior season and may have been Sachem East’s most improved wrestler in 2011. He broke into the varsity line up for the first time and was one of East’s most consistent performers, going 25-5 during the regular season and winning the Sachem North and Sachem East tournaments. Monsees won a League I title at 119 pounds and finished with 29 victories on the year.

Melanie Notarstefano, Sachem East track & field: Notarstefano was all-state, all-county, and all-league. She was third at the Long Island championships and fourth at the county championships in the 1,500-meter run. She also ran the anchor leg mile in the winning intersectional relay at the New York State championships and helped set a school record in the distance medley relay.

Anthony Pistone, Sachem East wrestling: Junior Anthony Pistone had a breakout season. Having never placed in the leagues before, he showed vast improvement this year earning all-league and all-county honors. Pistone finished second in League I and fifth in Suffolk County. Pistone led the team in pins and was third on the team with 34 wins.

Stephanie Richer, Sachem North track & field: Richer was all-league in the 55-meter and the triple jump. She was a New York State Scholar Athlete and a two-time nationals qualifier, helping set a school record in the sprint medley relay in 2010 and 2011.

Steve Sabella, Sachem East bowling: Sabella, a junior, is a three-year varsity member. His 219 season average was sixth highest in Suffolk and he was a member of the state championship Section XI team. He was also an all-county selection.

Ryan Scarpelli, Sachem East track & field: Scarpelli was a League I champion in the mile with a time of 4:34. He was also on the League I champion 4x800 relay team.

Rob Seder, Sachem East wrestling: Seder quickly showed his hard work in the off-season paid off as he won the Rocky Gilmore, Sachem North, and Sachem East tournaments during the regular season. He took home a League I title knocking off the No. 2 ranked wrestler in Suffolk, Ricky Renk of Longwood, in the finals. Seder placed fifth in the Suffolk County championships to finish his senior season as a League I champion and an all-county wrestler.

Brittany Sepe, Sachem East track & field: Sepe was all-league and all-county in the shot put. She placed third at the league and county championships and seventh at the Long Island championship. Sepe ranked 22nd in the state in the event. In the weight throw, she placed sixth at the Long Island championship and ranked 25th in the state.

Samantha Swift, Sachem North track & field: Swift was all-league in the 55-meter hurdles and a two-time nationals qualifier where she helped set a school record in the shuttle hurdles relay in 2011 and the sprint medley relay in 2010.

Carly Swinford, Sachem North track & field: Swinford was all-county and all-league  in the high jump event this past winter.

Doug Wirth, Sachem North basketball: Wirth, a senior, was the team’s “rock,” according to head coach Tom Mullee. He could defend all positions at just 6-feet tall. He consistently competed on the glass and contributed offensively. On senior night against first place Central Islip, Wirth came through with 21 points and was 9-for-9 from the free-throw line. He is also ranked No. 9 in the graduating class.

Honorable Mention

Nick Caruana, Sachem East bowling

Amanda Catherall, Sachem East track & field

Krystal Cheng, Sachem North track & field

Mary Cipriano, Sachem North track & field

Randall Colson, Sachem East basketball

Tim Doherty, Sachem East basketball

Andrea Hegarty, Sachem North track & field

Mishaina Joseph, Sachem North track & field

Mike Kearns, Sachem North track & field

Billy Merone, Sachem East wrestling

Anthony Messina, Sachem East wrestling

Melissa Michels, Sachem North track & field

Kristie Michta, Sachem North track & field

Michael Mirrone, Sachem North track & field

Conor O’Hara, Sachem East wrestling

Shannon O’Hehir, Sachem East track & field

Phil Rascona, Sachem East track & field

Laurie Semetsis, Sachem East track & field

Lauren Waka, Sachem North track & field

Brittany Wienclaw, Sachem North track & field

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