The three-sport athletes who play football, basketball and baseball don’t graduate from Sachem much anymore.
Will Slinkosky might be the last great athlete to excel at those three sports at a high level. The 2008 Sachem North graduate was the Richard Van Norr Award winner his senior year and left the school district as a distinguished part of the school’s history.
In football, he ranks second all-time with 66 career receptions, first all-time with 51 catches in a single season (2007), ranks third with 823 receiving yards and his nine catches in two separate ball games rank him third for most catches in a single game.
In basketball he was a prolific scorer, ranking in the top four all-time in points in a single season, points in a single game, three-pointers in a game, three-pointers in a season, career three-pointers and his 23.9 points per game average is second to only (28.2), Sachem’s only NBA player.
Slinkosky ultimately took his basketball skills to the next level playing at Suffolk County Community College and presently at C.W. Post, where he just finished his junior year of eligibility.
He only played in nine games during Post’s 21-10 run thanks to illness and he’s hoping to be a key role player next year. That can only come with hard work, for a sport that is extremely demanding at the collegiate level.
“I got really sick and dug myself into a hole,” he said. “It’s a lot of hard work. The 5 a.m. wake ups, the film study and off-season conditioning.”
The Slinkosky name has been present in Sachem for years with his father Matt graduating in 1973 and brothers Mike (2006) and Matthew (2007) going before him.
“You still walk around and people talk about your brothers,” he said. “The older generation brings up memories about your father. It’s special.”