Photo courtesy of Connetquot School District/Joseph Maniaci
BOHEMIA—On Nov. 19, Connetquot High School girls volleyball coach Justin Hertz and his team were just coming down from the excitement of this weekend’s tournament in upstate Glens Falls, N.Y. The Lady T-Birds had just defeated Shenendehowa High School at the Glens Falls Civic Center to win the New York State AA Volleyball Championship for the second time in three years. The T-Birds came into the tournament undefeated at 18-0, and after earning a spot in the finals after Saturday’s matches, Shenendehowa proved to be a worthy opponent in Sunday’s championship.
While Connetquot won the first set, they lost the next two and faced elimination. Led by Nicole Migliozzi, Cassandra Patsos and Under Armour All-American Mackenzie Cole, the T-Birds came back on track to win the next two sets, 25-16 and 25-18, to defeat Shenendehowa and bring home the championship. Migliozzi and Patsos were named to the All-Tournament Team and Mackenzie Cole was named the New York State Volleyball Tournament Most Valuable Player.
The celebration began immediately after the win, with teammates, coaches and a large contingent of family and friends that traveled to Glens Falls to show their support. On the way home to Long Island, the team visited a local TV station for an exciting televised interview that was broadcast that night. As their charter bus approached Connetquot High School in Bohemia, the team was met by two bright-red fire trucks, lights flashing, horns and sirens sounding, from the Bohemia Fire Department to escort them back to the school.
The Bohemia Fire Department created a colorful, celebratory parade of vehicles to congratulate the team and welcome them home to a grateful Connetquot community. Over 100 excited and noisy fans welcomed the team back to the high school to congratulate them on their tremendous victory, and New York State Championship title.
Moms, dads, aunts, uncles, grandparents, siblings, faculty and staff were on hand to cheer the team and welcome them with hugs, banners and flowers. As the players left the bus, their expressions – and a few joyful tears – told the fans how pleased they were to be home, and to be welcomed by so many happy members of the community.
Connetquot School District Board of Education trustees Milynn Augulis, Craig Amarando, Nicholas Ferraioli and Robert Grable were also on hand to welcome the team back home, along with a representative from Sen. Tom Croci’s office.
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