LB athletes applauded

Long Beach High School celebrated numerous accomplishments in athletics during a gathering held on May 12. Administrators, staff members and students’ parents applauded the victories of many athletes as well as two award-winning coaches.

Seniors Chrystal Posada and Sam Brown both signed Letters of Intent to participate on college teams. Chrystal will play soccer at West Virginia Wesleyan, and Sam will play lacrosse at Binghamton University.

Five members of the Girls Varsity Swim Team were honored for earning Academic All-American distinctions, which are presented by the National Interscholastic Swim Coaches Association based on athletes’ abilities to maintain a minimum unweighted GPA of 93.74. Maggie Aroesty, Kristen Romano, Blaine Siegel, Megan Sofield and Cassidy Zawatson were applauded for this achievement.

Recognitions were also extended to Varsity Wrestling Coach Ray Adams and Junior Varsity Coach Bernard Valentin. Adams, in his 21st year of coaching at Long Beach High School, was named the New York State Coach of the Year and the Region One Coach of the year by the National Wrestling Coaches Association. Under his guidance, Long Beach has been ranked the No. 1 varsity wrestling team in New York State for the past two years and received the Pascal Perri Cup in recognition of this success. Valentin is in his 16th year serving as a coach for the high school and was commended by the Long Island Wrestling Officials Association for Outstanding Sportsmanship and contributing to preserving the integrity of Long Island Wrestling.