Winter Sports Awards a Cause for Celebration

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Long Beach High School athletes and their families gathered in the auditorium on March 5, during Varsity Winter Sports Awards Night. The event spotlighted the boys and girls basketball, boys and girls bowling, cheerleading, gymnastics, ice hockey, boys swim and boys track teams as coaches summarized the season’s highlights.  

The ice hockey team, coached by Joe Brand and assistants Keith Casey and Dickie Chimienti, brought applause and enthusiasm, having won their fourth State Champion title on March 3. They completed their second consecutive year of an undefeated season and received a proclamation from Senator Todd Kaminsky during the ceremony. Another exciting highlight was the introduction of the girls and boys bowling teams, which were newly added this school year. Additionally, the boys swim team were named Division Champions while the wrestling team won League and Qualifying Tournament titles.

Also honored were All American athletes, Ryan Aroesty in swimming and Allison Cohen and Rivers Cunningham in gymnastics.

On a bittersweet note, the evening bid a fond farewell to Billy Muirhead, who is retiring after 38 years as Long Beach’s gymnastics coach. Alumni, students, parents and staff members presented him with special acknowledgment and viewed a video compilation of his moments over the years. 
The girls basketball, girls bowling, boys bowling, gymnastics, cheerleading, boys swim, boys winter track and girls winter track teams were recognized as Scholar Athlete Teams for maintaining grade point averages of 90 or higher.