Athletes Honored for Excellence On and Off the Field

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Good Grades, Sportsmanship and Successful Play Highlight Awards Ceremony

The District provides its students with opportunities to develop healthy minds and bodies through the regular physical education curriculum and a plethora of athletic teams and clubs. Promoting an environment where students learn about teamwork, hone problem-solving skills and interact through positive competition, each grade level offers students a chance to connect with their peers and educators.

To further encourage student-athletes of Deer Park to excel both on the field and in the classroom, Board of Education members, administrators and community members came together to honor those students who make the extra effort to excel in both capacities. Combining their talent on the field and their academic performance in the classroom, five Deer Park spring athletic teams were recognized by the Section XI Athletic Association as New York State Scholar Athlete teams. This designation means that collectively, each team maintained a grade point average of 90 or better throughout their entire athletic season.

In addition, three Deer Park spring squads were awarded the distinction of being named New York State Section XI Sportsmanship Teams, which means that during competitions their fair play earned the respect of opponents, coaches and officials. 

Competitively, the Boys Varsity Spring Golf team captured the League I Suffolk County Championships for the fifth consecutive year and standout player Robert O’Connell qualified for the New York State Tournament. On the Lacrosse field, Varsity athlete Melyssa Mathewson made the National High School Girls Team, along with teammate Monica White who was also named to the Under Armour All-American Team.

These talented Deer Park athletes are led by a group of dedicated coaches, including Boys Junior Varsity Lacrosse Coach Ian Kyranakis who received the honor and title of being selected by the Suffolk County Lacrosse Coaches Association as Junior Varsity Coach of the Year.

The following teams received New York State Scholar-Athlete status as well as had individual players earning All-State, All-County, Academic All-County, All-Conference and All-League awards:

Boys Varsity Lacrosse
Girls Varsity Lacrosse
Boys Spring Track
Girls Spring Track
Boys Varsity Tennis

The following teams earned New York State Sportsmanship Team Winners:

Boys Spring Track
Girls Varsity Golf
Boys Junior Varsity Spring Golf