Babylon recently completed what was perhaps the greatest single season in athletics in school history. The historic four-month stretch spawned two Long Island championships, a handful of Suffolk County titles, several divisional victories, numerous individual accolades, incredible team milestones, one Rutgers Trophy and a lifetime of memories.
Boys varsity cross-country won the Suffolk Class C title and earned a NYSPHSAA Scholar-Athlete Team Award with a cumulative GPA of 97.212. Tyler McGarvey was named All-League, All-Division and All-County Academic and earned a spot in the New York State team qualifiers. Matthew Finelli, who shared the same honors as McGarvey, was also named All-County. Christopher Fenton was named All-League and also earned a spot in the New York State team qualifiers. Bryan Campbell, Will Grady, Cory Harberg and Nathan Tupper joined the aforementioned boys in the state qualifiers.
Girls cross-country earned a NYSPHSAA Scholar-Athlete Team Award with a cumulative GPA of 96.514 and had two All-League athletes in RoseAnn Bencivenga and Meaghan Pashen. The Panthers varsity field hockey team won a Scholar-Athlete Team Award with a cumulative GPA of 96.057. Kerry Glenday was named All-County, and Erin Going, Michelle Mangini and Miranda Richards earned All-League honors.
The Panthers football team went undefeated, won the Long Island championship and earned the Rutgers Cup for being the most outstanding football team in Suffolk County. Babylon football was a scholar-athlete team with a cumulative GPA of 93.753. Jake Carlock, Joe Cosby, Jeann Cruz, John Dertinger, Nick Santorelli, Eric Schweitzer, Kevin Smith, Andrew Watson and Luke Zappia were recognized as an All-Division first team, and Brian LosKamp, Matt Pinto and Alec Zamet took All-Division second team honors. Carlock (All-County, All-Long Island), Cruz (All-County), Santorelli (All-County), Schweitzer (All-County, Second Team All-Long Island) and Watson (All-County) earned additional honors. Panthers head coach Rick Punzone was recognized as Suffolk County Coach of the Year, and Zamet earned an additional honor with recognition as a National Football Foundation Scholar-Athlete.
Babylon’s gymnastics team earned a Scholar-Athlete Team Award with a cumulative GPA of 95.450. Elizabeth Logan, Caitlin Morgan, Samantha Sasso and Alexandra Singleton were named All-League, and Erica Baroncelli was All-League Honorable Mention. Genny Gravina, Mikaila Hartigan, Shannon Hopkins and Kayla McCarthy were named to the All-County list. McCarthy, a scholar-athlete, also earned All-New York State honors.
The Panthers boys soccer team earned a Scholar-Athlete Team Award with a GPA of 93.375 and had three All-League players (Stacey Henry, Alex Malhas and Brendan McGaley). Sean Reis earned Academic All-County honors.
Babylon’s girls soccer team was the Suffolk Class B champ and finished with a 96.6 GPA to earn a Scholar-Athlete Team Award. Rachel Gregory, Kaileen Hart and Shannon Hartigan went All-League, with Shelby Fredericks taking home All-New York State honors and recognition as Suffolk League IV Player of the Year. Standout goalkeeper Hannah McGlinchey and senior striker CarolAnne Murphy were named to the All-Conference list.
Babylon swimming also had a successful season, with Julianne Koch taking first place in the county in the 200-freestyle and 100-backstroke. Koch also competed at the New York State level, finishing in the top 10 in the state in both the 200-freestyle and 100-backstroke events.
In girls varsity tennis, the team earned the highly coveted Suffolk League IV Sportsmanship Award, along with a Scholar-Athlete Team Award for having a cumulative GPA of 94.632. The Panthers volleyball team, which won its first Long Island championship in program history, earned a Scholar-Athlete Team Award with a cumulative GPA of 95.796. Brianna Goodfellow (All-League, All-Tournament county team, League IV Defensive Player of the Year, NYS championship All-Tournament team), Nicole Marro (All-League), Elizabeth Tighe (All-League, All-Tournament county team), Mary Tighe (All-League, All-Tournament county team, county championship MVP) and Margot Zamet (All-League) were honored.