Boys’ Basketball Looks to Fly High for Another Season

      Basketball has had a prestigious reputation throughout Lynbrook, and the team is coming off an undefeated 2021 season. The team’s success would not have been possible without last year’s senior class, and now that they have graduated, there are many questions to be answered regarding the empty spots in the Owls’ rotation. Fortunately, Coach Jamie Adams is not afraid to test out the new seniors’ abilities. 

     “The expectations for our program have always been the same,” Adams said. “We want to compete for a county championship. Everything we do is in preparation for that goal.”

     Adams believes his senior players — Haris Cekic, Richard Correa-Lampasona, Peter Donnarumma, Sean Lengyel, Anthony Macchia, and Dylan Stalter — will be instrumental in achieving this goal. Many of these seniors saw a substantial amount of playing time during the shortened 2021 season. They will be looked upon to provide leadership both on and off the court. 

     Senior Dylan Stalter shared his hopes for the season: “I am very excited about this season. The expectations are high, but we have a lot of talent, and we’re willing to put in the work.” 

     When asked about the empty spots left by last year’s seniors, Adams replied, “Replacing two players like Mike Frank and Thomas DeMenezes, who were big contributors to our success last season, will not be easy. We will look to players like Sean O’Donovan and Will Krapf to pick up some of the slack.” Adams would also like to incorporate juniors Eli Sherman-Murphy, Ryan Shapiro, Brian Sugrue, and Max Cordes into the rotation, as well. Sherman-Murphy was pulled up from junior varsity last year, and he had an incredible sophomore season at the varsity level. 

     Cekic, who put up eight points and eight rebounds in last year’s COVID-shortened season, is looking to build off of last year and fill in the open roster spots to the best of his ability.

      Cekic has high expectations for this year. “I want to win basketball games and bring the championship back to Lynbrook,” he said.”“The seniors from last year were great and they helped us go undefeated. I am prepared to fill those open spots.”