Board Honors Kennedy Boys Volleyball Named LI Champs

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The Kennedy High School boys volleyball team had an exceptional 2017 season and their commitment and accomplishments were recognized at the Dec. 6 board of education meeting. 

The team completed a 14-3 regular season record showing tremendous growth and development. When the post season came around, the Cougars kicked things into overdrive sweeping all three teams in the quarterfinals, semifinals and finals to become Nassau County Champs. In the Long Island Championships, Kennedy defeated Suffolk champion, Hauppauge, in four sets vaulting them into the New York state championship tournament.

At the New York State tournament, the Cougars played at an incredibly high level against the top teams in the state. After splitting sets with both Burnt Hills and Eden, all three teams were tied at 2-2. The Cougars advanced after an emotional tiebreaker and headed to the final match. The Cougars then took a 2-1 set advantage before ultimately losing in five tough sets. They ended their season second place in New York State.

“This year’s team added to the program accomplishments,” said coach Dennis Ringel. “This was Kennedy’s eighth Nassau County Championship in the past 10 years, their third Long Island Championship and their third time as New York State finalists, winning the state title in 2012.”

But perhaps most importantly, this year the team was awarded the New York State Tournament Sportsmanship Award.

There were many individual accomplishments. Jordan Kappel, Mitch Mass and Justin Steinberg were named All-Division. Cooper Moran, Tyler Anderson, Steven Carlson, Andrew Celauro and Josh Kaplan were named All-County. Additionally, Moran, Carlson and Anderson were named First Team All-County tournament. Kaplan was named to the All-County tournament honorable mention team and Anderson was also named Nassau County Most Valuable Player. Kaplan and Anderson were also designated as All-New York State selections, and are awaiting Newsday’s selections for All-Long Island teams.

“In keeping with the district theme of kindness and caring, senior and Kennedy salutatorian Dylan Judd was given a Coach’s Award and the ‘Good Sport’ Award at the New York State Tournament. Senior Austin Weiner was recognized at the Nassau Volleyball Awards Night as a recipient of the Unsung Hero Award,” added Board President Dr. Nancy Kaplan. “Both teammates consistently show the type of character we want to see in all of our student athletes.”