The 2018-19 school year is officially over. Children can finally relax and take a break from the intense life as a student-athlete.
This summer, the Tribune will take a look back at the stars of the region throughout the season. Athletes who were featured throughout the winter and spring seasons excelled, partially due to their innate abilities on the court and field, but also thanks to their peers, who often pick them up when they’re down.
Caitlin Albanese entered the year determined to put her name in the Wantagh High School record books. The basketball star did exactly what she needed to, scoring eight points in a January game to become just the second girl in the school to score 1,000 points.
Bowling is everything for Brillian Soedarmasto. The Division Avenue High School freshman is a rising star for the school’s girls bowling team. In a county-wide tournament, she came home in bronze, proving she has what it takes at a young age. Her success is largely thanks to her pleasant demeanor and determination.
Freshman sensation Ryan Romano took Island Trees High School to the top. Romano is fresh off winning the Nassau County—Section VIII Division
2 Public High School Wrestling Tournament in February. The championship battle, held at Cold Spring
Harbor High School, saw Romano take down Locust Valley High School’s Kyle Shriberg in the 106-pound weight class.
Killian Foy is a rising star for the General Douglas MacArthur High School varsity wrestling team. In his freshman year, he made a name for himself by going 39-8 during the 2018-19 season. His success on the mat led him to the NYSPHSAA state championships at Albany’s Times-Union Arena in late February.