Athlete Of The Week Roundup: Round 1

Jake Murphy (top) wrestles an opponent. (Photo courtesy of Seaford School District)

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.

Madison Gillis of Division Avenue set a school record for points scored in girls basketball. (Photo courtesy of Levittown Public Schools)

Division Avenue High School’s Madison Gillis became the second girls basketball player to score 1,000 points as a Blue Dragon in January. Only one girls basketball player had done this in the school’s history. But she was on a mission. A month later, she set the school record for most points by one player, breaking Noreen Duffy’s article.

General Douglas MacArthur High School’s Hugh Kelleher,

standing at a modest 6’2”, plays for not one, but three teams. The rising senior splits his time between football, lacrosse and basketball, on top of being one of the premier students in the school’s Class of 2020. He was named to the All-County football team, first team All-Long Island and the NYSSWA All-State team Class A.

Hugh Kelleher from MacArthur
High School is a multi-sport athlete, standing out as one of the top
football players on the island.
(Photo courtesy of Levittown Public Schools)

Seaford High School rising junior Jake Murphy is nearly unstoppable on the mat. He won the Schoolboy 91 weight class championship in 2017. At 113 pounds, he’s gained weight and moved into a heavier class. He’s more powerful than ever, and he’s become a leader for the Vikings. Overall, he has more than 80 wins to his name.

Island Trees’ Cara Duffy won several conference titles for the track and field team this year.
(Photo courtesy of Island Trees School District)

Cara Duffy from Island Trees High School loves to outrun the boys. Duffy, entering her senior year with the Bulldogs, captured multiple conference trophies in January. In the 1,000-meter contest, she clocked in at three minutes, 18.06 seconds, capturing the victory by more than five seconds. She was also a key member of the Bulldog’s 4×400 relay team, taking home that victory, leading the school to become the conference champions.


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