Every Ward Melville High School varsity athletic team completed a successful season and earned a spot in their respective sport’s league championship game. Additionally, many student-athletes have advanced further, competing individually or as a team for regional titles. Below is an overview of where the teams stand to date:
Girls Field Hockey – Named League I, Section IX and Long Island champions. They will compete this Sat. Nov. 14 in the State Semifinals. The winner of this contest will advance to compete in the State Championships on Sunday.
Boys Cross-Country – Completed an outstanding season with strong performances by many team members. One athlete, senior Mike Reilly, has qualified for the State Championship.
Girls Cross-Country – Completed an undefeated season and was named League Champions. The team, which has been a powerhouse over the last 15 years, made a good run for the county title as they competed in the Section IX Championship.
Golf – Completed their regular fall season with a record of 12-0 and were named league champions.
Girls Gymnastics – Competed in the team championships and junior Claire Dempsey will be competing in the individual state championship this spring on both floor exercise and balance beam.
Football – With an overall season record of 5-3, the team advanced to this year’s playoffs for the first time in the past six years. The first playoff game against Connetquot High School was close one for the Patriots and ended in a tough call on the last play, resulting in a 41-40 loss for Ward Melville. A playback of the close match can be seen on MSG Varsity.
Boys Soccer – Competed in the Section XI/Suffolk County playoffs, defeating North Babylon in the first round but suffering an upset to Brentwood in the second round.
Girls Soccer – Ranked second in the league, but suffered an upset in League I playoffs to Deer Park.
Girls Swimming – Five students - Brittany Coughlin, Casey Gavigan, Ashley Hart, Katie Wang and Jen Yavid - will be competing in the individual championship during the week of Nov. 16-20.
Tennis – Completed the season with a 12-0 record and were named league champions. They won the first round of the Section XI tournament but suffered a loss against East Hampton in the second round.
Boys Volleyball – Competed in the Section IX/Suffolk County Tournament, where were defeated by a strong team from Eastport-South Manor.
Girls Volleyball – Completed an undefeated season and
were named League I champions. Ranked the No. 2 seed, the team won their
Nov. 4 game against Newfield and a semifinal game against Smithtown
High School East. The team's season ended with a tough loss in the
finals on Thurs. Nov. 12 at Suffolk County Community College – Brentwood