May Athletes of the Month Cap Strong Season

South Huntington Athletic Director Dr. Jim Wright, and Whitman Principal John Murphy congratulate our May Athletes of the Month Hailey Khatchatourian and Jack Poplawski.
South Huntington Athletic Director Dr. Jim Wright, and Whitman Principal John Murphy congratulate our May Athletes of the Month Hailey Khatchatourian and Jack Poplawski.

Clutch hitters are strategically in the top five of the batting order, but batting seventh was working well for our May Athlete of the Month, Hailey Khatchatourian.  Playing third base for the Lady Wildcats, Hailey couldn’t wait to get the final out so she could get her ‘at-bat.’ “I had some timely hits that brought runners home and the batters after me were able to get me home that resulted in ‘go-ahead runs.’”

Once she’s in the batter's box her focus narrows, “I’m basically just trying to see the ball and hit it, but where our runners are, makes a big difference in how I approach my ‘at bats.’” The Wildcats faced a lot of tough teams this season but still managed to get into the playoffs. “Even though we had a lot of new people on the team this year [three had never played softball before] it was important to team bonding and team effort that got us to play better and brought us our wins.”

Hailey is the Historian of Walt Whitman’s Girls Leaders Organization, and a member of the National Honor Society, World Language Honor Society, and English Honor Society. Our recent graduate will attend American University in the fall.

 

Jack Poplawski’s first trip to the Athlete of the Month podium was in his sophomore year, and it wasn’t for his 2nd consecutive All-County Volleyball award, [he now has 3 of those], it was his Winter Track Pentathlon stats that got everyone’s attention. Well, a year has gone by and a lot of training has brought Jack a State Title for the Pentathlon. “Its a great reflection on all the hard work and practices I put in,” said our May Athlete of the Month, who kept a rigorous six day a week and even seven at times, work out regimen.

Once at the State Championships at Cicero-North High School upstate, Jack was up against some major competition. “After setting a personal best in the long Jump at almost 22 feet, and then having the 1500 meter after that, which is another one of my strong events, I knew I had a good shot at the title.” That final test, the 1,500-meter dash, Jack posted a personal best of 4:29.6, and the State title was his.

Next year should be a big one for Jack as Volleyball and Track play center stage for his final year in high school. Jack is a member of the Coding Club, World Language Honor Society, and the National Honor Society and is actively narrowing his college search for the fall of 2019.