South Huntington

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April Athletes

of the Month

Varsity Football player, Brandon Ivy (left), and Varsity Volleyball player, Annabelle Novinski (right), earned the title of Athlete of the Month for April 2021.

Congratulations to senior Annabelle Novinski on earning Athlete of the Month for April! Annabelle is the setter for Whitman’s Varsity Volleyball team. Annabelle has been playing volleyball since 6th grade and made the varsity team as a sophomore. Over the course of this year’s modified fall season, Annabelle surpassed over 1,000 assists! During the spring season, Annabelle also plays Varsity Softball and has been on varsity since her freshman year. She’s looking forward to this spring season as a senior, taking advantage of her final year as a Wildcat. Her most memorable game for her during the fall was their senior game, where her teammates kept the tradition of decorating the North Gym to commemorate the graduating 12th-graders. “It was great because it felt like a normal game the way everything was put together.” As for her favorite part about Whitman, it’s the variety of opportunities offered to her and her peers and that “there’s something for everyone.” Her advice to her teammates? “Play hard no matter what happens.” Congratulations Annabelle!

Annabelle sets the volleyball at the team's playoff game against Ward Melville in April.

Congratulations to Walt Whitman junior, Brandon Ivy, on earning Athlete of the Month for April! Brandon earned Athlete of the Month as a wide receiver and cornerback for the Varsity Football team this fall season. One of his most memorable season highlights was the team’s 35-14 win over Lindenhurst that clinched a spot in the playoffs to give the team their first League title since 1984. From then, the team hosted their first home semifinal game in almost 40 years against Longwood, where Ivy most notably made the 99-yard return off a Longwood fumble that gave the Wildcats the early lead and propelled them into the finals. Brandon was also named 1st team All-Long Island, being the 9th Wildcat to earn that distinction. During the spring you can find Brandon running for the Varsity Track team, competing in the 100m, 200m, and 4x100m relay. He is grateful for this year’s turnout and especially being able to get back on the field. “I’m happy that we got to play sports this year, and I’m glad to see that they’re bringing students back to school.” As a junior, Brandon’s favorite subjects are math and social studies as he is most interested in learning about history and past events. His advice to his teammates? “Keep focused on one goal for the season and play on!” Congratulations, Brandon!

Brandon Ivy's 99-yard return of a fumble forced by Thompson and Villanti gave the Wildcats an early 14-0 lead at the Suffolk County semifinal against Longwood.



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