Board of Education Honors Fall Athletic Champions at Tuesday's Meeting

Boys volleyball celebrates its Long Island championship on Nov. 11. thumbnail208501
Boys volleyball celebrates its Long Island championship on Nov. 11.

Pat Smith has spent his entire life in Smithtown.

And Smith, Smithtown Central School District’s athletic director, beamed with pride on Nov. 2 when High School West and High School East met in the girls soccer county championship match — marking the first time the two schools had ever met in any sport with a county title at stake.

“It was a magical moment you kids were able to bring to our community,” Smith proudly told the student-athletes on Tuesday night.

West’s win over East for the county title in girls soccer was part of an unprecedented level of success for Smithtown high school athletics in the fall.

And the board of education invited the most successful teams to its meeting on Tuesday night to be recognized. 

“It was just a really, really great fall for our athletes and coaches,” Smith said. “It’s been a while, and these kids and coaches have been through a lot.”

The West girls soccer team also finished with a 3.8 GPA and finished ranked 23rd in the nation.

The other teams honored at Tuesday’s board meeting besides the two girls soccer programs:

• Boys golf, a combined team that won the league title by edging Hauppauge despite missing players.

• Boys cross country, a combined team that won the league title and finished as county runner-up. The team has won 34 straight league meets over the past five years.

• Girls swimming and diving, a combined team with Hauppauge that went 8-0 en route to the county title. The team won every meet by more than 100 points, ranked third in the state among public schools, and set six school and two county records.

• High School West girls volleyball, which won its second straight county championship, finished undefeated in league play and was ranked in the top 10 in the state.

• Girls gymnastics, a combined team that won the county team championship.

• High School West boys volleyball, which won the Long Island championship, its second straight county title and finished as state runner-up.