Four students from the Central High School District were recognized as All-State athletes and celebrated at the district’s April 3 board of education meeting.
Matthew Condenzio of Calhoun High School was one of the top high jumpers in New York State, coming in fourth place with a 6 feet, 4 inch jump that earned him the All-State honors. He hopes to break the 6 feet, 7 ¼ inch record this spring.
Ryan Murray, a member of the district’s Bellmore-Sharks swim team and student at Calhoun High School, won the 200m and 500m freestyle at the division championship and went on to early All-County honors, as well as qualify for states I both events. At the state championship, Murray finished in third place in the 500m freestyle.
Mepham High School wrestler Kyle Althenn won a Nassau County Championship in the 139-pound category and earning third place at the New State Wrestling Championships. A senior, Althenn capped off his Mepham wrestling career with a 131-30 record, the second most wins in team history, 12 individual titles and four All-County honors.
Another Mepham wrestler, Matthew Hegi has already been named a two-time All-County wrestler in the 195-pound category with 80 career wins. At the New State Wrestling Championships, Hegi finished in eighth place. His 35 wins and 17 pins led all Pirate wrestlers this season.
“Behind every successful student athlete is a tremendous support system consisting of teachers, administrators, parents and coaches,” said Superintendent of Schools John DeTommaso. “At Bellmore-Merrick, that kind of backing carries our kids to new heights in their performances.”