County champs seek repeat

Brianna Boland, Staff Writer

Spring 2023 Edition

The Bellmore-Merrick Girls Flag football spring season kicked off on Monday, March 13 with over 40 girls trying out and bringing in a wave of excitement for the returning players. Among them is Mepham Senior Sofia LaSpina, a talented female football player who made history by being the first female on Long Island to score a touchdown in tackle football.
As the team’s star quarterback, LaSpina’s position is secure, but the coaching staff is seeking backups to ensure the team’s continued success. Head Coach Mr. Moody is on the lookout for a skilled athlete with a strong arm who can serve as the team’s backup quarterback or center. He encourages all aspiring players to consider these positions if they want to seek playing time on the field.
The team suffered a tough loss in its first game against Plainview Old Bethpage, 34-0. To make matters worse the Bellmore-Merrick team’s quarterback suffered a wrist injury towards the end of the game. But, the team was able to win the next three games defeating Westbury 25-12, Roosevelt 33-12, and Roslyn 34-0. The Bellmore Merrick Broadcasting program streamed live coverage of the Bellmore Merrick Chargers’ win over the Roslyn Bulldogs.
The Chargers sadly suffered defeat against the MacArthur Generals on April 22. After multiple interceptions, MacArthur running back Ava Angiuli led the final score 14-0 in favor of the Generals. Coaches Moody and Hatcliffe remained optimistic for the future of the Chargers. They confidently stated that they expect their team to beat the MacArthur Generals when they meet again in the playoffs.
Despite a rough start on April 25 against Bethpage where the offensive line struggled to keep up with the ball, the Chargers managed to turn everything around in the second half and ultimately win 19-6. However, they were shut out by Freeport on April 27 by a score of 19-0.
In their latest game against Freeport, the conditions were far from ideal, with a downpour and a freezing Saturday morning making for a very slippery and challenging match. But once again the Chargers rose to victory with Calhoun Senior Maddie Ryan’s close to 70 yard touch ending with a 28-0 final score. With the rain becoming more intense, Freeport would eventually forfeit the game with only ten minutes left on the clock.