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Two Patriots Honored for Winning State Titles

Cydney Crasa pictured with Board of Education President Dr. Jeffrey Kerman, coach Caryl Crasa and Erin Blaney, executive director for health, physical education, recreation and athletics.
Cydney Crasa pictured with Board of Education President Dr. Jeffrey Kerman, coach Caryl Crasa and Erin Blaney, executive director for health, physical education, recreation and athletics.

Ward Melville High School student-athletes Cydney Crasa and Nicholas Piccininni continue to set new records for their sports, and each performed flawlessly at the recent New York State championships.

Cydney, a sophomore on the varsity gymnastics team, has not lost a dual gymnastics meet since the seventh grade and holds several impressive titles. During this year’s state championship, she earned a near-perfect score of 9.55 on balance beam, earning her first place and her fourth New York State title. She has set a Suffolk County record of 9.725 on balance beam; has earned four Suffolk County team championships, four Suffolk County titles as an individual in each event, and four state event titles in floor, vault and balance beam (twice); is a two-time Long Island MSG Varsity Athlete of the Year; and is a New York State Scholar-Athlete. Cydney will be competing in the Junior Olympic Nationals in Mississippi this May.

Nicholas, a high school junior, has set a new standard for wrestling not only within the program at Ward Melville, but also in Suffolk County and New York State. With a season record of 45-0, Nicholas went on to earn another Suffolk County and New York State title earlier this year. His overall career record is 183-3, with 133 consecutive wins. He is a four-time League I Champion, a four-time Suffolk County Champion, a four-time All-State wrestler, a three-time New York State champion, and a 2013 All-American. He is currently ranked fourth in the nation in the 120-pound weight class.

“We are so extremely proud of you and your accomplishments,” said Erin Blaney, executive director for health, physical education, recreation and athletics, during a recent Board of Education meeting. “On behalf of the Board of Education, district administration and athletic department, I congratulate you, your coaches and your parents on these outstanding achievements.”


Photos provided by the Three Village Central School District

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