“Elmont on the Rise” – written by Special Correspondent Christian Agostino
“Traditionally, both the boys and girls programs have been pretty strong,” says Elmont athletic director Chris Agostino, “and the amazing wins over the past few years have really helped with that.”
Agostino became the AD only two years ago, and since then, the Spartans have made quite a name for themselves. Led by an outstanding coach in Mr. George Holub and an explosive senior backcourt in Yasir Lawrence, Travis Robinson-Morgan, and Jalen Burgess, Elmont took the Class A New York State championship in the 2015-16 season with an overall record of 24-4, taking huge names like Harborfields and Byram Hills in the process. This year, they are attempting to reciprocate the success of last season, this time led by junior powerhouses, Victor Olawoye and K.C. Ndefo. With a league record of 10-2, Elmont was seeded first in Nassau County, and clutched out a huge victory over South Side in the championship game with an amazing buzzer-beater putback by Ndefo. The girls program isn’t exempt from Elmont’s basketball prowess. This season, with an astounding 12-0 record in league, they were able to take the County over North Shore, with junior Zhaneia Thybulle at the forefront. When asked if he was surprised by Elmont’s recent boom in success, Agostino responded, “They’ve always been talented and competitive, so no I’m not surprised.”
Nor should he be. Agostino seems to know a thing or two about what a successful program looks like. Over a decade ago, he accepted the Boys Varsity Basketball head coach position at Harborfields HS. In the course of ten years, he led Harborfields to eight playoff appearances, seven league titles, three County Championships, two Long Island Championships, and the cherry on top, one New York State Championship. He was honored as New York State “Coach of the Year” for his emphatic 2012-13 season. Prior to his arrival, not many people were aware of the school, but his dedication to building the program from the bottom up coupled with the talent he helped cultivate, put HF on the map.
With the LIC fast approaching, Elmont is hoping to repeat last year’s success, take Long Island and run with it all the way to Binghamton to compete in the State Tournament.
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