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Boys Volleyball: The No. 2 Cougars find themselves in the Class B finals yet again. Kennedy, which will play No. 1 Floral Park on Thursday at 6:30 p.m. at Hofstra, has won the last three county titles, with the last victory coming against Floral Park. In a rematch of the 2010 finals, Kennedy has a new look team as valuable players have since graduated. However, Ben Canarick, Steven Gassert, Gary Anderson, Jake Sherman and Matt Murphy are all amongst the players that will go for a four-peat on Thursday.
In the fall season, both soccer teams and the football team earned playoff berths after solid seasons. The girls soccer team made it to the Class AA semifinals before being stunned by rival Calhoun at Denton Avenue. The football team started the season 3-0 before eventually finishing with a 4-5 overall record.
Several Clarke teams saw playoff action this fall season, including girls soccer, field hockey and girls volleyball teams. The field hockey and volleyball teams both won first-round matchups before losing in the semifinals in their respective sports.
Football: No. 2 East Meadow exploded for 62 points in a quarterfinal win over Uniondale last weekend after trailing midway through the second quarter. The Jets (8-1) will take on No. 5 Massapequa (7-2), who lost to 42-24 in the season opener to East Meadow, at Hofstra on Saturday at 8:30 p.m. Robbie Healy has been amongst the best in Nassau County in finding the end zone, doing so five more times last week. If Massapequa gets into an offensive shootout, consider East Meadow the clear favorite to advance to the finals.
For Hewlett in the fall season, the football, boys soccer and girls volleyball teams all saw action in the playoffs. The boys soccer team, ranked third in Class A, experienced a disappointing first-round upset and the football team lost in the opening round to Five Towns rival Lawrence last weekend.
Football: No. 2 Lawrence took over in the final quarter in a 30-point rout against Hewlett in the quarterfinals. The Golden Tornadoes (8-1) will face No. 3 Lynbrook (6-3) at Hofstra on Saturday morning at 10 a.m., a team they shut out 36-0 at home on Oct. 22. Ryan and Tyler Fredericks have been the leaders on offense all season, so look for the combo plus the rest of the offense to be the deciding factor over the weekend.
Football: No. 1 Garden City will be matching up with No. 4 Carey in the Class II semifinals at Hofstra on Friday afternoon at 4 p.m. The Trojans (9-0), who won their quarterfinal matchup against Kennedy, 42-7, defeated the Seahawks (6-3) 35-8 back on Oct. 22 behind three touchdowns from Mark Ellis and a pair of interceptions from Rob Savage. Garden City is a favorite to win the county title, but it must stop Rob Zorn and company first on Friday.
Middle School: Salk’s eighth grade football team wrapped up an excellent season on Saturday with a tough loss to Seaford Middle School by a score of 27-20. The team entered its final game of the season having gone eight straight games dating back to last year without a loss. Nick Pernice totaled 140 yards and two touchdowns, while Vin Thron added a 25-yard diving touchdown to lead the Seahawks. The team's successful season was a result of focus, discipline and a terrific work ethic. Coach Kind and coach Luball wish the team continued success as they move on to MacArthur. Season Highlights for Salk may be viewed here on YouTube.
Girls Soccer: No. 1 Division came within minutes of the Nassau County title not just once, but twice, in a 3-2 triple overtime loss to No. 2 South Side on Wednesday night at Denton Avenue. After a scoreless first half, Maggie Carew gave the Lady Blue Dragons a lead in the 47th minute, but South Side tied the score with just seven minutes to go. The girls took the lead again in the second overtime period with less than five minutes remaining off of a goal from Ariana Weingrad, but the Lady Cyclones tied once again in the 100th minute to send the game to a third overtime. Just more than a minute in, South Side tapped in the game-winner to send Division off with its first loss of the season. Division finishes with a 14-1-3 overall record.
Boys Soccer: No. 2 Island Trees fell just short of a Class A title with a 1-0 loss to No. 9 Jericho on Wednesday at Hofstra. The Bulldog defense didn’t allow many shots during the championship, with just four on target, but a penalty kick goal midway through the second half was the ultimate difference on the day. Island Trees finishes its exceptional season with a 14-2-3 overall record.
Girls Soccer: No. 2 MacArthur claimed the Nassau County Class A championship Wednesday afternoon with a 3-0 win over No. 9 Calhoun. Jenny Scro put in an early penalty kick goal, followed by a pair of second-half goals from Kristyn Alonzo and Arianna Montefusco to put the game out of reach. Jenna Cozza needed just one save for the shutout to give the Calhoun its first loss of the season. MacArthur will move on to play Ward Melville in the Long Island championship on Saturday at 7:30 p.m. at the Denton Avenue Field.
Boys Volleyball: The Long Beach Marines had an exceptional season come to an end in the Class A semifinals at Hofstra on Tuesday night. The No. 4 Marines fell in straight sets to No. 1 and two-time defending county champion Massapequa, 25-15, 25-21 and 25-21. Multiple senior starters played in their last high school game, including Adam Lazare who had seven kills, Bret O’Neill who had six kills and Andrew Still who had 27 assists. Sophomore Josh Ayzenberg led with nine kills for Long Beach, which finishes at 13-7 overall this season.
Football: No. 3 Lynbrook replaced much of its Long Island champion team from last season. The Owls (6-3) will take on the team they defeated for the county championship in 2010, No. 2 Lawrence (8-1), at Hofstra on Saturday morning at 10 a.m. Matt Trotta and the defense couldn’t handle a dominant rush from the Golden Tornadoes in a 36-0 loss on Oct. 22, but they hope for a change plus an big performance from Luke Spitzer, Rocco Scibelli and the offensive unit.
No. 7 East Rockaway upset No. 2 West Hempstead in the opening game of the Class IV playoffs last Saturday. The Rocks (5-4) are looking to make a surprise run to the finals, but it must get through No. 1 Locust Valley (8-1) first on Thursday night at 7:30 p.m. at Hofstra. East Rockaway is the only team to defeat Locust Valley so far this season, a 21-0 win on the road on Oct. 29. The team will be led by Nick Ulip and Luke Fahrenkrug in the backfield, and Josh Warner and Tom Dolan on the defensive side.
Girls Volleyball: No. 3 Malverne saw its season come to a close just short of a Class C championship. The girls lost to No. 1 East Rockaway on Tuesday at SUNY-Old Westbury in three sets, 25-23, 25-18 and 26-24. Malverne previously defeated Carle Place in four sets on Nov. 5 to reach this point. Exceptional talents such as Sara Robinson, Karen Ulysse, Danielle Hines, Sayra Velasquez and Amanda Masson led the team, which finishes the season at 12-4 overall.
Girls Soccer: No. 9 Calhoun saw its amazing season come to an unfortunate ending Wednesday afternoon with a 3-0 loss to No. 2 MacArthur in the Class AA Nassau County finals at Denton Avenue. The Lady Generals scored early in the first half and later added a pair of goals in the second half. Michelle Iacono, Kristina Gandolfo and the Lady Colt offense struggled to create shots from start to finish as they end their season with a 16-1-2 overall record.
Mineola had three separate fall teams make it into the playoffs: boys soccer, girls volleyball and football all earned spots in their respective postseasons. The boys soccer team won its first round matchup against West Hempstead to lead the Mustangs this season.
Girls Soccer: No. 2 South Side topped No. 1 Division in dramatic fashion in the Nassau County Class A championship Wednesday night. The Lady Cyclones won the title with a triple overtime 3-2 victory over the Lady Blue Dragons thanks in part to the game-winner by Meghan Hines in the 101st minute of action. The comeback wasn’t possible without a goal from Julie Beyar to tie at 2-2 in the final minute of the second overtime period and a goal from Christina Klaum in the 73rd minute of regulation to tie at 1-1. South Side will play Islip for the Long Island championship on Saturday at 5 p.m. at the Denton Avenue Field.
Girls Volleyball: No. 1 Seaford blew by No. 4 Clarke in the Class B semifinals to set up a finals matchup with No. 3 Floral Park on Thursday at 4:30 p.m. at SUNY-Old Westbury. The Lady Vikings are riding a perfect 15-0 record into the finals. Seniors Meaghan Curley, Juliana Puleo and Megan Sullivan, along with the rest of a very talented Seaford team, looks confident to win a championship as the team has defeated Floral Park twice this season, both by 3-0 scores.
Football: No. 2 Wantagh (8-1) will play No. 3 Elmont (6-3) at Hofstra on Friday night at 7:30 p.m. Brian Von Bargen led the Warriors with a four-touchdown performance in a 40-7 rout against New Hyde Park in the quarterfinals. The Spartans, who the Warriors defeated 21-8 on Oct. 29, figure to be a tougher task as both sides sport dangerous offenses. Give Wantagh the edge on defense, led by Shawn Charkowick and Gerard Roche, which may figure to be the difference in the semifinals.
Girls Volleyball: No. 1 Wantagh, like neighboring Seaford in Class B, will be vying for a Class A title on Thursday at 6:30 p.m. at SUNY-Old Westbury. The Lady Warriors also boast an undefeated record at 17-0 this season, fending off tough teams like South Side, Kennedy and Garden City along the way. Wantagh will face No. 2 South Side in the finals, a team it beat twice during the season -- once by a 3-0 score and another by a 3-1 score. The team is led by the likes of Carly Simeone, Lauren Pennino, Jenny Ilibassi, Anna Paulik and Gerri Sciolto.
Despite all of the West Hempstead teams falling out of playoff action, a number of the squads experienced some success. The football, boys soccer, boys volleyball and girls volleyball teams all earned playoff berths for Rams athletics in 2011.