Jared Nilsson of East Moriches track, center, raises (Credit: Newsday / David L. Pokress)

Jared Nilsson of East Moriches track, center, raises his hands in celebration during the opening ceremonies for the Empire State Games in Binghamton, N.Y.

2008 Empire State Games

Jared Nilsson of East Moriches track, center, raises
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Jared Nilsson of East Moriches track, center, raises his hands in celebration during the opening ceremonies for the Empire State Games in Binghamton, N.Y.

Long island athletes enjoying the opening ceremonies for
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Long island athletes enjoying the opening ceremonies for the Empire State Games at SUNY Binghamton's Event Center.

Upstate athletes Shannon Hogan (kayaking) and Tim Malley
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Upstate athletes Shannon Hogan (kayaking) and Tim Malley (hockey) present the torch at the Empire State Games opening ceremonies.

Seton Hall men's basketball coach Bobby Gonzalez talks
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Seton Hall men's basketball coach Bobby Gonzalez talks to the athletes during the opening ceremonies for the 2008 Empire State Games at SUNY Binghamton.

Gymnast Anthony Stefanelli of Holbrook entertains his fellow
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Gymnast Anthony Stefanelli of Holbrook entertains his fellow Long Islanders by doing flips before the opening ceremonies at the Empire State Games.

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Members of the Long Island team enjoy themselves
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Members of the Long Island team enjoy themselves at the opening ceremonies for the Empire State Games.

Jaquan Holland of Bellport's track team breakdances to
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Jaquan Holland of Bellport's track team breakdances to the delight of his fellow Long Islanders at the opening ceremonies for the Empire State Games in Binghamton, N.Y.

7,200 athletes from across New York State filled
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7,200 athletes from across New York State filled SUNY Binghamton's Event Center for the opening ceremonies of the 2008 Empire State Games.

The Long Island girls lacrosse team holds up
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The Long Island girls lacrosse team holds up three fingers to celebrate their third straight gold medal in the sport.

Mike Chapman (4) of Mt. Sinai is checked
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Mike Chapman (4) of Mt. Sinai is checked by Central's Brian Buglione, left.

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The Long Island girls lacrosse team celebrates its
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The Long Island girls lacrosse team celebrates its victory in the Empire State Games gold medal game.

Matt Palasek of Rocky Point, right, scores a
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Matt Palasek of Rocky Point, right, scores a first period goal in the Empire State Games gold medal game.

Long Island and Central players battle for a
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Long Island and Central players battle for a loose ball during the Empire State Games gold medal game.

Janine Hillier jumps into the arms Long Island
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Janine Hillier jumps into the arms Long Island teammate Stephanie Anderson after Anderson scored a goal against Western in the girls lacrosse gold medal game.

Matt Palasek of Rocky Point, right, scores one
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Matt Palasek of Rocky Point, right, scores one of his six goals in Long Island's victory in the Empire State Games gold medal game.

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Janine Hillier of Farmingdale (14) and Stephanie Anderson
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Janine Hillier of Farmingdale (14) and Stephanie Anderson of Shoreham celebrate Anderson's goal during the gold medal game at the Empire State Games.

Bruce Springsteen, right, performs alongside Clarence Clemons on
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Bruce Springsteen, right, performs alongside Clarence Clemons on saxophone during a concert in Madrid, Thursday July 17, 2008.

The Long Island girls lacrosse team poses for
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The Long Island girls lacrosse team poses for photos after defeating Western to win the gold medal at the Empire State Games.

The Long Island girls lacrosse team holds up
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The Long Island girls lacrosse team holds up three fingers to proclaim their third straight Empire State Games gold medal.

Alyssa Murray of West Babylon is closely guarded
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Alyssa Murray of West Babylon is closely guarded by a Western defender during the gold medal game at the Empire State Games.

Long Island's Steven Murphy (13) of Floyd celebrates
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Long Island's Steven Murphy (13) of Floyd celebrates his first-period goal with teammate Mike Chapman (4) of Mt.Sinai during the Long Island team's gold-medal victory over Central.

Steven Murphy of Floyd scoops the ball and
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Steven Murphy of Floyd scoops the ball and tries to ward off three Central defenders during Long Island's gold medal winning performance at the Empire State Games.

Janine Hillier of Farmingdale is chased by two
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Janine Hillier of Farmingdale is chased by two Western defenders during the Empire State Games girls lacrosse gold medal game.