LI teams competing for state championships

Calhoun's Tommy Joannou (15) and Tommy Murphy (28)

Calhoun's Tommy Joannou (15) and Tommy Murphy (28) celebrate the 6-5 win over Connetquot for the Class AA championship. (June 5, 2012) (Credit: Kathleen Malone-Van Dyke)

If the Belmont Stakes and Mets vs. Yankees weren't enough, the supersized weekend extends to the high school scene, too, as 11 Long Island teams will be upstate to compete for state championships.

 

BASEBALL

Class AA semifinal

Calhoun Colts (23-3) vs. Kingston (19-5)

Saturday, 10 a.m. at NYSEG Stadium

The Colts have won 14 consecutive games and needed a three-run rally in the bottom of the ninth inning to beat Connetquot, 6-5, in the Long Island championship. Calhoun last appeared in the state semifinals in 2002. Kingston is in the state semifinals for the second consecutive season. Sam Einhorn threw a three-hitter on 88 pitches for Kingston in win over Horseheads in the state quarterfinals.

Class A semifinal

Plainedge Red Devils (19-11) vs. Cornwall (19-5)

Saturday, 10 a.m. at Union-Endicott High School

Plainedge was seeded 16th in the Nassau playoffs and have outscored opponents 86-20 in the postseason. Tyler Manez threw 110 pitches on Tuesday in 11 innings. He cannot throw more than seven innings tomorrow by state rules. Plainedge last reached the state semifinals in 1992. R.J. Berger threw a one-hitter for Cornwall in the state quarterfinals. He has thrown a no-hitter this season. Cornwall makes its first state semifinal appearance since 2005.

 

SOFTBALL

Class AA semifinal

MacArthur Generals (21-4) vs. Clarence (18-2)

Saturday, 10 a.m. at Morse Field, Glens Falls

What better way to make up for missing the prom than by winning the first state title in school history? That's what the four seniors on the Generals will look to do on Saturday. Kristen Brown, who has 15 home runs, leads a balanced lineup that also includes Jena Cozza, Emily Lyons, Kristen Arbiter and Briana Lombardo.

Class A semifinal

Sayville Golden Flashes (21-4) vs. Cornwall (22-1)

Saturday, 11:30 a.m. at Adirondack Sports Complex, Queensbury

The Golden Flashes are led by pitcher Merissa Selts, who threw consecutive two-hit shutouts to clinch the Suffolk title. Third baseman Kira Karl, shortstop Emily Sellitti and rightfielder Kathleen Maehr are the offensive keys as Sayville seeks its first state title.

Class C semifinal

Pierson/Bridgehampton Whalers (12-6) vs. Greenwich (19-8)

Saturday, 11:30 a.m. at Adirondack Sports Complex

Melanie Stafford, who tossed two gems in the regionals, and sophomore shortstop Kasey Gilbride helped lead the Whalers to their first Long Island championship in program history. Now they head upstate along with Sarah Cafiero, Emma Romeo and company.

 

GIRLS LACROSSE

Class A semifinal

Bay Shore Marauders (17-1) vs. West Genesee (18-1)

Friday, noon at SUNY-Cortland

Bay Shore is going to have to earn this one the hard way. The Marauders will face the No. 5 team in the nation, West Genesee (18-1), at noon, but don't think they're not ready and waiting. Bay Shore beat the defending Long Island Class A champs, Farmingdale, in an overtime thriller last weekend. Before that, they defeated the only team that had beaten them all season: Ward Melville. How? The Marauders are an adaptable team with strong leadership, courtesy, in part, of midfielder Caroline deLyra. And though Bay Shore, led by deLyra, Kyra Harney, Kaitlyn Arnold, Carly Cox and Cynthia DelCore, was known for its fire power in the early going, the defense has been quietly brilliant. They allowed double digits only four times this season. To whit, they beat the Patriots, 11-5, the team with arguably the best stoppers in the league.

Class B semifinal

Garden City Trojans (15-5) vs. Vestal (15-2)

Friday, 2:30 p.m. at SUNY-Cortland

This appears a mismatch on paper, considering Garden City is after its seventh consecutive Class B championship and Vestal, ranked 289th, is making its first appearance in the state tournament. But the Golden Bears are a talented group, led by Julia Maczko (100 points), and have a solid defense that has held opponents to 8.6 goals per game. The winner will face Canandaigua or Fox Lane in the final. The Trojans beat both in the 2010 state tournament.

Class C semifinal

Shoreham-Wading River Wildcats (15-3) vs. Syracuse-Christian Brothers Academy (20-1)

Friday, 9:30 a.m. at SUNY-Cortland

SWR seeks its fifth state Class C title in six seasons. The Wildcats had won it all from 2007-2010 before a jump to Class B last year. Syracuse-CBA edged Mount Sinai, 9-8, in last year's state final and has dominated this season. CBA's only loss was to West Genesee, 10-9, in April. They return most of last year's cast, including Taylor Gait and Caroline Webster. The winner will face Rye or Honeoye Falls-Lima in the final.

 

BOYS LACROSSE

Class A final

West Islip Lions (20-1) vs. Ithaca (18-1)

Saturday, 1:30 p.m. at Middletown High School

West Islip, which won back-to-back state titles in 2009 and 2010, looks for its fifth state crown against Ithaca, which knocked off the No. 1-ranked Class A team in the state, according to the NYSSWA, Fairport, 11-9 on Wednesday. The Little Red, who lost last year in the state final in overtime to Farmingdale, is led by Syracuse-bound attack, senior Paolo Ciferri. The Lions, the state's fifth-ranked team in Class A, feature a dynamic attack duo of Tom Moore (Denver) and Brendan Smith (Marquette) and goalie Jack Kelly (Brown). West Islip defeated Niskayuna, 9-6, in Wednesday's semifinal at Hofstra.

Class B final

Garden City Trojans (21-0) vs. Irondequoit (19-2)

Saturday, 4 p.m. at Middletown H.S.

Garden City is looking to win its elusive fifth state title and first since 2000 after losing in the final each of the last two years. The No. 1 team in the country storms into Middletown having thrashed its postseason opponents by a combined 78-24 in six games thanks in large part to Harvard-bound Devin Dwyer, who leads Long Island with 108 points. Irondequoit knocked off two-time defending champion Jamesville-DeWitt, 8-5, in the semifinals with four players each scoring two goals.

Class C final

Shoreham-Wading River Wildcats (17-3) vs. Penn Yan Academy (20-2)

Saturday, 11 a.m. at Middletown H.S.

The Core Four of Maryland-bound junior attack Tim Rotanz (43 goals, 41 assists), Notre Dame-bound midfielder Trevor Brosco (47 goals, 19 assists), Ohio State-bound defender Chris Mahoney and Sienna-bound goalie Tyler Lutjen lead SWR to the state final as the Wildcats hope to return with their third state title and first since 2007. Penn Yan has had two nail-biters in the state playoffs, needing a last-second save to edge Silver Creek, 14-13, in the quarterfinals and squeaking by Homer, 10-8, in the semifinals.

 

TRACK AND FIELD

Friday at 12:30 p.m., Saturday at 10 a.m.

Ten boys athletes to watch: Kadesh Roberts (Bay Shore), 400 hurdles; Taylor Colucci (Stony Brook), 200; Mike Brunoforte (St. Anthony's), pole vault; Mark Jackson (Longwood), 100, high jump; Matt Morganelli (Smithtown West), shot put; Longwood 4 x 100; Uniondale 4 x 100; Kellenberg 4 x 800; Bayport-Blue Point 4 x 400; Stony Brook 4 x 100.

Ten girls athletes to watch: Brianna Nerud (North Shore), 2,000 steeplechase; Valencia Hannon (Elmont), 100; Brittney Webley (Uniondale), 100 hurdles; Jessica Gelibert (Bay Shore), 400 hurdles; Kelsey Margey (Friends Academy), 800; Jordan Collins (Bayport-Blue Point), discus; Janel Francis (Copiague), 100, long jump; Melodee Riley (Riverhead), triple jump; Kaitlin Whitehorn (Glenn), high jump; Garden City 4 x 400.

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