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Mepham QB Tyler Davis has grown into his role

Mepham quarterback Tyler Davis, right, readies a hand

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Preparing for his third season as the starting quarterback and second in the spread offense, Mepham's Tyler Davis has grown to the point that his head coach Anthony Cracco is always confident he'll make the right decision.

"Nobody gets a better vantage point than the quarterback standing behind the defense," Cracco said.

It helps that Cracco's confidence in Davis isn't the only thing...

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Mike Scheuerer finally gets chance at Farmingdale

Farmingdale QB Mike Scheuerer.

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The wait is over for Farmingdale quarterback Mike Scheuerer and the senior can hardly wait for the season to begin.

“I’m very excited. I’ll finally get to do what I’ve wanted to do my entire life,” Scheuerer said of having earned the starting job after backing up his friend Vinny Quinn last season when the Dalers won the Nassau I championship. “Ever since I played pee-wee football at 5 years...

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Plainview JFK looks to surprise in Nassau I

Navigating Nassau Conference I football is no easy task -- especially without experience. That was the task Plainview JFK -- with nine sophomore starters -- faced going into 2013.

Now they're looking to draw on the lessons learned from a 2-6 season and come out ready for a playoff push as the No. 11 seed in 2014.

"They were young and we got a little banged up as time went on going into...

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Selts, Coan will be keys to Sayville's success

Jack Coan hands off to Matt Selts during

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Two players who have already made verbal commitments to play lacrosse in college — sophomore Jack Coan at Notre Dame and senior Matt Selts at Marist — hold the keys to the high-powered engine that is Sayville football’s offense for 2014.

Both are bigger than last year’s models, thanks to rigorous work in the weight room. Coan added 10 pounds and now weighs 170 on a rangy 6-2 1/2 frame, while...

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It's 12:01 a.m. and Roosevelt is practicing

Roosevelt quarterback Justin Terry scrambles for a gain

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Roosevelt fell to Babylon by one point in last year’s Long Island Championship Game . . . and it took the Rough Riders only one minute to start official work toward making sure that doesn’t happen again.

For the second consecutive year, Roosevelt wasted literally no time getting the season started, holding their first practice of the year at 12:01 a.m. Monday, the first day allowed on Long...

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Seven LI girls make USA Under-19 lacrosse team

Middle Country's Nikki Ortega

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The tryouts were so physically grueling and the pressure to excel so stressful, the group was exhausted long before the final cuts were made.

But when it was over, Nikki Ortega said, there was this visual pick-me-up: Walking into the cafeteria and spotting a table filled with familiar faces.

Seven Long Island girls made the cut and were named to the U.S. Women's lacrosse Under-19 team,...

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Three Long Island fencers win national championships

Coach Peter Freiss (left), Carly Weber-Levine (second from

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Three fencers from Long Island won gold medals at the USFA National Championships in Columbus, Ohio that concluded earlier this month.

Ward Melville students Danny Solomon and Carly Weber-Levine and Centereach graduate Stuart Holmes all won national championships in their respective competitions at the tournament, which ran from June 22 to July 3.

Over 9,000 fencers competed, making...

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Controversy kept Caruana out of Junior Gold tournament

Sachem's Nick Caruana warms up during the NYSPHSAA

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Nick Caruana qualified for the Junior Gold Championship bowling tournament, but the Sachem East star was deemed ineligible to compete in it this week because, technically, he hadn't qualified.

In a stern and somewhat controversial ruling, the United States Bowling Congress discounted the Dec. 1 Long Island Youth Bowling tournament in Patchogue - through which Caruana and former...

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LIers shine in Under Armour Classic

East Islip attack Nicole Levy

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Shayna Pirreca starred in her final high school competition last weekend, leading the North All-Stars to an 18-11 victory over the South in the Under Armour All-America Lacrosse Classic at Towson University.

Pirreca, a Mount Sinai senior, had three goals and two assists and was named MVP.

"I just came here to play my best and represent the North, and I guess it just worked out for me,"...

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Former QBs Sam Ilario, Trent Crossan shine in slot at Empire Challenge

Long Island's Sam Ilario (3) runs down the

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Long Island found some winning numbers when it played the slots.

Three of the team's biggest offensive plays in Wednesday night's Empire Challenge involved quarterbacks-turned-slot receivers Sam Ilario (West Islip) and Trent Crossan (Sachem North).

Ilario had a 28-yard run in the first quarter, a rare positive running play as Long Island netted only four yards on the ground. He also...

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