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Bob Herzog

Bob Herzog has worked in the sports department at Newsday since 1976. He has covered baseball, football and college basketball.

He has edited and written for several award-winning Newsday special sections on baseball, football and Long Island sports history.

Herzog grew up on Long Island, graduated from Commack High School where he was co-captain of the baseball team, and received a bachelor’s degree in journalism from Syracuse University.

Three Long Island fencers win national championships

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

(Credit: Jeff Salmon)

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

(Credit: Richard T.Slattery)

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

(Credit: James Escher)

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

(Credit: Joseph D. Sullivan)

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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Ben Kocis' farewell to football

Quarterback Ben Kocis of Huntington takes part in

(Credit: Kathleen Malone-Van Dyke)

Just call him Baby Boomer.

Huntington quarterback Ben Kocis managed to turn the Empire Challenge into his own personal farewell-to-football tour on Wednesday night at Hofstra's Shuart Stadium.

Kocis, winner of the Boomer Esiason Award as Suffolk's most outstanding quarterback last fall, was awarded the MVP trophy by Esiason after leading Long Island to a 24-18 victory over New York City...

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Empire Challenge by the numbers

Long Island's Andrew Ris (13) looks for running

(Credit: Joseph D. Sullivan)

It was a contrast in offensive styles at Wednesday night's Empire Challenge.

Long Island accumulated 257 yards passing and only four rushing while New York City had 268 yards rushing and 108 through the air. Andrew Ris (Carey) matched Trent Crossan (Sachem North) with three receptions, for 51 yards, and also completed a two-point conversion pass as the holder.

The City was led by Kahlil...

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11 Empire Challenge players heading to Nassau CC

Farmingdale's Curtis Jenkins rushes for a long gain

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As today’s seniors prep for the 19th annual Empire Challenge All-Star football game Wednesday night at Hofstra, several are headed to the same college in the fall.

Nassau Community College is the destination for seven players on the Long Island team and four on the NYC squad.

The list for Long Island includes Levar Butts and Troy Greene (Huntington), Jeremiah Cheatom (Riverhead), Marc...

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Eight LI women named to Team USA lacrosse

Maryland's Kelly McPartland of Farmingdale

(Credit: Kathleen Malone-Van Dyke)

Eight Long Islanders were selected to the women's lacrosse national team, US Lacrosse announced this week.

Danielle Etrasco (Massapequa), Alyssa Leonard (Bay Shore), Mikaela Rix (Garden City), Alyssa Murray (West Babylon), Kelly McPartland (Farmingdale), Maggie Bill (Cold Spring Harbor), Becky Lynch (Garden City) and Cortney Fortunato (Northport) are among the 38 players who made the roster...

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Davis twins help one another on the court

Dylan Davis, left and Duane Davis, right, of

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Whether on the tennis court, the basketball court or the soccer field Dylan Davis tries to stay composed at all times and help his younger brother Duane stay composed.

It isn’t necessarily because Dylan has more experience or has had more time to mature with age – he is only just a minute older than his twin – but the brother’s emotions and physical skills complement each other well. So well...

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Feinstein returns for Quakers in LI Class C Finals

East Rockaway shortstop Sean Bohan, left, tags out

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Matt Feinstein can’t wait for Friday’s Long Island Class C Finals.

After sitting out the month of May with a broken fourth metacarpal bone in his left hand, the junior righthander gets the start for Friends Academy.

The Quakers (7-11) take on Pierson-Bridgehampton (13-3) at 4 p.m. at the Dowling Sports Complex in Shirley.

“I know it’s a big game,” Feinstein said. “I’ve never been...

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