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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.

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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Ben Kocis' farewell to football

Quarterback Ben Kocis of Huntington takes part in

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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

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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

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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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Girls Lacrosse State Tournament Preview

Manhasset defender Jacklyn D'Alleva

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It’s that time again. The buses are on their way now to Cortland for the girls lacrosse state tournament, and Long Island will be represented by West Islip, Manhasset and Cold Spring Harbor.

Follow me @StephenHaynes4. I’ll be providing updates throughout the games, along with photos, commentary, retweets of commentary, and stuff. If you don’t already follow me, you’re just doing Twitter wrong,...

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Massapequa, West Islip set to square off in LI title game

West Islip's Nick Arnold delivers a strike during

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There’s been a lot of time this week for Griffin Sullivan to take in what some of his predecessors have been saying.

As Massapequa prepares to take on West Islip in the Long Island Class AA Championship, Sullivan really liked what he heard from Matt Prokopowicz.

The former All-American at Hofstra, who starred at third base for the Chiefs’ undefeated state championship team in 2006, told...

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St. Anthony's Kyle Cunningham finishes second in Catholic state tournament

St. Anthony's junior Kyle Cunningham headlined a trio of top-ten finishers from Long Island at this week's NYSCHSAA boys golf tournament.

Cunningham shot a 1-over 72 at James Baird State Park on Friday to finish in second in the state.

The junior finished one stroke behind the state's top player, Fordham Prep junior Cameron Young.

Nassau-Suffolk CHSAA champion Chris Lambrou, a...

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