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Tennis runs in Zain Ali's family

Zain Ali of Half Hollow Hills East prepares

(Credit: Steven Ryan)

Zain Ali can't even remember exactly when he was introduced to the game of tennis. The Half Hollow Hills East senior and defending Suffolk County singles champion was practically born playing the sport.

"I've been playing since I was four or five," Ali said. "But I was always around the game, bouncing a tennis ball, just getting a feel for it."

Tennis is the game of choice in the Ali...

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Cold Spring Harbor boys tennis outlasts Port Washington

Conor Mullins of Cold Spring Harbor hits a

(Credit: Steven Ryan)

The Cold Spring Harbor boys tennis team has been in some high pressure matches before. The defending Nassau County champions have built themselves into a dynasty of sorts, having won five straight Long Island titles before being dethroned by Half Hollow Hills East last spring.

“We feel every match like there’s a target on our backs which can be tough,” head coach Ben Marks said. “Everyone...

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State wrestling tournament preview

Nick Piccininni of Ward Melville takes Tom Repalone

(Credit: Bob Sorensen)

The New York State Public High School State tournament starts Friday in Albany. By Saturday evening, 15 wrestlers will be crowned state champions.

10 Long Island wrestlers stood at the top of the podium last season, with four returning to defend their championships this year, including two of the most decorated grapplers to ever step on the mat on Long Island.

Here are some wrestlers...

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Chaminade's Connor Watson, Kellenberg's Jason Javier heading to Albany

Chaminade's Connor Watson wrestles against St. Anthony's Kyle

(Credit: Steven Ryan)

Chaminade’s Connor Watson entered the season motivated by his loss in the 2013 CHSAA state finals.

Kellenberg’s Jason Javier entered the season with high aspirations but less experience on the big stage.

Both reached their goal on Sunday as the best of the best convened at Chaminade for the CHSAA state championship.

“It’s really all about mental toughness because a lot of these...

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Longwood's Corey Rasheed looks to end on a high note

Corey Rasheed of Longwood celebrates his win against

(Credit: Pat Orr)

The longstanding rivalry between two perennially strong programs Brentwood and Longwood added another chapter when the rivals squared off last Wednesday. 

The Indians Jamie Rivas picked up a dramatic sudden victory pin over Longwood’s James Barton that clinched a 34-27 win that moved Brentwood to 5-1 in League I.

The rivalry has seen its fair share of historic wrestlers over the...

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Mepham's Louis Hernandez uses losses as motivation

Mepham's Louis Hernandez wrestles against MacArthur's Sal Randazzo.

(Credit: Steven Ryan)

For Mepham’s Louis Hernandez, stepping onto the wrestling mat had become second nature. Hernandez had been cruising undefeated through his junior season last year before stepping into the gym at MacArthur. He left that Conference IV-A dual meet with a blemish on his record after being pinned by Mike Marrero in 3:40.

It was the last loss Hernandez would suffer before going on another dominant...

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Seaford wrestling wins Conference IV-A title

Seaford's James O'Hagan won his match against Farmingdale's

(Credit: Kathleen Malone-Van Dyke)

The stage was set at Seaford on Friday night.

For the second consecutive year, the dual meet between Seaford and Island Trees would crown a Conference IV-A champion. And for the second consecutive year, the meet came down to a match between Seaford’s James O’Hagan, the consensus top 285-pound wrestler in the state, and Island Trees Vinny Manna, one of the serious threats to O’Hagan’s reign...

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LI wrestlers a force at Eastern States Classic

Nick Piccininni of Ward Melville takes Tom Repalone

(Credit: Bob Sorensen)

The 12th annual Eastern States Classic is in the book after two days at Sullivan County Community College in Loch Sheldrake, N.Y. Top competitors from all over the country came to wrestle, and as usual Long Island had an extremely strong showing.

Here are the results from each of the championship finals that had a Long Island participant:

99: Kelan McKenna (New Hartford) D 3-0 Adam Busiello...

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57 Long Island wrestlers to compete at Eastern States Classic

Longwood's Corey Rasheed controls Sachem East's Michael Pistone

(Credit: Joseph D. Sullivan)

57 wrestlers from Long Island will be heading to the campus of SUNY Sullivan in Loch Sheldrake for the prestigious Eastern States Classic this weekend. According to Section IX wrestling, wrestlers from six different states will be coming together to prove who the elite wrestlers in the country are.

Long Island will be represented by four returning state champions -- Corey Rasheed at 160 pounds,...

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Steven Schneider, other LIers have big day at LI Challenge

MacArthur's Steven Schneider won his match against Jericho's

(Credit: Kathleen Malone-Van Dyke)

Though Sachem East walked away victorious yesterday at the Long Island Challenge there were wrestlers from the other teams that had very successful days.

Chief among them was MacArthur’s Steven Schneider. A senior, Schneider is the defending Nassau County champion at 160 pounds and finished second in New York State last season.

“I knew the Long Island Challenge was going to be a tough...

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