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Plainview JFK looks to surprise in Nassau I

Navigating the treacherous waters of Nassau I is no easy task -- especially without experience. That was the task the Plainview JFK Hawks -- 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...

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Davis twins help one another on the court

Dylan Davis, left and Duane Davis, right, of

(Credit: Steven Ryan)

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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Chaminade's Colin Sacco wins CHSAA tennis title

Colin Sacco of Chaminade returns a volley during

(Credit: James Escher)

Even though Chaminade's Colin Sacco beat St. Anthony's rival Brian Hoffarth twice during the regular season, it was almost inevitable that they would meet again during the postseason.

They would play two more matches, with Sacco coming out victorious in both, including winning the CHSAA Individual championship, 7-5, 6-3 at Hofstra on Tuesday.

Sacco also defeated Hoffarth in Chaminade's...

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Suffolk Boys Tennis Division Championship results

Boys doubles finalist Cooper Lacetera of Westhampton with

(Credit: Joseph D. Sullivan)

Division I Results:At Smithtown East High SchoolSingles Final: No. 1 Zain Ali (Hills East) defeated No. 2 Kyle Alper (Hills East), 2-6, 7-6 (7-4), 6-3.Singles Consolation:  No. 6 Justin Park defeated No. 4 Aziz Rashidzada with an injury default.Doubles Final: No. 1 Duane Davis and Dylan Davis (Hills West) defeated No. 2 Nick Fox and Cory Seltman...

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Zain Ali wins Suffolk Boys Tennis Division I Tournament

Hills East's Zain Ali hits a backhand return

(Credit: Joseph D. Sullivan)

Top seed Zain Ali entered the Suffolk Division I boy’s tennis tournament with an unblemished record. The only set he’d dropped all season was to teammate Kyle Alper in practice last week.

Alper, the second seed, gave Ali all he could handle again on Monday afternoon, this time on the courts at Smithtown East with the Division I championship on the line.

Alper won the first set 6-2...

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North Babylon teammates to face off in Division II tournament

When top-seeded Lynus Fortaleza looks across the net on Monday during the final of the Suffolk Division II tennis tournament on Monday at East Islip he’s going to see a familiar face.

He’ll be facing off against teammate and No. 2 seed Tyree Grimsley. It's the first time in school history teammates from North Babylon will be competing against each other in the finals, according to head...

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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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