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Jason Stromberg

Growing up in Stony Brook, it was always a duty of mine each morning to read the Newsday sports section in regards to all my favorite pro, collegiate and high school sports teams. I graduated from Ward Melville High School (2000) and SUNY Cortland (2004).

I worked for three years covering high school and community sports as an editor for The Smithtown News, before moving on to the Sun-Sentinel covering high school varsity sports as a daily reporter from 2007-2012. I also served as the sports editor of the Forum Publishing Group, Inc., a subsidiary of the South Florida Sun-Sentinel (2008-2012).

Magno leading the way for first place Spartans

TJ Magno of Valley Stream North.

(Credit: Matt Cinnamo)

Phil Sanfilippo wasn’t sure who he would tap as his leadoff hitter for Valley Stream North. There was concern heading into the season.

Enter TJ Magno, who was looking to make an impact.

“He’s a guy we thought could help the varsity team, but nobody knew he would make this kind of impact,” said Sanfilippo, Valley Stream North’s coach. “He does everything.”

Yup, it’s true. Magno...

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They Made It: Girls lacrosse players of the week

Mt. Sinai's Kasey Mitchell

(Credit: Patrick E. McCarthy)

On the seventh day, we rose again. Hope everyone enjoyed the holiday and is feeling refreshed for the final stretch of the regular season – which somehow ends in only a couple weeks. Rejuvenated, too, for the last two-plus months of the school year. Because I know everyone spent the time off studying!

As always, suggests and comments are welcome. You can reach me through email or at @StephenHaynes4 and...

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Diamond Vision: Baseball athletes of the week

Brett Pisaneschi

(Credit: Brett Pisaneschi)

As you may well know, every week, Newsday nominates the athletes of the week for each sport and puts them on a full page in the Sunday high school section.

There's like 10 of them. It's kinda hard to get on the list. So, since it takes me forever to make the nominations and it's dead quiet at Newsday HQ (What up, Good Friday), I thought I'd spend the time giving some (web) ink to the best...

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Manhasset salvages Plainedge series with Game 3 win

David Spampinato was getting frustrated with his at-bats. He said he was seeing the ball well all day, he just wasn’t able to put it in play.

When Spampinato finally did put it in play Thursday, it turned out to be the biggest hit for Manhasset in its 6-3 home win over Plainedge in League A-II.

Spampinato’s two-run single in the bottom of the sixth helped the Indians regain the lead...

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Roslyn upsets Division, keeps playoff hopes alive

A few very interesting numbers for you --

0-19. Roslyn's record in 2013.

88-15. The number of runs Division has scored, compared to their opponents in the first nine games of the season.

1. Division's ranking in Newsday's small school baseball poll.

3-2. A huge upset.

To understand the magnitude of Roslyn's upset over Division on Thursday, you need look no further than...

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CHSAA boys golf title race heating up

Chaminade's Kenny Doyle drives the ball at the

(Credit: Patrick E. McCarthy)

While Chaminade now has a different coach, its top golfers and winning ways have stayed the same.

Joe Horan has taken the reigns from James Hock, who retired after leading Chaminade to a 12-0 record and CHSAA boys title last year. Led by Chris Van Praag and Kenny Doyle, Horan’s Flyers have picked up where Hock left off, and have started the season 3-0.

Both Van Praag and Doyle are strong...

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Around the Diamond with Kate Finnen

Kate Finnen of Plainedge connects for a single

(Credit: Alan J. Schaefer)

Welcome to another installment of Around the Diamond.  Each week we’ll sit down with a local high school softball player and ask her a series of questions…some that relate to softball, some that don’t, and some that may even be slightly embarrassing.

If you'd like to be featured, e-mail me at michael.gavin@newsday.com, or message me on Twitter at @MikeGavin7, or just come talk to me at...

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They Made It: Girls lacrosse players of the week

Farmingdale's Bridget Weill.

(Credit: Kathleen Malone-Van Dyke)

And we’re back with this week’s batch of players of the week. As always, if you’ve got suggestions or nominees, you can reach me via email or at @StephenHaynes4, and the same for Sal Cacciatore (@SCacc8). You can even nominate yourself. We wouldn't air that out. Promise.

If you haven’t already scrolled by this to read the names below, here’s a factoid: Six of the 10 players of the week were...

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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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Gordon, Byrne win steeplechase at Knight-Time Invitational

Valley Stream South's Michael Gordon takes first in

(Credit: Patrick E. McCarthy)

It was an early wake-up call for steeplechasers at the Knight-Time Invitational on Saturday at Uniondale.

Valley Stream South’s Michael Gordon won the 3,000 meter steeplechase in 10:20.05. Being that it was the first time he had run the event this season, Gordon didn’t have any big expectations. But, as so often happens in the unpredictable world of track and field, the race had other plans. 

“I...

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