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Will Sammon

Legendary college basketball coach Bob Knight, expressing his disdain for the media, once said most people learn how to read and write in the third grade, then find something better to do. Will Sammon hasn't. A Queens native, Will joined Newsday as a sports web intern in 2012. A couple of months after his internship concluded, he joined the high school sports team.

Will has a diverse background in journalism, with experience covering education, politics -- yes, he was trusted with that -- minor league baseball and high school sports.

Psst! His name is JJ Foley

Smithtown West's JJ Foley checks Garden City's Kieran

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JJ Foley is a defender for Smithtown West’s boys lacrosse team. He’s headed to Lehigh after he graduates in a couple of months. He’s really good at what he does.

It’s possible you didn’t know that, though. And that’s a shame.

Foley is often overlooked because of his own back-line teammates. Kyle Mathie is committed to North Carolina. Logan Greco, who is bound for Virginia, was a Newsday...

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Chaminade has goalie in Matt Isnardi

Chaminade goalkeeper Matthew Isnardi passes the ball forward

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Chaminade standout midfielder Sam Bonafede was asked Friday afternoon, the day before the season opener against Ward Melville, who the Flyers' starting goalie would be.

He didn’t know for sure.

“It could be one of four guys,” Bonafede said. “But that’s because they’re all pretty good.”

Matt Isnardi proved how good he is on Saturday. The senior goalie, who was behind Dan Fowler...

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Addition of Brian Lang boosts Hicksville lacrosse

Holy Trinity's Brian Lang moves in for the

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Pat McCormick likes to call Brian Lang the “X-factor.”

"That's the best way to describe him," McCormick said of his new Hicksville lacrosse teammate. "He could do a lot on the field. That's why he's going to Ohio State. He could be one of the best middies in the conference this season, if not the county."

Several coaches from top teams in Nassau have said the same.

And Lang didn’t...

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Brian Cannon's next goal? County title for Northport

Northport's Brian Cannon looks for the open man

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Brian Cannon wants to be remembered after this season as one of the best lacrosse players to graduate from Northport.

And there’s a specific way the senior attacker would like to achieve that.

“Northport has not won a county championship in a while,” Cannon said. “It’s all about helping the team get to that goal. And by doing well as a team, I think after that, my own individual success...

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Sullivan to see more of the field for Garden City

Garden City's James Sullivan winds up for the

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If James Sullivan is even half as good at racking up points as he is at taking faceoffs, Garden City might be in for another special season.

Actually, considering Sullivan’s mark of nearly 75 percent at the faceoff “X” last season, a shooting percentage of less than half of that would be fine, he said.

The junior, who has served as the team’s faceoff specialist since eighth grade, is...

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Bethpage's Greg Gerber shares 1,000-point moment with dad

Bethpage Eagles' Greg Gerber shoots over North Shore

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Greg Gerber needed to thank someone. And he didn't wait.

The Bethpage senior forward scored his 1,000th career point during the fourth quarter of a boys basketball game against Floral Park last Friday. A timeout was called three possessions later to acknowledge the milestone, and Gerber was handed a plaque and a commemorative ball. He didn't hold the ball for long, though.

During the...

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Devonte Dixon, Westhampton have turned things around

Mike Frangeskos and the Westhampton boys basketball team

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While last season meant despair, dread and disappointment for the Westhampton boys basketball team, this season is all about dreams, delirium and Devonte Dixon.

Dixon, a transfer from Floyd, scored 28 points and grabbed 14 rebounds to lead Westhampton Tuesday in its biggest League V victory in quite some time. With the win, Westhampton (6-4) clinched the playoffs for the first time since 2003,...

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Why playing basketball is 'awesome' for Plainedge's John Danielo

Plainedge wide receiver John Danielo makes a catch

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John Danielo thought his high school athletic career was over last November.

Danielo, a senior who plays football, basketball and baseball at Plainedge, discovered a lump on his right arm several days after taking a hit during a football game. Danielo said it grew so large that it eventually inhibited his ability to make a play on the field.

After getting an MRI, Danielo said the radiologist...

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Nassau boys basketball notes and quotes

Farmingdale's Curtis Jenkins scores on a layup during

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Here are some thoughts about the past week in Nassau boys basketball:

- Curtis Jenkins could dominate a basketball game, too. The Newsday All-Long Island football star has routinely recorded a double-double in points and rebounds and has led Farmingdale to a 5-0 start in AA-I. Jenkins took over a conference game against Uniondale Saturday. He scored 10 of his 15 points during the fourth quarter,...

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Alec Ludwig scores 1,000th career point for Great Neck North

Great Neck North's Alec Ludwig, center, Jonah Gorjian,

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Alec Ludwig scored his 1,000th career point Thursday night during the first quarter of Great Neck North's 59-51 win over Plainedge.

Ludwig is the fourth player in Great Neck North boys basketball history to reach the milestone and the first since Steve Gibson in 1984, according to coach Mike Holleran, who has guided the team for 22 years. Gibson is the all-time scoring leader for GNN, Holleran...

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