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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.
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...Read more »
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,...Read more »
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...Read more »
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,...Read more »
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...Read more »
Syosset guard Dan Albernas knew expectations were low.
“I think that, really, just our coach and our players gave us a chance heading into this game,” the 5-11 junior said.
After failing to win a game against a conference opponent last season, few predicted the Braves would upset Uniondale, which last year made it to the Nassau County final, on Thursday in the AA-I opener for both teams.
But...Read more »
There’s a small chance MiKing Richardson will score more than 20 points per game this season.
The Baldwin guard/forward has the potential to score 30 in any given game, said head coach Darius Burton, but there’s a better chance he won’t approach those totals.
When it was recently brought to Burton’s attention that Baldwin seems to have yearly success without one player averaging more...Read more »
Carle Place forward Dylan Klein and St. Anthony’s midfielder Justin Carfora were named All-Americans on Monday by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America. They were the only two players from Long Island selected.
Carfora’s overall play helped St. Anthony’s win a CHSAA state championship, the boys soccer program’s first since 2008.
“At this point in his playing career, he is...Read more »
Erik Molina, a senior midfielder on the Brentwood boys soccer team, is one of six high school national finalists for Futbol Mundial’s Best of the Best contest for the 2013 season.
Futbol Mundial, a soccer-related magazine, recognizes 10 players (six in high school, four in college) of Hispanic descent who display leadership and “significant mental and physical strength and fortitude to overcome...Read more »
Five Long Island high school seniors are among 20 state finalists in New York for the Wendy’s High School Heisman Award, which is given annually to one male and one female student for excellence in athletics, academics and community leadership. Carolyn Carrera from Riverhead High School, Erin Neville (Commack), Kathleen Ford (South Side), Darren Davy (West Hempstead) and Brian Keohane (Mepham) are...Read more »