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'Gritty' Valley Stream could be a sleeper in Nassau

Valley Stream fencing coach Evan Samuelson said he was "worried" before the current season got started.

At the time, it was easy to see why, considering the senior leaders the team lost to graduation.

Now though, it is probably safe to say Samuelson can put his concerns to rest.

Valley Stream District girls fencing is 8-4 and might just be capable of playing spoiler in...

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Oyster Bay fencing eyes return to the top in Nassau

Oyster Bay fencer Grey Warwick-Clark competes in the

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With a deep and experienced team, Oyster Bay will be looking to make its fourth straight county final and win its third county title since 2011.

Along with Great Neck South, the Baymen have dominated boys fencing in Nassau County, with the two teams meeting in the last three county finals. Oyster Bay won in 2011 and 2012, while Great Neck South prevailed in 2013.

Oyster Bay coach John...

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Mayerhofer picks up 400th career victory

Coaching girls basketball has always been something Greg Mayerhofer has loved to do.

“I’m being very honest, I’ve been coaching a long time,” said Mayerhofer, who is in his 26th season and first at Glen Cove. “For whatever reason, I’ve been blessed to have wonderful kids.”

Mayerhofer has not only been lucky, but he’s had “very athletic, committed and dedicated kids,” he said, over the...

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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’s four best boys ice hockey teams prepping for postseason push

Massapequa's Luc Corso applies some pressure to Long

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There’s nothing better than this time of the year for Syosset coach Jason DePierro.

“As we get toward the end of the season, you’re working extra hard in practice to compete for a county championship,” DePierro said. “This is what you play for.”

The Long Beach, Bellmore-Merrick and Massapequa boys’ ice hockey teams can preach those same words as DePierro and the Braves. One of those...

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They can't win 'em all

Westbury guard Jared Monah attempts to drive to

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And then there were … none!

Entering Tuesday night's busy boys basketball slate, there were three undefeated teams on Long Island. But all three were beaten as once again, parity ruled the courts.

In Suffolk II, Central Islip outlasted Half Hollow Hills East, 68-64, dropping the Colts to 10-1.

In Nassau AA-I, Freeport slipped past Farmingdale, 49-44, as the Dalers fell to 9-1.

In...

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Speed atop the Suffolk hockey league with St. John the Baptist, Smithtown-Hauppauge

St. John the Baptist's ice hockey team, front

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When St. John the Baptist and Smithtown-Hauppauge take the ice, the game plan is to play fast. There’s no in-between.

And it’s worked.

The Cougars are in first place at 14-2-1-1 with 30 points and Smithtown-Hauppauge is right behind them in second place (14-3-0-1) with 29 points in the Suffolk County High School Hockey League.

“Smithtown is going to give us our biggest challenge...

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Hooks, Smith grab the boards in Freeport's big conference win

When Davelle Hooks and Te'Korey Smith attack the glass, Freeport’s tough to beat.

It hasn’t happened as often as Red Devils coach Bob DeBonis would like, but on Tuesday, Hooks and Smith were relentless in their pursuit of the basketball.

That’s the main reason Freeport handed Farmingdale its first loss of the season in the Red Devils’ 49-44 home win in Conference I.

“We’re starting...

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Ward Melville tops Commack, extends winning streak

Ward Melville's Mike Antipas fences against Brentwood. (Jan.

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With Ward Melville facing one the toughest opponents on its schedule, and missing one of its top fencers, would Tuesday’s match spell the end of the Patriots’ winning streak?

Nope.

Ward Melville boys fencing (8-0) won for the 102nd consecutive match, defeating Commack, 17-10, thanks to 3-0 performances from Mike Antipas and Manny Thomas.

Antipas led a foil team that went 8-1, despite...

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'Press breaker down' key for Portledge's resurgence

Portledge's David Lustberg (32) goes up for a

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David Lustberg calls the Portledge boys’ basketball team’s full-court press the “press breaker down," and when it’s executed correctly, look out.

“I think if we can get our press breaker down, I don’t think many teams can beat us,” Lustberg said. “We love to get up and press. It’s exciting. We know it leads to easy buckets in transition.”

Thanks to the press breaker down, Portledge...

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