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Senior fencers come together for all-star showcase

Brentwood fencer Julian Priceman competes against Great Neck

(Credit: Steven Ryan)

Long Island's top senior fencers donned their masks and armor, picked up their weapons, and fenced for the final times in their high school careers on Wednesday night.

The Suffolk boys defeated the Nassau boys, 23-4, and the Suffolk girls won, 19-8, at the Exceptional Seniors Meet at Half Hollow Hills East, but for the participants, the results were ancillary to the opportunity to bond with...

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State wrestling tournament preview

Nick Piccininni of Ward Melville takes Tom Repalone

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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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St. Anthony's meets St. Joseph's Collegiate Institute for state hockey title

The St. Anthony's hockey team poses for a

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When the Friars had their backs against the wall, that was when they were at their best.

Down a game in the postseason, just bounce back and win the next two.

That’s how the St. Anthony’s hockey team captured its fifth consecutive CHSAA championship when it beat Monsignor Farrell, 4-1, in Game 3 of its best-of-three series.

 “We put ourselves in a situation where we had no...

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Hill leads balanced SJB offense in quarterfinal win

St. John the Baptist's Kayla Hill races against

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Kayla Hill led St. John the Baptist in scoring on Tuesday, but also had some help from her teammates.

In this regard, the team's quarterfinal win had a similar feel to its other victories during the second half of the season.

Hill scored a game-high 15 points and also had 11 rebounds to lead No. 4 St. John the Baptist to a 62-55 win over No. 5 Our Lady of Mercy in the quarterfinals of...

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Jazmine Fray highlights girls standouts at LI Elite Invitational

Kellenberg's Jazmine Fray wins the girls 1,000-meter run

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The stars came out Friday at St. Anthony’s. The LI indoor track world got a break from county-specific battles and was treated to battle of LI’s best. Kellenberg’s Jazmine Fray headlined the festivities with a victory in the 600. Fray’s one minute, 37.02 second triumph bested St. Anthony’s Emily O’Neill, who finished second in 1:38.02.         North Shore’s...

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LI Elite Invitational brings out stellar performances

Islip's Mike Watts finishes second in the Class

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While Smithtown West’s Ben Bonhurst made headlines with his state record setting 65 foot throw in the shot put, many other outstanding athletes put forth stellar performances at the LI Elite Track Invitational, held Friday at St. Anthony’s. Islip’s Mike Watts won the 3,200 meters in nine minutes, 37.60 seconds. Miller Place’s Jeremy Miekley was second in 9:44.60. Northport’s Mike Brannigan...

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Chaminade swimming to be well-represented at states

Chaminade's Kieran Serratta breaks the plane of the

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After closing out the season 7-1 and placing second in the CHSAA championship meet, Chaminade swimming coach Angelo Pellicone is looking forward to bringing his group up to the state championship meet in Webster.

One word applies to Chaminade’s swimming squad: depth.

“Depth is critical for a team’s success because in a meet you can out score an opponent without any first place finishes,”...

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Charpin, Weber-Levine and Solomon built their own legacy in 2014

Ward Melville's Kacy Charpin competes in the Suffolk

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The cast was a little different but for yet another season, Ward Melville’s sabre team was almost unstoppable.

In 2013, Alexa Antipas and Alexa Rohan, a pair of senior All-Long Island fencers, led the way with then-junior Kacy Charpin in the mix as well.

This season, Charpin was at the head of a new triumvirate, which featured juniors Carly Weber-Levine and Ilana Solomon.

Antipas,...

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Upset Alert: Seaford stuns Wantagh

Seaford girls basketball team huddles with coach Bob

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When the playoffs began, Seaford coach Bob Vachris wouldn't - nor could he - make any assurances about his team's projections. His team just wanted to enjoy the ride, he said, and looking ahead, "all I can guarantee is that we'll be a tough out."

They're still in.

The Vikings advanced to the Nassau Class A girls basketball semifinals by stunning second-seeded Wantagh, 44-42, on Wednesday....

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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

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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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