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Friends Academy, now battle-tested

Friends Academy guard Kristina Kim makes a pass.

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Friends Academy had its best season in program history last year, capturing its first Long Island championship. And the team, this season, is 14-2 overall.

But within that record is five wins in which the Quakers had to come from behind, four games decided by four or fewer points, and in that, a reason for this group to believe it's more prepared than before for the postseason.

"We've...

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Kayla Cappuzzo nabs Gatorade honor

Calhoun's Kayla Cappuzzo turns the corner and heads

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Calhoun's Kayla Cappuzzo was named Gatorade New York girls soccer player of the year, the sports drink company announced Thursday.

The Northeastern-bound senior, Newsday's Nassau Player of the Year, finished with six goals and seven assists and helped lead Calhoun to the Class AA county championship game.

Cappuzzo is eligible for the Gatorade national girls soccer player of the year...

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Robertson reaches 1,000 and didn't even know it

North Shore's Caroline Robertson drives to the basket.

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Teammates rushed onto the court with balloons. The home crowd made a commotion. Alex Cantwell, teary eyed, leaped into her arms.

Caroline Robertson had just drained a buzzer-beating three, creating a quick frenzy at North Shore on Tuesday.

And Robertson’s reaction, with a bemused expression, was “What’s going on?”

After all, it was only the first quarter. But the basket had given...

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Brentwood boys expect big things heading into Suffolk tournament

Brentwood fencer Julian Priceman competes against Great Neck

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Expectations are high at Brentwood heading into the Suffolk County Fencing Championships, and the Indians boys will be one of the leading teams looking to end Ward Melville’s stranglehold on the county.

“I expect good things,” said Brentwood coach Mike Corona, looking ahead to the county tournament his school will host on Saturday. Corona said he anticipates at least a top-three finish for...

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Quinn lets his game do the talking for Ice Falcons

Joe Quinn is the type who doesn’t speak very much. The left wing lets his actions do the talking.

But it doesn’t go unnoticed by his teammates and Levittown-Hicksville coach Tom Carroll.

“We joke and say we have to put quarters in to make him talk,” Carroll said. “‘Where’s the slot?’ we ask him. He looks up and smiles at you.”

Quinn doesn’t take it personally and he’s been smiling...

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Garden City the favorite heading toward Nassau championship

Garden City's Connor Brown swims in the finals

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Garden City, Long Beach and Jericho came in first place in their respective swimming divisions at the Nassau County Division Championships last Saturday.

In Division A, Garden City took home the crown.

Connor Brown finished first for Garden City in the 100- and 200-yard freestyle, and was among the winners in the 200- and 400-yard freestyle relays.

Garden City finished the season...

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Longwood's Corey Rasheed looks to end on a high note

Corey Rasheed of Longwood celebrates his win against

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The longstanding rivalry between two perennially strong programs Brentwood and Longwood added another chapter when the rivals squared off last Wednesday. 

The Indians Jamie Rivas picked up a dramatic sudden victory pin over Longwood’s James Barton that clinched a 34-27 win that moved Brentwood to 5-1 in League I.

The rivalry has seen its fair share of historic wrestlers over the...

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Gymnastics state qualifier postponed (with bonus preview!)

Miranda Lund of Plainview JFK performs her floor

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The Nassau gymnastics state qualifier, slated to be held today in Hicksville at 5 p.m., has been moved to tomorrow, Tuesday, same flippy place, same flippy hour.

Now that we've gotten that bit of housekeeping out of the way, here's a quick primer of what to expect when (if) the snow makes the roads passable on Tuesday.

As always, Bethpage and Plainview will likely have their fair share...

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St. Mary's GBB answers latest challenge

St. Mary's Jordan Augustus takes a jumper against

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St. Mary’s girls basketball coach Tom Flynn is always looking for a challenge.

He found one for his team at the Coaches vs. Cancer Showcase at Moore Catholic High School in Staten Island. More importantly, his team answered the challenge.

Charlotte Renker had 13 points hit a layup off a feed from Mei-Lyn Bautista with four seconds left as St. Mary’s overcame a late deficit in a 64-62...

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McKee’s jumper the key in Bonackers' non-league win

Danny McKee helped his East Hampton teammates move the ball with precision as the final seconds ticked away.

When it stopped moving, McKee stood at the top of the key with the ball in his hands waiting to make his move.

The score was tied at 57 and the Bonackers’ non-league game was on the line.

“We ran our normal offense and ran some time off the clock,” McKee said. “When it got...

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