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Suffolk Softball Sensations: Alyssa Monteverde

West Islip junior pitcher Alyssa Monteverde, last season’s League II Rookie of the Year, is leading the way for the first place League III Lions (8-2) this season, with a 7-1 record, to go along with a 1.20 ERA, 52 strikeouts, 54 hits and 12 walks. 

“From her first game, she’s had that poise where nothing ever flustered her,” West Islip coach Michelle Jantzen said. “No matter what the...

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Around the Diamond with Kaitlyn Davis

Kaitlyn Davis of Carle Place softball.

Welcome to another installment of Around the Diamond.  Each week we’ll sit down with a local high school softball player and ask her a series of questions…some that relate to softball, some that don’t, and some that may even be slightly embarrassing.

If you'd like to be featured, e-mail me at michael.gavin@newsday.com, or message me on Twitter at @mgavinjr, or just come talk to me at...

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Juengerkes sisters push Islip past Sayville

Islip's Savanna Juengerkes #21 drives the pitch deep

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Savanna Juengerkes helped her sister Vanessa in a big way during Islip’s League V/VI crossover softball game against Sayville on Monday at Wing Elementary School.

Already leading 2-0, courtesy of Leslie Aubel’s two-run base hit in the bottom of the second inning, Savanna delivered a grand slam in the third off junior lefthander Julia Simpson to break the game open.

A six-run lead at...

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Cougar 3200 runs in the family for East Meadow's Gradys

Mike Grady of East Meadow wins the boys

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The Cougar 3200 isn’t an ordinary race. The signature event at the Cougar Invitational, held Saturday at Bellmore JFK High School, pits nine runners against each other. But the similarities to a regular 3200 end there. At the end of each lap, the last place runner is eliminated, setting up a one-on-one final lap between the two lone survivors. For runners, who can be creatures of habit, this is...

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Girls who run this world: Suffolk girls lacrosse players of the week

KYRA HARNEY Midfielder, Bay Shore, Jr.

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Dear Hannah Burnett,   <Hi-five>   That is all.   Sincerely, Newsday High School Sports   (Can you guess the leading item in Girls Who Runs This World?)   Hannah Burnett, Huntington – The numbers…oh, the numbers. Burnett had five goals and seven assists against Bellport, six goals and two assists against Kings Park and five goals and two assists against...

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Nassau Girls Lax Players of the Week

Manhasset's Lindsey Ronbeck

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Another week, another spectacular batch of... spectacular. We present to you the Nassau girls lacrosse athletes of the week. (New song-pun title for these posts pending.)

And, as always, send any nominations or suggestions via email or @StephenHaynes4.

Caroline Finnen, Holy Trinity The junior scored a career-high nine goals and had an assist, leading the Titans in a 22-17 win over Mineola...

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Softballin': Players of the Week

Seaford's Lindsay Montemarano follows through for a double

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Lindsay Montemarano, Seaford -- Nassau Player of the Week: Where to begin? The week started with Montemarano going 2-for-2 with an RBI and earning the win in an 8-5 victory over preseason favorite Island Trees. Things only got better from there.  In an 11-7 win over Glen Cove, she went 5-for-5 with six RBIs, including a key three-run home run in the seventh inning…oh, and she also...

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Suffolk boys lacrosse top 10

Ward Melville's Jake Kepes, left, congratulates Christian Mazzone

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Ward Melville’s offense has been the story in 2013, but when they defeated Garden City, 7-3, on Saturday, the defense excelled led by goalie Daniel Nemirov’s eight saves. Ward Melville also dominated tough Smithtown West, 13-4, earlier in the week and is well deserving of our top spot in Suffolk. The Patriots moved up to No. 3 in the Inside Lacrosse national rankings, behind No. 1 Boys Latin and...

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Smithtown West honors softball coach Dave Miller

Smithtown West girls softball head coach Dave Miller.

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Smithtown High School Athletic Director Pat Smith had important news to tell Smithtown West softball coach Dave Miller early Saturday morning, prior to the Bulls' League III/IV home crossover ball game against Copiague.

"He called to inform me that there was a leak in the roof of the baseball/softball storage room," Miller said. "All my equipment was damaged and he said they...

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Around the Diamond with Niki Barbato

Niki Barbato of Holy Trinity softball.

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Welcome to another installment of Around the Diamond.  Each week we’ll sit down with a local high school softball player and ask her a series of questions…some that relate to softball, some that don’t, and some that may even be slightly embarrassing.

If you'd like to be featured, e-mail me at michael.gavin@newsday.com, or message me on Twitter at @mgavinjr, or just come talk to me at...

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