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Half Hollow Hills wins Suffolk boys, girls badminton titles

The top-seeded Half Hollow Hills boys and girls badminton teams both won Suffolk County Championships on Tuesday, marking the first time that the same team has won both titles. The girls (16-0) defeated No. 2 Smithtown West, 7-2, while the boys (14-2) won a close match against No. 2 Smithtown East, 5-4.

For the girls, it’s their fourth straight county championship and they have now won 61...

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Choi wins second straight Nassau title, GC Maroon wins eighth straight

Syosset sophomore Elizabeth Choi won her second straight Nassau Individual Championship, shooting a six-over 77 on Bethpage Yellow Monday and a one-over 72 on Bethpage Green yesterday to finish with a two-day score of 149.

“I thought she did phenomenal,” Syosset coach Steve Naranjo said. “She struck the ball very well, it’s the best I’ve seen all year. She’s only a sophomore so she still has...

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Laura's Playoff Predictions: Suffolk girls lacrosse

Babylon's Shelby Fredericks cuts right to begin a

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For the record, I’m really hesitant about doing this but…meh…why shouldn’t Suffolk get the same good stuff that Nassau does?

So here’s the deal (and I’m basically going to rip this off wholesale from what Stephen said): These picks are thoroughly objective. Just because I picked against your team doesn’t mean (a) I don’t like y’all (I’m having a blast this season, and all the girls are great)...

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Stephen's Playoff Predictions: Nassau

Cold Spring Harbor's Katherine Rueger pressured by Massapequa's

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Before we start, I’ll slap this disclaimer in: Thought and objectivity went into these predictions, so if I picked against your team, it doesn’t mean that I dislike them or have any less respect for them. This is my third season covering lacrosse and I can say with complete honesty that there hasn’t been a team or person I’ve met whom I dislike or would root against in any way. (I’ve had this conversation...

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So Amazing: Nassau Girls Lax Players of the Week

Wantagh's Colleen Lovett circles behind the net during

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Who knew Beyonce even had a song called “So Amazing”? I didn’t, until about five minutes ago when I went searching for song titles that had any possible correlation to Players of the Week. Then boom! It was a Luther Vandross tribute sung with Stevie Wonder. I think it works here.

(Tangent: Learned something in the process. I recognized Beyonce’s opening lines in the song from “True Love” by...

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Clarke moves on to face another underdog in 'A' semifinals

Clarke's Matt Seelinger pitches in relief against Plainedge.

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After Clarke dropped the first game of the best-of-three quarterfinal in Nassau ‘A’ to league foe and No. 14 Valley Stream North the Rams needed to make a statement.

Despite being seeded 11 spots higher, Clarke had its back up against the wall in the quarterfinals again. In 2012 No. 16 Plainedge upset the Rams en route to an unlikely state semifinal run.

“They were only a 14 seed because...

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Playoff Pick'em: Nassau boys lacrosse semifinals

Massapequa High School's Paul Bentz, right, looks to

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The Nassau boys lacrosse semifinals begin Tuesday for each class. Below is a quick look at each game. Below that, you can vote on who will win each game.

CLASS A SEMIFINALS

No. 1 Massapequa vs. No. 4 Farmingdale

Tuesday, 8:00 p.m., at Hofstra

What to look for: The Chiefs offense, led by Paul Bentz, Craig Berge and James Byrns, who totaled almost 200 points during the regular...

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

West Islip, NY May 18, 2012 - William

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Of the 45 teams in Suffolk, only 16 are still playing today. Yeah…it’s the playoffs, and it’s going to be a dogfight all the way up to Cortland. But enough about that stuff. We’re kicking off this Girls Who Run This World with a hat-tip to all the girls who busted their butts all season but don't get to play another day. And who better to start with than… Courtney Murphy, Floyd – The girl deserves...

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Pensato, Read send Plainedge back to 'A' semifinals

Plainedge's Anthony Pensato pitches against Clarke. (April 4,

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Entering the playoffs as the No. 13 seed and needing to win two elimination games just to make it into the Class A quarterfinals was not anything out of the ordinary for Plainedge.

That’s because the Red Devils entered the playoffs as the No. 16 seed in 2012 and went all the way to the state semifinals.

“We know that once you make the playoffs any team can win,” head coach Colin Fratrik...

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Jake Laine comes up big for Syosset baseball

Syosset starting pitcher Jake Laine has had a heck of a week.

The Braves senior ace was dominant on Monday in No. 7 Syosset’s 1-0 win over No. 10 Farmingdale in the first round of the playoffs. Laine went the distance and allowed only two hits, striking out seven and walking none. But most importantly he was efficient – his masterpiece was completed in under 60 pitches.

Fast-forward...

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