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Field hockey players of the week

Bay Shore's Allie Dolder.

(Credit: Kathleen Malone-Van Dyke)

First one up this season, and I haven't thought of a snappy title for these yet (like "Kick-Starters" for soccer). Promise, I'll have a good one for next week's Players of the Week. But any suggestions or requests, feel free to e-mail them or tweet me @StephenHaynes4.

And here we go...

 

Charlotte Gelfand, Friends Academy: She made 17 saves in a 3-2 win over East...

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Half Hollow Hills, Smithtown girls swimming teams start strong

To Smithtown girls swimming coach Terry Martin, it's not how you start, but how you finish. "What I talk to the girls about, it's not how well you're doing at the beginning of the season, it's how well you're doing at the end of the season," Martin said. "We're preparing for the end of the season." Half Hollow Hills coach Jason Wiedersum feels the same way. "What we have...

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Off the Pitch with Caroline Wallace

Harborfields' Caroline Wallace, left, goes after the ball

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Welcome to the first installment of Off the Pitch.  Each week we’ll sit down with a local high school soccer player and ask her a series of questions....some that relate to soccer, 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 @MikeGavin7, or just come talk to me at a...

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Whitman boys soccer on the upswing

Whitman senior goalkeeper Dan Zagorski.

(Credit: South Huntington Schools/Steve Bartholomew)

These days, Whitman senior goalkeeper Dan Zagorski believes his teammates are putting their soccer uniforms on with a much greater sense of pride than in recent years.

And they have plenty of reason to.

In a preseason coaches’ poll, Whitman’s boys soccer team was chosen to finish last in Suffolk League II, which didn’t sit too well with players and coach John DiGiacomo.

“We knew...

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Week 3 football staff picks

Carey's Andrew Ris dives for a touchdown against Wantagh.

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A look at Newsday's staff picks for Week 3 of the high school football season by Gregg Sarra, Bob Herzog and Andy Slawson.   GAMES SARRA HERZOG SLAWSON On the season 18-2 18-2 13-7 Syosset at Farmingdale Farmingdale Farmingdale Farmingdale Lindenhurt at Connetquot Connetquot Connetquot Connetquot Northport at Sachem East Northport Northport Northport Centereach at West Babylon Centereach Centereach...

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Boys soccer's top performers: Defense

Brentwood's Jonathan Interiano and Alejandro Ruiz, left, fight

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Here's the weekly installment of top Long Island boys soccer performers for the period of Sept. 16 -23.

This week, the list is dedicated to players who made an impact on defense, excluding goalkeepers. The goalies, along with top scorers and defenders, will be acknowledged next week, and going forward, we will recognize each facet weekly in an effort to not miss many performances.

Alejandro...

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Kick-starters: Girls soccer players of the week

Babylon's Shelby Fredericks. (Nov. 9, 2012)

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Every Monday we'll post the girls soccer players of the week. Coaches, nominate your players – and be sure to show some love for the hard-working defenders who don’t show up in headlines and box scores - by e-mailing us at Michael.Gavin@newsday.comand Stephen.Haynes@newsday.com.  Also, follow @MikeGavin7 and @StephenHaynes4 on Twitter for all things girls soccer.

Here are the best of...

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Girls soccer first-time goal scorers

Islip's Brooke Skahan and South Side's Michaela Lynch

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It's that time of year where we begin to assemble our annual list of Long Island’s first-time goal scorers in girls varsity soccer.

The list will continue to grow as we update it throughout the season. Coaches, if we are missing one of your goal scorers, e-mail us at Michael.Gavin@newsday.com and Stephen.Haynes@newsday.com so we can include them. Also, be sure to follow us on...

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Hewlett boys soccer upsets Jericho

Chris Bravo wasn’t sure exactly how his corner kick ball found Myles Ofri during Hewlett’s Conference A-1 road game against Jericho on Sept. 17.

When it did, Ofri headed it in to break a 1-1 tie with 2:30 left in regulation that led to Hewlett’s eventual 2-1 upset win.

“I called for it to go to the far post, but then I saw Myles running wide open and changed the play out of nowhere,”...

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Skylar Vitiello leads Massapequa past St. Anthony's

Massapequa goalie Kathryn Hatziyianis prepares to clear the

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The magnitude of the moment was combined with the age of the player involved to develop a new nickname.

Superstar Sophomore.

'It’s an honor to be called that," Skylar Vitiello said with a laugh.

That was the nickname teammates bestowed upon Vitiello, the only sophomore on the Massapequa girls soccer team, after she scored the winning goal in Massapequa's 1-0 win over St. Anthony’s...

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