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Ward Melville tops Commack, extends winning streak

Ward Melville's Mike Antipas fences against Brentwood. (Jan.

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With Ward Melville facing one the toughest opponents on its schedule, and missing one of its top fencers, would Tuesday’s match spell the end of the Patriots’ winning streak?

Nope.

Ward Melville boys fencing (8-0) won for the 102nd consecutive match, defeating Commack, 17-10, thanks to 3-0 performances from Mike Antipas and Manny Thomas.

Antipas led a foil team that went 8-1, despite...

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'Press breaker down' key for Portledge's resurgence

Portledge's David Lustberg (32) goes up for a

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David Lustberg calls the Portledge boys’ basketball team’s full-court press the “press breaker down," and when it’s executed correctly, look out.

“I think if we can get our press breaker down, I don’t think many teams can beat us,” Lustberg said. “We love to get up and press. It’s exciting. We know it leads to easy buckets in transition.”

Thanks to the press breaker down, Portledge...

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Two St. Anthony's throwers qualify for nationals

St. Anthony's Joe Segreto competes in the weight

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St. Anthony's took first, second, and fifth in the 25-pound weight throw at the Southern Tier Invitational at Cornell University.

Joe Segreto won with a personal best throw of 63 feet, 10 inches, tops in New York and ninth nationally, throw coach John McCree said. James Leddy finished second, throwing 60 feet, one inch and Andrew Piracha was fifth with a 46 foot, three inch toss.

Segreto...

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Sabre duo leads strong Commack fencing team

Commack fencer Brian Huang competes in boys sabre.

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At December’s Brentwood Holiday Tournament, two of the top sabre fencers in the county faced off with a gold medal on the line.

To coach Frank Musto’s delight, both fencers were from Commack.

David Austin defeated Brian Huang that day, but both have their sights set even higher for a Commack boys team that looks to be one of the best on Long Island.

With teams in Suffolk vying...

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Nassau boys basketball notes and quotes

Farmingdale's Curtis Jenkins scores on a layup during

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Here are some thoughts about the past week in Nassau boys basketball:

- Curtis Jenkins could dominate a basketball game, too. The Newsday All-Long Island football star has routinely recorded a double-double in points and rebounds and has led Farmingdale to a 5-0 start in AA-I. Jenkins took over a conference game against Uniondale Saturday. He scored 10 of his 15 points during the fourth quarter,...

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LI wrestlers a force at Eastern States Classic

Nick Piccininni of Ward Melville takes Tom Repalone

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The 12th annual Eastern States Classic is in the book after two days at Sullivan County Community College in Loch Sheldrake, N.Y. Top competitors from all over the country came to wrestle, and as usual Long Island had an extremely strong showing.

Here are the results from each of the championship finals that had a Long Island participant:

99: Kelan McKenna (New Hartford) D 3-0 Adam Busiello...

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Farmingdale's Hartranft wins coaching award

Farmingdale boys lacrosse coach Bob Hartranft.

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Bob Hartranft, who has coached lacrosse at Farmingdale for 46 years and won 19 league, county or state championships, was named the recipient of the 2013 Gerald J. Carroll Exemplary Coaching Award by US Lacrosse.

The award, established in 1994, annually recognizes one high school boys coach nationwide for his success not in victories, but in the care and guidance he gives to the balanced development...

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MLK weekend hoops bonanza

Deer Park guard Aaren Edmead dribbles upcourt during

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There are two major boys basketball events scheduled for Martin Luther King Day weekend, one on Long Island featuring top local teams, and the other in New York City featuring top teams from the East Coast.

On Sunday, Jan. 19, at the Hicksville Athletic Center, the Amityville-Baldwin contest headlines the second Nassau-Suffolk Challenge, a five-game public-schools event. The schedule:

10...

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Garden City girls fencing looks to defend county title in 2014

Caitlin Gallant of Garden City, left, battles Oyster

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Garden City girls fencing has a little bit of everything, from a former county champion to a sophomore duo that evokes memories of Mariano Rivera and John Wetteland.

The defending Nassau champions are led by senior Caitlin Gallant, who won the county individual sabre championship during the 2011-12 season. Gallant, a four-year starter, also made the county semifinals last season.

Gallant...

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Oyster Bay and Great Neck South meet in Nassau fencing clash

Great Neck South fencer Kody Horiuchi competes in

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Oyster Bay and Great Neck South are no strangers to one another.

The two teams have met in the last three Nassau County boys fencing championships, with each match coming down to the final bout.

While Thursday’s match was not as close, it was still a competitive one, as Oyster Bay won 15-12.

Clinging to a 10-8 lead entering the third round, the Baymen (6-1) swept the final three...

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