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Laura Albanese, a Brooklyn native, graduated from Brooklyn College with a major in journalism and a minor in everything in 2007. She joined Newsday as an news-side intern on the Long Island desk that summer and became a part of High School sports department later that year. She has a varied journalistic background, having covered everything from the Brooklyn Supreme Court to girls gymnastics and back again for various outlets, including the Daily News. Her preference, though, remains baseball and soccer. She has yet to master not getting lost in Long Island while on the way to games.
The cast was a little different but for yet another season, Ward Melville’s sabre team was almost unstoppable.
In 2013, Alexa Antipas and Alexa Rohan, a pair of senior All-Long Island fencers, led the way with then-junior Kacy Charpin in the mix as well.
This season, Charpin was at the head of a new triumvirate, which featured juniors Carly Weber-Levine and Ilana Solomon.
Antipas,...Read more »
When the playoffs began, Seaford coach Bob Vachris wouldn't - nor could he - make any assurances about his team's projections. His team just wanted to enjoy the ride, he said, and looking ahead, "all I can guarantee is that we'll be a tough out."
They're still in.
The Vikings advanced to the Nassau Class A girls basketball semifinals by stunning second-seeded Wantagh, 44-42, on Wednesday....Read more »
Chaminade’s Connor Watson entered the season motivated by his loss in the 2013 CHSAA state finals.
Kellenberg’s Jason Javier entered the season with high aspirations but less experience on the big stage.
Both reached their goal on Sunday as the best of the best convened at Chaminade for the CHSAA state championship.
“It’s really all about mental toughness because a lot of these...Read more »
The quarterfinals have been cruel to Lawrence.
The Golden Tornado fell to Carey, 64-63, in overtime on Tuesday in the quarterfinals of the Nassau Class A playoffs, marking the third consecutive season Lawrence went into the round as the county's top-seed and left with a loss.
Adrian Denner scored 18 points and had 11 rebounds, and Kieran Murchie added 16 points to lead Carey.
Dwayne...Read more »
It was a night of upsets in the Nassau County Class A boys basketball quarterfinals as the top three seeds –Lawrence, South Side, West Hempstead– were all upset.
Six-seeded Hewlett got 34 points and 14 rebounds from Avery Feldman in its 71-69 upset of No. 3 West Hempstead. Messiah Ajayi-Clark added six of his eight points in the fourth, including four free throws in final three minutes as...Read more »
Josh Hyon admitted he was more mentally exhausted than physically exhausted late in Wheatley’s Nassau Class B semifinal game.
Yet it didn’t prevent him from making the biggest basket in the second-seeded Wildcats’ 72-68 victory over No. 3 East Rockaway Saturday at LIU Post.
Hyon’s putback off his own miss was the winning field goal in the third overtime that gave Wheatley (11-7) a 70-68...Read more »
Tom DeRosa knows the feeling of getting to the finals and not winning it all. It happened last season for the Smithtown-Hauppauge goaltender.
So when it was time to get ready for his senior season this year, DeRosa decided to take on more of a leadership role and help the younger guys.
“You don’t realize how long of a season it is,” said DeRosa, who was named an assistant captain. “If...Read more »
Before he takes the ice, Jared Vuolo writes 'DAD' on his stick. There's so much meaning behind that for the East Islip center, who goes above and beyond for everyone he knows.
At 13 years old, Vuolo lost his father, Ralph, to a sudden heart attack while the two were playing video games at his house.
Since, Vuolo has honored his father in every which way he can.
"He always said...Read more »
Terry Harris scored his 1,000 career point on a free throw with 7:18 left in the fourth quarter of No. 7 Half Hollow Hills West's 60-52 Class AA first-round victory over No. 10 Newfield on Friday night.
Harris, who has played on varsity since his sophomore year, finished with a game-high 22 points.
"He got off to a hot start, hitting two three-pointers to start off the game," coach Bill...Read more »
It’s been a grand season of boys basketball for St. John the Baptist, as both of the Cougars’ top players – Tavon Ginyard and Kyle Williams -- crossed the 1,000-point barrier.
Ginyard, a 5-9 junior guard, achieved the milestone on Feb. 7 in a victory over Chaminade. Ginyard wears No. 3 and that’s appropriate as he is Long Island’s top three-point shooter this season with 74. He also leads...Read more »