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Sachem North's uphill climb

The Sachem North football team at practice upstate

(Credit: Newsday/Bob Herzog)

FISHKILL, N.Y. -- This summer camp is more like football boot camp.

"If it was easy everyone could do it," Sachem North coach Dave Falco is fond of saying. It ain't easy.

Tuesday at Fishkill's Sharpe Reservation, where the Flaming Arrows have been coming for a five-day getaway since 1983, began with a 2.5-mile run at 6 a.m.

Halfway through, the team paused to sing its fight song...

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Empire Challenge by the numbers

Long Island's Andrew Ris (13) looks for running

(Credit: Joseph D. Sullivan)

It was a contrast in offensive styles at Wednesday night's Empire Challenge.

Long Island accumulated 257 yards passing and only four rushing while New York City had 268 yards rushing and 108 through the air. Andrew Ris (Carey) matched Trent Crossan (Sachem North) with three receptions, for 51 yards, and also completed a two-point conversion pass as the holder.

The City was led by Kahlil...

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Diamond Vision: Baseball athletes of the week

Brett Pisaneschi

(Credit: Brett Pisaneschi)

As you may well know, every week, Newsday nominates the athletes of the week for each sport and puts them on a full page in the Sunday high school section.

There's like 10 of them. It's kinda hard to get on the list. So, since it takes me forever to make the nominations and it's dead quiet at Newsday HQ (What up, Good Friday), I thought I'd spend the time giving some (web) ink to the best...

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Sachem North girls field League I title

Sachem North's Melissa Michels, left, and Alyssa Leto

(Credit: George A. Faella)

It was a wild league championship Sunday in Suffolk girls indoor track, with numerous teams revving up for a run at a county championship this weekend. Bay Shore looked as impressive as ever in winning League II, its 24th consecutive league title. The Marauders set two championship meet records, Anisa Toppin in the triple jump and Imani McGhee in the long jump. But they were hardly the only school...

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Sachem North's Melissa Michels commits to Northeastern

Sachem North's Melissa Michels competes in the 55-meter

(Credit: George A. Faella)

The wait is over for Sachem North’s Melissa Michels. The Flaming Arrows sprinter has committed to run at Northeastern University next fall, the school has announced.

Michels holds Sachem North records in the 55, 60, 100, and 200 meter dashes. Last season, she placed fourth in the high school 55 at the Millrose Games in 7.27 seconds, a school record at the time. She was the first Sachem sprinter...

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Connetquot starting season off strong

Connetquot's Allon Avgi wrestles Ward Mellville's Peter Celebucki

(Credit: Daniel De Mato)

The race for the League II title was tight last year was and if the early results this season are a harbinger of things to come, the Connetquot Thunderbirds will be neck-and-neck with Sachem North once again.

The Thunderbirds graduated three all-county wrestlers (including 145-pound champion and fourth-place New York State finisher Brendan Dent) but return a strong core that has been competing...

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Trombetta named field hockey All-American

Sachem East's Katie Trombetta

(Credit: Patrick E. McCarthy)

Drum roll, please!

The National Field Hockey Coaches Association named its All-Americans on Monday and this, likely, will come as no surprise: Katie Trombetta was selected. Again.

The Sachem East star received first-team All-American honors for a second straight year, a day after being named Newsday's Long Island Player of the Year, also for a second consecutive year.

"I just...

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Sachem North boys swimming looks to stay strong

Sachem North's boys swimming team graduated seven seniors, but their squad remains strong, coach Larry Saposnick said.

"The talent is spread out this year," Saposnick said." "I have a strong core and a handful of strong swimmers."

In their most recent meet, Sachem North defeated Lindenhurst 63-37.

Senior Derek Avila placed second in the 100-yard butterfly...

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Commack holds on to beat Sachem North in triple OT

Commack placekicker Billy Holscher boots the extra point

(Credit: Daniel De Mato)

Commack had applied the brakes to one of the most potent offenses on Long Island for 48 minutes, but now it was overtime against top-seeded Sachem North and the road got a lot more treacherous.

The teams traded touchdowns and extra points on each of their first two OT possessions, ratcheting up the tension and the noise at rollicking Lake Ronkonkoma. But Commack finally turned the Flaming...

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