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Around the Diamond with Allie Abbene

Allie Abbene has been an on-base machine for

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Welcome to another installment of Around the Diamond.  Each week we’ll sit down with a local high school softball player and ask her a series of questions…some that relate to softball, 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...

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Diamond Vision: Baseball athletes of the week

Brett Pisaneschi

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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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Kayla Cappuzzo nabs Gatorade honor

Calhoun's Kayla Cappuzzo turns the corner and heads

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Calhoun's Kayla Cappuzzo was named Gatorade New York girls soccer player of the year, the sports drink company announced Thursday.

The Northeastern-bound senior, Newsday's Nassau Player of the Year, finished with six goals and seven assists and helped lead Calhoun to the Class AA county championship game.

Cappuzzo is eligible for the Gatorade national girls soccer player of the year...

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Lady Blue Devils 'Diamond' press shines bright in title game win

Huntington forward Heather Forster passes the ball out

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When Heather Forster hears Lady Blue Devils coach Mike Kaplan holler the play call from the sideline, Huntington’s forward knows it’s time to get going.

In the Lady Devils Basketball Invitational championship game Saturday at Freeport High School, Kaplan more often than not called out ‘Diamond’—Forster’s favorite formation.

“I was at the top of that,” said Forster, who at 6-1, is asked...

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Division keeps everything under control in tourney win

Division's Laura Stuart drives past Cold Spring Harbor's

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Taylor Calabrese can sense when Taylor Miller is going for a steal.

“I know how she plays,” said Calabrese, who is teammates with Miller on the Long Island Lightning in Amateur Athletic Association (AAU) girls’ basketball. “She’s hard to compete against.”

That was the sentiment shared by Calabrese and her Division teammates during the semifinals of the Lady Devils Basketball Invitational...

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Nassau boys soccer postseason opening matchups

Massapequa's Brandon Merklin, left, heads a ball away

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Four outbracket games kicked off the 2013 Nassau boys' soccer postseason Thursday, featuring Class A wins by Sewanhaka, Lynbrook, Floral Park and Clarke.

All opening round Class A games take place on Oct. 25, as top-seeded Wantagh hosts No. 16 Clarke at 2:30 p.m.

Bethpage, the fifth seed, will host No. 12 Island Trees at 3:30 p.m. Sewanhaka, at No. 13, heads to No. 4 Southside at 7 p.m....

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