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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 email@example.com, or message me on Twitter at @MikeGavin7, or just come talk to me at a...Read more »
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...Read more »
This week's high school football schedule begins Wednesday, with the bulk of the games being played on Thursday to accommodate the Jewish holiday of Yom Kippur on Saturday, Sept. 14.
Here's a look at the Long Island high school football schedule for this opening week, with games on five straight days....Read more »
Don’t bother telling St. John the Baptist football players that their aspirations are too high. No one will even pretend to hear you.
Reaching the CHSFL AA title game last season was a significant accomplishment for the Cougars, given the team had been competing at the A level since before Keith Schweers took over as head coach seven seasons ago, and while progressing, still hadn’t been to...Read more »
Smithtown East coach Pete Melore has seen his fair share of sophomore quarterbacks in his 20-plus years of experience, yet the season John Daniggelis had last year emerges from his recollection.
And not because it’s the most recent.
“None played as good as a sophomore as John Daniggelis did last year,” Melore said after Tuesday morning's practice.
Daniggelis passed for just under...Read more »
Seaford coach Rob Perpall wasn’t too pleased with the way his football team was practicing Wednesday morning, so he sent his players home early, saying he wanted to see "more enthusiasm" in the later practice.
"Be good, or be gone," said the 16th-year coach. “We don’t give up, we get better."
The Vikings, seeded third in the preseason Nassau Conference IV rankings,...Read more »
Louie Jokinsky, senior tailback and free safety for Locust Valley, said the Falcons' goal entering this season is to be better at wrapping up and tackling the opposition.
"It’s really about breaking down and biting the ball," said Jokinsky, who rushed for 975 yards and five touchdowns, while making 27 tackles last season. "Get your head on the side of the ball and wrap up. We...Read more »
After rushing and passing for a combined 1,000 yards with seven touchdowns last season, Malverne senior quarterback Jamal Aaron Hill is determined to surpass those numbers in 2013.
His plan? Being more on target with his receivers.
"I’m trying to make my passes more accurate," Hill said. "It’s the little things we work on in practice that are going to make us a better...Read more »
West Hempstead doesn’t care if you stack 11 players in the box. The Rams are still going to run the football with a full cast of experienced players that includes senior running backs Bruce Gibbs, Anthony Messina and Dean McCabe.
What the Rams want to do more of this season, though, is to air it out behind first-year starting quarterback Anthony Beaubrun, a junior.
"We will still...Read more »
At St. Anthony’s, the vaunted triple-option is dead. Long live the spread.
“We weren’t running enough plays and teams were dictating to us who was going to run the ball,” St. Anthony’s coach Rich Reichert said of the dramatic switch in offensive philosophy for the CHSFL powerhouse.
So returning quarterback Greg Galligan won’t take the pounding he did last year, whether he kept the ball...Read more »