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Empire Challenge by the numbers

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

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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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11 Empire Challenge players heading to Nassau CC

Farmingdale's Curtis Jenkins rushes for a long gain

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As today’s seniors prep for the 19th annual Empire Challenge All-Star football game Wednesday night at Hofstra, several are headed to the same college in the fall.

Nassau Community College is the destination for seven players on the Long Island team and four on the NYC squad.

The list for Long Island includes Levar Butts and Troy Greene (Huntington), Jeremiah Cheatom (Riverhead), Marc...

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Feinstein returns for Quakers in LI Class C Finals

East Rockaway shortstop Sean Bohan, left, tags out

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Matt Feinstein can’t wait for Friday’s Long Island Class C Finals.

After sitting out the month of May with a broken fourth metacarpal bone in his left hand, the junior righthander gets the start for Friends Academy.

The Quakers (7-11) take on Pierson-Bridgehampton (13-3) at 4 p.m. at the Dowling Sports Complex in Shirley.

“I know it’s a big game,” Feinstein said. “I’ve never been...

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Seaford's batterymates setting the playoff tone

Seaford's Jake Doyle

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Lucas Hall and Jake Doyle are more than batterymates and junior captains.

“They’re seniors with just an extra year, a bonus year,” Seaford coach Mike Milano said. “That is what they are.”

In other words, Hall and Doyle don’t want to waste any time. They want to make this season one to remember.

As Doyle tells Hall, “Just go big, or go home,” Hall said. “You never know who is watching...

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Perro shines in return to the mound for North Shore

North Shore pitcher Ryan Perro.

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Two weeks ago, Ryan Perro had soreness in his pitching arm and elbow.

When he mentioned it to Scott Lineman, the North Shore coach immediately told his ace righthander to shut it down, get some rest and be ready for the postseason.

Perro was more than ready. He was brilliant in his return during the Vikings' Nassau Class A fourth-round game against No. 15 Hewlett.

Perro tossed...

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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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Magno leading the way for first place Spartans

TJ Magno of Valley Stream North.

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Phil Sanfilippo wasn’t sure who he would tap as his leadoff hitter for Valley Stream North. There was concern heading into the season.

Enter TJ Magno, who was looking to make an impact.

“He’s a guy we thought could help the varsity team, but nobody knew he would make this kind of impact,” said Sanfilippo, Valley Stream North’s coach. “He does everything.”

Yup, it’s true. Magno...

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Gordon, Byrne win steeplechase at Knight-Time Invitational

Valley Stream South's Michael Gordon takes first in

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It was an early wake-up call for steeplechasers at the Knight-Time Invitational on Saturday at Uniondale.

Valley Stream South’s Michael Gordon won the 3,000 meter steeplechase in 10:20.05. Being that it was the first time he had run the event this season, Gordon didn’t have any big expectations. But, as so often happens in the unpredictable world of track and field, the race had other plans. 

“I...

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State basketball playoff schedule

Glenn huddles prior to their game against Brentwood

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Long Island will send three boys basketball teams and two girls basketball teams to the state tournament this weekend. Below is the full weekend schedule:

BOYS BASKETBALL (all games at Glens Falls Civic Center in Glens Falls, N.Y.)

Class AA: Brentwood vs. Green Tech, Saturday, March 15 at 2:15 p.m.

With a win, Brentwood would play the Jamestown/Union-Endicott winner in the final...

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Hill leads balanced SJB offense in quarterfinal win

St. John the Baptist's Kayla Hill races against

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Kayla Hill led St. John the Baptist in scoring on Tuesday, but also had some help from her teammates.

In this regard, the team's quarterfinal win had a similar feel to its other victories during the second half of the season.

Hill scored a game-high 15 points and also had 11 rebounds to lead No. 4 St. John the Baptist to a 62-55 win over No. 5 Our Lady of Mercy in the quarterfinals of...

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