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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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Williams scores milestone basket in Cougars’ CHSAA win

St. John the Baptist's Kyle Williams, left, and

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Kyle Williams missed his first dunk attempt, got it back, and went back up for the flush.

What a way for St. John the Baptist’s 6-9 center to score his 1,000th point. It came on the first play of the game in the Cougars’ CHSAA showdown with Holy Trinity.

But it wasn’t the best part for Williams in St. John the Baptist’s 69-64 home win. The best part was protecting the paint.

“I’ve...

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Speed atop the Suffolk hockey league with St. John the Baptist, Smithtown-Hauppauge

St. John the Baptist's ice hockey team, front

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When St. John the Baptist and Smithtown-Hauppauge take the ice, the game plan is to play fast. There’s no in-between.

And it’s worked.

The Cougars are in first place at 14-2-1-1 with 30 points and Smithtown-Hauppauge is right behind them in second place (14-3-0-1) with 29 points in the Suffolk County High School Hockey League.

“Smithtown is going to give us our biggest challenge...

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St. John the Baptist football aims high in CHSFL

St. John the Baptist offensive coordinator Ralph Carusillo

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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...

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St. John the Baptist hires Commack's Bruce Haller to coach girls basketball

Bruce Haller, Suffolk girls basketball Coach of the

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Bruce Haller, the 2013 Newsday Suffolk coach of the year in girls basketball with Commack, was hired by St. John the Baptist for the same position, SJB Athletic Director Lorraine Bouklas announced in a press release, Wednesday.

Haller, who had coached five years at Commack and previously spent 11 years as a boys coach at Valley Stream North, replaces Ted Oberg, who had been the coach at SJB...

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