East Islip girls still the favorite; Middle Country a close second
Two years ago, East Islip rocked the Suffolk Tournament with a record-setting performance and went on to take third in the state championships. Last season, the Redmen led Long Island -- girls and boys -- in average and finished second in states.
So, expectations for this season? Parity.
But a true threat to the throne is Middle Country, the current leader with a 1,010 average. The Cougarines are headlined by superstars Kelly Skalacki (225), Melissa Sherwin (220) and Amanda Tyrell (205).
Talia Cohen, Jacqueline Castelli and Danielle Abruzzo have Commack among the elites. Comsewogue is a contender, led by the Clarks (Deanna, Emily and Renee) and Renee Rocco. Lori Greenblatt (196) and Katelyn LaRocca (195) lead a deep Islip squad. North Babylon, with Abigail Casale and Emily Garren, will be in the mix, and Patchogue-Medford is led by Jessica Calandra, who set the L.I. record with a 222.4 average.
Sewanhaka District, bronze medalists in the state tournament, could have a Nassau dynasty. Sparked by its three junior All-Long Islanders (Rebecca Gotterbarn, Danielle Roca and Kristina Genova), along with Morgan Roth, the Indians are favorites to defend their county title. Gotterbarn leads L.I. with a 225.5 and already has two 300 games.
Bethpage took second last year and is off to a strong start, led by Carly Licht, Sammi Ng and Elizabeth Ferraro.
After winning back-to-back CHSAA titles, St. John the Baptist must now overcome some roster turnover. Still, the Cougars are favored, led by league MVP Caroline Herrera along with Jennifer Budhwa and Leanne Constantino.
St. Dominic reached the league final in its inaugural season and returns Toniann Pasqueralle, Sarah Minicozzi and Amanda Finn. Kellenberg, a semifinalist, is led by Mary-Catherine Zehnder and Alyssa Raines. Holy Trinity made the quarterfinals and now is led by Geraldine Genovese, Sabrina Crispyn and Alexis Aries.