I’m taking my annual mid-winter vacation during Presidents Week, so I’ll miss the first round of playoff action. But Newsday will be all over those games, so check out both our print and on-line editions for complete coverage.

I’ll be back in time for the rest of the playoffs and am very much looking forward to those games. The only prediction Zog will make before heading south is this: Longwood and Half Hollow Hills West will meet in the Class AA final on March 3 at Farmingdale State. That’s a matchup of two teams who, combined, will not have lost a game in Suffolk County all season to that point, and who play an entertaining, fast-paced, high-pressure style featuring several of the best players on Long Island.

Here is the schedule of first-round games, with seeding. The complete bracket is available at sectionxi.org, Suffolk County’s official sports web site.

Monday, Feb. 15 (play-in games)
Class AA: #17 Centereach at #16 Sachem North, noon.
Class A: #9 Hauppauge at #8 Glenn, 1 p.m.
Class B: #5 Babylon at #4 Southampton, noon.

Thursday, Feb. 18
Class A
8-9 winner at #1 Harborfields, 6 p.m.
#5 Islip at #4 Amityville, noon
#6 Comsewogue at #3 Miller Place, 5 p.m.
#7 Kings Park at #2 Bayport-Blue Point, 4 p.m. (St. Joseph’s College)

Class B
5-4 winner at #1 Center Moriches, 6 p.m.
#3 Hampton Bays at #2 Wyandanch, 5 p.m.

Friday, Feb. 19
Class AA

17-16 winner at #1 Half Hollow Hills West, 6 p.m.
#9 Copiague at #8 Central Islip, 6 p.m.
#12 Newfield at #5 Brentwood, 6 p.m.
#13 Bay Shore at #4 East Islip, 3:30 p.m.
#14 Commack at #3 Lindenhurst, 6 p.m.
#11 Floyd at #6 West Babylon, 6 p.m.
#10 Whitman at #7 Bellport, 6 p.m.
#15 Smithtown East at #2 Longwood, 6 p.m.

Saturday, Feb. 20
Class C
#2 Stony Brook vs. #1 Southold, 3 p.m. at Longwood
Class D
#2 Bridgehampton vs. #1 Greenport, noon at Longwood

 

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