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Coleman, Ortega lead Middle Country

It’s not quite May-December, but Middle Country’s midfield is a great example of how teams can combine seasoned talent with maturing skills.

The team’s two leading scorers are Shannon Coleman, a senior, and freshman Nikki Ortega. Now, Ortega is a bit of an anomaly because she’s been on varsity since seventh grade, but the two this year are proving to be a formidable offensive combination....

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Extras: Stephanie Peragallo

STEPHANIE PERAGALLO Hauppauge Defender, Senior

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Here are some of the extras from the interview with Hauppauge’s All-American defender Stephanie Peragallo.

Being ranked as the No. 2 defender in the country by ESPN Rise: “It means that a lot of people aware of what I can do. But for everyone in those rankings, it also means you have to keep working hard to make sure people know why you were ranked that.”

Peragallo also plays for the...

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Extras: Halle Majorana

Manhasset attacker Halle Majorana is seen during warmup

(Credit: Kathleen Malone-Van Dyke/Kathleen Malone-Van Dyke)

They keep telling me we don’t have infinite space in the newspaper. (There would be plenty of room if they’d just cut everything else out and only ran our stuff. Is that too much to ask?) And since I don’t think that should result in short-changing an interview, we’re often – always – left with extra quotes and details that didn’t make the article. You ever go over a story and think, “That interview...

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CHSAA/Independent Top 5 (as of April 1)

1. St. Anthony's (2-0) The Friars have started the season as well as could be expected. They beat Holy Trinity in the season opener and looked to be in mid-season form in Friday's 17-6 win over Manhasset. Annie Heagerty scored six goals, Stephanie Paloscio and Alexis Nicolia each added three, and Tori Holland made seven saves. St. Anthony's has another challenge on Saturday when Chatham visits from...

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Nassau Top 10 (as of April 1)

Wantagh High School #11 Catie Ingrilli, left, chases

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No seismic shake-up or anything like that in this week's rankings, but there were a couple shifts and a new entrant (a hearty "w00t w00t" for Long Beach).

In weeking with Laura's musical theme, I feel compelled to play off a lyric. And since she already dropped a Sherly Crow, I'll twist a J. Cole line...

The teams that moved up/into the top 10 essentially asked, "Where's...

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Circle the Date: 5 Games to watch this season

Garden City's Catherine Dickinson tries to scoop up

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April 7: Chatham (N.J.) at St. Anthony’s, noon – In a showdown of nationally-ranked powerhouses, the defending Group II New Jersey champs take on the Friars, winners of three straight CHSAA Class AA titles. Both teams boast star-studded rosters.

April 13: Sayville at Hauppauge, 5:30 p.m. -Hauppauge, last year's Suffolk Class B champion, takes on Sayville in what could easily be a postseason...

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The Girls on Fire: Nassau/CHSAA Players of the Week

North Shore's Amanda Johansen in the Nassau Class

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Yeah, we did away with "Girl, you be killing 'em" as the title for Players of the Week. Why? Because the song had its run in 2011. We wanna keep it fresh and change it up. Laura had the idea for a Hunger Games type of theme, so we're going with that for now.

And away we go...

Kaitlyn Montalbano, St. John the Baptist The sophomore has 19 points in two games this season. She...

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The Girls on Fire: Suffolk Players of the Week

Mt. Sinai's Sydney Pirreca, right, runs towars the

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Welcome to The Girls on Fire, Suffolk Edition.

Every week, me and my cohort, the inestimable Stephen J. Haynes (who will do Nassau and CHSAA), will take you through the best performances of these here games. May the odds be ever in your favor...

Girls on Fire

Christina Esposito, West Babylon – Few people had a better week than Esposito. Actually, I don’t think anyone had a...

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Suffolk Top 10 (as of April 1)

Sayville's Emily Meier gets around a Deer Park

(Credit: Patrick E. McCarthy)

So hey – remember last week? When there was nothing at all unexpected in the Suffolk lacrosse rankings? Remember that? We were so young then. To quote poet of a generation Sheryl Crow: every day is a winding road. And, well, for the teams who withstood the onslaught of surprises and upsets, it was their turn to get a little bit closer… ….to number one. (See what I did there?) All records overall....

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Playing for Keira: Girls lax rallies for first-grader

Port Washington's Kaitlyn Brown launches one of her

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Port Washington's Wednesday afternoon match-up against Massapequa is big for all those reasons that games like these usually are: Both teams are talented, boast some electric players, and are duking it out for tops in Conference A-I. But that's not why you should head out to Burns Park. The big reason is a little girl: Keira Enright. The first-grader, daughter to Jim Enright (a Weber Middle School...

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