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CHSAA boys golf title race heating up

Chaminade's Kenny Doyle drives the ball at the

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While Chaminade now has a different coach, its top golfers and winning ways have stayed the same.

Joe Horan has taken the reigns from James Hock, who retired after leading Chaminade to a 12-0 record and CHSAA boys title last year. Led by Chris Van Praag and Kenny Doyle, Horan’s Flyers have picked up where Hock left off, and have started the season 3-0.

Both Van Praag and Doyle are strong...

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Around the Diamond with Kate Finnen

Kate Finnen of Plainedge connects for a single

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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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They Made It: Girls lacrosse players of the week

Farmingdale's Bridget Weill.

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And we’re back with this week’s batch of players of the week. As always, if you’ve got suggestions or nominees, you can reach me via email or at @StephenHaynes4, and the same for Sal Cacciatore (@SCacc8). You can even nominate yourself. We wouldn't air that out. Promise.

If you haven’t already scrolled by this to read the names below, here’s a factoid: Six of the 10 players of the week were...

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Tennis runs in Zain Ali's family

Zain Ali of Half Hollow Hills East prepares

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Zain Ali can't even remember exactly when he was introduced to the game of tennis. The Half Hollow Hills East senior and defending Suffolk County singles champion was practically born playing the sport.

"I've been playing since I was four or five," Ali said. "But I was always around the game, bouncing a tennis ball, just getting a feel for it."

Tennis is the game of choice in the Ali...

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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. 


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Cold Spring Harbor boys tennis outlasts Port Washington

Conor Mullins of Cold Spring Harbor hits a

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The Cold Spring Harbor boys tennis team has been in some high pressure matches before. The defending Nassau County champions have built themselves into a dynasty of sorts, having won five straight Long Island titles before being dethroned by Half Hollow Hills East last spring.

“We feel every match like there’s a target on our backs which can be tough,” head coach Ben Marks said. “Everyone...

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Division's Anthony Papa tosses perfect game

Division's Anthony Papa pitches against Clarke on April

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Anthony Papa didn’t button his jacket when he went back into the dugout. He tossed to the same teammate and used the same ball.

His coach, Tom Tuttle, filled out his scorecard in exactly the same way every inning after the fifth, and didn't say a word about what was going on about 60 feet away from him.

And both of them kept it up...right up until Papa's Division teammates dogpiled him...

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Ward Melville's Mike Antipas named Newsday's Fencer of the Year

Ward Melville's Mike Antipas poses for a picture.

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This season saw Mike Antipas take his turn as the face of the family fencing dynasty.

The Ward Melville junior won his second consecutive individual championship, finished a second straight unbeaten season, and was named Newsday’s Long Island Fencer of the Year, following in the footsteps of older sisters Demi and Alexa who also accomplished these feats during their careers.

“It feels...

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They made it: Girls lacrosse players of the week

West Islip's Emily Piciullo.

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And we’re back again. Twitter tells me there’s only seven more Mondays left in the school year (it seems some people are counting down the days until summer for whatever reason), so our hope is to make those Mondays a little more fun… or a little less difficult, however you wanna look at it.

There’s been a change this year. I’ll still be covering Nassau and the private schools – for the most...

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Middle Country's Kelly Skalacki named Newsday's Long Island Bowler of the Year

Middle Country's Kelly Skalacki smiles with a medal

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Chasing championships and records is all Middle Country senior Kelly Skalacki has known in her bowling career, but no success was ever enough.

"I want to do better than I have before," the Newfield senior said. "There's a lot I have to improve on."

Skalacki said that after a junior season in which she helped Middle Country capture its first state championship, had the second best average...

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