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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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Psst! His name is JJ Foley

Smithtown West's JJ Foley checks Garden City's Kieran

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JJ Foley is a defender for Smithtown West’s boys lacrosse team. He’s headed to Lehigh after he graduates in a couple of months. He’s really good at what he does.

It’s possible you didn’t know that, though. And that’s a shame.

Foley is often overlooked because of his own back-line teammates. Kyle Mathie is committed to North Carolina. Logan Greco, who is bound for Virginia, was a Newsday...

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High school track stars to watch

Northport's Tim McGowan running in the Boy's 2

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BOYSBen Bonhurst, Smithtown WestIt’ll be hard for anyone to top Bonhurst’s winter season, but the Florida State-bound shot putter is up for any challenge. Bonhurst, who won both the state and national titles and set the state record during the winter, is the defending state champ in the spring, throwing 61 feet, 11 inches last June.

Tim McGowan, NorthportMcGowan, who won the state championship...

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Top 10 boys and girls spring track teams

Bay Shore's Anisa Toppin placed first in the

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GIRLS TRACK1. Bay Shore2. St. Anthony’s3. Sachem North4. Garden City5. Uniondale6. North Babylon7. Bayport-Blue Point8. Kellenberg9. Miller Place10. Valley Stream North

BOYS TRACK1. Chaminade2. St. Anthony’s3. Longwood4. Northport5. Syosset6. Smithtown West7. Farmingdale8. Huntington9. Valley Stream North10. St. John the Baptist


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