Newsday's high school writers keep you updated on the big games and stories in high school softball.
Mike Gavin joined Newsday in November of 2007 and spent nearly two years doing box scores while patiently awaiting his big break. That came when he was assigned to do the highly-popular Ducks Watch, a weekly interview with a member of the Long Island Ducks. The high school sports staff then took him in as one of their own and he has since covered girls soccer, boys basketball and other miscellaneous sports.
Mike graduated from Stony Brook University with a major in business management and a minor in journalism. He is known around the office as the “Wild Card,” but prefers that you don’t ask how the nickname originated.
NYSSCOGS State Player of the Year:
Caitlin Attfield (Niagara-Wheatfield-6)
NYSSCOGS State Co-Coaches of the Year:
Ken Conrade (Kellenberg-CHSAA)
and Todd Banaszak (Clarence-6)
01 11 SS Tateum Valentine (John Jay East Fishkill)
03 11 P Sydney O’Hara (Cicero-North Syracuse)
04 12 P Quincy Lewis (Corning)
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The dream season continues for MacArthur’s Kristen Brown. One day after capturing the Long Island championship, Brown was named the Gatorade New York Softball Player of the Year. She is the first Long Island winner since Olivia Galati won in 2009 with St. John the Baptist. Brown is now a finalist for the Gatorade National Softball Player of the Year, which will be announced later in the month....Read more »
The Kellenberg softball team won its first state title in the 25-year history of the school with a 5-0 win over Molloy on Tuesday at Hofstra University. Read the full story here. Below is some additional postgame reaction:
On being state champs: “It feels great, we worked on doing the little things and we came out on top…Last year we came up a little short, but...Read more »
Kellenberg is one win away from its first-ever state title.
Susan Pardo tossed a one-hitter, allowing only a single to the game’s first batter, and struck out 11 in a 2-0 win over Sacred Heart Academy (Buffalo) in the CHSAA state semifinals at Hofstra. Kellenberg (28-0) advances to play defending champion Molloy in the title game this afternoon.
Allie Pisciotta, who went 2-for-3,...Read more »
Down goes Bay Shore. No. 4 East Islip stunned the unbeaten, top-seeded Marauders, 4-3, in the Class AA semifinals on Saturday. Bay Shore had the tying run on third and winning run on second with one out in the bottom of the seventh inning but Courtney Syrett was thrown out at the plate by Lindsey Zenk on a grounder to third and East Islip’s Courtney Blake struck out the...Read more »
Class AA 1. Bay Shore 2. Longwood 3. Hills West 4. East Islip 5. Commack 6. Smithtown West 7. Hauppauge 8. Eastport-South Manor 9. Smithtown East 10. West Islip 11. Connetquot 12. Sachem East 13. Centereach The Pick: Bay Shore is unbeaten at 19-0 and has earned the right to be the pre-tournament favorite. They have an ace hurler in Michelle DeVito to go along with arguably the county’s top player,...Read more »
The eve of the Nassau softball playoffs has arrived. What better time to update the top ten teams in an end-of-the-regular-season grand fashion. As always, keep in mind that this is the opinion of one man. So be gentle with your angry e-mails. Without further ado, your top ten softball teams in Nassau County… 1. ISLAND TREES (11-1, 15-2) – The balance of power in Nassau Class...Read more »
Molly Jarrett came within one out of perfection last season. On Thursday, she finally got that perfect ending. Jarrett tossed a seven-inning perfect game with 17 strikeouts in a 10-0 win over Central Islip in League II. It was the first no-hitter for the senior pitcher, who is in her fifth year on varsity. The 17 strikeouts were two shy of tying her career-high. It was the first perfect...Read more »
1, John Jay East Fishkill-1 10-0 2, Kellenberg-CHSAA 15-0 3, Bay Shore-11 14-0 4, Cicero-North Syracuse-3 12-1 5, MacArthur-8 14-2 6, Roy C. Ketcham-1 7-1 7, St. Joseph by the Sea-CHSAA 15-1 8, Shenendehowa-2 12-1 9, Longwood-11 13-1 10, Tottenville-PSAL 16-1 11, Greece Athena-5 8-1 12, Lancaster-6 8-1 13, Clarkstown South-1 9-1...Read more »
The semifinals of the Class B playoffs will be played on May 15 and the best-of-three finals wlll begin on May 21.
No. 1 Carle Place vs. No. 4 Wheatley
No. 2 Oyster Bay vs. No. 3 Locust Valley
The finals for the best-of-three Class C county championship will begin on May 11.
No. 1 East Rockaway vs. No. 2 Friends Academy...Read more »