Bellmore JFK is on a mission. One year after completing a 23-0 dream season, the Cougars are looking to match that feat this weekend in the state Class B boys volleyball championship.
"We really wanted to get back upstate and have that experience again," Bellmore JFK coach Dennis Ringel said. "Our goal right from day one was to make the season last as long as humanly possible. It's just as good, if not better, than last year."
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Led by Gary Anderson, who was the MVP of the state tournament in 2012 and had 17 kills, 17 assists and 12 digs in the victory over Sayville in the Long Island championship, and Justin Feigeles, the Cougars are primed for another title.
"Our goal this entire season has been to get back upstate," Anderson said. "It was such a great experience. This is even more special because it's my senior year."
Road to Glens Falls:
Nassau Quarterfinals, No. 9 Bethpage: 25-17, 25-22, 25-13
Nassau Semifinals, No. 5 Jericho: 25-12, 25-13, 25-16
Nassau Finals, No. 2 Long Beach: 25-16, 25-22, 25-23
Long Island Championship, No. 2 Sayville: 25-23, 25-18, 25-20
Sachem East entered the playoffs with a chip on its shoulder. The No. 4 seed in Suffolk, the Flaming Arrows faced the unenviable task of having to take out top seed and rival Sachem North, perennial Long Island contender Lindenhurst and the best team Nassau had to offer in order to head to Glens Falls.
The Flaming Arrows proved the rankings wrong and completed its goal on Saturday after beating Port Washington in the Long Island championship.
"We wanted to take anyone that got in our way down," senior Ryan Cole said. "We played hard teams this whole ride and we just fought the whole way to get to where we are."
Now Sachem East is closing in on the programs first ever state championship.
Road to Glens Falls:
Suffolk Quarterfinals, No. 5 Half Hollow Hills: 23-25, 25-21, 25-23, 25-23
Suffolk Semifinals, No. 1 Sachem North: 25-22, 12-25, 25-22, 25-21
Suffolk Finals, No. 2 Lindenhurst: 16-25, 25-20, 25-22, 25-18
Long Island Championship, No. 3 Port Washington: 25-16, 25-19, 25-23