BOYS HOOPS

NASSAU COACH

OF THE YEAR

Darius Burton, Baldwin

Guided the defensive-minded Bruins to an unbeaten league season and a Conference AA-II title. Baldwin upset unbeaten Uniondale in the county final and defeated Floyd to capture the program's second Long Island crown. The Bruins entered the state tournament carrying a 17-game winning streak before falling in the semifinal.

SUFFOLK COACH

OF THE YEAR

Chris Agostino,

Harborfields

Improved on last year's school-record 21 victories and first L.I. title by guiding the Tornadoes to 23 victories and first state championship. Harborfields won League V, Suffolk A, Suffolk Large Schools, Suffolk overall, LIC and state titles before losing by a point in state Federation final to Lutheran.

GIRLS HOOPS

NASSAU COACH

OF THE YEAR

Keith Freund, North Shore

Coached North Shore to its first county title in program history. The Vikings (20-2) play the most unique style on L.I., "the System," with full-court press defense and excessive shooting all game long.

SUFFOLK COACH

OF THE YEAR

Dave Spinella, Riverhead

Coached Riverhead to its first Suffolk crown since 1984 and the L.I. Class AA title, reaching the state semifinals for the first time in program history. The Blue Waves (23-2) knocked off Lindenhurst, Hauppauge and Baldwin in their playoff run.

BOWLING

GIRLS COACH

Harold Cooley, East Islip

He led East Islip to a League I title, the best team average in L.I. (1,044.94), a second straight Suffolk crown, and a second-place finish in the state tournament.

BOYS COACH

Mike Messana,

Middle Country

His team entered as an underdog, having graduated its top bowler in 2011, but Messana led them to a Suffolk title and a third-place finish at states.

BOYS TRACK

Joe Reilly, Longwood

Reilly's Longwood team didn't feature as many big names as past teams, but the Lions captured their third straight Suffolk large-school county championship.

GIRLS TRACK

Steve Borbet, Bay Shore

Bay Shore captured its 11th Suffolk Large Schools title in

12 years.

GYMNASTICS

Kim Rhatigan, Bethpage

Led her team to its second straight county championship and coached Nassau's state team that improved from eighth place last season to fifth place this season.

HOCKEY

Jeff Stelmok, St. Anthony's

Led the Friars to an undefeated season in the CHSAA and won the school's first state title. St. Anthony's became the first downstate team to win a state crown in the nine years of the state CHSAA Tournament.

BOYS SWIMMING

Andy Berlin, G.N. South

Led Great Neck South to its fourth straight undefeated season and Nassau title.

GIRLS FENCING

Jennie Salmon, Ward Melville

Led Ward Melville to its 10th straight Long Island championship. The Patriots upped their winning streak this year to 159 in the past 11 years, which is the third-longest winning streak in Long Island sports history.

BOYS FENCING

Jeff Salmon, Ward Melville

Coached the Patriots to their fifth straight Long Island championship and fifth straight undefeated season.

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