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BIG 10: Glenn wrestlers end season on top

Nick Meinsen and his Glenn wrestling teammates dominated

Nick Meinsen and his Glenn wrestling teammates dominated the Big 10 rankings for most of the winter. (Feb. 27, 2010) Photo Credit: Pat Orr

1. GLENN WRESTLING (remain at 1) Glenn earned the BIG 10 winter championship as the Knights dominated both the dual meet and tournament competition. They won the prestigious Union-Endicott duals in Binghamton. The Knights earned their second consecutive Suffolk Division I team championship and senior Nick Meinsen became the school’s first state individual champion after he earned the title at 130 pounds in Albany. Glenn, the top-ranked team in the Large Schools state poll, has won 58 straight dual meets. Nick Terdick placed third in the state at 152 as the Knights punctuated a glorious season with two Division I All-State wrestlers.

2. SACHEM EAST GIRLS BASKETBALL (up from 4) Boston College-bound Kristen Doherty scored 22 points, grabbed eight rebounds and had six steals as Sachem East won the state Class AA championship with a 50-44 win over Shenendehowa. Kristen Doherty’s sophomore sister, Meagan, had 18 points on 7-for-14 from the field, including four three-pointers. Sachem East will play the winner of Bergtraum-Christ the King in the Federation final Sunday.

(remain at 3) The Eagles were 23-0 in dual meets and crowned the school’s fifth state champion when freshman Mark West earned a 2-1 decision over Eric Lewandowski of Lancaster to capture the 96-pound crown in Albany. West finished the season 39-0.

(down from 2) It ended badly for the Colts and their star, Tobias Harris. They were beaten by CBA Albany, 71-53, in the state Class AA championship game at Glens Falls, their first on-the-court defeat of the season. Harris fouled out early and finished with a season-low eight points and 2,105 for his career. Harris did have a highlight moment at Glens Falls, however, sinking the game-winning basket with eight seconds to go in a semifinal victory over Rochester East.

5. GARDEN CITY GIRLS TRACK (previously unranked) The Trojans earned two national titles during a stellar indoor season. In addition to capturing the Nassau Class A indoor championship in dominating fashion, the Trojans’ 4 x 400 team of Taylor Hennig, Catherine Cafaro, Taryn Schmelzinger and Alexis Yebo captured the NYS Federation championship in 4:01.95. Garden City’s season didn’t end there as Emily Menges, Michelle Rotondo, Cafaro and Hennig ran to a first-place finish in 3:50.7 in the 4 x 400 at the Nike Indoor National championship in Boston. It was the second of two national crowns as the Trojans’ quartet of Menges, Rotondo, Cafaro and Schmelzinger took first in the sprint medley relay in 4:02.84.

6. ROCKY POINT WRESTLING (up from 7) The Eagles crowned three state champions and earned the Division I intersecttional team title with 80 points. Two-time state champion Stephen Dutton (140), Anthony Volpe (160) and Billy Coggins (171) won four bouts apiece to claim individual state crowns.

7. ST. ANTHONY’S BOYS SWIMMING (up from 8) The Friars won their first dual-meet and CHSAA titles in school history and continued their strong season at the Federation Swim Championships. In a comparison of times, St. Anthony’s is superior to its counterparts at Half Hollow Hills, which fell to 10th. Christian Yeager took fourth in the 200 IM (1:54.33) and sixth in the 100 backstroke (52.71). Teammate Michael Forgione finished seventh in the 100 freestyle (47.37) and swam the lead leg on the fifth-place 200 freestyle relay (1:28.62).

8. WARD MELVILLE GIRLS FENCING (up from 9) The undefeated Patriots finished the season 12-0 and earned the school’s ninth straight Suffolk championship.

9. LONG ISLAND LUTHERAN BOYS BASKETBALL (previously unranked) The Crusaders will be defending their state Class A Federation title this weekend at Glens Falls, a title won last season with Tobias Harris. Junior Achraf Yacoubou, who also starred in last season’s championship run, is the team’s leading scorer. Lutheran will face Nichols Buffalo on Friday night.

(previously unranked) The team finished 18-4 in 2009-10, culminating its season with a semifinal loss to Albany Academy in the statewide Empire Cup Tournament. During the season it played a strong out-of-state schedule, tangling with some of the top high school programs in New Jersey, Boston and Pennsylvania. Sal Magliocco is ranked nationally among the top 25 goalies in his age bracket and played all but 15 minutes, compiling a 2.41 goals-against average and .895 save percentage. Michael Goldstein and Ori Benyamini tied for the team lead with 38 points apiece. Since 1999, Portledge has graduated 23 hockey player to top collegiate programs, and three players have gone on to careers in the NHL.

ON THE OUTSIDE LOOKING IN Longwood boys basketball, Middle Country girls bowling, Longwood wrestling, Sachem East boys bowling, Bay Shore girls track, St. Anthony’s boys track.

1. Glenn (21-0)
2. Hauppauge (23-0)
3. Longwood (24-0)
4. Connetquot (12-0)
5. Rocky Point (18-2)
6. St. Anthony’s (22-6)
7. Wantagh (23-6)
8. Long Beach (16-5)
9. Sachem East (26-3)
10. Massapequa (17-2)

1. Half Hollow Hills West (24-2)
2. Long Island Lutheran (20-7)
3. Longwood (19-3)
4. Uniondale (17-3)
5. Westbury (17-4)
6. Baldwin (17-3)
7. Harborfields (20-3)
8. St. Mary’s (20-8)
9. St. St. John the Baptist (20-3)
10. Malverne (14-5)

1. Sachem East (22-3)
2. North Babylon (18-3)
3. St. John the Baptist (16-10)
4. Kellenberg (16-7)
5. St. Anthony’s (21-6)
6. Long Island Lutheran (20-3)
7. St. Mary’s (17-8)
8. Division (19-1)
9. Ward Melville (16-4)
10. Center Moriches (15-7)

1. St. Anthony’s (9-0)
2. Half Hollow Hills (9-0)
3. Great Neck South (9-0)
4. Long Beach (7-2)
5. Ward Melville (6-3)

1. St. Anthony's
2. Half Hollow Hills West
3. Westbury
4. Longwood
5. Calhoun


1. Garden City
2. Bay Shore
3. St. Anthony’s
4. Northport
5. Kellenberg

1. Sachem East
2. East Islip
3. Smithtown
4. Sewanhaka
5. Holy Trinity


1. Middle Country
2. East Islip
3. Division
4. Islip
5. Longwood

Athletes of the Week

Kristen Doherty, Sachem East, girls basketball: The Boston College-bound guard had 22 points, eight rebounds, six steals and three assists in the state Class AA championship after scoring 31 points with 12 steals and eight rebounds in the semifinals.

Meagan Doherty, Sachem East, girls basketball: She had 18 points on 7-for-14 from the field, including four three-pointers, in the state Class AA final. She scored 12 in the semifinals.

Destiny Lalane, Bay Shore, girls track: She won the racewalk national title in 7:29.31 at the Nike Indoor Nationals in Boston.

Joanne Imbert, Valley Stream Central, girls track: She took second in the high jump (5-91/4) at the Nike Indoor Nationals.

Tavon Sledge, Half Hollow Hills West, boys basketball: The electrifying junior guard bounced back from a shaky semifinal game at Glens Falls with a gallant 33-point effort in the Colts’ championship game loss to CBA Albany. His total was one point shy of the state Class AA tournament scoring record set by Richard Byrd of Copiague in 2007.


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