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The Richard Sandler Award, which Newsday presents each year to the top boys basketball player in Nassau and Suffolk, honors Newsday's longtime sports editor, who died in 1989. Sandler, who became sports editor in 1973, emphasized scholastic sports coverage even as Newsday's sports section grew into national prominence. Here is a list of past winners:

NOTE: THIS PAGE NO LONGER UPDATES. THE LIST OF SANDLER AWARD WINNERS HAS BEEN MOVED TO OUR HIGH SCHOOL AWARDS DATABASE.

2011
Achraf Yacoubou, Long Island Lutheran
Tavon Sledge, Half Hollow Hills West

2010
Achraf Yacoubou, Long Island Lutheran
Tobias Harris, Half Hollow Hills West

2009
Tobias Harris, Long Island Lutheran
Ryan Creighton, Greenport

2008
Jeriel Henriquez, Long Island Lutheran
Mike Russell, East Hampton

2007
Markeys Deans, St. Dominic
Richard Byrd, Copiague

2006
Rashad Green, St. Mary's
Chris Barber, Wyandanch

2005
Danny Green Jr., St. Mary's
John Garcia, Brentwood

2004
Kahiem Seawright, Uniondale
A.J. Price, Amityville

2003
Mamadou Diakhate, St. Mary's
A.J. Price, Amityville

2002
Mamadou Diakhate, St. Mary's
Jason Fraser, Amityville

2001
Matt Preston, St. Mary's
Tristan Smith, Amityville

2000
Eric Ferguson, Hempstead
Will McClurkin, Longwood

1999
Barry Baker, North Babylon
Drew Nicholas, Long Island Lutheran

1998
Duane Green, Long Beach
Dale Menendez, Westhampton

1997
Darnel Reid, Hempstead
Maurice Manning, Bridgehampton

1996
Jason Hernandez, St. Dominic
Brian Ehlers, Bay Shore

1995
Wally Sczcerbiak, Cold Spring Harbor
Kareem Farmer, Bay Shore

1994
Zendon Hamilton, Sewanhaka
Rob Hodgson, Floyd

1993
Darius Burton, Baldwin
Gary Williams, Bay Shore

1992
Freddie Lyson, Oceanside
Gary Williams, Bay Shore