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Lions get top billing

West Islip, the defending state Class A champion, is ranked No. 1 in the country by Inside Lacrosse. The Lions' star, North Carolina-bound attack Nicky Galasso, is the No. 1 rated recruited in the Class of 2010 by Inside Lacrosse. St. Anthony's, led by Princeton-bound Tom Schreiber, is ranked No. 4, and Garden City is ranked seventh.


Wilson secures four-peat

Led by Jumell Wilson, Valley Stream District won its fourth straight state Rifle Championship in air rifle and small bore. Wilson placed third in air rifle (282) and fourth in small bore (277) at West Point Saturday.

Abby McCauley (Garden City) finished sixth in air rifle with a 279 and Devon Esposito (Massapequa) placed second (282) in small bore.

WRESTLINGCasting call A state title one weekend and a role in a major motion picture the next? Glory on the mat and faux glory on the big screen? It very well could happen.

A casting call has gone out for wrestlers in the Long Island area between the ages of 14 and 18 to be nonspeaking extras in "Win Win," an upcoming feature film directed by Tom McCarthy about a family whose patriarch is a suburban lawyer and high school wrestling coach.

The movie is set in New Providence, N.J., where McCarthy himself was a high school wrestler, but shooting will be held on Long Island, according to producer Mary Jane Skalski.

The dramedy will star Paul Giamatti (Sideways, Cinderella Man) and Amy Ryan, who most recently played Holly on NBC's "The Office," and introduce Alex Shaffer, a sophomore wrestler at Hunterdon Central High in New Jersey.

Skalski said that while everyone involved with the movie watched the 1985 cult wrestling flick Vision Quest (staring Matthew Modine as Louden Swain), Win Win will be more centered around the family than the wrestler. McCarthy agreed.

"There's a lot of humor and heart in it," he said.

That being said, they still want the action on the mat to be realistic, hence the casting call.

"We want experienced wrestlers," Skalski said. "The acting experience - that we'll figure out."

Interested wrestlers (all weight classes) can attend an open casting call today from 11 a.m.- 4 p.m. at the Glen Cove Mansion. Another will be held March 14 from 11-4 at 200 Dosoris Lane in Glen Cove.

Wrestlers are asked to bring their high school singlets and proper identification, and minors must be accompanied by an adult.

Shooting for the film will begin at the end of the month and conclude sometime in April. McCarthy said the shooting will mostly be held in Nassau County schools, potentially Oyster Bay or Locust Valley.

For more details, wrestlers can call David or Abby at Central Casting, N.Y. at 646-929-9182.

HOCKEYLevittown wins Liberty title

With a comeback 2-1 victory over Garden City on Tuesday night, Levittown District won its second straight Nassau Liberty Division hockey championship.

After falling behind 1-0 to Garden City in the best of three series, Levittown won 8-3 in Game 2 before securing the title in Game 3.

Behind 1-0 in the second period of Game 3, Levittown scored twice despite being shorthanded on a four-minute Garden City power play. Paul Sabo and Ryan Breck had the goals.

"Pauly Sabo played the best game he's ever played for me," coach Tom Carol said from the state tournament in Jamestown. "There were definitely some grab your chest, hold your breath moments, but I think the players were confident. When we were down 1-0 there was no panic on the bench. Pauly said, 'Boys we got this. This is our game. We ain't losing.' "

After beating Garden City four times and tying once during the regular season, Garden City turned the tables with a 2-1 victory in Game 1.

Levittown beat Echo Lake, 4-2, on Friday to begin a three-game round robin tournament in the first round of states.


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