The Suffolk public school playoffs are about to begin – Class A opens Thursday; Class B on Friday; Class C next week. So how about one final set of regular-season rankings. Then Zog’s Blog will take a hiatus from the rankings and let the playoffs unfold. I’ll post a final set of rankings when the state tournaments are over.
The top seeds in each class are West Islip (A), Comsewogue (B) and Bayport-Blue Point (C). The top-ranked Lions are seeking their third consecutive state championship and fifth in the last six years. They are riding a 37-game winning streak that dates back to a 2010 season-opening loss to Sachem North.
No. 2-ranked Ward Melville suffered its only Division I loss to West Islip, a 7-6 overtime thriller that ended on the goal of the year – goalie Kyle Turri’s spectacular coast-to-coast jaunt. Wouldn’t the Patriots just love a rematch in the county championship game at Stony Brook?
And speaking of rematches, Comsewogue is still seething over its heartbreaking overtime loss to Garden City in last season’s Class B Long Island Championship game. I know the Warriors, along with West Islip the only undefeated teams on the Island, have been focused since Day 1 on getting back to the LIC and earning a trip to the states.
So let the action begin and follow it all in Newsday, newsday.com, on my blog and, yes, you can even follow Zog on Twitter (@zogsport7).
Enjoy the playoffs!
Zog’s Top 10
1. West Islip (16-0)
2. Ward Melville (15-1)
3. Comsewogue (15-0)
4. Smithwest West (13-3)
5. St. Anthony’s (13-3)
6. Sachem North (13-3)
7. Shoreham-Wading River (13-2)
8. Connetquot (11-5)
9. Eastport-South Manor (12-3)
10. Islip (12-3)