Brian Kavanagh is one of a kind.
No other Long Islander earned a spot in both the Grand Slam Challenge and Empire Challenge. The East Meadow senior, who will play baseball at LIU Post, went 1-for-2 with a single and stolen base Monday in Nassau's 3-1 win over Suffolk in the Grand Slam Challenge. Tuesday night he lined up at cornerback for the Long Island all-stars against New York City in the Empire Challenge at Hofstra University.
Kavanagh said he always had dreamed about playing in all-star games since he started playing baseball at 3 years old and football at 7 years old.
"When I first got the call about [the Empire Challenge] it was like a dream come true," Kavanagh said. "Then they called me for baseball, and I was like, 'Wow, this is even better.' I was on top of the world. I was so happy. I'm so thankful that I got the opportunity to play both."
And it's likely the last opportunity of this kind. Kavanagh said LIU Post offered him a chance to play football as well as baseball. He said he intends to try, but baseball is his primary responsibility.
"I don't know how hard it's going to be to play both," said Kavanagh, who led East Meadow's baseball team with seven wins this spring. "This is probably the last time I'll ever play football. It was good to get one last chance to put my pads on with all my other teammates from Long Island and represent my school and my family."
If this was the end, Tuesday night capped a football career highlighted by tremendous growth. Kavanagh played three seasons on East Meadow's varsity team. In his sophomore and junior seasons, he totaled 39 tackles, according to eastmeadowfootball.com.
As a senior, Kavanagh had 39 tackles and two interceptions. He ran 83 times for 728 yards and seven TDs. He also caught six passes for 192 yards and returned 11 kicks for 226 yards.
"He's a wonderful athlete," East Meadow football coach Vinny Mascia said. "It's just completely insane that he's playing these two all-star events on back-to-back nights."