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Empire Challenge: LI roster released

MSG Varsity’s first annual selection show for the Outback Empire Challenge football game was well done. Mike Quick and Boomer Esiason gave you their usual enthusiastic analysis, and I enjoyed that peek inside the selection process with the coaches’ roundtable. Keen observers could see Gregg Sarra, my old Newsday comrade and now the Long Island sports coordinator for MSG Varsity, getting his say on the Long Island roster.

The 2010 L.I. team is an impressive group, led by Newsday’s co-Hansen Award winners JeVahn Cruz of Half Hollow Hills West and Malcolm Cater of Riverhead and Thorp Award winner Anthony Brunetti of Holy Trinity.

Here is the Long Island roster, listed by the positions for which they were selected. The 15th annual game, matching L.I. against New York City, will be played on June 22 at Hofstra.


Gavin Kretz (Amityville)
John Kinder (Lawrence)
Anthony Brunetti (Holy Trinity)
Kevin Allen (Freeport)
Davon Lawrence (Sachem North)
Pat Pascal (John Glenn)
Kevin McHale (Connetquot)
Michael Ehrhardt (Chaminade)
Mike Gallo (Seaford)
Tight End
Nick Stover (Sayville)
Ken Barnett (Lawrence)
Chris Jean-Pierre (Brentwood)
Split End
Jon McGibbon (Lindenhurst)
Greg D’Arienzo (Carey)
Mark Mazur (North Babylon)
Mike Stanya (Lawrence)
Mike Lisi (Carey)
Matt Wilson (Riverside)
Rob Burke (Wantagh)
Mike Reichling (Lawrence)
Chris Richards (Farmingdale)
Bill Sweeney (Garden City)
Steve Jeanty (John Glenn)


Free Safety
Mike Rooney (East Islip)
Ryan Anderson (Connetquot)
Will Crapo (Plainedge)
Damarr Aultman (Half Hollow Hills West)
JeVahn Cruz (Half Hollow Hills West)
Ian Perez (North Babylon)
Zenel Hudson (Bay Shore)
Rob Bright (East Meadow)
Middle Linebacker
Chris Derrick (Amityville)
Jack Moorehead (John Glenn)
Outside Linebacker
Ryan Crawley (North Babylon)
Jawara Dudley (Roosevelt)
Eric Schmidt (East Islip)
Andrew Hodge (Half Hollow Hills West)
Defensive End
Kevin Hauter (William Floyd)
Malcolm Cater (Riverhead)
Corey Bateman (Freeport)
Joe Kirchner (Sachem North)
Defensive Tackle
Rob Welsh (St. Anthony’s)
Connor Horl (Garden City)
Kevin Michel (Elmont)
Mike Smith (Riverhead)
Jesse Signa (St. Anthony’s)
Special Teams
Tom DeNapoli (Lynbrook)
Zack Losco (Hauppauge)
Dan Belfiore (Glen Cove)


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