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St. John the Baptist's Anastasia Williams shoots over

St. John the Baptist's Anastasia Williams shoots over St. Anthony's defense. (Feb. 2, 2010) Credit: Patrick E. McCarthy

1. St. John the Baptist: The Cougars have won six of the last seven CHSAA championships and return almost the entire team from last season's championship team. They are loaded with talent led by Illinois-bound Alexis Smith, Kamala Thompson, Allysia Rohlehr, Anastasia Williams, and Brianna Thomas.

2. St. Anthony's: The Friars won the CHSAA Class A state championship last season, buy have eyes on making noise in Class AA this season. Most of the team returns, including Micki Impellizeri, Symone Kelly, and Rebecca Musgrove. Several talented players also transferred in.

3. Holy Trinity: The Titans were decimated by injuries last season, but have talent with Katie Poppe, Kristen Korzevinski, Kelly Carey, and Meghan Orlando.

4. Northport: The Tigers returns four starters and have lots of depth. Stephanie Leon, a 6-4 center heading to Delaware, has improved her offensive game and Chrystal Pope moves to point guard. Megan Marinelli, Kellie Cortina, and Allie Clark will also play key roles.

5. Long Island Lutheran: The Crusaders have been to the Federation Class B semifinals two consecutive seasons. They will have a lot of talent once again led by Sam Milhaven and Sade Gibbons.

6. Whitman: Don't be surprised to see the Wildcats emerge as Suffolk Class AA champions. They play excellent defense and Alexandra Leftridge, Kelly Bilodeau, Erica Scott, Essence Casey, and Rachel Perea provide a solid nucleus.

7. Sachem East: Injuries have already struck the defending state Class AA champions. Meagan Doherty is expected to be out until the beginning of the league season and Kelsey Ferguson and Emily Hansen are out for the season with ACL injuries. The Flamming Arrows have a lot of youth.

8. Sacred Heart: Taylor Higgins and Nina Corcoran lead the way for a team that was very competitive last season.

9. Baldwin: The defending Nassau Class AA champions should contend again behind the trio of Alex Hampton, Courtney Jackson, and Katie Greene.

10. North Babylon: A very young team, but extremely talented. Freshmen Tamara Simpson, Charise Wilson, and eighth grader Brianna Jones are ones to watch.

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