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Smithtown East looks to continue winning ways in Suffolk girls golf

Smithtown East's Alexa Niven tees off on the

Smithtown East's Alexa Niven tees off on the fifth hole in the Suffolk girls golf match against Smithtown West. (May 10, 2012) Credit: Kathleen Malone-Van Dyke

Forget rebuilding, Smithtown East is thinking repeat. The Bulls won their first Long Island crown last year, along with their second straight Suffolk championship, but despite no seniors, coach Bob Woods said he expects his team to contend for the title again.

Freshmen Peyton Greco, Alexa Niven and Cassie Hall all saw significant playing time as eighth-graders and were a key to last season's success. With a year of experience under their belts, they will be top golfers for the Bulls. Junior Gianna Dietrich brings veteran leadership.

Smithtown West will give East a run with a strong returning core from a team that finished second in the county. Junior Kaitlin Clancy placed third in the county and senior Victoria Snak finished fourth in the county.

Senior Emily Doeveala, junior Alana Fitzgerald and freshman Jane-e Doveala are all returning players, giving West a veteran lineup.

Sayville will also be competitive after placing third in the county championship last year.

Senior Nadja Brown will lead a young Northport team.

Garden City Maroon is head and shoulders above the pack in Nassau. The team won its seventh straight county championship, its 10th straight conference title and enters the year riding a 72-match county win streak.

Maroon will look to reclaim the Long Island championship it won in 2011 after losing to Smithtown East last year.

Garden City junior Samantha Sessa has already had an accomplished career, winning the county championship as a freshman and finishing as the runner-up last year. Seniors Nicole Miesemer and Mackenzie Horl will also be key.

Syosset will look to take down Maroon's perennial powerhouse. Sophomore Elizabeth Choi won the county championship last year and took fourth in the state tournament. Senior Emilie Cullen and junior Megan Graff add veteran experience to a young team.

Senior Augusta Mayer returns to lead Friends Academy, which has been undefeated for the past two years. Sophomores Marianna Cuomo-Maier and Stephanie Cherlone return after strong showings as freshmen. Junior Maggie Brennan will also be a key for the Quakers.

Manhasset has an inexperienced team, but will contend after finishing third in the county championship last year. Junior Marisa Paone is in her third year on the team and will be the Indians' top golfer. Sophomore Julie McCooey and junior Alexa Durso will see significant playing time.

Great Neck South is an up-and-coming team with five of six starters returning. Sophomore Jennifer York will make the jump from No. 3 golfer to No. 1. Junior Stephanie Charles will be the team's No. 2 and four-year varsity player Jennifer Fowler, the team's lone senior, will be the No. 3.

Sacred Heart won last year's CHSAA regular-season and tournament championships and will have a good shot at repeating after losing only two players to graduation. Senior Stephanie Sullivan and junior Tatiana Reali will be two of the league's top golfers.

St. Anthony's was the runner-up in the league championship and will be competitive.

Holy Trinity is a young team looking to improve on a fourth-place finish. Sophomore Gabrielle Pontes will be the team's No. 1. Junior Brooke Reynolds, freshman Michelle Reynolds and sophomore Emily Sgouros round out the Titans' top four.

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