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Gregg Sarra’s Ultimate Big 10 for 2016-17 high school sports season

Taylor Strough of Cold Spring Harbor shoots on

Taylor Strough of Cold Spring Harbor shoots on goal during the state championships on June 10, 2017. Credit: Icon Sportswire / Jerome Davis

1. COLD SPRING HARBOR BOYS LACROSSE The Seahawks are the Ultimate BIG 10 champion. Taylor Strough scored four goals to rally Cold Spring Harbor to an 11-9 victory over Jamesville-DeWitt to win the state Class C crown and become the first team in Long Island history to win three straight state boys lacrosse titles. CSH, which beat Pleasantville, 9-6, in the state semifinals, also extended its overall winning streak to 28 games.

2. WARD MELVILLE BOYS FENCING Ward Melville won the Winter BIG 10 after winning their 158th consecutive dual meet in the Long Island championship against Garden City. It is the fourth longest winning streak in Long Island high school sports history. The Patriots (17-0) beat Garden City, 14-13, to win their 10th consecutive L.I. crown.

3. WANTAGH FOOTBALL Wantagh earned the Fall BIG 10 championship with a perfect 12-0 season in Class III. The Warriors allowed 70 points and shut out three playoff opponents. They beat East Islip, 21-14, in the L.I. Class III final. The defense was keyed by Gavin Casey, Joe Valenti, Sean Colbert and Jimmy Joyce.

4. GARDEN CITY GIRLS LACROSSE The Trojans wrapped up their second straight Class B state championship with a 16-8 win over Fayetteville-Manlius. Jenn Medjid had 10 goals and two assists in the state tournament games at SUNY Cortland, while Kelly George added seven goals and eight assists.

5. WARD MELVILLE GIRLS FENCING The Patriots handed Great Neck South its first loss of the season in a 14-3 win in the Long Island championship. Ward Melville improved to 17-0 and won its 14th title in 15 years.

6. MOUNT SINAI GIRLS LACROSSE With three straight state titles and four in five years, the Mustangs are a girls lacrosse dynasty. They outscored Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake and Honeoye Falls-Lima in the state tourney by a combined 31-5, prompting running time each game. Meaghan Tyrrell had nine goals and five assists, and Rayna Sabella had eight points and was excellent on draws.

7. HUNTINGTON BOYS TRACK The Blue Devils were the top scoring team at the state championship in Endicott. Kyree Johnson defended his 400-meter championship by running a 46.88. He also won the Division I long jump championship, flying 23 feet, 6 1/2 inches.

8. WARD MELVILLE BOYS LACROSSE The Patriots scored four goals in the final 1:01, including three by Eddie Munoz in 34 seconds, to force OT where Matt Grillo scored the game-winner with :01 left for an epic 10-9 victory over Pittsford in the state Class A championship game. It was Ward Melville’s ninth state crown.

9. EASTPORT-SOUTH MANOR BOYS VOLLEYBALL Eastport-South Manor earned the state title with a dominant performance by Ryan Byrne that led the Sharks to their first ever Division II crown. Byrne had 30 kills and Tommy Ogeka had 10 kills and nine digs for ESM (15-2) in its win over Spencerport.

10. LONG BEACH GIRLS SWIMMING Kristen Romano set two individual records in the 100-yard butterfly and the 100 backstroke, Maggie Aroesty improved on her own in the 100 breaststroke and they combined with Caroline Farrell and Joan Cash for a record-setting 200 medley relay and a victory in the 400 free relay at the state championships. The Marines won six of 12 swimming events.


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