Meet the 2011 All-Long Island gymnastics team, selected by Newsday's Laura Albanese.
Player of the Year
Burns wrapped a spectacular high school career by taking sixth in the state tournament with a 36.3 on the all-around, including a 9.325 on beam, making her Long Island’s highest finisher. In the regular season, she was the shepherding presence for Commack, which won the county title for the second year in a row – beating out undefeated Kings Park by .05. As the final competitor in that event, she earned a 9.10 on vault. She came in second in all-around in the state qualifier with a 36.575.
Nassau Player of the Year
Plainview JFK, 8th Gr.
Sack came in first in the state qualifier with a 35.225 and notched a 9.0 on beam in the state meet. Her 35.15 against Massapequa helped wrap up a perfect season for JFK, which finished 9-0 before falling to Bethpage in the county championship.
Ciresi took third in the state qualifier with a 34.750, including a 9.025 on vault, and helped lead Bethpage to an upset over Plainview in Nassau championship.
Bethpage, 8th Gr.
Pergola was second in the state qualifier with a 34.825, including a 9.3 on beam. Her performance at the Nassau team championship, including a 9.350 on beam, helped Bethpage compile a school-record 167.325.
Bezalel had a 9.2 on floor in the state qualifier and finished fifth in the all-around with a 34.45. She also represented on beam. In the state tournament, she finished with a 8.925 on floor.
Ward Melville, 7th Gr.
Crasa kicked off her varsity career with a bang, coming in second in the state tournament with a 37.23 in the all-around, including a 9.575 on floor, which tied for first place. She led Ward Melville to an undefeated season in League II and took third in the state qualifier with a 36.375.
Bay Shore, So.
O’Connor came in first in the Suffolk state qualifier with a 38.100 and looks to be getting better, notching a personal best 38.05 in a regular season matchup against Lindenhurst. In the state tournament, she took third on bars with a 9.475 and eighth in the all-around with a 36.08.
Peters helped lead the reinvigorated program to the upper echelon of League I. She finished fourth in the state qualifier with a 36.375 and took first on beam with a 9.450 and notched a 9.300 on beam in the state tournament.
LoMacchio led the Firebirds to an undefeated season and took the CHSAA individual crown with a 36.55 on the all-around. She was first on floor (9.45), second on beam (9.15) and bars (8.50), and had a personal-best 9.45 on vault in the tournament.
Coach of the Year
Greenberg helped lead her Commack team to its second straight county title and coached the Suffolk team to a third place finish in the New York state tournament.
Melissa Kropf, Plainview JFK, So.
Erin Roach, Bethpage, Sr.
Stephanie Jennings, Sewanhaka Dist., 8th Gr. Paige Restivo, Whitman, Sr.
Tara Greco, Kings Park, Sr.
Mackenzie O'Connor, Bay Shore, Sr.