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GYMNASTICS

Four headed to Nationals

Long Island will be sending four of its own to the National High School Gymnastics Association senior showcase invitational on May 21-22 in Fort Myers, Fla.

Paige McCarthy (Oceanside), Ilana Simhon (Plainview JFK), Caitlin Stroke (Lawrence) and Jasmine Johnson (St. John the Baptist) are four of the six state representatives. The team will be coached by Plainview's Kim Rhatigan. The team took third last year.

Brittanie DeMeno of Tottenville High School in Staten Island, and individual state tournament champion Jillian Hudson of Tappan Zee High School round out the crew.

BASEBALL

Mineola on the move

Mineola is causing a stir in Conference A-II. The Mustangs swept previously undefeated Lynbrook and, at 7-2, have nabbed a spot atop their conference. Mineola hasn't lost since an April 9 game against North Shore. The offense has been particularly explosive, scoring 23 runs in the two-game span against Lynbrook.

BOYS LACROSSE

Good game, good cause

Shoreham-Wading River will face Farmingdale in an intriguing non-league boys lacrosse game at 7:30 p.m. Friday, April 30 at the Dowling Complex on William Floyd Parkway. But the game isn't the story.

The headline is a Lax Out Cancer fundraiser organized by the Shoreham-Wading River lacrosse community. Last year's event raised more than $14,300 in three hours, with the money divided among four charities. Organizers are hoping to top last year's amount.

Manhasset moves up

Manhasset, with a 7-6 overtime win against Chaminade on Tuesday, jumped to No. 4 in the latest Inside Lacrosse national rankings. The Indians, who had a 9-0 record entering Saturday's game versus Darien (Conn.), are the highest-ranked Long Island team. West Islip is No. 6, Garden City No. 8, Ward Melville No. 9, St. Anthony's No. 13, Chaminade No. 16 and No. 20 is Cold Spring Harbor, Manhasset's Nassau Class C rival, which is also 9-0.

Day of Heroes

St. Anthony's served as host Saturday for a big-time three-game set featuring some of the area's best teams in an event called the Lead the Way Fund's Lacrosse Day of Heroes. The event was held in honor of Sgt. James J. Regan, a Chaminade graduate, former Duke lacrosse player and Army Ranger, who was killed in Iraq by a roadside bomb in February 2007 at age 26. He grew up in Manhasset.

VOLLEYBALL

'Pequa, Plainview tough

Domination seems to be the name of the game in Nassau boys volleyball.

Plainview JFK has dropped three games all year and, at 7-1 (7-0 in league), already has a convincing lead on Conference I. The one loss comes courtesy of Massapequa, which has yet to drop a game. The closest anyone has came was a 26-24 Chiefs win in the second of a three-game match against Port Washington.

In the CHSAA, St. Anthony's is also undefeated - underlined by a win against league rival St. John the Baptist.

"We started our second go around [in the league]," coach Donna Newman said. "We beat St. John in three games and we're just working very hard on our defense."

BOYS BASKETBALL

A high RPI

St. John the Baptist guard Joe Gibbons, a second-team Newsday All-Long Island selection, will play at Division III RPI next year. The 6-3 Gibbons, who averaged 20.5 points, turned down three Division II scholarship offers for RPI's academics.

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