Great way to start season
Sachem North's Mackenzie Margolis had the perfect season debut on Thursday.
"She didn't realize she had a perfect game," coach Kenneth Sasso said. "She was very focused. She would get the sign from the catcher, shake yes, throw it and she was ready to go."
Margolis nearly lost the perfecto on the last out of the game, when the hitter blooped the ball just over Margolis and in front of the shortstop, Chelsea Palma.
"The last out was kind of one of those no-hit breakers, but Palma made a shoestring catch to save the game," Sasso said.
Margolis limited Central Islip to just one fly ball.
Added Sasso: "She only reached a three-ball count once or twice."
All in the family
Get ready for a new family rivalry. Ron Middleton, a nine-year Massapequa softball coach who retired in 2006, only to return as the Ward Melville junior varsity coach this year, will take on his son's Northport team on April 13.
It's a chance he's been gunning for since the Patriots' athletic director tried to bring him on board. The school had given him the option of being the assistant varsity coach, but Middleton said he was itching for a chance to be in the same circle as his son, Ryan.
"My wife says she's going to be rooting for my son," he said. "She's like, 'let him win' but I can't do that."
The matchup has become a regular topic of discussion around the Middleton dinner table, where the family eats together every Sunday.
"I actually said to him, at the end of seven innings, if we're tied, we'll ask the umps to call the game," the elder Middleton said. "He's like, 'no dad, I want to win' ... well, let the games begin."
Khaleev Ginyard, the 5-7 point guard who averaged 20.5 points in leading St. John the Baptist to an undefeated CHSAA regular-season title, has verbally committed to a four-year scholarship at Dominican College, a Division II school in Orangeburg, N.Y.
Moore in JBC Regional Game
Brentwood's J.J. Moore, who played at prep school in Connecticut this season, was selected to play in the Jordan Brand Classic Regional Game, part of the Jordan Classic held at Madison Square Garden on April 17. Moore, a 6-5, 200-pound forward who has committed to Pittsburgh, will be part of the Suburban team that will play the City team. The game is at 3:30 p.m. The main event, the All-American Game, tips off at 8 p.m., featuring Hills West's Tobias Harris.
South Side girls debut
It's the final year of ability-based sports in Nassau and the top girls lacrosse league has one new member. South Side made its Conference I debut on Thursday and lost, 6-5, decision to Cold Spring Harbor.
The Cyclones rolled through Conference II last season and return star scorers Sam Morin and Jackie Cifarelli as well as lockdown goalie Kelsey Gregerson.
"Every game is gonna be a tough game but every game is up for grabs for us," South Side coach Meaghan Healey said Thursday. "We definitely deserve to be up here and we can play well."
Beltrani, Jantzen get bronze
It's said you shouldn't take a long trip without grabbing a souvenir for the folks back home. Well, Abby Beltrani and Debi-Michelle Jantzen did one better: they returned after a two-week stay in Uruguay with medals for the United States.
Their women's U-17 field hockey team beat Chile, 7-1, to win the bronze in last week's Pan-American Championships.
"It was incredible," said Beltrani, named an All-American in December. "We worked so hard for this and being able to represent the USA is an honor ... To win a medal was awesome."
The midfielders were selected from a crop of over 5,000 who participated in the USA futures program in January 2009.