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Kornfeld fine with first

Farmingdale pitcher Victoria Kornfeld was 17-0 for the undefeated junior varsity team last season and Stephanie Ringbauer's graduation seemingly paved the way for her promotion to varsity starter.

Well, a funny thing happened on the way to the circle. Isabella Corrao transferred from St. Dominic and was named starter, sending Kornfeld to first base.

"At first I was a little skeptical about it," admitted Kornfeld, whose twin brother, Ian, catches for the baseball team, "but I'm enjoying it now."

Said her father, Dan: "Lesson in life - nothing you can do when one of the top L.I. pitchers transfers to your school."

Kornfeld, who can play eight positions, has taken well to first in helping lead Farmingdale to an 8-4 start. She had the walk-off RBI in Corrao's 1-0 no-hitter against Oceanside two weeks ago.

"I'll do whatever it takes to help," she said. But the circle still beckons. She'll pitch this summer in travel ball for the Mustangs.

BASEBALL

Straw, Buddy help in March

The Calhoun Colts helped raise $800,000 for the March of Dimes' March of Babies last Sunday at Eisenhower Park.

The crew, which arrived at the park at 6:15 a.m., helped set up the event - geared to help premature babies. They were joined by eight-time All-Star Darryl Strawberry and former Met Bud Harrelson.

CREW

LI crew championship today

Long Island's top public and private boys and girls teams will converge on Centre Island Beach Park in Centre Island Sunday for the Long Island Crew championship. The regatta, beginning at 9 a.m., is the final event before next weekend's state regatta in Saratoga.

TENNIS

Friars' depth the key

Chaminade entered the season having not lost a CHSAA boys tennis match in three years.

St. Anthony's has now beaten the Flyers twice in a span of just over two weeks.

St. Anthony's brought Chaminade's league winning streak to an end with a 4-3 win over the Flyers on April 12. The two teams met again on Friday, and the Friars emerged with another 4-3 victory to improve to 8-0 and establish themselves as the team to beat in the CHSAA.

Over the past 30 years, Chaminade has won 25 CHSAA league titles with St. Anthony's capturing the other five, most recently in 2006. In this, the 31st year, the Friars appear to be the favorite.

A large part of the Friars' success this season has been the addition of freshman John D'Alessandro at first singles and the play of co-captain Nick Schwab at third singles.

"We have good depth," St. Anthony's coach Richard Roslund said. "Starting with John at number one all the way through third doubles. I don't see any weaknesses. If we get beat, the other team has earned it."

GOLF

Heath, Huth leading way

With no seniors on the team, Hewlett coach David Yaker expected a youth movement this season and that's exactly what he got. The Bulldogs improved to 8-0 and clinched the Conference I title after edging Lynbrook by one stroke in the aggregate score (224-225) at Seawane Country Club on Thursday.

Junior Taylor Heath and sophomore Austin Huth have provided leadership for newcomers Aviad Gamliel, a sophomore who moved from Israel, and eighth-grader Michael Kreisman.

"As the season progressed a couple of my veteran guys who have been playing for so long helped the newer guys to get into that competitive mode," Yaker said. "They taught them how to be mentally tough, how to forget about shots and move onto the next hole. It's paid off for us in the end."

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