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BOYS TENNISCold Spring Harbor

can't be beat

Cold Spring Harbor needed a dramatic come-from-behind victory at third doubles to edge Syosset at home Thursday, 4-3, in a regular-season rematch of last season's Nassau Boys Tennis Championship.

After splitting the first two sets at third doubles, Cold Spring Harbor's Tim Schneir and Nick Stammatos trailed 1-4 in the final set against Syosset's Henry Tell and Riki Ishikawa. Schneir and Stammatos rallied to win the next five games to take the match, 6-4, 4-6, 6-4, and clinch the victory for Cold Spring Harbor (6-0, 5-0 Conference I-A).

Cold Spring Harbor beat Syosset in last year's Nassau championship, 6-1, and has still not lost a match in three seasons. Coaches from both schools said that Thursday's results show how the two teams are more competitive this year, and remain strong contenders to return to the county title match.

"I've got to give it to Syosset, they're a good team," Cold Spring Harbor coach Paul Poschmann said. "This kind of woke us up a little bit because it came down to the end. It was a good test."

"We're much closer than we've been in previous years," Syosset coach Shai Fisher said. "It was a very close match, it was intense, and hopefully, we'll get them next time."

Syosset (4-2) fell to Port Washington (5-0) Saturday to drop to third place in Conference I-A. Port Washington will host Cold Spring Harbor in a battle for first place Monday.

BOYS GOLFHoly Trinity starts

off season well

The Holy Trinity boys golf team is off to a hot start this year, posting a 5-1 record and taking first place in the CHSAA. The Titans defeated Kellenberg, 5-2, on Wednesday and then earned a 4-3 victory over St. Anthony's on Thursday.

The CHSAA is wide open, as four-time defending champion Chaminade lost a wealth of experience and added nine new members this year. Holy Trinity is hoping to make a jump into title contention after finishing third in the league last year.

"We're gonna do our very best to win every match and have the best record," coach Al Welz said. "My guys have been doing great so far; all of them have contributed to our early success."

The Titans have been led by sophomore Chris Lambrou, who shot 1-over-par 37 against Kellenberg and 3-over 38 against St. Anthony's. Against the Friars, Lambrou sank a 4-foot putt on the final playoff hole to secure the win. Junior John Donohoe had the best score on the day, shooting 1-over 36.

Holy Trinity has the potential to add to its winning streak as its next three matches are against teams at the bottom of the league. But Welz said his team is taking it one match at a time.

"We don't take any opponent lightly," he said. "We don't want to overlook anyone because we know every team has the chance to be competitive in this league."

The Titans' next real test will be a rematch with St. Anthony's at 4 p.m. May 1 at Eisenhower Golf Course.

BOYS TRACKMarciano wins four

individual events

It's not too often that an athlete wins three individual events at a dual meet. Pulling off a superfecta -- four individual events, four wins -- is even rarer.

Patchogue-Medford's Justin Marciano did just that Thursday, as he won all four of his events to lead the Red Raiders to an 84-55 League I win over Brentwood.

"I knew it was a big meet and I knew that we could win," Marciano said. "I just wanted to help the team as much as I could."

Marciano kicked things off by winning the first event of the afternoon -- the long jump (20 feet, 10 inches). From there, he immediately went over to the start of the 110-meter hurdles, which was the next event of the meet. The senior won that in 16.0 seconds.

After about a 10-minute break for the 1,600 and the 100, Marciano won the 400 in a personal-best 53.1 seconds and then went straight over to the high jump. Exhaustion was starting to take its toll by then, but Marciano managed to clear 5-8 to take the victory and complete the perfect day.

"That was the hardest part, going from the 400 to the high jump," he said. "My legs were really tired."

Aside from helping the Red Raiders earn their first league victory of the season, Marciano said that the quadruple-win was also a confidence boost. The senior is hoping to qualify for states in the pentathlon after narrowly missing out last year, and said that winning all four of his events was a nice steppingstone to achieving that goal.

"It'll help me out for state qualifiers," he said. "I feel better and stronger in every event."

Patchogue-Medford's next league meet will be Tuesday, at 2-0 Floyd.

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