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Trojans national champs

The Garden City girls' sprint medley relay team of Taryn Schmelzinger, Catherine Cafaro, Michelle Rotondo and Emily Menges can call itself a national champion after placing first in 4 minutes, 2.7 seconds Saturday at the Nike Indoor Nationals in Boston. It was the fastest time in the United States this season.

Bay Shore's Destiny Lalane can be added to the list of Long Island's national champions after she won the mile walk in 7:29.31. The race was dominated by L.I. athletes as Connetquot's Amy Cheung was second and Garden City's Molly Josephs fifth to gain All-American status.

St. John the Baptist's distance medley team of Krystal Foster, Ryan Woolley, Catherine Westby and Anne Carey earned All-American status Friday at the Nike, placing fourth in a school-record 12:06.95. The previous record was 12:14.39, set at the Eastern States.

The 4 x 200-meter relay team of Demarr Aultman, Justin Connor, Abdias Mrytle and Dan McCord earned All-American status with a fourth-place time of 1:29.86 for Half Hollow Hills West at the National Scholastic Indoor Championships at The Armory Friday. That broke their school record of 1:30.0 set earlier at the Eastern States.

The St. Anthony's sprint medley relay team of Anthony Barnes, Warner Cooley, Patrick Farmer and Payton Hazzard earned All-American status winning in a photo finish ahead of St. Joseph's Sea in 3:30.76. The Friars' Kenneth Walshak earned All-American status by placing third in the 5,000 meters in 15:25.46.


Scher tough

Nicole Scher looked like a hockey player who came out on the losing end of a scuffle. The Valley Stream Central senior bowled the final game of her high school career with gauze and tape on her face to treat a bloody nose.

She didn't get into it with an upstate rival or have a mishap with the ball. It was only a nosebleed, but it took an hour to stop, and she missed Games 4 and 5.

"Since it's my last time bowling in high school, I needed them to just tape me up and send me back out there for the last game," said Scher, a three-time All-Star. "I just blew my nose and it started pouring . . . I've had nosebleeds before, but never during a match."

The Adelphi-bound Scher rolled a 188 in Game 6, which was her high for the day as her team finished eighth (5,284).

Christie tops in CHSAA

Flip the "Friends" theme song for Luis Christie. It has been his day, his week, his month and, thus far, his year.

The Holy Trinity sophomore rolled an 891 series to win the state CHSAA individual tournament last Saturday at Babylon Lanes, finishing ahead of Chaminade's Andrew Fenn (771) and Salesian's Kevin Foy (753). Paul Droluk (St. Anthony's) had the high game (235).

"It's been so incredible," Christie said. "To achieve so many accomplishments so early in the year, it's cool."

Christie, who has four 300 games, rolled another in the Student-Faculty Challenge last Tuesday. "He's such a low-key, humble person," coach Mary Messina said. "To see him reach these heights is a joy to watch."


Portledge proud of success

Even if Portledge wasn't the only girls hockey high school team on Long Island, it would likely still be in a class of its own.

But after winning the WIHLMA title in 2009, Portledge lost the 2010 crown to the Morristown-Beard School, 5-4, in double overtime on Feb. 21 at the Hill School (Pa.).

"You didn't really feel badly after you lost the game because everybody played so hard," coach Zoe Schwam said. "We felt we left it all on the ice."

Portledge (8-2-2) finished in third, but still reached the championship game for the third consecutive year. Addie Reilly led the offense with 17 goals and three assists, and Julie Devlin and Erin Brand each had 12 points. Gabriela Pilson allowed just seven goals in eight games in net to go 6-1-1.

"The last three years in a row we've been in a championship game and it's been decided by one goal each time," athletic director Phil Hills said. "Morristown won two years ago, we won last year and they won. So hopefully, next year is our turn again."

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