1. MASSAPEQUA GIRLS SOCCER
The Chiefs became the first in the state to win three straight Class AA girls soccer championships. Melanie Hingher, Skylar Vitiello, Rebecca White, Bianca Furci and Hope Breslin played on all three state-championship teams. Mikayla Pugliese scored the tying goal and Breslin tallied the winner in a 3-1 win over Baldwinsville for the state crown.
2. MOUNT SINAI CHEERLEADING
The Mustangs made a clean sweep at every level of cheer competition in the state this season. Under the guidance of coach Samantha Melella, the Mustangs won the Suffolk title, the first state championship and the national crown. Hoorah for the Mustangs!
3. WANTAGH BASEBALL
The Warriors defeated Williamsville East, 6-5, for the state Class A championship five hours after knocking off previously undefeated Queensbury, 2-1, in the semifinal. Junior Jimmy Joyce tossed a one-hitter in the semifinal and hit the winning, two-out home run in the final. Senior Bobby Hegarty threw all nine innings in the state final for the school’s second state title and first since 1998.
4. HUNTINGTON BOYS TRACK
Indoor, outdoor, just anywhere you want to race, Huntington is the best track team in the state. Infinite Tucker won the 110 meter hurdles, 400 hurdles, and anchored the winning 4 x 400-meter relay in the spring. Huntington’s 4 x 400-meter relay team capped an undefeated season with a national championship in the New Balance Nationals. Kyree Johnson, Lawrence Leake, Shane McGuire, and Infinite Tucker ran a 3:16.09.
5. NEWFIELD FOOTBALL
The Wolverines finished 12-0 to complete the finest football season in the school’s 58-year history. They captured the Long Island Class II championship with a 41-33 win over MacArthur. They set the Suffolk record for points scored in a season with 518. Quarterback Ryan Klemm threw for a school-record 31 touchdowns and 2,441 yards. Hansen Award winning halfback Elijah Riley scored 31 touchdowns and wide receiver Jelani Greene added 14.
6. CONNETQUOT GIRLS VOLLEYBALL
Coach Justin Hertz led Connetquot to the school’s first state volleyball championship in decisive fashion, having only dropped a single set at the state tournament in Glens Falls in November. A young core of Nicole Migliozzi, Mackenzie Cole, Cassandra Patsos and others will return next season with hopes of starting a dynasty.
7. COLD SPRING HARBOR BOYS LACROSSE
The Seahawks (18-1) made it back-to-back state Class C championships with a 15-4 victory over Penn Yan in the title game at Middletown. The share-the-wealth offense was led by Riley Cox, Matt Licciardi, Ian Laviano and Taylor Strough.
8. SAYVILLE FOOTBALL
Junior quarterback and Wisconsin commit Jack Coan threw for 36 touchdowns and led Sayville to a 12-0 record and the Long Island Class III championship. The Golden Flashes beat previously unbeaten Plainedge, 59-15, as Coan rushed for three scores and passed for one. Junior halfback Ashton Bradley scored four touchdowns in the title game.
9. WHITMAN BOYS SOCCER
The Wildcats (20-1-1) scored 12 goals in two games as they won the Class AA title, their first state championship. Witman Hernandez had five goals and an assist upstate, and Michael Lorello had four goals.
10. GARDEN CITY GIRLS LACROSSE
The Trojans and their 17 seniors capped a dominant season with a 16-5 statement win over Yorktown in the state Class B championship. Katie Muldoon (seven goals, three assists) and Brooke McDaid (two goals, eight assists) made big contributions during the state tournament.