The Long Beach Marines have cruised through the early part of the boys tennis season with a 6-0 record, thanks in large part to the top half of their lineup.
The Marines' top three singles players -- Eric Rubin, Matty Barry and Ethan Bogard -- have an unbeaten streak that dates to the start of last season, and have combined to go 17-0 so far this year. At first doubles, Rubens Tavora and Jonathan Smucker are 5-0, and Tavora and Andrew Schnier are 1-0.
"They're all exceptional tennis talents but they're all great kids, who are team oriented," Long Beach coach Sue Hirschbein said. "They're not tennis snobs by any stretch of the imagination. They're very generous with their time and their talents."
Long Beach finished 6-5 last season, but this year looks poised for a deep playoff run in Nassau Conference I.
"We're more experienced, more mature, and more focused," Hirschbein said. " are very positive and very inspiring."
Friday evening, Babylon's athletic community will pay homage to one of its fallen heroes.
Babylon's varsity softball team will play Southampton in the first Peter Figoski Memorial Game, 7.30 p.m. at Locust Avenue Field.
Figoski, a 22-year NYPD veteran, was shot and killed in the line of duty during a robbery in December. Two of his four daughters, Corrine and Caroline, are students at Babylon.
Two scholarships will be presented in Figoski's name at the opening ceremony, beginning at 7 p.m.
"He was all about having Babylon kids participating in sports, basically anything that could be done for helping kids in the community," Babylon athletic director Michael DeJoseph said.
"Our goal is to have this game every year and hopefully keep giving scholarships in his name."