In addition to receiving regular updates from parents, coaches and schools, the Daily Sports Digest is designed for you to add your best photo and/or video to share (instructions here). If you see anything in our scores, standings or schedules that requires updating, please email Alex Oppenheimer at email@example.com or call 516-448-7006.
**MORE WEEKEND RESULTS OF CLASS A and AA SOCCER PLAYOFFS TO BE POSTED IN NEXT EDITION**
Football: Kennedy (4-3) vs. New Hyde Park (5-2): Kennedy is on the brink of the playoffs after starting the season at 0-3. The Cougars have not lost in over a month and a win against visiting New Hyde Park would guarantee them a spot in the Conference II playoffs. Matt Delbianco and Tom Ferner both rushed over 100 yards last week and will look to lead the team again this weekend.
Girls Soccer: No. 10 Kennedy lost in the first round of the Class AA playoffs to No. 7 Baldwin on the road by a 3-1 score on Friday. The Lady Bruins scored two first half goals to remain in front for the rest of the way. Marley Gerber scored a second half goal to cut the lead, but the Lady Cougars end their season with a 10-4-2 overall record.
Football: Mepham (4-3) vs. Garden City (7-0): Mepham looks to be safely in the playoffs, but going 1-3 in its last four games has made the final game a bit more stressful, as if matching up against one of Long Islands’ best teams in Garden City wasn’t enough. The Pirates dropped its last two games by a combined 12 points differential. Nick Wenthen, who has four touchdowns in the last three games, will look to lead a tough Mepham team into the weekend.
Boys Soccer: No. 9 Mepham moved on to the second round of the Class AA playoffs with a 1-0 win at No. 8 Uniondale on Friday. Harly Hosty scored off of a pass from Dante Ippolito midway through the first half. Steve Fotinos made nine saves to shut the Knights out the rest of the way for the shutout.
Football: Clarke (4-3) vs. North Shore (0-7): Clarke will look to solidify its playoff hopes with a victory this weekend over North Shore. The Rams are coming off of an overtime victory at East Rockaway last weekend after lead offensive threat Michael Martiello scored on a short touchdown run. Despite the result, Clarke may be safely into the playoffs, but as mentioned, a second consecutive win will move them up the ranks in a tough Conference IV field.
Football: East Meadow (6-1) @ Syosset (1-6): East Meadow slipped into a tie for second place after its first loss last week to Freeport. Robbie Healy, James D’Elia and Dylan Curry will look to rebound this weekend against a struggling Syosset team on the road. Look for the Jets to put up big points as they prepare for the upcoming Conference I playoffs.
Girls Soccer: No. 6 East Meadow dropped its first round game in the Class AA playoffs to No. 11 Syosset by way of a 2-1 final. The Lady Jets led for much of the game, but a late goal by Syosset followed by a double overtime goal cut their season short in the first round. The team finishes the season at 3-11-1 overall.
Football: Hewlett (4-3) vs. Plainedge (4-3): Hewlett is battling for one of the last playoff spots in Conference III as it takes on Plainedge this weekend. The Bulldogs will be guaranteed one of the eight playoff spots with a win, but a high-powered Red Devils offense stands in the way. Sam Martorella and Zach Richman have been leading an injury-ridden offense and will look to put up the points at home.
Boys Soccer: No. 3 Hewlett was upset by No. 14 Valley Stream North in the first round of the Class A playoffs by a 2-0 score. Despite an exceptional game from Josh Alovis and the Bulldogs, Valley Stream scored twice in the second half to move on and end its oppositions’ season with a 9-4-2 overall record.
Football: Lawrence (6-1) @ Sewanhaka (2-5): Lawrence shut Lynbrook out in big ways last weekend and will look to do the same on the road against Sewanhaka in the final regular season game. The Golden Eagles have won their last two games by a combined 71-7 score due largely in part to a surging defense and a dominant run game led by Ryan Fredericks. Despite the result, Lawrence is looking at a second seed in the Conference II playoffs.
Football: Garden City (7-0) @ Mepham (4-3): Garden City may be getting an early playoff preview if it could win this weekend against Mepham. The Trojans are looking at a top seed in Conference II and a victory could knock the Pirates down to a seven or eight seed. Mark Ellis, who had three touchdowns last week, and Brett Stewart, will look to complete an undefeated regular season on the road this weekend.
Boys Soccer: No. 10 Garden City burst out to a 2-0 lead to eventually defeat No. 7 Plainedge on the road by a 2-1 score. John Chtchekine scored the first goal in the first half and Sean Bingham, who assisted on Chtchekines’ goal, scored the next one in the second half. Garden City will play the winner of Island Trees and Manhasset on Tuesday at 2 p.m.
Girls Soccer: No. 3 Garden City blew away No. 14 Valley Stream North in the first round of the Class A playoffs by a 5-0 final. Kayla Murphy led the way with a goal and two assists. Jessica Stein, Jill Yoo, Paulette Mohacsi and Addie Zebrowski all scored goals as well in the rout. Hayley O’Hanlon assisted on two of the goals and Tracy Rendano made five saves in the shutout.
Football: Division (4-3) @ Roslyn (0-7): Division pulled out a close win against Valley Stream South last weekend due largely in part to a big day from quarterback Dylan Cardno. The Blue Dragons will look to hit the ground running into the playoffs as they take on winless Roslyn this weekend. Joe Vanasco and Jon Muller are both workhorses and should do more of the same to move to 5-3.
Boys Soccer: No. 8 Division lost to No. 9 Jericho at home in the first round of the Class A playoffs by a 2-0 final. The game did not feature much offense, as both teams combined for just five shots on goal. Division finishes the season at 10-4-2 overall.
Football: Island Trees (1-6) vs. Seaford (4-3): Island Trees has had its fair share of struggles this season, but it looks to end on a strong note against Seaford this weekend. The two sides will match up on Friday night at 7 p.m. Kyle Nigro and Mike Jeannetti will look to lead the offense, but the Bulldogs defense must stop Joe Richards and the Vikings to have a legitimate shot at a win.
Football: MacArthur (6-1) @ Port Washington (0-7): MacArthur is riding a six-game winning streak into this weekend and has a legitimate shot to make it seven in a road game against winless Port Washington. Gerard Cunningham scored three times to lead the Generals to a close 20-18 win over Oceanside last week. Look for him and Brett Ellers to lead MacArthur to a big offensive day this weekend.
Football: Long Beach (4-3) vs. Herricks (1-6): Long Beach will have a solid chance to move up the Conference II ranks with a home game against struggling Herricks. Tom Rowley contributed five total touchdowns in a last minute win against Mepham last week, and he will look to do the same against the Highlanders this weekend. Chris Parler has scored a touchdown in each of the last three weeks as the Marines’ top wide receiver.
Boys Volleyball: Long Beach swept aside Herricks in its regular season finale on Friday: 25-12, 25-22 and 25-13. Bret O’Neil had seven kills on offense and 10 digs on defense. The Marines are now 11-4 as they prepare for the playoffs next week.
Football: Lynbrook (5-2) @ Bethpage (7-0): Lynbrook did not show up in a matchup against Lawrence last week, but the Owls will try to rebound against an even tougher opponent in undefeated Bethpage this weekend. Rocco Scibelli and Luke Spitzer will look to lead the offense, but it will be up to Matt Trotta and the defense to stop a dominant Golden Eagles running game. Lynbrook will need to bring its top game to avoid heading into the playoffs on a two-game skid.
Girls Soccer: No. 15 Lynbrook could not keep up with No. 2 South Side on the road in its first round matchup of the Class A playoffs, losing 6-0. Michelle Cantanno made 18 saves against a high-powered Lady Cyclones offensive attack. The Lady Owls finish the season at 6-4-4 overall.
Football: Malverne (3-4) @ Mineola (3-4): Malverne is coming off of a blowout win against Oyster Bay last weekend and it will look for a repeat performance at Mineola this Saturday. Malverne will be led by quarterback Malique Merchant along with a slew of running backs, including Aaron Hill, Jordan Richard and Alexander Meacham. Consider this matchup an elimination game for playoff hopes in Conference IV.
Football: Calhoun (3-4) vs. Carey (4-3): Calhoun is on the outside looking in right now prior to its matchup against visiting Carey this weekend. The Colts are in a must win situation, and even that may not be enough as they will need help from a handful of teams in order to sneak into the playoffs. Julian Lee will look to lead a Calhoun ground game that dominated last week against Great Neck South.
Girls Soccer: Calhoun defeated Hicksville on the road in the first round of the Class AA playoffs by a 3-1 score. Michelle Iacono scored a hat trick in the win, all assisted by the teams’ leading scorer, Kristina Gandolfo. Calhoun led 2-0 at the half and held on to advance to play Farmingdale on the road on Monday at 2:30 p.m. in the quarterfinals.
Football: Mineola (3-4) vs. Malverne (3-4): A last minute loss last weekend to West Hempstead put the playoff chances for Mineola up for grabs. At 3-4, a win against Malverne this weekend would put the Mustangs in. Rob Clarkin and Brian Gaffney will look to lead a Mineola team that has shown a lot of promise in the later part of the season. Consider this matchup an elimination game for playoff hopes in Conference IV.
Boys Soccer: No. 5 Mineola dominated visiting No. 12 West Hempstead in the first round of the Class AA playoffs. Paul Sandoval led the way with two goals and one assist. Freshman Daniel Pardo also scored two late goals along with a goal and an assist from senior captain Christian Lird. Mineola will play either Roslyn or Bethpage on Nov. 1 at 2 p.m.
Football: South Side (2-5) @ Floral Park (3-4): South Side won big last weekend against Roslyn and will look to play spoiler at Floral Park this weekend. Although the Cyclones will fall short of the playoffs, they could keep Floral Park out of it too with a win. Quarterback Cole Considine and running back Brendan Jackson will look to have another big day on the road on Saturday.
Boys Soccer: No. 11 South Side lost to No. 6 Great Neck North on the road in the first round of the Class AA playoffs by a 2-1 score. With Great Neck ahead 2-0, Kevin Cook scored the Cyclones’ lone goal in the second half. The team finishes the season at 6-5-1 in Conference IV.
Girls Soccer: No. 2 South Side looked dominant in a 6-0 rout of No. 15 Lynbrook on Friday in the first round of the Class A playoffs. Christina Klaum recorded a big hat trick and both Caitlin Wallace and Katie Ford scored a goal and assisted on another. The Lady Cyclone goalies needed just two combined saves in the win as the team moves on to play No. 10 Wantagh on Tuesday.
Football: Seaford (4-3) @ Island Trees (1-6): Seaford should safely be in the playoffs and it will only look to move up the rankings with a meeting against Island Trees on Friday night. Joe Richards and Alex Rodriguez led the Vikings to a win against Roosevelt last week with three combined touchdown, and the pair will look to do the same against the Bulldogs.
Boys Soccer: No. 16 Seaford nearly completed the upset against top-seeded Valley Stream South in the first round of the Class A playoffs. Leading 4-1 in the second half following three goals from Brian McHugh, Valley Stream scored three goals in the final 30 minutes, followed by the win in penalty kicks after two scoreless overtime periods. Brian Graziose made six saves in the Vikings’ season finale.
Football: Wantagh (6-1) @ Elmont (5-2): Wantagh is coming off of consecutive blowout victories and will look to do the same against a surging Elmont team. A solid running game led by Matt Balzano and Joe Giardina, along with a top-notch defense, will look to stop a balanced Spartan attack on the weekend. Despite the result, Wantagh is likely to receive a second seed in Conference II.
Girls Soccer: No. 10 Wantagh recorded a shutout against neighborhood rival Seaford, seeded No. 7 in Class A, winning 3-0. Amanda Profera, Nikki Sliwak and Stefanie Wenz kept the Lady Warriors’ streak going as they all scored goals in the win. Brenna Smith stopped seven shots to help Wantagh move on to play No. 2 South Side in the quarterfinal round on Tuesday.
Football: West Hempstead (6-1) vs. Roosevelt (5-2): West Hempstead won in the final minute against Mineola last week and it will have another tough task in Roosevelt this weekend. These two teams are two of the best in Conference IV and both should contend for the title come playoff time. Both also boast a strong running game, with Justin Boatwright leading the Rams this season. Danny Njoku and Michael Petrizzo will need to stop Erin Parker to be able to win this matchup.