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Paige Kaplan/Jessica Arana- Girls Swimming: Kaplan and Arana carried the Bellmore-Merrick Sharks to a second-place finish in the Nassau County championships. Both girls set new school records in a meet against Jericho, with Kaplan posting a time of 2:12.17 in the 200-yard IM and Arana posting a time of 5:11.62 in the 500-yard freestyle. Both girls qualified for the state championships as well.
Emily Schmitt - Girls Soccer: Schmitt, just a sophomore, led the Lady Pirates defense to the Nassau County Class AA semifinals. She served as a courageous player every game and fit into multiple roles when the team needed to protect a lead or push for a goal. Schmitt scored a goal in a semifinal loss to Calhoun in overtime on Nov. 4.
Emma Foster - Field Hockey: Clarke was undefeated very late into the season thanks largely in part to the offensive talent and leadership of Foster. She scored 14 goals and added two assists, posting four multi-goal games for her team. The Lady Rams finished with a 10-4-3 overall record and a Class B semifinals appearance.
Robbie Healy - Football: Healy led the Jets to a Nassau County Class I championship over Freeport. With an astounding 13 total touchdowns in three playoff games, he broke the Nassau single-season record with 36 touchdowns in 11 games this year. His dominance out of the backfield helped East Meadow produce one of the more memorable offensive units this season, posting at least 40 points in eight games. East Meadow will take on Floyd in the Long Island championship on Sunday at 4:30 p.m. at Stony Brook.
Nick Ulip - Football: The senior running back was the leader out of the Rocks wishbone-style offense this season. Ulip scored 11 total touchdowns for East Rockaway, which made it to the Nassau County Class IV title game at Hofstra. Ulip helped the team defeat two of the top three seeds in the playoffs en route to the championship game appearance.
Sam DiSalvo - Girls Volleyball: DiSalvo led the Lady Bulldogs to an 11-5 overall record and a playoff berth this past fall season. She led the team with 16 kills and three aces to hand rival Lynbrook its first loss of the season on Oct. 21. DiSalvo was consistently one of the teams top hitters at the net and a leader in the service game.
Ryan Fredericks/Tyler Fredericks-Football: The sibling duo in the Lawrence backfield carried the team to the Class III Long Island championship game, where it will play undefeated Sayville on Sunday at 12 p.m. at Stony Brook. Senior Ryan has gotten the job done all season long in all phases of the game. He has racked up 29 total touchdowns this season, compared to 24 for Tyler, a junior. Both have been serving as solid role models for their younger brother, Jordan, the lone freshman on the team.
Mark Ellis - Football: Ellis has had a breakout season for the Trojans with 18 total touchdowns as the teams top running back. He scored three touchdowns in the Nassau County Class II title game to help Garden City advance to the Long Island championship against Newfield on Friday at 4:30 p.m. at Hofstra. Ellis showed breakthrough speed and elusiveness out of the backfield, a skill set that helped him rush for 293 yards in a game against Long Beach to break a 42-year-old school record by just one yard.
Gina Fader - Girls Soccer: Fader served as the last line of defense for the Lady Blue Dragons, who made it all the way to the Nassau County Class A finals. Despite a triple overtime loss, Fader shattered the Division school record for shutouts with 11 this season. She totaled 95 saves for the team, which finished at 14-1-3 overall.
J.T. Famularo - Boys Soccer: The senior forward was a prime example of the speed and endurance that the Bulldogs played with game after game in the fall season. Famularo helped Island Trees reach a spot in the Nassau County Class A finals. He totaled nine goals and seven assists this season, including four goals in a 4-1 win at Mineola on Sept. 23. Island Trees wrapped up the season with a 12-2-2 overall record.
Jill Mulholland - Girls Soccer: Mullholland provided the necessary senior leadership to help MacArthur win the New York State Class AA championship this season. She helped the Lady Generals to an 18-2-0 overall record with an impressive stat line of 17 goals and 11 assists. She scored the game-winning goals in both the Long Island championship against Ward Melville and the state championship game against Arlington.
Tom Rowley - Football: Rowley did it all for the Marines’ offense. Despite lining up at quarterback, he was the leading rusher for Long Beach, which earned a playoff berth this fall. Just some of Rowley’s more impressive outputs this season were a six-touchdown effort at Jericho and a five-touchdown effort at Mepham.
Kasey Keller - Girls Volleyball: Keller served as the senior captain for the Lady Owls, who had an amazing turnaround season after winning just two games in 2010. In 2011, Keller and the Lynbrook squad finished with a 15-2 overall record and a playoff berth. Keller was regularly listed at the top of the Lady Owl stat sheet in both kills and blocks.
Danielle Hines - Girls Volleyball: Any of the girls on the Malverne volleyball team could be named here. The team made it all the way to the Nassau County Class C finals at SUNY Old Westbury behind the solid play of Hines and company. She was a constant force at the net during the season, as she showed in a semifinal win over Carle Place with six kills and six blocks and a 15-kill effort at Locust Valley on Oct. 25.
Kristina Gandolfo - Girls Soccer: Gandolfo, a senior, was second in Nassau County with 25 total goals this season, along with nine assists for Calhoun. The Lady Colts made it all the way to the Class AA title game against MacArthur, the eventual state champions. Gandolfo provided the speed and quick scoring capability up front for a Calhoun team that finished the season with a 16-1-2 overall record.
Paul Sandoval - Boys Soccer: Sandoval led a dangerous Mineola team with 14 total goals and six assists as he helped the Mustangs advance to the Class A quarterfinals this season. Despite an upset loss to Roslyn, Sandoval and Mineola displayed one of the most cohesive and experienced teams in Nassau County. The Mustangs finished the season with a 12-3-1 overall record.
Christina Klaum - Girls Soccer: Not enough can be said about the exceptional season Klaum and South Side had this season. The Lady Cyclones won their 16th New York State title over Somers, and Klaum, who was named the finals MVP, scored a team-high 20 goals, including 11 in the playoffs alone. Just a sophomore, Klaum will look to lead South Side in seasons to come.
Meaghan Curley - Girls Volleyball: Curley made it her personal goal to lead Seaford to a Nassau County title since being called up as a freshman in 2008. Although the Lady Vikings won the title that year, Curley was thrust into the lineup unexpectedly. This season, she did just that a in finals win over Floral Park, serving as the teams co-captain and main setter. In that match, she was the only player to not step foot off of the court. Seaford finished the season at 16-1 overall with the lone loss coming in the Long Island title game against Glenn.
Carly Simeone - Girls Volleyball: Simeone served as the main setter for the Lady Warriors, posting 30-plus assist games numerous times. Wantagh, which made the Nassau County finals, finished with an 18-1 overall record, the lone loss coming in the final match against Kings Park. Simeone posted a season-high 48 assists in a five-set win over Manhasset on Oct. 10.
Justin Boatwright- Football: West Hempstead was on top of the Class IV rankings for much of the season thanks largely in part to Boatwright. Despite losing in the opening round of the playoffs to East Rockaway, the Rams displayed heart as a team, just as the running back did in each game. Boatwright had 11 total touchdowns for West Hempstead, which finished with a 6-3 overall record.