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Boys Volleyball: No. 2 Kennedy narrowly missed out on a fourth consecutive Nassau County Class B championship last Thursday night, falling in four sets to No. 1 Floral Park, 25-16, 26-24, 26-28 and 25-22. The Cougars defeated the Knights for the title in 2010, but were on the runner-up side this season. Ben Canarick, Matt Murphy, Nick Anderson and the rest of the Kennedy team had an exceptional season, finishing with a 12-4 overall record under head coach Dennis Ringel.
Football: No. 2 East Meadow dominated No. 5 Massapequa in the Nassau County Class I semifinals on Saturday by way of a 55-21 score. Robbie Healy scored five rushing touchdowns on runs of 15, 20, 15, 15 and 6. He now has an astonishing 10 total touchdowns in two playoff wins for the Jets. Billy Andrle scored two touchdowns in the first quarter and Chris Buschi scored a late touchdown to cap the scoring in the game. East Meadow (9-1) will take on No. 1 Freeport (9-1) in the finals at Hofstra on Saturday at 4 p.m.
Football: No. 6 East Rockaway advanced to the Class IV finals after defeating No. 1 Locust Valley 30-13 at Hofstra on Thursday night. The Rocks (6-4) are just a year removed from a semifinal loss to the team they will be facing for the championship, No. 2 Roosevelt. Against Locust Valley, Luke Fahrenkrug scored three touchdowns – two receiving from quarterback Sean Bohan and one rushing – and Nick Ulip had a team-high 110 yards, as well as a touchdown. The defense played exceptional, forcing two turnovers, including a forced fumble at the goal line to prevent a touchdown in the second quarter. East Rockaway will play Roosevelt on Thursday at 7 p.m. at Hofstra.
Girls Volleyball: East Rockaway, which recently won the Nassau County Class C title, fell to Mattituck in the Long Island championship on Saturday in four sets, 13-25, 25-23, 25-22 and 25-19. The Lady Rocks looked dominant early on, but could not build their lead against the defending Class C champions from Mattituck. East Rockaway, which was led by Gina Skelly, Lindsey Dinowitz, Sarah Reid and Katie Barto, finishes the season with an 11-6 overall record.
Football: No. 2 Lawrence (9-1) will move on to the Nassau County Class III title game for the second year in a row after it defeated No. 3 Lynbrook on Saturday, 29-6. The game was a rematch of last year's Class III title game. All three Fredericks brothers scored in the win, with senior Ryan scoring two rushing touchdowns, junior Tyler scoring one rushing touchdown and freshman Jordan catching an 18-yard touchdown from sophomore Joey Capobianco, who also threw a two-point conversion to the freshman after a fourth quarter touchdown. Andrew Cafiero, Kenny Perez and Matt Leone led the Golden Tornadoes on defense. Lawrence will play No. 4 Plainedge (7-3), which defeated top-seed Bethpage, for the title on Saturday at 12:30 p.m.
Football: No. 1 Garden City remained undefeated on the year at 10-0 with a dominating 27-0 win over No. 4 Carey in the Class II semifinals at Hofstra on Friday. Mark Ellis, the team's top rusher all season, ran for 112 yards and a touchdown on offense, and also added a 43-yard interception return for a touchdown on defense. Patric Berkery ran for a touchdown and Eddie Blatz caught a 31-yard touchdown from Mike Comiskey to cap the scoring for the Trojans, who will take on No. 2 Wantagh (9-1) for the county championship on Nov. 18 at 7 p.m. at Hofstra.
Field Hockey: Garden City won its seventh consecutive Long Island Class B title on Saturday with a 2-1 win over previously undefeated Sayville, the Suffolk champion. Alexandra Bruno finished with four goals in three playoff games after she scored the game-winner with just more than three minutes to go in the game. Charlotte Castronovo scored in the first half off of a pass from Bruno. Laura Fanning had her busiest day in goal on the year with nine saves. The Lady Trojans (16-0-1) move on to the New York State semifinals on Saturday at 3:30 p.m. at Cicero-North in Syracuse.
Girls Soccer: MacArthur won the Long Island Class AA championship Saturday with a 1-0 win over Ward Melville, the Suffolk champion. Jill Mulholland increased her playoff total to four goals after she netted the eventual game-winner with less than 20 minutes remaining off of a pass from Christina Cottone. The Lady Generals, who are now 16-2-0 on the season, will play for a chance at a state championship on Nov. 19-20 at multiple locations, including SUNY Cortland, Homer and Tompkins County CC.
Football: No. 3 Lynbrook could not overcome a dominant offensive performance by No. 2 Lawrence on Saturday in a 29-6 semifinal loss in Nassau County Class III. The result was the second time the Owls fell to the Golden Tornadoes this season. Rocco Scibelli provided the lone touchdown on the day in the first quarter, but the team was outscored 22-0 in the final three quarters. Lynbrook closes out the season with a 6-4 overall record under head coach Steve Locicero.
Girls Soccer: South Side captured the Long Island Class A title over the weekend with a 1-0 win over Islip, the Suffolk champion. Christina Klaum, who has scored in every playoff game for the Lady Cyclones -- nine goals in five games -- provided the eventual game-winner in the first half following a pass from Michaela Lynch. South Side, which is now 13-2-4 on the season, will play for a chance at a state championship on Nov. 19-20 at multiple locations, including SUNY Cortland, Homer and Tompkins County CC.
Girls Volleyball: No. 2 South Side fell in five sets to No. 1 Wantagh in the Nassau County Class A championship game. The Lady Cyclones previously defeated Plainedge, Long Beach and Herricks to reach the title game against the Lady Warriors. South Side's great season was led by Kayla Principato, Allison Glass, Grace Healey, Emma Paris and the rest of the Lady Cyclone team. South Side closes out the season with a 17-4 overall record under head coach Cheryl Scalice.
Girls Volleyball: No. 1 Seaford claimed the Nassau County Class B title Thursday afternoon with a sweep against No. 3 Floral Park, 25-16, 25-18 and 25-20. Meaghan Curley led the way on offense with 14 assists. Megan Russell had seven kills and Jessica Rini added seven kills and five blocks, including the game-winning spike in the third set. It was the Lady Vikings first county title since 2008.
Two days later, Seaford took on Suffolk champion John Glenn at St. Joseph’s College in Patchogue for the Long Island title, the same team it fell to in the 2008 L.I. title game. The girls fell again in straight sets for their first loss on the season. Seaford finishes an exceptional year with an overall record of 16-1 under head coach Marie Savage.
Football: No. 2 Wantagh (9-1) topped No. 3 Elmont in the Nassau County Class II semifinals by a 14-6 final score. After the Spartans took a lead in the second quarter, the Warriors tied it up before the half with a 2-yard touchdown run from Brian Von Bargen, who scored four touchdowns in the first playoff game. In the fourth quarter, Von Bargen added a second touchdown with a two-point conversion from Matt Balzano tacked on for the eventual winning score. Wantagh will take on No. 1 Garden City (10-0) on Friday night at 7 p.m. for the county title. Wantagh’s only loss this season was to the Trojans.
Girls Volleyball: Wantagh grabbed its third straight Nassau County Class A championship on Thursday with a five-set win over South Side, 25-21, 20-25, 25-15, 22-25 and 25-18. Jenny Ilibassi contributed a team-high 19 kills, followed by 10 kills from Lauren Pennino. Carly Simeone and Gerri Sciolto led the team on offense from the setter positions.
However, the Lady Warriors were not able to follow up with another Long Island title as they fell to Kings Park Saturday for their first loss of the season. Wantagh won the first two sets, but were defeated in dramatic fashion after Kings Park stormed back to win the final three, including a 29-27 victory in the decisive fifth set. Wantagh finishes its season at 18-1 overall.