LI Winter Big 10 -- Final Edition
1. LONGWOOD WRESTLING Longwood confirmed its number one ranking as the Lions won the Suffolk Division I tournament for the first time since 1997. Longwood dominated the tournament with 10 all county wrestlers including champions Nicky Hall (145 pounds) and Patrick Jennings (160). Hall (fourth), Patrick Jennings (fourth), and Corey Rasheed (fifth) earned all-state honors at the intersectional tournament in Albany. Longwood has not lost a dual meet since 2008 and finished the season with a 58 dual meet winning streak.
2. LONG ISLAND LUTHERAN BOYS BASKETBALL It was another great season behind senior Achraf Yacoubou, who was voted Mr. Basketball in New York. The IPPSAL champs also captured the state Class A Federation title with a convincing win over St. Mary’s.
3. EAST ISLIP BOYS BOWLING After a season of complete dominance, East Islip fell short in states, finishing fourth - 213 pins behind champion South Colonie. The Redmen completed an undefeated league season and won the Suffolk title. All five East Islip starters, led by Bobby Martin's 223, finished in the top 12 for high average in Suffolk.
4. EAST ISLIP GIRLS BOWLING The Redmen came up short in their quest for another state title but rallied to take third. East Islip had captured its first Suffolk title since 2008 with a record 6,428 pinfall in counties. The team was led by Lena Sorrentino (209.7), Tara Ernst (204.4), Nancy Baione (200.2) and Kelsey Fryer (194), each of whom was among the top 10 averages in Suffolk.
5. ST. MARY’S BOYS BASKETBALL The Gaels, led by Chavaughn Lewis and Charles McCann missed perfection by one game. The Gaels, the state CHSAA champions, finished 29-1 after losing LI Lutheran in the state Class A championship.
6. ST. ANTHONY’S GIRLS BASKETBALL The Friars great season came to an end in heart-breaking fashion in the state CHSAA AA semifinals. They led Nazareth, ranked No. 10 in the country by USA Today, 44-42 with nine seconds left and lost 46-44. The Friars won their first CHSAA championship since 1988 and finished undefeated.
7. WARD MELVILLE GIRLS FENCING Ward Melville won the Suffolk title for the 10th straight undefeated season. Laura Barger and Alexa Rohan each went 3-0 in sabre to lead Ward Melville (15-0) over great Neck South to their 10th straight Long Island title.
8. WARD MELVILLE BOYS FENCING Ward Melville won the Suffolk title for the fifth straight undefeated season. The Patriots beat Oyster Bay for the Long Island Championship as Scott Vaeth went 3-0 in sabre. It was the fifth straight Long Island crown.
9. LONG BEACH ICE HOCKEY In its first year in the Suffolk league, Long Beach emerged as a champion defeating Connetquot/Sayville, 7-3 and 4-2, in the finals. Goalie Harris Pittinsky was named MVP. This is Long Beach's first title since 2008 when it was in the Nassau league.
10. LONG ISLAND LUTHERAN GIRLS BASKETBALL The Crusaders captured the state Class B Federation title with a 59-57 win over Irvington in Albany. The Crusaders outscored Irvington, 25-9, in the fourth quarter led by Paige Kriftcher for the wild comeback win.
On the outside looking in -- St. John the Baptist girls basketball, Plainview-JFK girls gymnastics, Harborfields boys basketball, St. Anthony’s boys swimming.