This is the final hybrid week of the preseason.
By hybrid we mean a combination of scrimmages and actual games.
Since teams don’t start things out for real till next week, we will once again use this space to preview the week ahead rather than a look at a Top 5 for each day.
Noteworthy in Nassau: There are some big battles in Nassau this week. Today, 2008 Class A state finalist Syosset, fresh off a 6-3 season-opening win over Garden City, hosts Class C power Cold Spring Harbor. South Side hosts Garden City at 7 p.m. on Wednesday. On Saturday, Manhasset hosts South Side at 2:30 p.m.
Big battle: Lynbrook hosts Farmingdale on Tuesday.
Helping Hand: Teams from throughout the region are gearing up for the most tradition-rich preseason event the 29th annual Daniel Hand Jamboree at Hammonasset Beach State Park in Madison, Conn. Participating teams include Yorktown, Garden City, Northport, Ridgefield, Brien McMahon, Canandaigua, West Genesee, Corning East, Mountain Lakes (N.J.), Ridgewood (N.J.), Duxbury (Mass.), Winchester (Mass.) Medfield (Mass.), Cherry Creek (Co.), and host Daniel Hand. Action starts at 9:30 a.m.
Catch the Wave: Though they’ve been unable to schedule a regular-season meeting, four-time Connecticut state champ Darien and four-time New York state semifinalist (and 2007 finalist) John Jay have engaged in some heated scrimmages the last few years. Their latest will be 4:15 p.m. on Thursday at John Jay. Two days earlier, John Jay scrimmages 2007 CHSAA finalist Iona Prep, which has four Division I-bound players, including Nick Trizano (Drexel) who led the nation (yes, nation) in scoring last season. The Indians end the week with a scrimmage at New Jersey power Delbarton on Saturday. You can catch Darien again on Saturday when they host a scrimmage that will include the No. 3-ranked team in the nation, West Islip, which has eight returning starters, including the top-ranked junior from sea to shining sea in North Carolina-bound Nicky Galasso. Fairfield Prep and Shoreham-Wading River will also be competing. Action lasts from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.
For starters: There are some interesting season-opening games in Westchester, Putnam, Rockland and Dutchess on Saturday, including Stepinac at New Rochelle (11 a.m.), Nanuet at Suffern (7 p.m.) and Nyack at Clarkstown South (8 p.m.).
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