On a day in which the new Meadowlands Stadium makes its debut with a lax — not football — event, the Big City Classic men’s tripleheader, it’s a busy day of high school action.
Among the games on tap — one of the most tradition-rich rivalries in the nation.
But it’s also been pretty one-sided.
Ward Melville has pretty much dominated the all-time series against Yorktown both historically and recently. In fact, the ‘Huskers haven’t beaten the Patriots since 2001.
The teams renew their rivalry today at 12:30 p.m. in a game you can catch next week on MSG Varsity, Channel 14 (Optimum).
In another MSG Varsity contest, Iona Prep and Chaminade are set for a clash in the newly aligned so-called CHSAA “Super League.”
In a nutshell, the New York Archdiocese instituted a merger to form a 16-team league with those teams now in the Long Island Archdiocese.
There is now be an eight-team Super Division that will include such teams as St. Anthonys, Chaminade, Iona Prep and Fordham Prep, with all those teams eventually playing one another home-and-home during the regular season.
The combined New York Catholic League will include two divisions, with the most competitive teams in Division AA, which is where Chaminade and Iona Prep are playing.
Iona Prep, of course, is coming off its first state title. But the Gaels lost five standouts now playing on college teams: Nick Trizano (Drexel), Gus Guido (Hartford), Michael O’Hagan (Marist), Chris Jackson (Bentley) and Myles Gillespie (Holy Cross).
You can also catch this game next week on MSG Varsity.
In an intriguing Connecticut vs. Long Island battle, Fairfield Prep hosts St. Anthony’s. Keep an eye on a possible matchup between Virginia-bound defenseman Greg Danseglio of St. Anthony’s on Dartmouth-bound attackman Brendan Rotanz of Fairfield Prep.
If you can’t make it out to Lessing Field on the campus of Fairfield University, you can catch the game on Sunday morning at 9 a.m. on the MSG Network.
In a Long Island vs. Westchester matchup, Rye hosts North Shore on its turf field at 4 p.m.
In the Section 1 game of the day, defending Class B champion Somers hosts Mahopac at 7 p.m. Other than Yorktown, Mahopac is the lone Section 1 team to ever win a state title.
Also under the lights at 7, Hen Hud hosts Lakeland/Panas and Clarkstown North visits Nyack.
Elsewhere, it will be a clash of first-year coaches when Arlington and Donny Connolly host John F. Kennedy Catholic and its new co-head coaches Nick and Vinny Savastano at 2:30 p.m.
Defending Class C sectional champion Putnam Valley visits 2009 Class C semifinalist Bronxville at 2:30 p.m.
Byram Hills visits Scarsdale at 3:30 p.m.
The day’s action in Section 1 begins with Mamaroneck visiting Brewster at 11 a.m.
Elsewhere on Long Island, Cold Spring Harbor visits Huntington, Port Washington visits Farmingdale and Lynbrook visits Wantagh at 3 p.m.
In 7 p.m. action, South Side plays at Long Beach and Oceanside hosts Massapequa.
At 11 a.m. East Meadow visits Baldwin and Freeport hosts Plainview.
In Connecticut, Staples, fresh off a season-opening overtime win over defending FCIAC champion Ridgefield, hosts 2009 Class B Section 1 finalist Horace Greeley at 3 p.m.
In other games, Trumbull hosts Danbury and Cheshire visits Glastonbury at 11 a.m.
As always, be sure to post your thoughts on these matchups as well as any info on the scores and game details.
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