Our current poll question is, “Who do you think will be Long Island’s best team in 2011?” (Don’t forget to exercise your right to vote. On the right panel of this page, just scroll past the “New Comments” and “Popular” tabs and click on “Poll,” and then click on your choice.)
Two of the nominees for that honor — Garden City and Manhasset — will be in the same class — Class B — for the first time in a long time. Manhasset, of course, has won back-to-back Class C state titles. Garden City (shown above in last year’s team photo) was a state finalist last year.
So that means the nation’s most tradition-rich rivalry may see the teams meeting twice.
Whether or not GC and ‘Set meet for the Class B Nassau County title remains to be seen, of course.
But we can pass along one definite date for a Trojans-Indians matchup this coming season.
The 120th Woodstick Classic will be played on Saturday, April 30 at Manhasset.
Also of note – Garden City is working on finalizing a game against the team some feel is the best Class A team on Long Island — Ward Melville. It has been tentatively set for April 2 at Stony Brook University, coach Steve Finnell told me tonight.
Other non-league games of note for Garden City include at Syosset (March 22), vs. Smithtown West (March 26) and vs. Duxbury (Aprul 16 at Harvard University).
GC will also play San Ramon from California on April 7. (GC alum and Maryland grad Peter Worstell is San Ramon’s coach).
A possible matchup against Maryland power St. Paul’s is being worked on as well.
Big league games for the Trojans promise to be against Wantagh and South Side.
In other scheduling news, the annual Ward Melville-West Islip showdown is scheduled for Wednesday, April 27 at Ward Melville.
You can check out league schedules for Suffolk teams by clicking here.
Nassau schedules should be up soon. You can access those by clicking here.
For a rundown of finalized Section 1 league schedules, click here. Please note, gang, that the Section 1 league dates are the ones assigned by the section. Between now and the time schedules are finalized, many of these dates will be changed by mutual agreement of the coaches.
I can report that the Yorktown-John Jay game will be either Friday, April 1 or Saturday, April 2 at John Jay.
Stay tuned for more on that.