Junior attackman James Pannell, who is bound for national champion Virginia, and his Smithtown West team, coming off an impressive 15-7 Suffolk Class A semifinal win over Ward Melville, now battle the county’s King of the Hill, West Islip.
We’re halfway there in Long Island, gang.
The Nassau County championship games were held yesterday at Hofstra, and they didn’t disappoint.
To say the least.
It started with Farmingdale rallying to beat Massapequa 15-13 to take the Class A crown.
Garden City then outlasted Manhasset 6-5 to take Class B on a goal by Patric Berkery with 1:15 remaining. (You can watch this “instant classic” at 3 p.m. on Friday on MSG Varsity, Channel 14.)
Finally, Cold Spring Harbor pulled out an 8-7 win over the Friends Academy to take the Class C title.
After today, we’ll know who’ll be playing on Saturday at Stony Brook for the Long Island championship on Saturday, and a berth in the June 8 state semifinals at White Plains.
That’s because today, the three class title games for Suffolk County are being held at Stony Brook.
And if the regular season is any indication, they should be every bit as entertaining and highly contested as yesterday’s games in Nassau.
Here’s today’s slate at Suffolk:
No. 1 West Islip vs. No. 3 Smithtown West, 3:30 p.m.
No. 2 Shoreham-Wading River vs. No. 5 Huntington, 5:30 p.m.
No. 1 Bayport-Blue Point vs. No. 3 Mount Sinai. 8 p.m.
We previewed the Suffolk games on our latest tristate lax segment last night on MSG Varsity’s “High School SportsDesk.” We also went to Fordham Prep for our “Under the Radar” player and took a look at Bronxville’s Charlie McCormack. You can check out the five-minute segment by clicking here.
The WI-SW game, a rematch of an 8-7 regular-season OT win by the Lions, is the subject of our latest poll question.
Who do you think will win the game — and by how much?
To vote, go to the right panel of this page. Then, just scroll past the “New Comments” and “Popular” tabs and click on “Poll,” and then cast your vote from the choices available, or write in your choice if it’s not listed.
Also today, the three Section 1 champions — Mahopac (Class A), Yorktown (Class B) and Bronxville (Class C) — start state tournament action with regional semifinal games against their Section 9 counterparts at Middletown High School.
Here’s how that slate looks:
Mahopac vs. Pine Bush, 3:30 p.m.
Yorktown vs. Saugerties, 5:30 p.m.
Bronxville vs. Red Hook, 8 p.m.
Speaking of Section 1 and Section 9, the nine 2011 All-Americans for the Hudson Valley region were selected early last night. In case you missed it, you can check out the list by clicking here.
In Connecticut, there’s a full slate of CIAC tournament opening-round games. The tournament ends on Saturday, June 11 (the same day as the New York state finals in Syracuse) with the title games at Brien McMahon High School in Norwalk.
You can check out the brackets for classes L, M and S below:
Before we close, in case you missed it, Facebook is phasing out old “Group” pages, including our LaxLessons “Group” page. So please take a minute to “Like” the LaxLessons Facebook Fan Page by going to this link: http://facebook.com/laxlessons.
You can reach us by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Click here for today’s weather and a look at the three days ahead.
Put those cell phones to good use
Be sure, as always, to weigh in with info/thoughts/scores on games you attend. And don’t forget to put those mobile phones to good use in providing in-game updates, gang. If it’s easier, you may also send your updates to email@example.com.