Justin Mabus and Yorktown are looking to advance to the state title game for the first time since 2008. The Huskers face Garden City in the Class B downstate semifinals at White Plains High School. GC fell to Jamesville-DeWitt last year in the state finals.
On the one hand, you have programs that have had their fill of state title-game appearances, like Yorktown, Garden City, Wilton and Darien.
And others — like Bronxville, Bayport-Blue Point (in just its eighth varsity season) and Shenendehowa — who have never been there before.
On the surface, all that would provide more than enough intrigue.
But yesterday, a new storyline emerged surrounding the team that is the currently the undisputed premier active dynasty in the tristate area now that eight-time Suffolk County Class A champion West Islip was denied a bid for a fifth state title in the last six years.
Darien’s Case Matheis told me yesterday morning that an MRI revealed he has a torn miniscus that requires surgery. He’s out for today’s state semi against Wilton and, should Darien win, Saturday’s state final.
If the Blue Wave are to make it “7 in ’11,” it will have to be minus No. 4.
Of course, Wilton-Darien is one of the most tradition-rich rivalries around. Darien, though, has won an astonishing 26 straight against the Warriors, with the last Wilton victory coming back in 1999.
You can catch the Wilton-Darien game on Thursday night at 7 on MSG Varsity iO Channel 14.
Before we move on to New York, in case you missed it, we just posted this year’s All-Fairfield County Interscholastic Athletic Conference team. You can check it out now by clicking here.
Another tradition-rich rivalry, at least in the postseason, is the one between Yorktown and Garden City. Yorktown has won four of seven state semifinal meetings against the Trojans. Ironically, the teams met in the regular season for the first time ever last year and Garden City rolled to a 14-3 win.
Both teams are red-hot. GC has won 14 straight, fueled by a close defense of seniors Stephen Jahelka (Harvard), Brian Fischer (Harvard) and J.P. Burnside (Penn State). Yorktown has been dominant on both offense and defense during a five-game win streak, outscoring those five foes 96-23.
You can catch the Yorktown-Garden City game live at 6:30 p.m. today at msgvarsity.com and on tape on Friday at 7 p.m. on iO Channel 14. The Shenendehowa-Farmingdale Class A state semifinal game will also be streamed live today on msgvarsity.com.
In addition, be sure to check out Tom Liodice’s in-game score updates and analysis on msgvarsity.com as well as Twitter updates from Isaac Cass at the New York state semifinals (@MSGV_icass or by clicking here).
Note: Because of the heat advisory, the starting time for the first game of today’s downstate tripleheader was moved to 4:30 p.m. from 3:30 p.m., affecting the other two starting times as well. (See rundown below for the updated starting times.)
In case you missed our state semifinal preview on “High School SportsDesk” last night that premiered at 6 p.m., you can check it out here.
As always, be sure to weigh in with score updates and comments while you’re at the games today.
Before we run down today’s semifinal slate, the weather could make its presence known today.
There is a heat advisory in effect from noon to 8 p.m. on Wednesday.
Under NYSPHSAA rules, play must be suspended for 45 minutes if the heat index reaches 96 degrees or higher, and the game itself must be suspended if the real feel temp is 96 or above an hour before the scheduled starting today. (Today at White Plains, it’s expect to hover right around that mark in the hours leading up to and during the first game of the downstate semifinal in the accuweather.com hourly forecast.)
at White Plains High School
Breaking news – Games have been moved up an hour – FYI.
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Update: Because of the heat advisory, the starting times for today’s downstate tripleheader games at White Plains High School have each been delayed an hour. from their original starting times. Here’s the new rundown with the updated starting times:
Class A: Farmingdale (Section 8 ) vs. Shenendehowa (Section 2), 4:30 p.m.
Class B: Garden City (Section 8 ) vs. Yorktown (Section 1), 6:30 p.m.
Class C: Bayport-Blue Point (Section 11) vs. Bronxville (Section 1), 9 p.m.
at St. John Fisher College, Rochester
Class A: Ithaca (Section 3) vs. Pittsford (Section 5), 3:30 p.m.
Class B: Jamesville-DeWitt (Section 3) vs. Irondequoit (Section 5), 5:30 p.m.
Class C: Cazenovia (Section 3) vs. Silver Creek (Section 6), 8 p.m.
at Brien McMahon High School, Norwalk
No. 6 Ridgefield at No. 2 Staples, 4:30 p.m.
No. 8 Simsbury at No. 4 Fairfield Prep, 6:30 p.m.
No. 5 Wilton at No. 1 Darien at Fairfield Ludlowe, 4:30 p.m.
No. 7 New Canaan at No. 3 New Fairfield at Fairfield Warde, 4:30 p.m.
at West Haven
No. 3 Joel Barlow at No. 2 Stonington, 5 p.m.
No. 12 St. Joseph at No. 1 Somers, 7 p.m.
TOURNAMENT OF CHAMPIONS SEMIFINALS
At Kean University, Union
No. 3 Bridgewater-Raritan (Group 4 champ) vs. No. 2 Immaculata (Non-Public B champ), 5 p.m.
No. 4 Delbarton (Non-Public A champ) vs. No. 1 Summit (Group 2 champ), 7 p.m.
As noted, it will be Garden City vs. Yorktown in the Class B downstate semifinal today.
Those premier programs will be renewing a tradition-rich rivalry. To check out the postseason history between the Trojans and Huskers, click here.
LOOKING AHEAD TO SATURDAY’S FINALS
at Cicero-North Syracuse High School, Syracuse
Class A: Farmingdale/Shenendehowa winner vs. Ithaca/Pittsford winner, 11 a.m.
Class B: Garden City/Yorktown winner vs. Jamesville-DeWitt/Irondequoit winner, 1:30 p.m.
Class C: Bayport-Blue Point/Bronxville winner vs. Cazenovia/Silver Creek winner, 4 p.m.
at Brien McMahon High School, Norwalk
Class L: Simsbury/Fairfield Prep winner vs. Staples/Ridgefield winner
Class M: Darien/Wilton winner vs. New Canaan/New Fairfield winner
Class S: Somers/St. Joseph winner vs. Stonington/Joel Barlow winner
NEW JERSEY TOURNAMENT OF CHAMPIONS
At Rutgers University
Bridgewater-Raritan/Immaculata winner vs. Delbarton/Summit winner, 3 p.m.
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