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When it comes to the race for the Nassau County (NY) Class B championship, Wantagh has been a constant contender this decade.
Since finishing .500 in 2008, the Warriors have won 12 or more games each season, including a 16-win season in 2010 and 14 or more wins in 2011, ’12 and ’13.
Wantagh is coming off a 12-5 season that ended with a 10-3 loss in the Section 8 quarterfinals.
For a look at 2015 Wantagh, we turn to Ralph Sommer.
A rangy senior defender, Sommer committed to Marist in July 2013.
Now, here are Ralph’s perspectives on the season.
What have you been doing to get ready for the season?
I’ve been working out with a strength and conditioning trainer since football ended in November.
It’s a very short offseason between sports.
Wantagh is also playing in an indoor league over the winter.
How does your schedule look, what games are you looking forward to most, and who are some of your scrimmages against?
I am not sure who we will be scrimmaging yet.
I am really looking forward to playing the top teams on our (regular-season) schedule. Garden City, Massapequa, Carey and Long Beach are the games I’m looking forward to the most.
What players on your team do you think will surprise some people this season?
We have some really good players this year.
In the goal, we have Bobby Casey.
Our top midfielders will be Vinny Vasheo and Kyle Sliwak.
At attack, Dylan Beckwith will be our shooter.
Joe Fitzgerald is going to turn some heads taking faceoffs this year.
All these guys worked hard this past year and it will show this season.
What do you think the strength of your team will be this year?
We have a young team, but we’ve been playing together for a while now.
I think our team’s chemistry will really be our strength this year.
How do you view the race in your league and who do you think some of the contending teams will be?
We are in a pretty tough conference. Garden City is always a tough team to beat and usually our hardest game.
I think the top teams will be Garden City, Wantagh, Carey, Long Beach and South Side.
Every game is going to be important this year with a lot of the teams being very evenly matched.
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