All righty, gang. First off, it’s good to be back with you folks.

With those words, written here on March 14, the new was officially born.

Just weeks earlier, this was all an idea more than anything else, with the new homepage design and soon-to-launch features having just been sketched by yours truly on a white legal pad.

And now, here we are.

It’s been quite an eventful nine months since then. For all of us, and for lax in the Hudson Valley/Long Island/Connecticut region.

• Previous “You make the call” topic threads

There have been all sorts of surprising developments, impressive individual and team accomplishments and interesting stories to follow.

With the calendar year about to end, we’d like to know what you think was the year’s biggest story.

For starters, be sure to exercise your right to vote by casting your ballot in our newest poll question. As always, if the choice you want to make is not listed, simply write it in.

And then please be sure to come back here and weigh in with some comments on why you voted the what you did.

Here’s a quick rundown of some of the choices. For more on each story, simply click the link.

West Islip wins its third straight state title

Sayville wins Nassau and Long Island Class B titles

Darien wins fifth straight state title

Iona Prep wins a state title for the first time, Trizano scores 300th goal and finishes No. 2 in career points in state history behind only Casey Powell

Yorktown battles back to beat Lakeland/Panas in OT in Section 1 finals

Putnam Valley ends Rye’s run of four straight sectional titles

Somers ends John Jay’s run of four straight sectional titles

Ridgefield beats Darien twice, wins first FCIAC title

Manhasset wins its third-ever state title

John Jay parts ways with coach Nick Savastano

CHSAA merger produces new “Super League”

John Jay star Mike Daniello has change of heart; commits to Hopkins

West Islip’s Scott Craig voted by readers as coach of the year

Somers’ JoJo Marasco voted by readers as player of the year

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14 Responses to “You make the call: Pick the year's biggest story”

  1. Lax Guy says:

    Joe, Great job with Lax Lessons I feel this is the best lax blog in the country and we are all fortunate to have it right here in our area.
    I voted for Somers ending JJ run of four section titles. I was surprised with a new coach and players that missed a season or so that they were able to pull it off.

  2. scooter says:

    i have to with the recent news of John Jay not bringing back their coaches.

  3. Green Valley says:

    Have to go with top three

    1- Somers wins sectional title with New coach ( who everyone doubted, including you Joe L )
    2- Savs let go at JJ Ridiculous
    3- Coach Lou returns to Lake/Panas to upset Rebels in first game back , since he left in 05.

  4. Iceman says:

    I was impressed with the season had by White Plains.

  5. Pauly D says:

    yea white plains season was def the highlight of this year, good call iceman.

  6. Blue says:

    Hey are you the Pauly D from the Jersey Shore ( MTV ) ?

    JJ’s coaching situation is the Call.

  7. Pauly D says:

    Snookie is playing goalie for the JV this year, you can trust me on that situation

  8. laxlax says:

    Chris “THE WALL” Longo helping JoJo Marasco win his first ever varsity game against JohnJay in 4 years not once but TWICE with one win in the Section Championship game, let alone The Wall made 26 saves in the first meeting and 17 in the other!

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  10. Old Rugger says:

    Positive story of the year White Plains lax returns
    Negative Story of the year JJ Coach Sav let go.

  11. SYlacrosse says:


    I agree, without Longo JoJo would not have ever beaten JJ.

    I believe somers history of goalies are pretty good
    And up commer Chris Cousin

    Joe-Is there any info on where Longo is planning on commiting…?

  12. lax says:

    Longo is going to Bridgton.

  13. lacrossegeek says:

    saddest story of the year-Tom L passing away

  14. slacrosse says:

    Good move for Longo. Archibald from Rye went there for a PG and is now playing football at Navy.

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