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Johns Hopkins-bound Mike Pellegrino during action yesterday for Connetquot in its 10-9 Suffolk County Class A quarterfinal-round win over Sachem North yesterday.
We now have our Section 1, Section 9 and FCIAC finalists.
And some interesting happenings on Long Island.
If you’re just joining us, welcome to Championship Week.
Connetquot, the “other” team not often mentioned in the race for the championship in arguably the nation’s most competitive class, Suffolk Class A, knocked off a team highly regarded in the preseason, Sachem North, 10-9, in yesterday’s quarterfinals. Connetquot will now take on West Islip in the Section 11 semis for the third year in a row. That game’s Friday.
Before we run down today’s Long Island playoff slate,first a quick programming note.
We’ve obviously been discussing the two dramatic overtime Section 1 semifinals the last two days – Lakeland/Panas’ 13-12 win at Suffern and John Jay’s 11-10 win at Somers.
We analyzed those two games and looked ahead to tomorrow’s finals on yesterday’s tristate segment on MSG Varsity’s “High School SportsDesk.” You can check it out now by clicking here.
Now, here’s a look ahead to the upcoming finals we mentioned.
Of note in Section 1, none of the three top seeds — Suffern (Class A), Somers (Class B) and Pleasantville (Class C) — are still alive.
Thursday’s Section 1 finals
at Suffern Middle School
No. 5 Lakeland/Panas vs. No. 2 Mahopac, 3:30 p.m.
No. 4 John Jay vs. No. 2 Yorktown, 5:30 p.m.
No. 5 Byram Hills vs. No. 2 Bronxville, 8 p.m.
Thursday’s Section 9 final
at Middletown High School’s Faller Field
No. 4 Warwick vs. No. 2 Pine Bush , 8 p.m.
TBD vs. No. 1 Saugerties, 3:30 p.m.
No. 3 Millbrook vs. No. 1 Red Hook, 6 p.m.
Friday’s FCIAC final
at Brien McMahon High School, Norwalk
No. 3 Ridgefield vs. No. 1 Darien, 7 p.m.
Now, to today’s playoff slate.
Today’s Section 8 semifinals
at Hofstra University, Hempstead
No. 5 Long Beach vs. No. 1 Farmingdale, 3:30 p.m.
B1-3 South Side vs. B1-1 Garden City, 5:30 p.m.
No. 5 Locust Valley vs. Cold Spring Harbor, 8 p.m.
Today’s Section 11 semifinals
No. 4 Huntington at No. 1 Comsewogue, 4 p.m.
No. 3 Eastport-South Manor at No. 2 Shoreham-Wading River, 4 p.m.
Today’s SCC semifinals
at Branford High School
Cheshire vs Guilford, 4 p.m.
Daniel Hand vs. Fairfield Prep, 6 p.m.
Today’s SWC semifinals
at Weston High School
New Fairfield vs. Joel Barlow, 5 p.m.
Newtown vs. Weston, 7 p.m
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