The Ultimate Big 10: 2011-12 season
1. NORTH SHORE GIRLS CROSS COUNTRY
Congratulations to the Vikings who ran past the competition in their march to the state Class B title at Vernon-Verona-Sherrill in Syracuse. Samantha Nadel won the state Class B race in 19:25.5, Brianna Nerud finished second in 19:45.9 and Jessica Donohue was third in 20:01.7. They are Long Island's Ultimate BIG 10 champs for the 2011-12 school year.
2. GARDEN CITY BOYS LACROSSE
The Trojans earned the Spring BIG 10 title with an undefeated march to the state Class B championship. Garden City won its fifth state title by beating Irondequoit 11-4. Patric Berkery had three goals and Devin Dwyer had two goals and four assists. Coach Steve Finnell's squad posted the fifth undefeated season in school history and are the National Champions by multiple media outlets.
3. ST. ANTHONY'S HOCKEY
The Friars (21-0) beat St. Francis of Athol Springs, 4-3, at the Nassau Coliseum to win the CHSAA state title. Senior Chris Wallace scored three goals, including the game-winner with one second left in regulation. St. Anthony's became the first downstate champion to claim the state crown in the nine years of the tournament. The perfect season enabled the Friars to claim the Winter BIG 10 championship.
4. ST. ANTHONY'S FOOTBALL
The Friars extended their winning streak to 29 games with a 14-0 win over Stepinac in the CHSFL Class AAA championship game. The Friars set a Long Island private school record of 29 consecutive wins winning their 10th title in 11 years.
5. ST. ANTHONY'S GIRLS LACROSSE
The Friars capped another tremendous season with a fifth straight CHSAA Class AA championship and, for a second straight year, were ranked third in the country. St. Anthony's season was highlighted by its victories over nationally-ranked opponents, including Manhasset, Chatham (N.J.), Sacred Heart and Garden City.
6. WEST ISLIP BOYS LACROSSE
The Lions extended their win streak to 19 games when they beat Ithaca, 12-7, to win the state Class A championship. West Islip (21-1) won its ninth straight Suffolk crown and seventh LIC before earning the school's fifth state title in seven years. All-American goalie Jack Kelly and defenseman Anthony Santo led a stingy defense and Tom Moore (60 goals) and Brendan Smith (55) led the offense.
7. EAST ISLIP GIRLS BOWLING
The Redmen took second in the state championship in Waverly, toppling 5,478 pins. Niagara Falls won the tournament with a 5,871 series. Nancy Baione had a 1,147 series and Alexa DeFazio a 1,110 for East Islip.
8. SAYVILLE FOOTBALL
Quarterback Steven Ferreira set the Long Island career record for touchdown passes with 73, including two when he led the Golden Flashes to the Long Island Class III crown with a 78-61 win over Lawrence. Zach Sirico scored an LIC record six touchdowns.
9. WANTAGH WRESTLING
The Warriors won the Nassau sectional tournament for the third time in four years. Freshman Jose Rodriguez (46-1) finished second in the state at 99 pounds. The Warriors were 22-0 in dual meets and won the Nassau sectional title.
10. GLENN GIRLS VOLLEYBALL
The girls did not a lose a game during the two-day state tournament in Glens Falls, and swept Pelham to win the Class B title. It was the Knights' first state title since 2007 and fifth since 2003. Stony Brook University signee Melissa Rigo was named tournament MVP.