Welcome to MSGVarsity.com's Memorable Mondays, a summer-long series that looks back on the top players, games and moments from the past season and gazes ahead to 2012-13. As the summer goes on, we'll compile all the lists and post them here: www.msgvarsity.com/mondays. New lists will be posted every Monday at noon.
In Week 2 of Memorable Mondays, we look at five of the best individual performances across Long Island.
Stacey Bedell, football, William Floyd
412 yards, 4 TD, 29 carries, 12.5 tackles (11 solo) - Class I Long Island Championship, November 27, 2011
Stacey Bedell had been to the Long Island Championship twice before, and twice before he and his William Floyd Colonials were on the losing side of the ledger to Freeport.
The third time, however, would be the charm.
In the second half of a Long Island Championship doubleheader at Stony Brook and having already seen video game-like numbers from Sayville and Lawrence, Bedell continued the trend. The UMass-bound running back set a LIC record by rushing for 412 yards - 109 yards more than the previous mark. He amassed 4 rushings TDs, two of which were 80-yard scampers and the other two for more than 50 yards.
But it wasn't just all offense for Bedell. The co-Hansen Award winner also made 12.5 tackles on the defensive end as well as Bedell would finally get his elusive Long Island title in a wild 54-47 win over East Meadow.
Joe Capobianco, football, Lawrence
27-41, 541 yards, 7 passing TDs, rush TD - Class III Long Island Championship, November 27, 2011
Imagine scoring eight overall touchdowns and throwing for 541 yards in the Long Island Championship...and losing.
Sophomore quarterback Joe Capobianco can attest to that as his Lawrence Golden Tornadoes fell to Sayville, 78-61 in the Class III Long Island Championship. However despite the loss, Capobianco's performance was what everyone was talking about once the clock hit :00. Capobianco broke LIC records for passes completed (27), passes attempted (41), passing yards (541 - previously 259) and touchdown passes (7) all in one-feld swoop and preceded to etch his name in Long Island football lore.
Tyler Manez (Plainedge) and Mike O'Reilly (Shoreham-Wading River), baseball
O'Reilly: 11 IP, 6 H, 3 BB, 19K, 3ER; Manez: 11 IP, 8 H, 0 BB, 10 K, ER - Class A Long Island Championship, June 5, 2012
Shoreham-Wading River was coming off its second straight Suffolk County Championship and looking for its first LIC since 1987. Plainedge was riding a Cinderella-like run as a No. 16-seed en route to its first Nassau title since 1992.
Both teams put their aces on the mound for one of the best pitching duels of the postseason as Tyler Manez and Mike O'Reilly went the distance and then some.
Manez and O'Reilly hurled scoreless gems into the 11th inning as offense eventually took precendence as Plainedge continued its run with a 3-1, 11-inning victory for the Class A Long Island Championship over Shoreham-Wading River.
Allison McKenna, girls basketball, John Glenn
30 points, 23 rebounds, 10 blocks - Class A Long Island Championship, March 9, 2012
John Glenn HS was looking for its third Long Island championship in school history and a chance to return to the state tournament for the first time since 2006. Allison McKenna made sure that would come to fruition.
The 6-foot-2 senior used her size to her advantage against a feisty Nassau Champion, North Shore, nothing 30 points, an astounding 23 rebounds and 10 blocks in a 76-65 victory. The 30 points was just three short of her career-high (33)
Kyle Williams, boys basketball, St. John the Baptist
34 points, 32 rebounds, 4 blocks - 2012 NSCHSAA Championship, February 29, 2012
No one ever gave St. John the Baptist's boys basketball team a chance come playoff time. And quite frankly, who could blame them? Coming in the playoffs as a No. 7 seed out of 7 teams and with a 1-11 record, the Cougars rattled off two straight wins against Holy Trinity and powerhouse St. Mary's to reach the title game against St. Anthony's.
Cue sophomore Kyle Williams.
Williams, the 6-foot-9 center, put the Cougars on his back in one of the most dominating performances on Long Island all winter. The sophomore put up career-highs on the grandest stage of his already young career, scoring 34 points and pulling down 32 rebounds to lead St. John the Baptist to its first NSCHSAA title since 2009.
Join us throughout the summer as "Memorable Mondays" brings you more top 5 lists:
July 9: Top five Cinderalla stories from 2011-12
July 16: Top five exciting endings from 2011-12
July 23: Top five heartwarming moments from 2011-12
July 30: Top five favorite venues from 2011-12
Aug. 6: Top five coaches from 2011-12
Aug. 13: Top five most memorable games from 2011-12
Aug. 20: Top five teams from 2011-12
Aug. 27: Top five teams to watch in 2012-13
Find them all at www.msgvarsity.com/mondays.