Football season ended with a thud – the thud of a last-second field goal block to seal Chaminade’s first Catholic league championship since 1998.
The Flyers also exorcised a decade-long team losing streak by beating St. Anthony’s, 17-16, to claim the CHSFL Class AAA crown Dec. 1. Now the accolades keep coming as Chaminade’s Stephen Boyd was one of three coaches named to Newsday’s All-Long Island football team.
Boyd, a former Nassau player of the year from Valley Stream and NFL All-Pro linebacker, lifted the Flyers to a 10-1 season.
Farmingdale’s Buddy Krumenacker and Babylon’s Rick Punzone were also named coaches of the year.
Krumenacker went 10-2 as the Dalers won the Nassau Conference I championship. Along the way, he earned his 210th career victory.
Punzone directed Babylon to a perfect 12-0 season and 48-18 win over Roosevelt to claim the Long Island Class IV title. The program later earned the Rutgers Trophy as Suffolk team of the year, a first for the Panthers.
All-State Girls Soccer
They faced off in an epic Long Island championship game decided by penalty kicks. Now they are forever linked. South Side junior striker Christina Klaum and Islip senior midfielder Morgan Santoro were named state Class A co-players of the year by the New York State Sportswriters Association.
South Side went on to win the program’s 17th state championship. For that feat, Shannon McEntee was also named state coach of the year.
Other All-State first team picks:
Class AA: Northport junior midfielder Kristin Desmond, Calhoun senior forward Michelle Iacono, East Islip junior forward Kayla Sager.
Class A: Islip senior forward Amanda Buck, Sayville senior forward Madison Hoon, South Side senior midfielder Alexandra Reis.
Class B: Cold Spring Harbor junior forward Teressa Fazio, Babylon junior midfielder Shelby Fredericks.
Class C: Friends Academy senior midfielder Krystina Iordanou, Port Jefferson senior forward Mareid Swords.
Long Island Lutheran boys basketball is third in the latest state Class AA rankings. Stat man George Davila's Long Island Top 5: LuHi, Deer Park, St. Mary's. St. John the Baptist and Amityville . . . Watch the Slam Dunk Tournament, featuring St. Anthony’s girls basketball at Ossining (Westchester), on MSG Varsity Jan. 2, 9 p.m. . . . The Thorp Award, given to Nassau's top football player, has yet to be announced. The annual Nassau Gridiron Banquet was postponed by Sandy. The new date is Jan. 13 . . . Inside Lacrosse reports St. Anthony's junior lacrosse goalie Jack Concannon has verbally committed to Hofstra while Smithtown East junior attack Tommy Marino is headed to Army.