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MHS Volleyball Dynasty Rolls On

Lady Chiefs Take County Title, Then Fall to Ward Melville

The football seasons for both Massapequa and Plainedge high schools ended in disappointment, but the Massapequa High School girls’ volleyball dynasty rolled on to another county title.

On Nov. 9, the Lady Chiefs won their 10th consecutive Nassau County title, defeating Long Beach three games to one. The Lady Chiefs won the first two games, 25-21 and 25-23, only to see Long Beach battle back and take the next two matches, 25-21 and 26-24. However, led by star setter Katie Bryson, Massapequa stormed back to win the final match and the title, 25-20.

Not only did Massapequa continue their dominance of Nassau County volleyball, they did so with an undefeated season, going 18-0. In the title game, Bryson had 33 assists, 10 kills, and seven digs. Keri Giaquinto and Krissy Silk assisted Bryson on the offensive side as Massapequa came from behind in the decisive final game.

Alas, the win over Long Beach would represent the Lady Chiefs’ final triumph of another great year. On Saturday, Nov. 14, Massapequa would lose a thriller to Ward Melville, ending their season.

The championship contest was a battle of the two undefeated titans of Long Island volleyball. Behind the play of Krissy Silk, Massapequa took an early lead. However, the strong play of Haley Blunt led Ward Melville to its 25-23 victory and the Long Island title.

Football Action: Local Teams Fall Short

Meanwhile, the Massapequa boys varsity football season came to a disappointing close on Nov. 7, as the Chiefs fell to Syosset, 20-10 in the first round of Conference I playoff action.

Trailing 6-3 at halftime, Massapequa took the lead in the third quarter, as Rob Goeren scored on an 18-yard run to give the Chiefs a 10-6 lead. However, Syosset bounced back in the final frame, as Brandon Guastafeste scored on two touchdown runs, both of 10 yards, to give Syosset the victory. Massapequa finished the season with a 6-3 record.

On Nov. 6, the Plainedge Red Devils advanced to the semifinals of Conference III action, defeating Great Neck North, 21-13. The next week, however, the Red Devils traveled to Lawrence where they were outscored by Lawrence High School, 56-28, to see their season end with a stellar 8-2 mark.

In the home game against Great Neck North, Plainedge jumped out to a 14-0 halftime lead, while adding another touchdown in the final quarter to take the 21-13 victory.

The Red Devils used the ground game to get on the board as quarterback Will Crapo scored the first touchdown with a one-yard run, and star tailback Anthony Tardalo hit paydirt with a 55-yard gallop to give Plainedge their halftime advantage. Andrew Jones rounded out the scoring with a 22-yard scamper on the final frame. D.J. Gillen and David Ng starred on defense for the Red Devils.

The one-two running combination of Kenny Barnett and John Kinder proved too much for Plainedge in the semifinal matchup. Lawrence jumped out to a 21-7 first quarter lead and later held off a fourth quarter rally by the Red Devils, to take a 56-28 win.

In the contest, Barnett ran for 187 yards and two touchdowns, while Kinder had 155 yards and three scores. Trailing 21-0 and on the road, Plainedge made a valiant comeback, with Will Crapo scoring twice on the ground and passing two touchdown strikes to Mike Vannucci, but Lawrence had already built up too large a lead.