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Looking Back at Some Great Seasons

Championship Efforts From MHS Soccer, Volleyball Squads

Another great winter sports season has ended for local high school squads in the Massapequa area. As the action moves onto basketball, here are the statistics of the stars that made it such a memorable year for the Massapequa and Plainedge High School teams.

The Massapequa girls’ soccer squad won its 10th consecutive Nassau County Class AA championship, before losing the county title match to Ward Melville. All year long, Katie Bryson set up scores, handing out numerous assists to her teammates, among them Joanne Josephson, Samantha Berna, and Katie Newman.

Meanwhile, the Massapequa girls’ soccer squad also made history, winning its seventh straight Class AA county title. The Lady Chiefs finished the season with a 14-3-1 record, losing a heartbreaking triple overtime county title game to West Islip, 1-0.

Rosie DiMartino was the Lady Chiefs top offensive player all year, scoring 14 goals and handing out four assists. Andrea Arnold had a solid year, scoring seven goals and six assists. Taylor Elliot and Erica Modena had three goals each.

Football Heroics

After a strong start, the Massapequa Chiefs ended the season on a disappointing note, losing three of their final four games. Early in the year, the Chiefs high-powered offense led the team to resounding victories over Plaineview JFK (49-12) and Hempstead (38-12) before having their five-game winning streak snapped by Farmingdale.

All year long, the Chiefs were paced on the ground by Kenny Fundus, who had one of the best years any running back has had for a Massapequa football team. Fundus was a workhorse, running for 728 yards on 108 carries, with 10 touchdowns. In fact, Fundus accounted for nearly all of the Chiefs rushing touchdowns with Griff Morley scoring the only other touchdown on the ground.

In the air, the Chiefs were led by two quarterbacks. Morley started the season at quarterback and passed for 409 yards with a sterling accuracy, completing 36 passes on 44 attempts. Later in the season, Morley was injured and Ryan Neu replaced him at quarterback. Neu kept up the pace, passing for 101 yards and a touchdown. Head Coach Pat Nolan praised Neu for doing a great job as Morley’s replacement. All year long, Steve Romano was the favorite target of both quarterbacks, catching 13 passes for 162 yards and a touchdown.

On defense, Brian Reilly anchored the defensive line, with four sacks, while Rob Goeren starred in the backfield, scoring three interceptions.

Meanwhile, the Plainedge Red Devils continued their own excellence on the gridiron. The Red Devils finished with an 8-2 record, advancing to the semifinals of Conference III action, where they lost to Plainedge, 56-28.

As with Massapequa, Plainedge ran up big scores all year long on their opponents, defeating Lynbrook, 42-35, Lawrence, 38-21, South Side, 33-13, Great Neck North, 42-12, and North Shore, 51-7. The Red Devils also scored identical 28-0 shutout wins over both Bethpage and Glen Cove.

Naturally, the team was chock full of offensive stars. Most prominent was Will Crapo, who had an Archie Manning-like season on the both the ground and through the air. Crapo rushed for 294 yards and four touchdowns on only eight attempts. That averages out to a stupendous 37 yards per carry. Anthony Tardalo had 438 yards on 35 carries and three touchdowns. Andrew Jones had 250 yards on 34 carries and six touchdowns, while Mike Vannucci chipped in with three touchdowns on the ground.

In the air, Crapo was even more impressive, passing for 886 yards and 10 touchdowns. Crapo had 68 completions on 72 attempts, making him, unquestionably, the most accurate quarterback in America. Crapo had numerous targets, including Mike Vannucci, who added three more touchdowns on tosses from the Plainedge quarterback. Gerard Bert had seven receptions and two touchdowns, while D.J. Gillen caught five passes and a touchdown. On the other side of the ball, David Ng paced the defense with six sacks.

With the fall sports season over, local sports fans can look forward to the winter and spring where more winning action can be expected from the mighty Massapequa girls basketball team and the boys varsity baseball squad.