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Thursday, May 31, 2018: LuHi's Taylor makes another U.S. team

   Leading off today: Long Island Lutheran junior Celeste Taylor was named to the USA Basketball Under-17 team Wednesday night and will compete in the FIBA U17 World Cup from July 21-29 in Minsk, Belarus.

   Taylor made the final 12 following a week of workouts that began with 158 candidates.

   Taylor was a starter for last summer's U.S. team that won gold in the FIBA U16 World Cup. She's coming off a stellar season for LuHi, having averaged 23.8 points and 4.5 steals per game.

   The University of Texas commit and her teammates will return to Colorado Springs, Colo., on July 4 to resume training camp and travel to Liepaja, Latvia for a round-robin tournament against U17 World Cup teams from Canada, China and Latvia from July 14-16.

   Opening-round sweep: Section 1 went 4-for-4 against Section 2 opponents in the first round of the New York State Public High School Athletic Association girls lacrosse tournament.

   North Rockland's midfield of Elizabeth Fox, Aleya Corretjer and Kerri Gutenberger combined for 13 goals and seven assists in a 14-6 victory over Saratoga in the Class A contest. Fox, a senior, finished with six goals and two assists.

   North Rockland will meet Section 9 champ Kingston on Saturday. A win would send the Red Raiders to a third straight final four in Cortland.

    • John Jay Cross River, which defeated Queensbury by seven goals during the opening game of the season for both teams, beat the Spartans again when it really mattered. Sophomore Charlotte Wilmoth led all scorers with seven goals in the 17-10 victory.

   Junior Tyman Cronin had three goals and fellow junior Jenna Giardina scored two, including the 100th of her career.


    • Brewster fell behind 6-5 but rattled off 10 straight goals beginning late in the first half and handled Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake 17-9 in Class C. Junior Meagan Beal scored seven goals and senior Lauren Craft added five to earn their team the first state playoff win in program history.

    • Isabel Sondey scored six goals and added two assists as the Bronxville advanced in Class D with a 13-4 rout of Schuylerville. The Broncos are two wins away from returning to the state final, where they surrendered a six-goal lead last year before falling to Skaneateles in double overtime.


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  •    An even dozen: Grace Gavis had three goals, three assists and three draw controls, as Kingston secured its 12th straight Section 9 Class A championship with a 13-10 victory over Monroe-Woodbury.

       Norah Prizzi (eight draw controls), Analiese Amato (three assists) and Meghan Gavis added two goals each for Kingston.

       Mount Sinai advances: Goalie platoon Sienna Masullo and Emily Lamparter combined for six saves as Mount Sinai edged Westhampton 8-6 for the Section 11 Class C title.

       Sinai used an early surge in the second half to take control, as Meaghan Tyrrell (three goals), Morgan Mitchell (two), Emma Tyrrell (two) and Gabby Sartori each tallied to put the Mustangs ahead 8-4 in front of Lamparter, a freshman.

       Auburn ace seeking No. 4: After placing second in the NYSPHSAA girls golf tournament last year, Auburn senior Lindsay May is looking to round out her high school career with the elusive fourth title.

       May left for Long Island on Wednesday in preparation for the two tournament, which begins Bethpage State Park in Farmingdale.

       "I'm really excited. I've been practicing a lot and working with my coach a lot," May said. "After last year, coming in second showed me what I need to work on a little more, but I feel like I'm pretty much ready."

       Carmel junior Lauren Peter chose to focus on other tournaments this spring instead of competing at the high school level and will not be defending her state title.

       "I will definitely miss her since we played together in the same group the last four years," May said. "We know each other really well and keep in touch. ... Not seeing her there at states will be different."

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