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Updated: February 17, 2009, 2:00 PM ET
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Softball - St. John the Baptist


It's a nice feeling to take the field behind Olivia Galati each game. The Cougars have gotten so used to her dominance, it would be easy to take it for granted, but they don't. Entering her final season on the varsity, Galati is aiming to go out a winner with her third CHSAA state title. Galati, who was a Newsday All-Area pick again last year, went 15-1 with 230 strikeouts and a perfect 0.00 ERA. She wasn't too bad at the plate, either, batting .429 with four home runs. But she's made her name with her right arm and that was on display in the state finals against St. Joseph by the Sea. In a nailbiter, Galati never wavered, tossing a complete-game shutout with 14 strikeouts and only three hits in a 1-0 triumph. To anyone who had watched the team play throughout the year, that performance was no surprise. Earlier, she threw a perfect game with 17 strikeouts against St. Dominic. Galati, who will play at Hofstra next year, has been a first, second or third team All-State selection each of the last three years. Even if Galati can win some games by herself, there's plenty of other talent on this roster. Senior Christine Bosco, who scored the winning run in the title game, returns. So do Melissa Perez, Liz Spiller, Melissa Liotta and Kaitlin Crowley. Perez, a senior infielder who will play next year at Rhode Island, was an All-League performer in 2008.



Baseball - Susan Wagner


Jared Croce really knows when to turn things on. The senior outfielder exploded in last year's playoffs with five hits and seven RBIs in three games to lead the Falcons to the PSAL quarterfinals, where they lost to No. 1 seed Madison. For the season, the Daily News All-City pick hit .473. He returns for his final campaign along with senior pitcher Michael Pellicano, who was honorable mention All-City.



Girls' Lacrosse - Shoreham-Wading River


The Wildcats are on the prowl for a third consecutive Class C state championship. Since New York started handing out state crowns in 1995, SWR is the only Suffolk County school to earn the trophy. This year's crew is paced by a pair of standouts who led the team to glory last season: senior middies Stephanie Anderson and Rachel Wiederkehr. Anderson scored 51 goals last year, while Wiederkehr led a suffocating defense.



Boys' Lacrosse - West Islip


The Lions rolled into last year's state tourney with a 19-1 record and back-to-back Class A state championships. So when they were sent home in the quarters by Syosset, it was quite a shock. That defeat sent superstar seniors Ian Braddish and Ed Plompen off to college on a sour note. Luckily for the Lions, All-American junior attack Nicky Galasso is back after scoring 60 goals and dishing 57 assists as a sophomore. Galasso is the nation's top player in the Class of 2010.



BREAKOUT TEAMS


GIRLS' TRACK  MEDGAR EVERS
Senior Janice Jackson was second at state in 100 hurdles last year.

BOYS' TRACK  GREAT NECK SOUTH
Senior Terrance Livingston is the nation's best indoor 800 runner.

SOFTBALL  MADISON
Sophomore ace Kayla Hill is back and hoping to topple perennial power Tottenville.

BOYS' LACROSSE  SOUTH SIDE
Virginia-bound senior attack Nick O'Reilly had 44 goals and 52 assists last year.