Runners, walkers and wheelchair athletes of all ages and levels of ability are invited to join in on Sunday, April 1 at the H.B. Mattlin Middle School in Plainview for the 35th annual running of the Nationwide 10 kilometer Run for ASPIRE.
The run will once again be utilizing the traditional challenging but fair course through the roads of Plainview and Old Bethpage, starting and finishing at the H.B. Mattlin Middle School on Washington Avenue in Plainview. New Race Director Karen Schackner is putting together an event that promises to be the biggest and best ASPIRE Run ever!
The host Greater Long Island Running Club is pleased to have the continuing support of Anthony Wiszowaty of Nationwide, with his agency and many of the other Nationwide agents on Long Island stepping up to honor the memory of GLIRC’s and Nationwide’s own Stanley Kramberg, with the entire net proceeds of the event once again being turned over to the ASPIRE Program for the rehabilitation of young amputees, and ASPIRE’s Stanley Kramberg Memorial Scholarship Fund.
The Farmingdale boys’ basketball team (5-1) took on the Massapequa Chiefs (0-7) on the afternoon of Friday, Jan. 6. A matchup against Massapequa in any sport is bound to be met with excitement in Farmingdale, and this game was no exception.
Farmingdale’s defense made a statement right out of the gate, getting an early steal and a big block by Kevin Petit-Frere. A layup by Curtis Jenkins got the Dalers on the scoreboard a few minutes into the game. Several layups and a three pointer by the Chiefs put them ahead early, 11-4.
Jumpers by Jenkins and Dalique Mingo, this season’s leading scorer, brought Farmingdale back into the game. The Chiefs led, 12-11, at the end of the quarter.
A jump shot by Pierre St. Simon to open the quarter gave the Dalers their first lead of the game. Two foul shots by Jenkins extended the lead to three points.
The HBC Xtreme girls of Farmingdale finished the 2011 season on Saturday, Jan. 7 with back-to-back wins taking first place in the Lindenhurst Bubble U9/U10 (8-0-1) winter league. The Xtreme girls had a very successful fall season after being crowned tournament champions at the HBC Tournament and the Columbus Weekend Northport Cow/Harbor tournaments, going undefeated in both tournaments.
They were also division Champions in the Long Island Junior Soccer U9 division (8-0-1) and played up in the U10 division of Just Say Soccer taking first place (6-1) as well.
On Tuesday, Jan. 4, the Farmingdale boys’ basketball team (4-1 overall, 1-0 in-conference) hosted the Syosset Braves (4-3 overall, 0-2 in-conference). This was the Dalers’ first game of 2012, after Navreet Dhaliwal hit a late three-pointer to win in Hempstead on Dec. 20.
The Dalers’ leading scorer, point guard Dalique Mingo, scored the game’s first points with a layup. Jack Burke hit a three-pointer from the corner and Kevin Petit-Frere added a layup after the Dalers forced a turnover, and Farmingdale quickly led 7-1. A big block in the paint by DeAndre Fogan led to an easy fast break basket for Mingo. After making two free throws, Dhaliwal hustled back on defense to come up with a huge block from behind to deny Syosset’s fast break opportunity. At the end of the first quarter, the Dalers led 14-6.
The Town of Oyster Bay will host National Hockey League (NHL) pioneer Willie O’Ree on the evening of Wednesday, Jan. 18, at the state-of-the-art Town of Oyster Bay Ice Skating Center in Bethpage, said Oyster Bay Town Supervisor John Venditto. O’Ree was known for his speed and checking abilities throughout his career and was a threat every time he touched the ice. His accomplishments on the ice, however, tell only part of his proud history. He also made an immeasurable social impact as the first black player to compete in a National Hockey League game.
“Willie O’Ree is often referred to as the “Jackie Robinson of ice hockey” due to the similarities of both as trailblazers in their respective sports.” Supervisor Venditto said. “The Town of Oyster Bay is fortunate to have Mr. O’Ree as a special guest at the rink. His historical significance in the sports world can’t be understated. He is an icon to the game of hockey.”
Congratulations to the Portledge School (Locust Valley) Varsity Girls Basketball team that won the 2011 Portledge Basketball Invitational. The Lady Panthers defeated Martin Luther 56-40 in the championship game on Saturday, Dec. 10. Ceci Mulry ’13 (Glen Cove) and Tamara Simpson ’14 (North Babylon) were selected to the All-Tournament team, and Tamara Simpson was named the tournament’s Most Valuable Player. This is the girls’ first championship in the event since 1996.
Mercy College Athletics in Dobbs Ferry has undergone a significant revival with an infusion of talented coaches and an influx of outstanding student-athletes. The athletic department has produced notable achievements that position Mercy College as a competitive Division II institution, attracting high quality student-athletes that succeed on the field and in the classroom.
Junior goalkeeper T.J. DiCarlo, of Farmingdale, has become the standard bearer for the type of student-athlete that Coach Manitta is attracting to the Dobbs Ferry campus. He is a Farmingdale High School graduate.
The recent general meeting of the Greater Long Island Running Club was also the club’s Awards Night, and among the highlights of the evening was the presentation of prestigious Gladys Simonsen Memorial Award to Michael Gonzalez of Farmingdale.
The meeting was held in the auditorium of the Plainview-Old Bethpage Public Library with an audience of over 200 club members and their guests.
Former players and supporters of the 1970s and ’80s Barboy Team, of the Over the Hill Softball league, met at Bollinger’s restaurant for their annual Christmas breakfast. The event was co-coordinated and emceed by Dan Ruesterholz with special guest, president and league founder Jim Reilly.
A brief tribute was paid to recently departed members of the league and teammates who were ill and could not attend. The attendees then went on to reminisce about the good times and success the team achieved over their many years of playing together.
Councilman Joe Pinto recently joined with Legislators Rose Walker and Joe Belesi and attended the check presentation ceremony by the Over the Hill Gang softball team to the Justin Hipp Foundation. The league’s recent charity fundraiser raised the $10,000 check.
Councilman Pinto was joined by President and Founder of the Over the Hill Gang (OTHG) Jim Reilly, OTHG Board members Bruce Kubart, Mitchell Maghakian and Al Palleschi, OTHG Charity Committee members Christine Restani, Joe Reilly and Lori Sutherland, Justin’s Mother Binni Hipp and his night aid for 17 years, Lucy Elevry.
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