For Ariana Bruschi, winning the school award in the national Wendy’s High School Heisman competition is about hard work. The New Hyde Park Memorial High School senior is a standout Gladiators field hockey and lacrosse player and an avid volunteer.
“It [the award] really helped me and showed how hard work paid off,” she said. “I thank all my coaches and my guidance counselor Mary Beth Healy. They really helped me.”
The Wendy’s competition measured three parts: academics, athletics and leadership. These categories were strengths for Bruschi.
Sewanhaka’s boys lacrosse coach Peter Burgess has one rule when it comes to his goalies: make the saves that you’re supposed to make.
Luckily for Burgess, senior Jake Mellen does that and more.
“Once or twice a game he’ll make a save that no one’s supposed to make,” Burgess said. “I’ll look over to my assistant coach and say, ‘Wow, that was a special play right there’”
Kevin Lawler of Floral Park recently took third place in Division 9 of the Charles Water Karate & Fitness Tournament in Williston Park. The school’s philosophy is to prepare students for life and this was demonstrated by all the participants. Students sparred with intense focus, awareness, respect, discipline and compassion. There were 10 divisions including an ultimate warrior division.
The Sewanhaka High School 7th grade girls’ basketball team, coached by Alison Leighton, Myeishay Brooks, Michelle Niles and Daniella Ford, had an undefeated season. Leighton said, “With an incredible starting five, and depth throughout the roster, the team showed that with talent and determination, they can do anything. Not only were they an unbelievable team to coach, they were sportswomen on the court, and gave 100 percent effort in their games, and practices.” The team is pictured with Leighton.
St. Gregory’s Girls Swim Team participated in the Nassau County Catholic Youth Organization (CYO) Championships that was recently held on Saturday, March 29 at the Eisenhower Park Aquatics Center. The team placed third among the other swimming teams in their division.
Ryan Schneider of Floral Park, who guides the Friends Academy varsity girls' basketball team, was named Coach of the Year by Nassau County Section 8 basketball coaches. Here, he literally stands behind his team, which went 17-3 for the season and won the Long Island Class C Championship at St. Joseph’s College by defeating Pierson of Suffolk County, 60 to 48.
Integrated Medical Foundation (IMF) has announced that it is joining with New York Racing Association, Inc. (NYRA), the Elmont Chamber of Commerce, and the Greater Long Island Running Club (GLIRC) to stage the 3rd annual Belmont Stakes Blue Ribbon Run for Prostate Cancer. The 5-kilometer run, open to runners and walkers of all ages and levels of ability, will be held on Sunday, June 1, at Belmont Park, with NYRA’s Sam “Sam the Bugler” Grossman calling everyone to the post at 7:15 p.m.
The Third Annual Tom Hayden Our Lady of Victory (OLV) 3-on-3 Tournament, held on Saturday, March 15, was a huge success. Eighteen teams and an army of spectators filled the OLV School gym to pay tribute to the event’s two honorees.
The first honoree, George Rettinger, spoke fondly about his years volunteering for the OLV Catholic Youth Organization (CYO) program and lovingly thanked his extended family, many of whom attended. He also spoke of how proud and honored he was to have volunteered alongside the event’s other honoree, Joe Power, who passed away several years ago.
Our Lady of Victory CYO 6th Grade Basketball team came in first place in their division at the 41st Annual St. Vincent de Paul Basketball Tournament. Pictured: Asst. Coach Rich Nelson, Jake Nelson, Christopher Tall, Justin Jean-Francois, Jay Simunovich, Alex Lascala, Thomas Freely, Coach Bill Barry, Matthew Corteo, Kyle Ring, Patrick Driscoll, and Henry Eckert. Missing from the photo are Robert Del Giorno and Cole Buckley.
As a legal matter, Long Islanders can enjoy trout fishing year-round, but the harsh conditions of the past few months have not been friendly to recreational fishing, so there’s probably some pent-up demand ready for the official opening of trout season state-wide on April 1.
According to a U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service survey, in 2011, New York State was second in the nation in total spending on fishing-related items, and remains a clear leader in paid angler licenses, with nearly one million purchased.
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