Playing on a 90-foot field for the first time and playing up an age level at 13-U did not slow down the Glen Cove Comanchees Travel Baseball team’s winning ways this fall.
After a great fall season record in the Nassau County League, the Comanchees received a bye in the first round of the playoffs. Their first playoff opponent was a tough Long Island Indians squad. The Comanchees bats were on fire and it turned out to be a one-sided slugfest. The hitting stars were Thomas Paulich (four-for-four with three runs scored and two RBIs, including four stolen bases), Peter Nikolis (two hits and two RBIs) stealing home twice, John Luzynski (two hits, two runs, one RBI) and Brian Wright (double, four RBIs). Thomas Mavros picked up the win, pitching four innings, allowing no hits and only one run.
Glen Cove Boys’ JV Basketball team started their season on Nov. 30 against their rival, Locust Valley. Glen Cove won 60-33. This win was a result of a full team effort. Adrian Berisha and Artan Berisha led the team in scoring in the first half. Excellent team play continued in the third quarter. Glen Cove held Locust Valley to only four points in the third quarter.
In the fourth quarter the Big Red continued their excellent defense with multiple players contributing. Joshua Martin and Corey Dinkins had two steals each in the fourth quarter to seal the win for Glen Cove. David Duda had eight rebounds and two blocks. Artan Berisha finished with a team high 13 points and Adrian Berisha had 12 points. Elijah Robinsion, William Beglin, Steve Ernest, Michael Payton, Manny Sican, Andres Sican, Elijah Ambles, Gabe Stone and Khalil Zachary were also key players in the win displaying great hustle off the bench.
Hurricane Sandy did cause a lot of damage in the Glen Cove area, but it did not stop the Glen Cove Junior Soccer League’s end of the season finale, just merely postponed it by a week.
Traditionally, the soccer league would end the season with a day-long event called Soccerfest, filled with many games, a BBQ and trophy presentations to the kids. Due to the hurricane, the Glen Cove Junior Soccer League Board came up with a different approach for this year. Soccerfest became “Lift Our Community Spirits Day” to help people try to take their mind off the recent hurricane. The whole community of Glen Cove was invited down to a free BBQ and also to watch some exciting soccer from our kids. Donations were accepted to help those in need and there were donations from private individuals to help make the BBQ a success. All the kids received trophies and by the smiles on everyone’s faces, the day was a total success.
Ken Pilla, Barbara Greenfield, Darcy Belyea and the rest of the board are to be commended for a job well done. Kudos go out to Mayor Suozzi and the council for their continuous support and most importantly, the Glen Cove residents. The spirit of the day well exemplified league founder Marco Malusa’s principles regarding having a soccer league in Glen Cove.
It was a season that started out as “not meant to be,” but ended with gritty and heartfelt wins at the Long Island championship and regionals – and ultimately a historic return to the state championship.
“These girls never gave up and never stopped believing,” said Coach Gail Baker, last year’s Coach of the Year. “We had a lot of obstacles, including low numbers for both the JV and varsity, but we were still able to make it to the state semifinals and compete against our co-champion from last year, Hoosick Falls.”
New York Giants wide receiver Hakeem Nicks knows that and showcased those ideals at his recent ProCamps Worldwide Ultimate Fan Experience presented by Citi at Hofstra University on Saturday, Nov. 17. Nicks, a four-year veteran, used the team’s bye week to give future gridiron greats an inside look of what it is to be an NFL player.
Congratulations to the BU9 Glen Cove Dragons soccer team for a great season. The Dragons ended the season on Saturday, Nov. 17 with a 4-0 win. The BU9 Dragons soccer team is a talented group of 12 outstanding players. The team has enjoyed great success over the past few years and they are looking forward to continuing that trend moving forward.
The Dragons finished with an impressive record of seven wins, one loss and one tie, scoring 36 goals with only nine against.
Glen Cove Boys & Girls Club announced Chris Martinez and Emil Martin as the September Youths of the Month and Lyasia Milledge, head group leader, as Professional of the Month.
Junior Youth of the Month Chris Martinez, age 7, has been a member of the club for two years. He is a second-grader at Deasy School. Chris is extremely busy at the club, participating in Video Club, Art Around the World, Friday’s Minute to Win It, Power Hour and Triple Play Daily Challenges. Chris excels both in and out of the classroom, is extremely polite, and is a great assistant during Power Hour to his peers.
The community thanks all of the organizations that contributed to a fun-filled successful “Teen Challenge Program” held in September at Kennedy Heights in Glen Cove. The Long Island Teen Challenge/Rock The Block Organization provided the activities and service to our community. Thanks to the organizers: the Glen Cove Housing Authority, the American Legion Young-Simmons Post 1765, the Glen Cove Boys and Girls Club, the Glen Cove Youth Bureau, the Glen Cove N.A.A.C.P. and the Glen Cove Alumni for Youth, as well as, Calvary AME Church, First Baptist Church and First Church of God in Christ.
The Atlantic League champion Long Island Ducks are hosting an open house at Bethpage Ballpark now through Nov. 21.
During the open house, fans and businesses will be able to view select seating locations now available for the 2013 season as part of full season ticket packages, ten-game mini plans and luxury suites. In addition, Ducks staff members will be on hand to provide information regarding a variety of sponsorship opportunities with the team. Those in attendance will be treated to an exclusive behind-the-scenes tour of the “Duck Pond” and have a chance to take a picture with the Atlantic League Championship trophy.
Sunday, Oct. 14 was homecoming for the Glen Cove Jr. Football teams and cheerleaders. The Peanut team (ages 5 and 6) was the first team to take the field against the visiting Plainedge Red team.
On Glen Cove’s first play from scrimmage, halfback Devon Gonzalez took the hand off from QB Nick Parisi and went around right end for a 40- yard TD run. On Glen Cove’s next offensive possession, halfback Jayden Jacobs went untouched for a 40-yard TD run.
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