Each week people travel to Glen Cove to play in the LI-Kick 21+ kickball league. While many competitive spirits come to win, others come for the fun and enjoyment. That was on full display as many dressed up and celebrated Halloween on the field. The Liquor Balls had full team participation in their Halloween game. Chris Pascucci made several fantastic defensive plays in center field wearing a full-body Mr. McGibblets costume while identical twins Wendy and Cindy Oswald wore matching Thing 1 & Thing 2 costumes. Dani Bagnasco of Kick in the Grass rolled a shutout in a Batman costume. Wayne Press coached ‘Ball me Maybe’ from the first base box while wearing a menacing Grim Reaper headdress.
This week also marked the completion of the eight-week regular season. ‘Ball me Maybe’ completed an undefeated season and enters
the 14-team tournament as the top seed. The playoffs take place over 3 nights with trophies going to the winning team.
The Glen Cove Middle School football team defeated Thompson Middle School in a Thursday home game by the score of 33-0. After a scoreless first quarter, the Glen Cove offense went on a nice drive and ended on quarterback Keith Simpson’s one yard plunge into the end zone. Tight end Jack Kaffl then scored the extra point on a pass from Simpson.
LI-Kick celebrated the midpoint of their season in style with a pre-game barbeque. Many kickball players came down to the field early to eat while fraternizing with their teammates and opponents. Master chef Anthony Muzia generously supplied the barbeque food while Danielle Mastrorocco baked a homemade kickball cake.
September brings cooler temperatures, the start of a new school year and, for residents of Glen Cove and its surrounding communities, the beginning of another great season of Junior Soccer.
In keeping with a decades-old tradition, the young players, their parents, the coaches, board members and elected officials marked opening day by parading through the streets of downtown Glen Cove on their way to the John Maccarone Memorial Stadium where kick-off ceremonies are held before the games begin.
Following last spring’s news that Williams College freshman and Portledge graduate Alex Schidlovsky (class of 2012) had been named to the All NESCAC Team in Varsity Boys Tennis for helping lead the Ephmen capture the NCAA Division III National Championship, the Portledge community was happy to hear about another recent grad making a big stir in the NCAA Tennis ranks. Georgetown University frosh and member of the Portledge School graduating Class of 2013, Sophie
Barnard, made her Georgetown coach Gordie Earnst proud when she reached the semifinals of her first major college event.
The tournament was the 64 person draw Georgetown Classic and Barnard won four consecutive matches without dropping a set before being defeated by Lana Robbins, who is the number one player on the George Washington University
Women’s Tennis team. Coming to Portledge as a tenth grader after finishing at East Woods, Barnard helped lead the Lady Panthers to two League Championships in her three years of play and was named IPPSAL Player of the year at the conclusion of both of those championship seasons. Everyone at Portledge is proud of Sophie for gaining admission to such a fine university, as well as for all her achievements thus far.
The top kickball teams have made themselves known in the third week of the fall season. Veteran teams returning from the spring season are seeing their advantage slip as rookie teams have gelled and gotten to know their new teammates.
This was displayed in dramatic fashion as spring-league powerhouse ‘That’s What She Said’ was stunned by ‘the Sleazeballs’ in a thrilling last inning comeback. The same fate awaited veteran ‘Cheeto Fingers’ who briefly held first place until they were narrowly defeated by the rookie ‘Liqour Balls.’ Jessica Bell of the Spicy Meatballs, became the first women of the season to boot a home run. Teams mingled and toasted their accomplishments after the games at an organized bar social.
The upper field of the John Maccarone Memorial Stadium in Glen Cove is once again alive with the sights and sounds of LI-Kick, Glen Cove’s co-ed adult kickball league.
Glen Cove resident Sal Farruggia, 27, founded LI-Kick this past spring, in partnership with the City of Glen Cove’s Department of Parks and Recreation and its director, Darcy Belyea.
The new league had 130 players on eight teams and proved to be a great success. Farruggia and Belyea planned to expand the league to 190 players and 12 teams for this fall. By Tuesday, Sept. 3, the opening night of season two, 211 players had signed up and 14 full teams had been formed. Players range in age from 21 to 64 years of age and all teams are co-ed.
The Glen Cove Wildcats U12 travel girls soccer team won the Sportsmanship Award for the Spring 2013 season.
The North Shore School District announced that Frankie and Maddy Conklin, ninth- and 10th-graders respectively, competed over the summer at the USA Field Hockey Showcase and were chosen to represent New York in the USA Field Hockey National Tournament.
“We are very proud of our daughters, as this is a huge accomplishment in the field hockey world,” Mr. and Mrs. Conklin commented.
Tom Suozzi, Kathleen Rice and Dave Gugerty - the candidate running for the County Legislator seat in district 18 - competed together in the 26th Annual Oyster Bay Triathlon on Saturday, Aug. 24. Gugerty participated as part of a co-ed relay team alongside District Attorney Kathleen Rice and Nassau County Executive candidate Tom Suozzi. The group called themselves the “Tri-Dem” team.
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