Portledge School in Locust Valley is celebrating the girls varsity tennis squad who finished the season on top, winning both the Private School Athletic Association and Independent Private and Parochial Athletic League titles.
The first challenge was a winner-take-all match to decide the P.S.A.A. finals against Staten Island Academy at the West Side Tennis Club in Forest Hills, Queens on Nov. 1. At first singles, sophomore Dominique Wojnarowski plated the very tough Jillian Autari. Wojnarowski had lost to Autari twice during the regular season, but this time, Wojnarowski played the best she has played this season. Her dominant cross court shots and patience led her to a victory 6-0, 6-2.
News 12 Long Island has selected senior Katrina Garry of Locust Valley as a News 12 Long Island Scholar Athlete for the 2013-14 season. Now in its 27th year, the weekly award recognizes outstanding ability by high school seniors in athletics, scholarship, leadership and service to others.
Garry was interviewed by News 12 about her achievements and this award earlier this month; the segment aired Wednesday, Nov. 6 and can be viewed by heading to www.longisland.news12.com/multimedia/scholar-athlete-trina-garry-1.6394824.
The Glen Cove Finley Middle School football played the Locust Valley Middle School at the Glen Cove High School on Wednesday, Oct. 23. The game started out with both team defenses dominating the scoreless first quarter. In the second quarter, seventh-grade halfback Devon Thurmond broke the scoreless tie with a 70-yard TD run.
The Glen Cove Youth Bureau kicked off its annual Thanksgiving Food Drive at SoccerFest last weekend. SoccerFest families generously donated Thanksgiving staples to the annual drive. Each year, the Youth Bureau provides Thanksgiving dinner to more than 100 families in Glen Cove. The Youth Bureau will continue to collect donations through Nov. 22.
Long Island Aquatic Club (LIAC) announced that Kasper Buchen (Brookville), Max Scalamandre (Brookville), Delaney Eichorn (Locust Valley), Geoffrey Chen (Old Brookville), Rafael Muniz (Glen Cove) and Emily Mink (Glen Head) have qualified to compete at the National Age Group Challenge Meet. These athletes are six of 67 LIAC swimmers invited to attend this prestigious competition.
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.
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