Thursday, 10 October 2013 00:00
From the USMMA Athletics Department
The USMMA football team edged out Maritime (NY), 7-6, recently to improve to 3-0 for the first time since 1997. The Mariners lone score of the game came on a 25-yard touchdown pass to Matthew Berglund (North Kingstown, RI) with just 1:03 remaining in the first half. USMMA forced four turnovers while Jonathan Leone (Whitman, MA) paced the defense with eight tackles and a forced fumble.
Maritime (NY) (0-2) went 93 yards on its first drive of the game and quickly posted the afternoon’s first touchdown. Ryan Heizman found Greg Caneparo for a 47-yard completion that resulted in a 6-0 advantage for the Privateers. However, the extra point attempt was unsuccessful and limited the home team’s advantage to just six points.
Merchant Marine (3-0) finally cracked the scoreboard on its final possession of the first half, marching 70 yards in 1:38 on eight plays. The Mariners converted on a 3rd-and-6 as Matthew McDaniels (Malverne, NY) rushed for 13 yards to move the chains. Two plays later, Berglund hauled-in his first touchdown reception of the year to give the Mariners a 7-6 edge heading into halftime. McDaniels led the USMMA attack with 125 rushing yards along with 46 yards and one touchdown through the air.
Neither team would be able to crack the scoreboard in the second half as freshman Spencer Blauw (Strasburg, CO) became a valuable weapon. The rookie punter pinned the Privateers inside their own 20 yard line twice and launched a season long punt of 57 yards. The Mariner defense made a statement early in the second half, forcing a Maritime (NY) turnover on the opening possession of the third quarter.
Later in the period, the Privateers faced a 4th-and-1 at the USMMA 28 yard line and chose to leave the offense out on the field. Matthew Morse (Covington, LA) and Andrew Hendrix (Virginia Beach, VA) combined to stuff the rushing attempt for no-gain and force a turnover on downs.
The Mariner defense would come up with two more crucial turnovers in the fourth quarter. The first came with only 4:24 remaining in regulation as the Privateers were beginning a drive at midfield immediately following a USMMA turnover. Michael Biehn (The Woodlands, TX) dove on the loose ball to give Merchant Marine another chance to increase its lead. However, the Privateers would get one more possession with 2:29 to play.
Rubyn Johnson (Jacksonville, FL) came down with an interception with 2:10 to play that gave the Mariners a chance to seal the victory. Charles Helms (North Brunswick, NJ) had back-to-back carries that picked up a first down and enabled Merchant Marine to kneel out the clock and move to 3-0 on the year.
Saturday, 30 November 2013 00:00
The recent adoption the Common Core Learning Standards, a rigorous series of teacher and student assessment testing, and the potential sharing of confidential student information with third parties have resulted in a radical change in the educational landscape in New York State—one that many parents have been concerned about.
To address these growing concerns, the Great Neck School District’s United Parent Teacher Council recently hosted a question and answer session at South High School with New York State Regent Roger Tilles, a Great Neck resident who has been outspoken with both his support of content the Common Core and his disapproval in how the new set of learning standards have been implemented.
Friday, 29 November 2013 00:00
At a meeting last week, after almost four hours of back and forth between Clover Drive residents, the attorney representing builder Frank Lalazarian’s controversial Old Mill II project and members of the Village of Great Neck’s Planning Board, there was very little progress, no vote taken and far more questions than answers.
The subdivision plan, a project under discussion for the last five years and recently approved by the village’s Zoning Board of Appeals, calls for 11 houses to be built in the area behind the Old Mill Apartments, with sole access from Clover Drive. Complicating the builder’s efforts to gain approval to start building is the fact that one of the lots is within the boundaries of Great Neck Estates and will require that village’s approval also. Additionally, Lalazarian’s project must gain the approval of several Nassau County agencies, including its department of public works, department of health and planning commission.
Wednesday, 27 November 2013 15:23
The Bears team before a recent game at the Andrew Stergiopoulos Ice Rink with Coach Dan Marsella.
Thursday, 28 November 2013 00:00
Great Neck’s Ayal Hod is the proud coach of Great Neck’s winning Top Gun sixth grade team in the Island Garden Fall League. Hod puts together the team every season, mixing local youngsters from Great Neck and children son Dillon’s AAU Jamaica Queens team. The league is very competitive and challenging and it teaches the children many valuable lessons: “how to be great teammates by sharing the ball, how to compete hard on every possession and what you put in is what you get out.”
Hod says that the main challenge is for every child to bring their individual talent to the team and collectively they have something special. an ex-player, he says that “basketball was very good to me, it helped pay my college education and it paid my-bills for many years to come via several basketball commercials ... basketball also opened many doors for me and it helped me tremendously in my business career.”
Hod enjoys sharing his basketball journey background with his son and his friends and having them learn lessons too.