The Bears team before a recent game at the Andrew Stergiopoulos Ice Rink with Coach Dan Marsella.
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.
On a windy and rainy Nov. 10, the Great Neck Little League Major A’s took on the Great Neck Little League Major Giants in the 5th to seventh grade championship game at Kings Point Park. It was a hard fought game which the A’s won by a score of 4 to 1. William Lentini was the winning pitcher throwing no hit ball for 4 and 1/3 innings, striking out 12 of the 13 outs he recorded. Sean Koo threw 1 and 2/3 innings of no hit ball in relief, picking up the save, struck out 3 batters and was 1 for 3 with an rbi.
The United States Merchant Marine Academy men’s basketball team outrebounded Sarah Lawrence 61-40 en route to the Mariners first win of the 2013-14 season last Saturday afternoon at the Admiral’s Classic hosted by Maritime (NY). Nick Sergio (Patchogue, NY) posted a double-double with 18 points and 12 rebounds while Danny Collins (Sleepy Hollow, NY) recorded a game high 16 rebounds. Freshman Matthew Miller (Augusta, GA) poured in 16 points and sophomore Andrew Williams (Lantana, TX) added ten points and three blocked shots.
Merchant Marine (1-1) battled neck-and-neck with the Gryphons throughout the first half. However, USMMA pulled away with an 8-2 run to end the period. Hunter Jones (Goodyear, AZ) hit a jumper at the buzzer for two of his nine total points as the Mariners took a 39-31 advantage heading into the intermission.
Anya Hovanic (Ramstein, Germany) was Merchant Marine’s top finisher at the 2013 Landmark Conference Championships as the Mariners finished seventh as a team. Hovanic claimed seventh place in the 61 runner field by crossing the finish line in 26:15.90. Moravian put five runners in the top 15 as the Greyhounds were crowned conference champions.Amber Kinter was the second highest USMMA athlete as the junior finished the 6k course in just under 28 minutes. Mary Zehnder clocked in at 28:03 to finish 43rd while Elizabeth Coulter posted a time of 29:15.60. The USMMA top five was rounded out by Emily Bull, who crossed the finish line in 29:19.40.
The USMMA women’s cross country team returns to action at the ECAC Championships.
The US Merchant Marine Academy football team faced something no other team in the history of NCAA Division III had: a three-week gap between regular season games. The Mariners showed little signs of rust, scoring the game’s first 20 points en route to a 26-14 victory over WPI on the road Saturday afternoon. Zachary Boucher rushed for 103 yards and a pair of touchdowns as the Mariners also earned their first Liberty League win of 2013.
Merchant Marine (4-1, 1-1 Liberty) got on the board first with a Boucher two-yard touchdown rumble at the 5:53 mark of the first quarter. The Mariners had faced a second and long at midfield early in the drive but an Engineers’ roughing the passer penalty extended the possession. The USMMA defense looked especially fresh, limiting the home team to just one first down in the opening quarter. Michael Biehn paced the defense with nine tackles and one sack on the afternoon.
Maya Mualem, only a freshman, has already made quite an impression in leading the Great Neck North High School girls’ cross country team to its best season in over five years.
Mualem, a 5’ 6”, 120-pound athlete who only began running competitively last year as an eighth grader at North Middle, has already turned in the fastest 5K (3.1 miles) time in coach Joe Bonvicino’s 12 years at the school. Bonvicino says that Mualem’s 20:24 over that distance may be the fastest of any North girls’ runner since the 80’s, when another girl finished in just under 20 minutes. Bonvicino believes that Mualem will eventually better that time.
The USMMA football team faced something no other team in the history of NCAA Division III had before them; a three-week gap in between regular season games. The Mariners showed little signs of rust early, scoring the game’s first 20 points en route to a 26-14 victory over WPI on the road Saturday afternoon. Zachary Boucher (Wyckoff, NJ) rushed for 103 yards and a pair of touchdowns as the Mariners also earned their first Liberty League win of 2013.
Merchant Marine (4-1, 1-1 Liberty) got on the board first with a Boucher two-yard touchdown rumble at the 5:53 mark of the first quarter. The Mariners had faced a second and long at midfield early in the drive but an Engineers’ roughing the passer penalty extended the possession. The USMMA defense looked especially fresh, limiting the home team to just one first down in the opening quarter. Michael Biehn (The Woodlands, TX) paced the defense with nine tackles and one sack on the afternoon.
The annual American Parkinson Disease Association’s Paws for Parkinson’s, Howl-O-Ween Dog and People Walkathon will be held on Oct. 27 at the Marjorie R. Post Park in Massapequa. Once again this year, the Ratner family of Great Neck will walk in memory of their beloved mother and grandmother, Dr. Sonia Savitzky. Dr. Savitzky was a mother of nine who fought a long, brave battle against Parkinson’s until her passing six years ago.
Last year, with the help of their family, their two Portuguese Water dogs, Cooper and Coby, and the Great Neck community, The Ratner’s were “top dogs” raising over $3500.00. This year, they hope to surpass this amount. Donations will be used to support APDA’s national fundraising effort to find a cure for Parkinson’s Disease, a debilitating neurological disorder that affects 1.5 million Americans. If you would like to contribute, please visit www.liapda.org (follow the link to register and search Ratner) or make your tax deductable check out to the American Parkinson Disease Association and mail it to Denise Ratner, 40 Amherst Road, Great Neck, NY 11021.
On Saturday, Oct.12, Great Neck Soccer Club Galaxy U8 boys’ soccer team played in their first tournament at Syosset. Most of the boys on the team participated in the club’s intramural program last year. However, this is the first year the team is playing together under head coach Gary Gal and Great Neck Club trainer Horlan Smith.
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