On Saturday, Nov. 5 from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m., the Great Neck Park District who is “rink partnered” with the NHL N.Y. Rangers, hosted Try-Hockey-For-Free Day at the Andrew Stergiopoulos Ice Rink. It was mandatory for participants to pre-register on-line at USAHockey.com, on a first-come, first-served basis. Over 150 registrants participated and there were many who attended to observe. This event run by USA Hockey, encourages children, unfamiliar with hockey, to enjoy a new sport.
The Great Neck Strikers boys U-9 team capped off a tremendous fall season this past Sunday with a 2-1 win over another undefeated team from Queens, winning their division convincingly with 7-0-1 record. This team has come a long way from one year ago when they were just formed and won one game in the fall, finished second in the spring and now winning it all this fall with a first and two second place tournament finishes in between. This is all a direct result of the boys’ hard work and dedication which includes twice a week practices with a nine game schedule per season (fall/spring) on the weekends as well as three local tournaments. Players (l. to r.): Dennis Gal, Alex Geula, Ryan Sheena, Luke Hakimian, Jackson Cronin, Attilio Lamoretti, Ty Weber, Jack Nathan, Jesse Witt, Jonathan Javaheri, Nick Moundros, Damien Chafe, Isaac Turofsky and missing Dylan Solomon; Back row left to right: Trainer Horlan Smith, Coach Michael Lamoretti, Coach Ben Turofsky and missing Coach Rod Nathan.
The 4th annual Grillo & Associates Blazing Trails 4 Autism 4 Mile Run had everything a runner could want from a road race – a challenging but fair course that takes runners and walkers through a picturesque Lake Success neighborhood before entering the Great Neck South High School campus and taking the campus pathways and heading to the exciting finish on the High School track, high quality “hoodies” for every entrant, an incredible array of past-race refreshments, quick and accurate results courtesy of JMS Racing Services, and a generous raffle highlighted by a Cannondale II bicycle courtesy of Brickwell Cycling and Multisports.
The Great Neck Wolverines have been battling hard through the early part of their schedule in the High School Hockey League of Nassau County. After a 6-2 opening night win vs Bethpage, they played their home opener in front of a large home crowd at Parkwood. They battled East Williston, champions of their division last season. The game was tight. When East Williston scored a goal with two seconds to go in the second period to take a 5-3 lead, the mountain got higher. Though Great Neck battled back, they lost a tough game 8-6.
On a beautiful autumn afternoon, Sunday, Oct. 2, the Zonta Club of Greater Queens and Light Alliance Foundation joined forces to launch a resoundingly successful “RAVE” (Rape & Violence Eradication) Walk for women and children coping with violence or sexual abuse.
These two community-based, action-oriented, not-for-profits teamed up, enthusiastically gathered and walked to raise both public awareness and significant funds for local organizations that provide direct services for those in need.
Cold, muddy, shorthanded, and outnumbered, the Great Neck Jaguars set out to hold down the fort last Sunday against a tough Bethpage X-treme squad defending its home field. When the final whistle blew, the Great Neck girls under-13 travel soccer team couldn’t believe their eyes – and they couldn’t feel their toes. In one of the most courageous matches in their 4-year team history, the Jaguars held on for an unlikely 3-2 victory, their fifth of the season.
On Oct. 9, KIDS IN DEED participated in the Food Allergy and Anaphylaxis Network benefit walk. The walk, held in Eisenhower Park, drew over 1,000 people who walked to to raise money and awareness for this life-threatening affliction that affects millions of people every year. KIDS IN DEED is proud to have raised over $600 for this worthy cause.
The wait is over! Nearly 8 months after their final game of their inaugural season, the Great Neck Wolverines High School Hockey Team, sponsored by Great Neck PAL, will be taking the ice at the Parkwood rink in Great Neck on Monday, Nov. 7 at 8:15 p.m. The returning players are hungry to repeat the success they had last season. They still have a somewhat bitter taste in their mouths after falling in the semifinals in the playoffs last season. They are eager to accomplish even more this season at the varsity level. They are aiming for a return trip to the New York State tournament, they strive to fare well in the regular season, and play even deeper into the playoffs of the High School Hockey League of Nassau County. For the new players, it’s a new energy and new challenge to be part of the Wolverines as they plan to continue to help build a culture and legacy of success.
COPE Foundation (Connecting Our Paths Eternally) recently held its 9th annual COPE Walk for those families on Long Island living with the loss of a child on Sunday, Sept. 25, at the Long Beach Boardwalk in Long Beach. This year’s COPE Walk set new records for walker participation and funds raised for this annual event. Over 300 bereaved parents, siblings, friends and family walked the length of the Boardwalk in order to honor the memories of loved ones, to publicize the foundation, and to raise money to support COPE’s programs and services. The funds raised from the walk represented an approximate 40 percent increase over previous year’s revenues. New York State Assemblyman Harvey Weisenberg, was on hand at the event to lend his support to his local Long Beach constituents.
It’s just about game time! The Great Neck Wolverines High School Hockey Team, sponsored by Great Neck PAL, have been working hard for the past several weeks preparing for game time. The only thing between them and meaningful games is a Halloween practice. After their final preseason practice they take the ice on Wednesday, Nov. 2 at the Bethpage rink vs. a strong Bethpage opponent for their first competitive action.
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