The Great Neck PAL fifth and sixth grade lacrosse team recently ended their very successful 2011 Spring season. They put together some strong games and ended the season with another tally in the win column with a defeat of the squad from Roosevelt. After the final game, the team got together with their families for a big bar-b-que hosted by coaches John Motchkavitz and Stephen Gresalfi. Not only is lacrosse the quickest growing sport in America, it also creates lifetime friends and a deep sense of teamwork and camaraderie. The team also participates in winter and summer clinics through the assistance of the Great Neck South Boys Athletic Association and South Varsity head coach James Morrow. Any young man entering grades 3 through six for the upcoming school year and is looking to be part of a great team, is encouraged to contact the Great Neck PAL lacrosse coordinator Artie Diamond at 384-1181.
On Saturday June 11, the McDonald’s Marchers of Great Neck walked in the Ronald McDonald House of Long Island’s annual walkathon held at the Ronald McDonald House in New Hyde Park.
GN-C Minor League: Great Neck-C fourth grade students of the Minor League Division “A” made the championship game at St. Johns University by beating the previously undefeated Young Israel of Plainview team in the semi-finals game by a score of 10-5 behind strong pitching from Noam Silverman & Jacob Setton and behind powerful hitting from Ben Basaleli, Ethan Abizadeh, Michael Cohen and Ethan Rutta. They lost the championship game to MJC by a score of 8-4 in a hard fought game. Ethan Hourizadeh and Matthew Abada each hit home runs for Great Neck. Players pictured (l. to r.) standing: Ethan Abizadeh, James Heisler, Noam Silverman, Josh Lavi, Ben Basaleli, Ethan Ohebshalom, Aaron Lavi, Ian Terzi, Michael Cohen, Ethan Rutta, Lee Kaylie, Eli Blatter; kneeling: Matthew Abada, Jacob Setton; back row, coaches: Elie Cohen, Russell Abada and Maurice Setton.
Sunday, June 5 was the day of the Special Olympics basketball tournament hosted by Great Neck’s own Spirits basketball team. I arrived at Great Neck North’s gym right on time, at 9 a.m. I had my son, Noah Gold, with me, along with his older brother Sam and Sam’s friend, Chris Park. Another friend, Isaiah Levy, came separately. Noah was there to play, and Sam and his friends were there as volunteers.
More than 100 golfers will come together to create a truly magnificent day as the Holocaust Memorial and Tolerance Center is set to honor Dr. David Bernstein at its third annual Golf Outing on Monday, Aug. 15, at the fabulous Glen Head Country Club in Glen Head. Dr. Bernstein’s column, “Liver Lines,” can be seen every two weeks in all Anton newspapers.
The State Cup final has come and gone, and unfortunately, the Jaguars did not win the championship game against Dix Hills. Dix Hills scored two goals in the first half, and the Jaguars did not catch up. However, the loss has not gotten our girls’ fighting spirit down. They played with intense energy against a team with phenomenal skills, and though they lost, they made an excellent showing against a formidable foe. The weekend before last put the Jaguars one game shy of winning the state cup finals, but when asked for her reaction, Allyson Hendler exhibited the upbeat spirit all the girls had about the game: “although they were disappointed, they were thrilled to make it all the way to the finals.”
Two of the last three weeks the kids participating in P.A.L Baseball had some very special guests. Over Memorial Day weekend 13-year Major League Baseball veteran Frank Catalanotto visited the players. This past weekend Cesar Presbott of the New York Yankees stopped by Great Neck P.A.L Baseball. Cesar is the Northeast scouting director for the Yankees. He has signed many players to professional contracts myself included.Cesar met with the players for an hour and half not only giving them career advice, but scouting their skills as well. Cesar conveyed to all the kids what it is that the Yankees are looking for when they sign players. What was a particular thrill for all was when Cesar showed everyone his 2009 World Series ring. Both parents and kids were wowed by the historic piece of jewelry. Everyone involved had a great time, learned a lot, and got some great photo opportunities. Cesar does a phenomenal job of transmitting his enthusiasm for the game of baseball to kids of all ages, which was evident to anyone who saw him at work this past Saturday.
On an overcast Sunday, Great Neck Pal Fall Grade 4/5 Coed Baseball Spring 2011 came to a close. There was an exiting game of baseball played at Memorial Field, showcasing the Astros and White Sox. The White Sox took a 1-0 lead on a run scored by Jordan Siedenburg. In the bottom of the 4th inning, the Astros took a 3-1 lead by great hitting with Cody Yam. Top of the 6th inning, the White Sox scored 2 runs to tie it up. In the bottom of the 6th, the Astros, loaded the bases on a hit by Roger Hyman and walks by Jordon Shavolian and Danielle Blatt. With two outs, Ishaan Pathak hit a slow roller towards third. The third basemen charged, threw to the catcher, with the Astros’ Roger Hyman sliding under the tag, scoring the winning run. Astros 4, White Sox 3. Pitching dominated the game. The Astros featured Oliver Besman, Perry Choo, and Marc Zalta while the White Sox pitched aces Josh Rubin and Alec Rich.
The Great Neck Jaguars were busy this past weekend with two league games. On Saturday, they went up against Plainedge at our beautiful home field in Harbor Links. Though Plainedge had the lead with one goal, the girls tied the score up by halftime, thanks to Lauren Reiss, who kept up an aggressive attack on the goal box. As a result, when Plainedge’s defender attempted to remove the ball from the goal area, it bounced off of Lauren’s thigh and rebounded into the goal. Midway through the second half, the Jaguars went up 2-1 with an amazing corner kick by Isabella Malfi, who launched the ball high from the left corner, causing the ball to beautifully curl into the right side of the goal. With only three minutes left in the second half though, Plainedge tied up the score, ending the game 2-2.
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