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PAL 5/6 Lacrosse Finish Strong Season

Friday, 15 July 2011 00:00

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.


Ronald McDonald House of LI Walkathon

Friday, 08 July 2011 00:00

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.


J.C.L.L. (Jewish Community Little League) Baseball

Friday, 08 July 2011 00:00

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.


Everyone’s Best Shot: A Day With the Great Neck Spirits

Written by Nina Mogilnik Friday, 01 July 2011 00:00
Some days raising a special needs child are really bad days. They are the days when you doubt your abilities as a parent, when you lapse into despair about your child’s future. No one but a fellow parent on the same journey can begin to understand. But then you have a day like I did on June 5, 2011, and it’s as if everything has shifted, and the only things you feel are gratitude and joy.

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.


Dr. David Bernstein to Be Honoree at Holocaust Center’s Annual Golf Outing

Friday, 01 July 2011 00:00

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 Great Neck Jaguars End Season as State Cup Finalist

Written by Richard Hendler Friday, 24 June 2011 00:00

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.”


The Major Leagues Comes to GN P.A.L

Written by Adam Unger Friday, 24 June 2011 00:00

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.


Frank Catalanotto Visits GN P.A.L Baseball

Written by Adam Unger Friday, 17 June 2011 00:00
Memorial Day weekend turned out to be a very special day for a group of P.A.L baseball players. On that Sunday 13-year Major League veteran Frank Catalanotto came to speak to the team about his baseball career. The players and parents gathered together after a long day of baseball, and listened carefully as Frank provided the kids with special insight into what it takes to be a Major League Baseball player. Catalanotto told the kids that they don’t have to always be the best players on their teams (in fact he wasn’t), but they do have to work hard to improve every day. Most importantly, Frank told the kids to always have fun playing the game. After his speech Frank fielded questions on various topics from both players and parents, posed for pictures, and signed autographs. When it comes to sharing his story and inspiring kids, Frank never says no. He is a vestige of an era gone by in which players truly were an active part of the community. If you ask any of the kids or parents that spent an hour and a half with Frank last Sunday, they would all attest to the truth of that statement. Frank provided the kids of Great Neck P.A.L with a day they will not soon forget. Thanks Frank!

Astros Fourth/Fifth Grade PAL Baseball Championship Game

Friday, 17 June 2011 00:00

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.


Great Neck Jaguars Have Been Busy

Written by Richard Hendler Friday, 10 June 2011 00:00

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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