The Great Neck Public School District plans to sponsor a biathlon (run and swim) for the school district’s students in grades 6 through 12 on Sunday, May 22, at the South Campus. This event is a fundraiser for the district’s Summer Recreation Camp Program’s Scholarship Fund (a fund that began last year with a grant from the Manhasset Community Fund).
The scholarship fund seeks sponsorship from businesses, corporations and other organizations within the community at the following levels: title sponsor, $1,200 or greater; presenting sponsor, $500 to $1,199; contributing sponsor, $100 to $499. Sponsor contribution level will determine final placement on any posters, flyers, journal or T-shirts associated with the event.
The 7th Annual Walk for St. Mary’s Kids & Family Fun Day on Sunday, May 22, at Belmont Park in Elmont, will attract thousands of walkers from the New York region, some of whom will walk to celebrate the accomplishments of their loved one, and others whom will walk to honor the memory of those who passed on.
For the past few years, Great Neck residents have come out in numbers to support the Walk for St. Mary’s Kids, helping to raise funds & awareness for children with special needs; but they have not forgotten a very special person they are walking for; Zachary Portnoy.
After their exciting 2-1 victory over the L.I. Rebels to win the Tier III LIAHL Championship, the Great Neck Bruins Bantams were playing their best hockey of the season going into the state tournament in Onondaga, New York (just outside Syracuse). They stepped on the ice at the Onondaga Nation Arena (also called “Tsha Hononnyen Daka” or “where they play games”) and ran straight into a buzzsaw. The Batavia Ramparts eventually won the tournament. The Bruins fell behind early and trailed 7-1 after two periods—losing the game 10-2. There were some positives to build upon in that third period, as the Bruins began to match their opponent’s speed, started competing for and winning loose pucks and applied sustained pressure on the opponent’s goal. They would need all of those qualities to be successful the rest of the way.
In a first round playoff match-up, the Great Neck Bruins Midget Minor team faced off against the undefeated Aviator team. The streak came to a screeching halt as the Great Neck Bruins accomplished the impossible by knocking off the favorites in the heat of the playoffs.
The Great Neck Wolverines returned from the New York State tournament on Sunday, without a trophy, but with a great sense of pride. In a great experience for anyone associated with the Wolverines, the team played their hearts out and put quite a scare in some seasoned upstate teams this past weekend. For anyone who has never been involved in a traveling hockey team, you don’t know what you are missing. Just ask any hockey family about the subpar accommodations, long drives to towns you never heard of and, of course, games at all hours of the day in freezing cold rinks, and they will tell you that they would not trade those times for anything in the world. These tournaments turn teammates and their families into one big family that bonds together and would defend each other to the end. This tournament was no different, except the stakes were even higher.
The LIAHL Playoffs came to Parkwood this past weekend and yielded some of the more exciting games of the season. On Saturday, the Bantams battled the Long Island Edge. The first period unfolded as the Edge took an early 1-0 lead. The early marker lasted nearly nine minutes before Jarett Greben found the back of the net to knot the contest at one. A minute later Steve Cacchioli scored to push the Bruins to a 2-1 lead. In the second period, Dagoberto Rodrigiuez scored the eventual game winner to extend the lead to 3-1. Steve Cacchioli netted two more goals to complete the hat trick and finish the 5-2 victory. The Bruins will now face a challenging L.I. Rebels team in the finals on Sunday.
With the SUV’s, minivans and any other means of transportation loaded (maybe busses next year?) with hockey gear, the Great Neck Wolverines High School ice hockey team, sponsored by PAL, leaves for the New York State Tournament in Ithaca, New York on Thursday. The team goes up there with high hopes. The challenge will be great. The competition in the state tournament is known to be fierce as the best teams in the state compete for the championship.
The Great Neck Wolverines ice hockey team, sponsored by PAL, takes the ice at Parkwood on Monday night, Feb. 28 for their final home game of the season, before leaving for Ithaca on Thursday. They enter the game with a record of 13-3-2. Great Neck beat Roslyn last Monday by a score of 7-1 to set up the first place showdown with Port Washington. The game vs. Port Washington will likely determine first place in the High School Hockey League of Nassau County, JV division.
The regular season finished off with a bang. Three of the four Great Neck Bruin teams advanced to the LIAHL playoffs. All league playoff games will be played at the Park District’s Andrew Stergiopoulos Ice Rink. The Peewee Team finished on a down note by getting pounded by the Green Machine Ice Cats. The good news is they can shake the loss immediately since they have a rematch against the Ice Cats in the first round.
As the regular season begins to wind down, the Great Neck Bruins are very busy. The Bantams played Thursday night February 3 as they faced the Green Machine Ice Cats. The Bantams crushed the Cats 9 to 1.
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