When people think of fall team sports, football, basketball, or hockey usually come to mind. But for many in Great Neck, softball is still king. Great Neck Weekend Softball is played from April through December. The fall season traditionally begins with a home run derby on Labor Day weekend. This year’s winner, Jolting Joel Wurtzel, beat out 17 other players by hitting 3 home runs in just 7 tries. Each blast traveled well over 240 feet. This was Joel’s second consecutive Home Run Derby win. The runner up was Jack “The Hammer” Schonhaut.
Another important fall season event is the “Black Friday” day after Thanksgiving tournament. Teams from Roslyn compete against teams from Great Neck for North Shore bragging rights. Last year two Roslyn teams played against two Great Neck teams. Each team played a doubleheader. Roslyn won three of the four games, but Great Neck players have vowed to reverse those results. In 2009 they have had several talented players join their ranks.
Great Neck’s own fifth grade girls’ travel soccer team, called Great Neck Jaguars, have started their second season, and they are displaying more enthusiasm than ever. The team is made up of 15 girls, they practice twice a week, and compete every Saturday and in state and countywide tournaments. For your information, their schedule is published at lijsoccer.com.
It is unbelievable how much the skills of these young girls have developed and the impact soccer has had on their understanding of teamwork, commitment, and responsibility. The Jaguars recently competed in the Columbus Day Tournament, hosted by the Town of North Hempstead, and although the Jaguars didn’t take home the first place golden trophy, the quality of soccer and spirit they displayed on the field was outstanding. We thank the Great Neck Travel Club’s president and vice president, Keri Baron and Eric Alper, and Jon Kaiman, our town supervisor, for their support of such a wonderful event. Finally, we, the Great Neck community, appreciate and are proud of the hard work and dedication these girls and the rest of Great Neck’s travel teams bring to the game of soccer. Go Jaguars!!
Andrew Allen of Great Neck and NYSC of Great Neck will hold an indoor charity bike ride on Sunday, Dec. 6, to raise funds for the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research (MJFF).
Great Neck resident, Andrew Allen along with Dana Goldthwaite, general manager of the New York Sports Club, located at 15 Barstow Road, have organized a fundraiser scheduled for Sunday, Dec. 6 for the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research (MJFF).
On Saturday, Sept. 9, Michael Brannigan, 12-year-old autistic son of Great Neck Park District Memorial Field Supervisor Kevin Brannigan, placed 58th overall (out of 4,800 finishers) with a time of 38:00 minutes in the Great Cow Harbor 10K Race in Northport. He also placed 49th overall male finishers.
The Great Cow Harbor 10K Race is considered one of the top 50 10K Races in the United States for its difficult course. Seasoned runners from all over the country and many from other countries come to this renowned race. For a 12-year-old boy to come in the top 100 overall and the top 50 males overall is an astonishing, amazing feat.
On Aug. 26, one month short of his 50th birthday, former Great Neck resident and Great Neck South High School alumnus Jonathan Lenchner swam across the Strait of Gibraltar from the southern tip of Spain to northern Morocco. Dr. Lenchner is a research scientist at IBM’s T.J. Watson Research Center in Hawthorne, New York. He completed the 33 km (13.6 mile) swim, in rough conditions, in 4 hours, 44 minutes, together with Philipp Tiedt, a former IBM colleague. Dr. Lenchner is the 18th American to have completed the crossing. He was a member of the Great Neck South Class of 1977, where he swam under Coach Ray Brecht and was also a member of the cross-country running team.
Qualified U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary instructors from Flotilla 12-01 will teach the Boating Safety and Seamanship Course at Weber JHS, Room 205 on Port Washington Boulevard in Port Washington. The course is for beginners and experienced sailors, and will begin on Wednesday, Oct. 7 from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. and will cover various aspects of boating skills, including equipment requirements, buoyage systems, and the basics of navigation. Part I starts Wednesday, Oct. 7; fee $75. Part II begins Wednesday, Nov. 11; fee $25. All classes begin at 7:30 p.m.
Seven individuals, including Jason Katz and Dean Friedman of Great Neck, rode in the City to Sand 100-Mile Ride bike race on Saturday, Sept. 12, on behalf of 6-year-old kidney disease patient Matthew Levine of Melville and raised over $62,000 for The NephCure Foundation.
Katz led the way with $47,297 raised, while Friedman gathered $12,825 in donations.
They were joined for a portion of the ride by Steve Cronin of Great Neck, Matthew’s uncle Ross Levine, Jason Margolis, Bryan Black and Mike Collins. The group tallied $2,800 in donations.
The 2nd annual Alan King Pro-Am tennis tournament benefiting the Wheelchair Sports Federation was held at The Wildwood Pool & Tennis Club in Great Neck on Sunday, Aug. 30. The event was a great success with more than 700 people attending throughout the day. The event was again hosted by Morris S. Levy, who brought the tournament to Wildwood last year from the New Jersey shore, where it was held the prior five years.
In recognition of National Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness month, which aims to increase the community’s understanding of the grief associated with the loss of an unborn or newborn child, Winthrop-University Hospital’s Perinatal Bereavement Team will host the Sixth Annual Walk to Remember on Saturday, Oct. 3, at 9 a.m. at Field 5 of Eisenhower Park in East Meadow.
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