The awards and accolades keep flowing for Great Neck South High School’s most accomplished wrestler since 1979, Chris Koo. But the one prize that Koo covets the most is the national championship coming up in April in Virginia. And beyond that, he’s got his eyes set on the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.
United States Merchant Marine Academy assistant track and field coach Wilfredo De Jesus broke his Puerto Rican National Weight Throw record recently at the Crowell Invitational in West Point, with a distance of 20.70 meters.
Competing in the open division of the Crowell Invitational featuring top professional and semi-professional track and field athletes; De Jesus’ impressive mark was only bested by 2011 United States Weight Throw Champion Jacob Freeman, one of his training partners.
A new bi-monthly therapeutic program, taking place at the Andrew Stergiopoulos Ice Rink, began Tuesday, Feb. 5 and will run until the end of the ice skating season. The Great Neck Park District, in partnership with the Great Neck School District and the Great Neck Figure Skating Club, started this skating program to allow students with special needs from Great Neck North Middle and High Schools to strive for excellence as they learn to believe in themselves.
Great Neck Figure Skating Club President Cindi Zubli was instrumental in getting this program off the ground. Additionally, the Park District board of commissioners granted permission for the group to use the ice, skates, special equipment, as well as provide park staff volunteers, at no extra cost. Park District rec aides Blaine Aronovitch and Paul Geurrera, rink manager Dan Marsala, skate guards Felicia Martinez and Rob Carson and Great Neck Park District Skate School instructors Claudia Sersanti and Maria Maria Xerakia have agreed to volunteer their time for these skaters.
For the 45-minute program, each child can stay out on the ice with a helper or on their own. Their first time out, some of the participants held on to cones for better balance and others skated like they had done it all their lives.
On President’s Day, Monday, February 18, 2013 the Great Neck Park District Bears (Mites division) attended the NY Islanders-Philadelphia Flyers hockey game at the Nassau Coliseum. As if that weren’t exciting enough, they also got the chance to have a shoot-out on the ice between first and second periods. They were the only team to do so that day so the excitement was running high. The game began at 1 p.m. and the Bears (ages 5 through 8) couldn’t wait to get their time in the spotlight, playing to a sell-out crowd of thousands. The Bears got ready to prepare for their big moment right after the NHL teams warmed up. They were brought into a separate locker area where they changed and got prepared for the shoot-out. It was official Mascot Day at the Coliseum so the players were able to greet numerous mascots from different teams, as the NY Islanders personnel lined them up by the zamboni door. Mascots such as NY Islanders Sparky the Dragon; The NY Mets’ Mr. Met; Brooklyn Knight, the Brooklyn Nets mascot; Thunder Bug, the Tampa Bay Lightning mascot were there among others. When the team got out on the ice, the crowd gave the players a roaring ovation, which got them extremely excited. With two Mite goalies in place guarding the goals, the players got their chance to shoot. After their moment of fame, the team got changed and went to their seats to watch the rest of the game. What an electrifying experience it was for all.
The best is yet to come, according to coach Sruli Beitler, when asked about his North Shore High School Hebrew Academy boys’ floor hockey team.
With the Stars’ season coming to an abrupt end last week in a Metropolitan Yeshiva High School Hockey League opening round 3-0 playoff loss to Rambam (from Lawrence), Beitler was anything but discouraged. “They gave it their best,” he said. “They took the loss well but they just didn’t have it.” With less than 13 minutes to go, Rambam broke a scoreless tie and then added two more goals in the final period.
Supervisor Jon Kaiman, Councilwoman Dina De Giorgio and the North Hempstead Town Board in partnership with the Community Chest of Port Washington and the North Shore Kayak Club, invite all residents to the 8th annual Kayak Run.
Starting at the North Hempstead’s Town Dock, the event requires participants to paddle at their own pace to as many as possible of the designated locations around Manhasset Bay where they collect raffle tickets. The more locations on the Bay participants go to, the more raffle tickets they receive!
As part of a renewed focus on workforce wellness, the North Shore-LIJ Health System is sending 40 employees to Paris, France, after they successfully completed a three-month fitness challenge in which they walked 7.2 million steps – the approximate distance from New York to Paris.
The winners of North Shore-LIJ’s “Walk to Paris” were announced on June 28 at the Crest Hollow Country Club, where more than 900 team captains converged to watch President and Chief Executive Officer Michael Dowling randomly select the four winning teams of 10. Of the nearly 1,500 teams (comprised of 15,000 employees) that entered the walking competition last March, 914 teams (or 9,140 employees) were eligible for the drawing after successfully completing the Walk to Paris, with individual team members averaging 8,000 steps a day over a three-month period. The health system gave each walker a high-tech pedometer to track their steps.
Matt Dobyns, head golf professional at Fresh Meadows Country Club in Lake Success, completed a runaway victory Wednesday, June 27, in the PGA Professional National Championship, closing with a 2-under 70 on the Bayonet course for a record eight-stroke margin.
The 34-year-old Dobyns finished at 13-under 275. The former University of Texas player shot a 68 at Black Horse on Sunday, and followed with rounds of 68 and 69 at Bayonet to take a six-stroke lead into the final round.
The New York Mets called up Justin Hampson from Triple-A Buffalo on Monday, June 25, making the pitcher the 11th former Duck to make it back to the Major League level after playing on Long Island. Hampson joins Carlos Baerga, Bill Pulsipher, Nelson Figueroa, Pedro Borbon, Jr., Ken Ray, Mel Stocker, Jay Gibbons, Erick Almonte, Robinson Cancel and Joey Gathright as Ducks that have made it back to the game’s highest level after playing at the Duck Pond.
Hampson earned the promotion after compiling a 4-2 record with a 2.13 ERA and two saves in 28 games with the Buffalo Bisons. The left-hander struck out 42 batters in 42 and one-third innings while walking just 15. A native of Illinois, he pitched in four games out of the bullpen for Long Island in 2010, striking out four batters in four innings.
In the championship, an early spark of offense from literally everybody in the lineup for the White Sox gave them an early 8-0 advantage. Some notable offensive players for the Sox in this game included Brad Fritzhand, Kevin Li, Oliver Pour, Noah Hakimian and Alec Rich.
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