Major League Lacrosse, the premier professional outdoor lacrosse league, announced Wednesday that Long Island Lizards Coach Joe Spallina has been named as the 2012 Brine MLL Coach of the Year, according to MLL Commissioner David Gross. The award was based on the votes submitted by the head coaches and general manager of each of the League’s eight teams.
“It’s a tremendous honor. This is the highest level of the sport that we all love, so I’m tremendously humbled. Our team dealt with a different kind of hand and dealt with adversity and guys deciding not to play or being injured, but that’s a tribute to the character of guys we have who share the same vision that I had of restructuring and getting to the top level,” said Spallina.
The 17th hole is considered to be a signature hole of the course. During the 2002 and 2009 U.S. Open Championships, which were held at Bethpage Black, a loud and enthusiastic crowd helped to put a New York stamp on those tournaments. Barclays tournament directors are hoping for that same excitement as players arrive at the challenging hole.
With the exception of one lockout season (2004-05), the Ice Girls have been part of the show at Islanders’ games since the 2001-02 season. In addition to presenting the Islanders flag at every game, Ice Girls keep the ice clean during games, and perform an additional routine when the team wins. They also play games with the fans in the stands during time outs and distribute T-shirts. The girls must be over 18 with strong skating skills, capable of skating backwards as well as doing lunges, spirals, t-stops and power crossovers.
Sports enthusiasts from throughout the Town of Oyster Bay are invited to attend a Family Football Night at John J. Burns Town Park in Massapequa on Thursday, Aug. 23, at 7 p.m. Residents will feel like a part of the action during the evening’s planned activities, including a live interactive scrimmage with players from C.W. Post College.
The Bridgeport Bluefish defeated the Long Island Ducks, 3-2, on July 27 in the first game of a four-game series at The Ballpark at Harbor Yard. In the game, Bryant Nelson earned the 2,000th hit of his minor league career in his 1,838th game.
Both teams remained scoreless until the bottom of the third inning when the Bluefish put up a three-spot against Ducks starter Mike Loree. RBI singles from Prentice Redman and Brock Peterson along with a sacrifice fly off the bat of Luis Lopez did the damage.
On Saturday, Aug. 4, The Michael Magro Foundation will be teaming up with Master Mind Unit for their Fourth Annual Soccer for a Cause at the Kevin Kolm Field in Hicksville.
The tournament, which raised close to $9,000 last year, helped the Michael Magro Foundation to assist pediatric patients and their families with incidentals that we all take for granted, such as petty cash for lunches, dinners, groceries, gas cards and the like. With mounting medical bills, these families have difficulty with meeting simple needs – and this is where the Michael Magro Foundation comes in, as their gift card program has assisted many families with obtaining the basic needs that would otherwise go unmet.
Registration is now open for the 27th annual Bethpage Federal Credit Union Ocean to Sound 50 Mile Relay. The date is Sunday, Sept. 23. The relay brings the entire Long Island running community together for an annual September tradition, with 150 teams of eight runners each traversing a 50-mile course that starts at 8 a.m. at Jones Beach State Park, heads north and east through Wantagh, Seaford, Massapequa, Farmingdale and Old Bethpage before crossing into Huntington, hitting the Long Island Sound at Lloyd Harbor, returning to Nassau County via Cold Spring Harbor and Syosset, and then heading north again to a finish on the grounds of Theodore Roosevelt Memorial Park in Oyster Bay. Each runner on the team covers a leg of between five and seven miles.
The Bethpage Federal Credit Union is sponsoring the relay. Race management is provided by the Greater Long Island Running Club (GLIRC), once again under the supervision of GLIRC Director Alan End. John Snitko of JMS Racing Services will provide technical assistance, timing and scoring.
The Long Island Ducks announced on July 19 that individual game tickets for the 2012 Atlantic League Playoffs are now on sale. The Ducks secured their eighth trip to the postseason in franchise history by winning the First Half Liberty Division title on Sunday, July 1.
The Ducks will host games three, four (if necessary) and five (if necessary) of the best-of-five Liberty Division Championship Series. Should they advance, the Ducks will host games three, four (if necessary) and five (if necessary) of the best-of-five Atlantic League Championship Series as well. Promotions for the playoffs will be announced at a later date.
Nassau County, in conjunction with Volleyball Long Island (VBLI), will be hosting the First Annual “Players Ball” Beach Volleyball Tournament at Nickerson Beach on Aug. 11. The tournament will begin at 9 a.m. There will be music, food, fun and great prizes.
On Monday, Aug. 13, The Summer Hope Foundation will host its third Annual Golf Outing at Town of Oyster Bay Golf Course with a buffet dinner to follow at The Woodlands.
The price is $180 per golfer or $720 per foursome, which includes lunch at noon registration, a barbecue on the course and buffet dinner to follow (beer, wine and soda included).
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