For the first time ever, The New York Racing Association, Inc. (NYRA) is making $10 grandstand general admission tickets to the Belmont Stakes available through Ticketmaster.
With I’ll Have Another set to pursue a sweep of the Triple Crown following his victories in the Kentucky Derby and Preakness, a big crowd is expected for the 144th running of the Grade 1, $1 million Belmont Stakes on Saturday, June 9.
The New York Islanders recently announced that passes for the 2012 draft party are now available to the general public through Ticketmaster or by visiting the Nassau Coliseum box office. The draft party is scheduled for Friday, June 22, at Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum.
Passes to this fan fest are free, but each individual can only reserve up to eight. Doors for the draft party open at 5:30 p.m. and the live stream of the NHL entry draft in Pittsburgh begins at 7 p.m.
On Friday, May 4, a day which promised thunderstorms in the afternoon but instead brought bright sunshine and intense heat, the Hicksville High School Lady Comets Varsity Softball team played their last home game against the Baldwin Bruins, and won the game with a final score of 4 to 3 in a conference game.
Before the start of the game, there was an opening ceremony, which is a yearly tradition to recognize the seniors from the varsity team who are graduating this June. Taking place in the center of the infield, coach Rich Hinnerschietz and assistant coach Jason Surdi called each of the seniors out to the center of the field. Members of the team, including team captain Marisa Ciriello, presented each of the graduating seniors with a bouquet of flowers, after coach Hinnerschietz, or “H”, as he is known, made a short speech of gratitude to the seniors for a job well done.
On Saturday June 9, the FDNY is sponsoring the 4th annual Tommy O Memorial 5K Run/Walk. This event honors the memory of Tommy Orlando, a NYC firefighter, who died tragically on Dec. 4, 2008. Tommy was a community activist and very involved in youth sports in Hicksville. He was a Holy Family CYO coach and board member.
The race will be held at Wantagh Park, rain or shine. Onsite registration begins at 9 a.m. and the race will start at 10 a.m. The fee is $30 for adults and $10 for children 13 and under. Please make checks payable to Engine 65 and in the memo line show Tommy O.
The Cantiague Park Senior Men’s Golf League had its fifth tournament on May 10 and May 11, hosting 29 golfers over the course of two days due to a rainy Thursday morning. There were six golfers who scored 39 or better. Dave Malle and Charlie Hong both scored a 35 for low actual score, but Dave won the tiebreaker. New member Bob Powers won low overall net. This was the fifth time in a row that Charlie Hong has shot under 40 and leads the club among winnings with $50. He has won his annual dues back in only five weeks. Joe Sander won the 50/50 raffle.
For Hicksville’s Kacey Abbriano, getting the first step has always been important. Norwich University’s senior women’s lacrosse midfielder has taken that motto to heart.
“We want to make some history for the program,” Abbriano said looking ahead to the NCAA tourney. “We’ve never been able to move on in the national tournament, and I think it would be great to do so as a senior.”
The Hicksville Chamber of Commerce announced that it will host its annual golf outing at the Town of Oyster Bay Golf Course (1 Southwoods Road in Woodbury) on Monday, June 4 with registration starting at 11 a.m. Sponsorships are available and the 1 p.m. shotgun start will feature a $25,000 hole-in-one contest, prizes, a closest-to-the pin competition and more. For more information or to register online, visit www. hicksvillechamber.com or call 931-7170.
The National Hockey League announced on April 30 that New York Islanders forward Matt Moulson was named a finalist for the NHL Foundation Award, given annually to the player who applies the values of hockey – commitment, perseverance and teamwork – to enrich the lives of people in his community.
Moulson is one of three finalists, along with Mike Fisher (Nashville Predators) and John-Michael Liles (Toronto Maple Leafs), who will attend the 2012 NHL Awards Show in Las Vegas on Wednesday, June 20. Moulson is also a finalist for the Lady Byng Trophy, awarded annually to the player judged to have exhibited the best type of sportsmanship and gentlemanly conduct combined with a high standard of playing ability.
The Long Island Ducks defeated the Somerset Patriots, 9-4, on April 26 at TD Bank Ballpark, securing their seventh consecutive victory in the first game of the season.
Somerset took an early 2-0 lead in the second inning against Ducks starter Mike Loree on a two-run homer to right by Adam Mathews. Long Island rallied back to jump in front 3-2 on Brandon Sing’s sacrifice fly to right in the fifth and RBI doubles from Lew Ford and Josh Johnson in the sixth.
Norwich University senior women’s lacrosse player, Kacey Abbriano of Hicksville, was recognized by the Great Northeast Athletic Conference on its weekly awards list April 23.
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