Nassau County Executive Edward P. Mangano joined New York Islanders forward Michael Grabner at the grand opening of the New York Islanders Pro Shop in Cantiague Park in Hicksville on Saturday, Sept. 8.
Following the ribbon-cutting ceremony, Grabner, a former 34-goal scorer, hosted an on-ice clinic with two local youth teams and signed autographs and one of Grabner’s game-worn jerseys was auctioned off. Fans also had the opportunity to join the Ice Girls and Islanders’ mascot, Sparky, during the public skate session.
The Cantiague Park Senior Men’s Golf League had its 14th tournament on Aug. 31, featuring 35 golfers on a beautiful morning. A record-setting eight golfers scored under 40. There were 36 pars and one birdie made (Sev Knudsen on the par-3 seventh hole). Charlie Hong won low overall score with a brilliant 34. Charlie Hong scored under 40 for the 14th time in a row. Bob Evans is the money board leader with $105 won for the year. The new match play champion is Bob Evans (A), who narrowly defeated a very game runner-up Mike Guerriero (B) by one hole. The third and fourth players played for a consolation prize and Jim Murphy (B) defeated Jim O’Brian (A) flight by one hole.
It’s not too late to register for the inaugural UJA-Federation of New York “Summer’s Not Done” AquaRun on Sunday, Sept. 16, but time is running out and now is the time to sign up.
UJA-Federation of New York will be getting together with the Greater Long Island Running Club (GLIRC) to stage the AquaRun, which will be held at the Town of Oyster Bay’s TOBAY Beach in Massapequa, with the starting horn going off at 8:30 a.m.
The Long Island Ducks recently announced that they have acquired outfielder Lee Cruz from the Kansas City T-Bones of the American Association in exchange for a player to be named later. Cruz begins his first season with the Ducks and in the Atlantic League.
“Lee has proven to be a terrific hitter throughout his career,” says Ducks manager Kevin Baez. “We’re confident he will strengthen our lineup as we continue our run to the championship.”
The team, following its last Stanley Cup title in 1984, relocated to several different practice rinks throughout Long Island but hasn’t been able to recapture the magic of those Cantiague teams since.
Weather reports were not promising on Aug. 3 as forecasters were calling for rain and storms the following day, the date of Mastermind Unit’s Soccer for a Cause Event, which was the fourth year that it benefited the Hicksville-based Michael Magro Foundation.
Terrie Magro was undeterred. Ever cheerful, she was at the Corporal Kevin T. Kolm Memorial Park, bright and early on Saturday, Aug. 4, with a word of encouragement to everyone who showed up to help or practice before the event. As unbearably hot as the day was, Terrie was available everywhere – at the registration table, greeting visitors at the park gates, visiting tents … she was there with a word of kindness for everybody. But that’s who Terrie Magro is; even in the face of adversity, she is cheerful, resourceful and positive. She is an inspiration and she is a hero. And so is her husband, Paul.
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.
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