The Long Island Ducks recently announced the final additions to their roster as spring training kicks off for the third consecutive season at Bethpage Ballpark. The team has signed pitchers Randy Keisler and Eric Niesen, catcher Josh Johnson and announced that catcher Mitch Canham has been signed by the St. Louis Cardinals and catcher Mike Rivera has been signed by the Boston Red Sox. Both catchers will report to their respective organization’s Triple-A teams.
“We are excited to begin our quest for the Atlantic League championship,” said Ducks manager Kevin Baez. “I look forward to seeing the team together on the field.”
Nassau County Executive Edward P. Mangano, on April 9, joined RXR Realty Chief Executive Officer Scott Rechler, Nancy Mariano, regional director of Friends of Karen and Long Island Marathon runner Brian Ihm, who has been running with the Friends of Karen team for four years, inside the winter garden at RXR Plaza in Uniondale, to announce the 2012 RXR Long Island Marathon Weekend, which will be held Friday, May 4 through Sunday, May 6. The marathon has grown to include a full and a half marathon, 10k, 5k, 1-mile run and Kids Fun Run.
On March 18, Martial Arts America in Hicksville hosted their Annual Black Belt Extravaganza at the McGuire Theater at SUNY Old Westbury. A total of 21 black belts were honored in a Traditional Fire and Water Black Belt Ceremony. The parents and spouses of the new black belts were part of the ceremony as well.
The extravaganza was a showcase for all the black belts to demonstrate their proficiency in various aspects of their training, along with over 150 other students of the school graduating to their next belt level from ages 4 to 64. There were over 500 spectators on hand to see the event.
The Long Island Ducks announced the signings of pitchers Mike Loree, Jonathan Meloan, Connor Graham and catcher Shawn Williams on April 10. Loree returns for a second season with Long Island while Meloan, Graham and Williams all enter their first year with the Ducks.
“Mike was the best pitcher in the league last season,” said Ducks President/General Manager Michael Pfaff. “We are happy to have him back in the rotation while adding three other talented players to our roster.”
Congratulations to Jill Loveland of Hicksville, who scored as the second finisher in the Women’s 25-29 Age Group in the 35th annual Nationwide 10 Kilometer Run for ASPIRE, which was held on the roads of Plainview and Old Bethpage on Sunday morning April 1.
Jill crossed the finish line in exactly 50 minutes, a pace of 8:03 per mile, which beat out the third finisher in her age group by 44 seconds.
The New York Jets were relatively quiet during the NFL’s free agency frenzy, which began March 13, 2012 – the date likely to be remembered for Peyton Manning’s departure from Indianapolis, which rendered him a Colt in the same regard as the city of Baltimore.
In true Jets fashion, the announcement of the Tim Tebow trade – albeit with its minor complications – stole (read: engulfed) headlines and emphatically overshadowed what was already one of the wildest weeks in football history.
Tickets to the New York Islanders-New Jersey Devils game at Barclays Center went on sale Thursday, March 29 at 10 a.m. Tickets will be available through Ticketmaster by visiting www.barclays center.com or www.ticketmaster.com, or by calling 800-745-3000.
The preseason game, scheduled for Tuesday, Oct. 2 at 7:30 p.m., will mark the first sporting event at Barclays Center, the new major sports and entertainment venue at the intersection of Atlantic and Flatbush avenues in Brooklyn. Located atop one of the largest transportation hubs in New York City, Barclays Center will be accessible by 11 subway lines and the Long Island Rail Road.
Following the earlier and equally stunning news that future Hall of Fame quarterback Peyton Manning would sign as a free agent with the Denver Broncos, Tebow, a Heisman Trophy winner, found himself on the trade block. The Jets swooped in and acquired the lefty, while surrendering two mid-round draft picks. So, what’s the early verdict?
University of Connecticut junior Danielle Cecco (Hicksville) finished in 14th place in the three-meter diving event on Friday at the NCAA Championships at Auburn University in Alabama.
Cecco scored a 303.75 in the preliminaries to earn her way into the “B” finals. She then came back with a 308.60 in the finals to give UConn three points in the team standings.
University of Connecticut junior diver Danielle Cecco of Hicksville won the NCAA Zone Diving championship in the three-meter event on Saturday, March 10. Cecco, who finished third in the one-meter the day before, earned a spot in both events at the NCAA National Championship, which is being held this weekend in Auburn, Ala.
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