The United States Tennis Association will be hosting tennis lessons on Sunday, June 24 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. The event is free, and open to all ages and skill level.
Held at the tennis courts at Eisenhower Park in East Meadow, the event dubbed “Love on Long Island,” will provide both children and adults the opportunity to learn the game of tennis or improve upon already acquired skills. Provided in conjunction with the United States Tennis Association and the United States Professional Tennis Association, the day will feature ‘10 and Under Tennis,’ a new and innovative way to learn the game that also provides a one year USTA membership for children 10 and under.
Hicksville natives Katelyn Heuser, LeAnne Liebl and Brittny Hayes raced in a four-mile run, RunAmuck, on Saturday, June 16. For the tiniest fraction of a second, the girls realized running a race up the mountains, through obstacles, up walls, ropes through tunnels, streams and muddy muck is surely the most off-the-wall event they ever signed up to do.
On May 27, the New York Mets brought back a yearly tradition, which has been absent for the past 16 years: Banner Day. From 1963 to 1996, Banner Day was an annual tradition, beginning with a parade and ending with three finalists chosen from the pack. There would only be one winner.
This year, Hicksville High School seniors Amy Perfetti and Julie Scarpitta were finalists of Banner Day, which included over 300 elaborately made banners. Their banner, which had Mets’ Manager Terry Collins depicted as the sun over a flowerbed of “homegrown” flowers (each of the current team members) was featured on the New York Mets website as well as on Twitter and Facebook. The third finalist had a brightly colored banner, which read, “Follow the CitiBrick Road.”
While many may not have made the trek to Elmont this year without the treat of a Triple Crown, longtime racing fan Louis Howe still made the 3-hour drive from North Hampton, MA to see the race.
Out of a field of 123 tryout candidates, Joey Leonard, former Hicksville Comet, was selected to the 23-man U19 Men’s National Team roster, which is set to play in the World Championships overseas in Turku, Finland this July. The team is made up of players from eight different states and showcases 10 players from right here on Long Island.
The Long Island Ducks defeated the York Revolution 17-3 in game one of a day/night doubleheader on Saturday afternoon at Bethpage Ballpark. With the win, Kevin Baez earned his 100th win as manager of the Ducks. The second-year skipper led Long Island to a 78-47 record in 2011 during the regular season. Don McCormack has the most wins as a Ducks manager with 399 from 2001 to 2005.
The Revolution cracked the scoreboard first with a RBI single by Andres Perez to right field off Ducks starter Jason Monti in the second. Long Island would even it up in the bottom of the inning off Revs starter Junior Novoa when Wilberto Ortiz lifted a RBI sac fly to left.
The Long Island Ducks announced that Tuesday, June 5, Wednesday, June 6 and Thursday, June 7 will be “Unused Ticket Days” at Bethpage Ballpark. Fans who did not make it out to a ballgame during the 2012 season and are still in possession of unused tickets may exchange them for tickets of equal or lesser value at the Bethpage Ballpark Box Office, subject to availability.
“We want to make sure each and every fan has the opportunity to experience the fun and excitement of Ducks baseball,” says Ducks president and general manager Michael Pfaff. “We understand that the first month of the season was a mixed bag with regards to the weather, and some people may have stayed home on nights they had tickets for a Ducks game. We have a big series at Bethpage Ballpark against the cross-Sound rival Bridgeport Bluefish June 5-7 and hope to see fans take advantage of this opportunity.”
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.
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