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.
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.”
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