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.
When Sean Rogers graduated from Holy Trinity High School in 2008, he became one of the Fighting Irish, but has always stayed a Titan. As the current lacrosse team captain at the University of Notre Dame, he brought the current Titan lacrosse team to the home of the Fighting Irish over the Easter break.
This was a chance of a lifetime for the high school team. They had the opportunity to tour the university facilities, including the brand new Ariotta Lacrosse Stadium and locker rooms, the “Golden Dome” and “Touchdown Jesus.”
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.
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