Congratulations to Hicksville’s Tim Parker, a senior varsity soccer team captain and MVP, on a very successful soccer season.
On Feb. 23, Tim’s 18th birthday, the Gatorade Company, in its 26th year of honoring the nation’s best high school athletes, in collaboration with ESPN RISE, announced Timothy Parker of Hicksville High School as its 2010-11 Gatorade New York Boys Soccer Player of the Year. Parker is the first Gatorade New York Boys Soccer Player of the Year to be chosen from Hicksville High School.
The award, which recognizes not only outstanding athletic excellence, but also high standards of academic achievement and exemplary character demonstrated on and off the field, distinguishes Parker as New York’s best high school boy’s soccer player. Now a finalist for the prestigious Gatorade National Boys Soccer Player of the Year award to be announced in May, Parker joins an elite alumni association of past state award-winners in 12 sports, including Alexi Lalas, Derek Jeter, Kevin Garnett, Tony Meola and Mark Sanchez.
Nick Rodriguez and Cameron Beale, both from Hicksville, recently attended the U.S. Youth Soccer Association Region 1 friendly matches in Williamsburg, VA on Feb. 25-27. Nick and Cameron were among 24 players from the New York State South team who participated in these friendly games against North Carolina, Maryland and Connecticut.
The New York State team lost two matches and won one match. Nick Rodriguez allowed only two goals during the weekend and Cameron Beale had a key assist in the win over Connecticut. Both Nick and Cameron will be vying for a spot on the Region 1 soccer team in which a large pool from players from Maine to North Carolina will be selected. The ENYYSA ODP Program is designed to identify players in each age group from which Regional and U.S. National team players will be selected.
This is Nick’s second year with the State team and Cameron’s first. Teammates, coaches and trainers wish Nick and Cameron the very best.
The New York Islanders’ Matt Martin held a youth hockey clinic at Cantiague Park in Hicksville on March 9. The event, which featured drills and instruction, culminated with an autograph and photo session for the aspiring athletes. For more information, visit the team’s website at islanders.nhl.com.
Recently, at the University of Maryland Baltimore County annual women’s basketball awards reception at the University of Hartford Campus, guard Michelle Kurowski of Hicksville was selected to the America East Conference first team. Kurowski also earned all-academic honors.
Kurowski ranks second in the America East in scoring with 14.6 points per game, and she ranks 13th in the NCAA with an .888 free throw percentage. She also leads UMBC with 1.8 steals per game while also averaging 5.6 rebounds and 2.8 assists per contest and shooting 39.7 percent from the floor with a career-high 41 three-pointers. Kurowski currently ranks ninth all-time at UMBC with 1,220 career points, and she has ranked in the top 10 in the America East in scoring in each of her three seasons.
Holy Family CYO created a scholarship fund to honor the memory of Tommy Orlando, who died tragically in December 2008. Tommy was a longtime coach at Holy Family CYO and also coached youth sports for several other organizations in Hicksville. Holy Family CYO will award two $1,000 scholarships annually to applicants who meet the following criteria:
-Applicant must be a graduating high school senior
-Applicant must be enrolled in an accredited college or university
-Applicant must have a high school GPA of 80 or higher
Fordham University Athletics announced that 57 percent of its varsity student athletes, including Hicksville resident and St. Anthony’s alum Craig Staub, earned a cumulative GPA (grade point average) of 3.0 and above, the largest number ever at Fordham. Staub, a six-foot-one, 205-pound sophomore, is listed as a defensive back on the school’s website.
In all, 319 of 561 varsity players, including 12 students from Long Island, and 19 of the 23 varsity teams had a B average and higher during the recently completed Fall 2010 semester.
In addition, 33 athletes (6.1 percent) had GPA’s of 3.7 and above; no team had lower than a B- average (2.75 GPA).
Members of the media had the opportunity to meet New York Islanders owner, Charles Wang, as he hosted the fourth annual Lighthouse International Youth Hockey Tournament which featured pee-wee teams from China, Finland, Japan, Long Island and Westchester County. It was held at the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum on Sunday, Jan. 23. The ages of participants in the tournament ranged from 9-12 years old.
The championship game featured the Ilves Islanders (Team Finland) against Team Japan. The Ilves won the tournament by a final score of 6-4 on Sunday, Jan. 23.
The medal ceremony was immediately following the championship game, prior to Mr. Wang’s press conference.
On Thursday, Feb. 3, AMF Garden City Lanes transformed from a bowling alley into an Islanders playground, as eight players laced up their clown-like, ruby-red bowling shoes and hit the hardwood with some of their biggest fans. The Lady Islanders Girls Ice Hockey Program of Long Island held their second annual Bowl-A-Thon in conjunction with the Islanders to fundraise for their Under-19, Under-14, Under-12 and Under-10 teams. The four female squads, solicited sponsors for this year’s event, collecting over $6,000 to help pay for ice time, jerseys, equipment, tournament registrations, league fees and more. In addition to raising money, the girls were rewarded with the opportunity to bowl with some of their hockey heroes. They also had the chance to take numerous photos with the boys in blue and brought home bags full of autographed yearbooks and player cards. Veterans Matt Moulson, Bruno Gervais and Josh Bailey led the way and brought rookie teammates Nathan Lawson, Ty Wishart, Jeremy Colliton and Travis Hamonic along for the evening’s festivities.
It’s a hole-in-one for golfers as the Oyster Bay Town Board voted, for the third consecutive year, to hold the line on memberships at the town golf course, according to Town Supervisor John Venditto.
“With its challenging, yet very playable, holes and its pastoral setting on the grounds of a former estate, the Town of Oyster Bay’s beautiful, championship golf course in Woodbury ranks among the most popular municipal courses on Long Island,” Venditto stated. “I know our members, who are all aware that rates at many surrounding golf courses have been steadily increasing, will be pleased to hear that the town is holding the line on memberships, making our golf course a great value.”
The Hicksville High School winter track 4 x 200 relay team of Andrew Smulcheski, Vinay Kumbar, Robby Karman and Charlie Fitzgerald qualified for the Nassau County High School Championships.
In addition, Andrew Smulcheski qualified in the 55m sprint and Nick Chen qualified in the mile race.
Under the successful direction of Coach Jeff Tafler, the entire Hicksville High School Track program is looking forward to the spring season and running on the new track surface recently installed at Hicksville High School.
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