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.
It’s time to register for Holy Family’s 2011 CYO spring track season. The program is open to children in grades kindergarten through eight. Track is a great sport to introduce your children to. If they can run, they can do it! Get your children away from the TVs, computers and video games this spring and have them exercise, compete and learn the importance of working together as a team. The season starts in April 2011 but the time to sign up is now. The registration fee for this season is $80 and includes a uniform.
Justin Valluzzi, 11, a student at Hicksville Middle School, was recently selected to participate as a team member of Team USA Nassau Lions to play in the Lighthouse International Youth Hockey Tournament at the Nassau Veteran’s Memorial Coliseum Jan. 20 through 23.
Valluzzi was the only resident from Hicksville selected for the team, and is proud to have represented the community in the tournament. Team USA Nassau Lions played against elite teams that traveled to Nassau County from Japan, China and Finland.
University of Maryland Baltimore County junior guard Michelle Kurowski, of Hicksville, who was named America East women’s basketball Player of the Week earlier this month, earned the same honor from the Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC).
Kurowski was outstanding in a pair of America East wins recently, averaging 29 points per game while shooting 67.6 percent from the floor and 50 percent from long distance. The conference’s leading scorer began her run with a 30-point performance on 12-of-19 shooting against Binghamton, then nearly matched that output with 28 points on 11-of-15 shooting against Vermont.
Runners of all ages and levels of ability are invited to join the Greater Long Island Running Club at Bethpage State Park on Saturday morning, Feb. 19 for the 13th annual Runner’s Edge-Carter, DeLuca, Farrell & Schmidt Trail Relay. The Relay will start at exactly 10 a.m.
There will be three runners on a relay team and each will run a two-mile loop starting and finishing adjacent to the Picnic Area in the park. You can form your own team, or we will help put together “pick up” teams on the morning of the relay.
The event’s organizers are pleased to announce that the always generous Bob Cook and the gang at The Runner’s Edge and Ray Farrell and all the good people at Carter, DeLuca, Farrell & Schmidt have signed on once again to sponsor this popular event.
University of Maryland Baltimore County junior guard Michelle Kurowski matched her career high with 30 points and the UMBC women’s basketball team (8-8, 2-1 America East) cruised to a 55-38 victory over America East rival Binghamton Bearcats (9-7, 2-1 AE) recently at the RAC Arena. The Retrievers have now won seven of their last 10 games.
UMBC’s America East Player of the Game, Kurowski made a career-best 12 of 19 attempts, including three of seven from three-point range. She last scored 30 points on Dec. 5, 2008, against Navy, and she moved into 14th place on UMBC’s all-time scoring list with 1,044 career points. She is the first Retriever to score 30 points in a game since Carlee Cassidy tallied 33 on Jan. 28, 2009, at Boston University, and she is the second player in the America East to do so this season, joining the Terriers’ Alex Young, who scored 30 against Boston College in the season opener.
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