Justin Valluzzi, of Hicksville, and the Fighting Ice-Men hockey team, coached by Justin’s father, Frank Valluzzi, won the Nassau County Pee-Wee Division 2010-2011 Championship on March 12. Hundreds of family, friends and hockey fans packed Cantiague Park Ice Rink to watch the exciting championship game. Congratulations to all and special thanks to the Nassau County Hockey League and its coordinators for providing such a great ice hockey program for the community to enjoy.
Hicksville Boys and Girls Club, Boys and Girls Clubs of America and the NBA Coaches Association have teamed up to provide new opportunities and experiences for our Club members.
On March 13, 25 lucky youngsters were treated to a free basketball game as the New York Knicks took on the Indiana Pacers at the world famous Madison Square Garden. Along with the game, Club members received a rare opportunity to meet and greet a true role model, Hall of Famer Walt “Clyde” Frazier. Despite an 11-point loss, a fun-filled day time was had by all.
The Hicksville Boys and Girls Club would like to thank the NBA and “Coaches for Kids” for helping young people in our club BE GREAT! If you are interested in finding out what other activities are being planned at the Club, give them a call at 822-KIDS.
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.
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