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.
The Eagles were home Friday night when St. William the Abbott came into town, fresh off their Tommy Orlando Tournament win.
The game started out fast and furious with a back-to-back scoring. The Eagles had a tough job ahead that night while missing point guard Martin Egan was out with a sprained ankle and Robbie Schulz was out with a broken nose. The offensive scoring came from Anthony Rolston with 26 points, Damian Cardelena with six points, Justin Rodriguez with four points and Connor Reilly and Ray Pietzak both with three points.
Matt Mascia and Ray Pietzak owned the defensive boards. Pietzak, playing as the very physical big man from St. Williams, brought down 20 rebounds (Tommy Orlando MVP). The Eagles fell short this time losing 45-42 and brought their overall record to 9-2.
It may be bitterly cold outside, and swimming may be the last thing on many Long Islanders’ minds, yet according to the American Red Cross there is no better time to get youth into the water.
“In many ways, we dread the beginning of summer because as soon as the weather gets nice, we know that a child will drown because they find themselves falling into or going too deep into a backyard pool—and into trouble—because they don’t know how to swim,” said Frank Cassano, chief executive officer of the Nassau County Red Cross.
Sadly, the drowning rate is three-times higher in low-income communities where, according to USA Swimming, the issue is access to facilities or the ability to afford lessons.
Students from Tiger Schulmann’s Mixed Martial Arts of Hicksville competed victoriously at the Challenge of Champions XXVI Mixed Martial Arts competition, held at the Raritan Exposition Center in Edison, NJ on Sunday, Dec. 12, 2010. It was the third time the event has been held at this world-class 150,000 square foot facility.
Challenge of Champions XXVII hosted almost 2,000 mixed martial arts students of all ages and belt ranks to participate in this demanding test of skill and expertise. The event took place in front of a sold-out crowd of over 4,000 spectators and staff.
“Challenge of Champions provides the opportunity for competition amongst fellow students from throughout the five states that host Tiger Schulmann’s locations. For months in advance, they train hard and focus on maximizing their skills for this demanding competition,” said Sensei Curran, head instructor at the Tiger Schulmann’s Mixed Martial Arts School in Hicksville. “Our students gain self-confidence, focus and determination by preparing for and competing in this event. I’m very proud of each and every one of them.”
The Greater Long Island Wheelchair Athletic Club’s Long Island Lightning Junior Wheelchair Basketball Club recently hosted its annual Junior Wheelchair Basketball Invitational at St. Paul’s Athletic Facility in Garden City.
Sponsored by the Nurse Practitioner Association of Long Island, the two-day competition featured the best junior wheelchair basketball players and teams in New York and the Mid-Atlantic. While the Junior Lightning did not win the championship, it did win the event’s consolation game.
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