On Aug. 28 the Underdogs and Ricky’s G’s held the 2nd annual Ricky Greene Memorial Softball Game and Fundraiser on what would have been Ricky’s 25th birthday. This year they were raising money for a scholarship in Ricky’s name that is given to a Hicksville High School student who excels in theater. Friends, family and fans gathered around field D while trying their luck on over fifty raffles and scratch-off prizes. They enjoyed the music of DJ Jimmy Montana and were greeted by special guest Long Island Ducks mascot, Quackerjack. For the second year in a row the teams split the doubleheader with Ricky’s G’s taking the first game 20-18 and the Underdogs taking game two by a score of 26-7. Robert Greci (Underdogs) and Sean Greene (Ricky’s G’s) took home game MVP honors as voted on by the players. A special thank you to all that came out to help us fundraise over $3,800 for the scholarship.
Hicksville Community Tennis 2010 Long Island Regional Championship team, Hicksville Smash, traveled to Schenectady to represent the Long Island Region at the 2010 United States Tennis Association (USTA) Eastern Summer Sectional Championship.
Coached by Steven Abbondondelo and captained by David Engelhardt, the team of Anthony Pastecchi, Scott Jackson, Domenick Evangelista, Danielle LaPierre, Jennifer Carnovale, and Danielle Byrnes, finished a close second in the 18 and under division to Sports Plex BNCTA from Buffalo.
Team member Danielle Lapierre was honored with one of two Sportsmanship Awards presented in their division.
The USTA Eastern Section hosted a party for participants at the completion of match play on Saturday.
A special thanks to all the parents for their continued support.
The Hicksville Heat summer recreational baseball team had a remarkable season winning all six of the games they played. The team competed in the Garden City Travel League for ages 13-15. They defeated rival teams from Garden City, New Hyde Park, Mineola, Malverne and Williston Park. The members of the team were Paul Brohan, Kevin Cashman, Chris Castaldo, Ross Castaldo, Andrew Haszto, Kyle Krauch, Patrick Lavin, Sydney Mojica, Matt Pagan, Matthew Prusak, Bryan Sarnelli, Anthony Stama, Daniel Sheehan, Corey Syracuse, David Vidad and Eric Werenberg. Richard Castaldo and assistants Charlie Sheehan, Glen Werneberg and Ron Stama coached the team.
St. Ignatius Basketball announced that registration for the 2010-2011 basketball season continues through Sept. 30. Instructional leagues for kindergarten through first-grade and second and third-grade are now forming and will start the weekend after Thanksgiving. Travel boy’s teams are also forming for fourth through eighth-grades, with league play set to start in November.
Join the growing St Ignatius CYO program. Coaches are welcome and needed at every level. For more information, visit us at www.stignatiouscyo.org.
On Saturday, Aug. 7, Mastermind Unit (MMU) partnered with the Michael Magro Foundation, a Hicksville organization dedicated to safeguarding and enhancing the lives of pediatric cancer patients and their families, to translate an 18-team soccer tournament into a mega-charity event that raised close to $10,000 to benefit the Foundation and its mission on behalf of children with cancer.
The sudden spike in soccer interest generated by the World Cup games made the Mastermind Unit’s Third Annual Soccer for a Cause Tournament an obvious crowd-pleaser. A non-profit group empowering individuals to take a leadership role in their community, MMU members are challenged to leverage their skills by creating new ideas, helping others and serving as catalysts for change.
The 13- and 14-year-old Cardinal Baseball teams competed in a split squad game on July 30 at historic Doubleday Field in Cooperstown. The boys prepared for the trip all spring, participating in numerous fundraisers and raffles throughout the year so as to maximize their experience.
In addition to playing on the field, a field where hundreds of Major League players and future Hall of Famers also played, the trip included a tour of the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum.
Training camp for the 11-year-old Hicksville Crusaders is now in full swing. Marty Ketelsen is beginning his seventh year as head coach for this group of Crusaders. Once again Peter Capel, Kevin McPartland, Rob McBride, Steve Delaney and Tom Fleming have returned as assistant coaches to help Ketelsen with the team.
During the first few weeks, the focus will be on conditioning. In this way, the boys will be well prepared for the vigors of what they are about to face. As the team gets further into training, the emphasis will be on techniques: blocking, tackling as well as running and passing plays will be the order of the day.
Centre Island Beach will be the stage for the Supervisor’s Cup, an NCAA Division 1 Women’s College Soccer Showdown and Soccer Festival on Saturday, Aug. 21, at 7 p.m., according to Town Supervisor John Venditto. Hofstra University and Marist University Women’s Soccer Teams will square off and showcase some the area’s best female soccer talent. Admission is free, but those in attendance are asked to bring two cans of food to support Island Harvest and the fight against hunger.
“Soccer is an extremely popular sport, and the talented women of the Hofstra Pride and Marist Red Foxes take it to a whole other level of excitement,” said Venditto. “This game coming to the Town represents the widespread appeal of the sport. It should be very popular with local residents, who enjoy seeing soccer played at a very high level.”
Fresh off their trip to Massachusetts where they finished second, the Hicksville Hurricanes took the top spot in the Seahorse Showdown in Rehoboth Beach, Delaware. With solid defense behind the brilliant pitching of Michael Reilly, who went all seven innings with 113 pitches, the ’Canes beat the very tough NY Gothams team of Manhattan, 4 to 3, to become the tournament champs! The coaches and parents couldn’t be prouder with the ongoing success of this team. The roster includes Kyle Cashman, Anthony Salomone, Chris Sarni, Mike Reilly, Danny Taggart, Ryan Schultheiss, Billy Harvey, Ryan Fama, Jacob Frenchman, Andrew Purcell, Matt Tsotras, coaches Steve Cashman, Chris Sarni, George Taggart and Todd Frenchman. Missing from photo: Nick Schoen and Coach Jeff Schoen.
Hicksville Baseball would like to congratulate the 13- and 14-year-old Junior League District 32 Champions. Hard work and teamwork is what it is all about. Congratulations on winning the district championship, we are all very proud! Back row: Coach George Taggart, Danny Taggart, Connor Doyle, Ronnie Bauer, Sean Bragg, Michael Reilly, Kyle Cashman and Manager Steve Cashman. Front row: Jake Melville, Justin Franco, Anthony Bencivenga, Nick Schoen, Frank Emanuele, Ryan Schultheiss, Anthony Salomone, Chris Sarni and Matt Tsotras.
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