Many people recoil in horror when considering running 26.219 miles, but Kate Ahlers, who performed a majority of her training throughout Hicksville, took to the challenge in stride.
On Nov. 7, Ahlers, in her 25th marathon, ran alongside over 40,000 competitors in the ING New York City Marathon, one of the largest races in the world. Her boyfriend, Patrick Pendas, of Hicksville, helped her train locally and ran with her during miles 22 to 24 of the race.
“Afterwards you’re excited and bubbly and all that, but what’s funny is you really need to walk after the race or you really stiffen up.
The newest generation of the Hicksville Hurricanes is rapidly making a name for themselves.
The 10U (11U this spring) Team, who all summer were giving some of the best teams around a run for their money, took first place in the Bethpage Fall Classic in a sweet fashion.
After a slow and tired start, and a lineup tweaking by the coaches, the young Canes roared through the playoff rounds. They took out the Plainview Hawks in the quarterfinal, and thanks to the outstanding outing by the lefty Terence Wong, they crushed the Farmingdale Mudcats in the semifinals.
Congratulations to the 9-Year-Old Hicksville Crusaders Cheerleaders Competition Team for an amazing season. With all their hard work the girls did an amazing job representing Hicksville. Behind a great team is a great team manager. Our team manager who never gave up on our girls is Nancy Christiana. Thank you for changing our lives. The wisdom, confidence and heart you have shown while leading our team has been an inspiration. Your influence on our girl’s lives is immeasurable. The breadth of the skills and lessons you have taught will be amplified over their lifetime.
The venue for the Great Prostate Cancer 5-Kilometer Run on Nov. 14 is a bit different than the standard road race, with 3.1 miles entirely on the pathways of the Town of Oyster Bay’s Golf Course in Woodbury, and the not-so-gentle (but short) hills provided an interesting challenge that the 382 finishers (a 30 percent increase over 2009) seemed to thoroughly enjoy once again.
Veteran Hicksville runner Kevin Kremler turned in another strong performance in this year’s Run, finishing in 22:06 to earn the second place award in the 55-59 age group.
For a great way to have winter fun and get some serious exercise in the process, few activities compare to ice skating. For Town of Oyster Bay residents, the outdoor ice skating season will start the day after Thanksgiving, Friday, Nov. 26, at the Marjorie R. Post (Massapequa) and Syosset-Woodbury Community Park ice rinks, according to Town Councilman Joseph G. Pinto.
“The 2010-2011 ice skating season will run through the end of February 2011, weather permitting,” Pinto stated. “Town residents can, once again, enjoy this popular winter sport at prices that make it a great value for your recreation dollar.
There were a number of reasons why the 11-year-old Hicksville Crusaders lost their playoff game against the Uniondale Knights, but lack of effort was certainly not one of them. On this particular Sunday, the Crusaders simply got outplayed. The final score of 24-0 did not tell the whole story however.
Hicksville’s defense fought magnificently throughout the first half. Alex Pierce had a fumble recovery and Tom Fleming, Nick Austin and Ryan McBride all made important defensive contributions. Vincent Barretta grabbed his first interception of the season. Just before the half came to an end, Uniondale scored but was unable to convert.
On Monday, Oct. 25, Nassau County Legislator Rose Marie Walker attended the Hicksville Baseball Association annual All Star Dinner at Milleridge Cottage. Legislator Walker was proud to present citations to the members of the Hicksville Juniors 13/14-year-old boys team for winning the District 32 Championship. Legislator Walker also presented certificates from Nassau County Executive Edward Mangano to all members of HBA. Pictured is Walker with members of the Hicksville Juniors District 32 Championship Team, with their coaches and manager, along with HBA Commissioner Kim Torrellas.
Congratulations to veteran Hicksville runner Anna Lau, who successfully completed 28.89 miles in the 11th annual Greater Long Island Running Club Six-Hour 60th Birthday Run held in Sunken Meadow State Park on Sunday, Oct. 17. The 48-year-old Lau scored 32nd place overall and was the eighth woman.
In 2009, it was freezing rain, high winds and cold temperatures. In 2010, it was a picture perfect Long Island October day that welcomed 106 runners. The Sunken Meadow State Park course features a 2.1-mile loop on paved pathways and dirt paths, with several rolling hills each time around.
Good teams usually find a way to win. Last Saturday evening, on a cold and windy field, the 11-Year-Old Hicksville Crusaders clawed their way to their fifth victory of the season against the Bellmore Braves. By their intensity alone, it was obvious right from the start of this game that losing was never an option.
The fact that the Braves scored first only seamed to energize the Crusaders offense. Once they got control of the ball, they came roaring back. Julian Franco, took a hand off from quarterback Peter Capel, and exploded through Bellmore’s defense. Thirty-eight yards later, he crossed the goal line. Attempting to take the lead, Connor McPartland kicked for the extra points. His kick sailed majestically through the uprights giving the Crusaders an 8-7 lead.
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