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.
Camden Maron, a 2009 Hicksville High School graduate and New York Mets’ 34th round draft selection in the 2009 Amateur Player Draft, completed his second summer season with the Mets Gulf Coast League minor league team in Port St. Lucie, Florida.
He finished the season with an impressive .313 batting average. He’s been back on Long Island since early September where he has been concentrating on strength and conditioning as well as mentoring younger players at The Performance Factory in Farmingdale.
He was especially proud to share his talents with the Hicksville Hurricane team. Maron left on Sunday, Oct. 24 for the Dominican Republic where he will be participating as a Met in a month long fall league. After that he’ll return home for the holidays and prepare to leave in February for spring training back in Port St. Lucie.
Hofstra midfielder Courtney Breen’s overtime goal against Georgia State on Oct. 22 locked up home field advantage in the upcoming Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) tournament for the #21 ranked Pride women’s soccer team.
Breen, a junior midfielder from Hicksville, has started in all 17 games for the Pride and has contributed three goals and nine assists to complement her solid defensive play. Her goal in overtime came 4:58 seconds into the extra period, as Hofstra out-shot Georgia State, 29-4.
In what may be considered their most impressive win of this season, the 11-year-old Hicksville Crusaders overpowered the Mineola Chiefs by the score of 20-12.
Throughout the entire first half, Mineola found it difficult to make any headway, whether it be on the ground or in the air. On the other hand, Crusader quarterback Peter Capel used his running backs time and time again to pound the Mineola defense in order to wear them down. Early in the second quarter, Capel teamed up with Julian Franco on a 29-yard pass play, which resulted in their first score of the game. On the ensuing Chiefs possession, safety Ryan McBride, came up with the first of his two interceptions. During the balance of the second quarter Connor McPartland, Julian Franco and Stephen Ketelsen continued to befuddle Mineola’s defense, gaining huge chunks of yardage. The blocking of Tom Fleming, T.J. Delfino, Taylor Collins, Nick Savva and Alex Pierce punished Mineola’s lineman. Ketelsen accounted for the Crusaders second score with a textbook end-around. After a disputed extra point the score was 14-0 in Hicksville’s favor.
Congratulations to the 9-year-old Hicksville Crusaders Competition Cheerleaders for taking first place at the Commack Cheerleading Competition. The girls worked very hard for this and good luck with future competitions. A special thank you to team manager Nancy Christiana who put her heart and soul into this team and believed they could do it. The 9-year-old Hicksville Crusaders Competition Cheerleaders will also be having a garage sale fundraiser this Saturday, Oct. 23 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at John Walker Memorial Field on Andrews Road in Hicksville. There will be “fill a bag for $10 on all clothing,” along with children toys, household items, luggage, holiday decorations and more.
The setting for the 11-year-old Hickville Crusaders on Oct. 15 was at James Shuart Stadium on the campus of Hofstra University. Their opponent was the Uniondale Knights, a team that hasn’t lost a game in four-plus years. The weather, however, refused to cooperate as a wind driven rain fell from the opening whistle and continued throughout the entire contest.
All through the first half, Hicksville’s defense did all they could to limit the Uniondale powerhouse offense. Alex Pierce, Julian Franco, Nick Austin, Connor McPartland and Sean Lewis all combined to make it extremely uncomfortable for Uniondale’s runners. As the half wore on, the Knights finally found a way to the end zone making the score 6-0.
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