As the sun set on a picture perfect Sunday and the lights came on at Tully Park, children from New Hyde Park, Floral Park, Franklin Square, Roosevelt and Oceanside took to the lacrosse field to play the game they love. From a spectator’s view it looked like any other game, but this night was different. On this night they were playing for a cause.
Just over two weeks ago Hurricane Sandy pounded the East Coast and left Long Island in state of destruction. Some lost power while others lost everything. When Eric Rudd from Long Island Park Lacrosse called Pete McClean from the New Hyde Park PAL Lacrosse the mission was clear “Kids playing for kids.”
The Eastern New York State Soccer Association (ENYSSA) will induct its 15th member from Long Island into its Hall of Fame (HOF) this year after announcing that New Hyde Parker Willie Dempsey’s nomination by the Long Island Soccer Football League (LISFL) has been accepted. This comes only months after he was named “Life Member” at the LISFL’s annual awards dinner in June. Dempsey will be the first Long Island inductee to the HOF since Malusa Marco in 2010.
Willie has been part of the Long Island perennial powerhouse amateur club New York Irish Rovers for over 30 years, starting as a player later becoming an administrator and is currently club president. Dempsey’s achievements both as player and coach are unequivocally one of the best resumes in amateur soccer on LI, including 10 New York State Championships (four Division 1 Manning Cups), 20 Long Island League Championships, 24 Long Island Cup Championships and six Sportsmanship Awards. Thanks in part to Willie, the New York Irish Rovers is currently the second most-decorated club in the 64 year history of the LISFL.
A press conference was held two days later, except Mangano wasn’t there; the New York Islanders organized a press conference at 620 Atlantic Ave. in Brooklyn at the Barclays Center, the franchise’s new rink as of 2015.
“HOTA… HOTA… HOTA…” chanted the Franklin Square, Floral Park, and Garden City girls from the HOTA soccer club as they marched in the spirited German-American Stueben Parade on Saturday, Sept. 15 in New York City.
Staged as the 7th division in the parade line, a little waiting on 58th Street didn’t put a damper on the girls’ spirits. They used up the time to build camaraderie by sharing city pretzels, buying German flags, and stocking up on other fun trinkets from street vendors. HOTA Lightening Coach Greg Shevlin said, “There’s a feeling of community among the girls – it’s a great way to honor HOTA’s heritage and build solidarity.”
The 27th anniversary Bethpage Ocean To Sound Relay marked another great day for local runners. A record 144 teams enjoyed near perfect weather conditions to complete the course. Teams of eight runners each traversed a 50-mile course on Sunday morning, Sept. 23rd. The first runners started at Jones Beach State Park, and they and their teammates followed a route that wound its way through Wantagh, Seaford, Massapequa, Farmingdale, Old Bethpage, Plainview, Huntington and back west into Cold Spring Harbor, Syosset and Oyster Bay before ending at Fireman’s Field in Oyster Bay, adjacent to Theodore Roosevelt Memorial Park.
New Hyde Park resident and Herricks High School graduate Lou Bernardi has been named as the pitching coach for SUNY College at Old Westbury’s baseball team. Bernardi joins Old Westbury after serving as an assistant coach last season with the New York Institute of Technology, his alma matter.
In its inaugural year, the Long Island Lady Astros brought home two championship trophies in National Junior Baseball League’s summer season. The Lady Astros finished atop the 12U American Division with a record of 12-1, and then went on to win the championship series. After winning in the semifinal 4-2 over the Road Warriors they faced team Nitro in a best-of-three championship series. The Lady Astros easily took the first game over team Nitro 7-3. The Lady Astros then sealed the championship in an amazing come-from-behind victory over team Nitro in game 2. Trailing 10-6 with two outs and nobody on base in the bottom of the seventh inning, the Lady Astros mounted a 5-run rally to walk off with an 11-10 win.
New Hyde Park quarterback Nick Perrone threw three first quarter touchdown passes, which guided the Gladiators to a 41-26 defeat of Herricks this past Saturday. The win was New Hyde Park first of the season. This weekend, New Hyde Park takes on intra district rival Carey High School on Friday night, while Herricks hosts Long Beach on Saturday.
LI Park Lacrosse will hold a fall clinic on Sept. 23, 30, Oct. 14 and 21 from 12:30 to 1:45 p.m. at New Hyde Park Memorial Park, corner of Lincoln and Wilton Street, off New Hyde Park Road.
The clinic is geared for boys and girls in grades K through eighth.
Karatatot children achieve goals at a young age. a unique program offered by Charles Water Karate & Fitness, located at 122 Hillside Avenue in Williston Park.
Karatatot is a combination of exercise and karate in a format specifically designed for children ages 41/2 and up.
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