Franklin Square residents Meaghan Rush, Julia Pusateri, Kimberly Chan, Amanda Agostino, Valley Stream residents Tyquann Walker, Adam Kapusta, Carolyn DeFranco, and Elmont residents Dranoel Truter, Yuvaraj Dhir, Vincent Agostino, and Dylan VanManen have qualified to compete at the 2013 Metropolitan Swimming Junior Olympics. These swimmers represented the nationally ranked host team, Long Island Aquatic Club (LIAC). Each year, LIAC sends a large squad to the junior olympics to compete for the titles as the best age group swimmers. Since 1996, LIAC has qualified 21 swimmers for the U.S. Olympic Trials. For more information on the Junior Olympics or the Long Island Aquatic Club visit LIAC’s website www.longislandswimming.com.
They came together by necessity after graduation stripped of their respective rosters; hockey players from neighboring Long Island communities who were dedicated to their sport but without enough players for a team.
And so they formed the East Williston-Jericho high school club team and created an experience none of them will ever forget. The merged team won the Nassau County championship with a perfect 18-0 season and reached the final round of the New York State Large School Division Championships in Jamestown, N.Y.
When a fistful of seniors graduated last year, the hockey programs at East Williston and Jericho needed some help to continue playing. They found it in each other and the merged team won the Nassau County Championship with a perfect 18-0 season.
“They’re a great group of kids and they went on a great run,’’ coach Jon Turk said. “It’s been a dream season but you never want to say we’re satisfied until it’s over.’’
The Notre Dame fifth grade boys basketball team participated in the CYO tournament, hosted by St. Vincent de Paul in Elmont, capturing the championship, beating St. Aidan’s 30-9. Notre Dame scored victories over St Vincent de Paul, in the opening round of the tournament, followed by St. Aidan’s in the second and third round. Notre Dame took an early first quarter lead of 11-0 and never looked back. The final score was 30-9, giving the team the championship. The boys, under the coaching of Rob Kuzler, Joe Muratore, Al Puya and Rob Booth, had a solid season. They worked hard and worked together as a team. Defense and offensive ball movement were the catalysts to the team’s success.
The team was led by point guards Paul DePaulis, Joseph Muratore, shooting guards William Regan, Vincent Gambino and Declan Griffin, small forwards Justin Kuzler, Daniel Bateman and Brian Lendino-Nieves, power forwards Christian Ugolini and Michael Keller, and centers Robbie Booth and Abidin Dauti.
Students at Charles Water Karate & Fitness, located at 122 Hillside Ave., in Williston Park, recently participated in the studio’s 31st black belt testing cycle. Charles Water Karate & Fitness is a full time, professional martial arts school, with classes for children, adults and teenagers. The school is the only one on Long Island that also offers Karatatot, the only program specifically designed for children 4 ½ - 6 year olds.
According to observers, soccer is poised to rival basketball, football and baseball in popularity in the U.S., and with that in mind, Supervisor Jon Kaiman and the North Hempstead Town Board announced the unveiling of an Italian-run youth developmental training and exchange program involving the world’s most celebrated sport.
The goal of the Italian Soccer Training Program (ISTEP) is to foster the development of U.S. youth soccer players and programs, starting on Long Island, and establish a player exchange program for Italian and American youth players.
Wheatley senior and soccer goalie Eric Orologio signed his letter of intent to play Division I soccer at the University at Albany last week. Seated from left to right: Anna Orologio, Eric and Ottavio Orologio. Standing from left to right: Marco DaFonte, assistant Wheatley varsity soccer coach, Dr. Sean Feeney, principal of The Wheatley School and Tom Fitzpatrick, director of physical education, athletics, health and medical services.
Robert Malandro’s coaching awards are almost as numerous as the number of years he has spent coaching the Holy Trinity boys baseball team.
With a quarter-century worth of experience and five Catholic League Championships, Malandro has been paving the way for successful high school baseball players for more than two decades. Humble, enthusiastic and dedicated are only a few words that adequately describe the five-time NSCHSAA Coach of the Year.
After playing baseball all around the country with the Nassau County Police Department, Malandro found coaching to be the next natural step after his retirement. A Hicksville resident himself, Malandro began coaching baseball at Holy Trinity in 1989 after answering an ad in a local paper.
Once again this year, the Long Island Thunderbolts Softball Team will be hosting a five-week training session for young softball players at the Hebrew Academy of Nassau County, located at 25 Country Drive in Plainview. This clinic allows the Thunderbolts to raise necessary team funds, while teaching girls the skills they need to be ready to hit it out of the park during softball season in the spring. The “2013 Winter Work Out” will feature lessons on hitting, bunting and fielding.
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