Written by Ed Rotondo, firstname.lastname@example.org Friday, 22 March 2013 00:00
After graduating from St. Anthony’s High School in 1990, Armas went on to star at Adelphi University, being named an All-American as a senior. Upon graduation he joined the Long Island Rough Riders for two all-star seasons. He then went on to star for 12 seasons in the MLS for both the LA Galaxy and the Chicago Fire, while also attaining 66 caps in international play for the US. He is currently in his third year as head coach of the Adelphi Women’s team.
Paul LeSueur was one of the first Americans to play for the New York Cosmos in 1972 and 1973 and was a member of the team that won the NASL championship. LeSueur coached men’s soccer at both Adelphi and C.W. Post and he worked with the New York Power of the Women’s United Soccer Association as their director of community relations and director of New York Power Camps.
Paul played collegiately at Springfield College and starred as an All-American defender for the team that earned a NCAA Division II national championship and he was named tournament MVP in 1969. LeSueur was the roommate of Tony DiCicco, the former U.S. women’s national coach while at Springfield, who once said of Paul when he was asked who were the major influences in his career, “Paul was the first person I ever knew with a genuine passion for the game. He was from England and had his hometown newspapers delivered to him.”
And that passion continues today as LeSueur is currently the sports director of the Waldorf School. More importantly Paul is the head coach of the Waldorf boys soccer team who most recently won the 2012 IPPSAL Boys Soccer Championship – the third championship in the past five years.
LeSueur commented, “I am very humbled and blessed to be honored by the Long Island Soccer Player Hall of Fame and the LIJSL, as their history and reputation make it one of the premier soccer leagues in the United States.”
Paul has for many years been instrumental in the development of youth soccer in Garden City serving in various capacities for the Centennial Soccer Club, including time as club president, a member of the board of directors and a coach and trainer. Most days during the season you can find him on a pitch at St. Paul’s watching, coaching or training Garden City boys and girls in the finer points of soccer.
LeSueur has directed youth summer camps throughout the years, one of which is known to many now grown former players as Camp Happy. For the past several years LeSueur has been working with the Centennials to offer an advanced player training program (C.A.P.T.) that includes a tournament schedule against high level competition throughout the Northeast. The C.A.P.T. program has helped many of the village’s more advanced players to experience the rigors of playing soccer at a higher level.
As a family man Paul talks proudly of his wife Liz and four children, Sarah, Paul Jr., Pete and Bethany. When asked about his development of his own kids as such great athletes he humbly mentioned how Liz is the parent that instilled the competitive nature in their children being that she was a top competitive swimmer. Bethany said of Paul “My father was a man who could coach you in any sport and he was always able to help us get to the next level.”
Wednesday, 19 June 2013 00:00
The members of the eighth-grade graduating class at Jonas E. Salk Middle School proceeded down the aisles of the school’s gymnasium in a ceremonial moving-up tradition, as proud parents and family members watched from the bleachers. Class officers led the salute to the flag, after which the eighth-grade chorus, conducted by Lisa Levenberg, sang the national anthem.
Thursday, 13 June 2013 00:00
When Msgr. Ralph Sommer was growing up he found inspiration from the example of his uncle, Father Ralph Besendorfer. “He was a Brooklyn priest,” said Msgr. Sommer, who is known to parishioners as “Father Sommer” or “Father Ralph.”
“My uncle was a most powerful and delightful influence, happy, caring, and helpful,” said Father Sommer, outgoing pastor of St. Brigid’s Church, in Westbury. “I would look at him and say, ‘I could do that.’”
For a number of years, Father Besendorfer would come out to St. Bernard’s in Levittown on weekends to assist.
Now, Father Sommer finds himself about to become pastor of St. Bernard’s on June 26, succeeding Msgr. Gerard Ringenback, pastor of St. Bernard’s since 2001.
He doesn’t know if anyone at St. Bernard’s will remember his uncle, Father Sommer said, but “if I meet people who remember him from that time, it will be a nice thing.”
Born in Flushing, Queens, Father Sommer grew up in Garden City, attending St. Anne’s School. He advanced to St. Pius X Preparatory Seminary, a high school for young men considering the priesthood.
“It was a caring community,” with priest-instructors and students who shared an interest in exploring the priesthood.
For college, he left the seminary system for Adelphi University near his home. “I walked every day. We didn’t have another car.”
Adelphi offered an opportunity to test his vocation. He majored in psychology, “which I thought would help me if I became a priest.”
After Adelphi, he returned to priestly studies at Immaculate Conception Seminary, Huntington. Upon graduation, he was ordained a priest in 1983.
Thursday, 13 June 2013 00:00
Senior pitcher Anthony Semonella at Division Avenue High School has received a scholarship from the University of Bridgeport and has signed a National Letter of Intent to play baseball at the collegiate level. He was joined by parents Donna and Ralph Semonella, Principal Dr. Francesco Ianni, Physical Education Chairperson Mauro Chiti and varsity baseball coach Tom Tuttle as he signed a letter confirming his acceptance to the university’s athletic program.
Photo provided by Syntax
Thursday, 13 June 2013 00:00
St. Thomas Aquinas College freshman Robert Naughton, of Levittown, has made his impact known in the NCAA Baseball East Coast Conference. Naughton started out his 2013 campaign not allowing an earned run in the first 19 innings he pitched.
At completion of his first season Naughton pitched 58 innings compiling a record of 6-1, leading the East Coast Athletic Conference with an era of 1.54.