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Lady Dragons Clinch Conference Crown

For the third time in the past four years the Lady Dragons of Division Avenue High School have captured the Conference Title. The girls are undefeated in conference A2 with a 12-0 record. This is the first time since 1995 that the Lady Dragons have not lost a conference game. On Jan. 29, the Blue Dragons beat second place Sewanhaka for the second time this season. This victory not only captured the conference crown but it also secured a high seed in the upcoming county playoffs as well.

Leading the way against a very tough Sewanhaka team was Tiffany Rodriguez who had 15 points and 3 steals. Kristen Aquila, the Dragons leading scorer, added 12 points 5 steals, and 6 rebounds. Laura Stuart chipped in with 6 points and 17 rebounds. Julie Weidler held Sewanhaka’s leading scorer to only four baskets for the entire game. Assist leader and floor general, Taylor Calabrese, added 6 assists and 4 steals in a total team effort.

Victories over Bethpage and Great Neck North followed the Sewanhaka game. Each win was by at least 15 points and may help the Blue Dragons secure the third seed in the Nassau County Playoffs! 

On Tuesday Feb. 12, the girls played their final home regular season game against Plainedge. This was also Senior Night and the Lady Dragons honored their four graduating seniors. Before tip-off, Gina Fader, Julie Weidler, Rodriguez, and Kristine Chavez all were singled out for their hard work and dedication. The energy of the pre-game ceremony carried into the night as the Dragons beat Plainedge 58-43. Highlights of the game included Stuart recording her seventh “double-double” of the season. 

Another high point was Aquila’s 23 points, which gives her 220 points for the season. This is the second year in a row the Blue Dragons have had a player reach the 200 point mark. Stuart attained that goal last season with 204 points. 

News

U.S. Navy Veteran Richard Meyerowitz of Levittown joined the military in 1962, enlisting straight out of high school. While he would never see combat, Meyerowitz served as a boilerman aboard the U.S.S. Dewey amid the United States’ blockade of Cuba.

“They gave us our orders,” Meyerowitz said, “turn any vessels away. If not, blow ‘em out of the water.”

During the blockade, Meyerowitz said he only encountered one ship, which they warned to turn back. Just a kid at the time, Meyerowitz said it didn’t occur to him at the time, how the country could have been on the verge of nuclear war.

Hempstead town officials recently announced plans to improve the roadway along Longfellow Avenue in Levittown.

“One way we invest in our communities is by improving our roadways,” said Town Supervisor Kate Murray. “Upgrading our streets saves money in the long term, while making roadways safer and more aesthetically pleasing for neighbors.”

Construction is slated to begin as early as this month and is expected to be complete by October. The project will include repairs to Longfellow Avenue and Byron Place, as well as portions of Milton and Emerson avenues.


Sports

Christopher Joseph of Levittown was recently selected to play on the United States world university hockey team in Italy this year. A 2009 MacArthur High School graduate, Joseph was captain of his high school team for two seasons, leading them to two championships. Joseph would later go on to play junior hockey for New York Apple Core and the New Jersey Rockets junior ‘A’ team.

Joseph’s parents, Hal and Theresa, along with his brother Robert and sister Kristin said they are very proud of Christopher’s accomplishments and are cheering him on as he heads off to Italy.

Farmingdale State College had four players named to the 2014 D3baseball.com All-New York Team. Senior outfielder Edward Bergmann of East Meadow, earned First Team honors, while junior shortstop Anthony Alvino of Lindenhurst was named to the Second Team. Junior outfielder Michael Marino of Franklin Square and sophomore pitcher Alex Weingarten of East Rockaway also earned Third Team honors this year.

Bergmann batted a team-leading .421 this season and also led the Rams in hits (53), runs scored (42), doubles (8), on-base percentage (.503), stolen bases (30) and held a perfect fielding percentage. Nationally, Bergmann ranks 4th for stolen bases per game (0.88), 10th in stolen bases, 23rd in both on-base percentage and batting average and 29th in runs scored per game (1.21).


Calendar

BOE Planning Session

Wednesday, Aug. 27

Bad Seed Auditions

Thursday, Aug. 28

Close Encounters with Benevolent ETs

Friday, Aug. 29



Columns

1959: The Year The Music Stopped Playing
Written by Michael A. Miller, mmillercolumn@gmail.com

The Eccentric Heiress Of ‘Empty Mansions’
Written by Mike Barry, MFBarry@optonline.net

Yellow Margarine And A Pitch For The Ages
Written by Michael A. Miller, mmillercolumn@gmail.com