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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. 

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The smell of pine, wood and scented candles greet customers with a sense of home as they cross the wooden threshold to the Amish Craft Barn in Seaford. There they will find dolls, birdhouses, quilts, ceramic turkeys, hand-painted Christmas trees, oak furniture and other seasonal and holiday tchotchkes.

 

Massapequa natives Frank and Pam Hoerauf started The Amish Craft Barn & Gift Shoppe 20 years ago after an inspiring visit to Pennsylvania.

Holidays increase daily congestion 

While parking around LIRR train stations is typically a challenge, even on a regular work day, the holidays create more of a struggle for commuters in search of parking spots. LIRR spokesman Salvatore Arena said that ridership between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day increases by at least 10 percent; last year it was by 12 percent. Though the MTA is adding more trains to the schedule, that doesn’t ease the parking situation, which is operated not by the LIRR, but by individual municipalities in each town. 

 

“Every station is different,” Arena said. “A good part of our parking is in the hands of the locality. They set the rules essentially.”


Sports

The Island Trees Cross Country teams continue their improvement in 2014. This year the girls’ team has a record of 8-2 and with their victories over Clarke and Wheatley High Schools, they clinched the Division Championship for the first time in Island Trees High School history.

 

The girls are led by senior Captain Angela Brocco who has been rewriting the girl’s record boards. Brocco set the school record for the Warwick Valley 5000 meter course on Sept. 20. 

This season the Girls’ Varsity Soccer Team at Division Avenue has the rare ability to fill every position on the field with a member of the senior class. All 11 seniors have made contributions to the success of this year’s squad.


Calendar

Turkey Cookie - November 21

Lost Nights - November 22

Town of Hempstead Meeting - November 25


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