Friday, 08 March 2013 00:00
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.
Saturday, 08 March 2014 00:00
Jessy Davidson, a student at MacArthur High School in Levittown, organized and held a blood drive at the John Theissen Children’s Foundation on Wantagh Ave. this past weekend.
Davidson, a junior, hopes to earn a small college scholarship through the New York Blood Center Bloodstock Scholarship Program by hosting this blood drive. If at least 30 donors come through, she will qualify for the scholarship.
Anyone who is in high school is able to participate in this scholarship, according to Davidson.
Friday, 07 March 2014 00:00
On Feb. 27, parents in the Levittown, East Meadow, Massapequa and Farmingdale school districts came together for an informal panel discussion on the New York State Education Department and the implementation of the state Common Core Learning Standards.
Panelists included New York State Assemblyman Thomas McKevitt, Jeanette Deutermann of the Long Island Opt Out Facebook page, and former public school teacher David Greene, who came to the Farmingdale Public Library to talk with local parents about key concerns and questions with the curriculum.
An outspoken parent and founder of the Long Island Opt Out movement, Deutermann, delved into some of the factors behind what led to the state’s adoption of the Common Core, and how the state education department cites high school graduation rates as its reasoning behind the curriculum.
Thursday, 06 March 2014 00:00
The Island Trees track program is pleased to announce that four members of the team will be participating in the New York State tournament. Students honored include:
Alexa Dolgos with a personal best of 1.37 in the 600 meter run; Alyssa Mustafa with a personal best of 17 feet, 3.5 inches in the long jump and a personal best of 36 minutes 1.3 seconds in the triple jump competition; Andrew Zabala with a personal best of 43 feet 5 inches in the triple jump; and Joe Stanco with 47 minutes 10.5 seconds in the shot put.
— Submitted by Varsity Track Coach Joseph Manna
Thursday, 06 March 2014 00:00
The Island Trees Bulldogs Wrestling team finished the 2013-2014 season with an overall record of 18-8. The team defeated Syosset in the Dual Meet Championship playoffs 34-27, and then lost to Plainedge in the second round 48-29. The team had a strong season and was ranked no. 8 in Nassau County. The Bulldogs entered 22 wrestlers in the Nassau County Qualifying Tournament, out of which, eleven of the team’s All-League grapplers qualified for the coveted Nassau County Wrestling Tournament. Six wrestlers also received All-Conference honors, with one wrestler earning a wildcard into the tournament, for a total of 12 Island Trees wrestlers competing.