Thursday, 19 December 2013 00:00
The Island Trees Bulldogs Wrestling team started the 2013-2014 season with an impressive showing at the annual Uniondale Knights’ Classic Wrestling Tournament earlier this month. The team scored a total of 350 points, demolishing the competition. Large school
Uniondale finished in second place, 90 points behind Island Trees. The tournament had a total of nine teams: Island Trees, Uniondale, Seaford, Valley Stream Central, Valley Stream South, Westbury, Hempstead, and upstate section I schools from Yonkers and
The team entered 22 wrestlers and placed sixteenth, 1st through 4th. Out of the 15 weight classes, Island Trees had nine of them covered in the finals. Finalists were: freshman Joe Sarchie at 99 lbs., freshman Tyler Butrico at 113 lbs., junior and Nassau County runner-up Chris Donnelly at 120 lbs., junior Matt Gund at 126 lbs., sophomore Tommy Ryan at 132 lbs., sophomore Chris Williams at 138 lbs., seniors Joe Piscopio and John Nicolino both facing each other at 152 lbs., and senior and returning All-County Vinny
Manna at 285 lbs. Unseeded Tommy Ryan won the tournament with a stellar performance winning all four of his matches by pin and defeating the number 1, 2, and 4 seeded wrestlers in his bracket. Matt Gund and Johnny Nicolino also won the titles at their respective weight classes by defeating the number 1 seeds.
Consolation finalists wrestling for third and fourth place included: senior Rich Tufano 3rd place at 126 lbs., sophomore Kevin McDonough 4th place at 160 lbs., senior Brandon Fourquet 3rd place at 170 lbs., Junior Joe Bohorquez 4th place at 182 lbs., senior
Anthony Reyes 3rd place at 195 lbs., senior Ed Sanchez at 220 lbs., and junior Paul Parada 3rd place at 285 lbs. Freshmen Timmy Madden and Trent Goodman did not place, but wrestled well for their first high school tournament.
As the parade of champions entered the gym, it was like a sea of red. It was a great opening to a long grueling season in which the Bulldogs looked prepped and ready to pick up right where they left off last season as a top 5 team in all of Nassau County and best finish in school history since the 80’s.
— Submitted by the Island Trees School District
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.