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Bulldogs Start Season With Huge Tournament Win

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 


Five year projection shows tough road ahead

The Levittown Board of Education unanimously adopted a $198.7 million spending plan for the 2014-2015 school year, which comes with a proposed tax levy increase of 1.62 percent. This represents a $2.1 million increase from last year, for a proposed levy of $133.2 million.   


The Levittown school district will receive $49,163,299 in state aid for the 2014-2015 school year, which increased by $690,049 from last year’s budget. The other revenues also show an increase of $684,250 from last year. 


In the past seven years, the district received its largest percentage of state aid in 2008-2009 with 30 percent. According to Assistant Superintendent Bill Pastore, state aid has decreased since then, leveling off for the past few years and coming in at slightly below 25 percent for 2014-15.

Seven in contest for three seats on school board

On April 8, members of the Levittown Property Owners Association invited all seven candidates in the running for Island Trees School District Board of Education to a “Meet the Candidates” forum. Of the seven only four attended, and only three spoke on the dais. 


According to Levittown Property Owners President Diane Kirk, members of the Island Trees School District were invited to attend the forum, but declined stating that they were going to attend their own forum on May 12.


Challenger Brian Fielding, a 1995 Island Trees High School graduate, opened the forum with the promise of more transparency.  


Cantiague Park Senior Men’s Golf League had its first tournament on Thursday April 4. Twenty golfers came out on on a crisp but sunny morning. Charlie Hong was the only man to score under a 40, with a 38 and won for low overall score. Jim O’ Brien  scored a 41, and won low overall net in a tie-breaker with Mike Guerriero. 


Competition on the nine-hole course is divided into two divisions. Flight A is for players with a handicap of 13 or lower. Flight B is for players with a handicap of 14 or more.  The league is a 100 percent handicap league. Any man 55 years or older is eligible for membership. We have many openings for this year, and you can sign up anytime throughout the the season. 

Friday Pins, Pizza & Pepsi

Trevor Williams 166,101


Keith Kyte 137,119,115


Anthony Baio 111,73


Alyssa Williams 141,133,120


Lauren Walpole 114,105,96


Kaitlyn Insinna 106,68,67


Robert Brooler 107,97


Frank Pietraniello 94


Friday Bumper Stars

Matthew Banfich 140,95


Nicky Barrera 115,99


Jake Mauro 107


Anthony Barrera 97,79


Michael Pietraniello 97,87


Ty Peranzo 95


Steven Tiemer 92


Nick Bevinetto 90,82


Ava Banfich 103,101


Julianna Mauro 103,87


Gianna Centonze 102,91


Victoria Gray 91,87


Mike Rosen 87,86


Steven Brauer 85,83


Stephan Mandola 83


Joey Mohaudt 81


Pantelis Siriodis 80


Kelsey Casperson 85,73


Stephanie Tiemer 71,67


Kathleen Hoffman 68,65


Friday Rising Stars

Jason Tiemer 191,169,138


Max Benson 179


Andrew Scarpaci 168,162,148


Avery Benson 151,149,135


Matthew Brezinski 143,110


Ted Fiber 128,115,114


Paul Klein 126,107


Nicholas Pisano 123,115


Billy Walsh 108



Levittown Island trees


Michael Beck 117,89


Zach Pilser 114,110


Sophia Bloom 93,90


Olivia Bloom 81,79


Christian Tucci 88,85


Louis Bonaventura 84,79


Ava Tucci 74,65


— Submitted by the South Levittown Lanes


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