Written by Vinny Messana Thursday, 13 February 2014 00:00
Needing to win their last three games of the season to secure a spot in the playoffs, The Generals of MacArthur High School in Levittown put in a valient effort against Valley Stream Central, but fell from contention with a 43-38 defeat.
“I thought the boys played extremely hard... that has been a constant all season,” said MacArthur High School’s Head Coach Eric Rubin. “Our defense was outstanding. We had several good looks, but just couldn’t hit the shots.”
From the start, MacArthur held tough to put up an early 11-10 lead at the end of the first quarter. Jerome Cunningham hit a three-point shot to begin the game and another to start the second quarter to put the Generals up 14-10. But, the early lead was short-lived.
The second quarter did not feature much offense, as the Generals squad started to struggle, scoring only nine points and relinquisihing the lead to Valley Stream.
In the third quarter, Eriq Williams began to take over for the Eagles. While scoreless in the first half, Williams was a leader for the Valley Stream squad. The Eagles held a one-point lead going into the fourth quarter. It would have been larger, but MacArthur’s Phil
Carucci was able to connect from long-range to shrink the lead to one.
The fourth quarter was very physical. The Generals knew their season was hanging in the balance, and their playmakers did not want to give in.
Tom McAndrew hit a three-point shot to briefly put the Generals up 31-29, but the Eagles tied it up with a fast break layup. For a couple of possessions, both teams hit a lull, missing a number of open shots. The frustration level was rising, and each coach called a timeout to re-group.
Garroway and Williams both hit jump shots to push the lead to 37-33.
“MacArthur does a great job,” said Valley Stream Head Coach Alfred Hayward. “They always play us tough including at home when we played them. The game could’ve went either way but we played tough defense when we had to.”
Valley Stream Central featured three players that totaled double-digit points; Winston Jones, Andre Garroway and Eriq Williams. According to Coach Rubin, while MacArthur did not qualify for the playoffs, these close games and past experiences will help set the squad up for success next season.
“We are battling very strong teams to the wire,” Rubin said. “Unfortunately, more times than not, we’ve just missed coming out on top.”
The Generals still have two more games in the regular season.
— With additional reporting by Daniel Offner
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.