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
Wednesday, 16 April 2014 00:00
Due to what appears to be a colossal error on the part of the Nassau County Assessor’s office, or perhaps an errant interpretation of state law, nearly 2,000 military veterans and Gold Star families in Levittown and Island Trees will have to wait for their tax break until next year.
Both the Levittown and Island Trees school districts are among several local school districts that recently approved resolutions extending the exemption to local veterans, even though budgets and Albany’s tax cap make it a tough choice. Earlier this year, trustees in both districts voted unanimously to provide a school tax exemption for veterans living in the district, starting with the 2014-15 school year.
Friday, 11 April 2014 00:00
In response to the criticism from the community over the proposed sale of 11.3 acres of school district property housing the Stephen E. Karopczyc and Geneva N. Gallow school facilities, the Island Trees Board of Education has revealed the details of an $18 million proposal to develop housing for seniors (age 55 and up).
“People should be aware of the whole story,” said Island Trees Schools Superintendent Dr. Charles Murphy. “There is this perception that [the board] acted hastily... It was not just a quick decision over chump change.”
Thursday, 10 April 2014 00:00
Kaitlyn Gerdes and Kelly Gerdes, seniors at MacArthur High School in the Levittown School District, have signed National Letters of Intent to continue playing soccer on the college level at Hofstra University this fall. They will each pursue a degree in exercise science.
Both girls are co-captains of the varsity soccer team and received All-County designations this fall. As sophomores, the twins assisted their team in winning the county, Long Island and New York State championship titles. As a junior, Kaitlyn was designated as an All-
Class player, while Kelly garnered an All-Class designation in her junior year and has been named an All-Long Island and All-Conference player. Kaitlyn and Kelly also play for the Farmingdale United travel soccer team and are peer leaders at their school.
— Submitted by the Levittown Public School District
Thursday, 10 April 2014 00:00
An international soccer conference featuring the legendary Pelé is coming to the local area. Soccer as the Beautiful Game: Football’s Artistry, Identity and Politics is at Hofstra University in Hempstead through April 13.
“Pelé transformed and transcended the game of soccer,” said Hofstra President Stuart Rabinowitz. “While the world first came to know him for extraordinary athletic feats, his soccer career was, in many respects, simply a prelude to an extraordinary life of service as a philanthropist and advocate. He understands the power and responsibility his soccer legacy carries, and has used it to improve the lives of others.”
Members of the Long Island Junior Soccer League are invited to join the conference as a guest and at no charge on Saturday, April 12 at Hofstra University. Panels and discussions on Saturday will include experts in coaching, leagues and sports media and were designed with the soccer enthusiast in mind.