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, 26 July 2014 00:00
A clown named Renaldo performed magic tricks for an enthusiastic audience as part of the National Circus Project, which visited Levittown Public Library on Wednesday, July 16.
All 150 tickets available for the performance were sold out in this interactive magic show for children. Throughout the entire circus act, children laughed and raised their hands as high as they could to be chosen as one of Renaldo’s helpers.
Raising her hand to participate was three-year-old Kirsten Cantwell from Seaford. “She was upset that she didn’t get picked,” said her mother Melissa Cantwell.
Kirsten Cantwell goes to any activity offered at the library, and is starting to enjoy watching magic shows. According to her mother, she really enjoyed the performance.
In the circus show, National Circus Project performer, Al Calienes, acted as Renaldo the clown.
“The show has different components of acts in the circus,” explained Calienes. “We teach children circus moves.”
With the National Circus Project, children get to see magic tricks performed live. “We infuse enthusiasm by showing them, and they in turn will be able to repeat the process,” said Calienes.
Renaldo performed plate spinning, where he spun a plate on a stick and passed it along to the stick of one of his helpers from the audience, who then passed the plate down a line of three more helpers. This interactive way of teaching the children magic tricks really allows them to absorb what they are learning.
The National Circus Project travels and performs for elementary schools, as well as middle and high schools. When the National Circus Project is not going to schools, they perform at library shows, summer camps, and other types of events.
The performance entertains the adults as well as the children. “We involve everybody,” said Calienes. “Everybody’s engaged on some level or another. “
At every library performance, Calienes donates the children’s book he wrote and illustrated Renaldo Joins the Circus to the library. He feels that he owes a lot to the library system. “Anything that ever meant anything to me I learned in the library,” said Calienes.
Calienes learned how to draw from the library, which is how he became a commercial artist. One of the main characters he would always draw would be Renaldo the clown. “I wanted to make him real so I joined the circus,” he said.
Calienes has been performing with the National Circus Project for seven years and has been in the circus business going on 26 years.
The National Circus Project brings magic to children at any school, camp or library all over Long Island as well as across the country.
Friday, 25 July 2014 00:00
Last June, Nassau County passed legislation that allows for the deployment of a speed enforcement camera system in school zones for each of the 56 public school districts in the county.
The new systems will be implemented throughout the county on July 25, and will be operational on scheduled school days throughout the year.
Thursday, 24 July 2014 00:00
Levittown’s Division Avenue High School varsity baseball team, under the direction of coach Tom Tuttle, won the Class A County Championship, garnering a third-place ranking in New York State. This is the team’s 13th county championship win and the second county championship for the school in the past four years.
In addition, senior Chris Reilly was named Championship MVP for throwing a complete game shutout in game two and going three for four with two RBIs.
Thursday, 24 July 2014 00:00
Taylor Traenkle, a junior at Division Avenue High School recently received the MVP award for the Nassau County Varsity Hockey League Association.
Traenkle, who plays no. 9 for the Levittown Ice Falcons, led the way averaging 2.8 points a game with a total of 25 goals and 23 assists in just 17 games.