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Bulldogs Dominate At County Qualifiers

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.

 

Island Trees students receiving All-League honors, while placing in first through fourth place in the qualifier, include: sophomore Tyler Butrico, who finished 3rd in his weight class at 106 lbs.; junior Chris Donnelly, who finished 2nd in his weight class at 113 lbs.; senior Rich Tufano, who finished 4th in his weight class at 132 lbs.; senior John Nicolino, who was the Qualifier Champion at 145 lbs.; sophomore Kevin McDonough, who finished 2nd in his weight class at 160 lbs.; senior Anthony Reyes, who finished 2nd in his weight class at 195 lbs.; senior Ed Sanchez, who finished in 2nd in his weight class at 220 lbs.; senior Rich Claiborne, who finished 4th in his class at 220 lbs.; and sophomore Paul Parada, who finished in 2nd at 285 lbs. 

 

Receiving All-Conference honors placing 5-6 in the qualifier were: freshman Joe Sarchie, who finished 6th place at 99 lbs.; senior Miguel Dilone who finished 6th at 126 lbs.; sophomore Chris Williams who finished 5th at 132 lbs.; senior Joe Piscopio who finished 5th at 145 lbs.; senior Brandon Fourquet, who finished 6th at 170 lbs., and junior Joe Bohorquez, who finished 6th at 182 lbs. 

 

Matt Gund was a Qualifier Champion, at 120 lbs. Gund had a very impressive tournament coming in as the no. 5 ranked wrestler in his weight class. Matt would go on to finish in 3rd with a final overall season record of 34-7. Vinny Manna at 285 lbs. was also a

Qualifier Champion. Manna was the no. 2 ranked wrestler in his weight class and for the second time this season defeating no. 3 ranked Tim Gungor of Massapequa to advance to the Nassau County Finals.

 

In the finals, Manna lost a tough match to Seaford’s James O’Hagan, who is one of the top wrestlers in the country. Due to Manna’s season record of 36-5, the amount of points and quality wins accrued throughout the season, he received a “wildcard” to compete in the New York State Wrestling Tournament held in Albany. The state wrestling tournament is one of the most highly regarded tournaments in the country.

 

Apart from Manna and Gund, John Nicolino 34-8, Anthony Reyes 34-10, and Chris Donnelly 33-10 would also finish with 30 plus wins, this season. 

 

— Submitted by Varsity Wrestling Coach Louis Tuorto


News

U.S. Air Force Veteran Mario Dell’aera, 80, of Levittown said he first volunteered for service in 1952, during the Korean War.

 

“They called volunteers ‘regulars,’” he said, reflecting back to when he first enlisted.

 

From 1952-1956, Dell’era called the Nellis Air Force Base in Las Vegas, Nev. home. The base, he said, operated 24 hours, 7 days a week, training pilots to fly overseas into Korea.

Something about the warmth and sunshine of summer makes it the perfect season for lounging around. 

 

On July 26, the Levittown Community Council hosted its 17th annual Lazy Days of Summer Picnic at the East Village Green Park for families to take advantage of this season of relaxation and laidback fun free of charge.  

 

The DJ played Latin songs as children shook neon colored macarenas and followed the dance moves of a Zumba instructor. Other children enjoyed pony rides, shooting hoops, playing Can Jam and

Tug-of-War, petting farm animals, jumping in a bouncy castle, and fishing for plastic fish in a kiddie pool. 


Sports

Those looking to take swimming lessons and exercise classes at a nearby aquatic center can register for the fall 2014 session at Eisenhower Park, 1899 Hempstead Tpke., East Meadow.  

 

On Friday, Aug. 1 is the last chance for open registration. It begins at 8 a.m. for any remaining spots.  The availability of remaining classes will be made public the day before at 5 p.m.

 

On Monday, September 8 the first day of classes for the fall session begin.

 

Swim lessons will be offered for all levels: 

Eric Haslbauer of Levittown scored fourth overall in the 11th annual Heart & Sole 5 Kilometer Run held on the streets of Plainview on July 20. 

Haslbauer, 21, who has done  most of his running lately for Molloy College, crossed the finish line in 17 minutes, 53 seconds, earning him the second place award in the highly competitive 20-24 age group.

 

A near record field of 531 runners and walkers completed the run, only ten less than the record set last year. The Heart & Sole has clearly become an important summer road race in Nassau County.  The

Run benefits programs at Plainview and Syosset Hospitals.  Race management was handled by the Greater Long Island Running Club. 


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Erik's Reptile Edventures - July 30

Rich Vos At Governor's - August 1

Worship Without Walls - August 2 


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