Kelly Clifford, a senior at MacArthur High School, has had a very successful Winter Track and Field season. Recently Clifford won first place in each of her events at her conference’s meet: high jump, triple jump and long jump. That same night she set a new school record and personal best in the high jump jumping 5’6”.
On Friday, Feb. 10 the Division Avenue Lady Dragons ended their regular season schedule with a commanding 64-48 win over Hewlett. The victory was the third in a row by the Blue Dragons and helped push them into the Nassau County Class “A” Playoffs. This is the eighth year in a row and the 17th out of the last 19 years that the Dragons have qualified for the playoffs.
The Farmingdale State College men’s lacrosse team fell to visiting Scranton on Saturday, Feb. 25, (11-5) in the season opener. The FSC Rams now stand at 0-1 overall, while the Scranton Royals improve to 1-0.
In the first quarter, junior midfielder Bobby Thomas (Wantagh) opened the scoring with an assist from senior midfielder Rob Nosworthy (Massapequa). Scranton evened the score at 1-1 with a goal by junior attack Taylor Nelson (Chester Springs, PA). The Rams added two goals in the first minute of the second quarter, from senior midfielder Tim Caden (Setauket) and Nosworthy, to gain the 3-1 lead. But Scranton scored three unanswered goals before the halftime break for the 4-3 advantage.
The Levittown School District is pleased to announce that the National Soccer Coaches Association of America has ranked the varsity girls soccer team ninth in the nation. This recent announcement comes after a stunning season in which the Lady Generals (16-2) captured both the Nassau County and the Long Island Championships. The team then concluded the season by winning the New York State Championship in their division.
During a recent Board of Education meeting in which the girls were honored for their successful season, Levittown Director of Physical Education, Health and Athletics Keith Snyder commented that game scores did not tell the whole story. “A score does not indicate what went on during the game,” he stated. “This team dominated all of their contests.”
The Levittown School District congratulates the Division Avenue High School (DAHS) varsity wrestling team, along with Head Coach Bob Bennett and his assistants, on an outstanding season. The team finished their athletic season by placing third in their league with three wins and two losses. During the wrestling season, the team also placed second at the 2012 Oneonta Tournament behind Burnt Hills High School. Division Avenue High School was one of 14 schools that participated in this competitive athletic event, entering one wrestler per weight class.
Out of the 12 classes entered, the school’s athletes placed in eleven of the matches. While at the State University of New York at Oneonta, the wrestling team met the 1984 Greco-Roman Gold Medalist Jeff Blatnick, who is on the Burnt Hills High School coaching staff.
On Saturday, Jan. 28 the semifinal matches were held at Clark High School for Wantagh versus MacArthur. In one of the best match-ups of the season Wantagh pulled off a 30 to 25 win over MacArthur. Wantagh went on to be crowned 2012 Dual County Champions topping Long Beach (42-18) in the finals. Wantagh finished the season un-defeated at 22-0, a first in their history.
The Nassau Zone Chapter of the New York State Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance recently held the annual Outstanding Physical Education Student Award Dinner. The event honors two senior students from each member school in Nassau County for their academic and physical education success. The Island Trees recipients are Colleen Smith and Jackson Young, pictured with James Cranmer.
As the MacArthur boys’ basketball team prepares to salute its five seniors before its Feb. 13 regular-season finale, the Generals continue to produce wins.
Fueled by 13 points apiece from Kevin Roach and William Cheshire, MacArthur opened an early 22-5 lead and defeated Port Washington, 52-32, on Jan. 31.
The Generals improved to 10-3 overall and 7-3 in Conference AA-II. It marked the first time since the 2004-05 season that MacArthur had moved seven games over .500.
The middle of their season finds the Girls Varsity Basketball Team at Division Avenue High School in the process of trying to secure a playoff spot. The Lady Dragons have a 3-2 record in Conference A2, with five league games left to play. On Jan. 12 the Dragons lost by six, 66-60 to first place Sewanhaka. Division held a 12-point lead at one point but was unable to handle the Sewanhaka press. The next night the Lady Dragons lost a heartbreaker in overtime to second place Bethpage 63-60. The Blue Dragons secured wins against Lawrence, Hewlett, and Plainedge to finish out the first half of conference play.
Senior forward Dan Svenelid scored a career-high 15 points and the MacArthur boys’ basketball team moved six games over .500 for the first time in seven years with a 56-50 win against Plainview JFK on Jan. 27.
Svenelid scored 11 first-half points and the Generals held the Hawks without a second-quarter field goal to take a 27-14 lead into halftime.
Plainview JFK rallied to take the lead after intermission, but MacArthur responded.
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