The purpose of these festivities was to not only celebrate the year’s victories, but to recognize alumni Jessica Balling and Sean Depuy, who are the first Levittown graduates to be inducted into the school’s inaugural Track and Field Hall of Fame.
The Long Island Ducks announced on July 19 that individual game tickets for the 2012 Atlantic League Playoffs are now on sale. The Ducks secured their eighth trip to the postseason in franchise history by winning the First Half Liberty Division title on Sunday, July 1.
The Ducks will host games three, four (if necessary) and five (if necessary) of the best-of-five Liberty Division Championship Series. Should they advance, the Ducks will host games three, four (if necessary) and five (if necessary) of the best-of-five Atlantic League Championship Series as well. Promotions for the playoffs will be announced at a later date.
LAC 8U Force recently defeated Mount Vernon in a double elimination tournament to become the Mid-Atlantic Metro NY Champions. They are now on their way to compete in Maryland at the Mid-Atlantic Regional tournament.
The Cantiague Park Senior Men’s Golf League had its 10th tournament on July 6. The group had 41 golfers on a beautiful but hot summer day. There were 28 pars but no birdies and seven golfers who scored 39 or better. Bruce Danen won the low actual score with a very fine 36. A very overachieving Don Sterling, with a 44, won low overall net, which hopefully he can continue to build on after some rough outings recently. Match play has begun with some very close matches in the first round.
Going to round two (and matched with the following golfer) in match play in Flight A are: Guerra (10), Parker (11), Danen (with a bye for low overall score), Fitzpatrick (12), Pietsch (11), Skaee (nine), O’Brien (11), Hatalsky (14) and Evans (10).
For the first time in Island Trees history, the boys’ track team became the county finalists at a recent county championship meet in Westbury. They came in a close second to the county champion Valley Stream North team. Individually, Lucas Pugliese became the county champion in the 400-meter race with a time of 51.0 seconds. Pugliese has now been All County for two years.
All County status was also gained by the second place finishes of Stephen Schmidt in the discus, Andrew Zabala in the triple jump, and by Tyler Blauvelt in both the long jump and the 200-meter sprint.
For some, riding a bicycle is a simple hobby. For Mike Cohen, a 27-year-old native of Levittown who now resides in San Diego, biking is a personal statement of triumph and a call to action to other young cancer survivors.
Cohen recently completed a 3,132-mile cross-country bike ride from San Diego to Long Island, finishing his journey—and celebrating eight cancer-free years—at North Shore-LIJ’s Monter Cancer Center, where he thanked the oncologist who helped save his life, Steven Allen, MD.
Jeremy Hughes, an eighth-grader at Jonas A. Salk Middle School recently won the New York State Youth wrestling championship in the 150 lb. class. It is the second time Hughes has won the title. He wrestles for Coach Colin Cornuck at Five Star Wrestling.
George Dlugolonski has spent his entire 39-year career as a physical education teacher and wrestling coach at Chaminade High School. A Levittown resident, Dlugolonski (or “Dugo” as he is affectionately nicknamed), has coached a total league champions and 108 state champions over his career. Among those athletes are 91 NY Catholic State champions, four All-Americans, six Academic All-Americans and three New York State Federation Champions.
Dlugolonski has been named “Coach of the Year” 14 times, and was inducted into the New York State Wrestling Hall of Fame in 2007 and the New York Catholic High School Athletic Association Hall of Fame in 2008.
The Island Trees girls U11 soccer team recently traveled to Pennsylvania to compete in the Pocono Whitewater Soccer Tournament. The trip was a great success as the girls took first place with a 3-0 record.
The Island Trees Shooting Stars won the bracket with 5-3 and 6-2 wins over teams from Wyoming Valley, PA and Coplay, PA.
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