The Wantagh Warriors, ranked by the New York State Sportswriters Association (NYSSWA) as one of the top two wrestling squads in the state, took first place with 374 points Jan. 7 in the Ted Peterson Tournament at Island Trees Middle School.
Wantagh’s victory put the exclamation point on a memorable wrestling-filled weekend in the Island Trees School District, which included a Hall of Fame ceremony on Friday, Jan 6 in the high school gymnasium and a 10-hour-long, 12-squad, three-mat tournament at the middle school on Saturday.
Legislator Dennis Dunne Sr. presented a sign to Division Avenue High School Baseball Team for winning the 2011 Class A Long Island Championship. Pictured with Dunne are: DAHS Principal Francesco Ianni, Dan Boidi, Brian Uster, Joe Gudrisco, Matt O’Rourke, Brett McBride, Justin Wiertz, Nick Boloi, Johnny Muller, Anthony Semrolla, Stephen Humenesky, Lenny Martinez, Head Coach Tom Tuttle and Assistant Coach Shane Zaczycki.
The MacArthur boys basketball team produced its largest margin of victory in coach Eric Rubin’s six seasons at the helm with a 78-39 win against Valley Stream North on Dec. 30. The Generals’ scoring outburst was their highest since Dec. 13, 2006, in an 84-80 overtime loss at Wantagh.
The 39-point margin of victory against Valley Stream North surpassed a 77-48 win against Herricks last season for the most lopsided under Rubin.
Once again, the MacArthur High School Generals football team was well represented at this year’s 46th annual Nassau County High School Football Coaches Association Gridiron Banquet held at the Crest Hollow Country Club in Woodbury.
For the Conference I Generals, seniors and co-Captains Brett Ellers and William Cheshire were the anchors of their offense and defense—Ellers as their workhorse running back and relentless outside linebacker and Cheshire as their reliable wide receiver and hard-hitting safety. Each received All-County honors (Ellers’ second consecutive selection) and were joined by fellow co-Captain and lineman Anthony Giametta, linebacker Joe Tangredi and quarterback Gerard Cunningham who each received All-Conference awards. Kicker and defensive end, Kevin Roach was named as a nominee for Nassau’s Unsung Hero Award and Cheshire and Giametta received Academic All-Conference awards. The MacArthur Generals also received the 2011 Sportsmanship Award.
Senior guard William Cheshire stole a Plainview JFK pass with 87 seconds remaining and drove the length of the floor for a layup to give the MacArthur boys basketball team a one-point lead and the Generals held on for a 46-44 road win Dec. 20.
After missing the front end of one-and-one free throws with 30.1 seconds remaining, junior guard Gerard Cunningham bounced back by drawing a critical charge with 14.0 seconds left to return possession to the Generals. Cheshire then netted the final of his game-high 15 points at the free-throw line. MacArthur withstood a Plainview missed shot at the buzzer to improve to 3-1 overall and 1-1 in Conference AA-II.
If ever there was one, this was a victory to be savored.
The MacArthur Lady Generals (18-2) recently earned their first New York State title in school history with a 1-0 win over the Arlington Lady Admirals.
Senior forward Jill Mulholland, playing in her final match as a member of the Lady Generals, scored the lone goal of the contest in the 12th minute of the first half to seal the victory. Mulholland, who will be playing soccer for the Hofstra Pride next year, finished No. 5 in Nassau County this season with 27 points and No. 8 in goals (17).
Island Trees High School held a ribbon-cutting ceremony to celebrate the grand opening of its brand new, state-of-the-art wrestling room. The new wrestling facility, which was formerly a weight room, received a complete makeover over the summer. The room comes complete with new wrestling mats on the floor, pads on the walls, a fresh paint job, a public-address sound system and a big-screen television to view practice tapes. The room has also been dedicated to Ted Maurice Petersen, a New York State Wrestling Hall of Famer who passed away in 1989. Petersen taught and coached wrestling in the Island Trees School District for 30 years, serving 27 of those years as the varsity coach.
In that span, his wrestling teams compiled a record of 325 wins, 70 losses and four ties. Under Petersen’s watch, Island Trees won the Nassau County team championship three times, in 1976, 1977 and 1984. The school had 28 individual Nassau County champions and six New York state champions with Petersen at the helm.
Senior forward Kevin Roach opened the scoring on a putback and guards Gerard Cunningham and Tyler Eppich followed with consecutive three-pointers as the MacArthur boys basketball team eventually opened a 10-0 lead en route to a 55-38 win over Island Trees in the finals of the Jeff Shaw Memorial Basketball Tournament on Friday, Dec. 9.
Roach, who is being recruited by Division III Moravian College in Bethlehem, PA, finished with a game-high 20 points and was named tournament MVP. He fell three points shy of matching his career high, which came at Port Washington last season. It marked the third time Roach has reached the 20-point plateau in his four-year varsity career. He also netted 20 points as a freshman against Syosset.
The Island Trees Wrestling team opened up their season with an impressive showing at the Uniondale Tournament, finishing in second place with 264 team points. The Bulldogs started out hot, wrestling tough through the first two rounds, as they took an early lead in the tournament.
The Bulldogs sent 22 wrestlers into the tournament and 10 placed. Island Trees had five finalists and one champion, Brandon Cassar. Brandon won the 170 lb. weight class and went 4-0 on the day.
The Levittown Predators, U18 Boys Soccer Team won the Premier Division on Sunday, Dec. 4, going undefeated with three shutout wins and a dramatic overtime win for the championship! They were led by Coach Dayna Pelini-Mandolese.
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