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.
On Jan. 19 MacArthur High School wrestlers fought a tough match to a capacity crowd at Long Beach High School with a tied score at 35-35. Long Beach was awarded an extra point on criteria, winning the match 36-35 and their second straight League Title. Pictured: MacArthur’s Steven Schneider versus Long Beach’s Liam Fitzpatrick; Schneider picking up another win with a 9-2 decision over Fitzpatrick.
A year after advancing to the Nassau County Finals, the Lady Dragons of Division Avenue High School find themselves with the daunting task of rebuilding. Last season saw the graduation of all five starters as well as two key players off the bench. This season the Blue Dragons are currently third in their conference with a 2-2 record.
This year’s squad is led by returning players Sue Ballantyne, Amanda McDonough, Gina Fader, Laura Stuart, and Taylor Calabrese. Susan leads the team in scoring averaging 15 points per game. Gina Fader is a defensive specialist who leads the team in taking charges. Sophomores Laura and Taylor are part of the base core that the Blue Dragons hope to build around. Both girls played varsity ball last season as freshmen and are now mainstays in the starting lineup. Laura leads the team in rebounding while Taylor is the floor leader and runs the show on the court from her point guard position. Second year player Amanda McDonough was lost early in the schedule with a season ending injury.
Senior guard William Cheshire scored in double figures for the ninth straight game and the MacArthur boys’ basketball team moved closer to its fourth playoff appearance in the past six seasons with a 47-45 win against Calhoun on Jan. 20.
Senior guard Tyler Eppich’s three-pointer with two minutes remaining gave the Generals a five-point lead. After Calhoun answered with a three-pointer to move within 45-43, Cheshire sank one-and-one free throws with 17.5 seconds to go for the decisive points.
Cheshire finished with a game-high 13 points, and is averaging 14.7 points per game. Kevin Roach had 11 points, Gerard Cunningham 8, Eppich 6 and Ryan Walsh 4.
The MacArthur boys’ basketball team took sole possession of second place in its eight-team conference as senior guard William Cheshire netted a career-high 22 points in a 52-43 win against East Meadow on Jan. 13.
Senior guard Tyler Eppich’s steal and pass to Cheshire, who converted a layup and foul shot, opened an 11-point lead for the Generals with 78 seconds remaining and sealed the victory.
In Coach Eric Rubin’s 100th game leading the Generals, MacArthur never trailed in improving to 7-2 overall and 4-2 in Conference AA-II. Baldwin occupies first place at 6-0.
Three senior members of the football team were recently honored at the Crest Hollow Country Club with county awards. A fourth senior was honored at a separate brunch on Sunday, Dec. 4 at the Crest Hollow Country Club. The coaching staff would like to congratulate all of the award winners.
Senior RB/LB and co-Captain, Chris Pascali was an All-Conference and All-County player. Pascali represented Island Trees High School (ITHS) as the starting fullback in the Nassau County Senior Game held at Mitchell Field.
Senior forward Kevin Roach produced the biggest offensive outburst by a MacArthur boys basketball player in five seasons and the Generals flirted with an upset against one of Long Island’s top teams before losing to Baldwin, 73-61, on Jan. 6.
MacArthur nonetheless had another successful week that included a 57-38 win against Port Washington. The Generals moved to 5-2 overall and 2-2 in Conference AA-II. They return home to face East Meadow on Friday, Jan. 13 at 6:15 p.m.
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.
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