The Lady Dawg’s track and field team of Island Trees has emerged as a true competitor this spring season, giving the team a spark it hasn’t had in some time. The small team of 22 girls has proven that “It’s not the size of the dog in the fight; it’s the size of the fight in the dog.”
The team has a 6-2-league record, but that does justice for this team. This became obvious recently as the girls took second place despite winning eight of 11 running events.
Congratulations to Notre Dame for a great season! Pictured above: Coach Mike Pellegrino, Hustler Anthony Pellegrino, All-Star Matt Goepfert, All-Star Mike Manfredo, Hustler James Connors, Hustler Ryan Kelly, Most Improved Jarred Cardinale, Best Defender Peter Yabolonski, Most Improved Kevin Dieppa, and Christian Beers, who won the Sportsmanship Award for his generosity and team play. Missing from picture are Head Coach Tom Kelly and top defender Anthony Stanga. Special thanks to Christine Orth, director of the Junior Division for all her hard work and dedication.
On Friday, March 25 the Island Trees Athletic Department held the Athletic Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony in the High School gym. Twenty-six alumni and two coaches were inducted as families and friends filled the gym with enthusiastic applause.
Veteran right-handed hurler Ashley Martin tossed a complete-game masterpiece to lead the Lady Marines of Long Beach (3-3 league, 3-4 overall) to a 4-2 victory over MacArthur (3-2 league, 4-2 overall) in a non-conference showdown on April 4 in Levittown.
The Lady Generals countered with their ace-junior Briana Lombardo. The fire-balling righty held up her end of the bargain to keep her team in the game, scattering just four runs on six hits over seven innings of work.
Lombardo worked her way out of several tough jams, but Long Beach broke through with a four-run fourth inning that included an Annie Winerip RBI double and a single from Brianna Rivera that drove home two more runs.
The bright, gleaming sun illuminated the field, but it was Division senior midfielders Christina Rea and Julie Ballantyne who provided the sparkle.
The duo tallied four goals each to lead the Lady Dragons (0-1 league, 2-1 overall) to a 17-6 victory over the Bethpage Golden Eagles (2-0 league, 3-1 overall) in a non-conference matchup on Saturday afternoon in Levittown.
In girl’s lacrosse, ball possession is the name of the game and Division head coach Sean Donellan was quick to note this important facet of the offense.
The Salk wrestling team finished their season undefeated for the third year in a row. Salk had a total 58 wrestlers and had eight that finished the season with an undefeated record: Travis Cooksey, Vincent Thron, Michael Brown, Matt Brulhardt, Sal Deluca, Matt Haenel, Jake Gabler-Colotti and Doug Hughes.
Many other wrestlers had very successful seasons, some of which were Gerard DelGrosso, Joe Elia, Troy Ellers, Anthony Gatt, Paul Giuliano, Antonio Guglielmi, Jack Huggard, Nick Marciano, Michael Papach, Brian Perez and Andrew Szilagyi.
Coach Lassen and Coach Kempinski congratulate all of the Salk wrestlers.
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