The Island Trees boy’s soccer team started off the season winning the Island Trees Fall Cup Classic. They began the tournament playing the Bethpage Golden Eagles Friday night. The 2011 bulldogs came out strong with a 4-0 win. Mike Gronenthal and Anthony Leonick started the season off each scoring two goals.
This season the Nassau County Girls’ Soccer Coaches Association has decided to return to ability based conferences. After capturing three consecutive conference titles the Lady Dragons of Division were seeded fourth in the county among the “A” classification high schools and moved to the county’s top conference.
On Friday, Sept. 9 Town Clerk Mark Bonilla attended the Seaford Vikings Football opening game of their 2011 season at Seaford High School. Prior to the night’s game Bonilla had the opportunity to meet with some very special Viking alumni football players that Viking Coach Rob Perpall had arranged to be honored. These Viking football players all served in the armed services and were presented with a special medal and Seaford Viking T-shirts. The following alumni were honored: Jeff Bayer, Sgt. US Marines; Christopher Henao, Sgt. US Marines; Geoffrey LeDour, CPL US Marines; Joseph Pirro, Cpl. US Marines; Thomas Skretch, EOD2 US Navy: William Stellwagen, Cpl. US Marines. Sean Farrell, Corpsman US Navy and Matthew Gale, SPC1 US Army were not able to attend the ceremonies.
The Island Trees Varsity Football team hosted their second annual “Pink Out” game on Friday, Sept. 16. The night was a huge success on and off the field. On the field, the Bulldogs beat North Shore 32-6. Off the field, the football booster club sold breast cancer awareness T-shirts and bracelets as well as other items to raise money for the walk on Sunday, Oct. 16.
The player of the game was Mike Jeannetti. Jeannetti recorded 20 of the 32 points scored by the Bulldogs. He opened the game with an 85-yard, kickoff return TD. Jeannetti also scored twice in the 2nd quarter on a 57-yard catch from Kyle Nigro and a five-yard run. Other players who scored were Chris Pascalli and Matt Anzalone. Pascalli scampered 80 yards for the longest TD of his career late in the 1st quarter. Anzalone scored his first varsity TD on a six-yard run in the 4th quarter.
On Saturday, Sept. 3, the Long Island Roller Rebels hosted the second annual Empire Skate Showdown. Roller derby skaters, or “Derby Girls,” from all over the state descended on Skate Safe America in Old Bethpage for the Showdown. While there was plenty of the traditional glitter and fun associated with the sport, the all-day contest to determine the best female roller derby team in New York State for 2011 brought out the kind of physical, aggressive play that football and hockey fans could appreciate.
The Island Trees J.V. Bulldogs Football team opened their 2011 season with a convincing win over the East Rockaway Rocks 26-16. The Bulldogs scored within the first two plays of the game on Joe Stanco’s safety. On the Bulldogs first offensive possession Brian Eletti scored on a 45 yard touchdown run and scored on the 2-point conversion to make it 10-0 in the first three minutes of the game.
Eletti would later score on a 67-yard touchdown run to make it 18-0 at the half. Eletti would have a great day as he carried the ball 15 times and ran for 195 yards with two successful 2-point conversions. Dan Connelly did a very nice job in his debut and commanding the offense. Connelly was 2/2 for 35 yards passing and one passing touchdown completed to Rich Wisor in the corner of the end zone.
Mother Nature must be a fan of Seaford baseball. Despite a gloomy forecast and incessant rain in preceding days, the skies cleared and the sun came out just in time for the Eighth Annual Seaford Varsity Alumni Baseball game held earlier this summer. Before a big crowd of family, alumni, teachers, and friends at Seaman’s Neck Park, Seaford’s “old-timers” once again took the field against a group of recently graduated Vikings’ ballplayers, the “young guys.”
The Seaford Varsity Alumni Baseball Club, organized and managed by Perry Vitucci, class of 1982, consists of former Seaford High School varsity baseball players who come together each year for the event in order to raise money for the program they participated in years ago. Funds have been used to purchase an outfield homerun fence for the varsity field and have provided over $2,000 in scholarship awards for graduating seniors on the baseball team.
Individuals who haven’t surfed in years due to spinal cord injuries, that left them paralyzed, will be able to get on to surfboards at Long Beach thanks to an organization called Wheels2Water. Dozens of volunteers are needed to help paralyzed surfers out of their wheelchairs and on to specially designed surfboards. The Wheels2Water event takes place starting at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 17 at Lincoln Blvd. in Long Beach. Interested volunteers should contact Anthony Testaverde at (516) 729-1061 or click on Events at www.TestaverdeFund.org.
The Island Trees High School Boys Varsity Soccer Team will host its 4th annual Fall Cup the weekend of September 9. Coach Radcliffe started the Island Trees High School tournament as a way to kick off the fall season and to promote the high level of soccer in the local community.
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