An international soccer conference featuring the legendary Pelé is coming to the local area. Soccer as the Beautiful Game: Football’s Artistry, Identity and Politics is at Hofstra University in Hempstead through April 13.
“Pelé transformed and transcended the game of soccer,” said Hofstra President Stuart Rabinowitz. “While the world first came to know him for extraordinary athletic feats, his soccer career was, in many respects, simply a prelude to an extraordinary life of service as a philanthropist and advocate. He understands the power and responsibility his soccer legacy carries, and has used it to improve the lives of others.”
Members of the Long Island Junior Soccer League are invited to join the conference as a guest and at no charge on Saturday, April 12 at Hofstra University. Panels and discussions on Saturday will include experts in coaching, leagues and sports media and were designed with the soccer enthusiast in mind.
Every year, students with special needs participate in the Levittown School District’s Challenger Basketball League. Two teams competed in the Challenger League this year: Salk/MacArthur and Wisdom Lane.
The Challenger Basketball League gives students with special needs the opportunity to participate in sports acitivies that they would otherwise not be able to participate in.
Students were happy and excited to participate in a team sport. All of the students act as “buddies,” by helping to coach and support their peers on the court. The two teams participating in this year’s Challenger Basketball League received an outpour of support from members in the community.
— Submitted by Joseph Gallagherv
Jennifer Jean, a Levittown native and SUNY College at Old Westbury senior outfielder, was tabbed to the Skyline Conference Softball Weekly Honor Roll. This is Jean’s sixth conference weekly honor.
Jean opened the season with a .583 batting average (7-12) in five games last week for the Panthers. Jean totaled six runs scored, five RBIs, five walks and three stolen bases on the week.
Five local soccer stars were recently inducted into the Long Island Soccer Player Hall of Fame. Among them, Levittown’s Ritchie Kotschau was inducted after a 10-year Major League Soccer career.
Kotschau played for the LIJSL’s Levittown Soccer Club, then competed for the Hicksville Hawks, winning the Triple Crown (State Cup, Chase Cup, LIJSL division title) with the Hawks. Ritchie also played for LIJSL Select and Eastern New York ODP.
After leading George Mason University to their first-ever NCAA tournament appearance, Kotschau was selected second overall in the 1998 MLS Draft by the expansion-team, the Chicago Fire.
Last month, two of Levittown’s Division Avenue High School student-athletes—sophomore Brandon Soedarmasto and senior Chris Reilly—competed in the Nassau County Bowling Individuals Tournament, for a shot at becoming the county’s top-ranked bowler.
Athletic Director Jim Cranmer, Board Vice President Kristen Daum, Board President Ken Rochon and High School Principal Nick Grande congratulate the Boys JV soccer team for receiving the Nassau County Sportsmanship Awardfrom Section VIII Athletic Association. — Submitted by the Island Trees School District
The Island Trees track team finished off its winter season with a competition at Cornell University. High School student Alexa Dolgos ended the season with a couple of outstanding accomplishments running in the 600 meter event. She ran a personal best of 1:37 which earned her a 5th place medal in the Federation and a 4th place medal a tthe New York State Championships. Overall, she is ranked 13th in the Federation and 11th for public schools. — Submitted by the Island Trees School District
Island Trees girls’ varsity bowler Emily McLaughlin made it to the county level for team and individuals where she competed against the best bowlers in Nassau. Incredibly, Emily placed first in the county’s individual competition at Garden City, which qualified her for the Nassau County All-Star Bowling Team.
McLaughlin and her teammates went on to represent Nassau County in the New York State competition, finishing in 6th place in the state, and 33rd individually.
— Submitted by the Island Trees School District
On Feb. 25, the Nassau County Coaches Association selected their annual all stars. The following girls from Division Avenue High School were honored: Laura Stuart, Kristin Aquila, and Jessica Fressle were all selected as All Nassau County Players. Taylor Calabrese was picked for the All Class Team and Erica Bleimeyer was chosen for the All Conference Team. Brianna DeMilia was honored with the Senior Scholar Athlete Award. Laura Stuart and Jessica Fressle were both nominated to the All New York State Team. Laura Stuart was also selected as the Conference A2 player of the year.
The Lady Dragons finished another fine season ending with a final record of 18-2 and advancing to the Nassau County Semifinals at C.W. Post college.
— Submitted by Division Avenue High School Girls’ Varsity Basketball Coach Steve Kissane
The Island Trees track program is pleased to announce that four members of the team will be participating in the New York State tournament. Students honored include:
Alexa Dolgos with a personal best of 1.37 in the 600 meter run; Alyssa Mustafa with a personal best of 17 feet, 3.5 inches in the long jump and a personal best of 36 minutes 1.3 seconds in the triple jump competition; Andrew Zabala with a personal best of 43 feet 5 inches in the triple jump; and Joe Stanco with 47 minutes 10.5 seconds in the shot put.
— Submitted by Varsity Track Coach Joseph Manna
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