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.
The featured speaker at the Tuesday, Sept. 20 Open General Meeting of the Greater Long Island Running Club (GLIRC) will be Massapequa High School Head Track and Field Coach Rich Degnan. The meeting will be held in the Auditorium of the Plainview-Old Bethpage Public Library, at 999 Old Country Road in Plainview, starting promptly at 8 p.m. The general public is most cordially invited to attend.
Congratulations to Eddie Reagan and Jon Wallach of Levittown, who finished first and second respectively in the 55-59 age group in the Sands Point Preserve Sprint for the Feinstein Institute on Saturday, Aug. 13. Reagan took first place honors with a time of 19:14, and Wallach scored second in 20:14.
A total of 331 runners and walkers successfully completed the Run, a jump of 38 from the 2010 edition. Part of the credit for that has to go to Mother Nature, who supplied event organizer the Greater Long Island Running Club with a picture perfect morning.
Taylor Kenney, a 2011 graduate of General Douglas MacArthur High School, has been named to the All-State Girls’ Basketball team. Kenney will be attending Molloy College in September.
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