The MacArthur Cheerleaders thought that their dreams had come true in December, when the team qualified for UCA’s (Universal Cheerleading Association) National Competition. They couldn’t have imagined what was yet to come.
Qualifying for Nationals meant they would compete against some of the best-ranked teams in the country. All season, the cheerleaders, coached by Lisa Nessler, competed locally at LICCA (Long Island Cheerleading Coaches Association) to prepare for this tremendous event. At the end of their local competitions, the MacArthur Cheerleaders were ranked second on Long Island. Four days later, they packed their bags for Orlando.
The Division Avenue Wrestling team finished an amazing season. The wrestlers upheld tradition with a successful and impressive weekend at Hofstra University at the Nassau County Wrestling Championship on Feb. 12 and 13. As a team, Division placed second in the qualifier behind Plainedge and sixth in Nassau County out of 43 schools.
Senior guard Breanne Connolly scored a game-high 17 points to lead four Division players in double figures as the Lady Dragons rolled to a 65-33 win over the Valley Stream North Lady Spartans (9-7) on Friday, Feb. 18 in Levittown.
So much of Division’s success or failure hinges on senior point guard Taylor Malings, who averages 9.6 points and 4.5 assists per game this season. Valley Stream took an early 13-8 lead when Malings was sidelined in the opening minutes of the first quarter with a lower back injury. However, the medical staff on hand gave her a thorough examination and cleared her to return to the game for the second stanza.
The Levittown Rebels U-8 girls’ soccer team of the Nassau South Shore Soccer Club (NSSSC) dominated at the East Meadow Soccer Club (EMSC) World Cup, the annual indoor soccer tournament on Feb. 19 and 20.
The Rebels came in first place thanks in large part to their tireless defensive team led by team captain Gabriella Chianese. Chianese provided suffocating defense with the help of her defensive teammates, Olivia Weinert and Emily Gaska who disrupted almost every advance. Goalie, Jacqueline Testamark provided a solid performance; allowing only one goal in the four games giving her a 2011 tournament record of 8-0 this year with a very low year to date GPGA of .375.
Hard work, hustle and heart was the motto of this “little team that could,” and it paid off as the team went undefeated (14-0) taking first place in their division and out scoring their opponents 293-160 during the regular season.
At the Nassau County Championship game against Christ the King, which proved to be a real nail biter as the 4th quarter closed in a 14-14 tie, forcing the game into overtime with a standing room only crowd at the St. Bernard’s gym.
On Saturday, Jan. 29 Levittown resident, Christine (Moore) Newins, Hofstra University (1987) and Hicksville High School (1983) graduate, was inducted into Hofstra University’s 2011 Athletic Hall of Fame.
The Hall of Fame Induction Luncheon was held at the University Club on Hofstra’s Campus.
Joining her for this honorable event was her husband, Chris and children, Jennifer, Patrick and Brian, along with her parents Eileen and Don Moore of Hicksville, Barbara Ann (Moore) and Gerry Cast of Westbury, Susan Casey McCormick of Levittown and Kim Volpe of Levittown.
Newins was a member of the 1983-87 Hofstra volleyball team. During her career she tallied 1,098 kills, 271 blocks and 1,274 digs and is Hofstra’s all-time leader in service aces with 268. She also holds the single match record for block assists with 15 against Florida State.
The MacArthur girls track and field team had a successful meet at the Molly Stanner games at the armory. Junior Kristina Coiro broke the school record in the 1,000 meter run with a time of 3:01.05.
Lucia Montefusco set the old school record back in 2008 with a time of 3:03. Samantha Maloney ran the 55-meter hurdles with a time of 11.27.
Sophomore Nicole Natland jumped a personnel best 32’7” in the triple jump. Stephanie Malin and Heather Van Patten each had great performances in the field too.
The girls were gearing up to defend their five-time conference title that took place on Thursday, Feb. 3.
Runners and walkers from Levittown and all over Long Island are cordially invited to join in the fun on Sunday, April 3 for the 34rd annual Nationwide 10K Run for ASPIRE, Long Island’s oldest continuously held 10K run. This will be the first Sunday running of the event, which had been traditionally held on a Saturday.
The Run will once again be utilizing the traditional challenging but fair course through the roads of Plainview and Old Bethpage, starting and finishing at the H.B. Mattlin Middle School on Washington Avenue in Plainview. New Co-Race Director Karen Schackner has joined veteran Director Bob Windorf in putting together an event that promises to be the biggest and best ASPIRE Run ever!
The Levittown U-8 girls soccer team of the Nassau South Shore Soccer Club dominated at the Adam Novellanno Annual Indoor Soccer Tournament on Sunday, Jan. 30. The Rosebud Rebels came in first place thanks to their explosive offense lead by team Captain Kira Olivos.
Julia Osterman contributed her usual untiring efforts assisting on most of Olivos’ nine goals. Olivos deservedly took home Most Valuable Player honors in the U-8 girls group.
As midterm exam week approaches and with it the halfway point of the girls’ basketball season, the Lady Dragons of Division Avenue High School are in first place in conference A1.
This year’s team is dominated by a very talented group of seniors. In fact the Blue Dragon’s starting lineup is entirely seniors!
Running the point guard position is senior all star Taylor Malings. Malings is a three-year varsity player and has been the starting point guard for the past two seasons. She has led the lady dragons in assists the past two seasons and is one of the top five assist leaders in Lady Dragon history.
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