On Saturday, March 5 the Girls Varsity Basketball Team at Division Avenue High School reached the Nassau County Championship game for the second consecutive year. This season the Blue Dragons won their conference with an 11-1 record and were seeded first for the county tournament.
The Lady Dragons were poised to defend their county title when injury struck. Senior starter Nicolette McCreary broke her arm two days before the playoffs were to start. McCreary plays the strong forward and was the leading rebounder this season for Division. The injury to McCreary had the Dragons somewhat shaken, yet they were able to regroup and beat Valley Stream North in the first round of the county tournament by a score of 65-33. Taylor Malings (14) and Breanne Connolly (17) led the scoring for the Dragons.
Levittown resident, Karen Lechner and her labrador retrievers, Grady and Pepsi will be among the contenders among the swiftest, most agile dogs in the nation vying for the top spot at the prestigious American Kennel Club (AKC) National Agility Championship.
Lechner will compete against the top dog and handler teams in the country through the weekend, beginning on Friday, April 1 at the Lexington Horse Park in Lexington, Virginia.
Senior guard Barbara Sullivan scored a game-high 15 points and junior forward Christina Mangels added 13 to lead the Garden City Lady Trojans to a 46-40 victory over the Division Lady Dragons on Saturday afternoon at C.W. Post.
The Lady Trojans (18-3) were the No. 2 seed in the Class A playoff bracket, while the Lady Dragons (19-2) were ranked No. 1 in the conference and the defending Nassau County champions.
Winning the county title proved to hinge on the in-game battle between Mangels and Division’s 6’0” center Kristen Stuart. The sizable foes stood toe-to-toe and neutralized each other in the paint, which opened up the perimeter game for each team’s sharpshooters.
The Island Trees Wrestling Team finished the season as league champs for the first time since 2006. The team finished the season with an overall record of 17-9 (5-1 league). The Bulldogs then went on to place 19 wrestlers in the qualifying tournament. The team qualified 12 wrestlers for the county tournament. Qualifiers for the counties were Nick Fogarty (9), Tom Mignone (11), Lucas Panebianco (10), Matt Jiminez (10), Chris Altamura (12), Billy Ziegler (11), Brandon Cassar (10), Anthony Barletta (11), Keith Andersen (12), Kevin Strauss (10), Tom Sinclair (10) and Joseph Manna (12). With so many underclassmen returning next year, the Bulldogs have great hopes for the 2011-2012 campaign.
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.
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