Levittown speedster Jodie Schoppmann established herself as one of the premier female runners not just on Long Island but in the entire nation with a mind boggling performance in the USA Track & Field National Championship 50K Run held at Caumsett State Park on Sunday, March 6.
Schoppmann was the first woman overall, completing the 10-loop 31.07 mile course in 3:20:12, a 6:27 per mile pace that brought her to the finish line more than 16 full minutes in front of runner-up Shanna Ailes Istni of Kent, OH.
The MacArthur Wrestling Generals lead all teams in Nassau County with nine All-County wrestlers in the Nassau County Championship Wrestling Tournament. This includes crowning two Nassau County Champions. Seniors Chris Perez at 130 lbs. and Brian Conrad at 140 lbs. both came away with individual county titles.
Perez also went on to place third in the 2011 New York State Tournament. For Perez, this was his second county championship. Last year he finished first, at 112 lbs.
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.
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