What do you get when you cross the NHL with NASCAR and the NHL? Roller Derby is what, and it’s happening right here on Long Island. On Saturday, Sept. 4 the local derby divas, the Long Island Roller Rebels, hosted a tournament at Skate Safe America in Bethpage against seven other teams from across New York State. Hundreds of spectators gathered, arriving often and early to get the coveted rink-side seating for their favorite team’s battle.
The teams completed 12 bouts over the course of the day, operating in the facility’s two flat track rinks. Gotham Girls Wall Street Traitors won the tournament.
Local friends, Jason Orsini and Don Micheletti of Levittown have been qualified and are entered in the 2011 National Ironman Triathlon Championships to be held in Lake Placid on Sunday, July 24. The Ironman: which consists of a 2.4-mile swim, 112-mile bike, and a 26.2-mile marathon run, is considered the world’s most challenging endurance event. Micheletti, 50, is simply training to be able to complete his first triathlon at the Ironman. Orsini, 30, has higher aspirations and is training to qualify for the world championships to be held in Hawaii. The Ironman has a 17-hour limit; Orsini is training to finish under 10 hours. Both athletes will embark on a yearlong training program to successfully participate.
The Levittown Hot Shotz took part in a three-day tournament this summer in Wallingford, CT and returned undefeated. The first round was played under cloudy skies and resulted in one win and one tie. The second round was filled with rain but the team still won two games, qualifying them for the finals on the last day.
Island Trees Football is seeking alumni players from 1950 through 2009 for participation in its first annual Football Alumni Day to be held Saturday, Oct. 2. Pat Seminario will be in attendance, leading the National Anthem. In addition, there will be color guard representatives, a homecoming parade, and a field rededication to William Henighan, alumni of Island Trees who was killed in Vietnam. The group is also asking for assistance in gathering any news articles and photos from the past 60 years. Contact Chairman Nick Tonno at (516) 477-1892 for additional information.
With a whopping 409 points, swimmers of the Slate Lane Swimming Team are the Summer 2010 Levittown Swimming Association (LSA) Champions.
“It’s about the kid’s having fun, first and foremost, and improving each swimmer’s skills,” said Slate Lane Head Coach Mark Bardolf. “There is nothing more rewarding than meeting the new kids each year when they are not so sure of themselves, and then watching them receive their first medals and ribbons a mere eight weeks later.”
Senator Kemp Hannon attended the swim meet to congratulate all the swimmers for participating in LSA this summer. The LSA will be in its 61st season next summer. Visit www.levittownswimming.com for more information.
Congratulations to the Island Trees Wildcats U11 girls travel team for winning first place in the West Islip Fun in the Sun Tournament. Back row: Veronica Scruggs, Ashley Garbacki, Alexa Turnbull, Alyssa Ramirez, Mackenzie Byrne, Michelle Cina, Alexandra LaMagna. Front row: Jenna Stankes, Lauren Grieshaber, Emily Garbacki, Sarah Caruso, Amrita Parmar with coaches JR Ramirez, Susan Caruso and Bill Scruggs.
The Levittown Athletic Club girls’ softball team, Slammers, captured the Babe Ruth Metro New York Championship banner in the 16U bracket with 3 solid wins this summer. This was the Slammers second year in a row of capturing the Metro N.Y. banner (14U in 2009).
On the first day, bats came alive with a 15 hit attack in a solid 13-0 victory against their nemesis the Pelham Bay Belles. Pelham Bay and the Slammers have been doing battle over the last three seasons with the Slammers winning two of the last three championships. The Slammers then faced the Kingsbridge City Divas on the second day and soundly beat them with pitchers Ashley Massoni and Alannah Basile firing back-to-back no-hitters. The Slammers took the first game by a score of 7-1 and the second game 7-0. Meghan Acton, Alannah Basile, Samantha Basile and Shamar Sanchez led the hitting attack with multiple hit games over the weekend set, advancing the team to the Atlantic City regionals.
The golf tournament on Thursday, Aug. 5 seemed like it would never happen. The forecast called for thundershowers. When we got to the golf course, the skies were very heavy with clouds. It did rain for about two minutes. Then the skies cleared and the sun came out. We had the hottest day of the year on the golf course. The scores reflected the heat. Forty-two men showed up, a good number considering the weather forecast. We had only 20 pars and one birdie by Ray Onorato on the 272-yard, par four, seventh hole. Only six men shot under net par and three more shot even par. The next round for Match Play will be on Thursday, Aug. 19. For those men still in it, please find your opponent and sign in together.
For fans of the Islanders dynasty in the 1980s, which won four consecutive Stanley Cups from 1980-1984, a little piece of history recently experienced a big transformation as everything from the boards to the scoreboard underwent a revamping at the Cantiague Park Ice Rink in Hicksville.
Perhaps one of the most humble and underrated franchises of all time, the New York Islanders set a record for most consecutive playoff series wins, in any professional sport, with 19. During that time, the team laced their skates and taped their sticks between games at its second home: the practice facility at Cantiague Park.
A six-phase construction period began on July 3, wherein the rink had its ice melted and boards, glass and nets all removed before brand new replacements could be installed. Although not ideal for workers on the project, one of the hottest July months in recent memory significantly expedited the process of melting the ice, a vital step in the renovation that had to be completed before others could begin.
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