In 2011, Island Trees High School student Joe Stanco did not make the baseball team. As a result, he decided to try his hand at Track and Field. In the three years since, this decision has molded Stanco into one of the top “field” athletes in Nassau County.
“He has received honorable mention as a discus thrower and all-county recognition as the Nassau County shot-put champion,” said Track Coach Joe Manna. “An outstanding performer in these two events.”
Unfortunately, after sustaining an elbow injury, Stanco is unable to participate in any of the “field” events this season. Nevertheless, Stanco has reinvented himself and is now leader of the 4x100 sprint relay team. According to Coach Manna, at 6 foot 3, 235 lbs., Stanco is one of the largest
sprinters in the entire conference, and has been a key component in leading the Island Trees High School relay team to win three meets in a row.
Kids in the Levittown/Seaford/Wantagh Athletic Association were delighted to kick off the 2014 season. Local officials turned out for the annual baseball/softball opening day parade and ceremony at Duckpond Field in Wantagh.
With the young Oakland Athletics players are (l-r) Levittown/Island Trees Youth Council Executive Director Kevin Regan, New York state Sen. Kemp Hannon, Hempstead Town Supervisor Kate Murray, Coach Mike, Coach Drew, Nassau County Legislator Dennis Dunne, and Head Coach Peter Michielini.
— Submitted by the Town of Hempstead
The Farmingdale State College baseball team earned an 8-2 victory over the College of Staten Island in a recent non-conference home game.
In the bottom of the second, left fielder Richard Sullivan of Farmingdale broke broke the scoreless tie on a two out RBI single. Senior third baseman Sal Sanquini of Levittown would go on to hit an RBI single through the left side to increase the lead 2-0. Sanquini was 2-for-4 at the plate with a game-high of 3 RBIs.
The Island Trees varsity softball team had an amazing 8-3 win in extra innings on April 2nd against a previously unbeaten Clarke team to improve their league record to 2-0. Ashley Melendez opened up the scoring with a solo homerun to lead off the 4th inning.
Although the team relinquished the lead in the 4th and 5thinnings, they did not let the negative turn of events get the best of them. Down one with three outs left, Sam Scharff led off the top of the 7th with an amazing bunt for a hit. Christie Ciaramitaro and Kelly Cembrale both reached on errors to keep the inning and team’s hopes alive. Morgan Petry roped an RBI single up the middle to score courtesy runner, Kim Ahrens with the tying run.
Cantiague Park Senior Men’s Golf League had its first tournament on Thursday April 4. Twenty golfers came out on on a crisp but sunny morning. Charlie Hong was the only man to score under a 40, with a 38 and won for low overall score. Jim O’ Brien scored a 41, and won low overall net in a tie-breaker with Mike Guerriero.
Competition on the nine-hole course is divided into two divisions. Flight A is for players with a handicap of 13 or lower. Flight B is for players with a handicap of 14 or more. The league is a 100 percent handicap league. Any man 55 years or older is eligible for membership. We have many openings for this year, and you can sign up anytime throughout the the season.
Trevor Williams 166,101
Keith Kyte 137,119,115
Anthony Baio 111,73
Alyssa Williams 141,133,120
Lauren Walpole 114,105,96
Kaitlyn Insinna 106,68,67
Robert Brooler 107,97
Frank Pietraniello 94
Matthew Banfich 140,95
Nicky Barrera 115,99
Jake Mauro 107
Anthony Barrera 97,79
Michael Pietraniello 97,87
Ty Peranzo 95
Steven Tiemer 92
Nick Bevinetto 90,82
Ava Banfich 103,101
Julianna Mauro 103,87
Gianna Centonze 102,91
Victoria Gray 91,87
Mike Rosen 87,86
Steven Brauer 85,83
Stephan Mandola 83
Joey Mohaudt 81
Pantelis Siriodis 80
Kelsey Casperson 85,73
Stephanie Tiemer 71,67
Kathleen Hoffman 68,65
Jason Tiemer 191,169,138
Max Benson 179
Andrew Scarpaci 168,162,148
Avery Benson 151,149,135
Matthew Brezinski 143,110
Ted Fiber 128,115,114
Paul Klein 126,107
Nicholas Pisano 123,115
Billy Walsh 108
Levittown Island trees
Michael Beck 117,89
Zach Pilser 114,110
Sophia Bloom 93,90
Olivia Bloom 81,79
Christian Tucci 88,85
Louis Bonaventura 84,79
Ava Tucci 74,65
— Submitted by the South Levittown Lanes
Kaitlyn Gerdes and Kelly Gerdes, seniors at MacArthur High School in the Levittown School District, have signed National Letters of Intent to continue playing soccer on the college level at Hofstra University this fall. They will each pursue a degree in exercise science.
Both girls are co-captains of the varsity soccer team and received All-County designations this fall. As sophomores, the twins assisted their team in winning the county, Long Island and New York State championship titles. As a junior, Kaitlyn was designated as an All-
Class player, while Kelly garnered an All-Class designation in her junior year and has been named an All-Long Island and All-Conference player. Kaitlyn and Kelly also play for the Farmingdale United travel soccer team and are peer leaders at their school.
— Submitted by the Levittown Public School District
An international soccer conference featuring the legendary Pelé is coming to the local area. Soccer as the Beautiful Game: Football’s Artistry, Identity and Politics is at Hofstra University in Hempstead through April 13.
“Pelé transformed and transcended the game of soccer,” said Hofstra President Stuart Rabinowitz. “While the world first came to know him for extraordinary athletic feats, his soccer career was, in many respects, simply a prelude to an extraordinary life of service as a philanthropist and advocate. He understands the power and responsibility his soccer legacy carries, and has used it to improve the lives of others.”
Members of the Long Island Junior Soccer League are invited to join the conference as a guest and at no charge on Saturday, April 12 at Hofstra University. Panels and discussions on Saturday will include experts in coaching, leagues and sports media and were designed with the soccer enthusiast in mind.
Every year, students with special needs participate in the Levittown School District’s Challenger Basketball League. Two teams competed in the Challenger League this year: Salk/MacArthur and Wisdom Lane.
The Challenger Basketball League gives students with special needs the opportunity to participate in sports acitivies that they would otherwise not be able to participate in.
Students were happy and excited to participate in a team sport. All of the students act as “buddies,” by helping to coach and support their peers on the court. The two teams participating in this year’s Challenger Basketball League received an outpour of support from members in the community.
— Submitted by Joseph Gallagherv
Jennifer Jean, a Levittown native and SUNY College at Old Westbury senior outfielder, was tabbed to the Skyline Conference Softball Weekly Honor Roll. This is Jean’s sixth conference weekly honor.
Jean opened the season with a .583 batting average (7-12) in five games last week for the Panthers. Jean totaled six runs scored, five RBIs, five walks and three stolen bases on the week.
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