Written by Tim Ahmed, Manhasset@Antonnews.com Thursday, 24 October 2013 00:00
On a cloudy, cool and comfortable Saturday afternoon, Manhasset High School hosted its annual homecoming parade and football game. The parade had begun at 2 p.m. as the school’s marching band made it way down Plandome Road, en route to the football field on Manhasset Avenue.
The band was accompanied by the school’s cheerleaders. Then the jubilant student body of each grade followed with loud cheering along with the distribution of skittles candy to the viewers. The procession filled the streets with vibrant colors as the students also shot confetti into the air and blue and orange balloons were scattered around the street.
After the parade,town residents and fans of Manhasset football packed the bleachers to watch the Indians take on the Golden Eagles of Bethpage. The school faced a difficult Bethpage squad with a strong record of 4-0. On the flip side, Manhasset has struggled to find consistency in their game this season, only winning one game in five contests.
Led by runningback Taquan Thomas, Manhasset had a decent start to the homecoming game. Unfortunately, the Indians were no match for Bethpage’s solid running game. An early touchdown run by Michael Sforza and a completed two point conversion deflated Manhasset. Before the end of the half, Bethpage quarterback Christian Feruzza completed a spectacular 30-yard touchdown pass to Sforza for his second touchdown of the afternoon. The Eagles dominated the first half with a 22-0 lead.
The halftime ceremony was as delightful as the weather. The graduation class of 1963 was among the spectators in the match. The alumni had the chance to celebrate their 50th anniversary at the 50-yard line and have their names announced. The marching band then finished the halftime festivities with their epic 10-minute performance involving choreographed number with the color guard and their silky flags. Announcers notified the crowd of the band’s brilliant effort in past years. They were recently awarded champions of the New York State Class 1A Banner for the fourth consecutive year.
Bethpage continued to hammer down on Manhasset in the second half. They managed to shut them out with a 38-0 victory. Sforza was Bethpage’s top contributor with 84 yards rushing, 38 yards receiving and three touchdowns.
Wednesday, 04 December 2013 10:48
Preparations are underway for the Annual Christmas Tree lighting to be held this Friday, Dec. 6 at Mary Jane Davies Park on Plandome Road. The event is scheduled to begin at 4:15 p.m.
Workers have been busy decorating the gazebo with garland and lights to make the this year’s celebration the best yet. Sponsored by the Manhasset Chamber of Commerce, The Town of North Hempstead and the Manhasset Park District, the event will feature holiday music performed by the Manhasset High School Brass Choir.
The program will begin with the Pledge of Allegiance and the blessing offered by Rev. Dr. Steven D. Pierce of the Community Reformed Church. The winners of the poster contest will be announced during the ceremony followed by the anticipated lighting of the Manhasset Christmas tree. The Manhasset Parks Department will be dispensing hot chocolate and treats, too.Santa Claus will make a ‘surprise’ appearance on Manhasset-Lakeville’s Fire truck and volunteer firefighters will be handing out candy canes to girls and boys. Come on down and celebrate the beginning of the season.
Friday, 29 November 2013 00:00
It seems as though the real estate market is not the only thing hot in Manhasset. A number of new stores are popping up throughout the community making Manhasset the go-to location for business. On Plandome Road, facades are being renovated to add a fresh new look. The change is updating the appearance of the existing storefronts and causing the opening of new businesses. The exterior facade of Vincents Cleaners, Tony’s Shoe Repair and Manhasset Hair Stylists are brand new both front and back. The renovation beckons customers to come in to shop on a new trendy main street.
Last week a new tenant moved into the space that adorns the renovated new storefront called ivivva. ivivva is a new store from lululemon featuring clothing for young girls age 4 to 14. And the trend continues. Just this weekend, two new businesses, Adelina Boutique and Barrel Grapes, and new members of the Manhasset Chamber of Commerce opened their doors here. They held grand opening events on Friday and Saturday night.
Thursday, 28 November 2013 00:00
On Saturday, November 9, the MHS Girls Swim Team competed in the Nassau County Team Championships. After a strong preliminary performance on Friday, the girls had their sights set on swimming even faster on Saturday at the finals. On Friday, Manhasset qualified 14 individual swims in the top 10 and all three relays. The team also had an additional 7 swims in the consolation finals (places 11-20). On Saturday, the top 20 individuals and relays compete in each event, all finishers scoring points towards their team total.
In the championship’s opening event, the 200 yd. medley relay team from Manhasset set the tone for what turned out to be a historic day in Manhasset Girls Swimming. The relay team of Grace Kenlon, Allegra Sodi, Megan Smith and Meredith Johnson finished third and set a new school record time of 1:51.96, also qualifying for the New York State Championships.
Thursday, 28 November 2013 00:00
The Indians' regular season came to a close recently, but not before the boys locked up several more post-season honors to complete a highly successful campaign that brought an undefeated season as well as Division and Conference Championships. Manhasset headed into the post-season with high aspirations and battled it out with rival Wantagh High School for two weekends in a row—at both the Class Country Championships and the State Qualification race—coming up just short on both occasions, but achieving many milestones along the way.