Written by Vinny Messana, Manhasset@antonnews.com Thursday, 19 September 2013 00:00
Joe Capobianco and the Golden Tornado of Lawrence picked up where they left off in the 2012 season in which they won the Long Island Class III title. They defeated the Manhasset Indians 51-6 in the season opener. Capobianco completed 7-of-8 passes for 195 yards, four passing touchdowns and one rushing touchdown. The officials called the game at halftime due to inclement weather.
“They’re returning five or six All-County players,” said Head Coach Henry Simpkins. “We have a young team, and the speed of the game wasn’t effective for us,” he added.
The reigning LI champs worked with incredible precision and a rapid pace. They got off to a lightning quick start after the Indians went three-and-out on their first drive. The Golden Tornado drove right down the field and Capobianco scored on a five-yard rushing touchdown. They opted to attempt for the two-point conversion, and were successful in doing so.
On the ensuing possession, the Indians made a costly mistake on a botched snap which was recovered by Lawrence. Working with a short field, Capobianco connected with his receiver for an 18-yard gain. On first-and-goal, 6’1” 245 lb Simon Jones pounded the ball into the end zone for a touchdown. They completed the two-point conversion again to increase their lead to 16-0.
The Indians appeared to have a great opportunity after a 38-yard reception by James Farrell which put them in Lawrence’s territory. The drive, however, was stalled after an incomplete pass and two rushing attempts which gained zero yards.
The Golden Tornado capitalized on great field position with a two-play drive that began with a 16-yard gain on a quarterback sneak, followed with a 34-yard touchdown reception by Jordan Fredericks. The play was incredibly well-designed and advanced for a high school quarterback, but Capobianco has the type of ability to do so. The score was now 23-0.
In desperate need of a score, the Indians offense came to life on the next drive. They put together a nine-play drive, which covered 68 yards. The big play came on a beautifully thrown 42-yard pass from Tommy Duran to Alex Gray. The extra point was no good, and the score was now 23-6.
Unfortunately for the Indians, that was as close as they would get. On the second play of their next drive, Capobianco threw a quick screen pass at the line of scrimmage to Elijah Jones, who took it 60 yards for the touchdown.
The Indians then turned the ball over again on a fumble, which resulted in a 35-yard rushing touchdown by Fredericks.
It was not the way Manhasset wanted to start off the season, but Head Coach Simpkins understands this is not the type of opponent they will face every week and there is still time to adjust.
“We’ve started off rough the last four years,” he said. “It’s good to see a team like this early, because now we know what we need to work on. I still see us in the playoff hunt.”
They will head to Sewanhaka on September 21 for their next game as they hope to avoid a 0-2 start.
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.