On Monday, Sept. 30, the Manhasset Girls Swim Team traveled down the road to take on neighbor and Conference 1 rival Great Neck South. Over the past decade, The Indians and Rebels have squared off in some highly competitive meets as two of the perennial top teams in Nassau County. On this day, the MHS team proved to be too deep and strong for the young and talented GNS team. The Indians took an early lead that they maintained till the end, winning the meet 99-84.
The Indians have gotten off to a strong start this season with many athletes well prepared this fall after putting in the miles throughout the summer break period. The team remains undefeated (9-0) in conference competition heading into week four when it will face Great Neck North, Plainedge, and Sewhanaka before a week five showdown with local rival North Shore, which should decide the Conference Championship. Manhasset had its 5-year conference dual meet unbeaten streak snapped by North Shore last fall, so the squad will be looking for some redemption when they square off on October 15th at Bethpage State Park.
Pre-registration for the Manhasset Women’s Coalition Against Breast Cancer’s (MWCABC) 15th Annual 5K Family Walk/Run in now underway. This perennial favorite will take place on Sunday, Oct. 27 at Mary Jane Davies Park on Plandome Road. Registration is from 8 – 9:15 a.m. and the race starts at 9:30 sharp.
The Walk/Run attracts everyone from serious runners to families and friends walking together. Join your friends and neighbors at the Gazebo for the start of the race as they celebrate and remember those who have been touched by breast cancer, while raising money for research and support programs. Awards in many age categories will be given 20 minutes after the last participant finishes.
The Manhasset High School Crew Team opened its season at the Tail of the Fish Regatta in Saratoga Springs, New York on Saturday, Sept. 28. Eighty-three Manhasset athletes competed. A total of 291 boats from different high schools representing 22 teams from four states participated. The Manhasset team entered a total of 17 boats and earned 12 medals in these 3200 meter head races: 2 Gold, 4 Silver and 6 Bronze.
Head Coach Hugo Guardado-Henriquez was proud of the team’s performance and expressed a sincere “Thank you to all the kids and coaches for the amazing job this weekend.”
Our dear friend, John B. Thomson, Jr., a long-time member of the sailing community has ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease. John and his wife, Adrienne, were the inspiration for the Manhasset Bay Fall Series, started in 1979 to promote big boat racing in Western Long Island Sound when racing conditions were the best (read good wind). John is also known around the world for his sailing/racing achievements. A few years ago, his three children organized a birthday party for their father, and the place was packed with sailors/racers who came from Newport, the west coast and international harbors to celebrate and honor this remarkable man.Fundraiser to support ALS Research in conjunction with the ALS Association honoring Fall Series Founder John B. Thomson, Jr. is October 19, 20 and 26, 2013.
Sign ups have begun for the Indian Youth Wrestling program. This is the second season for the program, which takes place at Manhasset High School. In the first season 30 wrestlers joined the club. The wrestling program is opened to all third, fourth, fifth and sixth graders from Manhasset. The season starts November 12 and concludes January 26. The team practices twice a week and attends three competitive tournaments in January. The head coach of the youth program is Stephon Sair, who is also the head varsity wrestling coach at Manhasset High School. Other members of the coaching staff include Erik Ullendahl, varsity assistant, and members of the varsity of wrestling team.
The Girls Varsity Swim Team began their 2013 season with the opening Relay Carnival, held at Eisenhower on Sept. 12. A strong showing marked by some fast early season times helped Manhasset finish second overall.
On Wednesday, Sept. 18, Manhasset traveled out east to take on rival Farmingdale. The Indians took an early lead by winning several closely challenged races at the finish. Although the meet was very competitive, the Indians would never relinquish the lead, going on to win eight of the twelve events. The final score Manhasset 56 Farmingdale 45.
Highlights from the Relay Carnival and Farmingdale meet include many strong early season performances.
This past summer, the Manhasset varsity cheerleaders attended the Universal Cheerleaders Association three-day training program at Hofstra University. The camp provided extensive cheerleading instruction through a variety of different dance, stunts, jump and “extreme” routine exercises. Select members of the Manhasset squad tried out and qualified for the UCA All-American Program, granting them a role in London’s New Year’s Eve parade. Manhasset’s seniors participated in leadership seminars granting them the opportunity to march in Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade. Overall the team won the Superior award for growth and development. The girls look forward to using their improved techniques and a winning season.
We weren’t there to witness it ourselves, but we hear that on September 16, Ryan Devlin of Manhasset shot an “albatross”—three under par—on the 553-yard par-5 18th hole at South Bay Country Club in Oceanside.
Devlin was playing with Adam Baker of Rockville Centre, with whom he attended the University of Scranton. The outing was part of an ongoing bachelor’s send-off for Baker, who is getting married this November (and vouched for his college pal).
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.
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