Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) is a progressive neurodegenerative disease that affects nerve cells in the brain and the spinal cord. Eventually, people with ALS lose the ability to initiate and control muscle movement, which often leads to total paralysis and death within two to five years of diagnosis. For unknown reasons, veterans are twice as likely to develop ALS as the general population. There is no cure, and only one drug approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) modestly extends survival.
John B. Thomson, Jr., a long-time member of our community, has ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease. John was 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.
The 2013 Manhasset Girls’ Varsity Lacrosse team looks to be talented and deep. Seniors Sarah Barcia (Penn), Kate Conway (Amherst), Alice Coughlin (Trinity), Christina Manis (Bucknell), Emily Markham (Yale), Madison Molinari (Bucknell), and Lauren Procaccino (Washington & Lee); and Juniors Jacklyn D’Alleva (Penn), Cara DePippo (Dartmouth), Julia Glynn (Harvard), Brigid Kenny (Fairfield), Emily Koufakis (Stanford), and Natalie Stefan (Penn) have all committed to play lacrosse at the collegiate level. Under the leadership of Coaches Danielle Gallagher and Meghan Clarke, the team is also ambitious; the girls are out to demonstrate that Manhasset is one of top teams in the nation.
As part of their preparation, and thanks to the support of the Manhasset Lacrosse Hall of Fame, the team journeyed to Maryland during spring break. Highlights from the trip included a 15-4 victory over perennial Baltimore-area power Notre Dame Prep, a tour of the National Lacrosse Hall of Fame, and a hard-fought Maryland-Penn game featuring Halle Majorana (MHS ’12) on attack for Maryland and Meg Markham (MHS ’11) on defense for Penn. The Manhasset girls will certainly have an opportunity to prove themselves as five of the top 20 teams from the Inside Lacrosse Women National High School Rankings that are on their schedule.
Women sailors from New Zealand, Sweden and Switzerland will compete this summer in a new international match race series with a purse of $50,000 for the winner, with one of the races to be held in July at the Oakcliff Sailing Center in Oyster Bay.
“The women sailors have asked for a long time to have a Series of their own and WIMRA is thrilled to be in a position to work with our international event partner to make this happen”, says WIMRA Executive Director and former Match Racing World Champion, Liz Baylis. “The Weymouth Olympics highlighted the spectacular nature of match racing and the Women’s International Match Racing Series is going to take that to new heights.”
Manhasset varsity baseball is a team to watch this spring. After being selected Nassau County Coach of the Year and bringing our Varsity team to their very first Conference Championship last year, Coach Corbo is taking the sport in Manhasset to a higher level.
Captain of the team, Lukas Pracher, is committed to Davidson for baseball and is definitely a player to watch. The team has 10 returning seniors, several juniors and four sophomores have been brought up.
The Manhasset Men’s Softball League will begin its 40th consecutive year of serving the men of Manhasset on April 7. The league is now recruiting players to replace a club that disbanded last year and maintain the schedule of six clubs playing every weekend.
MHS Indians Varsity Coaches Brian Corbo and Lauren Majewski, in association with the Manhasset Booster Club and the Manhasset PAL, present the “Manhasset Triple Play Classic.”
Join them in a day of family fun and help celebrate MHS baseball and softball seniors on Saturday, April 27, 10 a.m.-3 p.m., MHS Varsity fields.
As ‘March Madness’ takes control of college ball, some of the younger local teams are wrapping up. Over the past several years the Saint Mary’s Elementary School seventh- eighth-grade boys’ basketball team has made great strides under the coaching guidance of Rich Cain and Jack Murphy. In the past the team has been strong, but plagued by injuries and fallen short of winning the Catholic Middle School Athletic Association (CMSAA) Championships. This season would definitely be a little different.
With just a handful of practices, the team took the court in early December in Seaford against the team that knocked them out of the tournament last year, St. William the Abbot. Getting off to a quick start the team never looked back, not only winning that game handily, but more throughout the season to end up with a 17-0 record. At playoffs, the league of 11 teams split into “A” and “B” divisions to promote equal play. St. Mary’s received the No. 1 seed in the “A” bracket. After receiving a bye in the first round and winning in the semi-final game on their home court by 25, the team headed across the Island to Rockville Centre to face the two-time champions, St. Agnes.
Patricia Kenny Reilly and Heather Berest, both graduates of Manhasset High School and Shelter Rock Elementary School, began attending ballet classes at the Berest Dance Center when they were 10 years old.
After completing their schooling in Manhasset, they went on to study dance in college, both receiving BFA degrees. For Patricia, it was a full talent scholarship to the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, and for Heather, an acceptance into the prestigious conservatory, North Carolina School of The Arts. Upon graduation, each went on to travel nationally and internationally with leading modern dance companies, enjoying success in the world of professional dance— not an easy task to accomplish.
Manhasset’s High School Crew Team is hosting its first annual 5K Walk/Run on Sunday, April 7, rain or shine. All are welcome to participate, so why not start out this spring with some exercise and fresh air while you support Manhasset Rowers in raising funds. Proceeds will be used to purchase a boat for the growing team, with 10 percent of money raised donated toward the Manhasset UFSD 2013 Fields Initiative.
Register online at nycruns.com/mhscrew. The $35 entry fee includes a souvenir T-shirt, a race chip that will clock your results, and a post-race awards ceremony. Day-of-race registration fee is $40.
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