On Saturday, Jan. 21, Manhasset diver Peter Magliulo competed in his first Eastern States High School Invitational. Peter has arguably been Nassau County’s top diver over the past three years. As a sophomore, he earned top spot in Nassau and competed in the NYS championship. As a junior, Peter finished second and just missed a return trip to States.
Monika Dorman, a resident of Sands Point, and an avid rower, had a dream for many years of starting a rowing club for the children of Port Washington. In 2010, Monika, along with Mitch Tamkin, a former high school, college and U.S. Junior Team rower, Bo Hansen, a former Danish National Lightweight rower and Steve Panzik, a former high school, collegiate and U.S. Junior Team member, and community advocates, formed Friends of Port Rowing. In April 2011, under the leadership of Steve Panzik, executive director and head coach, 94 novice rowers in seven (donated) boats took to the water from the Village Club of Sands Point. Within a year – they are celebrating their first year anniversary right about now – this group bought boats, hired coaches, and launched what was to become an incredibly successful rowing club.
In just one year they have become the largest rowing club on Long Island, with over 150 new and experienced rowers enrolled in the “sold out” Winter Training Program. Since that first day in April, 2001, the team won five races at their first regatta, the Big Duck Regatta, a gold medal for boys four at the Long Island Championship, and a huge win for the girls four at the New York State Championship. And that was just the spring season. In the fall, the team won two races at the Head of the Passaic, coming in second in the team points race and winning 13 medals (five Gold, four Silver and four Bronze) at the Snowflake Regatta in Riverhead. The varsity boats also competed at the Head of the Charles in Boston and Head of the Schuylkill in Philadelphia. For those who are unfamiliar with rowing, these last two regattas are major competition.
The Annual Frostbite New Year’s Regatta is always the highlight of the holiday season. Not only is the on-the-water competition really good, but the festivities connected with the event are great fun. Last week, this column highlighted one of the “awards” given to the Race Committee for their superior demonstration on how to try to burn down Kraus’ Kastle. What readers need to know is that they really didn’t want to burn down the float, but because they grill yummy lunch each Sunday out on the bay (in freezing temperatures, mind you) they may have gotten just a tad bit lax in watching the burgers. Oh, well, these awards are all in good fun, like the Mooseheads that are given out at the end of each season. Come to think of it, both events are aimed at Race Committees…. Maybe we need to have a seasonal roast of the racers and their teams… I am sure we could come up with some really “dopey” things that go on in a race… you know, those things that are never mentioned at the bar after racing.
St. Mary’s fifth-grade team 7 fought weather and two tough opponents this past weekend and defeated both. Saturday saw snow and St. Philip Neri of Northport in their sights and both were melted. In a hard-fought physical game, St. Mary’s won 29-25 behind Joseph Mulholland (6), Patrick Reilly (6) and Nick Quinn (5). Huge efforts turned in by Steven Vlahakis, John Whelan, Alex Racanelli and Louis Perfetto (2). On Sunday the 7-0 team thawed out St. Anne’s of Garden City 31–27. Behind the scoring of Timmy Kiggins (7), Patrick Reilly (7) and Patrick Weber (4) and going 7-11 from the foul line in the fourth quarter, it was an outstanding team effort on offense and defense. Sparked by Louis Perfetto (3), Steven Salerno, Michael Farrell, Jackson Cherry and Alex Racanelli, the real Gael Force this weekend was their defense bringing them to an 8-0 mark.
On Dec. 12 the Nassau County Girl’s Volleyball Awards Dinner was held and four Manhasset Varsity players were recognized. Olena Cardali, Cassie DeMatteis and Megan Herschlein received All Conference awards. Additionally, Megan received the Manhasset Scholar Athlete award for the third year in a row and Nicole Capolarello received an All County award for the second year in a row. The night was a truly special event when the Manhasset Varsity team was honored by the coaches in their conference with the Conference A1 Team Sportsmanship Award!
Coach Shean was also proud to announce that the New York State Athletic Association is also recognizing Manhasset Girls Varsity Volleyball as a Scholar Athlete Team. This year 12 out of 14 girls on the team qualified for this honor scoring high on their first quarter report card—the most the team has had qualify! This illustrates how hard the team worked throughout the season exemplifying excellence in the classroom and on the court with sportsmanship. The hard work of the team was recognized and they should all be proud of these honors.
Congratulations to the 2011 Varsity Field Hockey team and to Coach Steve Sproul for a terrific winning season. On Wednesday, Dec. 7, the Manhasset High School Girls Varsity team brought home a multitude of awards to make Manhasset proud. Senior Olivia Parisi and junior Maddy Molinari were voted All-State and All-County.
The team had a remarkable season under the guidance of head coach Steve Sproul (2010 Nassau County Field Hockey Coach of the Year). The team earned the following impressive awards:
Six Manhasset girls helped the EMSC Blue United team go undefeated in the U-12 Division 1 Girls Long Island Soccer League season. The Blue United earned a tie for the top team on Long Island for their age group with an 8-0-1 record while drawing a 0-0 tie with the other co-champions. The six Manhasset girls are Ariana Aliprantis, Maggie Beresheim, Lauren Martelli, Halle Palmedo, Caroline Smith and Oliva Wesch. The girls have been playing soccer together since kindergarten. They all formerly played for Manhasset Five Star and LIFC before paying under the EMSC banner this fall.
Manhasset’s boys and girls crew teams capped off their fall season with a very successful weekend of competition on the Cooper River in Camden, New Jersey.
In mid-November, Manhasset competed in 2000-meter “sprint” races in the Philadelphia Frostbite Regatta. Gold medals were awarded only for first place finishes in each flight and Manhasset had five boats that won their races:
On Tuesday, Dec. 27, Manhasset met Westbury in the opening round of the tournament. In a total team effort, they were victorious 64-37. James Clarke led the scoring attack with 22 points and 6 rebounds, Alessandro Troia had 13 points and 8 rebounds, Danny Merola had 10 points and 9 assists, Mikey Graham had 8 points, Kade Kenlon had 4 points, Dan Connolly had 3 points and Jon Stefan and Christian Salvaterra with 2 points.
With Chaminade beating Floral Park in the second game, the stage was set for Wednesday, Dec. 28, with a Manhasset-Chaminade rematch.
On Tuesday, Dec. 20, Manhasset High School celebrated the 2011 Nassau County Boy’s Varsity Basketball Championship by hoisting the banner before a packed house. The ceremony included current seniors and juniors James Clarke, Daniel Connolly, Mikey Graham, Sean Grimm, Mike Joyce, Kade Kenlon, Danny Merola, Brian Reddington, Christian Salvaterra, John Stefan, Alessandro Troia, Liam Young and returning graduates Anthony Amitrano, Nick Melanthiou, John Maimone-Medwick, Gary Tibbs and Matt Tompkins. It’s been many years since the last Boy’s Varsity County Championship and the players should be congratulated on a magical season. Thank you for the memories, we will never forget!
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