Manhasset’s High School Crew Team took to the waters recently in the two-day Saratoga Invitational Regatta held in Saratoga Springs, New York. In beautiful spring weather and calm waters, the Boys and Girls Varsity and Novice teams rowed in 1500 and 2000 meter “Sprint” races against some of the fastest high school and club teams from New Jersey to Toronto, Canada.
Head Coach Hugo Guardado-Henriquez noted, “It was a great weekend for our team overall. Our rowers were rewarded for their training efforts by demonstrating a very strong performance in this early season competition.” He added that he and Assistant Coaches, Chris Mare (Varsity Boys), Stephanie Doughty (Varsity Girls), Tara Marsigliano (Novice Girls) and Team Trainer Dan Kozerski, “are excited to see where we go from here. The team is currently preparing for New York State Championships which will also take place in Saratoga Springs in just a few weeks.”
The Lead the Way Lacrosse Day of Heroes was held at Manhasset High School on Saturday, May 7, when around 2,300 lacrosse fans witnessed Manhasset win the featured game vs Chaminade 3-2 in a thrilling game highlighted by fantastic defense and goaltending by both teams.
The North Shore Kayak Club (formerly the Twin Pines Kayak Club), will run a kayaking clinic specifically targeted to beginning and novice recreational kayakers. It will be held on Thursday, May 26 at 7 p.m. at the Town Dock in Port Washington. If the town’s floating kayak docks are installed by that date, then the clinic will take place at the kayak docks (to the left of the fishing pier when facing the water). If the docks have not yet been installed, the clinic will be held at Crescent Beach, which is located between the Town Dock parking lot and Louie’s Restaurant (access via the stairwell adjacent to Louie’s).
Some news from our neighbors in Oyster Bay, where the Oakcliff Sailing Center is busy planning a season chock full of fun and challenging races, seminars, clinegattas, and social events. Dawn Riley, executive director, along with Port Washington’s Bill Simon, race program director, have been spending hours to offer fantastic events throughout the season. You definitely want to check out what is going on at Oakcliff… you won’t be disappointed. Below are just a few events for early May.
Kiwi Will Tiller, 2010 Oakcliff Invitational Winner and the 26th ranked match racer in the world will be at Oakcliff to compete but also to share his talent. Readers may recognize his name as he was here on Manhasset Bay last year for the 2010 Knickerbocker Cup and wowed everyone with his match racing skills, What you didn’t know from last year was that Will was the youngest competitor at the Cup and he truly is one up and coming Kiwi to watch. He will be returning again this year for the 2011 Knickerbocker Cup in August and their team is poised to be a huge obstacle in the way of any team vying for the Cup.
The Twin Pines Kayak Club has scheduled its first meeting of the year for Thursday, May 12 at 7:30 p.m. It will be held in the first floor conference room of the Community Chest Building, 382 Main Street, Port Washington. There is free parking available across the street at the Town Dock.
Among the agenda items to be discussed will be renaming the club to reflect the fact that the club’s membership is comprised of residents from many local communities, including Manhasset and Plandome. It has evolved from a Port Washington organization into much more of a North Shore paddling group.
This Saturday, May 7, at Manhasset High School the Fourth Annual Lead the Way Fund Lacrosse Day for Heroes “REGS” Rock lacrosse game between nationally ranked Chaminade and Manhasset high schools will be held in honor of Sgt. James J. Regan. The events of the day consist of the JV game at 3:30 p.m. and the varsity game at 7 p.m. The concession stand will be run by the Manhasset High School Booster Club.
In the euphoria surrounding Manhasset’s winning its second consecutive New York State lacrosse championship last year, a number of parents and fans began speculating on whether these current players could be ranked with the all-time best in Indian history. This community chatter has served as the inspiration for this article—to compile a team of the decade for each 10-year period commencing in the 1960’s which was when Manhasset lacrosse first achieved true dominance. It was also felt that Messrs Rule and Kaminsky possessed the unique credentials required to make the challenging decisions inherent in tackling such a task.
Manhasset High School Day of Baseball, Saturday, April 30, will honor Varsity baseball seniors. Presented by the Manhasset Booster Club, Manhasset PAL Baseball/Softball, MHS Varsity Head Coach Brian Corbo and Assistant Coach Chris Keen, the event will be held at the Manhasset High School Varsity baseball and softball fields.
The Manhasset baseball community is invited to get together and celebrate the game, the seniors, and have fun! A special invitation goes to all the young Manhasset ballplayers who will get a chance to meet the team up-close.
Every once in awhile it is fun to spend a little time with champagne wishes and caviar dreams. That is what a recent press release about the St. Barths Bucket Regatta in the French West Indies was called. The Bucket Regatta is an invitational event; open to sailing yachts over 100 feet unless otherwise invited. Forty yachts competed in this year’s regatta, and your columnist was invited to race on one of them. But, sadly, due to work obligations, was unable to attend. Thus, the “nice to dream” part!
To get a feeling for what takes place down in St. Barths, the Sailing Instructions include extended safety sections to ensure that the racing doesn’t interfere with the fun. A pursuit start, a mandatory Safety Tactician on each boat, permissible boat thruster use, and a minimum of 40 meters amongst the yachts all help to keep collisions from spilling the cocktails.
St. Mary’s CYO eighth-grade boys’ basketball team concluded a very successful season. The team had a fantastic year, which began in November on an ominous note when two of its starting guards were diagnosed with severe back injuries and were out indefinitely. But the team would not be deterred from their stated goal of winning the CYO Championship this season. Will Charbonneau and Peter Klimuszko stepped up and impressively filled the void at guard while super subs Joe Enea and Greg Ilg provided defensive and offensive punch for the team.
After a season opening overtime victory over defending CYO champions St. Aidan’s, the team continued to improve and gain confidence each week. In December they won the prestigious St. Mary’s Christmas Tournament against top competition from around Long Island. Then in January, the team was faced with another unfortunate setback as Greg Ilg, a back up guard suffered a season ending leg fracture in an intense game against St. Agnes. Fortunately, the players were able to regroup and used the long MLK weekend to mend, while also enjoying their team trip to Springfield, MA, home of the Basketball Hall of Fame. As February rolled around the team was back at full strength and marched through their regular season with a wonderful display of defensive intensity and offensive teamwork. The boys won their League with an impressive 11-1 record with decisive victories against tough competition from St. Agnes, Our Lady of Victory and St. Catherine’s.
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