Planning for the Court of Champions 2011 Youth Tennis Camp has started. Last year’s camp experience was very well received by the community so they have decided to offer two sessions again this summer. Session I will be Monday, June 27 through Thursday June 30. Session II will be held Tuesday July 5 through Friday July 8. Both sessions are from 9 a.m.–noon at the Manhasset High School Tennis Courts. Camp is offered for children entering second–eighth grades. The program will include skill-building drills, fun games and competitive round robin play appropriate for each skill level. Participants should bring their own snack, water bottle, and tennis racquet and must wear sneakers.
The camp will be conducted by local middle school and high school tennis coaches, with assistance from selected high performing players from the high school teams. The cost is $250/player and will include a camp T-shirt. Proceeds from the camp will benefit the Court of Champions Tennis Project.
Manhasset High School Senior, Alexandra Boisselle, and her synchronized skating team, The Skyliners, won the gold medal at the U.S. Synchronized Skating Championships in Ontario, California, March 3-5. Scoring 127.48 points for their free skate performance to the music of Phantom of the Opera and 63.37 points for their short program. The team skated their best performance of the season, finishing 12 points ahead of the second place team. This remarkable achievement was the ultimate reward to an astounding season for the Westchester based skating team.
You know that spring has begun when press releases about the Storm Trysail Club’s 24th biennial Block Island Race Week start appearing. The regatta, scheduled from Monday through Saturday, June 20-24, serves as both the 2011 IRC East Coast Championship (held for the previous six years in Annapolis, Md.) and the J/122 National Championship. The event also will feature the debut of a new J/111 class and has eliminated former PHRF restrictions that will open up the event to more sailors.
As part of conditioning for the sport of rowing, athletes train on rowing machines known as an ergometer (or “erg” for short). Competitive indoor rowing has become a sport in its own right, where rowers try to clock the fastest time possible for a given distance, and indoor rowing competitions are held all over the world.
Manhasset had 35 athletes competing in the OLMA Indoor Sprints held recently at Our Lady of Mercy in Syosset and came home with an impressive 8 medals.
What more can you say about a team that has now won 30 games in a row? Lots. The Saint Mary’s Boys’ Varsity Basketball Team had the fans on their feet, cheering to the point where many were losing their voices from the excitement on the court at Fordham University’s gymnasium this past Saturday afternoon. The Gaels came out strong in the first quarter against Mount Saint Michael (Bronx) and shortly after, that’s when the Mountaineers turned up the heat and things got very competitive up and down the court. For a good portion of the game, the teams remained neck and neck, but then St. Mary’s fell behind and the game could have gone either way.
March 27-29 more than 150 swimmers from the Long Island Aquatic Club (LIAC) will compete in the 2011 Short Course Junior Olympics at the Nassau County Aquatic Center. The athletes representing Long Island Aquatic Club will compete against swimmers from all over the New York Metropolitan area during the three- day meet. Athletes in this competition range in ages from 8–18. To qualify for the event many of the swimmers have been practicing 5-6 times a week and achieved their qualifying standards in other local swim meets throughout the year. When asked about their training, Head Coach Ginny Nussbaum replied, “The swimmers who have qualified for this weekend’s competition have challenged themselves in practice all year long and we look forward to watching their success this weekend.”
Coming off a sensational last second victory in the semifinals, Manhasset stepped back to earth from the clouds, and returned to the business of preparing for their game against Lawrence for the Nassau County title. And prepare they did! Coaches Bruns and Goldman increased their practices/scrimmages during the week to get their players ready for the game against a very athletic Lawrence team.
From the tip off, top seeded Manhasset controlled almost every facet of the game, beating Lawrence 73-59 to capture the Nassau/Section 8 Class A Championship. The last time Manhasset won this title was the 1996-97 season.
After an exciting, unstoppable 24-0 season, Saint Mary’s High School’s Boys’ Varsity Basketball Team brought home the 2011 Nassau Suffolk Catholic High School Athletic Association (NSCHSAA) Championship title by defeating the Chaminade Flyers 74-43 at the Mack Sports Complex at Hofstra University last week. This is the second consecutive year the Gaels have captured the prestige of this league title. The impressive turnout of loyal fans and new supporters of the Gaels was a spectacular showing for the team.
The team went on to the New York State CHSAA Semifinals in Buffalo this past weekend to take on Canisius High School. It was another show stopping display of talent and teamwork to come home with a 71-58 win.
Last Friday, Feb. 25, Manhasset met Floral Park in the Nassau County Class A Boys Basketball semifinals at SUNY-Old Westbury. The last two conference games between these two teams were decided by a total of 5 points, each victorious at home.
Entering the court before the game, you could feel the excitement in the air, as Manhasset fans packed their side of the stands. Minutes before the jump, there was not a seat to be had.
The first and second quarters had Manhasset ahead by 12-9 and 29-19 respectively, as their defense stiffened, with Amitrano and Maimone-Medwick shutting down Floral Park’s two big guns McIntosh and Wilson. Combined with the outside shooting of Merola and Troia, the inside strength of Tibbs and the added contributions of Connolly and Tompkins, Manhasset took the halftime lead by 10 points.
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