It has been a terrific season for Manhasset Boys Varsity Basketball. Their achievement to date is attributed to each and every player on the team. Coached by George Bruns and Stu Goldman, the team appears to be in control of their own destiny.
On Tuesday, Jan. 11, Manhasset played Great Neck North at MHS, defeating them 58-42. It was a team scoring effort with Troia (20), Merola (11), Amitrano (8), Tibbs (7), Maimone-Medwick (6) and Tompkins (4).
On Friday, Jan. 14, Manhasset played Floral Park at MHS, in a game between two undefeated teams that would have the winner in sole possession of first place in their conference. The first half saw each team sizing their opponent up with Floral Park taking the halftime lead 40-30. Entering the fourth quarter, Floral Park had an 11-point lead. With minutes left in the game Manhasset rallied with a ferocious man defense to outlast Floral Park 64-63. Scoring had Troia (29), Merola (15), Tibbs (12), Amitrano (4) and Maimone-Medwick (4). After the game, the entire team was mobbed on the floor by all.
Manhasset High School senior, Alexandra Boisselle, will represent the United States for the second year in a row with her team, Skyliners Synchronized Skating Team. By winning the World Junior Team Selection Competition held Jan. 7-8 in Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, Skyliners earned the top spot as “Team USA 1.” This accomplishment enables them to compete against the best junior teams in the world at the 2011 Junior World Challenge Cup to be held March 10-12 in Neuchatel, Switzerland.
Anna’s position at the forefront of women’s sailing, both nationally and internationally, appears deceivingly effortless. The selection panel lauded the number of classes in which she competes and is competitive in. “She hardly trains in the Laser Radial anymore, yet wins when she sails that boat,” remarked one panelist about the 2008 Laser Olympic Gold Medalist who won the 2010 Laser Radial Women’s North American Championship. Another panelist commented that “she is our modern-day Betsy Alison - doing it all.”
When Dante Agnew, Charles McCann and Chavaughn Lewis decided to take their talents to St. Mary’s High School four years ago, they joined a program with a storied history but in the midst of a transition. After a successful freshman campaign, the program, two years removed from Tim Cluess leaving, welcomed coach Bill Harkins who restored the discipline, work ethic, defense and constant movement that made St. Mary’s a top program. It didn’t take Harkins long to reestablish order and with Agnew, McCann and Lewis as juniors, the Gaels captured the Nassau Suffolk Catholic League title and went deep into the State Tournament. That taste pointed this talented group of underclassmen to dedicate themselves to improving individually and as a team for their senior season. Harkins laid out an off-season plan and tough preseason schedule that was certain to prepare the Gaels for the tough Catholic League action and beyond.
Sailors are known for embracing tradition. New Year’s weekend was a good example of a longtime tradition here on Manhasset Bay. Back in 1932 at the Knickerbocker Yacht Club, a group of intrepid men thought it might be a good idea to spend the day racing on the bay. Not unusual as the bay has seen many a regatta even back then. But the day was January 2 and it rained, hailed and snowed. Grog and chowder were served all day, and over 100 spectators were reported to have enjoyed the afternoon’s entertainment. The group even had the frostbite burgee on hand, having just finished it the day before. Thus the scene was set, the races begun and the first ever Frostbite regatta was held. After racing, the first of many annual meeting commenced. Thus began the tradition that exists to this day. If it is New Year’s, then it must be frostbiting. While it was the men of Manhasset Bay who started this tradition, there are fleets of frostbiters up and down Long Island Sound.
Many in the sailing community are familiar with a very special museum up in Bristol, RI. It is the home of the America’s Cup Hall of Fame and has a long and wonderful history with the Herreshoff family. Well, news coming out from that corner of the world indicates that a new chapter has begun with the appointment of Dyer Jones, Newport RI, as its chief executive officer.
Well-known for his work in three recent America’s Cup events – as Regatta Director for the 32nd America’s Cup in Valencia, Spain, and as chief executive and regatta director for the Challengers in the 2000 and 2003 America’s Cup events held in Auckland, New Zealand – Jones also spent close to 30 years in various positions with The Anchorage, Inc. (Warren, R.I.) which designs and manufactures Dyer Boats. In addition, he is co-author of The 12 Metre Class: A History of the International 12 Metre Class and is a former Commodore of the New York Yacht Club.
St. Mary’s CYO basketball program hosted an Eighth Grade Christmas Tournament on Tuesday and Thursday of Christmas week. The tournament pitted the powerhouse CYO boys’ programs of St. Rose of Massapequa, St. Catherine’s of Franklin Square and St. Hugh’s of Huntington against St. Mary’s Manhasset team. The level of competition was extremely high in all the games with many future high school stars showing off their shooting, rebounding and passing skills throughout the tournament. St. Mary’s dominated the first round action against a feisty St. Rose team with strong inside play from Sal Fradella, Thomas Duran and Tramont Smith while James Thomas, Will Charbonneau, Joe Enea and Peter Klimuskzo lead the defensive effort.
New York Islanders Hockey Club players visited patients at North Shore University Hospital and handed out holiday presents to the kids. At times it was very touching and it was obvious the players loved visiting the hospital.
Pictured are hockey defenseman Radek Martinek and forward Trent Hunter signing autographs for one young fan.
Finishing its fifth season, the SCA Saturday Series adaptive sports class was an overwhelming success this fall. The Skills-n-Drills Bootcamp Recess Games had children, teen helpers and coaches giving high-fives all round for a great season for kids and parents alike.
The program is back for one last season in the winter 2011 SCA Saturday Series as Coach Chris Speziali from PowerPals and his team of ‘big buddy’ trainers work with special needs children to teach the basics skills needed to play recess and schoolyard games. The program will have the same format as the fall 10, with children working with their ‘big buddy’ at six different skill stations, then coming together for a group sport at the end of the class.
“The winter Saturday Series is the last chance for children to experience Coach Chris’ amazing class which teaches popular schoolyard and recess games,” Manhasset SEPTA Co-president Lori Mann stated. “Sign up now for winter 2011 to see what all the parents are raving about as their special needs children learn how to play kickball, red light-green light, hopscotch, and dodge ball in a supportive, adaptive setting,” Mann added.
On Sunday, Dec. 12, the Long Island Flag Football/ NFL Youth League (www.liffl.com) hosted their annual Youth Super Bowl for all age groups. The Manhasset Ravens won the Junior Varsity Central division for ages 9-11, by defeating the Huntington Bay Jets 13-0. The game was played in driving rain and strong winds during a nor’easter at Bethpage High School. Led by quarterback, Manny Maldonado, the Manhasset Ravens offense scored twice in the first half on a 40-yard touchdown run by Theo Tiliakos and a 30-yard touchdown catch by Nick Paternostro. On the defensive side, the Manhasset Ravens held its opponent scoreless thanks to two interceptions by Jake Tamares, two key defensive stops in the red zone, and severe weather conditions which guaranteed a low scoring game. Noteworthy performances were also turned in by Antonio Mirante, William Boutzalis, Salvatore Mancuso and Sean Erickson. The victory marked the fifth straight playoff win for the Ravens, a streak that featured an offense that produced over 100 points and a defense that only allowed 20 points.
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