All those who truly love the water and are forever grateful that we live so close to Manhasset Bay and Long Island Sound get very excited when another opportunity opens to get people out on the water. Well, the sailing community has another reason to celebrate this week and it is all because of a group of rowers who worked very hard to bring rowing to Schreiber High School. Congratulations are in order to each one for all their efforts and thanks to those who had a hand in helping this group realize their dream. Read on!
Friends of Port Rowing Inc, a new not-for-profit community organization, recently arranged an introductory lesson in team rowing for Schreiber High School students. The students were invited to row in an Eight with crew team members of Chaminade High School by Chaminade coach John Callinan. Parents and friends witnessed the enthusiasm of the new rowers and pronounced the day an auspicious and historic start of a great, new water sport for Schreiber.
This past Saturday, the Manhasset Boys Varsity Cross Country team took home their third consecutive Conference III Championship by a convincing margin despite being an underdog to Hewlett High School going into the race. Charlie Morris (16:35) and teammate Stephen Bourguet (16:36) ran away from the rest of the field, setting personal bests on their way to a 1-2 finish, as they continued their march to the top of the county rankings. Mark Chouryguin (17:49) and Jon Thomas (17:59) finished 10th and 11th to join them in receiving All-Conference honors. The most remarkable performance of the day came from unheralded senior Lou Liberta (18:24) - an improvement of 1:02 over his previous best time. His 17th place finish cemented the victory for the Indians. Matthew Tam (19:03) and David Nassirian (19:11) turned in outstanding performances to round out the scoring for the Varsity squad. Manhasset defeated its nearest opponent, Hewlett, 41-58.
It is hard to believe that the summer is over and boats are making their way to the boatyards for the long winter months. With the weather we are having, it seems like we should just keep on sailing, getting out on the boat with family and friends and enjoy yet another day on beautiful Manhasset Bay or Long Island Sound. Aren’t we lucky to have such an extended fall season?
Catching up on some of the activity around the bay: For starters, Port Washington had a terrific Charity Regatta a few weeks ago. According to Dan Hanley, event chair, the following is, in part, a recap of the event.
“Without a doubt this year’s Regatta was a roaring success, from the Gala evening Friday, Oct. 8 to the actual Regatta race on Saturday. Friday night’s Gala was an evening to remember with a fabulous five-course meal paired with wines with every course. Karen Kankle, from Paumanok Vineyards of Aquebogue, NY explained each wine as the course was served. The music was great and almost everyone got up to dance. Many thanks to Rita Brooks for the Friday evening Gala as it was her idea and a stroke of genius.
For the second year in a row, the Manhasset High School girl’s tennis team has won a division championship. The team finished with a regular season record of 12-2, tied for first place with Cold Spring Harbor and Great Neck South. This year’s team was led by senior tri-captains Christina George, Lizzie Kreitman and Victoria Kapovic. Singles courts were anchored by freshmen Nicole Koskovolis and Courtney DiGia along with junior Kaitlin Miller. Doubles courts were handled by the three tri-captains (Christina, Lizzie, and Victoria) along with Caroline Boylan, Jessica Eggers, Tierney Flynn, Caitlin Gleason, Emily Lattner, Julie Paone, and Emily Santos. The team manager was Alexa Lopez.
The Manhasset Girls Varsity swim team concluded their dual meet season Oct. 29 by defeating rival Sewanhaka. The victory secured a tie for second place in Conference I with Jericho and a 7-2 record. The MHS team’s only losses were a heartbreaking one-point loss to Jericho and a defeat to undefeated Garden City.
On Oct. 25 and 27, the girls swimming and diving team competed against nine other teams in the Division B Championship. The Manhasset team carried some extra motivation as they would try and avenge their one point loss to Division rival Jericho.
PATV’s production of the ribbon-cutting ceremony and day of softball with Olympic Gold Medalist Jennie Finch will be cablecast on Cablevision, channel 20 and Verizon channel 37 on Wednesday, Nov. 3 at 9:30 p.m., Friday, Nov. 5 at 6:30 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 6 at 6 p.m. and Sunday Nov. 7 at 6:30 p.m. For additional cablecast times, see the schedule in the Manhasset Press. The day included a pitching clinic for girls of all ages and a tribute to Rocky Pacent, beloved coach and community leader. Tune in to see the transformation of the field at Manhasset High School into a beautiful turf field, complete with scoreboard, serving softball players for years to come, thanks to a determined fundraising team and the generosity of our community.
On a great day for rowing, Manhasset’s High School crew team kicked off their fall racing season at the Tail of the Fish Regatta in Saratoga Springs, New York. The team sent 10 boats to compete on the 2.3-mile course on Fish Creek and came home decorated with seven medals—1 Gold, 1 Silver and 5 Bronze!
Boys Varsity 4s - 3rd, bronze – Alex Kavourias (coxswain), Stefan Hummel, Christian Voto, Sean McIntee, Max Johnson
Boys JV 4s – 1st, gold – Carlo Calcagni (coxswain), Matt LoBello, Jamie Izzo, Justin Erb, Paris Thatos
Two doubles teams represented Manhasset High School at the Nassau County Sec. VIII Girls Tennis Tournament that was held at Oceanside HS on Saturday, Oct. 16.
The team of Nicole Koskovolis and Courtney DiGia advanced three rounds by defeating the team of Tamborino and Bentz of Massapequa HS and then defeating the team of Lavin and Kohan from Friends Academy.
In the late Spring, the seventh- and eighth-grade Long Island Senior Girls’ Youth Lacrosse League teams brought home the Long Island championships in each grade. Both seasons culminated at Massapequa’s Field of Dreams where Manhasset dominated for the Long Island titles.
Coached by Devin Beresheim, Jim Kenny, John Keogh and Andy Phillips, the seventh-grade LISGYLL Manhasset Girls had another amazing spring season with a 12-1 record, avenging their only loss to the North Shore seventh- and eighth-grade team. Playing teams such as Garden City, Wantagh, Farmingdale and North Shore, the athletes rose to the occasion in the finals beating the Suffolk County champs, Huntington, 16-11.
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