This past Sunday morning, Oct. 3, while most were likely still quietly snug in their bed sheets, 19 members of the Manhasset Boys Cross Country program braved brisk winds and cool temperatures for the opportunity to provide hydration and good cheer to the 5,000+ female participants in the first annual Diva Half Marathon held at Eisenhower Park.
The race, which attracted athletes from across the country and Canada, was anticipated to be one of the top destination races in the country. The young men arrived via parent carpools by 7 a.m. and worked diligently throughout the morning, setting up the hydration stations and then distributing water and Gatorade to racers at two adjacent mile-markers along the course.
The second annual Court of Champions Principal’s Classic was held on Saturday, Sept. 25 at the Manhasset High School tennis courts to raise funds for the Dr. David H. Dorman Tennis Center slated to break ground in June 2011. Thirty-two students from Manhasset in grades 7-12 participated in the event. Students played qualifying rounds in random pairings to earn points to gain entry to the quarterfinal rounds. Eight students earned entry to the quarterfinals.
Elizabeth Kreitman and Harrison Barsky squared off against Nicole Koskovolis and Caprice Catalano. Kade Kenlon and Collier Sutter met Jamie Lopez and Jesse Levitin to compete for a spot in the semi finals. Koskovolis/Catalano and Lopez/Levitin prevailed and advanced to meet in the semi final round. Jamie Lopez and Jesse Levitin won the semifinal round, which gave them the privilege of playing with Principal Dr. Dean Schlanger and Superintendent Charles Cardillo in the final round.
On Saturday, Sept. 25, the Vietnam Veterans of America, Chapters 11 and 82, and local service organizations held the first annual “Steps for Homeless Vets,” a one-mile walk on the beautiful golf course at the Northport VA Medical Center. This walk-a-thon raised funds to support homeless veterans enrolled in the Northport VAMC’s homeless veteran programs. Girls Scouts are using $1 of every $20 collected to purchase personal care and support items for homeless veterans with families. With the help of the VA the balance is being used to help local homeless veterans secure a safe and comfortable place to call home.
For the seventh consecutive summer, the swimmers, kayakers and volunteers of our local Swim Across America team, TEAM HOPE, have combined to “make waves to fight cancer.” Despite the difficult economy, our generous community has, once again, enabled TEAM HOPE to have a real impact.
On Wednesday, July 28, 37 TEAM HOPE pool swimmers each swam one mile at the Nassau County Aquatic Center. By doing so, they raised over $51,000 to support cancer research, treatment and prevention. Then, on Saturday, Aug. 14, 21 open water swimmers plunged into LI Sound for a one-mile or 5k swim. In the process, they raised over $32,000. In all, TEAM HOPE has raised over $83,000 this summer.
The Port Washington Yacht Club is holding its 13th Annual Charity Cup Gala and Regatta to benefit Family & Children’s on Friday and Saturday, Oct. 8-9. Friday evening is cocktails and hors d’oeuvres at 6 p.m. followed by dinner with wine pairings, and a live and silent auction. Saturday is a fun filled day with racing starting a little after 11:45 a.m. at the Worry Wart. Entry fee for each boat is $75, which entitles all crew members to the barbecue following the race, with a cash bar available. Awards are not dependent upon the number of boats in a division and the first three finishers in each class will receive an award. The captains meeting will take place at 10 a.m. in the Grill Room at the PWYC. Registration deadline is Oct. 7 at 5 p.m., and if you plan to race in the non-spinnaker class, you need to let the Race Committee know by this deadline. Free moorings are available to all Charity Cup entrants.
Manhasset Varsity went 6-2 for the regular season in the Spring League. Winning three playoff games and ultimately the championship game to go 10-2 overall.
The same team played the Summer League, finishing with an 8-2 record for regular season play. They won the first playoff game, but lost in the semifinals to end up with a 9-3 record. They finished overall with a 19-5 record for both seasons.
The Manhasset Girls swim team begins the 2010 season as the # 2 ranked team in Nassau County. The Indians will compete in Conference 1 for the dual meet season and Division B. The team will blend a strong returning group infused with some young talent, as the goal is to try and capture a 7th Division title in the past eight seasons.
The team is comprised of seventh-graders Kylie Mulholland and Grace Kenlon. Ninth-graders include Maria Kouspos, Marisa Aliprantis, Finola Meyer, Caroline Cozzens, Amanda Lopez, Jenny Cook (County Finalist), Madeleine Quinn (County Finalist) and Sarah Henry (All-County).
The Manhasset Board of Education unanimously voted “yes” on naming the “Court of Champions Tennis Project” the David H. Dorman Tennis Center at their July 29 board meeting. The committee anticipates breaking ground for the three additional courts around June of 2011.
There was never any question, the committee indicated, as to who the courts should be named after.
For 32 years he has coached both boys and girls varsity tennis teams, and was named Section VIII Tennis Coach of the Year in 1983 and Nassau County Scholastic Coach of the Year by the USTA in 2006.
Dr. Dorman‘s entire professional career has been at Manhasset High School, where he has been teaching for 46 years. Having taught all levels of social studies, he currently teaches AP World History. In 1991 he was named a Woodrow Wilson Fellow and Master Teacher in World History by the Woodrow Wilson Foundation of Princeton University. More recently, he was named the Joseph B. Whitehead Educator of Distinction for 2006, a national award sponsored by the Coca Cola Scholars Foundation.
Long Island and Manhasset are making themselves known in international waters and in rowing, there are some athletes 17 years old and under that are winning national and international attention.
The Sagamore Summer Rowing Team, formed this year by Manhasset High School crew coach Hugo Guardado has put Long Island on the map in the world of international competitive rowing. A select group of rowers from Manhasset and other Long Island towns were chosen to be a part of the elite Sagamore summer team which competed in the Independence Day Regatta in Philadelphia, U.S. Club National Championships in Tennessee and the 128th Royal Canadian Henley in Canada.
Phil Robertson, Waka Racing (NZL) and his crew of Garth Ellingham, Sam Bell and James Williamson, have won the 2010 Knickerbocker Cup and win an automatic entry into the Argo Gold Cup, one of the stops on the World Match Racing Tour. Manhasset Bay Commodore and Knickerbocker Cup PRO, Sue Miller, and Ted Weisberg, Manhasset Bay YC member and a Director of both the Match Racing Association (MRA) and the World Match Racing Tour (WMRT) were on hand to present the team with their award and the invitation to the Argo Gold Cup.
Taylor Canfield, Team ISV, (ISV) with crewmembers Matt Clark, Tod Reynolds and Dave Shriner won the first ever East Coast Trifecta, a series of three Grade 2 back-to-back match racing events at the CMRC Chicago Cup, the Toyota International Match Race for the Detroit Cup and the Knickerbocker Cup. Kirk Brown, Umpire and representative from the Congressional Cup, Long Beach YC was on hand to give Canfield his invitation to the event to be held in March 2011.
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