Buckley Country Day School upper school students from Manhasset earned top honors at the end of this winter’s interscholastic basketball season. Lt. to rt.: Madison Rielly, Most Improved Player, girls’ seventh- and eighth-grade Red Team; Christiana Psyllos, Bulldog Spirit Award, girls’ seventh- and eighth-grade Red Team; and Christopher Nishimura, Most Improved Player, boys’ seventh- and eighth-grade Blue Team. Congratulations to all.
Conor Beil, age 14, a current ninth-grader at Manhasset High School, recently competed in the 2013 National Age-Group Swimming Association Classic in Clearwater, FL from April 3-6. Over 533 swimmers from 45 teams in the United States attended the NASA Showcase Classic. In order to compete, Conor had to have achieved National AAA rated swimming times.
Conor placed third in the 1650-yard freestyle with a time of 16:52.41; ninth in the 500-yard freestyle with a time of 4:55.04; 11th in the 100-yard backstroke with a time of 56.98; and 12th in the 200-yard backstroke with a time of 2:03.88. After returning home to Manhasset, Conor went back to the pool to train daily for the long-course swimming season that begins in May. Conor swims with the National Team of the Long Island Aquatic Club.
Dawn Riley, executive director of Oakcliff Sailing Center, was at the Port Washington Public Library last week to discuss the behind-the-scenes news for this year’s America’s Cup. NAC’s very popular boat trips will return this season and will start in June and run through August. Registration for the boat trips is required.
The Cow Bay Cruising Association held its annual organizational meeting and awards at Manhasset Bay YC last week. Commodore Anthony Viola opened the meeting and a discussion was held on the upcoming racing schedule, Race Committee information, and other items of interest to those who race big boats each Thursday evening though the warm summer months. Last year the group connected with YachtScoring, an online scoring system that is used for major regattas throughout the United States. In addition to going online to see the final scores each week, YachtScoring has a “crew/boat board,” where interested sailors (and non-sailors) can add their name for a spot on a Thirsty Thursday boat. So if anyone out there reading this is interested in hopping on board a boat, the link to sign up is: http://www.yachtscoring.com/emenu.cfm?eID=822.
The Manhasset Boys Varsity Track & Field team opened up their conference season in fine fashion, earning convincing victories over Lynbrook, Glen Cove and Plainedge high schools on a cold, blustery afternoon on the south shore. The Indians’ wins came as a result of a balanced attack, scoring points in nearly all of the 16 contested events.
Senior captain Matthew Wilshere led the way, anchoring the 4x400m relay time in a personal best split of 54.3, after recording wins in both the 400m Intermediate Hurdles (61.1) and 110m High Hurdles (17.8). Taquan Thomas was the team’s top point scorer, with 16 points, earning the top spot in the 400m (53.4) and 200m (24.1) while adding a second place finish in the triple jump (34’8.75”) in his first attempt at that event. Brad Spilka also turned in a solid performance, finishing third in the 400m IH, second in the long jump, and anchoring the 4x100m relay to a second-place finish. Martin Weismann won the high jump (5’6”) for his first ever varsity meet victory.
Racing on local Hempstead Harbor waters, on Saturday, April 13, Manhasset’s High School crew team participated in the 2nd Annual Row for Autism hosted by the Port Rowing Club and co-sponsored by the Town of North Hempstead. MHS Crew sent four boats to support the fundraising event and compete along with the 18 other high school and club teams that participated.
Manhasset’s Mens and Womens Novice squads proudly claimed three Gold and one Bronze Medal for their four entries in the regatta. Representing Manhasset in the event were:
Grant Petracca, son of Gene and Janine Petracca, a current seventh-grader at Manhasset Middle School, has been named as a 2013 Brine National All-Star and has been selected to represent the Brine Long Island South Team at the 2013 Brine National All-Star Lacrosse Academy and Brine National Lacrosse Classic to be held in Boyds, MD June 30-July 3.
The Brine National All-Star Lacrosse Academy brings the top middle school lacrosse players in the country to one venue, where regional teams will compete to become the 2013 National Champion. The regional teams are coached by NCAA lacrosse coaches.
Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) is a progressive neurodegenerative disease that affects nerve cells in the brain and the spinal cord. Eventually, people with ALS lose the ability to initiate and control muscle movement, which often leads to total paralysis and death within two to five years of diagnosis. For unknown reasons, veterans are twice as likely to develop ALS as the general population. There is no cure, and only one drug approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) modestly extends survival.
John B. Thomson, Jr., a long-time member of our community, has ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease. John was the inspiration for the Manhasset Bay Fall Series, started in 1979 to promote big boat racing in Western Long Island Sound when racing conditions were the best (read good wind). John is also known around the world for his sailing/racing achievements. A few years ago, his three children organized a birthday party for their father, and the place was packed with sailors/racers who came from Newport, the west coast and international harbors to celebrate and honor this remarkable man.
The 2013 Manhasset Girls’ Varsity Lacrosse team looks to be talented and deep. Seniors Sarah Barcia (Penn), Kate Conway (Amherst), Alice Coughlin (Trinity), Christina Manis (Bucknell), Emily Markham (Yale), Madison Molinari (Bucknell), and Lauren Procaccino (Washington & Lee); and Juniors Jacklyn D’Alleva (Penn), Cara DePippo (Dartmouth), Julia Glynn (Harvard), Brigid Kenny (Fairfield), Emily Koufakis (Stanford), and Natalie Stefan (Penn) have all committed to play lacrosse at the collegiate level. Under the leadership of Coaches Danielle Gallagher and Meghan Clarke, the team is also ambitious; the girls are out to demonstrate that Manhasset is one of top teams in the nation.
As part of their preparation, and thanks to the support of the Manhasset Lacrosse Hall of Fame, the team journeyed to Maryland during spring break. Highlights from the trip included a 15-4 victory over perennial Baltimore-area power Notre Dame Prep, a tour of the National Lacrosse Hall of Fame, and a hard-fought Maryland-Penn game featuring Halle Majorana (MHS ’12) on attack for Maryland and Meg Markham (MHS ’11) on defense for Penn. The Manhasset girls will certainly have an opportunity to prove themselves as five of the top 20 teams from the Inside Lacrosse Women National High School Rankings that are on their schedule.
Women sailors from New Zealand, Sweden and Switzerland will compete this summer in a new international match race series with a purse of $50,000 for the winner, with one of the races to be held in July at the Oakcliff Sailing Center in Oyster Bay.
“The women sailors have asked for a long time to have a Series of their own and WIMRA is thrilled to be in a position to work with our international event partner to make this happen”, says WIMRA Executive Director and former Match Racing World Champion, Liz Baylis. “The Weymouth Olympics highlighted the spectacular nature of match racing and the Women’s International Match Racing Series is going to take that to new heights.”
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