The Radio Controlled (R/C) Air Show at the North Hempstead Aerodrome on June 10 exceeded all expectations. Between 200 and 250 spectators and flyers from all over converged on the site for this first annual day of flying, expert demonstration and hands-on teaching.
The weather was perfect – not too hot, winds were calm – a great day for being outdoors. The morning began with open flying by club members showing off their latest creations. Airplanes and helicopters of all types and sizes were flown. Around noon, choreographed flying routines were performed starting with Justin Jee, a 9-year-old flyer from New Jersey who has been astounding spectators since he was 4. Justin flew a 35 percent Pilot-RC Extra 300 with a 107” wingspan and later a 700 sized electric helicopter. He made rolling circles look like child’s play. Mike Krug, a local flyer, wowed the audience with his electric-ducted fan jet which tops out at 180 mph, and his Eurocopter AS350 scale helicopter.
Manhasset’s Crew Team traveled to Saratoga Springs, New York, to race against more than 600 boats and 3,000 rowers who competed in the 2012 New York State Scholastic Rowing Championships in mid-May. Both the boy and girl crews continued the team’s winning tradition in the two-day regatta.
A group of Manhasset girls entered their first soccer tournament recently and did amazingly well. They were placed in the top division of the Under 7 age group in the Commack tournament, which meant they were playing some of the best teams of their age on Long Island.
On Tuesday, June 5, the 18 Holers played the Beautification Tournament. The winners were:
1st: Susan Larocca and Mary Lou Dilorio 64 (31) MOC
2nd: Maura Connolly and Dee Conway 64 (33) MOC
3rd: Christine Corwen and Lisa Healy 64 (34) MOC
4th: Lou Ann Gribbon and Bonnie Flynn 65 (29) MOC
On Monday, May 14, the Manhasset Boys Varsity Track and Field team dominated the middle distance and distance events to defeat conference rival Lynbrook en route to a second place finish at the Division 3B Championships held at Floral Park Memorial High School. Along the way to accumulating over 100 points, the Indians took home three individual Divisional titles and 13 individual All-Division honors.
Leading the way were junior middle distance standout Travis Burger and junior distance runner Stephen Bourguet, each of whom scored in multiple events. Burger continued his strong season in the 400m intermediate hurdles, taking home the Divisional title. Burger, currently ranked fifth in Nassau County in the event, posted a personal best of 57.2 at the Glen Loucks Games in White Plains, NY earlier this spring.
The Saint Mary’s High School Varsity Boys’ Lacrosse Team has captured the 2012 Catholic High School Athletic Association (CHSAA) Metropolitan Class A Title for the second time in three years after an outstanding performance at home against Msgr. Farrell High School on May 29 with an 11-1 victory.
With Nick Hutchinson’s (attack) 4 goals and 1 assist, Quelsy Medina’s (midfield) 3 goals, and Tim Ahern (attack) 3 assists, also adding a goal. Goalie Matt Atwell had 15 saves holding Monsignor Farrell to one goal. Connor McNamara (defense) was a huge part in St. Mary’s success defending Farrell’s top scorer and was the game MVP.
Town of North Hempstead Councilwoman Anna M. Kaplan, along with her husband Darren and daughter Sarah, were among the spectators lining the shores at Centre Island Beach, enthusiastically cheering on Manhasset’s HS Crew Team at the Long Island Rowing Championships the weekend of May 5-6.
“It’s wonderful to have athletic programs for our youth that develop talent and team spirit and take advantage of our community’s waterways,” stated Mrs. Kaplan. “Rowing is a beautiful sport to watch and I have a lot of respect for the strength and stamina it takes to succeed.” In between the races, Mrs. Kaplan took the opportunity to meet and congratulate Manhasset athletes and parents who participated in the event.
It’s back by popular demand: the North Shore Kayak Club has scheduled its annual clinic for Thursday evening, June 7, at 7 p.m., at the Town Dock in Port Washington. The clinic is designed to provide a broad overview of recreational, flat-water kayaking. It is specifically targeted to beginning and novice kayakers, as well as those with no kayaking experience who are interested in learning more about this enjoyable and relaxing activity. The rain date is Monday, June 11 at 7 p.m.
Manhasset iRock Volleyball (U16) team placed first in their pool and competed in the semifinals in the GEVA Regional Championship tournament on Sunday. With only six girls, the team played 13 games in a span of 12 hours with no substitutions and despite injuries. Under the leadership of Coach Tom Shean, Manhasset High School Varsity Volleyball coach, and assisted by Coach Grace Lee, the girls competed valiantly and demonstrated courage, determination, and grit. This team faced tough opponents throughout the club season but persevered through hard work and focus. They often played with only six girls in competition with no opportunity to rest while other teams have 12 or more members. “Everyone made huge improvements. I am thrilled to see how they actively support each other to do their very best,” says Coach Shean.
Last Sunday, the Manhasset Bay Sailing Foundation and the Knickerbocker Cup Foundation sponsored a very special event right here in Manhasset Bay. It is called the Dennis Conner-Ed du Moulin Junior Match Race. Back in the 1980s, when the Knickerbocker Yacht Club was the organizing authority for the Knickerbocker Cup, the late Ed du Moulin, a past commodore of the Knickerbocker YC, and Dennis Conner got together and thought it would be a grand idea to have juniors match race for a special trophy.
This was no surprise for those who knew Ed du Moulin, for he was known for taking junior sailors from all the clubs around the bay, and beyond, out on his Lady Del, and not only get them excited about sailing, but imparting the wisdom of his many years of blue water racing. Today, there are major racers around Long Island Sound who remember Ed fondly as the person who introduced them to sailing and changed their lives forever.
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