Buckley Country Day School upper school students from Manhasset earned top honors at the end of their interscholastic soccer season. Left to right: Madison Rielly, Most Valuable Player, girls fifth and sixth grade “A” team; Caroline Smith, Most Valuable Player, girls fifth and sixth grade “A” team; Christopher Nishimura, Bulldog Spirit Award, boys seventh and eighth grade “A” team; Angelo Bonvino, Most Improved Player, boys fifth and sixth grade “Red” team; and Kiana Cruz, Most Valuable Player, girls seventh and eighth grade team. Congratulations to all!
Presenting the third biennial ceremony since its inception in 2007, the Manhasset High School Booster Club Athletic Hall of Fame continued making a significant and positive impact on the entire town. In a sometimes emotional, sometimes hilarious, but always meaningful evening, over three hundred attendees were clearly delighted to witness the Hall’s membership grow from 12 to 17 and also extend recognition to the 1986 New York State Champion Boys Basketball Team. The five newest inductees were indeed a sparkling group—two women who rank among the greatest all-around athletes in school history (Carol Rainson Rose ’82 and Christine Kenny Goettelmann ’91), a pair of Manhasset’s longest tenured coaches who were also outstanding multi-sport athletes as students (Bruce Minerley ’65 and Bob Rule ’67) and the dynamic hoopster who led the Indians to their only state basketball championship – and also high jumped 6 inches over his head (Bob Gordon ’87).
New Booster Club President Tricia Glynn instituted a number of excellent innovations which were hailed by those present. The site was moved to the gym which was gaily decorated with over-sized orange and blue balloons surrounding the dozen tables on the floor (for honorees and guests) while fans crowded the stands. La Coquille catered the occasion with first-rate hors d’oeuvres and local resident Dawn McCormick provided professional photography to memorialize the event.
With Patrick Reilly and his talents in South Beach, St. Mary’s fifth grade team 7 squared off with a tough St. Philip Neri Northport team and emerged with a 25–12 win. Alex Racanelli grabbed 11 rebounds and Patrick Weber snared seven. Strong board play bolstered by pressure defense by Jackson Cherry, Louis Perfetto, Joseph Mulholland, Michael Farrell, Steven Vlahakis and John Whelan supported by scoring from Steven Salerno, Nicky Quinn and Timmy Kiggins helped run the record to 4-0.
St. Mary’s seventh grade boys won two games over the weekend to run their record to 5-0. They beat St. Edward 50-21. Brendan Barry and Najon Dorsanvil each had 12 points in the game. In the second game, Christian Andriotis was the high scorer with a season-high 13 points. Barry added 10 and Danny Hedberg had 8 points and a team-high 12 assists.
On Saturday, Jan. 21, the Court of Champions Tennis Committee will be having the 3rd annual Adult Winter Classic Tennis Mixer.
This year for the first time, the fundraising event will be held at the Billie Jean King National Tennis Center, in Flushing Meadows, the site of the US Open. The event will take place from 7:30 -11:30 p.m. and you can view all the matches from the viewing gallery as you enjoy fabulous hors d’oeuvres, gourmet buffet dinner, soft drinks, wine, beer and best of all play tennis.
Manhasset PAL registration for the Spring 2012 boys and girls lacrosse is now open at www.manhassetpal.org, continuing more than a half century of service for the youth of Manhasset. Manhasset PAL offers lacrosse programs for grades 1 through 8. Manhasset PAL is a unit of the Nassau County Police Activity League, a not-for-profit corporation to which the Nassau County Police Department assigns officers and otherwise assists in program administration.
The program will begin practices in early March and will complement the scheduling of Manhasset PAL baseball/softball, and will not conflict with the SCA Fair or (for the second graders) first holy communion Saturdays. First grade lacrosse is limited to an instructional clinic seeking to teach the fundamentals of the game and is usually held on Saturday mornings. The second grade program also will have a clinic on the weekend and then an additional session one day during the week. The cost for the program for first and second grade players is $75.
After back-to-back division titles in conference II, the Manhasset High School girls tennis team was moved to Conference I, the most competitive league in the county. The officials who oversee high school sports alignments must have been looking through a crystal ball because after a slow start, the team, led by Coach David Dorman, went on a roll. They won their last five regular season matches, finished with a regular season record of 9-5, and ended the season ranked number three in the county. Along the way, the girls defeated Garden City, Jericho, and Roslyn—three of Long Island’s traditional powers in girl’s tennis. This marvelous season ended with a loss to Port Washington in the semifinal round of the county championship tournament.
This past Saturday, Nov. 19, juniors Stephen Bourguet and Mary Welsh represented Manhasset Cross Country at the New York State Federation Championships in Wappinger Falls, NY. The Federation meet brings together the top harriers from the public, private, city, and parochial schools for one race to determine the very best runners in New York State.
This weekend’s lovely autumn weather created a picturesque landscape that belied how challenging the scenic 5K course at Bowdoin Park can be, even for the most experienced runners. The nearly 300 participants are lined up across an open field which quickly funnels the athletes into a narrow trail that wraps around another field—this one full of rolling hills. The runners have a short flat stretch before beginning a long ascent to the highest point of the park. The second half of the course is downhill and flat, which provides for a fast finish. The openness of the course, makes it an excellent race for spectators as well, who were treated to an array of outstanding performances.
A week after competing in the world’s largest regatta in Boston, Manhasset’s crew team traveled to Philadelphia to race in the 41st annual Head of the Schuylkill Regatta. This 2.5-mile head race along the scenic Schuylkill River is a two-day event that included approximately 5,800 rowers competing in more than 1,300 boats from 23 different states as well as from England, Canada and Australia.
With a weekend that started with a raw first day of racing that included freezing temperatures, sleet and snow, thankfully the wintry weather passed overnight and Sunday provided a clear day for the high school races.
Manhasset High School senior athletes who have recently signed to play at the collegiate level. The schools include:
J. Yunakov – Boston College
K. Miller – UCLA
H. Majorana – University of Maryland
T. Wenk – Franklin and Marshall
The Manhasset Girls Swimming and Diving Team competed in the Nassau County Team Championships held at the Nassau Aquatic Center on Nov. 2, Nov. 4, and Nov. 5. The MHS team followed up a strong Division meet with an incredible showing at the County Championships. This performance included two new school records, seven All-County recipients, seven All-Conference recipients, five State Qualifiers and a highlight reel of lifetime best performances. The team finished third overall in Nassau County scoring 342 points (behind Garden City and Bellmore Merrick).
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