Written by Ronald Scaglia Friday, 05 October 2012 00:00
“We were very disappointed,” says coach Bruce Stegner of having the streak come to an end. “We didn’t see it coming. It was disappointing that we couldn’t get to the same spot.”
However, while last year may have ended disappointingly, the team is primed to recapture their spot atop the county this year. The girls had a good start to the season, going 4-2-1, and Stegner says that his players have the skills and the talent to get back to the top.
“I think we have the ability to win the county championship and go further,” Stegner commented. “It comes down to commitment. We work as hard as the other teams and we make that commitment.”
With 11 seniors on the team, including six who played on the varsity team as sophomores, the team does not lack leadership or experience. Stegner has high praise for this group.
One player who has accomplished quite a lot in her career, and who Stegner speaks highly of is Rosie DiMartino. The midfielder is a prolific goal scorer who is closing in on the Massapequa girls varsity record for goals, which is currently held by her older sister Gina. He also singled out Victoria Maley, who he said like DiMartino is “a good distributor of the ball.”
“She runs the show,” the coach says of Maley’s leadership on the field.
The coach also speaks highly of forward Erica Modena, who he describes as a “playmaker, goal scorer, (with) very good foot skills.” He describes Anna Seneta as a “good athlete, hard working, quick, tenacious, (and) composed,” and said outside defender Nicole Epstein is “aggressive with good skills, good speed, and is a good attacking defender.” He also praised goaltender Emmalee Meyer, who has backstopped the varsity team since she was an eighth-grader.
These players continue the fine tradition of so many previous Massapequa soccer players. On Oct. 13, two of those players will be honored at “alumni night” to be held at Burns Park at 7 p.m. That night, when the 2012 team takes on MacArthur High School, Christina DiMartino, a 2005 graduate, and Christie Welsh, who graduated in 1999 will be honored. Both of these players had sparkling careers at Massapequa and went on to play for the U.S. National Team.
“We expect a pretty good turnout,” Stegner says of that game.
The season runs through October, and Stegner hopes it will continue through November, culminating with another county championship. It would be fitting end to the high school soccer career of some talented players.
“It’s tough to see them leave but they’ve been a great influence on the program,” he says of the team’s seniors.
Saturday, 08 March 2014 00:00
With kids today obsessed with all the latest electronic gaming gadgets — the Playstation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo 3DS, and the like — you’d think that the comparatively antiquated concept of pushing a piece of plastic along a sheet of cardboard would be eschewed by your average teenager; however, judging by the crowd of kids at the Massapequa Public Library’s Board Game Café, this actually may not be the case.
Young Adult Services librarian Peter Cirona, who created the Board Game Café at the library’s Central Avenue branch (in addition to a whole host of other young adult programs), said that it’s a great way for kids to socialize and play some classic board games in a fun and friendly environment.
Friday, 07 March 2014 00:00
On Feb. 27, parents in the Levittown, East Meadow, Massapequa and Farmingdale school districts came together for an informal pannel discussion on the New York State Education Department and the implementation of the state Common Core Learning Standards. Panelists included New York State Assemblyman Thomas McKevitt, Jeanette Deutermann of the Long Island Opt Out Facebook page, and former public school teacher David Greene, who came to the Farmingdale Public Library to talk with local parents about key concerns and questions with the curriculum.
Outspoken parent and founder of the Long Island Opt Out movement, Deutermann, delved into some of the factors behind what led to the state’s adoption of the Common Core, and how the state education department cites High School graduation rates as its reasoning behind the curriculum.
Thursday, 06 March 2014 09:47
One of Major League Soccer’s top front office executives has many fond memories of growing up in the Long Island Junior Soccer League (LIJSL). Bill Manning, the President of Western Conference champion Real Salt Lake and the club’s field, Rio Tinto Stadium, played for the LIJSL Select Team from 1979 to ‘83 as well as the Massapequa Soccer Club from 1972 to ‘83.
Manning’s Massapequa teams had virtually the same players from Under-10 to Under-19, but kept changing their name depending on who their coach was. He played for the Massapequa Flying Dutchmen (coached by Kurt Knoblauch), the Massapequa Bugs (Dick Roche), the Massapequa Cosmos (Jerry Lyons) and the Massapequa Bulls (coached by his father, also named Bill Manning). The Bulls might have lost in the Eastern New York Youth Soccer Association (ENYYSA) State Open Cup finals to B/W Gottschee in overtime in 1983, but his teams won the LIJSL division championship in 1974, ‘76 and ‘79 plus the Long Island Cup in 1980 and ‘83.
Thursday, 27 February 2014 10:58
If the games were played on paper, Massapequa would’ve had no shot. The Chiefs faced a tall order last week playing Elmont, which boasted a 12-3 record and four premier scorers. They gave a tremendous effort, but ultimately had their season cut short, 69-62, despite Alex Cosenza leading the scoring with 29 points.
“I can’t ask for anything else from these guys,” said Head Coach Matt Voigt. “I am so proud of them. I applaud their efforts,”