Friday, 07 December 2012 00:00
Sisters Molly and Cara Treble recently shined at the NYSPHSAA swimming and diving championships at Ithaca College. Molly placed first in the 500-yard freestyle to win the state championship with a time of 4 minutes and 52.27 seconds. In addition to setting a Massapequa record, she is automatically an All-American. In addition, Molly placed third in the 200-yard freestyle with All-American consideration. She finished this event with a time of 1 minute and 50.73 seconds.
“She’s a great kid and a very hard worker,” said her coach, Natalie Gallagher. “She’s very dedicated and is a very versatile swimmer. During the season, you could put her in any event and she does her best.”
Gallagher, the Massapequa girls varsity swimming coach, says she was extremely impressed by Molly’s determination in the 500-yard freestyle. The coach said that Treble was vying with another competitor before just accelerating through the final four laps to earn the victory.
Younger sister Cara also had a fine day. The freshman competed in the 200-yard freestyle consolation and finished with a time of 1 minute, 55.84 seconds to shatter her own Massapequa record and finish 15th overall in the state. She had placed third in Nassau County for this event. In addition, she competed in the 100-yard freestyle, finishing with a time of 52.97 seconds, which also breaks the Massapequa record, which she held. Cara also finished 15th overall in the state for this event.
“She is young and has so much potential,” Gallagher remarked about Cara. “You can put her in anything for the benefit of the team. I only see great things for her and I know next year she is going to be in that final and knock them out.”
Gallagher added that, while it’s natural to compare the two siblings, they are actually different swimmers. Cara is more of a sprinter, while Molly excels at longer distances. However, they both are talented and share a commitment to their teammates, as well as a positive attitude.
“These girls do not ask for recognition, they want to have fun,” Gallagher said of the sisters.
The coach also had praise for the entire team, which finished 6-1 in their conference and placed fifth in Nassau County, a Massapequa best. The Trebles joined with Casey Signorelli and Sarah Woods to finish third in Nassau County in the 200-yard freestyle relay, combining for a time of 1 minute and 45.77 seconds. Gallagher said that the team members go on a 45-minute bus ride, each day to Brentwood, where the team practices and also hosts it meets. The girls usually get home at 8:30 p.m., but remain enthusiastic and dedicated.
“They have a good attitude and just come together at all times, not just at the right time,” said Gallagher. “It’s a coach’s dream. They have a lot to look forward to.”
The team also gave back to the community. They participated in “Swim For A Cure,” in support of the fight against breast cancer. The team wore pink swimming caps, and each member wore the name of someone affected by the disease on their arms. The event raised about $600. In addition, they also did a fundraiser to support Cohen Children’s Hospital and the battle against pediatric cancer.
“They’re a very giving team,” said Gallagher.
The coach praised senior Melanie Sheehan, who is also the valedictorian. Sheehan is one of the captains of the team.
“Melanie is always helping everyone do their homework on the bus,” said her coach. “She’s getting my sportsmanship award.”
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,”