Written by Joe Scotchie: email@example.com Friday, 29 June 2012 00:00
The game benefits an array of charities, including the Boomer Esiason Foundation for cystic fibrosis research, the Gunnar H. Esiason (Boomer’s son) Scholarship Fund and various youth football programs. Esiason is an East Islip native who starred at both the University of Maryland and in the National Football League for the Cincinnati Bengals and the New York Jets. Esiason also hosts the popular morning sports talk show, “Boomer and Carton In The Morning” on WFAN and that, too, has contributed to the game’s increasing popularity.
But this year, Boomer’s fellow Long Islanders stole the show, jumping out to a big lead and never being challenged by the New York City squad, which scored their only touchdown late in the game.
The Long Islanders were led on the ground by Stacey Bedell of Floyd High School, who scored three touchdowns and Steven Ferreira of Sayville, who tossed two touchdown passes. Bedell finished the game with 137 yards rushing. For his career, he compiled 2,532 rushing yards, the third highest in Suffolk County history. Ferreira finished the game going 8 for 11 in passing for 132 yards. He ends his four years at Sayville as Long Island’s all time leader in both career yards and touchdowns.
On defense, Long Island was boosted by big plays from Evan Kappatos of Syosset, Trayvon Toney of Huntington and Tom Diubaldo of Newfield.
The win was Long Island’s second straight in this, the 17th year of competition in what is turning out to be the top high school football event in the New York area. This year’s crowd set a record, topping last year’s turnout of 11,992.
The following are the Long Island players and the high schools they represented:
Kareen Are, Sewanhaka; Isaiah Barnes, Freeport; Stacey Bedell, William Floyd; Ken Berryhill, Freeport; Matt Biscardi, St. Anthony’s; Jere Brown, Freeport; Ralph Caccavale, Plainedge; Todd Collins, East Islip; Dalton Crossan, Sachem North; Rich Czeczotka, John Glenn; Ron Denig, Newfield; Tom Diubaldo, Newfield; Mark Ellis, Garden City; Ryan Fredericks, Lawrence; Steven Ferreira, Sayville; Mike Gilbert, Garden City; Darius Greene, Longwood; Thomas Hannan, Sayville; Robbie Healy, East Meadow; Chris Hercules, Lawrence; Evan Kappatos, Syosset; Chris Makulik, Patchogue-Medford; Matt McDaniels, Kellenberg Memorial; Devante McFarlane, Hills West; Pat McHugh, St. Anthony’s; Dom Morales, East Meadow; Matt Morganelli, Smithtown West; Ryan Norton, Garden City; Omari Palmer, Longwood; Erin Parker, Roosevelt; Vincent Provenzano, Sachem North; Alex Rawa, Locust Valley; Mike Richardson, West Babylon; Tyler Rigo, East Islip; Griffin Rock, Bayshore; James Rupp, Sayville; Julian Santiago, Newfield; Kenny Scotland, Comsewogue; Brian Sheng, Syosset; Mike Silva, Newfield; Mike Sollenne, Massapequa; Luke Spitzer, Lynbrook; Tim Stackpole, St. Anthony’s; Aaron Thompson, Deer Park: Trayvon Toney, Huntington: Anthony Turano, Massapequa; Brian VonBargen, Wantagh: Nick Wagner, John Glenn; Mike White, East Islip and Brandon Winters, William Floyd.
Wednesday, 12 June 2013 00:00
Watch out, Massapequa...there’s a “Blizzard” coming through.
The famous frosted ice cream treat, along with a plethora of other tasty menu items, are now available to Long Island residents as of 10 a.m. on June 10, when popular fast-food chain Dairy Queen held their much-anticipated grand opening in Massapequa.
First debuting in 1940 in Joliet, Illinois, Dairy Queen has since grown to more than 4,500 locations nationwide. However, this is its first Long Island-based location since the 1970’s; the chain has been absent from the island since then.
Thursday, 13 June 2013 00:00
America’s pastime gets the local treatment as Town of Oyster Bay officials announced Massapequa’s John J. Burns Town Park will host a special baseball game between the U.S. Military All-Stars and the Long Island Force High School All-Star team on Tuesday, June 25 at 8 p.m.
The teams will play for the 2013 Supervisor’s Trophy and honor the sacrifices made by men and women in uniform to protect the country.
Thursday, 13 June 2013 00:00For a town with such a proud tradition of baseball excellence, the goal is always to reach the mountaintop. There is no reason to be demoralized, however, by a 1-0 season-ending defeat in the Long Island Class-AA Championship game, according to Head Coach Tom Sheedy.
“It was such a competitive game,” said Sheedy. “We had our chances, but today we didn’t come through.”
Massapequa put together a tremendous season, finishing with a 20-6 record and capturing another Nassau County title. They defeated MacArthur 7-5 in the prior week at Farmingdale State College to capture their 10th county title and first since 2009.
Thursday, 13 June 2013 00:00
Two Massapequa residents from the opposite ends of the age spectrum led a strong contingent of runners down the stretch at Belmont Park and scored great finishes in the 2nd annual Belmont Stakes Blue Ribbon 5-Kilometer Run to Fight Prostate Cancer June 2.
As the first woman in the 15-19 age group to cross the finish line, 16-year-old Chelsea Hroch of North Massapequa finished in 23 minutes and 10 seconds. Meanwhile, 81-year-old Howard Kestenbaum took second place in the 80 to 84 age group, with a time of 43:11.