Written by Ronald Scaglia Friday, 12 October 2012 00:00
“Homecoming brings together marching bands, district clubs, varsity, junior varsity and middle school teams, local dignitaries and community organizations in one of the grandest displays of school and community pride,” said John Piropato, director of health education, athletics and physical education at Massapequa High School.
Many of Massapequa’s teams will be in action, at home, between Thursday, Oct. 11 and Homecoming Day, Saturday, Oct. 13. On Thursday, the boys varsity soccer team will play host to Hempstead at 4:30 p.m. at Massapequa High School. At 5 p.m. the girls varsity swimming team, will take on Sewanhaka High School. That meet will be held at Brentwood High School, which is the home venue for the team. On Friday, Oct. 12 there will be a pep rally in the Massapequa High School gym at 1 p.m. Later on, the varsity girls field hockey team will host Carle Place at 4:30 p.m. at the Field of Dreams on Old Sunrise Highway, while the varsity girls tennis team plays against East Meadow at Massapequa High School at 4:45 p.m.
On Saturday, the Homecoming parade will once again be held. Those participating in the parade will assemble in the Massapequa Park Village Hall parking lot at 11:30 a.m. The parade will begin at 12:30 p.m. at Village Hall and then proceed south along Park Boulevard before ending at the main campus of Massapequa High School. Following the parade, the fall sports booster clubs will be selling snacks, beverages, Massapequa sports apparel and other items at Massapequa High School. This year, Don Nobile is the grand marshal. Noble is a former dean of students at Berner Middle School and committee chairperson of last year’s Berner golden anniversary event.
“We are honored to have as this year’s grand marshal, Mr. Don Nobile,” said Piropato.
On Saturday, the varsity girls volleyball team will be participating in the Lindenhurst Tournament at nearby Lindenhurst High School, beginning at 10 a.m.
Later that evening, the girls varsity team will take on MacArthur High School at 7 p.m. in Burns Park. The team has started the season strongly and is hoping to begin a new streak of county championships. Massapequa had been Nassau County champions for eight consecutive years before that streak came to an end last year.
That night has been designated as Alumni Night. 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. Coach Bruce Stegner said he expects there to be a large crowd for that game. Following the game, alumni will be convening at Sancho’s Restaurant on Park Boulevard in Massapequa Park.
For more information about Massapequa athletics or homecoming activities, go to the Massapequa School District’s website, www.msd.k12.ny.us
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,”