Written by Ronald Scaglia Friday, 19 October 2012 00:00
“Our goal is to get back upstate and get another shot at McQuaid,” said Mariano. “We know we can beat them. Losing last year has left us with a goal.”
Speaking to Mariano, it is quite apparent that he has instilled in his team, the right attitude for success. While the loss may have been disappointing, Mariano says it has helped to improve a team that encountered very few obstacles on its way to the Long Island championship. The team went 22-0 prior to their defeat in the state finals.
“First time up at the state finals was a great learning experience,” says Mariano. “We didn’t know what we were up against. There was a little bit of nerves. We lost to a better team, but we’ve taken it as a learning experience. We’re well balanced this year. We learned how to see what flaws come up and we were able to pinpoint some flaws.”
Mariano says that the path back to the state finals will be more challenging this year as the competition on Long Island is more difficult. Therefore, Massapequa has scheduled matches with the strongest competition possible, so that its players may improve as well. Thus far, the team has already won tournaments in Lindenhurst and Northport and has started the season 7-0 in league play, even though six players from last year’s team graduated, including four starters. Two of those players earned all-state honors.
“Overall we have real good team chemistry,” Mariano commented.
He particularly praised three seniors, Steven Woessner, Frank DelGiudice and Nick Smith. He referred to Woessner as “a versatile player who is one of the most formidable attackers on Long Island.” Woesnner earned all-county honors last year.
Mariano says that DelGiudice “is one of his best passers and has the best ball control.” Mariano coached his older brother Vinny, and his younger brother, Johnny, who is a freshman, is also on the team.
Smith has older brothers who achieved much success for Massapequa. Christian, graduated last year and earned all-state honors and Brian graduated three years ago and earned all-county honors. Mariano says that the younger Smith is leaving his own mark on Massapequa.
“Nick is my starting center,” says Mariano. “My hitters connect very well with him.”
The regular season continues through October, with the playoffs following afterwards. Despite, the increased level of competition, the team appears poised for a lengthy run, which could take them to another Long Island championship and a rematch with a certain team from upstate, that might just find a Massapequa team determined to finish what was started last year.
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.