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Massapequa Boys Winter Track Sets Sights On County Championship

For seven years Massapequa Boys Winter Track Coach Rich Degnan has been on a mission to bring home the Nassau County Championship to Massapequa. Although the team has been quite formidable in recent years, Massapequa has not captured that elusive championship since 1969. However, Degnan and his assistant coach Keith Hinnant believe that this year’s team can end that streak.

“This is the best group of athletes that I’ve had in the seven years that I’ve coached in Massapequa,” he remarked. “We’ve always been one of the best four teams, but this team has a legitimate shot at winning the county championship.”

The county championship will be decided on Feb. 8 at St. Anthony’s. This season, Massapequa has already enjoyed much success. At the Hispanic Games, held at the Armory Track and Field Center in New York City, Massapequa captured first place in the Varsity Boys’ 4 x 800 Meter Relay Final, defeating 32 other teams with a mark of 8:06.48, which set a Massapequa record. That qualifies the team for the 2013 Millrose Games to be held on Feb. 16. Ryan Cooney, Dan DeLuna, Mike Pulieo and Lars Vedlilago were the Massapequa athletes who earned the victory. According to the team’s coach, DeLuna is the top ranked 800-meter runner in New York State and broke a record at the Molly Stanner Games by running 1,000 meters in 2:32.41. DeLuna was also a two-time winner at a recent conference championship held at St. Anthony’s in the 600 meter and 1,000 meter events.  

“Danny DeLuna is our team captain,” said Degnan. “He is one of the finest middle distance runners I’ve coached. He’s what most Division I coaches would want on their team.”

Not to be outdone, Ryan Miller, also a team captain, is the number two-ranked miler in Nassau County. Miller won three events at that recent conference championship, in which Massapequa placed second, losing to Farmingdale by a mere nine points. Also earning all conference distinction were Don Grupski in the 55 meter hurdles, Mike Puleio in the 1,000 meter and 1,600 meter competitions, and Kyle Smith in the 3,200 meter event. The team of Ryan Cooney, Joe Pinto, Anthony Tesorerio and Mike Puleio combined to snag the conference championship at that event.

Another team captain, Alex Mercado, established a new school record of 48 feet four inches at the Millrose Trials in the 25 lb weight throw, and has qualified for national championships in March.


Two hundred business students from high schools across Nassau County, including Massapequa High School, competed for scholarships and cash awards—more than $33,000 in all—from various sponsors at Nassau County’s annual Comptroller’s Entrepreneurial Challenge.

The events on Sept. 11, 2001 had a profound effect on nearly all in the tri-state area, but for first responders, the effects were overwhelming. Long-time Massapequa resident Michael Smith, a member of the New York Fire Department, experienced those effects firsthand.

“While I’ve always been a person that could appreciate life, after 9/11 I became so distraught,” he said. “I realized I need to do something I want to do — something I love to do.”

A 30-year veteran of the fire department, Smith retired in 2002. He and his wife of 33 years, Teresa, began to look for a place they could enjoy life. This mindset brought them to the East End of Long Island, where they often went for day trips. They settled down in a home in Orient Point in 2004; in a home that needed quite a bit of work. And when it was time to landscape the property, a new idea took root — a vineyard.


Massapequa athletes recently received honors from their coaches at Kellenberg Memorial High School.

Each season, the coaches of all of the Kellenberg teams choose one member of their team who stands out as an athlete that has worked hard to improve themselves in their chosen sport.

The Farmingdale State women’s lacrosse team won the first game of their Spring Break trip to North Carolina with a victory over Greensboro College. In wet and muddy conditions, the Rams (8-1) held an 8-5 lead at the half and took the eventual 13-10 win.

In the first half and tied 2-2, the Pride (7-5) pulled ahead 4-2 with two unassisted goals by junior attack Nadya Fedun. Farmingdale State answered with four straight scores for a 6-4 advantage, on goals by juniors Alyssa Handel, Nicole Marzocca and Massapequan Jackie Kennedy.

Sophomore attack Ashlynn Parks put Greensboro within a goal at the 7:03 mark, but the Rams scored two more to lead 8-5 at the halftime break.


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