Written by Ronald Scaglia, Rscaglia@antonnews.com Friday, 01 March 2013 00:00
Playing in the most competitive basketball conference in Nassau County, the Massapequa varsity boys team faces a tough task every year, having to go up against against county powerhouses Hempstead, Uniondale, Farmingdale and Freeport. This season, the task became monumental when one of the team’s best players, William Schlich, tore his ACL in practice before the season. It was a devastating loss for a team that already faced an uphill battle, but the Massapequa varsity boys team pressed on, and made their coach quite proud by having a successful season,
“Their work effort was phenomenal,” said Marty Voigt, who has coached at Massapequa for 22 years. “One of the best teams I have ever been around.”
Despite playing a brutally tough schedule without a star player, the Chiefs still finished the season with a 6-6 record in conference games, including victories over Hempstead, Uniondale and Freeport, and a 4-1 record in non-league games.
“We overachieved,” said Voigt. “They [the players] put every ounce of their being into this year.”
Leading the way was junior Dylan Balducci, who averaged 21 points per game for the Chiefs. Senior Michael Delaney and junior Alex Cosenza each averaged about 10 points per game. Senior captain and point guard Brian Flecker was the team’s leader on the court, while also contributing an average of seven points and 10 assists per game.
“He never came off the floor,” the coach said of Balducci. “He was a tremendous player.”
In addition to those players, Voigt said that every player on the team had to contribute because of the competitiveness of the league. He said the players worked hard in practice, paid close attention to detail, and were very diligent about reading scouting reports and using the information to their advantage.
“They truly played for each other,” he said.
And while the team’s hard work, dedication and success despite the bad fortune of losing a top player is something Voigt is proud of, he also hopes that the team will be able to use this experience next year. Both Balducci and Cosenza will be starters next season, as will Griffin Sullivan and Sean Nealis. With a bit of better luck, the team’s work ethic, dedication and commitment to each could result in another successful season, which could carry the Chiefs deeper into the playoffs.
“They’ll play hard,” Voigt said of next year’s players.
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 09:33
The iPad, the laptop, the smartphone; everyday instruments to many people all throughout the world, but to someone just being indoctrinated into the world of cutting-edge technology these tools might seem rather daunting. Unless there is a patient hand guiding the way.
Those guides were at the Massapequa Public Library’s Bar Harbour branch recently, where they offered a session of their ongoing Electronic Device Demonstration and Tutoring series, where community teenagers donate their time to turn tech-deficient adults into masters of the digital domain; free of charge and all within the span of one hour or less.
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,”