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Chiefs Baseball Not Deterred By Loss

For 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.

In the title game at Dowling College, starting pitcher Alex Cosenza allowed a run in the second inning on a RBI groundout by Kyle Pedroli, who drove in Anthony Kay. From that point on, Cosenza settled into a groove. He did not allow another runner past second base, struck out five batters, allowed only four more hits and, most impressively, walked only one batter.

Unfortunately, the Ward Melville starting pitcher, Chris Cepeda was equally effective. He was sharp with his fastball command and continuously baffled Chiefs’ hitters with his slow breaking ball. He ran into trouble in the fifth inning with runners on first and second and one out, but fielded a come backer to start a 1-6-3 inning-ending double play.

In the final inning, Frank Portaro was struck by the pitch to lead off the frame. The next batter hit a bouncing fielder’s choice to second, as did Matt Helford. Down to their final out, Pagano hit a come backer to Cepeda, who ran halfway to first before flipping it underhand to finish the game.

“We have two championship Little League teams which feed us talent,” said Sheedy. “We run a great high school program, which trickles down to the seventh and eighth grade levels.”

While some teams might deflate with such a tough loss, Massapequa looks to the future, as they will be returning a number of their impact players from this year.

Leading that group is Alex Cosenza, who will return as the ace, and leadoff hitter Bobby Honeyman who will return as the shortstop. “The seniors always step up and say ‘now it’s our turn,’” Sheedy said. “Next year we’ll have a great group of mature seniors do the same.”

News

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.


Sports

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.

Calendar

YES Fundraiser

Saturday, April 26

Massapequa Memories

Tuesday, April 29

Spring Fashion Show

Wednesday, April 30



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