Written by Vinny Messana 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.
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.”
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,”