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NCAA Honors Massapequa Newsman

A Massapequa native was one of 48 former student-athletes honored in celebration of the 40th Anniversary of NCAA Division II sports.

Long Island University Post men’s soccer alumni Brian Kilmeade, class of 1986 and one of the hosts of cable television’s Fox & Friends, was among the honorees.

Developed through a partnership with the Division II Conference Commissioners Association, the 40th Anniversary Tribute Team highlights one male and one female from each of the division’s 23 current conferences, plus two at-large nominees.

Kilmeade was presented with his award live on the set of his television show on July 17.

“This group of former student-athletes is meant to reflect the core values of Division II athletics,” said Josh Looney, associate director of Division II. “Commissioners have helped identify a diverse group of championship individuals from Division II’s 40-year history. Not only did these former student-athletes act as champions in athletics and in the classroom, they’ve gone on to live championship lives as well. This group is a true representation of Division II’s commitment to providing its student-athletes a ‘Life in the Balance’ that extends beyond athletics.”

Kilmeade exemplifies Division II’s philosophy of ‘Life in the Balance.’  A hard-working, blue-collar soccer player for LIU Post – then C.W. Post – he was, in his own words, “an average player” for the Pioneers from 1982-86; a defender, he played for an LIU Post squad that played against strong local Division I opponents including LIU Brooklyn and Hofstra for much of his career.

After graduation, Kilmeade took his passion for sports into the media world, where he found a niche. He currently serves as co-host of FOX & Friends, the number one rated morning program on cable television for the past nine years, sharing his unique perspective on the daily news while interviewing the biggest names in politics, sports and entertainment, often securing exclusive content.

Also serving as the network’s sports anchor, Kilmeade has reported on or provided live coverage of every major American sport over the last 20 years. Currently, he is the host of the nationally syndicated radio talk show on Fox News Radio, Kilmeade & Friends.

Kilmeade has also authored two books; his first, “The Games Do Count: America’s Best & Brightest On The Power Of Sports,” was The New York Times best-seller and presents more than seventy stories straight from America’s top leaders and those who were closest to them.  His second book, “It’s How You Play the Game: The Powerful Sports Moments That Taught Lasting Values to America’s Finest,” reveals personal stories of the defining sports moments in the lives of athletes, CEOs, actors, politicians, and historical figures—and how what they learned on the field prepared them to handle life and overcome adversity with courage, dignity, and sportsmanship.

A lifelong Massapequa native, Kilmeade still makes time for the sport that he played in college, serving as a youth soccer coach for his sons’ teams.

News

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 Public Library’s Bar Harbour branch was hopping with excitement (not to mention an overload of cuteness) recently when they held their Bunnies, Bunnies, Bunnies event; a chance for kids of all ages to meet and learn all about — what else? — baby bunnies.

Judy Wilson, a Miller Place resident, is an independent contractor for Nassau and Suffolk County Library system; she normally heads many different arts and crafts programs throughout the year, but in late March every year she takes on a special responsibility that is sure to always pack the youngsters in.


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.

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