Written by Vinny Messana, firstname.lastname@example.org Thursday, 19 September 2013 00:00
The Massapequa varsity football team began its 2013 season, September 12 against Freeport. Despite Freeport’s poor record last season, the Chiefs prepared for Freeport the same as any other team.
“They have something to prove this year,” said Massapequa head coach Kevin Shippos in regards to Freeport. “We’re not taking them lightly.”
Massapequa received a pre-season ranking of No. 1 in the Nassau I Conference. They finished last season with a record of 6-4 and had their season cut short in a semifinal loss to Farmingdale by the score of 12-9.
Shippos said pre-season rankings are meaningless in the long run, as in-game performance is what brings wins and championships.
“Being No. 1 on paper doesn’t mean anything,” he said. “The conference is extremely tough.”
Massapequa runs a high-octane offense which will be led by Jack Korber, a senior running back and three-year starter that received 2nd team All-Long Island honors last season. He was extremely effective at finding the end zone last season and the team will rely heavily on him once again.
The quarterback will be senior Matt Caracappa, who was able to see a bit of playing time last season behind Paul Bentz.
“It’s not like he’s raw, he was able to get some action last year,” Shippos said.
Caracappa’s main target figures to be All-County wide receiver Nick Balzano, who is also a three-year starter.
The linebacker position will be the strength on defense, according to Shippos. They will be relying on junior Paul Dilena who was a starter last year, as well as Craig Bergue who was an honorable mention for All-County.
Shippos will have his team ready to knock off Farmingdale from the top of the conference. The high quality of opponents comes with the territory in playing in Nassau’s most demanding conference.
“We like to play good competition,” said Shippos, who is entering his third year as head coach and ninth with the program.
Saturday, 07 December 2013 00:00
Ask anyone on Long Island where to go to get a quality cup of coffee, and you’ll probably hear a variety of answers; however, ask the same question in the Massapequas, and one response you’ll hear more often than not is “Massapequa Perk.”
Located at 117 Front Street in Massapequa Park, across from the Long Island Rail Road station, Massapequa Perk first opened its doors five years ago in August of 2008. They deal with tea, smoothies, and various food and dessert items, but their bread and butter, so to speak, is coffee — selling it, roasting it and educating people about it, said co-owner Lisa DiBenedetto
Friday, 06 December 2013 00:00
A recent lawsuit against Northrop Grumman Corp. for groundwater contamination has the Massapequa Water District ensuring residents that its drinking water is safe for public consumption.
Bethpage Water District officials recently filed a federal lawsuit against Northrop Grumman Corp., claiming the company’s facilities caused “irreparable harm” by creating a toxic plume that has contaminated the groundwater, costing the district millions of dollars and threatening more than 33,000 customers in Bethpage, Old Bethpage, Farmingdale, Levittown and Plainview — while coming close to Massapequa.
Thursday, 05 December 2013 00:00
With the Nassau County title on the line, junior kicker Zach Kolodny was the most composed player on the field. With time expiring, he booted the game-winning kick to send the Farmingdale Dalers into the Long Island Championship with a 29-26 victory over the Massapequa Chiefs.
“It’s a great feeling,” said Kolodny. “I was confident from the beginning that I would make the kick,” he added. “We practice this every day.”
The game featured a bevy of twists and took on a completely different feel in the fourth quarter than it did for the first three quarters.
Thursday, 28 November 2013 00:00
It was a historic day for the Chiefs as both the boys and girls varsity soccer teams capped the season with state championship titles. The win was the first state championship for the boys, who defeated Fairport, 1-0 at SUNY Cortland and the fifth for the girls, who beat North Rockland, 2-1 in Middletown, New York.
The winning goal for the boys team was scored by sophomore Dylan Nealis, who just the day before scored the winning goal in the AA state semifinal.