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Massapequa Kicks Off Regular Season

No. 1 ranked team looks to

continue winning ways

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.

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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