Written by Vinny Messana, email@example.com 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, 08 March 2014 00:00
With kids today obsessed with all the latest electronic gaming gadgets — the Playstation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo 3DS, and the like — you’d think that the comparatively antiquated concept of pushing a piece of plastic along a sheet of cardboard would be eschewed by your average teenager; however, judging by the crowd of kids at the Massapequa Public Library’s Board Game Café, this actually may not be the case.
Young Adult Services librarian Peter Cirona, who created the Board Game Café at the library’s Central Avenue branch (in addition to a whole host of other young adult programs), said that it’s a great way for kids to socialize and play some classic board games in a fun and friendly environment.
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 09:47
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,”