Thursday, 19 December 2013 00:00
Senior Athletes To Add Their Talents To College Teams
Thirty-two Massapequa High School senior athletes signed Letters of Intent to continue their athletic careers on various college teams around the country next fall, many at the Division I level.
“We are very proud that our talented students will lend their athletic skills to these colleges and universities,” said John Piropato, director of health, physical education and athletics. “They will certainly be great assets to their teams as well as their schools next year.”
The student athletes, their sport and the institutions they will attend are: Molly Treble, girls swimming, University of Notre Dame; Robert Honeyman, baseball, Stony Brook University; Nick Breslin, baseball, Kean University; Alex Cosenza, baseball, Hofstra University; Matt Diesal, baseball, Felician College; Nick Garland, baseball, Central Connecticut; Gabby Curtis, field hockey, Ithaca College; Cameo Tietje, Field Hockey, Smith College; Jamie Ahrens, field hockey, Adelphi University; Craig Berge, boys lacrosse, Georgetown University; Nick Capuana, boys lacrosse, Towson University; Ian Kirby, boys lacrosse, Towson University; Jack Korber, boys lacrosse, Marist College; Matt Caracappa, boys lacrosse, Sacred Heart University; Jim Byrns, boys lacrosse, Quinnipiac University; Nick Balzano, boys lacrosse, University of Tampa; Alex Georgalis, boys lacrosse, Vassar College; Sheila Nolan, girls lacrosse, UMass-Lowell; Charlotte Wright, girls lacrosse, York College; Colleen Bourgal, girls lacrosse, Christopher Newport University; Rachel Sieber, softball, Fairfield University; Emily Gaeta, softball, Briarcliff College; Kristin Muir, girls soccer, Dowling College, Shannon Walsh, girls soccer, Newbury College; Alyssa Iannuzzi, girls soccer, Mercy College; Kim LiVecchi, girls soccer, Southern Connecticut College, Taylor Howard, girls soccer, Farmingdale State College, Katie Hatziyianis, girls soccer, Binghamton University; Taylor Kugler, girls soccer, Canisius College; Nicole Mahin, girls soccer, University of Miami, Amanda Garrity, girls soccer, Marist College; and Thomas Sarant, rifle, U.S. Naval Academy.
Lacrosse Star Signs With Adelphi
Massapequa resident and Kellenberg Memorial High School student athlete Kaitlyn Stackpole’s hard work, effort, commitment and success in the classroom and on the athletic field has secured her a spot on the women’s lacrosse team at Adelphi University.
Stackpole recently signed her letter of intent to play at Adelphi and take the next step in her educational growth by committing to the Adelphi University Women’s Lacrosse team, and agreeing to participate in collegiate athletics at the highest level.
Massapequan Takes Softball Skills to NYIT
Massapequa resident Sophia Evangelista is among the seniors at St. John the Baptist Diocesan High School to sign letters of intent to play sports at their chosen colleges.
A softball player, Evangelista signed on to play at NYIT. The National Letter of Intent is a document used by the National Collegiate Athletic Association to indicate a student athlete’s commitment to participating in interscholastic athletics in the U.S.
“As athletic director, It’s a very proud moment when you realize that your student- athletes have achieved their goals,” said Lorraine Bouklas, Girls Athletic Director. “I’m overjoyed for them, proud of their coaches, and feel privileged to have played a small part in the process. They have given us so much, and my hope for them going forward is that they follow their dreams and are successful at the next level. They always know St. John Baptist is their home and are always welcomed back to share their experiences.”
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,”