Written by Daniel Offner & Steve Mosco, firstname.lastname@example.org Thursday, 16 January 2014 10:15
The Massapequa High School wrestling squad grappled its way to the top at the Ted Petersen Tournament in Island Trees Jan. 4, scoring a total of 252 points — finishing well ahead of second place finisher Plainedge High School, which scored 221.5 points.
Widely regarded as one of the toughest wrestling tournaments on Long Island, the annual Ted Petersen Wrestling Tournament pits some of the roughest and toughest wrestlers from Nassau and Suffolk counties against each other for a chance at taking home the gold. Although placing within the top 5 of the tournament is considered an outstanding accomplishment, finishing in first is considered one of the highest honors in the Long Island wrestling world.
Despite a bout of cold and snowy weather, wrestlers from across two counties put on their singlets and grappling shorts to compete against top wrestling talents from Amityville, Bethpage, Farmingdale (ranked No. 5 in Nassau County), Freeport, Huntington, Hempstead, Lincoln Rhode Island, Massapequa (ranked No. 3 in Nassau), Mepham, Plainedge (ranked No. 2 in Nassau), and Uniondale.
Massapequa’s spectacular showing in the tournament was powered by Shane Gibbons and Garrett Gibbons, who finished in first- and second-place, respectively, as Shane defeated Garrett in the first-place match in the 99-class. Tom Yannaros had a strong showing for Plainedge, but fell to Kevin Depalma of Farmingdale in the fifth-place match.
In the 106-class results, John Kalinoglu of Massapequa finished in second-place, falling to Kyle Mock of Huntington. In the 113-class results, Travis Paradiso of Massapequa finished in fourth-place, as he was defeated by Timothy Cullen of Farmingdale. Hector Guerrero of Plainedge finished in sixth-place, after falling to John Ramos of Uniondale.
Plainedge’s Tyle Altan scored a second-place finish in the 120-class after he was defeated by Bethpage’s Andrew Jedd. In the same class, Massapequa’s Andrew Ashmawi and Michael Quadrino finished in fifth- and sixth-place, respectively, as Ashmawi defeated Quadrino in the fifth-place match.
In the 126-class, Plainedge nabbed the second- and fourth-place spots, as Jacob Lerner fell to Alex D’Aloisio in the first-place match and Joseph Loconte was bested by Samuel Einbinder in the third-place match. In the 145-class, Massapequa’s Brian Morgan finished in second-place after a defeat at the hands of Mepham’s Matt Assael. And Massapequa’s Daniel Lucey finished in fourth-place, falling to Island Trees’ John Nicolino in the third-place match.
Massapequa’s Robert Nash and Kevin Burke finished in fourth- and sixth-place, respectively, in the 152-class. Meanwhile, in the 160-class, Massapequa’s Chris Abatiello finished in fifth-place. And in the 170-class, Paul Brachfeld of Massapequa finished in fifth-place.
Robert Ng of Plainedge claimed victory in the 182-class, defeating Bethpage’s Charles Bachmeier. In the same class, Massapequa’s Josh Brachfeld and Nick Roth finished in fourth- and sixth-place, respectively. Plainedge was also victorious in the 195-class, as Robert Oliver scored first-place. Massapequa’s Mike Dibennedeto finished in sixth-place in the same class.
In the 220-class, Massapequa’s George O’Mahony finished in fourth-place and in the 285-class, Tim Gungor finished in second-place after falling to Island Trees’ Vincent Manna.
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,”