It was an exciting and well deserved evening for the Massapequa Volleyball girls varsity team and their coach at the Nassau County Volleyball Coaches Association awards dinner. The team worked very hard this year, achieving more than expected as a Cinderella team.
Chris Mammone of Massapequa, who saw his four year winning streak broken in 2012, started a new one this year with a strong 15:32 finish to win the 21st annual New York Blood Services Rob’s Run, a 5 Kilometer cross country race held through Stillwell Woods in Woodbury. Mammone’s performance headed up the team championship win for the Bellmore Striders.
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.
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.
The Town of Oyster Bay will host two Saturday night prime time high school ice hockey contests this season as part of its High School Hockey Night in Oyster Bay series held at the Town of Oyster Bay’s Ice Skating Center on Stewart Avenue in Bethpage, according to Oyster Bay Town Supervisor John Venditto.
Starting off the series will be the Massapequa Chiefs taking on the Syosset Braves on Saturday, Dec. 14 at 8 p.m. The second contest, featuring the Cold Spring Harbor Seahawks and the Bethpage Golden Eagles, is scheduled for Saturday, Feb. 1, at 8 p.m.
It took six years of going to the net, but the Massapequa Chiefs girls’ volleyball team finally came away with the elusive Long Island title.
After winning 14 straight Nassau County championships the varsity squad rose to the occasion, defeating Smithtown East earlier this month and capturing the Class AA Long Island championship. Not only did the Chiefs win the title, but they accomplished the feat with a team consisting of many underclassman and only one returning starter.
Baseball is America’s pastime and should be enjoyed by everyone, including children with special needs.
That has been the thrust of Long Island Challenger Baseball since it was established in 1989 — to give physically and mentally challenged children from across the island the opportunity to play baseball in an environment structed to their abilities.
Massapequa’s Brendan Henry took to the streets in the 2013 ING New York City Marathon representing USTA Serves, the philanthropic and charitable entity of the United States Tennis Association, helping to raise funds for the programs it supports.
The organization is dedicated to supporting programs throughout the country that utilize the combination of tennis and education to make a difference in the lives of America’s youth and people with disabilities.
Henry is among eight runners to dedicate their marathon experience to support the mission of USTA Serves. He pledged to raise money by seeking donations to support his 26.2 mile run and all of the money raised was allocated to tennis and education programs in the runner’s USTA Eastern Section.
Back-to-back overall winner in 2011 and 2012 of the Oyster Bay Town Supervisor’s 5-K, Conor Shelley of Rockville Centre, and 2009 and 2010 winner Chris Mammone of Massapequa (who holds the course record of 14:43) went stride for stride for most of the Oct. 19 race before Shelley pulled ahead near the finish for a five-second win. Shelley’s winning time was 15 minutes, 27 seconds.
The 5 Kilometer Oyster Bay course is a classic jaunt through the heart of Oyster Bay hamlet, starting on South Street by the firehouse, with a long uphill trek on Berry Hill Road, a steep downhill challenge on Sandy Hill Road, and a stretch down East Main Street to the last turn into the Townsend Square parking field to the finish line.
Blue and gold reigned at Homecoming, Oct. 12, as the Massapequa Chiefs swiftly took the lead against Syosset and kept it until claiming victory 49-28.
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