Oyster Bay Town Supervisor John Venditto announced that the LI Blues will host the Fourth Annual Winter Classic at the Town of Oyster Bay Ice Skating Center located at 1001 Stewart Avenue in Bethpage on Saturday Feb. 8.
“The LI Blues is a hockey program that gives children and young adults with special needs the opportunity to play ice hockey in an accommodating setting,” Venditto said. “Three other teams, the East Coast Jumbos, the New Jersey Dare Devils and the New Jersey Avalanche have been invited to the event and will be participating.”
The Massapequa Chiefs Ice Hockey Team hosted Senior Night at the Bethpage Community Park ice rink. The team’s 14 seniors took time before the game against Port Washington to present their moms with a rose. Head coach Tony DeMayo and assistant coaches Chris Vience and Tom Kiernan looked ast as captain Thomas Calcagno and assistant captains Phil Jewell, Gearard O’Donnell and Bobby Oldmixon participated.
As for the game, Massapequa’s varsity team won again, dominated Port Washington in a 9-3 victory.
— Observer Staff
Members of the Adaptive Physical Education (APES) class at Alfred G. Berner Middle School just reached a milestone. They completed 13.1 or half of a 26.2 mile marathon without leaving the walls of the school gym. The 10 member class, comprised of students with either physical or cognitive challenges, have been participating since September in a virtual marathon offered through Achilles International, a non-profit organization devoted to enabling people with disabilities to participate in mainstream athletics in order to instill personal achievement.
After four years on the Ivy League lacrosse field, the pros came calling for a former Plainedge High School player.
Massapequan and Yale senior Dylan Levings was selected last weekend in the 2014 Major League Lacrosse Collegiate Draft held at the U.S. Lacrosse Convention in Philadelphia, Penn.
Levings, taken in the third round (24th overall) by the Chesapeake Bayhawks, is one of the nation’s premier face-off specialists. He is a two-time USILA honorable mention All-American who was 2013 Ivy League Tournament MVP after leading the Bulldogs to their second straight championship.
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.
A record field of 1,266 runners and walkers crossed the finish line on Saturday morning, Dec. 21 at the 26th annual Carter, DeLuca, Farrell & Schmidt Ho Ho Ho 5 Kilometer Run, which started and finished at the John F. Kennedy Middle School in Bethpage.
Mark Valentino of Smithtown and Nick DiBenedetto of Wantagh went stride for stride for the entire race, with Valentino repeating his 2012 win by edging out DiBenedetto at the finish line by less than a second. Katie McGrath of Oakdale had a much easier time of it, winning the women’s division by 42 seconds over Lauren Jasinski of Plainview.
A crop of nine young Massapequans were recently honored by Kellenberg Memorial High School for noteworthy acheivements in drama and sports. The students, in different grades at the school, were all recognized for continually going above and beyond in their chosen field.
Massapequa Park resident and Kellenberg junior, Austin Nalaboff was a lead in this year’s Kellenberg Memorial Drama Club Production of “Disney’s Beauty and the Beast.” Austin was chosen from dozens of students to play the supporting role of “Gaston” where he performed in three shows to over 2,000 people.
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.
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.
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