Massapequa is always a top baseball spot in Long Island and this summer, the Massapequa Longhorns, an 8-year-old travel baseball team is having a standout season.
The Longhorns started the spring season playing in the N.J.B.L. (National Junior Baseball League), American Division. The American Division is the best division of N.J.B.L. baseball and the team currently plays in the L.S.W. Summer A Division Travel League.
Judged by a volunteer committee looking at academic and athletic achievement plus community service, 24 players from the Long Island Junior Soccer League, the largest league in the Eastern New York Youth Soccer Association (ENYYSA), received $1,000 college scholarships on Sunday, July 22 in a ceremony at the Huntington Hilton. The 24 recipients, entering college this fall, were chosen from over 300 applicants. All recipients received certificates of achievement from local politicians as well as from Governor Andrew Cuomo.
A record field of 456 runners, walkers and wheelchair athletes participated in the 29th annual Runner’s Edge Long Island Women’s Run on July 14 and local runners were prominent in the list of award winners.
Leading the local contingent was 15 year-old-Chelsea Hroch of North Massapequa, who took third place honors in the 15-19 age group. Melissa Kennedy of Amityville won first place honors in the 60-64 age group, Margarita Hernandez of Massapequa, was the fourth place finisher in the 70-74 age group, and oldest finisher Ruth Maller of Massapequa Park, 83 years young, took the first place plaque in the 80 and over age group.
Country Farms Polo presents Polo at the Park, a series of special polo events at Bethpage State Park each Sunday afternoon through Oct. 14. Polo, once referred to as the “game of kings,” is now gaining popularity among competitive sports fans and those seeking casual, local and low-cost entertainment. Country Farms Polo operates a polo training and equestrian center in Medford, NY with indoor and outdoor polo fields operating year round.
“With its high speeds and energy, polo is the original extreme sport. With Polo at the Park we wanted to introduce Long Islanders to polo in a way that is accessible to everyone. Long Island has a tradition of horsemanship and a thriving equestrian community; polo is a natural fit for those looking for a new experience that is thrilling and relaxing at the same time,” said Bob Ceparano of Country Farms Polo in Medford.
Mayor James Altadonna was on hand to start the Massapequa Road Runners’ Annual Firecracker 5K Race. Pictured here are Mayor Altadonna and Trustees Tina Schiaffino and Teresa Spinosa. Photo by Ed Cox
The following are Athletic Awards presented to Massapequa High School students at the June 12 Athletic Awards banquet.
Last month, the top Long Island high school football players defeated the best players from New York City in the annual Empire Challenge High School All-Star contest, 31-7.
The Massapequa Soccer Club held their annual Scholarship Awards Night as numerous athletes were honored for another fine season. Shown in photo, back row, left to right, are: Town Clerk Steven Labriola, Supervisor John Venditto, Scholarship Chair Kathy Hillger, Past President of Massapequa Soccer Lincoln Paige, Soccer Club President Kevin Ferrari, Legislator Peter J. Schmitt, Councilman Joseph Muscarella, District Court Judge Colin O’Donnell. Front row, left to right, are: Daniel Giorgi, Connor Nealis, Alexandra Deaton, Ashley Adler, Grace Kraemer, Reanna Marino.
The Long Island Ducks defeated the Sugar Land Skeeters 2-1 on July 1 to sweep the four-game series and earn the 2012 First Half Liberty Division title.
The Skeeters took a one-run lead in the top of the third off Ducks starter Dan Meyer on a RBI sac fly by Ofilio Castro. After a 54-minute rain delay, both teams traded zeroes until the bottom of the sixth when Shawn Williams knocked a RBI single to right tying the game at 1-1.
The game benefits an array of charities, including the Boomer Esiason Foundation for cystic fibrosis research, the Gunnar H. Esiason (Boomer’s son) Scholarship Fund and various youth football programs. Esiason is an East Islip native who starred at both the University of Maryland and in the National Football League for the Cincinnati Bengals and the New York Jets. Esiason also hosts the popular morning sports talk show, “Boomer and Carton In The Morning” on WFAN and that, too, has contributed to the game’s increasing popularity.
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