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‘Aces’ In Fight Against Breast Cancer

Written by Tara Brennan Friday, 26 October 2012 00:00

Massapequa Girls Tennis Team plays “Think Pink” match to support efforts against the disease

On Friday, Oct. 12, the Massapequa girls tennis team played their last regular season match against East Meadow. While this match was significant in that is marked the end of the Chiefs season, it also symbolized a greater feat in the team’s fight against breast cancer. With one of every eight women expected to develop breast cancer during their lifetime, the tennis team took it upon themselves to help combat this debilitating disease.

In order to raise money and awareness for breast cancer, the girls dedicate one match every year in their efforts to help find a cure. For the third year in a row, the Massapequa girls tennis team held their annual “Think Pink” event with the match against East Meadow.


Village Board Honors Little League Champs

Written by Ronald Scaglia Friday, 26 October 2012 00:00

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At the Village Board meeting on Oct. 15, members of Massapequa Coast Little League Williamsport Tournament teams were congratulated by board members. The 10-year-old team won the district championship, the 11-year-old team won the Long Island championship, and the senior team won the District 31 championship.

“Congratulations for all of your hard work,” Massapequa Park Mayor James Altadonna told the players. “The sacrifices that your parents make and the sacrifices that your coaches make should be cherished. It’s about fostering leadership, sportsmanship and making an individual grow. It’s about having a place to remember, where you grew up.”


Massapequa Boys Volleyball Starts Out Strong

Written by Ronald Scaglia Friday, 19 October 2012 00:00

Team wants another shot at state championship

It would be easy for Steve Mariano, head coach of the Massapequa boys volleyball team and his players to stop and admire all they have accomplished. After all, the team has won three consecutive county championships, and last year, Massapequa captured the Long Island championship and advanced all the way to the state finals, before losing to McQuaid Jesuit, a private school in Rochester. However, that’s not what champions do. So, instead of being the tiniest bit complacent, Mariano says the team is working very hard to get back to the state championship and capture the title, which eluded them last year.

“Our goal is to get back upstate and get another shot at McQuaid,” said Mariano. “We know we can beat them. Losing last year has left us with a goal.”


Wrestling Room Dedicated To Al Bevilacqua

Written by Tara Brennan Friday, 19 October 2012 00:00

Former students give legendary coach praise and accolades at ceremony

On Friday, Oct. 5, Massapequa High School unveiled a newly renovated, state of the art wrestling room in honor of former head coach, Al Bevilacqua. The room was dedicated to Bevilacqua, who has almost 35 years of experience as both an educator and coach in Massapequa schools. Many of Bevilacqua’s former students and wrestlers joined in honoring their former coach, as did members of his family, local residents, school board members, and other school officials. Those who spoke at the ceremony talked about Bevilacqua’s coaching ability, and also commented about his character, ethics, and love of education. Bevilacqua is credited with helping transform Massapequa High School wrestling into the recognized program that it is today, and many of his former students would also say that his impact extends far beyond wrestling.

“If you had him as a teacher, you would understand why this wrestling room is being dedicated to him,” said Gary Mims, Massapequa’s former wrestling coach of many years who succeeded Bevilacqua. “I wouldn’t be here if it wasn’t for him.”


Massapequa Park Tennis Player Receives Accolade

Friday, 19 October 2012 00:00

Denise Ligouri, a freshman at Farmingdale State College and a member of the women’s tennis team, was named to the Skyline Conference Player of the Week Honor Roll after she earned a 7-6, 7-6 victory in singles play and picked up an 8-4 win in doubles play in a match against Mount Saint Mary College on Oct. 6.


Getting Ready For Homecoming

Written by Ronald Scaglia Friday, 12 October 2012 00:00

Parade to be held Oct. 13

Homecoming is one of the most anticipated days on the school calendar, and Massapequans will soon be participating in the festivities. This year, Massapequa will celebrate Homecoming on Saturday, Oct. 13. At 2 p.m. the Chiefs will host the Hempstead Tigers in a varsity football game at Massapequa High School. That gridiron battle is just one event of the special weekend.

“Homecoming brings together marching bands, district clubs, varsity, junior varsity and middle school teams, local dignitaries and community organizations in one of the grandest displays of school and community pride,” said John Piropato, director of health education, athletics and physical education at Massapequa High School.


Massapequa Park Resident Wins Prestigious Race At Belmont

Friday, 05 October 2012 00:00

The Lumber Guy, trained by Massapequa Park’s Mike Hushion, captured the prestigious Grade I $400,000 Vosburgh Stakes on Sept. 28 at Belmont Park. The three-year-old colt captured won the seven furlong race by a length and a quarter. According to Hushion, the colt is now bound for a Breeders’ Cup race in California next month.


Massapequans Pace FSC Cross Country Effort

Friday, 21 September 2012 00:00

The Farmingdale State cross-country team opened the season recently at Bethpage State Park in the Hofstra Invitational. Most of the team was running in their first collegiate race, against strong Division I and II schools, with both the men and the women’s teams placing seventh overall.


More Star Turns For Massapequa Tennis Players

Friday, 21 September 2012 00:00

The Farmingdale State women’s tennis team picked up their first conference win of the season recently, defeating Yeshiva University 8-1.


Massapequans Star In Main Street Mile Run

Written by Mark Leff Friday, 14 September 2012 00:00

‘Mile’ sets records for participants, fundraising

The 8th annual Main Street Mile for Companions in Courage Foundation (CiC) was held in Farmingdale on Sept. 1. CiC, the race benefactor, raises funds to build interactive playrooms in children’s hospitals throughout North America. It has become a Labor Day weekend tradition to support the great work done by Hockey Hall of Famer and former NY Islander and Ranger Pat LaFontaine’s foundation, CiC.

The weather was warm but could not have been better for this great event, which produced records for both participants and funds raised to benefit CiC. Bob Cook, owner of the Runners Edge, the Melville based law firm of Carter, Deluca, Farrell and Schmidt, Cisco Systems, Farmingdale Chiropractor Dr. Larry Lembo, Croxley Ale House and B103 Radio presented the event this year. The co-race directors were the team of Cook; Mark Leff of Cisco Systems; Mindy Davidson of Greater Long Island Running Club (GLIRC) and BOCES; Eric Bressler of Wikham, Bressler, Gordon and Geasa; and Craig Gluf of Henry Schein.


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