Chris Mammone of Massapequa scored still another convincing victory in the 35th annual Nationwide 10K Run for ASPIRE, one held in Plainview and Old Bethpage on Sunday, April 1. Chris’s 31:51 finish at Plainview’s H. B. Mattlin Middle School brought him his third win in a row – a full two minutes, 50 seconds ahead of his next competitor. Top Master was Francisco Martinez, scoring in seventh place overall.
Baseball season is here and even though there have been some surprises in the starts by both the Mets and the Yankees, there is nothing surprising about the start by the Massapequa High School squad.
Always a powerhouse in Conference AA-I play, the Chiefs are off to another fast start, currently standing on top of conference play with, at press time, a 2-1 record and a 4-1 mark overall.
The New York Jets were relatively quiet during the NFL’s free agency frenzy, which began March 13, 2012 – the date likely to be remembered for Peyton Manning’s departure from Indianapolis, which rendered him a Colt in the same regard as the city of Baltimore.
In true Jets fashion, the announcement of the Tim Tebow trade – albeit with its minor complications – stole (read: engulfed) headlines and emphatically overshadowed what was already one of the wildest weeks in football history.
In 2010, Massapequa resident Frank Nappi had a hit with his novel, The Legend of Mickey Tussler, the story of an autistic youth who ended up starring for a minor league team in Milwaukee during the 1940s. The novel was successful enough to be the basis of a 2011 television movie, A Mile in His Shoes, one starring Dean Cain and Luke Schroder, son of Ricky Schroder, who played Mickey.
In April, Skyhorse Publishing is bringing out the sequel, Sophomore Campaign, which details Mickey’s second season in pro ball and his continuing struggles in the rough and tumble world of minor league baseball.
Following the earlier and equally stunning news that future Hall of Fame quarterback Peyton Manning would sign as a free agent with the Denver Broncos, Tebow, a Heisman Trophy winner, found himself on the trade block. The Jets swooped in and acquired the lefty, while surrendering two mid-round draft picks. So, what’s the early verdict?
The winter sports season has brought more success for teams at St. William the Abbot of Seaford.
For the second year in a row, the girls basketball team won the Catholic Middle School A Championship after an undefeated season. The girls volleyball team also finished the season with no losses. The boys basketball team finished their season in second place after an exciting championship game decided by just one basket.
The Massapequa Boys Varsity Volleyball Team recently celebrated Senior Day. This year, the team was Conference Champs, Nassau County Champs, Long Island Champs and New York State Public School Champs. 2012 graduating seniors, from left to right are: James Kryger, Robert Wallace, Joseph Nina, Nicholas Mazzarella, Christian Smith (team captain), and Christopher Husmann (team captain).
Parents, grandparents, friends and families were enjoying watching the children receive trophies for completing a full season of basketball.
The children were excited as this was a first trophy for many of them. It was a great way to end the season.
It was another busy weekend in the world of Massapequa high school sports.
The boys’ hockey team won the State AAU title, Joe Caraciolo became the state’s long jump champion and the girls’ basketball team fell short in their bid to win the Nassau County Class AA title.
The hockey crown capped another great year for the Chiefs, who had earlier won the Town of Oyster Bay title. This was the third consecutive year that the Chiefs had qualified for the state titles. This year, they were considered underdogs, but through hard work, perseverance, and the dedication to the memory of a former teammate, they came through.
Former Farmingdale varsity black roller hockey player, Nicholas Vitale, was one of two freshmen picked for the University at Albany Great Danes Division II Roller Hockey Team. The Eastern Collegiate Roller Hockey Association chose the defenseman to participate in the 2012 All Star Game played in Feasterville, PA.
A few weeks later, the ECRHA selected Vitale as the second nominee for the 2012 Rookie of the Year.
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