After a home game loss to Freeport in late January, the Lady Chiefs reeled off three straight wins, starting with a lopsided 48-18 away win at Farmingdale and continuing with big wins over Hempstead and Syosset.
Massapequa’s victories all follow a familiar pattern: Big first quarter leads, combined with stingy defense and balanced scoring. The loss to Freeport was the exception as Danielle Doherty scored 27 points, while no other player made it to double digits.
Massapequa is the Village of Champions. This includes stellar performances by its local high school squads on a yearly basis.
But there are individual champions, too. And none stand out more than Ruth Maller, the 84 year-old long distance runner who continues to dominate the Long Island running scene.
Ruth’s next two big races include the Aspire Invitational to be held April 1 in the Hicksville area. There, Ruth will compete – and most certainly win in her age division – in a 10K, 6.2 mile run. A month later, on May 6, comes the big race of the year. Ruth will compete in the annual Long Island Marathon, which will begin at Eisenhower Park. At that race, Ruth will be running a half marathon, “only” 13 miles in length, but race fans can count on another champion performance.
Pack 776 hosted their annual Cub Scout Pinewood Derby on Friday, Jan. 20. The Scouts are given a block of wood and have to design, paint and name their car.
Congratulations to Liam Lepre, Pack 776’s Pinewood Derby Champion. Liam, a Tiger Cub took first place with his Super Blooper car. Liam will represent Pack 776 at the District Pinewood Derby on March 31.
Runners, walkers and wheelchair athletes of all ages and levels of ability are invited to join in on Sunday, April 1 at the H.B. Mattlin Middle School in Plainview for the 35th annual running of the Nationwide 10 kilometer Run for ASPIRE.
The run will once again be utilizing the traditional challenging but fair course through the roads of Plainview and Old Bethpage, starting and finishing at the H.B. Mattlin Middle School on Washington Avenue in Plainview. New Race Director Karen Schackner is putting together an event that promises to be the biggest and best ASPIRE Run ever!
The host Greater Long Island Running Club is pleased to have the continuing support of Anthony Wiszowaty of Nationwide, with his agency and many of the other Nationwide agents on Long Island stepping up to honor the memory of GLIRC’s and Nationwide’s own Stanley Kramberg, with the entire net proceeds of the event once again being turned over to the ASPIRE Program for the rehabilitation of young amputees, and ASPIRE’s Stanley Kramberg Memorial Scholarship Fund.
For the fifth consecutive year, pee-wee hockey players from across the globe descended upon Long Island to compete in the New York Islanders annual Lighthouse International Youth Hockey Tournament. Charles B. Wang’s Project Hope charity and the Islanders Children’s Foundation funded this unique international tournament with the goal of creating opportunities for cultural exchange through youth hockey events.
After three days full of games, Finland’s Ilves Islanders skated away with the gold and silver medals in a thrilling back and forth final. They showcased a group of talented young players with the ability and hockey sense of much older teams.
Japan, which traveled the furthest to attend the tournament, showed their European friends and North American hosts that the under-represented hockey nation is growing a crop of young, smooth skaters.
This year, the Massapequa High School girls’ basketball squad is jumping out of the gate quickly. Not only are they undefeated in Conference AA-I play, they are doing so by grabbing big first quarter leads and then sailing on to victory. Their current record is 11-0 overall and 7-0 in Conference AA-I play.
Back from a successful first half of the season, the Lady Chiefs remain in top form, defeating Hempstead, Syosset, and Oceanside all by lopsided margins.
As usual, the Massapequa scoring attack has been balanced. In the 67-29 win over Hempstead, Sarah Grzybowski scored 12 points, but the Lady Chiefs also had 11 other players scoring points, including Rachel Sieber with nine points and Sabrini Fregosi and Michelle Lupoli with eight points.
The Farmingdale State men’s and women’s indoor track team competed in the Long Island Indoor Championship at St. Anthony’s High School on Friday, January 20, hosted by St. John’s University. The men’s team was highlighted by a new school record in the Weight Throw, while the women improved two ECAC qualifying marks.
Among those competing was Marjorie Diemicke of North Massapequa. The 4x400 meter relay team of Ms. Diemicke, Druscilla Dickson, Akimmie Parker and junior Kathleen Clermont moved to sixth All-Time with a fifth place finish in a time of 4:25.24.
After a stellar football career at Plainedge High School, defensive back Ralph Caccavale has reaped several honors for his top-notch play.
Caccavale was selected as both a member of Newsday’s 2011 All-Long Island football team and as a second team member of the 2011 NYSSWA All-State football squad.
The senior and Thorp Award finalist made 45 tackles with six interceptions, returning one for a touchdown. Caccavale also rushed for 1,388 yards and 24 touchdowns.
With the second half of the 2011-2012 season underway, the Massapequa High School girls basketball team is off to another great start. Massapequa is tied for first in Conference AA-I play with a 4-0 record and an 8-1 tally overall. Added on to this, in December, the Lady Chiefs traveled to Orlando, FL, where the team won the KSA Holiday Classic.
And as action picked up on Jan. 6, the Lady Chiefs could look back at a sterling first half. After losing their opener to Sacred Heart on Dec. 10, Massapequa reeled off six straight victories, capped by a close 51-48 triumph over Kellenberg on Dec. 30.
Former Massapequa High School standout Jenny Perucca has been named to the MAC Academic Honor Roll for Misericordia University’s field hockey team.
Perucca, a sophomore Speech Pathology major, started one game and played in eight games for the Cougars.
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