The Dec. 20 Open General Meeting of the Greater Long Island Running Club served as the Club’s Awards Night for 2011 and Ruth Maller of Massapequa Park was among the award winners.
The Meeting was held in the auditorium of the Plainview-Old Bethpage Public Library before an audience of nearly 300.
The Eastern College Athletic Conference announced the 2011 ECAC Division III Metro Women’s Soccer All-Stars. Farmingdale State had a Skyline Conference leading four players named All-Stars as junior defender Jillian Lasota of Massapequa, plus junior forward Corine Magee, junior midfielder Jamie Smith, Ronkonkoma and senior defender Katrina Cerverizzo, Center Moriches each earned Second Team honors.
Ms. Lasota started every game and anchored a defense that held an impressive 0.57 goals against average. The Rams finished tied for first in the Skyline after allowing only 13 goals this season.
The Massapequa School District recently decided to name the Massapequa High School wrestling room after former legendary coach, educator and mentor: Al Bevilacqua.
In connection with the naming of the wrestling room in honor of Coach Bevilacqua, the Friends of Massapequa Wrestling, Inc., a not-for-profit corporation dedicated to fostering the sport of wrestling in Massapequa, pledged to pay for the renovation of the high school’s wrestling room.
Kelsey O’Brien, a student from Massapequa High School, was recently named a News 12 Long Island Scholar Athlete.
An All-State field hockey forward and All-County lacrosse attack, Kelsey plays sports year-round yet maintains a 96 unweighted average — and achieved a 2010 on her SATs.
As is a yearly custom, a number of Massapequa High School student athletes have signed letters of intent at colleges and universities throughout the northeast.
This year, 12 MHS seniors have signed on to continue playing sports they excelled in at the high school that boasts the finest athletic program in Nassau County. They include seniors from the boys’ and girls’ lacrosse teams, girls’ diving, and girls’ track and field.
The Portledge School Varsity Girls Basketball team recently won the 2011 Portledge Basketball Invitational. The Lady Panthers defeated Martin Luther 56 - 40 in the championship game on Saturday, Dec. 10. Ceci Mulry of Glen Cove and Tamara Simpson of North Babylon were selected to the All-Tournament team. Ms. Simpson was named the tournament’s Most Valuable Player. This is the girls’ first championship in this event since 1996.
Yankees Pitcher David Robertson recently visited Farmingdale High School to talk to students about living your dreams. He spoke about how nothing in life comes easy. You have to work hard as he did to get where he is today. He also told the students how he made it into Major League Baseball, and answered many question.
Nassau County, this past week, was facing the reality of a government shutdown until the fiscal control board NIFA voted to approve County Executive Edward P. Mangano’s $2.6 billion 2012 budget and multi-year financial plan. In approving the plans, NIFA moved to remain in control of Nassau finances through 2015.
Chairman of the NIFA Board of Directors Ronald Stack said during the Dec. 8 vote: “The plan is far from ideal… this plan holds significant risks… but although far from perfect, rejection of the plan at this moment could result in significant disruption in the county, a possible closing of the capital markets to the county… and a possible shut down of county government.”
Two Massapequa freshmen, tennis stars at Farmingdale State College, have just completed their easy conquest of the Skyline Conference.
Jessica Sickles has been named Player of the Year for 2011, while Alex Bentz is the Skyline Conference’s Rookie of the Year.
The honors culminated a remarkably successful season for the two Massapequa High School alumna.
A great season has ended for the Duke University women’s soccer team. On Thursday, Dec. 2, The Lady Blue Devils defeated Wake Forest, 4-1 to advance to the finals of the NCAA’s College Cup final, held in Kennesaw, GA. There Duke lost a tough one to Stanford, 1-0.
Starring for the Lady Blue Devils was Massapequa native Kim DeCesare. Earlier, Kim scored the winning goal in a 3-0 win over Long Beach State, one that took Duke to the Final Four.
“I haven’t been happier, that was the most important goal I ever scored, I think,” said Ms. DeCesare after the big game. “This is one of the happiest moments of my life!”
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