The Eastern New York Youth Soccer Association (ENYYSA) announced that Emmalee Meyer is receiving the Patricia Louise Masotto and Brenda Driscoll Scholarship. The scholarship’s namesakes were best friends and top women’s soccer players from Massapequa. ENYYSA set up a scholarship in their name after they were killed by a drunk driver in Farmingdale in 1985.
Meyer played goalkeeper for the Massapequa Elite of the Long Island Junior Soccer League (LIJSL) from 2004 to 2012. She served as team captain and starred for the Elite when they won the State Open Cup in 2008. Meyer played for ENYYSA’s Olympic Development Program from 2005 to 2010 and for Region 1 ODP in 2008.
Nassau County Executive Edward Mangano recently honored the United States Taekwondo championship team during a ceremony on August 16. All of the 65 participants competed in the 2013 US Nationals Taekwondo Tournament in Chicago. The tournament was formerly the United States Junior Olympics. A Korean Martial Art, Taekwondo enjoys popularity throughout the world and holds the unique position as a Martial Art, Korean cultural export, and World Olympic sport. Joining County Executive Mangano are: Master Clinton Ohm Bellmore; Jan Trigg, Oceanside; Timothy Williams, Nassau County IDA; Kyle Haglich, Bellmore; Ryan Gao, Flushing; George Chen, Flushing; Tiffany Chen, Flushing; Michael Latino, Seaford; Kyle Huang, Bayside; Priscilla Pan, Flushing; John Lantino, Seaford; William Vaccaro, Massapequa; Sarah Rudnick, Massapequa; Sean Seibert, Uniondale; Christina LoBuglio, Massapequa; Elizabeth Mauro, North Merrick; Daniel Min, Flushing; Christopher Yoon, Flushing; Tyler Berke, Bellmore; Jordan Pan, Flushing; Jodie Gao, Flushing; Skylar Mondelli, Wantagh; Justin Fredricks, Wantagh; Robert Graziano, Wantagh; Vivyan Razeq, Wantagh; Anthony Santoro, Seaford; Raymond Nakovic, Wantagh; John Lantino, Sr., Seaford.
When the Massapequa International Little League team won the regional championships and qualified for the junior league World Series, everyone was surprised.
Everyone except their head coach, Councilman Joe Pinto.
“Nobody gave us a chance for the longest time,” said Pinto, who has coached Massapequa little league for more than 30 years. “This team worked and worked and worked. When they won the state championship and realized they had a chance at the World Series, words cannot describe the expression on their faces.”
Sports enthusiasts from throughout the Town of Oyster Bay are invited to attend a Family Football Night at John J. Burns Town Park in Massapequa on Wednesday, August 28, at 7 p.m. Residents will feel like a part of the action during the evening’s planned activities, including a live interactive scrimmage with players from LIU Post.
Oyster Bay Town Supervisor John Venditto said the unique event will allow fan to go inside the game and experience football from a different perspective.
The Massapequa Chiefs return to the gridiron this year looking to continue their rush toward glory.
The No. 1 seeded team in Nassau County’s Conference I, ahead of rival Farmingdale, the Chiefs kick-off their seaon September 12 at Freeport.
Massapequa lost to eventual champions Farmingdale in last season’s semifinals by the close score of 12-9. The two teams square-off on October 5 in Massapequa.
Two soon-to-be juniors at Massapequa High School with outstanding sophomore seasons sized up their options and have already committed to playing lacrosse at a couple of prominent New York colleges once they graduate. Chiefs’ attackmen Griffin Konen and Paul Dilena have verbally agreed to play at Binghamton University and Marist College, respectively. The Binghamton Bearcats coveted Konen for his unselfish play, outstanding field vision and high lacrosse IQ. Dilena, also a standout player with the Nassau County Class A champions, made a verbal commitment to play for Marist College’s Red Foxes. College officials said Dilena, a 6-foot-1, 220-pound righty dodger, uses his size to create scoring opportunities.
An exciting matchup of two premier Northeast college soccer teams will take place in Massapequa, as the Town of Oyster Bay hosts a College Soccer Challenge and Youth Soccer Festival on Sunday, August 18 at John J. Burns Park at 4 p.m. featuring a game between the NCAA men’s soccer forces from Hofstra and Lafayette.
“Soccer fans in our Town will not want to miss this festival which will showcase some of the area’s best soccer talent and will make for an entertaining day for the community to watch and enjoy,” Councilman Joe Pinto said.
Massapequa native and Army defensive powerhouse Brendan Buckley held his ground and repeated as the Patriot League Male Scholar-Athlete of the year, league officials announced.
Buckley became the third repeat winner of the award, extending Army’s success with the honor as he is the fourth from West Point in five years to claim the accolade. Army now has a League-best six Male Scholar-Athletes of the Year, one ahead of rival Navy.
Congratulations to Bob Pike of Plainedge and Margarita Hernandez of Massapequa, each of whom won an award in the 10th annual Heart & Sole 5 Kilometer Run through the streets of Plainview on Sunday morning, July 22.
Massapequa resident and 74-year-old Margarita Hernandez earned the third place award plaque in the women’s 70-74 age group in 1:01:54. While 69 year old Bob Pike took first place honors in the 65-69 age group in 24 minutes flat.
Congratulations to Tara Mannino of Massapequa, Meilissa Kennedy of Amityville, Ruth Maller of Massapequa Park, and Grace Abamwa of Amityville, each of whom won awards in the 30th annual Runner’s Edge Long Island 5 Kilometer Women’s Run on July 13, as a strong field of 439 runners, walkers and wheelchair athletes crossed the finish line on the track at Farmingdale High School.
Tara Mannino took 3rd place honors in the highly competitive 25-29 age group with a time of 20:39. Melissa Kennedy of Amityville took first place honors in the 60-64 age group with a finishing time of 24:11. Ruth Maller was the top finisher in the 80 plus age group in 55:17 and, at age 84, was the oldest finisher. Grace Abamwa earned 5th place honors in the Athena 160 pound plus weight division.
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