The fast start enjoyed by both the Massapequa High School boys and girls basketball squads has continued into the new year. The girls’ team is a perennial Long Island powerhouse, but this year the boys’ team is in first place, also. As of press time, the Chiefs sport a 9-2 record overall and a Conference AA-1-leading 5-2 mark.
Everyone is familiar with the great success that Massapequa High School athletic squads have on the playing field.
Their athletes also excel in the classroom. Lee Henderson, a student at Massapequa High School, has been honored as the “News 12 Long Island/MSG Varsity Scholar Athlete of the Week,” an award that recognizes significant achievements both in the classroom and on the playing field.
The December Open General Meeting of the Greater Long Island Running Club was the Club’s annual Awards Night, and six athletes from the local area were among those singled out for awards.
Massapequa area runners were out in force for this year’s 23rd annual Carter, DeLuca, Farrell & Schmitt Ho Ho Ho Holiday Run, one held on Dec. 18. A total of 1060 runners, walkers and wheelchair athletes navigated the streets of Bethpag before crossing the finish line at the John F. Kennedy Middle School.
The Town of Oyster Bay and the National Hockey League Players’ Association announced the donation of brand new sets of hockey equipment, courtesy of the National Hockey League Players’ Association’s (NHLPA) Goals & Dreams Fund, according to Town Supervisor John Venditto. The donation of the gear will help support the Town of Oyster Bay’s Youth Hockey program, which has long been respected for its outstanding rinks, enthusiastic participation and viable ice hockey programs.
The St. Dominic Bayhawks Varsity baseball players have worked hard throughout the summer and fall to make sure they are ready for another title run come spring. The senior-laden 2011 squad will once again be anchored by a strong pitching staff and an exceptional defense. Eight seniors have already signed National Letters of Intent to continue their playing careers at the collegiate level in 2012. The spring schedule will feature games against some of the top teams in the area, as well as the weekly grind of NSCHSAA league play.
On Wednesday, Dec. 1 Matt Long, author and former NYC Firefighter who almost lost his life after being hit by a bus visited Runner’s Edge in Farmingdale. Long spoke about his accident and signed copies of his new book, The Long Run: A New York City Firefighter’s Triumphant Comeback from Crash Victim to Elite Athlete.
While not quite as nice as last year’s weather, the weather for this year’s 18th annual edition of Long Island Blood Services Rob’s Run was a good deal better than in 2008, and this year’s finale of the USATF-Long Island Cross Country season welcomed 528 finishers to the Stillwell Woods course on Sunday, Nov. 28.
Back in 1968, living in the Massapequa’s was becoming hectic: Citified traffic, expanding business pressures and an increased need for home building were all typical of this once sleepy South Shore community.
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