Congratulations to Massapequa boys, Joseph Swenson and Oliver Roberts, on being selected to the U.S. Soccer’s National Pool. The National Player Pool is composed of the best soccer players in the country. The boys’ journey to become national players began with the N Y State Olympic Development Program. They were chosen to participate in the NY State ODP Tournament, at which time they were ID’d by regional coaches. They were then invited to attend the Regional ID Camp where National coaches selected them for the National Player Pool. Congratulations to both the boys.
Last spring, the Massapequa Chiefs won their fourth straight Nassau County Class AA title. In June, Plainedge High School alumni and SUNY-Old Westbury pitching star, Robert Whitenack, was drafted by the Chicago Cubs in the eighth round of the Major League Baseball summer draft. Whitenack was the first player from Old Westbury to ever be drafted by a big league squad. He was also the first Division III player to be taken in the draft.
The Baldinger brothers weren’t the only professional athletes to give pointers to local youth this summer. On July 14, local campers at the Marjorie Post Park Summer Recreation Program had the opportunity to meet New York Islanders defenseman Freddy Meyer.
As a part of the Islanders I.C.E. Tour, which is an interactive NHL theme park geared toward the younger fan, Meyer spent the morning signing autographs and hanging out with the campers.
The 12-0-1 Long Island Fury was well represented in the Women’s Premier Soccer League Eastern Conference Team of the Year.
Coach Paul Riley was named as the Eastern Conference Coach of the Year.
Many of the fastest women runners from all over the New York Metropolitan area joined with lots of runners from Long Island of all ages and abilities for the 26th annual Arrow Exterminating Company Long Island Women’s 5 Kilometer Run, held on the roads of Farmingdale on Saturday morning, July 18 — and all of them enjoyed the picture perfect weather that highlighted an almost picture perfect event.
A record breaking field of 349 runners and walkers crossed the finish line at the Plainview-Old Bethpage Middle School at the 6th annual Heart & Sole 5 Kilometer Run on Sunday morning, July 12, and athletes from the Massapequas were once again among the top finishers in the older age groups.
Greg Karl of Massapequa Park finished in 20 minutes, 55 seconds to earn the first-place award in the 60-64 age group, Glenn Morse of Massapequa finished second in that same age group in 21:40, Sherry Bellovin of North Massapequa earned the second-place award in the women’s 60-64 age group in 33:08, and Howard Kestenbaum of Massapequa Park earned the third place award in the 75-79 age group in 38:27.
The 2008-09 school year was, to say the least, another fantastic year for the Massapequa High School sports program.
Recently, the athletic department issued some of the highlights from the year, which included, among many other sterling achievements, the fourth consecutive Nassau County and Long Island Championship by the amazing varsity baseball squad.
Schneider Children’s Hospital (SCH) is one of the unheralded gems on Long Island. On Saturday, May 31 this world world-renowned pediatric hospital’s 25th anniversary was celebrated at the Annual Sports Day. Corporate sponsored softball and volleyball teams and their families gathered at Cantiague Park in Hicksville to enjoy the oceanic blue sky and the comfortable 68-degree morning temperatures.
Orchestrated by the Friends of Schneider Children’s Hospital, the Annual Sports Day is a family fun-filled event that provides corporate sponsored softball and volleyball team tournaments, inflatable rides for the children, sand art, live music, radio station give-a-ways, NY Islander’s Sparky and GEICO’s Gecko, breakfast sponsored by Merritt Bakery and a barbeque lunch.
Registrations are now being accepted for the the Main Street Mile, which is returning to Farmingdale’s Main Street on Saturday, Sept. 5 at 4:15 p.m.
The quarter-mile Kids Fun Run will take place at 3:30 p.m.
Join Pat LaFontaine, Runner’s Edge, Dave and Busters, Henry Schein, Inc., Carter, DeLuca, Farrell & Schmidt, Dr. Larry Lembo and Cisco Systems to benefit the Champions in Courage Foundation.
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