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.
Lacrosse teams from across the region are invited to a major fall tournament sponsored by the 2013 New York State Girls Lacrosse Champions, Farmingdale’s Lady Dalers.
The event, scheduled for September 29 at Farmingdale High School, is open to any and all teams ranging from grades three through 12. The all-day event runs from 8 a.m. until 4:30 p.m.
A Massapequa native was one of 48 former student-athletes honored in celebration of the 40th Anniversary of NCAA Division II sports.
Long Island University Post men’s soccer alumni Brian Kilmeade, class of 1986 and one of the hosts of cable television’s Fox & Friends, was among the honorees.
Developed through a partnership with the Division II Conference Commissioners Association, the 40th Anniversary Tribute Team highlights one male and one female from each of the division’s 23 current conferences, plus two at-large nominees.
Paige McAtee placed first in the women’s event at the 33rd Annual Firecracker 5K Race hosted by the Massapequa Road Runners. She ran the race in 20 minutes, 52 seconds. On hand to congratulate her was Mayor Jeffrey Pravato. After the race, the mayor accepted a Certificate of Appreciation from Massapequa Roadrunners Director Alex Flyntz for his support for the event.
Pictured is Mayor Jeffrey Pravato, Paige McAtee,Trustee Tina Schiaffino and Trustee Daniel Pearl.
After winning taking home the hardware in last year’s Arch Capital Group Cup, the Plainedge Pumas continued their winning ways this season by capturing the ENY Upper 90 Cup last month, defeating the Sound Beach Spirit, 4-2, for the girls under 14 title.
“It was an exciting, competitive game,” said Plainedge coach Jean Matthews. “We had the better of play in the second half and that made the difference.”
While most boaters and personal watercraft riders operate their vessels in a responsible manner, speeding is a major problem. According to Oyster Bay Town Councilman Chris J. Coschignano, speeding will not be tolerated in Town waters.
“With Long Island Sound on the town’s north shore and Great South Bay on the south shore, it is only natural that Oyster Bay attracts a large number of boaters and personal watercraft riders,” Coschignano said. “Boaters and operators of personal watercraft commonly known as ‘jet skis’ after a popular brand should be aware that speeding in town waters will not be tolerated.” In 2011, bay constables issued 130 summonses for speeding, excessive wake and imprudent operation of a vessel.
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