Massapequa residents Kiani Morisi, Justin Casement, and Danny Sohn have qualified to compete at the 2013 Metropolitan Swimming Junior Olympics. These swimmers will compete representing the nationally ranked host team, Long Island Aquatic Club (LIAC). Each year LIAC sends a large squad to the Junior Olympics to compete for the titles as the best age group swimmers in the Metropolitan LSC. The Junior Olympics take place March 15 – 17, at the Nassau County Aquatic Center, in Eisenhower Park. For more information on the Junior Olympics or the Long Island Aquatic Club visit LIAC’s website www.longislandswimming.com.
Whether it’s the Nassau County class AA championship game, or the entire season thus far, the Massapequa Girls Varsity Basketball team has been in total control. The team captured the Nassau County class AA title by defeating Uniondale 52-35 in the title game held at LIU Post on Saturday. The undefeated team has won 19 games thus far and captured the first county title for Massapequa Varsity Girls Basketball since 2006. The Chiefs will now take on Sachem East in the Long Island Class AA championship to be held Friday night at 8 p.m. at Hofstra University.
“I’m very proud of what they have accomplished,” said coach Shari Roessler. “They key is they work as a total team.”
Massapequa Boys Swimming Head Coach Natalie Gallagher must’ve had mixed emotions when she returned from the state championships in Webster. On one hand, senior Trevor Dearstyne finished third in the 50-freestyle and earned all-state honors with a time of 21.21 seconds, which was a personal best for him. He also placed in the top eight in the 100-freestyle finishing with a time of 47.26 seconds, also a personal best. His coach was extremely proud.
“Trevor is a scholar athlete, “said Gallagher “he’s been swimming since he was very young. He swims all year long. He’s a leader. He leads by example. You could put Trevor in any event and he will persevere. “
Playing in the most competitive basketball conference in Nassau County, the Massapequa varsity boys team faces a tough task every year, having to go up against against county powerhouses Hempstead, Uniondale, Farmingdale and Freeport. This season, the task became monumental when one of the team’s best players, William Schlich, tore his ACL in practice before the season. It was a devastating loss for a team that already faced an uphill battle, but the Massapequa varsity boys team pressed on, and made their coach quite proud by having a successful season,
“Their work effort was phenomenal,” said Marty Voigt, who has coached at Massapequa for 22 years. “One of the best teams I have ever been around.”
Local elected officials Legis. Michael Venditto and Town of Oyster Bay Councilman Joe Pinto visited with the players and coaches of the Massapequa PAL Kindergarten and first grade basketball clinic. The elected officials met with the participants and encouraged them to display good sportsmanship when participating in team sports, but above all else, have fun.
The Massapequa Girls Bowling Team just completed a very successful season, in which the team finished in third place in its conference, eighth overall in Nassau County and fourth overall in the Nassau County Championship held at Garden City Bowl. And next year, it looks as if the team will only get better. If the girls continue to improve as they have been doing, the team might have great things ahead of them.
“The girls are improving tremendously each year that they’re there,” said Steve Donovan, the team’s coach. “I’d like to see us in the top three in the county [next year].”
The players of the St. Rose CYO fourth grade basketball team stand with their coaches, Lance Cohen and Larry Dupkin after winning a playoff game at Unqua School.
Sal Nastasi, 32, of Massapequa Park captured first place honors in the 30-34-year-old age group at Sayville Running Company 10 Mile Run to the Blue Point Brewery. Nastasi braved cold winter temperatures to complete the race in 56 minutes and 41 seconds. He finished more than three minutes ahead of the second place finisher in his age group and fourth overall.
North Massapequa’s Brianna Day has been named as the women’s lacrosse first assistant coach at SUNY Old Westbury for the team’s inaugural season. Day is a graduate of Plainedge High School where she was a standout athlete, lettering in track and field, soccer and, of course, lacrosse. Her career continued at the University of Albany where she was a member of the women’s lacrosse team, which captured the America East Championship in consecutive years. Since 2009, Day has been a United States Lacrosse Certified Coach as a head coach of the Long Island Liberty Lacrosse Program as well as an assistant coach with Black Diamond Lacrosse Camps and Clinics.
“You have to be mentally disciplined,” he says. “It’s all about you and being able to control your mind. You have to train your body to do something it doesn’t want to do which is to stand still.”
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