Written by Joe Scotchie Friday, 01 October 2010 00:00
School has started and with it, the fall sports season. A few games into both the football and volleyball seasons and Massapequa High School squads in both sports are heading towards another winning season.
The girls volleyball team, always a perennial power in Nassau County action is off to a fast start, its unbeaten string broken only last weekend by St. Anthony’s.
The Lady Chiefs started the 2010 campaign with convincing wins over Farmingdale, Calhoun, Hicksville, and MacArthur High Schools. In fact, in all four contests, Massapequa won all three quarters to post 3-0 shutout victories. Samantha Berna has emerged as the squad’s scoring star. In the Farmingdale game, she had 11 kills, a performance that was followed up with 13 kills in the Hicksville win and 12 kills and 19 digs in the win over MacArthur. In the win over Calhoun, Joanne Josephson had six kills and five service aces to pace the Lady Chiefs. Massapequa remains undefeated in Conference AA-1 play.
Meanwhile, in the highly competitive Conference I action, the Massapequa Chiefs football squad is currently sporting a 2-1 record. The Chiefs have bounced back from an Opening Day loss to Oceanside to take consecutive victories over Hempstead and Uniondale.
In the 31-22 home win over Hempstead, the Chiefs relied on a ground game to prevail. Michael Barry had a workhorse day, running for 167 yards and four touchdowns, including a 36-yard romp in the second half, which gave the Chiefs a 12-8 halftime. In the second half, Massapequa broke the game open, as Barry continued his heroics, scoring on touchdown runs of 27 and 26 yards. Earlier, in the first quarter, Barry scored on a 30-yard run. Barry’s stellar performance was complimented by a 90-yard touchdown run on a kickoff return by Vassili Griggorakis.
In the Sept. 25 away win over Uniondale, the Chiefs turned to the aerial assault to secure a 21-14 victory. Trailing 7-0 after the first quarter, the Chiefs stormed back to tie the game at halftime and then score two more touchdowns in the third quarter to take a 21-7 lead into the final frame.
Ryan Neu paced the Chiefs offense, throwing for three touchdowns and 119 yards. Neu connected with Steve Romano for scoring tosses in both the second and third quarters, including a five-yard pass in the latter frame, one that gave Massapequa the lead. Also in the third quarter, Neu hooked up with Vassili Griggorakis on an 11-yard pass that gave the Chiefs their insurance touchdown.
On defense, Mitch Staubitz was all over the field, with 14 tackles, while Rich Ruiz had 11 tackles and two quarterback sacks.
All three games so far this year have been part of Conference I action. On Oct. 2, the Chiefs will host Freeport for a 2:00 p.m. game.