For a small school tucked away in a corner of a small village, The Wheatley School in Old Westbury has accumulated a rich athletic history. The gymnasium has scores of banners hanging, saluting the school’s achievements over the years.
“Two seasons ago, we reached the New York State finals in soccer,’’ athletic director Tom Fitzpatrick said. “We were Nassau County champions in baseball two years ago. Our teams make the playoffs every year. We’re competitive.”
Wheatley is proud of the opportunities it offers its students.
Mineola High School’s Boy’s Winter Track team turned in a solid performance at the 2013 Conference VI Championships held at St. Anthony’s High School on Jan. 17. Conference VI includes nine teams (Mineola, Valley Stream North, Roosevelt, Oyster Bay, Friends Academy, Wheatley, Clarke, Locust Valley, and Cold Spring Harbor.)
Mineola placed second overall and had several outstanding performances.
Mathew Long, a senior student-athlete at Mineola High School, won his 100th varsity match on Jan. 12. One hundred wins is a rare feat for someone in a small-school Division II team who averages only 36 matches per season. He also has a chance of beating the current 15-year school record of 116 varsity wrestling wins.
In addition to serving as captain of the varsity wrestling team for the last two years, Long was named All-Conference in 2009, county champion in 2011 and 2012, and MVP of all the Division II teams in 2012. If he completes the current season as county champion for 2013, Long will then hold the school record for most consecutive county wins in wrestling, as well.
The Mineola Wrestling Team took on Clarke High School on Jan. 9, with highlighted matches by Matt Long, winning by a major decision 13-1 over his opponent and Sophomore Kyle Dunleavy, pinning his opponent in 2:26. Sophomore Peter McCormack also wrestled a very tough opponent, but came up short by a score of 10-5. JV wrestlers John Clancy and James Rodriguez also won their matches.
The girls’ winter track and field team competed at its fourth and final developmental meet at St. Anthony’s High School in Huntington on Tuesday, Jan. 8. The girls competed against Conference 6 rivals as well as Conference 1 teams. Sophomore Jenna Pareti set personal records in the high jump and triple jump, with 4 feet 8 inches and 30 feet 1.75 inches, respectively.
The Lady Mustangs of Mineola lost two heart-breakers, to Seaford and to West Hempstead teams, earlier this month.
Seaford beat Mineola 52 to 44, on Jan. 4, and West Hempstead bested the Lady Mustangs, 51 to 39, on Jan. 8.
Erin Connolly and Ryan Keenan have been selected as Outstanding Physical Education students by the Wheatley School Physical Education Department.
Connolly and Keenan were recently honored at an awards banquet held at the Crest Hollow Country Club. The Nassau Zone of the New York State Association sponsors the awards program for Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance.
The SUNY Old Westbury Panthers had a fantastic 2012 season on the baseball diamond—finishing with a record of 30-12—but will be receiving a significant boost by adding Lou Bernardi to the coaching staff as the pitching coach.
“The team had a great deal of success last season, but we’re looking to build on that,” said Bernardi. “I’m looking to instill a good work ethic, and I feel I can help that beginning with their off-season throwing program.”
The New Hyde Park native has had extensive success on the mound. He finished his collegiate career at New York Institute of Technology (NYIT) in 2010 as the program’s leader in appearances (67), and led the team in saves in 2008 with three.
Two major programs to prepare runners for the 2013 Long Island Marathon/Half Marathon/10 Kilometer Runs are getting started within the next few weeks, and anyone thinking about doing one of these events on the big day, May 5, 2013, can sign up.
The 3rd annual RunSmart Training Program kicks off at the Old Bethpage Village Restoration on Saturday, Jan. 26. It will be the first of a series of training sessions for runners of all levels of ability that will be held on one day every weekend for 14 weeks through April 27.
Nassau County Executive Edward Mangano welcomed and thanked staff from the Y.H. Park Taekwondo Academy this week as they presented a check for $3,500 to Andrew Malekoff, executive director of the North Shore Child and Family Guidance Center for program support.
Y.H. Park Taekwondo Academy, located in Levittown, hosted the annual New York Open Taekwondo Championships/Korean Cultural Festival this year and donated proceeds from the admission to the non-profit North Shore Child and Family Guidance Center located in Roslyn Heights.
North Shore is a not-for-profit children’s mental health agency on Long Island and leads the way in diagnosis, treatment, prevention, training, parent education, research and advocacy. They are dedicated to restoring and strengthening the emotional well being of children and families.
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