Thursday, 12 September 2013 00:00
St. Gertrude’s Rising fifth grade basketball team won the Island Garden Championship, finishing the season 19-1: 8-0 in CYO and 11-1 in Island Garden.
St. Gertrude’s coaches went into the CYO summer season expecting to do well, and hoping to win a few games in the 10-game Island Garden summer season. The coaches figured on just gaining experience from playing at a much higher level in Island Garden play.
Little did St. Gertrude’s team know the kind of season they put together in their summer of 2013. With tenacious defense, solid offense and limiting the number of turnovers led this team to the kind of summer season the team just finished: 19 – 1. The season captured the hearts of many of the parents, families and friends. Twice during the season, there were conflicts of games whereby the team had to split to play CYO and IG and won all games involved. St. Gertrude’s carried 13 players this summer to make sure there was enough to field teams when vacation plans were under way.
What a phenomenal summer season as well as the experience gained for the St. Gertrude’s basketball team. The team is comprised of local players from the Locust Valley and Bayville area. Indeed, opposing coaches from the Island Garden area were surprised at how successful a season St. Gert’s had. Teams that participate in the Island Garden summer season generally draw their players from Brooklyn, Queens, Nassau and Suffolk.
Players on St. Gertrude’s team are Drew Barstow, Aidan Carrozza, Luke Dellicicchi, Joey Halpin, David Hill, Nathan Kearney, Matthew Klein, Logan Liantonio, John Madsen, Kyle Marshall, Colin McCullagh, John Nardone and Luke Paniagua; coaches, Keith Kearney, Frank McCullagh and Joe Paniagua.
Saturday, 07 December 2013 00:00
There’s no better way to get into the holiday spirit than with music, and critically acclaimed pianist Stan Wiest will be hosting a holiday sing-a-long at Locust Valley Library to help get everyone in the mood on Sunday, Dec. 8, from 2 to 4 p.m.
Wiest has been playing piano since he was 5 years old, and now, at age 69, has recorded his first CD; an album that has been so well-received, it is a top seller on Amazon.com. The talented pianist spent much of his early career traveling and says he played every supper club in Manhattan, while also working full time on a TV soap opera. To promote his album, his local circuit also includes a presentation at Forest Books in Glen Cove on Dec. 12.
About 30 years ago, Wiest stopped traveling to be with his wife and kids and has been running a music entertainment business in Fort Salonga. Now, with his new album, he’s back on the road, something he never expected to happen at this point in his life.
Friday, 06 December 2013 00:00
It was a cold night for the annual Menorah lighting at the Derby Hall Bandstand last Monday. The event, which is sponsored by the Oyster Bay Civic Association, was well attended though, with Oyster Bay Jewish Center’s Rabbi Marvin Demant leading the crowd in cheerful Chanukah songs.
“Every year we gather at the gazebo to celebrate the miracle of Chanukah,” said Rabbi Demant. “It is actually very special this year because Thanksgiving and Chanukah will overlap for the first time in almost 100 years.”
Thursday, 05 December 2013 00:00
With grit, determination and all-out teamwork, the Friends Academy Boys Varsity Soccer team completed their quest for a third state soccer championship, defeating a tough Lansing High School, 1-0, in the New York Class C State Championships.
Both teams kept the game at a tight 0-0, until 20 minutes into the second half, when a throw-in from senior Patrick Moodhe (Manhasset) connected with the head of senior Jon Nierenberg (Sands Point) for the game’s only goal.
Thursday, 28 November 2013 00:00
Nicole Giannetti entered her third cross country state meet in her career with one goal in mind: to place in the top 20 and earn an all-state medal. After finishing 38th in 2011 and 26th in 2010, the goal was definitely within her reach.
“She was ranked 25th according to one website, so we knew it was going to be close,” said Coach Kevin Cotter. “After looking at some of the times of her competitors, I told her she could potentially finish in the top 10. If she fell short, at least she would still remain in the top 20 and earn that elusive medal.”