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Hockey Star Heading For World Championship

Portledge seventh-grader Vincent Salgado will travel to Quebec, Canada in February to play goaltender for the Junior Islanders hockey team in the 55th Quebec Pee Wee Hockey Tournament. Salgado joins 17 other elite players to participate against 2,300 young hockey stars from 16 countries in what is considered the most important minor hockey tournament in the world. Salgado began skating at age 4 and playing hockey on the house league at the Iceland Rink near his home in New Hyde Park at eight and has sinced played on a variety of Long Island teams, including the Ice Cats and the Gulls.  

Now Salgado is skating under Frank Barker, current assistant and goalie coach of the Junior Islanders Hockey team, with amazing results. He credits Barker with building both his physical and mental skills, and says he feels, “transformed.” His experience speaks to the importance of good coaching in building character. If it were not for Frank Barker, “my mentor,” he says, he would not be at Portledge, where he feels supported academically and on the ice, with a flexible schedule that allows him to pursue his dream. The Portledge Middle School program emphasizes character development through trying, learning from mistakes, and trying again in all pursuits: academic, artistic, athletic and social action.

It is a philosophy that resonates with Salgado, who says simply,“I need to push if I want to succeed.”

On the eve of playing in the World Pee Wee Championships, which attracts 200,000 fans per year and is responsible for introducing legendary players like Wayne Gretzky, Guy Lafleur and Mario Lemieux, is Salgado nervous?

“Inside I get nervous. That’s natural. But I’m focusing on now, year by year, game by game, it’s all now.”

News

Matt Bentz, of Forest Hills, was the winner of the Oyster Festival Raffle that took place as the event ended at 6 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 19. He had a choice between winning a 2015 Chrysler 200 three-year lease or $15,000 in cash. He chose the cash. He is the “Perfect Oyster Festival Raffle winner.”

Bentz is a computer systems administrator with Spa Creek Software, a company that writes software for other software developers, and has been to the festival numerous times over the years; in fact, next year he is hoping to sail here on his 24 ft. sailboat. He got it “reasonably” from a friend who was buying up.

Richie Cannata may be best known for his song credits but his name will become a part of history this week. Cannata, a 28-year resident and business owner of Glen Cove, will be inducted into the Long Island Music Hall of Fame on Thursday, Oct. 23 at The Paramount in Huntington.

As a member of the Billy Joel Band, the saxophone player was propelled to fame in 1975 when he joined the band and played on songs including “New York State of Mind” and “Scenes from an Italian Restaurant.”


Sports

The autumn varsity sports season is well on its way in Oyster Bay. Many young athletes have distinguished themselves. Several fine young athletes excelled right out of the gate and were chosen by the Oyster Bay Hight School coaches as Athletes of the Month for October 2014.

Cross Country Coach Kevin Cotter has athletes who consistently qualify for the states. Picking one to honor is a difficult task. Within this impressive group of talented athletes, one stands out: junior Alex Tosi, who recently broke the 17 minute barrier for a 5K course at Bethpage State park with a time of 16:52. This feat has not been accomplished since 2008.

5- and 6-year-old Peanuts

The Little Generals (Peanuts) stepped out into the cold Sunday morning ready to give the home crowd a show as they battled the Bellmore Braves, and that’s just what they did as the Generals beat the Braves 14-7. The teams battled to a first half tie as the Generals’ touchdown came on a 26-yard run by Kody Gehnrich, thanks to great blocks by John (Jack) Grace and Jack Symanski.

In the second half, where the Generals are usually at their best, the defense shut out the Braves as Rodney Hill, Jr. and Brandon Babel stepped in on the defense line to create a great push to allow Francesco Allocca to make eight tackles. The offense got a big boost with Allocca being allowed to play RB after playing QB the past two games, and boy did he respond behind great lead blocking from Luca Granito. Allocca carried the ball nine times for 60 yards and a TD coming on the last play of the game.


Calendar

Boys & Girls Club Gala

Thursday, October 23

Halloween Party

Saturday, October 25

Property Tax Exemptions Workshop

Tuesday, October 28



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