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St. Dominic’s Takes Class A Lacrosse Championship

Both the boys and girls lacrosse teams at St. Dominic’s High School won the CHSAA ‘A’ Championship, for the first time since 2011.

“This is really a great group of kids. They take pride in winning for St. Dominic’s more than for themselves, and you don’t see that very often,” says Coach Matthew O’Brien.


Starting the season, he said there were a lot of unknowns about how it would go. They lost three division one players after they graduated last year, but the incoming team proved impressive, with a 14-4 finish and winning the state championship. Senior Patrick O’Brien was on the team as a freshman the last time they won.

“It’s very fitting for him to end his high school career with a state championship win.”

Other standout players for the boys team include junior Matthew DeFeo of Upper Brookville, junior goalie Joe Fabilli of Glen Head, and sophomore Patrick Kiernan of Huntington, the All League Defenseman. Liam McAuliffe is a freshman standout with 61 points.

During the final game against St. Mary’s, the team came back after three overtimes.

“That’s as exciting as it gets,” O’Brien says.

The girls team won the class A championship for the third time in four years. Coach Michele O’Brien said the team was undefeated in their league. Next year the team will be moving up to the AA, which will be a lot more competitive for the team. O’Brien is proud of her girls and the growth of the program over the years.

Standout players on the 28-girl team are seniors Julia LaRusso and Olivia Garcia, both All League players; LaRusso was MVP of the game and will be playing lacrosse at Manhattan College next year. Garcia will play at Misericordia University and senior Danielle Weir will play at SUNY Old Westbury.

News

The installation of a cell phone antenna in the steeple of the Community Methodist Church of East Norwich has outraged parents, causing them to seek alternative preschool options for their children and resulting in the closing of the nursery school held at the church. The decision to close the school was announced last week, and the school shut its doors on the summer camp on Tuesday.

“We knew this might be coming, since the numbers were so low, but we didn’t know the summer camp would close so soon,” says Carolyn Wilson, who has been teaching at the Wesley United Method Church Nursery School for 35 years.

History will be made on Friday as Nassau Country Club opens its grounds for the U.S. Women’s Amateur Championship, playing host to the tournament which was last played on its greens 100 years ago. The club has been planning for the tournament for the past eight years or so, when the club’s president and mayor of Mill Neck, Peter Quick, says they first discussed having it return to Nassau for the 100 year anniversary. The tournament, conducted by the United States Golf Association (USGA), will have 156 women from all over the world competing for the Robert Cox Trophy and the title of national champion, including twin sisters Jennifer and Kristin Coleman, whose grandfather is a member of the club.

For the Coleman sisters, 21, of Rolling Hills Estates, CA, the tournament will almost be like a homecoming: they began playing golf at age 5, and have played Nassau Country Club a number of times over the years while visiting their grandfather, Daniel Coleman, who lives in Glen Cove.


Sports

The Long Island Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence (LICADD) is holding its 34th Annual R. Brinkley Smithers Golf Invitational, a charity tournament, on Monday, Sept. 22, at The Creek and Piping Rock Clubs in Locust Valley.

This year, LICADD will have Kristin Thorne, Emmy Award Winning WABC-TV news reporter and personality joining them as Emcee and Auctioneer. The live auction boasts playing opportunities at some of the country’s top golf courses, along with dozens of silent auction and raffle prizes to please the most discriminating of tastes.

Everyone who enjoys running or swimming or both is invited to join in the fun for the 3rd annual “Summer’s Not Done Aqua Run” on Sunday, Sept. 14 at the Town of Oyster Bay’s TOBAY Beach in Massapequa.

UJA-Federation of New York and the Greater Long Island Running Club will be co-hosting the event, which will consist of an 800-Meter Swim in South Oyster Bay followed by a three-mile run through the TOBAY Beach Bird and Game Preserve.  You can compete as an individual or as a two-person relay team.  New this year – there is also a 3 Mile “Run Only.”


Calendar

July Band Concerts

Wednesday, July 30

Babysitting and First Aid Workshop

Thursday, July 31

Opera Night

Saturday, Aug. 2



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