On Thursday, Feb. 3, AMF Garden City Lanes transformed from a bowling alley into an Islanders playground, as eight players laced up their clown-like, ruby-red bowling shoes and hit the hardwood with some of their biggest fans. The Lady Islanders Girls Ice Hockey Program of Long Island held their second annual Bowl-A-Thon in conjunction with the Islanders to fundraise for their Under-19, Under-14, Under-12 and Under-10 teams. The four female squads, solicited sponsors for this year’s event, collecting over $6,000 to help pay for ice time, jerseys, equipment, tournament registrations, league fees and more. In addition to raising money, the girls were rewarded with the opportunity to bowl with some of their hockey heroes. They also had the chance to take numerous photos with the boys in blue and brought home bags full of autographed yearbooks and player cards. Veterans Matt Moulson, Bruno Gervais and Josh Bailey led the way and brought rookie teammates Nathan Lawson, Ty Wishart, Jeremy Colliton and Travis Hamonic along for the evening’s festivities.
The featured speaker at the February 15 Open General Meeting of the Greater Long Island Running Club was Heather Williams, the co-owner (with husband Greg Fives) of Northport Physical Therapy, as well as one of Long Island’s premiere runners. Her topic – one of interest to all runners: “Why Runners Get Injured...and how to Prevent it.”
Ever since Coach John Bruckner and Assistant Coach Chris Hammond took over the Fencing program at Oyster Bay High School, they have built a winning tradition year after year. The 2010 – 2011 season brings more accolades to OBEN Athletics.
Notwithstanding frigid conditions, nearly 200 runners were on hand in Bethpage on Saturday morning, Jan. 22 to get started on the RunSmart Training Program for the Long Island Marathon Festival of Races.
Oyster Bay High School athletes crowded into a classroom at the high school to meet the new head coach for the Baymen Football Program, Mr. Joe Knoll on Wednesday, Feb. 2.
Coach Knoll comes to Oyster Bay with an impressive track record. He began his coaching career as an Assistant Coach in Sewanhaka where he was part of an organization that won five straight championships. The highlight of his coaching experience at Sewanhaka was having the opportunity to coach a future Heisman Trophy winner. A young quarterback by the name of Vinnie Testaverde who went on to play in the NFL and was QB for the New York Jets.
The Oyster Bay Tornadoes, U16 girls travel soccer team, consists of 15 and 16 year-old players. They include: Kristen Poppe (defender), Danielle Coccia (forward), Gabrielle Albanese (defender/ midfielder), Melissa Albanese (forward/midfielder), Erin Allen (forward/center midfielder), Katrina Cappiello (defender/midfielder), Amanda Kalan (center midfielder), Marissa Venuto (midfielder), Melissa LaCorte (defender/forward), Brianna Cornachio (forward/midfielder), Emily Siringo (forward/midfielder), Alessandra Puccio (forward), Julia Cranz (defender/midfielder), Erica Eisenberg (defender/forward), Caroline Dupre (defender), Marissa Matarese (forward/midfielder), Kristen Maggi (defender), Arden Etts (goalie), Riane Woodman (defender). The girls are coached by Sal Albanese.
Fencing began on Tuesday, Feb. 8 and runs eight sessions to April 5 with no session on Feb. 22. Members in grades second through fourth will meet in the gym from 6:15 to 7:15 p.m. and members in grades fifth through eighth from 7:15 to 8:15 p.m. Fencing teacher John Wilhelm will instruct the program. The total fee for all eight sessions is $80.
Nassau County’s Muttontown Preserve will host a guided “Winter Trek” hike on Sunday, Feb. 6, from 10 a.m. to noon. The hike will lead participants through a variety of environments present on the preserve, including the wetlands, wooded trails and upland woods, open meadow, conifer stands, and kettle ponds. The tour guide will also discuss the plants and animals located in the various areas of the preserve. The hike is approximately three miles in length.
Members of the media had the opportunity to meet New York Islanders owner, Charles Wang, as he hosted the fourth annual Lighthouse International Youth Hockey Tournament which featured pee-wee teams from China, Finland, Japan, Long Island and Westchester County. It was held at the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum on Sunday, Jan. 23. The ages of participants in the tournament ranged from 9-12 years old.
Runners and walkers of all ages and levels of ability from Oyster Bay, East Norwich, Mill Neck, Bayville, Locust Valley, and all over Long Island are invited to test their training and endurance levels by being a part of the 14th annual Lazer, Aptheker, Rosella & Yedid Kings Park 15 Kilometer Run. The Run will take place on Saturday, March 19, starting at 9 a.m. at the New Discovery Elementary School on Lawrence Road in Kings Park. (Additional parking is available 3/8 mile away at Kings Park High School).
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