Bethpage High School senior Francisco Almanzar signed a National Letter of Intent on Nov. 14 to play Division II baseball for Dominican College in the fall, where he was accepted on early admission. The catcher for the Bethpage varsity baseball team received not only an athletic scholarship, but an academic scholarship as well. The combined scholarships will cover most of his tuition.
Francisco was joined at the signing by Coach Fischer, Principal Michael Spence, Athletic Director John Franchi, his parents Elizabeth and Javier, and his brother Miguel, a freshman who also plays baseball for Bethpage.
— Submitted By The Bethpage Union Free School District
Plainview Brownie Troop 3547 were guests of Busto’s Martial Arts Studio at 490 Old Bethpage Rd. last month for some training and exercise. John “Shehan” Busto, owner of Busto’s, personally taught the 14 Brownie girls an intro lesson on martial arts basics, including striking, leg kicks, sweeps, evasion tactics, footwork and more. Four of Busto’s advanced students came in to demonstrate some of the moves for Brownies. The girls had a great time, and learned important lessons on protecting themselves from a local master and his team.
The Plainview PAL Pony cheerleaders and football players had the wonderful opportunity of cheering and playing football on the gridiron during half time at the Jets game against the Miami Dolphins on Dec. 1. The smiling faces and cheery spirit of the Plainview girls was the highlight of the day and more than made up for a medicore Jets performance on the gridiron.
The cheerleading squad raises the excitement level at sporting events throughout Plainview and beyond. Their highly skilled routines provide a much-needed energy boost to teams across the sports spectrum with perfectly-timed moves, wide smiles and unbridled enthusiasm.
Student-athletes in the Plainview- Old Bethpage Central School District are involved in several volunteer programs throughout the year that are designed to give back to the community. The purpose is to help the student-athletes develop a sense of community while building strong character traits. To date, the student-athletes have raised more than $250 during the District’s Breast Cancer Awareness week, and helped organize the district’s NFL Punt, Pass and Kick program.
— Herald Staff
Plainview resident Shari Klarfeld scored as the first woman overall in the 6th annual Blazing Trail’s 4-Autism 4 Mile Run through the streets of East Meadow on Saturday, Nov. 23. Klarfeld covered the four miles in 25 minutes, 13 seconds; a pace of just over six minutes per mile. bringing her to the finish line on the grounds of St. Raphael’s Parish Church 11 seconds in front of the second place female finisher, Una Broderick of Wantagh.
This year’s race featured new elements including a new community location, with a new school and a new flat course snaking through the charming East Meadow neighborhood. But just as in past events, every entrant and volunteer received high quality hoodies, an array of post-race refestments, quick and accurate results courty of JMS Racing Services and a generous raffle highlighted by a televison set and two JetBlue tickets.
Plainview runners motored through Syosset-Woodbury Community Park in the 5th annual Blue Ribbon Run for Prostate Cancer, a 5-kilometer road race on Sunday, Nov. 17
Among the Plainview participants winning awards were top Clydesdale Weight Division finishers Ken Colantuoni; David Drebsky, second in the 30-34 age group; Steven Weiss and Matthew Gregory, who were first and third respectively in the 35-39 age group; Barry Jerson, first in the 65-69 age group; and Howard Kestenbaum, second in the 80-84 age group.
The Town of Oyster Bay will host two Saturday night prime time high school ice hockey contests this season as part of its High School Hockey Night in Oyster Bay series held at the Town of Oyster Bay’s Ice Skating Center on Stewart Avenue in Bethpage, according to Oyster Bay Town Supervisor John Venditto.
Starting off the series will be the Massapequa Chiefs taking on the Syosset Braves on Saturday, Dec. 14 at 8 p.m. The second contest, featuring the Cold Spring Harbor Seahawks and the Bethpage Golden Eagles, is scheduled for Saturday, Feb. 1, at 8 p.m.
Students enrolled in the Plainview-Old Bethpage Central School District’s Pasadena Elementary School recently completed a fitness goal by cumulatively running and walking 26 miles, the same distance as the New York City Marathon. The “Running of the Marathon,” a physical education based program, taught students about setting positive goals, living a healthy lifestyle and the five boroughs — which are included in the marathon’s path. Students ran and walked one quarter-mile lap each day at the beginning of recreational time, resulting in one mile a day. To highlight their achievement, the students decorated paper sneakers to symbolize their participation and dedication to the goal.
— Herald Staff
The Plainview-Old Bethpage Central School District’s John F. Kennedy High School recently announced the following student-athletes as the District’s Athlete of the Month for October:
Zachary Zeises – Senior – Boys’ Varsity Soccer
“Zach is a senior and four-year varsity player. He has really improved in the last half of the season. Zach has shown great leadership, leading the team into the playoffs. With his effort this season he earned All-County Honors.”
– Christine Ho, Head Coach, Boys Soccer
Alix Katz – Senior – Girls’ Varsity Tennis
“Alix has been on the Girls’ Varsity Tennis team for all four years of her high school career. This year she was the team captain, and faced some of the best players in the county during each of her 14 regular season matches. While she played hard and practiced regularly, Alix was able to keep with her schoolwork that included four AP courses and two college level courses. Alix has an overall GPA of 97.34, which puts her in the top 10 percent of this school year’s senior class. Alix is a perfect example of a true student-athlete.”
– Neil Lasher, Head Coach, Girls Soccer
Baseball is America’s pastime and should be enjoyed by everyone, including children with special needs.
That has been the thrust of Long Island Challenger Baseball since it was established in 1989 — to give physically and mentally challenged children from across the island the opportunity to play baseball in an environment structed to their abilities.
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