A tennis player and graduate of Plainview-Old Bethpage John F. Kennedy High School is being lauded by his college for sportsmanship.
Senior Shaun Bernstein is the University of Michigan’s Sportsmanship Award honoree. The student-athletes chosen for the Big Ten Sportsmanship Award are individuals that have distinguished themselves through sportsmanship and ethical behavior. In addition, the student-athletes must be in good academic standing and have demonstrated good citizenship outside of the sports-competition setting. A three-time captain, Bernstein owns 121 career victories for the Maize and Blue, including 76 doubles wins, which rank 10th all-time in program history.
— Herald Staff
Stifling an opponent’s offensive output is task that Bethpage resident Melissa Rohr has down to a science.
The LIU Post lacrosse player recently earned Co-Defenseive Player of the Year honors, a major award from the East Coast Conference. Rohr was joined by teammates Jackie Sileo, of Wantagh, who won ECC Player of the Year; and Katie Hannan, of Gansevoort, N.Y., who won Goalkeeper of the Year.
Following a 2012 campaign that saw the Plainview-Old Bethpage John F. Kennedy varsity softball team go 12-4 overall and earn a spot in the Class AA-III playoffs, the Lady Hawks struggled in 2013, winning just one time in its 15 games.
Local residents came out in droves to run in the All Rounds Foods 10k Run for Aspire recently at Mattlin Middle School.
Among the award winners from the local area were 13-year-old Christian Schiavone of Plainview, who scored second in the 14 and under age group; Alison Meyer of Plainview, second female in the 14 and under age group; Evan Melle of Plainview, third in the 14 and under age group; Matthew Wontz of Bethpage, who scored with third place honors in the 0-34 age group; Barry Jerson of Plainview, who scored first in the 65-69 age group; and Howard Kestenbaum and Odd Sangesland, both of Plainvew, who scored second and third in the 80-84 age group.
An international soccer conference featuring the legendary Pelé is coming to the local area. Soccer as the Beautiful Game: Football’s Artistry, Identity and Politics is at Hofstra University in Hempstead through April 13.
“Pelé transformed and transcended the game of soccer,” said Hofstra President Stuart Rabinowitz. “While the world first came to know him for extraordinary athletic feats, his soccer career was, in many respects, simply a prelude to an extraordinary life of service as a philanthropist and advocate. He understands the power and responsibility his soccer legacy carries, and has used it to improve the lives of others.”
A fourth-grader at Pasadena Elementary School in Plainview won first place at the annual Knights of Columbus Free-Throw Contest, beating out the competition from all of downstate New York.
Dylan Banner now heads to the New York State Championship at West Point April 5. Banner plays on the St. Pius X fourth grade team, where the initial contest representing the in-house Knights of Columbus chapter. Dylan then competed against other local Knights’ chapters at Pius again in which he won to advance to the Nassau regionals. At the Nassau regionals at Holy Trinity, Dylan drained 24 of 25 free throws to represent all of Nassau County. On March 23 at Chaminade High School, he beat out three other contestants from Brooklyn, Queens and Suffolk to represent downstate New York next week at West Point. Thanks to Dylan too for wearing the St. Pius X sweatshirt and jersey throughout the competition representing St. Pius and Plainview.
— Herald Staff
Five local soccer stars were recently inducted into the Long Island Soccer Player Hall of Fame. Among them, Levittown’s Ritchie Kotschau was inducted after a 10-year Major League Soccer career.
Kotschau played for the Plainview-based Long Island Junior Soccer League’s Levittown Soccer Club, then competed for the Hicksville Hawks, winning the Triple Crown (State Cup, Chase Cup, LIJSL division title) with the Hawks. Ritchie also played for LIJSL Select and Eastern New York ODP.
Having a great coaching staff can provide a lift for any team. The obvious reason is that they get the most from their players. Another reason — although it may be overlooked — is their ability to recruit top talent. The mere presence of NYIT men’s lacrosse Head Coach, Bill Dunn, who is in his fifth year at the helm, was able to reel in one of the Long Island’s top goalies from last season, Alex Seltzer.
“When I saw how strong of a person Coach Dunn was, having dealt with Hurricane Sandy, I knew this was the right choice for me,” said the Plainview native. “This school is much more personable than some of the others.”
A pair of Plainview-Old Bethpage residents hit their stride at a Long Island run recently.
David Drebsky of Plainview and Lorie Sheinwald of Old Bethpage both successfully completed the USA Track & Field National 50 Kilometer Road Championship at Long Island’s Caumsett State Historic Park in Lloyd Neck on March 2.
The 16th annual Bethpage State Park Trail Relay will now take place March 15, after snow forced the postponment of the run’s original event date.
Runners will take off at 10 a.m. with the same three runners by two-mile format that has been used in the past.
Bethpage Federal Credit Union along with Bob Cook and the gang at the Runner’s Edge will both sponsor the event, with Greater Long Island Running Club vice president Carl Grossbard once again serving as director of the event.
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