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.
The Town of Oyster Bay will host the large school division of the New York State Club School Hockey Tournament – sanctioned by the AAU (Amateur Athletic Union) from Friday, Feb. 28 through Sunday March 2, according to Town Supervisor John Venditto. Some of the best high school teams from throughout New York State will come to the Town of Oyster Bay Ice Skating Center, 1001 Stewart Ave. in Bethpage, for this prestigious tournament. The admission/donation for the event will be $10 for adults for the day or $15 for the weekend. Students with school ID will be $5 and children under 12 are free.
“Ice Hockey, throughout Long Island and New York State, is continuing to grow in popularity, producing accomplished players who have gone on to compete at very high levels,” Venditto said.
A strong field of 319 enthusiastic runners took aim at the Old Bethpage Village Restoration finish line in the first of the 2014 Jonas Chiropractic Run Nassau races.
Plainview was well-represented in the race, with Shari Klarfield finished in 19 minutes, 54 seconds for a pace of 6:25 per mile. That was good enough for second overall in the women’s category and earned her top honors in the 30-34 age group.
The Plainview-Old Bethpage John F. Kennedy High School baseball team is coming off a poor 2013 season in which it finished at 5-12. But after that below-.500 showing, the program now looks to enter a period of prosperity with a new era under first-year head coach John Givargidze.
The team’s assistant coach from 2005-09, Givargidze is optimistic that the team is headed in the right direction.
Plainview’s Peter Collins Soccer Park was the sight of a season-long charity effort this past fall, as the Long Island Junior Soccer League donated 1,130 pounds of food to Long Island Cares, Inc., The Harry Chapin Food Bank. The food was collected through donations by players, parents, coaches and spectators during the league’s food drive at the soccer park on Old Country Road throughout the 2013 fall season.
“On behalf of all of the children and families served by Long Island Cares, Elana Sissons, Food Drive Coordinator, and I are truly grateful for your support,” said Paule Pachter, executive director of Long Island Cares. “This donation will go a long way towards ensuring that more Long Island children and families do not go hungry.”
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