A Plainview youngster was one of 40 athletes from across tthe country who competed in the NFL Punt, Pass & Kick National Finals in Denver during the AFC Divisional Playoff game Jan. 11.
Representing the New York Jets, Sebastian Lippman, 8, launched two punts, passes and kicks as he attempted to score on distance and accuracy. The second-grader from Pasadena Elementary School put on an impressive display, but ultimately came up short in the competition, finishing in fourth place.
A record field of 1,266 runners and walkers crossed the finish line on Saturday morning, Dec. 21 at the 26th annual Carter, DeLuca, Farrell & Schmidt Ho Ho Ho 5 Kilometer Run, which started and finished at the John F. Kennedy Middle School in Bethpage.
Mark Valentino of Smithtown and Nick DiBenedetto of Wantagh went stride for stride for the entire race, with Valentino repeating his 2012 win by edging out DiBenedetto at the finish line by less than a second. Katie McGrath of Oakdale had a much easier time of it, winning the women’s division by 42 seconds over Lauren Jasinski of Plainview.
Plainview-Old Bethpage Central School District John F. Kennedy High School senior student Chris Tracz recently signed his letter of intent to play baseball at Marist College. Chris has been a leader in the classroom as well as on the field, earning a 92.95 grade point average. He also is a member of JFK High School’s basketball team. Chris signed his letter of intent with his family, coaches and academic advisors in attendance.
— Herald Staff
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.
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