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.
Winning isn’t everything. But it certainly seems to have manifested itself into the culture of Plainview volleyball over the past 20 seasons. That’s how long Coach Russi Villalta has reigned over the courts at Plainview-Old Bethpage John F. Kennedy High School.
With seven county championships and fifteen appearances in the finals, Villalta has tirelessly molded talent into titles. She is the winningest high school volleyball coach in New York with 382 wins entering the 2013 season.
But seldom in her two decades with the Hawks has she had the tool she possesses this season: A 6-foot-4 junior with the ability to play any position on the floor.
Back-to-back overall winner in 2011 and 2012 of the Oyster Bay Town Supervisor’s 5-K, Conor Shelley of Rockville Centre, and 2009 and 2010 winner Chris Mammone of Massapequa (who holds the course record of 14:43) went stride for stride for most of the Oct. 19 race before Shelley pulled ahead near the finish for a five-second win. Shelley’s winning time was 15 minutes, 27 seconds.
The 5 Kilometer Oyster Bay course is a classic jaunt through the heart of Oyster Bay hamlet, starting on South Street by the firehouse, with a long uphill trek on Berry Hill Road, a steep downhill challenge on Sandy Hill Road, and a stretch down East Main Street to the last turn into the Townsend Square parking field to the finish line.
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