Among the top teams this winter has been the gymnastics team. The girls finished the regular season in impressive fashion defeating Great Neck South 132-126. The team finished the regular season with a 6-3 record, good enough for second place in the conference.
Girls indoor track scored very well at the conference championships last Friday. The team finished third overall among eight teams. There were two first place finishes for the race walk and 4x800 relay. The team had second place finishes in the 55m and 600m and third place finishes in the 4x400 relay, 4x200 relay, and shot put. Congrats!
Boys swimming competed at the division championships this weekend. Some personal best times were recorded with one of our relay teams earning All Division honors…at press time the final results were not confirmed.
Though the boys and girls basketball teams are out of playoff contention, there is still some good basketball to watch. Feb. 14 will be senior night for the boys and also a Coaches vs. Cancer fundraiser – be sure to be there.
Wrestling highlights next time… check out the web site for upcoming games and matches for the last week of the winter season.
If you can see over all the snow hills, you can make your way to the last couple of weeks of competition in the winter. Port Washington Boys Track & Field Team competed in the Conference 2 Championship yesterday. The team had several season bests with a team sixth place finish, including 10 top-8 scorers and three All-Conference honors. After their performances, seven individual athletes and two relay teams are in good standing to qualify for the County Championship.
The cold weather and icy conditions this past weekend forced the frostbiters inside for yet another Sunday afternoon. But for the true diehard Interclub racers, the Midwinters on Jan. 29-30 at the Severn Sailing Association, Annapolis, MD, was just the ticket.
Information about the event from the Interclub website: 16 teams (32 skippers, 32 crews) brought their Interclubs south for the class’s Midwinter championship, hosted at Severn Sailing Association. The event is unique among Interclub regattas as it is sailed in a “college-style” format with an A division sailed 2-3 races, coming in and rotating with a B division who goes out to sail 2-3 races while A fleet warms up in front of the fireplace at SSA, eating soup and chili while watching the action from the porch with binoculars. Sunday’s wind was much lighter — after two more hours on shore, a light NNW breeze filled to allow for one more B division race, but was not strong enough to allow for more racing.
It has been a difficult season for our friends who love to sail in sleet, snow, and freezing rain. With the low temperatures we are having, ice has formed on the bay. That is about the only condition that prevents Frostbiters from sailing on Sunday afternoon. Take for example the following email from Frostbite Yacht Club Commodore Claude Chazotte which captures the mindset of the entire frostbite fleet. “Yesterday, with ice inside the launching area and extending 25’ out from the dock, WNW breeze of 15-18 knots, and temperature of 33 degrees, two Interclubs and two Lasers still managed to have a great time sailing! It was a sight to see. Dinghies and Whalers alike getting soaked while beating through waves, and ICs skillfully avoiding deathrolls downwind. In the ICs were Catherine White and Ted Toombs (514), and, Catryn and John Silbersack (007). In the lasers were Dan Catanzaro (5500), and Paul Quinn (31). On the Kastle were Rita Syracuse, Jeanne Miller, and Liz Wolfe. In the Whalers were Sue Miller, Bob Schwartz, Tom Powers, and Paul Rapayle. After some truly exhilarating racing, everyone was back in time for the game. Now that’s a great day! Hope to see you all next Sunday.” Well, by the time Sunday came around, there was just too much ice and the sailors were forced to stay on shore. Maybe next Sunday….
Amidst the beautiful snowy tundra, the indoor sports of Schreiber have been flourishing the past week.
The girls gymnastics team upped their record to 5-3 with wins over Great Neck North and Valley Stream South last week. The team competes in their final dual meet on Feb. 1 at Sousa.
Boys basketball picked up their first win of the season against Plainview away on the road. When the team came back to Schreiber to catch the end of the girls victory against Plainview, the gym was buzzing about the victory. Speaking of the girls, PYA Night is this Friday, Jan. 28 against archrival Herricks. Port lost by two points a month ago and is looking to avenge that loss and get into the playoff race… it should be a great one.
Anna’s position at the forefront of women’s sailing, both nationally and internationally, appears deceivingly effortless. The selection panel lauded the number of classes in which she competes and is competitive in. “She hardly trains in the Laser Radial anymore, yet wins when she sails that boat,” remarked one panelist about the 2008 Laser Olympic Gold Medalist who won the 2010 Laser Radial Women’s North American Championship. Another panelist commented that “she is our modern-day Betsy Alison - doing it all.”
Filiz Kipcakli, a graduate of Paul D. Schreiber High School and a senior at New York University, became the school’s all-time leading scorer for the women’s soccer team in 2010. Kipcakli broke the school records for goals and points. She finished her career with 26 points and 63 goals to become the leader, and also finished tied for the all-time lead in game-winning goals with nine.
Kipcakli was second on the Violets in scoring in 2010, netting four goals and two assists while appearing in 17 games. NYU finished the season with a mark of 7-9-2 while going 2-5 in the ultracompetitive UAA, which sent a record five of eight schools to the NCAA Tournament. Nine of the Violets’ 19 games came against NCAA teams, with the team defeating two and tying another. NYU did not reach the postseason for the first time since 2006.
Sailors are known for embracing tradition. New Year’s weekend was a good example of a longtime tradition here on Manhasset Bay. Back in 1932 at the Knickerbocker Yacht Club, a group of intrepid men thought it might be a good idea to spend the day racing on the bay. Not unusual as the bay has seen many a regatta even back then. But the day was January 2 and it rained, hailed and snowed. Grog and chowder were served all day, and over 100 spectators were reported to have enjoyed the afternoon’s entertainment. The group even had the frostbite burgee on hand, having just finished it the day before. Thus the scene was set, the races begun and the first ever Frostbite regatta was held. After racing, the first of many annual meeting commenced. Thus began the tradition that exists to this day. If it is New Year’s, then it must be frostbiting. While it was the men of Manhasset Bay who started this tradition, there are fleets of frostbiters up and down Long Island Sound.
Well, there are not too many scores to report because the snow wreaked some nasty havoc on the schedule last week, but the runners run in all types of weather. The Boys Track Team had nine medals won at the Friendship Games. We also have three (one 4x400m, two 4x800m) relays that made it to the Friendship Games Finals, two milers, two 600m runners and one 55m runner. The girls track team is proud to announce that their 4x800 relay team and their 4x400 relay team both qualified for the Friendship Games Championships next Monday as did an individual 55 High Hurdler and a 300 Meter runner.
Port Wrestling took second place at the Wheatley Cup this past weekend with big wins against Valley Stream North and last year’s NIT playoff finalists Carle Place. The Vikings increase their record to 7-3-1 and next up is a tough Valley Stream Central at home for Port’s Alumni Wrestling and Social night, which is this Friday, Jan. 14. The wrestling meet will be in the new gym, and the gym will be packed that evening with a boys basketball game in the main gym as well.
Many in the sailing community are familiar with a very special museum up in Bristol, RI. It is the home of the America’s Cup Hall of Fame and has a long and wonderful history with the Herreshoff family. Well, news coming out from that corner of the world indicates that a new chapter has begun with the appointment of Dyer Jones, Newport RI, as its chief executive officer.
Well-known for his work in three recent America’s Cup events – as Regatta Director for the 32nd America’s Cup in Valencia, Spain, and as chief executive and regatta director for the Challengers in the 2000 and 2003 America’s Cup events held in Auckland, New Zealand – Jones also spent close to 30 years in various positions with The Anchorage, Inc. (Warren, R.I.) which designs and manufactures Dyer Boats. In addition, he is co-author of The 12 Metre Class: A History of the International 12 Metre Class and is a former Commodore of the New York Yacht Club.
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