The 40th Annual Herricks Invitational Wrestling Tournament kicked off the 2011-2012 Highlanders Wrestling competition schedule in style with 16 out of 19 Herricks grapplers winning place awards in a field that included Massapequa and Farmingdale from New York State Section VIII (Nassau County), Chaminade and Fordham Prep (CHSAA), Mahopac and Edgemont (Section I), and Newburgh Free Academy (Section IX). There was plenty of action for everyone with over 450 matches taking place on four mats.
In the Varsity A (Elite) Division three Highlanders took home first-place awards with outstanding performances on the mat. Senior Bill Rynne pinned all three of his opponents to finish on top in the 220 lb. weight class. Junior Andrew Farrell went 5-0 with four pin victories to earn his way into the Champion’s Circle at 120, and sophomore Matt Grandelli took first at 113 with three pins.
Wheatley’s fall athletic teams have each been named a New York State Scholar/Athlete team. The New York State Public High School Athletic Association (NYSPHSAA) identifies high school varsity teams for their academic excellence in its Scholar/Athlete Recognition Award Program.
This program, which was initiated by NYSPHSAA twenty-one years ago, recognizes high school athletic teams based upon a composite of the grade point averages among team members. NYSPHSAA also recognizes a team champion, the team with the highest GPA, for each varsity sport. Wheatley has received the team championship recognition for 16 of its varsity teams since entering the program in 2000-2001.
News 12/Capital One Bank recently recognized Ariel Fieldman, a senior at The Wheatley School, for her all-around achievement in scholarship, athletics, leadership, and school service.
News 12 sports producer, Andrew Rappaport, visited Wheatley to present the award and tape Ariel during her day of school and athletic activities. This segment aired on News 12. Bob Wolff, News 12 Long Island’s director of sports, began this recognition program in 1988. During each week of the school year, an outstanding Long Island student-athlete is recognized and profiled.
Thirty-four fall student-athletes from The Wheatley School have been recognized by Section VIII-Nassau County Interscholastic Athletic Association for their exceptional performance in athletics, scholarship, and leadership qualities.
William (BJ) Schiela and Ariel Fieldman have been recognized as News 12/Capital One Bank Scholar-Athletes for their efforts on the athletic field and in the classroom.
Recently, Chaminade student-athlete Rocco Signore of Old Brookville conducted another speed and agility clinic as part of his ongoing commitment and dedication to the North Shore Boys & Girls Club in Glen Head. The clinic, which focused on proper running form and acceleration drills, featured 6-10 year-old players from the North Shore Soccer Club.
Formerly a star sprinter with North Shore Middle School, Signore, who was the school’s student president in 2008-2009, had a remarkable record of 43-0 in all track events for the Vikings. His track success continued into high school when he set Chaminade’s all-time freshman record in the 100 meter dash with a time of 11.61 seconds. Last year, as a sophomore, he won the 55 meter CHSAA Championships and set a school record running anchor in the 4x100 at the 2011 Penn Relays. In addition, Signore, an honor roll student and member of the National Honor Society, was named JV track MVP and secured a top-10 and top 20 ranking in New York State among sophomores in the 55 and 100 meter events, respectively. His varsity winter track season is set to commence at the New York City Armory in Manhattan later this month.
Director of Athletics Don Lang recently announced that two North Shore High School senior athletes signed National Letters of Intent (NLI). A Letter of Intent is a binding agreement between a prospective student-athlete and an institution. Once signed, the institution agrees to provide that student with financial aid (if eligible under the NCAA rules) for one academic year in exchange for that student’s agreement to attend the institution for one academic year. Additionally, all colleges and universities that participate in the NLI program agree to not recruit these student athletes once he or she signs the NLI.
The drought is finally over, for the first time in 20 years the Chiefs 10-year-olds won the Title and brought home the 2011 Nassau County Championship. This past Sunday at Mitchel Field in Uniondale, the Chiefs beat the Long Beach Bulldogs 19-7. It was an exciting game, tensions were high, with a County Title on the line, but the Chiefs proved to be too much for the Bulldogs in the end. All the boys played and participated in the victory. This brings the Chiefs Dream Season final winning record to 8-1-1.
Encouraging families to use the Holiday recess as an opportunity to play together and stay active at the same time, Supervisor Jon Kaiman, Councilman Angelo P. Ferrara and the North Hempstead Town Board announced that the daily entry fees to North Hempstead Aquatic Activity Center (AAC) at Michael J. Tully Park will be reduced by half for a week.
The 50 percent holiday discount will be effective from Dec. 26 to Jan. 2, 2012. The facility will be closed Jan. 1, New Year’s Day. Residents are also reminded that the 2012 membership registration period is effective beginning immediately.
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