Forty-five years ago, a younger, but just as talented and enthusiastic, Mo Schneider became Wheatley’s second Boys Tennis Coach. The following spring Coach Schneider became Wheatley’s first and only Girls Tennis Coach. During the past 45 years, Coach Schneider has won more County, Conference and Division Championships than any coach in Nassau County and probably in the State.
Athletic Director, Tom Fitzpatrick stated, “During my 24 year friendship with Mo, I have learned many things from him. While Mo has coached more State and County champions than any coach I know, this is the least important aspect of athletics for Mo. Mo stresses doing your best and having fun.”
The outdoor skating rinks at Christopher Morley Park in Roslyn-North Hills and Grant Park in Hewlett are scheduled to open on Saturday, Nov. 26, weather permitting. The rinks, part of the Nassau County Department of Parks, Recreation and Museums, will remain open through approximately mid-March.
The Christopher Morley rink offers two-hour public skating sessions six days a week as follows: Monday - Tuesday at 10:30 a.m.; Wednesday at 10:30 a.m., 1:15 p.m. and 4 p.m.; Friday at 4 p.m. and 8:30 p.m.; and Saturday-Sunday at 10:30 a.m., 1:15 p.m. and 4 p.m. Christopher Morley is a hilly, tree-lined 98-acre park located on Searingtown Road (Exit 36 north of the L.I.E). In addition to the rink, the park includes a newly renovated playground; basketball, handball and tennis courts; baseball fields; a nine-hole golf course; heavily wooded nature trails; and a fitness trail. For information, call 571-8123.
The Roslyn High School boys’ soccer squad finished the 2011 regular season with a solid 8-2 record. They have continued their winning ways into the playoffs, prevailing in home games over Bethpage and Mineola. However, the Bulldogs standout season came to an end last Friday when they lost to Jericho, 1 to 0.
Earlier, on Oct. 28, the Bulldogs defeated Bethpage, 4-1 to advance the Class A quarterfinals. And on Nov. 1, the Bulldogs made it two in a row, scoring two points in the second quarter for an exciting, come-from-behind win over Mineola, 2-1.
Senator Jack M. Martins visited the Henry Viscardi School for the Disabled in Albertson recently for a special assembly during which he congratulated the basketball team on a well-earned win this summer against the Nassau County champion Elmont Spartans.
Prior to the assembly, Senator Martins met with the Henry Viscardi School Board to discuss funding. During last year’s budget session, the executive’s budget proposal called for cuts to 4,201 schools. Senator Martins, along with his colleagues in the Senate, fought to restore those cuts. Senator Martins told the board that he expects to have the same fight this next budget year.
Members of the Pacers Club at The Green Vale School in Old Brookville invited an amazing athlete to visit and speak with them on one of the Fridays that they meet after school. The girls were thrilled that she, Amy Palmiero-Winters, not only visited with them on Oct. 14, but that she also ran with them for two miles as they conditioned for a 5K run in November.
The Nassau County AHRC Foundation Annual Walkathon is Sunday, Nov. 6. There is 10 a.m. registration with an 11 a.m. walk kick-off at Eisenhower Park, Field 6A, East Meadow.
The annual Walkathon, attended by local students, friends, family, staff and supporters of AHRC Nassau, benefits children and adults with intellectual and other developmental disabilities. All walkers who raise $100 or more will have their names entered into a drawing to win 10 tickets to a screening of the highly anticipated motion picture, The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part I plus a $50 gift card. The Walkathon is sponsored by Pilot Employee Benefits.
Craig Pinto could edge former New York Yankee great Reggie Jackson for the title of “Mr. October,” in philanthropic terms anyway.
The Mineola resident kicked 1,000 field goals in 24 hours on Oct. 9 at Theodore Roosevelt Memorial Park in Oyster Bay. Pinto inadvertently christened the football field, being that it hasn’t been officially opened yet.
The Roslyn Marching Bulldogs have had a very busy week. They performed at the Newsday Marching Band Festival at Hofstra University on Thursday, Oct. 20 and then at the New York State Field Band Conference, hosted by Mineola High School on Saturday, Oct. 22. Their fun and energetic performance was rewarded with a second place award in their class. Following an intense week of rehearsals, the Bulldogs will be traveling to Phoenix, New York on Saturday, Oct. 29 for their final competition before taking part in the State Championships at the Carrier Dome in Syracuse on Sunday, Oct. 30.
News 12 Long Island recently recognized William “BJ” Schiela, a senior at The Wheatley School, for his all-around achievement in scholarship, athletics, leadership, and school service. The Scholar-Athlete Recognition Program was started by Bob Wolff, the News 12 Long Island director of sports, in 1988. Each week during the school year, an outstanding Long Island student-athlete is recognized and profiled. On Oct. 13, News 12 Sports anchor, Jamie Stewart, visited Wheatley to present the News 12 Long Island Scholar-Athlete Recognition Award to BJ and film his day at school and his athletic activities. The segment was shown on the News 12 telecast that evening. You can view the video segment on the News 12 website or at www.ewsdonline.org.
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