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Racquetball Pro/Am Coming To Syosset

Men’s professional International Racquetball Tour (IRT) competition returns to New York for the Cactus Salon NYC Pro/Am held from Jan. 9 through Jan. 12 at Synergy Fitness North in Syosset.

“We are very excited to bring the top IRT players and local amateurs back to New York, where they will show why racquetball is the fastest, most athletic, and exciting racquet sport in the world,” said Jason Mannino, IRT President.

The pro/am tournament will feature local rising star, #22 Nick Montalbano who upset the #4-ranked pro to reach his first Tier 1 semifinal finish last season at the Rollout New Jersey IRT Open. At the top of the ranks, Rocky Carson has overtaken 8-time World Champion, Kane Waselenchuk, in the IRT year-to-date rankings

In addition to the top men’s professional players, amateurs will compete in age-specific and skill-level racquetball divisions. About 300 athletes from several countries and almost 20 US states are expected to compete for around $20,000 in prize money and awards in this USA Racquetball-sanctioned event. Entry to the club is limited to players and those who have bought tickets to the event. Seating to watch the professional matches is limited. Video streaming of select matches will be available online at www.irtnetwork.com.  

News

Eight students from Jericho High School, the largest number of students from any school on Long Island this year, are among the 300 semifinalists picked from 1,800 entrants nationally and overseas in the annual Intel Science Talent Search.

Brookville’s Green Vale School students were featured in the September/October 2013 issue of Sport Rocketry, the official journal of the National Association of Rocketry.

The seventh-grade students competed nationally at the Team America Rocketry Challenge (TARC) last May in Virginia and were the youngest rocket scientists competing. They were also the only team from Long Island that qualified to enter the competition and one of only two teams from New York State.


Sports

The Syosset Braves 11-year-old football team recently won the Superbowl Championship Game against the Rosedale Jets with a final score of 13 to 0.

The Farrell & Schmidt Ho Ho Ho 5-Kilometer Run started and finished at the John F. Kennedy Middle School in Bethpage on Dec. 21. The top local finisher was Tim Mahony of Syosset, who scored in 11th place overall and third in the 15 to 19 age group.

Other locals winning awards in this year’s Ho Ho Ho Run were Gina Ferraro of Syosset (2nd woman, 35-39 age group), Patty Santella of Syosset (3rd woman, 45-49 age group), Kim Solomine of Syosset (2nd woman, 55-59 age group).


Calendar

Jericho Wheelchair Basketball

January 17

Reality Check on America’s Economy, Health Care & Budget

January 17

Open Forum: Now What Do I Say?

January 21



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