With the exception of one lockout season (2004-05), the Ice Girls have been part of the show at Islanders’ games since the 2001-02 season. In addition to presenting the Islanders flag at every game, Ice Girls keep the ice clean during games, and perform an additional routine when the team wins. They also play games with the fans in the stands during time outs and distribute T-shirts. The girls must be over 18 with strong skating skills, capable of skating backwards as well as doing lunges, spirals, t-stops and power crossovers.
The 86-50 win over France in the championship game gave Bird her third consecutive gold medal as she was also on the winning U.S. squads at the 2004 Olympics in Athens and the 2008 games in Beijing. Published reports hold out the possibility that Bird may compete, Michael Phelps-style, in her fourth Olympics in the 2016 games in Rio de Janerio. During the London games, Bird provided steady leadership for the talent-laden U.S. squad, combining her talents as passer, scorer and floor leader. Bird’s finest moment in this year’s games may have come in a semifinal game against perennial powerhouse, Australia, one where the U.S. squad faced an uncustomary deficit at halftime. In her role as team captain, Bird took charge, giving a halftime pep talk to her teammates, which helped to inspire them to an 86-73 win over the talented Australian team.
Leonora Petrina of Bayport scored as the overall winner of the 29th annual Runner’s Edge Long Island Women’s Run on July 14 as a record field of 455 runners, walkers and wheelchair athletes crossed the finish line on the track at Farmingdale High School.
Petrina’s 17:00 finish, while slightly slower than her two previous winning times, was sufficient to give her a 56-second winning margin over runner-up Laura Cummings of Bay Shore, with Heather Williams of Northport rounding out the top three. Emily Brust of Mastic took top wheelchair honors and Maria Michta of Nesconset was the racewalk winner. The top masters finisher was 54-year-old Elizabeth Waywell of Dix Hills, who crossed the finish line in ninth place overall. Petrina also won the Paula Wunderlich Memorial Award as the first GLIRC member to finish.
Matt Csillag of Syosset recently became the USA National Junior Maccabi Golf Champion. Csillag shot scores of 69, 76 and 76 to win the qualifying tournament, which was held at PGA National on the Champions Course in West Palm Beach, Florida. The win qualifies Csillag to be a part of the United States Maccabi Team that will compete in the World Maccabi Games in Israel next summer. Csillag, who will be a junior at Syosset High School this fall, also recently qualified for the Metropolitan Amateur Championship, finishing tied for fifth place out of a field of 130 at Inwood Country Club, with a score of 73.
The Town of Oyster Bay will host a Soccer Festival on Saturday, Aug. 11 at John J. Burns Town Park in Massapequa. The event will feature the NCAA men’s and women’s soccer forces from Hofstra, Fairleigh Dickinson, Stony Brook and St. John’s Universities.
The NCAA women’s soccer game will begin at 4 p.m. with Hofstra University versus Fairleigh Dickinson University. The NCAA men’s soccer game will begin at 7 p.m. with Stony Brook University squaring off against St. John’s University.
Sensei Karen Lamb at Zanshin Self Defense Academy would like to congratulate Artharv Mehtani on achieving his Junior Black Belt. Zanshin Self Defense Academy is located at 334 Jackson Avenue, Syosset.
In its first year of international competition, Israel Lacrosse took the European Championships by storm by placing eighth in the international tournament while fielding a championship-winning team in the EC12 Festival Tournament.
While the executive board for Israel Lacrosse is working very hard to build the sport from the ground up with Israeli natives, the current roster and staff is mostly made up of Jewish Americans with Israeli passports or other deep ties to the country and the Jewish religion.
On Saturday, June 16, a great morning for baseball, the Jericho High School softball fields were packed again for the annual Strike Out Cancer charity event run by Taylor and Nikki Micelotta. This was the event’s third annual softball game fundraiser in which players and spectators all donated money and their time for the Don Monti Memorial Research Foundation. As in the previous two years, the approximately $8000 raised this year will go to assist cancer research, cancer education, fellowship programs and patient care. All the proceeds of Strike Out Cancer, collected over the past three years, now add up to $24,000.
The Mill Neck Family of Organizations hosted its Sixth Annual Spring Swing Invitational Golf Tournament on June 14 at the North Hills Country Club in Manhasset. Sunny skies and pleasant temperatures made a perfect day to tee off and to kickoff the “Restoring Hope, Building Dreams” campaign for Mill Neck’s Early Childhood Center (ECC). Part of the Mill Neck Family of Organizations, the ECC provides early and intensive assistance to children, ages 3 and 4, who may have deficits in speech, language/communication, cognitive and gross and fine motor development. This year’s Spring Swing proceeds will assist in funding the planned $800,000 much-needed building renovation project in order to upgrade and enhance the ECC’s internal structure and functionality.
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