Congratulations to 31-year-old Plainview runner Shari Klarfeld, who scored as the women’s overall winner of the 21st Annual David Lerner Associates Long Island Police Appreciation Run, a 5 kilometer race held at Eisenhower Park on Thursday evening, June 14.
Klarfeld crossed the finish line in 19 minutes, 21 seconds, a pace of 6:14 per mile that brought her to the finish line nearly two full minutes in front of runner-up Carina Ferry of Long Beach. This has been a wining year for the diminutive Klarfeld, who has been the first woman overall in such recent races as the Belmont Stakes Blue Ribbon 5K, the Sunset Run in Kings Park, and the CPAs 4(a) Cause 5K in Wantagh Park. She is a member of the Greater Long Island Running Club, who managed the event.
On Saturday morning, June 9, the barbecues by Zorn’s Catering Service were set up in anticipation of a big turnout for the community tradition of the Jericho Athletic Association’s (JAA) Annual Picnic during its baseball and softball playoffs. By late morning the food was cooking and the playoff games were under way. During the day exciting games were constantly being played on the Jericho High School baseball fields.
This annual picnic is one of Jericho’s favorite community activities, with hundreds of Jericho residents in attendance during the day. Zorn’s was kept very busy serving up an unlimited supply of hamburgers, hotdogs and an assortment of chicken.
The Syosset Girls U9 Travel Soccer team finished the season with a first- place win in the Platinum division at the Commack Memorial Day Tournament. The girls won four games and went undefeated over the weekend. United/Hotshots outscored their opponents with extremely strong defense.
The Smile Station won a thrilling 9-8 nail-biter over Dr. Laura’s Dental Divas in the finals of the SYAC Girls Softball Junior League Playoffs at Hap Harris Field on June 11. The Dental Divas went into the final inning down a run, but they tied the game on a soaring home run off the bat of Sarah Levine, who also pitched a great game. The Smile Station came back in the bottom of the final sixth inning, as Rachel Kitagawa stroked a hit and stretched it to second—and then scampered home as Jamie Geen put the ball in play.
For the Love of the Game (FLG), an elite youth lacrosse club based on Long Island, recently made a special jersey in memory of Welles Crowther. Crowther was a lacrosse player at Boston College who selflessly helped many people escape from the collapse of the towers on September 11, 2001, only to be lost in that tragedy himself. The jersey will be given to an FLG player who best exemplifies Crowther’s characteristics of honor, caring and a sense of duty. Crowther was a polite, self-disciplined, well-spoken, protective friend, brother and son and serves as a role model for many young athletes.
Forty-five-year-old Norton, Massachusetts veteran ultra-marathoner Christopher Cappellini, who had scored first in the Long Island Greenbelt Trail 50K Run in 2011, scored a repeat victory in this year’s 10th annual run. Cappellini finished in 4:30:15 this year, a tad slower than his 2011 finish of 4:27:37. Forty-two-year-old Jodi Kartes-Heino, a Long Island local who had finished as the third woman in 2011 with a time of 5:46:06, vaulted to first place this year in 5:31:45.
A contingent of local finishers included Kenneth Colantuoni of Plainview (25th place, 6:31:48), Vincent Colantuoni of Syosset (33rd place, 7:13:06), and Howard Cragg of Bethpage (46th place, 9:30:52). In the accompanying 25K run, local finishers included Miriam Fein of Plainview (2:57:13) and Michael Korol of Syosset (3:18:04).
Due to the community’s desire for an 8-year-old baseball program, the following age group is invited to Jericho Athletic Association (JAA) evaluations scheduled for Friday, June 8 and Tuesday, June 12.
If your child was born between May 1, 2003 through Apr. 30, 2004, he is eligible for this evaluation. Players, based upon their evaluation, may be added to the 9-year-old travel team if roster positions are available. Additionally, for those 8-year-old baseball players who are not offered positions on the 9-year-old travel team, there will be an 8-year-old developmental baseball team that will play in NJBL in the fall and spring.
Top players selected from the junior and senior divisions of SYAC Girls Softball faced off on Saturday, May 26, in an exciting all-star game, played at Syosset-Woodbury Park. The game, which ended in an 11-11 tie, was held in conjunction with the Syosset Baseball Annual Brian Murphy Memorial All Star Tournament.
This spring, the Syosset High School Baseball Team had the opportunity to help with the Long Island Special Olympics Spring Games, held at Huntington High School. As the athletes entered the field for opening ceremonies the players were there to welcome them and cheer them on. Throughout the day, the players were assigned to escort the athletes to their track events. The players supported the athletes during each race by applauding and then congratulating them at the finish line. Finally, they escorted the athletes to receive their awards. Pictured, the Syosset High School baseball players and coaches had a rewarding day.
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