From the very first practice on a night back in October, Coach Howie Winston told the boys that they had a very good team. In fact, the words ‘championship caliber’ were even bantered about. Most of them knew the team was going to be good. Nobody realized that five short months later, they’d end up extremely good. In fact, perfect. And that’s what happened.
The Syosset Basketball League’s Red Team finished as the undefeated, undisputed, champions of the 7th-8th grade division with a final record of 13-0. The final tournament ended up being not much different than the regular season with the Red Team taking on all comers with the same style they had played all year and the results were the same too. The team had a few simple rules to play by which were repeated time and time again: Defense and Rebounding usually win games, and forget about the last play; think about the next play; and always stay positive.
Following the earlier and equally stunning news that future Hall of Fame quarterback Peyton Manning would sign as a free agent with the Denver Broncos, Tebow, a Heisman Trophy winner, found himself on the trade block. The Jets swooped in and acquired the lefty, while surrendering two mid-round draft picks. So, what’s the early verdict?
Syosset Baseball Association introduced BlastBall for the spring 2012 season and expanded the program in the community to include children ages 3 and 4.
BlastBall is an introductory game for tee-ball, baseball, and softball for boys and girls ages 3 and 4. Utilizing a large foam ball and foam bat the game is safe for the youngest members and does not require use of a baseball glove.
Everyone who is planning to participate in the Long Island Marathon, Half Marathon or 10 Kilometer Run on Sunday, May 6 is invited to attend the “Pre-Long Island Marathon RunSmart Clinic” on Thursday evening, April 26. Admission is free.
The clinic will be held in the auditorium of the Bethpage Public Library, 47 Powell Avenue in Bethpage, starting promptly at 7 p.m.
It was the winter of the hardwood as the Portledge Varsity Basketball teams dominated the winter athletic scene. Varsity Girls Basketball led the way by winning a third consecutive IPPSAL Championship, reaching the semifinals of the prestigious NYSAISAA Class C Girls Basketball Tournament and establishing an overall record of 26-2.
This record and the .930 winning percentage that goes along with it are among the finest overall marks in school history. Congratulations to seniors Lisa Dourmashkin ’12 (Locust Valley) and Alexa Lodenquai ’12 (Westbury) who graduate with three consecutive IPPSAL Championships, coaches Skip Amadio, John Greene and Francesca Maiello, and the rest of the Lady Panthers squad. Watch out for this team next winter as sophomore sensation Tamara Simpson ’14 (North Babylon), who is arguably one of the top ten players in the state, returns, along with dominating defensive center Ceci Mulry ’13 (Glen Cove) and lightning quick guard Kristie Kelly ’13 (Oyster Bay).
More than 200 juniors and seniors participated in a spirited competition of scooter races, a shuttle run, volleyball and tug of war at Syosset High School’s Sports Night on Friday, March 2. For more than 15 years, this annual event continues to foster school spirit and reinforce the importance of teamwork, unity and trust.
With 400 registrants and 335 finishers, this year’s Merrell of Huntington Village Caumsett State Park 50 and 25 K Runs shattered all previous totals, as this event continues to grow and grow. The Run was held on the traditional 5K loop course once again this year, with 112 athletes successfully completing the 50K and 233 finishing the 25K.
Among the top finishers in the 50 K Run were Kim Solomine of Syosset, who was the 11th woman overall with a time of 4:36:28 and Patrick Riccardi of Plainview (4:48:47). Among the top finishers in the 25K were Aaron Lewis of Jercho (1:57:14), Jessica Petrina of Plainview (2:00:38), Steven Girardi of Syosset (2:12:51)Keith Kleiman of Syosset (2:28:07), Guy Klarfeld of Plainview (2:42:54), and Larry Kurtzman of Plainview (3:01:57).
To share their love of reading and literacy, 45 Syosset High School football players recently visited the elementary students at Robbins Lane School. The athletes spoke about the importance of strong reading skills, maintaining good grades, and how PRIDE (patience, respect, integrity, dignity and empathy) has helped guide them in school.
The New York Islanders will play the first-ever NHL game at Barclays Center on Tuesday, Oct. 2, when they take on the New Jersey Devils at 7:30 p.m. The preseason game will mark the first hockey event at Barclays Center, the new major sports and entertainment venue, which will officially open on Sept. 28 with the first of multiple Jay-Z concerts. The game will also mark the first NHL game to be played in Brooklyn.
“We’re extremely excited to play the first NHL game in the new, state-of-the-art Barclays Center,” Islanders General Manager Garth Snow said. “We already have some of the most passionate fans in the league supporting our young team, and we are looking forward to expanding our base into Brooklyn.”
Among the highlights of the Feb. 21, 2012 General Open Meeting of the Greater Long Island Running Club was a presentation of a check in the amount of $2500 to the Opening Word Program.
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