Football season may be officially over but that did not stop New York Giants captain and Super Bowl XLVI champion Justin Tuck from indulging in the team’s traditional pizza Friday during a visit to Umberto’s Pizzeria & Restaurant of New Hyde Park on Friday, Feb. 9.
As packs of fans gathered to catch a glimpse of their hero outside the popular neighborhood restaurant, inside Nassau County Executive Edward Mangano and other county officials presented Tuck with the keys to the county and a citation for his work promoting children’s literacy through his R.U.S.H. for Literacy foundation.
An excited Mangano thanked Nassau County football fans for their enthusiasm and emphasized the positive economic impact the Giants’ Super Bowl XLVI win had on the local economy. He equally praised Tuck’s accomplishments on and off the football field. “He is a charitable man, he gives back,” Mangano said. “It’s such a breath of fresh air when you see someone succeed and they pause to give back to those who would otherwise not have opportunity. He really is a symbol of the American dream,” Mangano added.
Three hundred ninety-eight hardy soles braved the inclement weather on Saturday morning, February 11 at the Old Bethpage Restoration Village, and when the snowflakes had settled 22 year old Bradley Raxenberg of Woodbury and 31 year old Shari Klarfeld on Plainview emerged as the top male and female finishers overall. The OBVR 5 Kilometer Run was the kickoff event of the new RunNassau Series of races leading up to the Long island Marathon in May.
Raxenberg crossed the finish line of this not-so-easy course in 17 minutes, 30 seconds, nearly a full minute in front of runner-up John Theissen of Seaford. Klarfeld scored first among the women (beating all but the first three men in the process!) in 19:17.
With every step, hop and dive off the board, he zones in on the task at hand. With each ladder climbed and dive finished, he awaits the score. Some scores mean more than others, but one hit home with ninth-grade Syosset High School diver Nicholas Woska.
His nickname growing up was “Tigger” because like his bounce off the diving board, Woska never stopped bouncing off of anything.
Woska broke the long-standing high school 11-dive record by scoring a 366 in this year’s Nassau County High School Championship. SHS Alum Richard Gorle previously held the record but, tragically, passed away in a traffic accident last year.
Fifth grader Andrew Zheng from George A. Jackson Elementary School in Jericho likes to compare the sport of fencing with the swordfight between Zorro and Sgt. Garcia. It only takes Zorro a few clever moves to cause the fat Sgt. a lot of mayhem, especially when Garcia supposedly weighs “only 50 pounds.” Fencing, also called “physical chess,” is one of the four sports that have been featured at every modern Olympic Games. The sport is divided into three weapons: Foil, Sabre and Épée. It is a physical as well as a mental sport. Not only does a fencer need to have agility, strength and speed, he or she also needs to be cunning, to be able to figure out what the opponent’s next intention is, all within a split of a second.
The United States Fencing Association (USFA) sanctioned Super Youth Circuit (SYC) was held at the National Harbor, Maryland during the weekend of Feb 3-5. More than 800 youth fencers from all over the country participated in about two-dozen events with more than 1200 individual entries. According to the organizer of the tournament, this year’s is the largest ever-Super Youth Circuit in U.S. fencing history. Andrew fenced in two events and won a Jefferson Cup for his first place in Youth 10 Men’s Foil (age of 10 or younger, the youngest age group), and a medal for the 7th place in Youth 12 (age of 12 or younger) Men’s Foil events.
The streets were trembling, the buildings were shaking and the confetti was falling by the truck-full in the Canyon of Heroes on Tuesday, Feb. 7 as New York City said thanks to its beloved Big Blue.
The New York Giants celebrated the 21-17 Super Bowl XLVI (46) victory over the New England Patriots in style with a ticker-tape parade and estimated attendance of one million screaming onlookers. Fans laughed, cheered, even cried as their favorite team passed by on what could be magically mistaken as chariots of the football gods.
An estimated 40 tons of confetti showered the “G-MEN.” Fans barricaded on the sidewalks took to climbing streetlights, signs and building storefronts to could catch a glimpse of the team.
Side and backstreets were filled to the max. One street even sported a touch football game among a sea of red, white and blue.
Sensei Karen at Zanshin Self Defense Academy congratulated Justin Smith on achieving his Junior Black Belt and Adult Green Belt recently.
Twenty-four-year-old Long Island superstar Conor Shelley added another impressive win to his running resume on January 28, finishing first out of 1036 finishers in the 2nd annual Sayville Running Company 10 Mile Run to the Blue Point Brewery.
Shelley completed the ten mile course through Patchogue, Blue Point, Bayport and Sayville and back in 53 minutes, 27 seconds, holding off hard charging runner-up Matt Walsh by 21 seconds.
The Run to the Brewery was the third win for Shelley in the last four months, following up on his victories in the Oyster Bay Town Supervisor’s 5 Kilometer Run in October and the Carter DeLuca Farrell & Schmidt Ho Ho Ho Holiday 5K Run in December.
For the fifth consecutive year, pee-wee hockey players from across the globe descended upon Long Island to compete in the New York Islanders annual Lighthouse International Youth Hockey Tournament. Charles B. Wang’s Project Hope charity and the Islanders Children’s Foundation funded this unique international tournament with the goal of creating opportunities for cultural exchange through youth hockey events.
After three days full of games, Finland’s Ilves Islanders skated away with the gold and silver medals in a thrilling back and forth final. They showcased a group of talented young players with the ability and hockey sense of much older teams.
Japan, which traveled the furthest to attend the tournament, showed their European friends and North American hosts that the under-represented hockey nation is growing a crop of young, smooth skaters.
“Home ice advantage” is a common expression used throughout the National Hockey League, and one usually utilized for good reason: as of Jan. 16, only two out of the 30 NHL teams had a winning percentage below .500 on home ice.
For New York Islanders’ forwards Matt Martin and Matt Moulson, playing at the Nassau Veteran’s Memorial Coliseum represents more than just a statistical advantage as the two athletes host a different member of the armed forces and his or her family for each of the team’s 41 home games. Win or lose, regulation, overtime or shootout, Martin and Moulson meet with their guests after games near the Islanders’ locker room – where, uncharacteristically, hockey isn’t the only topic of conversation.
Over two dozen athletes and teams from Syosset High School’s fall sports season were honored by the Syosset Board of Education on Jan. 23 in the South Woods Middle School auditorium.
Among the many honorees of the evening was the Syosset Braves boys varsity soccer team, which battled through adversity early in the season to capture its first conference championship in over a decade.
“Within the first two weeks of the season, we lost four players to season-ending knee injuries and also lost our first three games,” Braves coach Brett Waxer said. “After our third loss, we played another 11 games and didn’t lose a single one of them. Our last game of the season was against Massapequa, which is always a big game for the boys. I’m proud to say that the result of that game went in our favor. We won 1-0, which earned us our first conference championship in 15 years.”
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