On Wednesday evening, Nov. 10, the Jericho Athletic Association celebrated the end of the second year of its revamped intramural baseball program with the Second Annual Baseball Dinner, held at the Jericho Terrace in Mineola. The dinner was a huge success, attended by over 300 people. The evening started with a surprise appearance of “Mr. Met” and was highlighted with a special guest speaker, from the New York Mets: R.A. Dickey.
Runners of all ages and levels of ability – including and especially those from the local communities of Plainview-Old Bethpage, Syosset, Jericho and Woodbury – are invited to join in the fun at the inaugural Sayville Running Company 10 Mile Run to the Brewery on Saturday morning, Jan. 8, 2011.
The Dec. 7 kickoff meeting of the RunSmart training program was a big success. More than a hundred people were on hand at the Plainview-Old Bethpage Public Library to hear an introduction to the program by head coach Debbie Blair, talks by Bob Cook of the Runner’s Edge on running shoes and running apparel, Long Island Marathon Festival of Races Medical Director Dr. Edward Fryman on injury prevention, Joe Picini on motivation, Wayne Vartabedian on heart monitors as a training and racing aid, and Tracy Stopler on nutrition for runners.
Congratulations go out to the St. Edward Monarchs volleyball team on their winning season. The St. Edward Middle School team finished the season undefeated with an 8-0 record. The Monarchs made it to the championship round of the Long Island Catholic Athletic Association play-offs where they played a competitive match against St. Patrick’s in Huntington. Don MacAvoy, coach, said afterwards “I am very proud of our girls. They played their hearts out to the end and never gave up.”
The 2010 Roller Derby season on Long Island came to an exciting end as the Ladies of Laceration took on the Rolling Thundercats for the title of season champions. While the Rolling Thundercats eventually prevailed, it was a competitive, exciting bout all the way through that had hundreds of fans at Skate Safe America in Old Bethpage on Saturday night, Dec. 4 cheering on their favorite “roller girls.”
While not quite as nice as last year’s weather, the weather for this year’s 18th annual edition of Long Island Blood Services Rob’s Run was a good deal better than in 2008, and this year’s finale of the USATF-Long Island Cross Country season welcomed 528 finishers to the Stillwell Woods course.
The venue for the Great Prostate Cancer 5 Kilometer Run on Nov. 14 is a bit different than the standard road race, with 3.1 miles entirely on the pathways of the Town of Oyster Bay’s Golf Course in Woodbury. The not-so-gentle (but short) hills provided an interesting challenge that the 382 finishers – a 30 percent increase over 2009 – seemed to thoroughly enjoy once again.
The 10-year-old Syosset Braves Football Team are Super Bowl champs this year. In a rematch of last year’s title game, Syosset proved to be the better team this time around in a thrilling, hard-hitting affair that ended 6-0 in favor of the Braves over the Baldwin Bombers. It was a fitting ending to great season that saw the boys play great football as they grew more competitive from week to week.
The offense, led by quarterback Tyler Parlo, dominated the Baldwin defense. They kept the Bomber offense on the sidelines for all but one possession in the entire second half, proving the old adage that the best defense is a good offense. Parlo was on top of his game as he made perfect pitch after perfect pitch to his running backs, keeping the Baldwin defenders at bay while not turning the ball over. His play allowed the coaches to open up the playbook and had the defense playing on its heels when it mattered most.
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