It was a sunny Saturday morning, and the stands were filling up. The word seems to be getting out that the Jericho JV football team is not just another after school sports team. The boys have been working hard and putting in their time on the practice field, and so far, it seems to be paying off. The Jayhawks are 3-0 so far this season.
The game began in the same fashion as the first two games. Leading the offense, Chandler Kirby commandeered the team with two of his own touchdowns as the Jericho Jayhawks beat the New Hyde Park Gladiators 27-22. The Jayhawks also had three touchdowns in the game called back due to offensive penalties.
The first punt of the game, by Jake Zorfas, sailed high in the air and the Gladiators’ receiver waived his hand for a fair catch. The opposing team could not handle the high spiral, and fumbled the catch. Jericho recovered the ball and scored on a four-yard run, the first of Kirby’s touchdowns.
On Sunday, Oct. 10 at Bethpage High School, arena football kicker and Jericho High School graduate Craig Pinto will be kicking field goals for 12 straight hours, from 7:30 a.m. through 7:30 p.m., with two goals in mind. First, he will be attempting to set a world record for most field goals kicked within that time frame, by having to make 500 field goals, all from 40 yards out, but Pinto’s main focus is to raise money and awareness for Celiac Disease.
So far this season, the Jayhawks are jamming. Once again, the JV Jericho Jayhawks football team took the field to battle the Mepham Pirates on Monday Sept. 20, with look of determination and a shared commitment to a mission that they hope to carry out throughout the rest of the season.
With the future of Jericho football in question, 37 dedicated Jericho junior varsity football players went on the road for the season opener against Calhoun in Merrick.
The Syosset Youth Football and Cheerleading League had its season opening games on Saturday, Sept. 11 and Sunday, Sept. 12. The weather cooperated for most of the day, but the later games were a little wet. Even so, the league played some great football.
What do you get when you cross the NHL with NASCAR and the NHL? Roller Derby is what, and it’s happening right here on Long Island. On Saturday, Sept. 4 the local derby divas, the Long Island Roller Rebels, hosted a tournament at Skate Safe America in Bethpage against seven other teams from across New York State. Hundreds of spectators gathered, arriving often and early to get the coveted rink-side seating for their favorite team’s battle.
The featured speaker at the Tuesday evening, Sept. 21 open meeting of the Greater Long Island Running Club (GLIRC) will be Amy Palmiero-Winters, who recently was awarded the ESPY as the best female athlete with a disability.
It’s no secret that young athletes, like the young hockey players at Syosset Iceworks, can learn a lot from the professionals about their sport. However, some may find it surprising that the players can learn a trick or two from the experience as well. “I did two new drills today that I’ve never done in my life, and really, really enjoyed them,” said New York Islanders defenseman Bruno Gervais of his experience instructing Syosset campers.
The 2010 Maccabi Games were a great success this summer for the Sid Jacobson JCC team, which included several athletes from the Syosset-Jericho area: Zachary Goodman, Michael Friedman, and Renee Kiviat. Taking place in Omaha, Nebraska this year, the local delegation took home medals in every sport in which they took part in. The five-day event featured Olympic style competition in which athletes aged 13-16 excelled.
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