This spring, in anticipation of fielding their strongest Varsity Baseball squad since the program began eight years ago, Portledge decided to change leagues from IPPSAL (Independent Private and Parochial Schools Athletic League) to the Private School Athletic Association and Athletic Conference of Independent Schools (PSAA/ACIS Alliance), in hopes of finding stronger and more consistent competition. As a newcomer to the Alliance League, which consists of independent school teams from all over the metropolitan area, the Panthers were placed in the 10-team 2nd Division.
It didn’t take long for Portledge to demonstrate the rapidly developing quality of their baseball program, as the Panthers hammered their way to a regular season mark of 9 wins and 1 loss. Moving on to the league playoffs, Portledge quickly dispatched their quarter and semi-final foes before heading to the championship game against Bay Ridge Prep on May 21 at MCU (Municipal Credit Union) Park in Brooklyn.
The weather was blustery but hearts were warm at the SYAC Pony League All-Star Game, held at H.B. Thompson Middle School last month.
Thirty specially selected girls who play in the Pony League (grades 2-3) of SYAC Girls Softball put on a fine show for the bundled-up fans. They provided a barrage of hitting, combined with great fielding that ended rallies, sometimes by double plays. Eight dads who volunteer as coaches in the SYAC softball program, assisted the players.
The Syosset Braves lacrosse team fell to the Port Washington Vikings 11-9 last week, in the third and final round of Nassau County Class ‘B’ ‘C’ and ‘A’ Semi-finals at Hofstra’s Shuart Stadium.
The Braves were the number-two seed playing the number-three seeded Vikings, who will now go on to face the Massapequa Chiefs, who gained entry by defeating Farmingdale 13-4 last week.
Softball players of varied sizes and ages all turned out for the annual Syosset Youth Athletic Council (SYAC) Girls Softball Skills Clinic at Syosset-Woodbury Park last month.
The Long Island Thunderbolts, a premier tournament level softball organization, led the clinic. The Thunderbolts, which fields teams at U14, U16 and U18 levels, includes many high school-aged players who got their start playing on teams in the SYAC Girls Softball program.
In the last of three quarter-final games at Hofstra University’s Shuart Stadium on Wednesday evening last week, the Syosset Braves boys’ lacrosse was victorious over the MacArthur Generals in a hard fought 5-4 victory that went into triple-overtime.
With both teams playing their hearts out for possession of the ball, it was Syosset freshman Mac Okeefe who found the hole necessary in MacArthur’s tight defense, and delivered the win for his team.
The U.S. Tennis Association’s Long Island Region recognized several area residents, including New York State’s top male and female high school singles players, for their tennis playing or volunteer achievements.
Syosset’s Josh Levine was a New York State and Nassau County Boys’ Singles Champ at Cold Spring Harbor High School. This was Levine’s second consecutive year winning the New York State championship. Peggy Gluck and Nadine Netter won the Women’s 60s Doubles Eastern, and Flo Levine was the Adult Volunteer of the Year.
The Syosset Braves varsity boys lacrosse team (7-1) were victorious over the Plainview JFK Hawks (5-3) last Friday afternoon, 12-5 in Conference I play. The Braves are the number two seed going into the playoffs, and the Hawks are the number six seed.
Ending the first two periods with a 6-2 lead, the Braves’ defense reduced Plainview’s potential comeback to only one goal, while Syosset scored four.
Monmouth University sophomore Ashley Sandler of Jericho was named Northeast Conference tennis co-player of the week in April. The Syosset High School grad earned her second career league honor after posting a 4-0 record, including a 3-0 NEC mark, in a week that saw the Blue and White go 3-1.
Sandler did not drop a game in rolling to a 6-0, 6-0 win over La Salle’s Allison Amrein then stopped Wagner’s Rachel Jurgielewicz, 6-0, 6-4. Sandler edged the Mount’s Renee Deane in a marathon three-set affair, winning 6-2, 3-6, 13-11 and ended her week with another 6-0, 6-0 victory, this time over St. Francis’(Brooklyn) Akuila Edwards.
The Mill Neck Family of Organizations recently announced that they will host their second “Sail the Sound for Deafness” Regatta on Thursday, August 1, 2013. The late afternoon/evening event, taking place in Oyster Bay, N.Y., follows the successful inaugural launch of last year’s regatta and will once again benefit the Mill Neck Family of Organizations, a group of organizations serving people who are deaf and/or have other special communication needs, locally, nationally and around the world. Programs include deaf education, early childhood education for children with speech and language delays, services for deaf adults, audiology and sign language interpreter services.
Jericho’s boys basketball team was honored by the Board of Education at a recent meeting at Nassau County Champions. Pictured is the team, Jared Bloch, Zachary Cohen, Joshua Francis, Michael Goren, Jake Hirsch, Garrett Johnson, Erik Kanzer, Matthew Kiviat, Brian Lowenstein, Derek Medolla, David Orr, Jack Roberts, Jake Rosenbloom, Daniel Schneider, Jackson Weinreb, and Jared Weiss, along with coaches Walter Bachman and Barry Coval.
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