For the Syosset Varsity lacrosse team, “Lead the way,” is a slogan that means more than just words; head coach John Calabria motivates his team’s players to take action on and off the lacrosse field. After Hurricane Sandy devastated the South Shore of Long Island, Calabria reached out to the Bulldogs lacrosse program, offering to host their “Battle of the Bay Lacrosse” tournament at Syosset High School.
The tournament was in jeopardy of being cancelled due to the utter devastation caused by the storm to the high school and playing fields of Long Beach. The Braves lacrosse program saw a competitor in trouble and demonstrated that the lacrosse community is there to help in time of despair.
Jericho High School’s varsity wrestling team, coached by Kevin Brodsky, recently held Alumni Night. The current team welcomed back Jericho’s wrestling alumni.
Jericho High School recently hosted the 2013 Nassau County Individual Fencing Championships, where over 144 of the county’s top fencers competed head to head in the annual individual tournament, and there was a lot to cheer about. Fencing in Nassau County Section XIII Sports is usually a team event, but every year, this special tournament pits only the best high school fencers against each other. This year, Eric Basile (epee) and Jason Landsman (sabre) of Jericho were county champions.
A controversy arose earlier in the season at one of the team meets surrounding Basile’s use of a painted fencing mask bearing the Jericho mascot, the Jayhawk. No fencer has used a painted mask in the history of Long Island HS fencing. During its match against Hewlett, a protest was raised by a fencer and his coach about using the mask in competition, forcing Basile to switch gear. Basile then contacted the USA Fencing Olympic Rules Committee which quickly ruled that the mask is legal and approved for all national and international tournaments.The mask, known as the “Angy Jayhawk” is the first mask approved by the USA Olympc Fencing Rules Committee, paving the way for individual fencers to add some individualism to their white fencing uniforms.
Ed Wolfarth of Syosset has been named the 2012 Leslie J. FitzGibbon Tennis Man of the Year by the U.S. Tennis Association’s Eastern Section, which encompasses all of New York State and parts of New Jersey and Connecticut.
Wolfarth didn’t learn to play tennis until he was 28, when he was teaching physical education at Queens College and asked to add tennis to the curriculum. He later became a top-ranked tournament player, a high school coach and a teaching pro. Wolfarth was a top 10 player in the USTA Eastern Men’s 35s and the tennis director at Old Westbury Country Club.
Wolfarth currently teaches physical education and sport science at Queens College and Hofstra University, and is the tennis director at Meadowbrook Pointe Athletic Club & Spa.
Ariel Posen had to make a tough decision last year: to keep splitting her focus between gymnastics and soccer, both of which she enjoys, or pick one sport and give it her best. The Woodbury third-grader picked gymnastics, and right now, it seems like that was a good call—she just tied for New York Level 6 Gymnast All-Around State Champion at a recent meet held in Elmira, New York.
Winning in the all-around category means that Ariel did the best overall on all four pieces of apparatus used in women’s gymnastics. She earned a 37.45 out of a possible 40, finishing first on uneven bars, second on vault, second on floor exercise and sixth on the balance beam. She competed in the 8-10 age group, meaning she was also completing against older girls. Her success also contributed to a victory for her team from Gold Medal Gymnastics in Huntington, which snagged first place by more than 7 points over gyms from all over the state.
Registration is underway for girls to play SYAC Girls Softball this spring, and there is one more date to sign up and be evaluated for a team. Registration and evaluation will held in the gym at H.B. Thompson Middle School in Syosset on Saturday, Feb. 16, from 10 a.m. to noon. Girls should wear sneakers and bring a fielding mitt. They also may bring a bat, though bats are provided. All girls who register and are evaluated are placed on teams. The cost for the season is $130. For more information, visit www.SYACGS.org.
Robert Seaman Elementary School’s student body gathered in the gymnasium for a much anticipated student-faculty volleyball game. The eager fifth-graders filed into the gymnasium, prepared to challenge the faculty with an array of aces, assists, serves and spikes. The faculty lineup, led by Principal Adam Winnick, was also prepared with a display of athleticism, zeal and lots of enthusiasm.
The fifth-graders were divided into two groups, with three sets of games played by each group. Mrs. Treiber’s class and half of Mrs. Horowitz’s class played the first set of games. The final score was 2-1 in favor of the fifth-graders, with three close matches. The second team, comprised of Mrs. Gladd’s class and the other half of Mrs. Horowitz’s class, was also filled with excitement and thrills. The final score was again 2-1, fifth-graders. The teams were fortunate to have Physical Education Coaches Patrick Smith on hand as a referee and Lauren Browne as a scorekeeper, counting every point and watching every move.
The Long Island Thunderbolts Softball Team will host a five-week training session for young softball players at the Hebrew Academy of Nassau County, at 25 Country Drive in Plainview. This clinic allows the Thunderbolts to raise necessary team funds, while teaching girls the skills they need to be ready to hit it out of the park during softball season in the spring. The “2013 Winter Work Out” will feature lessons on hitting, bunting and fielding.
Syosset speedster Kim Solomine took second-place honors among the women in the 55 to 59 age group in the Jan. 19 Sayville Running Company 10 Mile Run to the Blue Point Brewery.
Solomine, who is 44 and runs competitively for the Greater Long Island Running Club, crossed the finish line in 1 hour, 17 minutes, 39 seconds, just 41 seconds behind age group winner Linda Ottaviano of Cold Spring Harbor.
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