One of the electives that Jericho students can choose in the physical education curriculum is Tai Chi, which is a slow motion, meditative physical art for health, relaxation, and self defense. Michael Pekor, who has over 20 years experience in Tai Chi, teaches the class.
Activities include Tai Chi form practice, push hands practice (partner work) and Tai Chi sword (form and partner work.) Students will learn to move mindfully, stretch and strengthen the entire body, and become familiar with the Tai Chi approach to self-defense.
The Jericho Girls Varsity Volleyball team supported Breast Cancer Awareness month in October by holding their annual Dig Pink volleyball game. The players made posters and baked and sold cupcakes, brownies and banana bread. The team raised $140. Pictured, a player spiked the ball during the game.
The 5th Annual Grillo & Associates Blazing Trails 4 Autism 4 Mile Run was almost a brand new race: it was a new community (North Bellmore/North Merrick) with a new school, the Nassau BOCES Children’s Readiness Center, and a new flat course through some very nice local streets.
What didn’t change were the high quality hoodies given out for every entrant and volunteer, an array of past-race refreshments, quick and accurate results courtesy of JMS Racing Services, and a generous raffle highlighted by a Beach Bike courtesy of South Shore Bicycle and Fitness.
Twenty-four-year-old Conor Shelley of Rockville Centre outlasted a pack of six other top competitors to repeat as the top finisher in the 2012 Oyster Bay Town Supervisor’s 5 Kilometer Run on Oct. 13. Shelley scored in 15:16 as the top seven finishers crossed the finish line in the Oyster Bay Townsend Square parking lot within 17 seconds of each other.
Top honors in the women’s division went to 27-year-old Jodie Robertson of Melville in 17:16, holding off runner-up Karen Roa of Port Jefferson by six seconds. Indicative of the overall strength of the field, the first 16 finishers broke the 18-minute mark on what is not an easy course, and 38 finishers broke the 20-minute mark. A total of 634 runners and walkers finished the event, 50 more than in 2011.
The three Syosset Cyclones teams in the travel division of SYAC Girls Softball roared into the second half of their fall season with games the weekend of Oct. 13-14, following a Columbus Day break.
The U9 Cyclones, a team that held their first practice two months ago, upped their record in the Rocky Pacent League to 3-2 on Saturday, Oct. 13. On the last play of a seesaw game at Syosset-Woodbury Park, pitcher Sydney Nadel made a diving catch of a pop fly to hold onto a 13-12 win over the Lady Cobras of Roslyn.
On Saturday, Oct. 13, “lucky 13,” the Jericho Jayhawks Varsity Football Team took to the gridiron to play the team from Great Neck South (GNS) to stay in playoff contention in the Nassau V division, after coming off another win against Great Neck North.
GNS started the game with a failed onside kickoff attempt where the JayHawks recovered the ball and started their first offensive possession close to midfield. Ian Green, still nursing a thumb injury on his throwing hand, dropped back for a pass on first down that was intercepted by GNS. The Jericho sidelines showed little concern as the defense ran onto the field and stopped GNS.
The Syosset Braves 8-year-old football players got off to a rough start this season with a tie against a tough Garden City team and then losing to Seaford A. After beating Floral Park 19-6 for their first win of the year, they headed into Homecoming with a record of 1-1-1.
The Braves from Syosset faced the Bellmore Braves and the Syosset team came out on top with a hard fought 18-6 victory. They played an all around game with the defense holding Bellmore to only one touchdown. Their defensive line anchored by Joe Mehran, Judson Levi, Jacob Sheedy, Nicholas Chazotte, Jett D’Agostino, and Jack Schuster stopped Bellmore from running up the middle while defensive ends Andrew Lenneberg, Jason Pacelli and Luca Cutolo along with cornerbacks Robert Trapeo and Luke Citron kept them from running outside.
The 36 local girls who comprise the three Syosset Cyclones teams in the Travel Division of SYAC Girls Softball reached the mid-point of their fall season on Columbus Day weekend. The U9 Cyclones, a new team that held their first practice just six weeks ago, is doing great with a 2-2 record in the Rocky Pacent League. The team is developing a slew of new pitchers with weekly pitching clinics, and all girls are swinging the bats.
The U10 Cyclones have come up huge in competition, crushing their opponents with double-digits innings. The team is 6-0 for the season and leading the U10 division of the East Meadow Fall Classic.
There was definitely something new under the sun on Sept. 16, as several hundred swimmers/runners gathered at TOBAY Beach for an 800-meter swim in South Oyster Bay, followed by an eclectic three-mile run to and through the TOBAY Beach Bird and Game Preserve: the Summer’s Not Done AquaRun.
Dominican speedster Yean Jiminez of the Bronx, who led the field in the swim, held off a strong challenge by Sam Fox of Merrick on the run and scored a three-second victory over Fox. Magdalena Mango of New York City turned in a great performance to win the women’s division, with veteran Mineola triathlete Barbara Cronin Stagnari second.
The 27th anniversary of the Bethpage Ocean To Sound Relay marked another great day for local runners. With enthusiastic sponsor Bethpage Federal Credit Union, a record 144 teams enjoyed near perfect weather conditions to complete the course, and still another great post-race party (“the best post-race party in the Northeast”), it was an all round success.
Teams of eight runners each traversed a 50-mile course that started at Jones Beach State Park, wound its way through Wantagh, Seaford, Massapequa, Farmingdale, Old Bethpage, Plainview, Huntington and back west into Cold Spring Harbor, Syosset and Oyster Bay before ending at Fireman’s Field in Oyster Bay, adjacent to Theodore Roosevelt Memorial Park.
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