Written by Harris Rappel Friday, 15 February 2013 00:00
Former SUNY College at Old Westbury right-handed pitcher Robert Whitenack has been named to the Chicago Cubs’ 40-man roster, the first Panther in school history to make a major league roster.
Since 2009, he has spent time with the Boise Hawks (2009), Peoria Chiefs (2010) and Daytona Cubs (2010-11, 2012), and the Tennessee Smokies (2011). In 2009, the Chicago Cubs made Whitenack the first Division III player selected in the draft, acquiring him in the eighth round.
“We are very proud that Whitey made the Chicago’s 40-man roster,” said head coach Rod Stephan. “With his continued hard work, we are sure that he will reach his ultimate goal to play for the Cubs.”
Whitenack was a member of the Daytona Cubs of the Cubs’ Single-A affiliate in 2012 after recovering from Tommy John Surgery. He made 15 starts and struck out 31 batters in 51.1 innings.
In 2011, he spent time on the mound between the Cubs’ Single-A and Double-A affiliates, the Daytona Cubs and Tennessee Smokies. Whitenack opened the season with Daytona, going 3-0 with a 1.17 ERA with 25 strikeouts in 23 innings before getting promoted to Double A. During his time with the Smokies, he was recognized as an SOU Mid-Season All-Star. He finished the Smokies’ season with a 4-0 record, sporting a 2.39 ERA with 22 strikeouts in 37.2 innings while holding the opposition to a .237 batting average.
In four professional seasons, Whitenack has started in 65 of 69 games, recording 19 wins and 202 strikeouts in 309.1 innings of work.
Whitenack was taken by the Chicago Cubs in the eighth round of the 2009 MLB Draft and has done nothing but impress during his time in the minor leagues. While playing a short season for the Boise Hawks of the Northwest League in 2009, Whitenack had 12 starts on the hill, working 54.1 innings with 33 strikeouts, allowing just one home run.
Before advancing to Daytona in 2010, he made 20 starts for the Peoria Chiefs of the Midwest League, registering an 8-7 record. He struck out 63 batters while holding the opposition to a .262 batting average in 103.1 innings. At Daytona, he posted a 3-1 record with a 2.04 ERA, striking out 28 batters over 39.2 innings.
Whitenack spent three seasons pitching for Old Westbury where he compiled 12 wins with a 3.03 ERA and 189 strikeouts in 183.1 innings. He also was named 2009 ECAC Pitcher of the Year and won back-to-back Skyline Conference Pitcher of the Year honors to end his collegiate career. Whitenack was a member of the 2009 Panther squad that set the program record for single season wins (27), which now stands at 30 due in part to the 2012 squad.
With his promotion, Whitenack will be reporting to the major league camp in Mesa, Arizona.
Friday, 20 December 2013 00:00
On Dec. 11, eight lucky young music hopefuls were granted the dream of a lifetime— strutting their stuff on-stage while playing with a celebrated popular music act in front of a packed auditorium.
Westbury’s Center Stage Music School sent an elite selection of hand-picked violin students to play on the stage of the NYCB Theater at Westbury with The Piano Guys, a music group and YouTube sensation whose unique calling card involves catchy combinations of classical and popular music.
Veronica Sanchez, Center Stage Director and co-owner, said that the opportunity for some of her kids to play a gig with The Piano Guys came through a chance meeting she had with the manager of the NYCB Theater.
Thursday, 19 December 2013 00:00
Demetra Ingram wanted to get healthy. The 56-year-old Westbury resident had gained weight over the past several years, and at a recent doctor’s appointment, was told that she had an irregular heartbeat. Her doctor encouraged her to do cardio exercise, not only for her heart, but to help fight Alzheimer’s Disease, which runs in her family.
So Ingram, along with a team of fellow members from her sorority Pheta Iota Omega, decided to join the Long Island Weight Loss Challenge, an eight-week health initiative that encouraged people to focus on healthy eating and exercise.
Thursday, 12 December 2013 00:00
Congratulations to the Westbury boys varsity basketball team who defeated East Meadow High Schoool 57 to 51 to win the championship game of the Coaches vs. Cancer tournament.
The tournament was dedicated to Coach Martin “Bunky” Reid and the 1985 state championship team. Before the finals of the tournament, a poster signed by many of the players from the 85’ team was presented to Mrs. Reid to honor her son.
Thursday, 05 December 2013 00:00
The wrestling team at Westbury High School looks forward to a fresh start this season. Last year, they struggled to stay atop the Nassau Conference, but this time, the team has a lot of valuable pieces that are crucial for them to flip the script and potentially climb to the top of the standings.
One of the shining stars in the school’s team this year is the dominating Raeco Jackson. For the past two seasons, Jackson has had an extraordinary winning record in the 113 and 120 weight classes. “Last year, my record was 28-5 and the year before that it was 30-5,” he said. With a total record of 58 wins and 10 losses, he has won 85 percent of his matches. His impressive feat helped Jackson receive all-county honors last season.
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