Friday, 19 April 2013 00:00
During the week of April 1, the Westbury High School Varsity Baseball team completed a three game series sweep with league rival Hempstead. In game 1, junior Oscar Torres threw a complete game striking out 10 batters and surrendering 2 hits. Kevin Castro was 4-for-4 with four runs scored and three RBI and Dennis De La Rosa went 3-for-3 with two runs scored and four RBI to lead Westbury to a 23-2 victory. Game 2 was started by an 8 run first inning that included 6 hits and 2 walks. The 14-10 win was powered offensively by juniors Jose Reyes, who went 3-for-4 with two runs and two RBIs, and Oscar Torres, who went 2-for-4 with two RBIs. Kevin Castro pitched two and two-thirds scoreless innings with four strikeouts to earn his first save of the season. Game 3 was won with a score of 19-1. Sophomore Kyle Spruill was the winning pitcher, throwing a complete game with no earned runs, one walk, three hits and a career-high of 14 strikeouts. Spruill also went 3-for-6 with two doubles and a career-high six RBIs. Kevin Castro went 3-for-7 with four RBIs.
During the week of April 8, Westbury played a series with another league foe, Roosevelt, winning the first two games by a score of 10-9 and 23-5, and the third by 5-4. In Game 1 Westbury scored 9 runs in the first 2 innings to get out to an early lead. Oscar Torres scored Vinny Marshman with two outs in the bottom of the sixth to make it 10-5 for Westbury. Dennis DeLaRosa came in in the top of the seventh with men on second and third and one out to record the save. Sophomore Vinny Marshman went 3-for-3 with three runs and two RBIs, and earned the win on the mound. Game 2 started out similarly to game 1 with Westbury jumping out to a 9-0 lead in the first 4 innings. Roosevelt was unable to make a comeback due to the strong pitching of Spruill, who needed only 95 pitches to throw a complete game, striking out 5 and only allowing 4 hits. The offense was powered by senior Derrick Servius who was 2-for-4 with a grand slam and five RBIs and Oscar Torres who was 3-for-4 with a triple and five RBIs. In game 3, Oscar Torres threw 6 innings allowing 3 earned runs. Kevin Castro picked up the save by recording the last 3 outs when be came in to pitch with 2 men on base in the top of the 7th inning. Dennis De La Rosa was 2-4 with an RBI. The Green Dragons are coached by Todd Goodwin and Larry Phyall, both teachers in the district.
Wednesday, 11 December 2013 00:00
Once a week, Robert Blume goes to Virpa Convenience on Carman Ave. to buy breakfast and lottery tickets. When he bought his Mega Millions and Powerball tickets on Sunday, Oct. 20, it was just like any other day. But when he went in to Virpa to check his tickets later that week, life changed forever.
He won $7 with his Mega Millions ticket, and then ran his Powerball ticket through the ticket check. Instead of the usual reading of “Sorry You Are Not A Winner,” he saw a message that said ‘Big Winner. See Retailer.’
Friday, 06 December 2013 00:00
“Art is beautiful. It's all around us and makes you see the world in a different way. Anyone can learn to paint, it just takes time, but when you do, you never look at clouds the same way or water the same way or even at the beach the same way.” These are the words of Westbury’s own artist and teacher Laura Meshover. Her captivating oil paintings exhibit the very essence of photo realism.
“I always knew I wanted to be an artist even from way back at a young age,” explained Meshover. “I used to take painting lessons in my neighbor’s basement when I was a little girl. You can’t do that kind of stuff anymore,” she said with a laugh.
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.