Written by Vinny Messana Thursday, 19 September 2013 00:00
Carle Place opened up its 2013 varsity football season with a close 35-33 victory at home against Malverne. The Frogs are back in Conference IV, which Head Coach Tim Moran believes is a better fit for the team.
“We’re more familiar with the opponents in this conference,” said Moran. Last season was a struggle for the Frogs in Conference V, as they finished the year with a record of 0-8. The previous four seasons, however, they finished with a very respectable record of 4-4.
The team is returning many of their starters, having lost only five graduating seniors from last year’s team. A majority of the key players will be juniors who gained a “valuable year of experience” last year, according to Moran. One of those juniors will be Andrew Hastings, who will be splitting time at the position with Kevin Kelly. These players will have the task of running the split wing option, which Moran adopted from St. Anthony’s a few years ago. This particular type of offense requires a multi-talented QB that has the ability to not only run and pass but also to read the defense and determine whether to hand the ball off to one of his backs. Moran noted that Andrew Dickson is an example of a QB who ran this offense perfectly for him a couple seasons ago.
Also playing a vital role on offense will be fullback Lucas Golon, who is also a star athlete in basketball and track. Moran expects him to receive a majority of the carries in the backfield. He will be benefitted by a strong offensive line that will be anchored by Walter Hernandez and Josh Jacobs, who both have a chance to play at the collegiate level. The Frogs have sent a few players to the next level in previous years, notably the Artoglou brothers, who played at Alfred and Pace Universities.
The defense will be led by senior Mathew Pascquarella, who will be providing the tough mentality needed for the middle linebacker position.
“I’m looking for a lot of leadership from him,” Moran said in regards to the senior linebacker. Golon will complete the inside linebacker tandem, which could prove to be bad news for opposing offenses.
The Frogs will be playing the role of underdogs this season. The conference foes are not expecting much from Carle Place due to their record last season, but Moran expects the team to be competitive this season and could be more in line with their record of previous seasons.
Friday, 13 December 2013 00:00
Got a pooch that won’t sit still, climbs the furniture, or jumps on the neighbors? A dog imbued with limitless energy that has you at your wits’ end? Perhaps it’s time you school your out-of-control canine with the discipline and control of the “Martial Arfs.”
Martial Arfs, a new dog training facility in Carle Place is set to prove the old adage that “a good dog is a tired dog.” Run by Jeris Pugh, Martial Arfs takes a novel idea to working with our four-legged friends that has proven to be very successful; combining unorthodox exercises and equipment with the principles of the Asian fighting arts.
“We work primarily with incorporating physical activity into improving behavior. But we’ve created a facility where we don’t just tire your dog out, we teach it how to behave while at the same time tiring it out,” he said. “There’s a huge obesity problem right now, about 54 percent of all dogs are overweight, and just because you let your dog out in the year once or twice a day doesn’t mean he’s actually getting proper exercise.”
Friday, 13 December 2013 00:00
Here’s a look at what was discussed at Dec. 5’s Board of Trustees meeting:
• The village recycling program is expected to expand come January or February to include all plastics and shredded paper. More information will be sent out to residents at the beginning of the year.
• The remote commuter renewal program will have its last two days at Village Hall, on Dec. 14 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., and Dec. 19 from 4:30 to 7p.m. Come with your registration and a check for the renewal fee.
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.