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Carle Place Dominates With Three Pointers

Clouds covered the sky above Carle Place High School this past Friday night, when the boys’ junior varsity team defeated East Rockaway 55-42, with a performance that resembled a torrential downpour of shots from beyond the arc.  The highlight of the night was the 11 three-point shots made by seven players in Coach Conor Reardon’s squad.  This was one of the Frogs highest scoring games of the winter season.


 Carle Place had a slow but auspicious start with a 10-4 lead at the end of the first quarter.  Nate Armstrong scored 12 points in the first half to keep Carle Place in a comfortable lead above East Rockaway.  At halftime, the Frogs were ahead 22-15.


 It wasn’t until the second half when Carle Place shifted into a higher gear and expanded their lead against the struggling Rocks of East Rockaway.  Mike O’Connell knocked down the first three-pointer of the half to kick-off the festivities from downtown.  


 Eric Chiaponne then fired up the home crowd after scoring three consecutive shots from three-point territory. Chiaponne’s nine points in the third quarter was the defining moment of the night.  From that point on, the Rocks appeared deflated and their chances of making a comeback were far-fetched.


 After leading 38-25 through three quarters, Coach Reardon decided to unload the bench in the final quarter, and they continued the mayhem of raining threes.  Five of the 11 three-point field goals were scored in the fourth quarter alone.  East Rockaway managed to score three of their own shots from three-point land, but it was not enough to sustain the defeat.  


 Armstrong led the team in scoring with 12 points.  Chiappone’s nine points and O’Connell’s eight points were second and third highest in team scoring.  Chris Ruscillo also had a notable performance, finishing the night with 7 points.  


Other than the 11 three-point field goals made, the most interesting stat was that the Frogs increased their scoring each quarter.  They started off slowly with 10 points in the first quarter, but then added 12, 16, and 17 points in succeeding quarters, for a remarkable home court  victory. 


Westbury High School students are teaching younger children from Park Avenue Elementary School valuable life lessons about money and business skills through the High School Heroes program.


In this program, high school students that are taking Renate Johnson’s Junior Achievement class will go into first grade classrooms to teach 45-minute lessons.


“It is a program that gives high school and younger students confidence and teaches them about business and financial literacy,” said Johnson.

The Westbury Historical Society will host Dr. Natalie Naylor, professor emerita at Hofstra University and author of Women in Long Island’s Past: Eminent Ladies and Everyday Lives at their next meeting on March 9. 


Naylor’s presentation will focus on the place of women in Long Island’s history, including several prominent women from Westbury’s past.  


Albertson resident and Kellenberg sophomore Gabby Schreib qualified for the Millrose Games in New York City. Schreib qualified as a member of the Sprint Medley Relay along with Danielle Correia, Bridget McNierney, and Jazmine Fray. 


The Kellenberg relay’s close second place finish in January’s Millrose Trials has moved them closer to defending the title they won in the same relay at last year’s Millrose Games. Schreib and her teammates time is currently second in the United States for girls track and field performances.

Congratulations to Westbury athletes Michael Esposito, Eileen Harris, Brett Harris, and Michael Going, each of whom won awards in Race # 1 of the Jonas Chiropractic Run Nassau Series co-hosted by Nassau County and the Greater Long Island Running Club.


Michael Esposito, age 15, took home the second place award in the 15-19 age group with a time of 23 minutes, 6 seconds.  Eileen Harris, age 42, earned the first place award in the women’s 40-44 age group.  She completed the race with her 45 year old husband, Brett Harris, who was the third place award winner in the men’s 45-49 age group.  Michael Going, age 41, scored third place honors in the 40-44 age group with a time of 20 minutes, 51 seconds.


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