Westbury Okinawan Karate recently celebrated its 10-year anniversary of coming to the Westbury Recreation Center. Since then, the dojo has trained 250 students, ages six and up, in the art of karate with the style of traditional Okinawan ShorinRyu Shidokan.
Founded by sensei John Power, the classes seek to instill the confidence and strength needed to obtain success in everyday life.
“A lot of kids are lacking confidence,” said Power. “We let them practice leadership in the class and this contributes to their confidence.
Members of the Carle Place Sparc/Interact club recently donated their time and talents at the Alley Pond Environmental Center in Queens. Working together with students from Mineola High School and Holy Cross High School in Queens, the SPARC members planted over 1,000 indigenous trees to help replenish one section of the 600-acre forest park. The group’s efforts were part of the NYC Plant a Million Trees Project in honor of Arbor Day, celebrated on Friday April 26th. The Carle Place planters were: Sarah Megiel, Kelsey Feit, Julia Powell, Sabrina Feit, Monique Slater, Matt Carr, Katie Megiel, Rob Ibos, and Lauren Powell. They are led by faculty advisor Kieran Morris.
Westbury High School recently hosted the Nassau County Coaches Track Meet. Over a dozen schools participated in events such as hurdles, sprints, steeplechase and relays. The Westbury varsity and freshman/sophomore girls won first in the 4X400 meter relay. The boys varsity team came in first in the 4x100 meter relay. Clarke took first in the 4X800 meter relay with a time of 10:22. Westbury senior Malique Merchant came in a close second in the varsity boys 200 meter dash.
Westbury senior Deidree Golbourne clinched first place in the shot put and discus throw. Westbury sophomore Brendan Alerte coming in second for the triple jump. Westbury’s Janielle Nichol won first place in the varsity girls triple jump. Clarke senior Tristynn Mercedes took second in the varsity girls 2000 meter steeplechase with a time of 7:28. Westbury’s Carlos Ibarra-Cruz finished in second in the steeplechase.
To a baseball fan, hitting your 300th career win is a milestone worthy of celebration; but to Clarke High School coach Tom Abruscato, it’s just a number.
“It’s nice in what it represents, but I’m not really big with the number. That really doesn’t mean much to me,” he said. “But in what that number represents, it represents the hard work and dedication.”
Despite his modesty, Abruscato has little to be modest about- in his 15 year-long career at Clarke he has guided the Rams varsity baseball team into winning 13 league championships, five Nassau championships, three Long Island championships, and two state championships.
In a hard-fought victory that saw Clarke high school varsity boys lacrosse pull out ahead of their opponents early on and remain there for the entire of the game, the Rams took out the Hempstead Tigers on last Wednesday, 12-10.
Hosted at Hempstead High school, the Rams, who have been otherwise experiencing a rough season thus far, nailed their first goal of the match at 11:03 and proceeded to control the game from there on out. By halftime, Clarke was boasting a decisive 6-2 lead.
But once the third quarter began, the Tigers showed greater resolve and intensity, and Clarke’s lead soon began to gradually diminish. But despite their best efforts, Hempstead still proved no match for the hard work and determination of the Rams, who seized the well-earned victory with a final score of 12-10.
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.
Walk down the stairs of The M. Phipps Recreation Center on Post Avenue and it’s like walking into another world. The two large, red white and blue boxing rings in the center of the room command attention, and people wearing gloves in all corners of the room are hitting punching bags. No, this isn’t a scene from Rocky, it’s the Westbury Boxing Club.
Westbury Boxing is a lot more than your average gym. According to owners Kevin Collins and Gerard Wilson, it’s a haven. Around 50 people walk through the gym’s doors each day and develop not only their muscles, but their character and values.
Expectations were high this season for Carle Place High School wrestler Matt Jarvis – and the 126-pound senior did not disappoint.
Jarvis recently earned his first Nassau County Division 2 title and coaches at the tournament named him the Most Outstanding Wrestler.
“It was a surreal feeling knowing that all of the hard work, sacrifice and dedication finally paid off,” said Jarvis, who had his arm raised as a champion on his home mats at Carle Place.
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