Westbury residents, Danny Kim (age 10), Michael Gregorace (age 13), Sophia Gregorace (age 13), and Pleasant Palmer (age 13), have qualified to compete at the National Age Group Challenge Meet. These athletes are four of 67 Long Island Aquatic Club (LIAC) swimmers invited to attend this prestigious competition.
Former Carle Place soccer players reunited with old teammates at friends at an alumni soccer game on Oct. 12.
60 former soccer team players, from the Classes of 1985 to 2013, started their day at 9:30 a.m., watching the current Carle Place High School varsity team play against Cold Spring Harbor. As they watched the team play, alumni shared highlights and achievements of their own times on the field.
The girls volleyball team at Carle Place continued to dominate Conference AA after defeating Hempstead High School in three straight sets last Tuesday, Oct. 8. Led by Patricia Acipreste’s 22 assists and 14 answered points on her service during the final set, Hempstead struggled to compete against Carle Place and their superb record of nine wins and one loss. They are currently ranked second in the standings.
On Saturday, Sept. 28, 42 Green Dragons suited up for their second home game of the season, versus Calhoun High School. This was the largest varsity roster fielded by Westbury in at least the past 12 years, a tribute to Westbury Head Coach Savalis Charles’ recruiting efforts.
The initial game plan was to pound the ball on the ground with a triumvirate running attack. Sophomore tailback Shalique Merchant (#6) led Westbury with 250 yards and three touchdowns. His runs included both tough tackle-breaking runs up the middle as well as long runs in which his breakaway speed led to scores. Senior running back Shyquan Sanders (#8) rushed for 140 yards and two touchdowns. Sanders also hauled in an interception while on defense.
If the Westbury High School varsity boys soccer team had to be described in one word, it would be: vigorous.
They played a hard fought home game against Kennedy High School. From the get-go, both squads were fighting for possession. Westbury’s goalkeeper, Gabriel Perla played with elasticity as he deflected many shots on target. Unfortunately, a header from David Mark gave Kennedy High School a 1-0 advantage before the end of the half.
It was all fun and games this past Sunday at the Annual Bocce Championship in Westbury. The event was held on the bocce court at the Westbury Recreation Center on Rockland Street.
Anne Abbagangelo of Levittown works at the center and said she was happy to see the game played because it was part of her Italian heritage. She fondly remembers how her father, who was born in Italy, used to play bocce every Sunday.
The Westbury varsity football team opened their season in an opening home matchup against Elmont to a disappointing 35-6 loss. The team is coming off last year’s 2-6 season, but Head Coach Savalis Charles welcomes the role of underdog.
“Nobody expected us to win a game last season,” said Charles, who is entering his second year with the team. “They’re not expecting us to win a game this year either, but we could surprise a lot of people,” he added.
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.
Old Westbury’s Prescott Butler recently competed in an International Junior Golf Tour (IJGT) event, where he fired 76 and 77, winning in the Boys Under 14 Division by two strokes. The two day, 36-hole event was held at Hershey Country Club in Hershey, Pa. The IJGT offers close to 60 two-and three-day events throughout the U.S. each year for ages 9-19. IJGT members represent 45 U.S. states and 43 countries and alumni include Webb Simpson, Rickie Fowler, Hunter Mahan, Paula Creamer and other PGA and LPGA Tour players.
Aspiring basketball players got the chance to hone their skills at the Bunky Reid All Stars Basketball Camp last week which was held at the Westbury Sports Center. The camp was run by Michael Jackson, a former All-Long Island athlete from Westbury High School, who ultimately went on to play collegiately at Division-I Hofstra.
“The best part is the joy of seeing the kid’s interactions with one another and the smiles on their face when they make a good play,” said Jackson, who oversees all aspects of the eight hour camp.
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