Westbury’s Susan Schmuck and her son Johnny recently scored big in the Sands Point 5 Kilometer Sprint for the Feinstein Institute. Ten-year-old Johnny won first place in the 10 and under category, with a finishing time of 23 minutes, 22 seconds. Susan, 46, earned the second place plaque in the Athena weight division. She finished in 27 minutes, 22 seconds. She says that the course was beautiful, but one of the more challenging 5Ks in Long Island because of the steep hills.
Susan has been running for almost four years, and says she enjoys it even more now that her son has a love of the sport. The two have run several races together, many of them for charitable causes.
“Running for a good cause makes it even sweeter. You’re out there to compete but also raise money,” she said.
Old Westbury teen Prescott Butler just returned from a trip to Scotland where he competed with Team USA in the International Junior Golf Tour (IJGT). Butler was one of 14 junior golfers chosen from America to compete against teams from Canada and Scotland.
Butler has been playing golf since he was six years old and says he loves the competition aspect of it. IJGT was the 14 year old’s first international tournament.
Over one hundred young athletes came out to the “Yes We Can” Community Center recently to learn basketball skills from one of the NBA’s finest. Denver Nuggets star Nate Robinson conducted two three-hour basketball clinics for 9-18 year olds, targeted toward providing participants with techniques to help improve their basketball skills. The clinic was hosted by the Town of North Hempstead in partnership with Fundamental Sports Training and Elite Youth Camps.
Established in 2010, the Long Island Thunderbolts was founded by Coaches Carmine Mazzaro and Peter Janowsky. What started out as one team the first year has now grown to five, as they look to expand on that. The club’s mission is to teach its players the game of softball one pitch at a time. This is accomplished through discipline, respect for each other, trustworthiness and poise as each player pushes and encourages one another to strive for greatness on and off the field.
Four Carle Place Field hockey players recently got the chance to play in the Disney Junior Field Hockey Showcase, where they placed third with their team, The Strong Island Currents. This was the second time that Samantha Reed, Kaelin O’Brien, Lauren Nagy and Mikaela Hawkinson participated in the showcase. The USA Field Hockey event consisted of teams from all over the United States and was played at the ESPN Wide World of Sports in Florida. The tournament lasted three days and in the end, there were 16 teams in each bracket. The Currents walked away with the bronze medal.
Even though Martin “Bunky” Reid passed away of colon cancer 20 years ago while only in his early 40’s, his memory still inspires young men today to achieve, both athletically and scholastically.
Michael Jackson, a Hofstra University graduate and Supervisor of the Westbury Village Recreation Department for the past 17 years, recalls Reid as an important and unforgettable figure in Westbury, and one that had a profound impact on his career path.
“He was my high school basketball coach. He pretty much meant everything to the Westbury community,” Jackson said. “He was a great role model. A former principal at Westbury High School, former basketball coach…for lack of a better word, he was an icon in Westbury.”
Westbury residents Jenney Tesoriero and Susan Schmuck were recently named award winners in the 30th annual Runner’s Edge Long Island Women’s 5K Run, as a strong field of 439 runners, walkers and wheelchair athletes crossed the finish line on the track at Farmingdale High School.
Since 1985 Nassau County’s Mitchel Field in Uniondale has hosted the Empire State games for the Physically Challenged. The games have provided Olympic style competition for thousands of athletes from all over New York State. In December of 2010 the games were cancelled due to budget constraints facing the county.
Westbury resident Lutalo Boyce is setting international records in the world of long jump. The 21-year-old athlete recently won the long jump at the Barbadian Nationals, breaking meet and stadium records with a jump of 25 ft. 6 in.
Boyce got his start in track and field during his junior year at Westbury High School. The sport was in his blood, as his father was also a track and field athlete. He recently graduated from Nassau Community College, where he had an illustrious long jump career. He is currently competing with the Garden State Track Club in New Jersey, and recently won the National Club Championships in Long Jump at Icahn Stadium.
The W.T. Clarke High School varsity baseball team won the Nassau County Class A Championship against Plainedge at Farmingdale College recently. The team, under the direction of head coach Tom Abruscato, cruised to a 10-3 victory and a two-game sweep against the Red Devils, which secured the team’s fifth Nassau County crown in the last 11 years and the first since 2009.
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