On Monday, Dec. 6, Westbury Okinawan Karate, which is offered by the Westbury Recreation Department, had a formal testing and its holiday party. Fourteen students, that met the attendance requirements and proficiency of the skills that are required, were tested. The following students passed their test and were advanced to the next belt level:
New York Islanders leading scorers John Tavares and Matt Moulson, goaltender Rick DiPietro and team captain Doug Weight were among the players and their family members pushing shopping carts instead of hockey sticks as they cruised the aisles of Toys “R” Us, selecting hundreds of toys for pediatric patients at several Long Island hospitals. The event was sponsored by EmblemHealth, which provides health insurance through its companies Group Health Incorporated (GHI) and HIP Health Plan of New York.
The Islanders players and their families, including forwards Blake Comeau, Frans Nielsen, PA Parenteau, Zenon Konopka and defenseman James Wisniewski filled dozens of carts with games, toys, dolls and action figures.
Joanna Koronios and Kyle Moore represented Carle Place High School and were honored at a dinner at the Crest Hollow Country Club on Monday, Dec. 13.
Joanna demonstrates leadership qualities; she has an excellent rapport with her peers. Joanna is always willing to assist the teacher as well as other students. She serves as a role model for her classmates, guiding other students and taking initiative. Joanna exemplifies sportsmanship and good character, which makes her deserving of this award.
The St. Dominic Bayhawks Varsity baseball players have worked hard throughout the summer and fall to make sure they are ready for another title run come spring. The senior-laden 2011 squad will once again be anchored by a strong pitching staff and an exceptional defense. Eight seniors have already signed National Letters of Intent to continue their playing careers at the collegiate level in 2012. The spring schedule will feature games against some of the top teams in the area, as well as the weekly grind of NSCHSAA league play.
The Bayhawks will once again travel to Vero Beach, FL from March 17 - 20. If any Florida Alum would like to see a game, they can call Coach Rick Garrett at 922-4888 ext 5321 for game times or check Bayhawksbaseball.com for a complete schedule.
On Nov. 21, the Westbury Okinawan Karate School, affiliated with the Westbury Recreation Department and the Long Island Shidokan Association, teamed up to conduct a Karate Tournament in the Westbury Village Sports Center at 346 Post Ave. Other dojos from Hicksville and Little Neck, which are a part of the Long Island Shidokan Association, were also competing. Over 60 students participated in kata and sparring events. Multi-level Blackbelts to 3-year-old white belts male and female participated for the audience of family, friends and other visitors who attended.
The Westbury Wolverines Junior Mite team, led by head coaches Pablo Sinclair and Greg Perpell, recently won the Gridiron National Super Bowl Championship. The Wolverines beat their archrival, the Brooklyn Warriors, by a score of 14 to 12. The Wolverines running attack was lead by Adam Campbell, who ran for 110 yards on 15 carries and two touchdowns. He was named the player of the game.
Recently, Carle Place seniors Taylor Martello signed a letter of intent to play Division I lacrosse at Quinnipiac University and Stephen Laurino signed a letter of intent to play Division I baseball at Marist College starting in September 2011.
Taylor is a five-year member and a captain of the varsity lacrosse team. She is a tenacious player and a scoring machine. This upcoming spring, Taylor will eclipse the 300-goal mark. Taylor has elevated the CPHS lacrosse program and is a mentor to many of the younger players according to coach Harvey Allen. She is a two-time All County performer who will be joining her sister Noelle at Quinnipiac University. The CPHS girl’s lacrosse team is looking for Taylor to lead it toward post-season play. Taylor has been a member of the Long Island Express and has been playing travel lacrosse for eight years.
The Carle Place High School wrestling team, under the tutelage of coaches Tim Moran and Mike Smith – both of whom wrestled for the school during the 90s and beyond – is well on its way to becoming a respectable and competitive force on the Nassau County wrestling scene.
The Frogs, following summer weight training and open-mat practices, will open the varsity season on Dec. 7 at home against Plainview at 4:30 p.m.
Congratulations to Jenney Tesoriero of Westbury, who won the second place award in the 35-39 age group in the third annual edition of the Grillo &Associates Blazing Trails 4 Autism 4 Mile Run on Oct. 24.
The 39-year-old Tesoriero finished the four-mile course in a time of 30:30, a 7:38 per mile pace.
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