On the chilly evening of Nov. 7, the Westbury Wolverines arrived at another victory when they took on the Harlem Jets. The Jets, however, did not go down without a fight. There was a spark within their team’s heart that screamed “we have a chance to finally beat the undefeated Wolverines.”
Neither team scored in the first half and both defenses were worthy of honorable mention. The Harlem Jets’ spark soon turned into a flame. The excitement grew as the Jets pushed on defending their goal, trying with all of their might and determination to score against the Wolverines. Westbury, however, extinguished their flame in the second half when the offense became too fluid for the opposition.
On Nov. 1 at home, the 8-year-old Chiefs kept to their winning ways as they defeated the Uniondale Knights 32-19. This brought the Chiefs winning record to 7-1 and secured a first round home game in the playoffs.
The Chiefs offense was able to control the tempo of the game behind fundamentally sound blocking by the offensive line of Michael LaGinestra, Patrick McTiernan, Matty O’Connell, Anthony Giunta, Dylan Vincenti and Spenser Warantz. Powerful running by Chiefs quarterback Michael O’Connell and running backs Andrew Casoria, Matthew Sluka, Lance Costa, Jason Eccher, Thomas Albig and Jack Duff helped Mineola control the ball throughout the game. The Chiefs opened up their passing attack as O’Connell completed passes to Costa, Sluka and Vincenti.
The Chiefs defensive of Matt Grimm, Aidan Hornberger, Joe Martello, Kevin Parente, Michael Sinisi, Chris Marshiano, Ryan Calderone and Andrew Cho kept the heated pressure on Uniondale’s offense throughout the game. Linebackers O’Connell and Sluka furiously attacked the Knights and finished them off.
All the boys played in the game and contributed to the victory. Scoring is summarized as follows:
• Michael O’Connell: 10-yard touchdown pass to Lance Costa (xpoint failed); 25-yard touchdown run (xpoint pass to Matt Sluka); 17-yard touchdown run (xpoint failed)
• Matt Sluka: 35-yard touchdown run (O’Connell xpoint pass to Dylan Vincenti); 38-yard touchdown run (xpoint failed)
On Oct. 31, the long-awaited Westbury Wolverines defeated yet another team! In a rematch against the Brooklyn Legendz, the Wolverines used the same established drive, energy and determination to win without allowing the competition to score.
One Wolverines’ running back scored a touchdown in the first quarter against Brooklyn with another one of Westbury’s running backs scoring a second touchdown in the third quarter by running 79 yards to bring the score to 12-0. A Wolverine quarterback made an 81-yard run in an attempt to score a third touchdown in the fourth quarter but a penalty was made and the play was called back but that didn’t stop the Wolverines.
Westbury has long awaited a little league football team with the drive, energy and determination of the Westbury Wolverines! And this team doesn’t stop at football! The cheerleading and dance squads, often referred to as the Westbury Wolverettes, compete alongside their football player counterparts.
The Westbury Wolverines team is spearheaded by owner Andrew Stewart, who was determined to bring more community spirit back to Westbury through his love of the game – a contact sport comprised of players, cheerleaders and dancers from New Cassel, Westbury, Old Westbury and East Meadow.
The Chiefs 8-year-olds had this game against Inwood circled on their schedule, as it was their only loss of the 2008 campaign. But 2009 was to be different as they shut out the Inwood Buccaneers 18-0 at home with a great defensive performance, brining their undefeated record to 6-0.
The name of this game was defense. The Chiefs defense made team gang tackles all over the field. The defensive line of Michael Sinisi, Aidan Hornberger, Jeremy Samuel, Andrew Cho, Chris Marshiano and Joe Martello kept the pressure on Inwood’s offense the whole day. Linebackers and cornerbacks attacked the ball and finished off the Buccaneers; they were led by Michael O’Connell, Matt Sluka, Andrew Casoria, Matt Grimm and Ryan Calderone. O’Connell made a big defensive stop with an interception of a pass intended for a Buccaneer.
Runners are invited to be a part of the 2nd annual Capital One Bank Blazing Trails 4 Autism Four Mile Run on Sunday, Nov. 8 at the Great Neck South High School Campus on Lakeville Road in Great Neck. The run will start at exactly 9:30 a.m. with all net proceeds dedicated to the Eden II/Genesis Programs, which provide specialized community based services and other opportunities to individuals with autism.
Race management will be provided by the Greater Long Island Running Club (GLIRC), with Robin Schneider serving as race director. Timing and scoring will be handled by JMS Racing Services, utilizing the AMB Chip Timing System.
The Westbury Girls Varsity Soccer and Varsity Girls Volleyball teams are off to a very successful start for the fall 2009 season.
The girls volleyball team, under the direction of coach Michelle Brock, has four conference wins and is challenging for a playoff position; while the girls soccer team, under the direction of head coach Jenna Thomas and assistant coach Koriene Petrelli, has won its first two games.
Soccer coach Thomas has led the team to more victories in two years than we had in the combined five years before that. She has also more than doubled the participation level. Thomas is a full substitute teacher at Powell’s Lane School. Assistant coach Petrelli is a new physical education teacher at the high school.
The following are the results from the girls soccer games:
The New York Institute of Technology (NYIT) Department of Intercollegiate Athletics and Recreation has promoted William Dunn to head men’s lacrosse coach. Dunn has served as assistant coach, defensive coordinator, and strength and conditioning coach for the team for the past 10 seasons.
“It is truly an honor being selected as the next head coach at NYIT,” said Dunn. “Following in Jack Kaley’s footsteps is a major endeavor, and my staff and I look forward to this challenge. We have a very impressive group of players this year, and plan on many successful seasons to come.”
During Dunn’s tenure as assistant coach, the Bears compiled a 94-15 record, advanced to the NCAA Division II tournament five times, played in the national championship game three times, and won the national title twice—in 2003 and 2008. At NYIT, Dunn has coached three United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association (USILA) National Defensemen of the Year and one USILA Goalie and Player of the Year. Nine of his defensive players have received USILA First Team All-American honors, six have received USILA Second Team All-American honors, and six others have received USILA Honorable Mention All-American honors. In 2008, Dunn was named the Intercollegiate Men’s Lacrosse Coaches Association (IMLCA) Division II Outstanding Assistant Coach of the Year.
The Chiefs 8-year-olds played their version of Friday Night Lights, as they played on the road this past Friday Night and beat the Bellmore Braves 25-19. This brings their undefeated record to 5-0.
The Chiefs Offense were able to move the ball because of the great blocking by the offensive line centered by Michael LaGinestra and anchored by Patrick McTiernan, Matty O’Connell, Anthony Giunta, Philip Arnold, Dylan Vincenti and Spenser Warantz. Runs by running backs Lance Costa, Matthew Sluka, Thomas Albig, Jason Eccher and Jack Duff helped the Chiefs Offense control the ball along with Quarterback Michael O’Connell.
The Chiefs defense made gang tackles all over the field. The defensive line of Michael Sinisi, Aidan Hornberger, Jeremy Samuel and Chris Marshiano kept the pressure on Franklin Square’s offense the whole day. Cornerbacks and safeties, led by Andrew Casoria, Matt Grimm and Ryan Calderone, attacked the ball and finished off the Braves. All the boys played and participated in the victory.
Scoring is summarized below:
• Matt Sluka: 21-yard touchdown run (xpoint failed); 42-yard touchdown run (xpoint failed)
• Michael O’Connell: 50-yard touchdown run (xpoint failed); 26-yard touchdown run (Matt Sluka xpoint run)
Wild Frogs: this seems to be a popular buzz around the boy’s locker room and on the football field at Carle Place Middle School/High School.
A Wild Frog is not a rare amphibian hopping through the halls or on the athletic fields but rather the successful football merger of the Wheatley Wildcats and the Carle Place Frogs.
Developed three seasons ago due to a lack of participation from Carle Place students and an increased interest in playing football from Wheatley athletes, the Carle Place and Wheatley School Districts partnered together once again for the 2009 football season as the Carle Place/ Wheatley Wild Frogs.
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