The New York Islanders’ winged mascot, Sparky the Dragon, who graduated from Carle Place High School, is one of the National Hockey League’s 26 costumed creatures found within NHL arenas throughout North America.
The Islanders’ former mascot, Nyiles (pronounced Nigh-els), resembled the grizzly fisherman featured on the team’s jerseys in the mid-1990s. Sparky the Dragon served as the mascot for the New York Dragons (Arena Football League), who played their home games at the Nassau Coliseum before the team suspended operations in 2009. Sparky, a beloved member of the Nassau Coliseum family, swapped his football gear for a pair of ice skates and the rest is hockey history.
Former SUNY College at Old Westbury right-handed pitcher Robert Whitenack has been named to the Chicago Cubs’ 40-man roster, the first Panther in school history to make a major league roster.
Since 2009, he has spent time with the Boise Hawks (2009), Peoria Chiefs (2010) and Daytona Cubs (2010-11, 2012), and the Tennessee Smokies (2011). In 2009, the Chicago Cubs made Whitenack the first Division III player selected in the draft, acquiring him in the eighth round.
Among the highlights of the annual Dinner-Dance of the Greater Long Island Running Club was the presentation of the “President’s Award” to local businessman Glen Wolther.
Wolther, of Jericho, is the president of All Round Foods, the specialty baked goods marketing company based in Westbury.
“Whether it is an event involving 500 runners or 5000, we need only ask and All Round Foods is there to give the runners something to look forward to after the race,” said GLIRC President Mike Polansky.
Its time to get out your grass skirts, coconut bras and running sneakers as The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s Long Island Chapter will host its Pineapple Classic on Sunday, April 21, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at The NYIT Campus in Old Westbury. There will be a post-race luau with beer garden and entertainment.
This is not just any 5K – it’s a fun, Hawaiian-themed, 5K obstacle course run. Participants, who are encouraged to dress in a Hawaiian-themed outfit, will be climbing, crawling, bouncing and bending to raise funds for blood cancer research.
He was called the hardest-hitter among Green Dragon football players in the last decade at Westbury High School.
“I remember one game specifically. We played Elmont in the playoffs and lost by a touchdown, but the collisions – you felt it on the sideline,” said Westbury Athletic Director Doric Capsis.
As the familiar saying goes – some things never change.
Call it a coincidence, but the timing for Chris and Peter Ferraro’s announcement of the creation of a new hockey and recreation facility couldn’t be any better.
Two days before the National Hockey League was set to drop the puck for a shortened, 48-game season beginning on Jan. 19, the Ferraro twins – former NHL players and Olympians themselves – broke ground on their $15 million, privately financed Twin Rinks Ice Center at Eisenhower Park.
Robert Malandro’s coaching awards are almost as numerous as the number of years he has spent coaching the Holy Trinity boys baseball team.
With a quarter-century worth of experience and five Catholic League Championships, Malandro has been paving the way for successful high school baseball players for more than two decades. Humble, enthusiastic and dedicated are only a few words that adequately describe the five-time NSCHSAA Coach of the Year.
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On Friday, Dec. 28, the Westbury varsity boys basketball team defeated Manhasset in the consolation game of the Chaminade Christmas Tournament, 65 to 64.
The Dragons were down 37 to 22 at halftime but made a big comeback, outscoring Manhasset 26 to 13 in the fourth quarter. Avery Flitchett-Flores scored 12 of his 15 points in the fourth quarter and Brian Newell sank two free throws with eight seconds remaining to lift Westbury to the victory. Newell finished with 17 points and 14 rebounds and was selected to the all-tournament team.
Westbury Okinawan Karate, which is offered by the Westbury Recreation Department, had its formal December testing and holiday last month. Sixteen students that met the attendance requirement and proficiency of the skills that were required were tested. The following students passed their test and were advanced to the next belt level:
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