September brings cooler temperatures, the start of a new school year and, for residents of Glen Cove and its surrounding communities, the beginning of another great season of Junior Soccer.
In keeping with a decades-old tradition, the young players, their parents, the coaches, board members and elected officials marked opening day by parading through the streets of downtown Glen Cove on their way to the John Maccarone Memorial Stadium where kick-off ceremonies are held before the games begin.
Following last spring’s news that Williams College freshman and Portledge graduate Alex Schidlovsky (class of 2012) had been named to the All NESCAC Team in Varsity Boys Tennis for helping lead the Ephmen capture the NCAA Division III National Championship, the Portledge community was happy to hear about another recent grad making a big stir in the NCAA Tennis ranks. Georgetown University frosh and member of the Portledge School graduating Class of 2013, Sophie
Barnard, made her Georgetown coach Gordie Earnst proud when she reached the semifinals of her first major college event.
The tournament was the 64 person draw Georgetown Classic and Barnard won four consecutive matches without dropping a set before being defeated by Lana Robbins, who is the number one player on the George Washington University
Women’s Tennis team. Coming to Portledge as a tenth grader after finishing at East Woods, Barnard helped lead the Lady Panthers to two League Championships in her three years of play and was named IPPSAL Player of the year at the conclusion of both of those championship seasons. Everyone at Portledge is proud of Sophie for gaining admission to such a fine university, as well as for all her achievements thus far.
The top kickball teams have made themselves known in the third week of the fall season. Veteran teams returning from the spring season are seeing their advantage slip as rookie teams have gelled and gotten to know their new teammates.
This was displayed in dramatic fashion as spring-league powerhouse ‘That’s What She Said’ was stunned by ‘the Sleazeballs’ in a thrilling last inning comeback. The same fate awaited veteran ‘Cheeto Fingers’ who briefly held first place until they were narrowly defeated by the rookie ‘Liqour Balls.’ Jessica Bell of the Spicy Meatballs, became the first women of the season to boot a home run. Teams mingled and toasted their accomplishments after the games at an organized bar social.
The upper field of the John Maccarone Memorial Stadium in Glen Cove is once again alive with the sights and sounds of LI-Kick, Glen Cove’s co-ed adult kickball league.
Glen Cove resident Sal Farruggia, 27, founded LI-Kick this past spring, in partnership with the City of Glen Cove’s Department of Parks and Recreation and its director, Darcy Belyea.
The new league had 130 players on eight teams and proved to be a great success. Farruggia and Belyea planned to expand the league to 190 players and 12 teams for this fall. By Tuesday, Sept. 3, the opening night of season two, 211 players had signed up and 14 full teams had been formed. Players range in age from 21 to 64 years of age and all teams are co-ed.
The Glen Cove Wildcats U12 travel girls soccer team won the Sportsmanship Award for the Spring 2013 season.
The North Shore School District announced that Frankie and Maddy Conklin, ninth- and 10th-graders respectively, competed over the summer at the USA Field Hockey Showcase and were chosen to represent New York in the USA Field Hockey National Tournament.
“We are very proud of our daughters, as this is a huge accomplishment in the field hockey world,” Mr. and Mrs. Conklin commented.
Tom Suozzi, Kathleen Rice and Dave Gugerty - the candidate running for the County Legislator seat in district 18 - competed together in the 26th Annual Oyster Bay Triathlon on Saturday, Aug. 24. Gugerty participated as part of a co-ed relay team alongside District Attorney Kathleen Rice and Nassau County Executive candidate Tom Suozzi. The group called themselves the “Tri-Dem” team.
The North Shore Boys and Girls Club of Glen Head hosted its second annual girls lacrosse camp. The four-week camp was run by one of North Shore High School’s lacrosse coaches, Megan McCormack. Skills and techniques were developed, as each of these girls are getting ready to play at the next level.
The City of Glen Cove Parks & Recreation Dept., in partnership with US Sports Institute, will offer two exciting fall programs for local youth.
Sports Squirts, for children ages 3-5, is a fun way to introduce children to a variety of sports such as soccer, tee-ball, basketball, lacrosse and hockey, as well as fun playground games. All activities promote hand-eye coordination, movement, balance and most importantly – fun!
The top local finisher in the 26th annual Runner’s Edge-Town of Oyster Bay Triathlon was 16-year-old Glen Lostritto of Old Brookville, who took second place in the 16-19 age group and finished 18th overall. Kelly Pickard was the first Oyster Bay woman to cross the line, putting her in seventh place overall among the women. The triathlon was held on Saturday, Aug. 24 under near-perfect weather conditions.
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