In their first game of the season, Monday, Sept. 14, under the lights at City Stadium, the Glen Cove Pony White hosted the Levittown White. In a hard fought and exciting game, Glen Cove won with a score of 19-6.
On the first play of the game, Glen Cove kicked off to Levittown, who ran back for a touchdown. The extra point failed. Defense then prevailed to shut down Levittown for the rest of the game.
The North Shore Varsity Football team kicked-off the season with a 35-7 victory over the Rams of West Hempstead. The Vikings were led by team captains Billy Johansen, Lou Mastellone, Evan Vandoros, and Danny Broker.
The Vikings opened the scoring when quarterback Denis Hickey connected with Matt Cunningham on a 7-yard touchdown pass. Hickey then connected with Stefan Schwartz for a 33-yard TD pass, capitalizing on a Vandaros fumble recovery the play before. The Vikings next score came when defensive lineman Anthony Croce intercepted a Rams screen pass on sprinted 50 yards for the score. Hickey would then take a quarterback keeper around the edge for a 9-yard score. The Vikings final score came when Billy Johansen barreled his way for a 10-yard run into the end-zone.
It’s not as strange as it may sound. Growing research is finding that it may be possible to speed up the healing process by using specific mental skills and techniques and maintaining a positive mindset. Researchers have been studying how the mind influences the healing of the body for decades.
A recent study of the use of imagery by injured athletes concluded that, “the implementation of imagery alongside physical rehabilitation should enhance the rehabilitation experience and, therefore, facilitate the recovery rates of injured athletes.” Another study looked at the differences in people who healed quickly and those who healed slowly and found some significant differences. Those who healed faster had the following:
• Had high motivation, desire and determination
• Had more social support
• Expected a full and successful return to sports
• Took personal responsibility for their recovery process
• Maintained a positive attitude
• Frequently used imagery and other visualization techniques
Notwithstanding some very precarious weather forecasts for the weekend of Aug. 29 and 30, Hurricane Danny turned out not to have the impact that everyone feared, and more than 1,500 athletes, ranging in age from eight to 80, participated in the 22nd annual Runner’s Edge-Town of Oyster Bay Triathlon, Tri-Relay and Junior Triathlon, and there were no end of smiling faces at the finish line.
Among the top finishers was 30-year-old Peter Ventura of Glen Cove, who finished in sixth place overall with a time of 1 hour, 3 minutes, 19 seconds.
The main event on Sunday was preceded by 200-plus youngsters participating in the Runner’s Edge-Town of Oyster Bay Junior Triathlon in the park on Saturday.
Congratulations went out to veteran Glen Cove runners John Infranca and Dan Badalament, who both won awards in the Sands Point Preserve 5 Kilometer Sprint for the Feinstein Institute, held on the grounds of the Sands Point preserve on Saturday morning, August 15. A total of 350 runners successfully completed the 5 Kilometer course.
Infranca crossed the finish line in a time of 21 minutes, 20 seconds, earning him the third-place award in the 40-44 age group, and Badalament scored in 24:23 to take top honors in the 65-69 age group.
Other activities will include a Beach Volleyball Tournament, Tug of War, Balloon Toss and Children’s Boogie Board Race in the swim area.
As the summer ends, and the fall sports season is almost upon us, I thought it would be beneficial to tap into the school district athletic trainer’s knowledge about injury. The more an athlete knows about injury prevention, treatment and diagnosis, the better prepared they are to deal with them.
Peter Adragna is the athletic trainer for the Glen Cove School District. He attends games and practices to help athletes prepare against, prevent and deal with injuries. I asked Mr. Adragna to come up with a cheat sheet for injuries that would be helpful for athletes to review. The following is some basic terminology.
Injury First Aid (Always follow the advice of your doctor when injured. Chronic injuries may require physical therapy after doctor’s diagnosis. The following instructions are supplemental.)
The Glen Cove Cougars travel baseball team closed out the summer season on a high note, winning the Glen Cove Mayor’s Trophy in the 11U Boys Division. The Cougars had a perfect record in the tournament with 8 wins and 0 losses, defeating formidable opponents such as Plainedge, Port Washington, Merillon, RGVM and the LI Yankees.
This summer the Glen Cove Comanchees 9-under travel baseball team, manager Kevin Monahan and coaches Glenn Rizzo and Paul Casale traveled to Staten Island to register for the Babe Ruth State Tournament. After the meeting, they went for pizza and while in the parking lot in Staten Island, Kevin said to Glenn and Paul, “I have a really good feeling about this. We are going to win it all -18 teams, one winner!” Turns out, Kevin’s prediction was right on the money, and then some!
A total of 122 children attended the derby on a beautiful day. The snappers where plentiful, with over 220 fish caught.
“A special thank you to the enthusiastic volunteers from the Glen Cove Angler’s Club and the Matinecock Rod and Gun Club in addition to Chairman Tom Manzione and the Glen Cove Anglers Club for organizing this annual event,” said a spokesperson. “Thank You to the 24 sponsors who so generously contributed toward the prizes, food and T-shirts. Thank you to Diane from Duffy’s Bait and Tackle for donating the bait and extra prizes as well as John from Glen Cove Sports Shop for donating the chum. We would also like to thank Mike Pascucci from Glen Cove Beer and Soda, and the mayor’s office and Darcy from the Glen Cove Dept. of Parks & Recreation.”
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