The Mill Neck Family of Organizations hosted their 6th annual Spring Swing Invitational Golf Tournament on June 14, at the North Hills Country Club in Manhasset. Sunny skies and pleasant temperatures made a perfect day to tee off and to kick-off the “Restoring Hope, Building Dreams” campaign for Mill Neck’s Early Childhood Center (ECC). Part of the Mill Neck Family of Organizations, the ECC provides early and intensive assistance to children, ages 3 and 4, who may have deficits in speech, language/ communication, cognitive and gross and fine motor development. This year’s Spring Swing proceeds will assist in funding the planned $800,000 much-needed building renovation project in order to upgrade and enhance the ECC’s internal structure and functionality.
Before teeing off, golfers had an opportunity to meet with Bud Harrelson, who made an appearance during brunch. The former shortstop, who played with the New York Mets during their legendary 1969 World Series Championship, graciously signed autographs and related his personal connection to deafness. Harrelson, current co-owner of the Long Island Ducks and member of the coaching staff, explained that a cousin in his father’s family was deaf.
Athletes were honored at Glen Cove High School during the Booster Club awards night for spring sports. Approximately 35 athletes received 28 scholarships and special awards during the ceremony. Dozens of student athletes were given other awards, including Most Valuable Player and Booster Club Award, during the presentation of varsity awards.
“This program is more than competitions and sports. It is more than winning and losing. It is more than defeating an opponent. This program is basically a preparation for life because it teaches values. It teaches character and persistence, and perseverance, and determination, and overcoming adversity,” said Glen Cove Superintendent Dr. Joseph Laria while addressing the audience at the awards ceremony. “That is what this program is all about.”
The Glen Cove Junior Soccer League held their end of season games and barbecue last month. For information on summer camp or the fall season, call 676-3466 or visit gcjsl.org.
Congratulations to this fine group of young baseball players for taking first place in the 2012 National Junior Baseball League spring season. The Vikings dominated the spring with a 13-1 record. The coaches encourage the boys to keep up the hard work, and say they look forward to a great summer of baseball and continued success. Front Row: Jarrett O’Day, Mike Jud, Billy Novikov, Kyle Bolowsky, Mike Albanese. Middle Row: Mark Reali, Danny Livoti, David Parret, Mike Tedesco, Marc Aufiero, David Aufiero Top Row Coaches: Tommy Aufiero, Mike Reali, Mike Jud, James Albanese
Five Viking lacrosse players received post-season honors at the Nassau County Lacrosse Coaches Association’s annual dinner held on June 13, at the Crest Hollow Country Club. The dinner honors outstanding lacrosse players from Nassau County.
Senior Michael DeVincenzo and junior Dan Grabher were both named All County as well as Academic All County. DeVincenzo, a two-year starter at attack, led the team with 26 goals and 39 assists. He was also the team captain. Grabher, a two-way midfielder, amassed 22 goals and 127 ground balls with a 77 percent face-off win percentage despite a midseason injury.
On Saturday, June 30, three local students, Kelly Basdavanos ’12 of Our Lady of Mercy Academy, Sydney Menzin ’13 of Friends Academy and Michael Rovner ’14 of North Shore High School, will be holding a Round Robin Tennis tournament to raise money for Glen Cove C.A.R.E.S. This local organization works to increase awareness about cancer, funds research and provides financial assistance to those in need.
The Robert M. Finley Middle School eighth-grade softball team finished their season undefeated with 10 wins and one tie. Pre-season was a time of uncertainty for the Big Red. Many girls that had formerly played softball for the city of Glen Cove did not sign up to participate in the middle school program. Knowing that there was a possibility of the team disbanding, the girls worked together to persuade their peers to join the team; among those players were Cheryse Johnson, Germalis Marte, Brenda Martinez, and Irene Sanchez. The girls worked hard to learn the sport. As a result of fundamental coaching and the experienced girls helping their inexperienced teammates, they were contributing members to an undefeated season.
The Glen Cove Junior Lacrosse Club’s seasons came to an end at the Nassau County PAL Lacrosse Jamboree held at SUNY Farmingdale College. On Saturday, June 9, the seventh- and eighth grade “Late Knights” wrapped up their season in style by defeating Elwood. Glen Cove scored nine goals by seven different players to showcase the way they’ve moved the ball throughout the entire season. Geoff Field and Nick Schneider finished a great season by adding two more goals to their tallies. Dante Castillo, Jared Buehre, Michael Peyton, Sean Maleady and Michael Hatala each added a goal to spread the wealth. Midfielders Peyton and Nick Kiaer controlled several loose balls that led to some offensive production. Defense was once again stellar as the tandem of Max Sutherland and Perry King combined for 14 saves. The coaching trio of Doug Schneider, Chris Pace, Rob Field, with the late season addition of cousin Larry, should be commended for the terrific season the boys had as they jelled together as a team.
The second-grade boys lacrosse team was at it again last weekend. This time they would face-off against the likes of tough Huntington and Cold Spring Harbor lacrosse clubs. On Friday night, June 1, under the lights in Huntington, Glen Cove’s offense came out swinging with Will Feldmann tallying an early goal to set the tone. A tough first half ensued and the offense was held in check. The defense, led by Drew Guster and Liam Nielsen battled hard to get the ball back from Huntington’s potent offense. In what seems like a trend, the half ended at Huntington 5, Glen Cove 1. The second half started with another goal by Feldmann and a very exciting back and forth competition between the two squads. Charlie Benazzi had several good clears and broke through for a goal in the fourth quarter to get the game to 5-3. Unfortunately, GC could get no closer and the game ended with a 6-3 defeat. These boys from Glen Cove are starting to win the little battles within the game that indicate a win could be on the way.
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