The hardy, spirited gang that participates each year in the in the Polar Plunge, sponsored by the Special Olympics, got lucky this year. The morning rain cleared and the sun appeared just in time for the 8th annual “Freezin’ for a Reason” Polar Plunge, held at North Hempstead Beach Park on March 3. Approximately 500 people jumped into the icy waters to raise money for the Special Olympics—almost $85,000 at last count.
Town Supervisor Jon Kaiman, a stalwart participant, said it is a great way to socialize with family, friends and neighbors. And strangers too, as the event draws masochists from towns across the Island, Suffolk included.
There is still plenty of winter left for this season. And, who knows, maybe there will be some “real” snow and the opportunities for winter sports activities. Thanks to the Great Neck Park District, there are lots of places to enjoy a snowy day right in your own backyard.
When the weather gets cold enough for snow this winter, put on your boots, grab your sled and head over to the corner of Red Brook and Kings Point Roads where you will find Sled Hill in Kings Point Park. After a snowfall, this is the place to see and be seen. This has always been a family favorite for those Park District residents who grew up in Great Neck. Even if there is just a few inches on the ground, children and their parents will drive to this hill and spend the afternoon whooshing down. Sledding enthusiasts arrive here early for a spot on days when the snow is packed and perfect for the occasion.
Registration is now open for one of Long Island’s most important and exciting recreational sporting events – the 25th anniversary Runner’s Edge - Town of Oyster Bay Triathlon.
The Triathlon will take place on Sunday, Aug. 26, starting and finishing at Theodore Roosevelt Memorial Park in Oyster Bay. It will once again will consist of a ½ mile swim in Oyster Bay Harbor, followed by a 15-kilometer bike ride through Oyster Bay, Oyster Bay Cove and Laurel Hollow, and finishing up with a 5-kilometer run up to the Planting Fields Arboretum and back to the finish line at Roosevelt Park. The first wave of athletes will enter the water at 7:30 a.m., and the last athlete should cross the finish line well before 11 a.m.
The St. Aloysius sixth grade boy’s basketball team is doing its best to adhere to the unofficial motto of the Super Bowl Champion New York Giants. Just like the Giants, “finish strong” has been the team’s rallying cry for several weeks and after compiling back-to-back victories over St. Peters of Port Washington to conclude their regular season, the team finds itself poised to imitate the Giant’s playoff run as they gear up for tournament play in early March.
The Great Neck Park District Bruins hockey season finished off with a bang. Three of the five teams advanced to the LIAHL Playoffs. The Bruins Peewee and Bantam teams competed in the championship playoff games on Saturday, Feb. 18 and Sunday, Feb. 19, at the Andrew Stergiopoulos Ice Rink. On Saturday at 12:15 p.m. the Peewees faced-off against the Freeport Arrows in their semi-final game. During the thrilling competition, the Arrows notched the first goal midway through the third period. That lead lasted only four minutes, as the Peewees came through and tied the game forcing a ten-minute “sudden death” overtime. It didn’t take the Peewees long; just over two minutes to score the winning goal, advancing them to Sunday’s championship game. On Sunday, the Peewees were challenged by L.I. Rebels. Both the Peewees and the Rebels remained tied in wins and points during the regular season. The Peewees succeeded in the final game, destroying the Rebels with a 9-3 win, gaining the championship victory. The Peewees include Kevin Becker, Conner Campbell, Justin Chavez, Colin Chindris, Matt Cirillo, Liam Donelan, Tyler Khani, Daniel Lopes, William Machado, Caleb Marks, Nick Mauriello, Brendon McNulty, Tzvi Meltzer, Patrick Muller, Christian Patten, Grace Pavlovich, Sheldon Plotkin, Corey Rutkin, Dylan Silverstein and Justin Utic.
This has been an exciting winter for The Great Neck Bruins! The Peewee (11-and-12-year-olds) and Bantam (13-and-14-year-olds) teams made it to first place in Long Island Amateur Hockey League’s 2012 season. The Peewees were neck and neck with the Long Island Rebels, which lead to a coin toss at Westchester Skating Academy on Monday, Feb.13. Fortunately, the Peewees won the coin toss resulting in their participation in the play-offs. The Bantam Team had an outstanding season, losing only one game during the whole season! They are remarkable!
Chris, a junior, finished the season with a record of 32–1 (that record will, undoubtedly, improve if he gets the wild card spot) and he became the first South High wrestler to become a Conference Champion (he won the qualifying tournament). He has also won several other events, including the Bethpage Dad’s Club Tournament, the Valley Stream North Ralph Janssen Tournament, the East Meadow Holiday Tournament, and the Glen Cove Cup.
With a stirring come from behind victory over St. Mary’s of Manhasset, the St. Aloysius 5th grade boy’s CYO basketball team has assured itself of at least a tie for the regular season title in the 4C2 division of the CYO of Nassau and Suffolk Counties and will attempt to win the division outright in their final game of the regular season.
Both teams entered the contest with identical 10-0 records and early on it looked as if St. Mary’s was going to ruin the St. Aloysius boy’s dream of a perfect regular season. Playing in front of their home crowd, St. Mary’s raced out to an early 8-point lead and held a 7 point lead at the half. However, the St. Aloysius defense came alive in the second half and forced St. Mary’s to take a number of difficult shots and caused them to turn the ball over repeatedly. The defensive intensity was matched on the offensive end as the team repeatedly drove to the basket and fought for rebounds. As a result, St. Mary’s soon found itself in foul trouble and St. Aloysius was able to narrow the gap. However, St. Mary’s hung tough and St. Aloysius still trailed with less than a minute to play. While St. Aloysius would take their first lead of the game, it was only a 1-point lead and, once again, it was up to the defense to save the day. St. Mary’s was unable to get the go ahead basket and St. Aloysius emerged with the victory.
The Landmark Conference has named U.S. Merchant Marine Academy men’s basketball player Reed Buck and men’s field athlete Chris Cook players of the week for their respective sports.
Buck, a sophomore forward, has been the most consistent scorer for the Mariners all season. He’s led the team in scoring in 19 of their 22 games and is one of only four Landmark players to record a 30-point game this season; a feat which he accomplished twice.
“He’s by far the most improved player on our team,” said Head Coach Danny Nee of Buck’s performance this season. “He’s excelled tremendously in all facets of the game. Shooting, passing, rebounding… I’m astonished by the leaps he’s made.”
The St. Aloysius boy’s 6th grade basketball team kept its hopes of a playoff berth in the B division of the CYO of Nassau and Suffolk Counties alive with a victory over St. Mary’s of East Islip.
As the teams opened up the second half of the season, St. Aloysius was looking to avenge an early season loss to St. Mary’s as the two teams continue to jockey for position in the standings. While St. Mary’s offense was the difference in their earlier meeting, this time St. Aloysius got a much needed win behind a ferocious defensive effort that was spearheaded by Justin Lau, Andi Reiss, Avery Nabavian, Matthew Solomon, Noah Hakimian and Adam Bernstein.
The stellar defensive effort was supported by a balanced scoring attack that came to life in the second half. With the game tied at the half, Joey Jacobs, Aaron Paknoush, Charlie Goodwin, Brian Volk and Gabe Lefkowitz were able to solve St. Mary’s zone defense and provided the team with a lead as they entered 4th quarter. However, the game was not decided until the final minutes when some clutch late-game free throw shooting by Joey Jacobs, Charlie Goodwin and Brian Volk put the game out of reach.
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