On Friday, Feb. 12, the Great Neck South Lady Rebels varsity basketball team was victorious over Bellmore JFK 42-33 in the first round of the Nassau Class AA county playoffs. The Rebels completed their final game of the 2009-2010 season with a 52-36 win over Plainview JFK High School on February 8, 2010. Prior to this, the team won the Conference AAII Title with a 55-24 victory over Calhoun High School on February 5, 2010. The Lady Rebels hold a final conference record of 11-1 with an overall record of 15-2. They will face Uniondale High School on Wednesday February 17, 2010 at 1 p.m.
The team is coached by head coach Tom Umstatter and assistant coach Don Laux. From day one, both coaches believed that this team had the talent to be successful.
They continually challenged and inspired the girls,
The Lady Rebels starting five consist of three seniors who are co-captains. They are: Michelle Ross, Silvana Parada and Charlotte Freed along with starters Sapir Edalati and Allison Finkel. Coming off the bench were Sophomore Nicole Chaplin, Freshman Daisey Xu , Senior Sarah John and Juniors Courtney Taylor, Michelle Kwong, Maxine Pearlman, Shanisha Cannon and Brittany Jarrett.
The Great Neck South Varsity Men’s Fencing Team capped another successful season on Sunday, Feb. 7, by winning its third consecutive Nassau County Title. The Rebels, coached by Robert Piraino, were undefeated at 8-0 during the regular season and captured the League title and No. 1 seed heading into the Nassau County Team Tournament. South then swept through the tournament, defeating No. 8 seed Great Neck North, No. 4 seed Wheatley and No. 2 seed Jericho in the finals. The Rebels’ nine starters for the team tournament were, fencing sabre, Brandyn Itzkowitz, Eugene Park and Alex Smith, fencing foil, Zachary Goodman, Ethan Levy and Andrew Liu, and, fencing epee, Steven Ngo, Danny Qiao and David Titan.
The St. Aloysius girls’ fifth grade CYO basketball team just completed a perfect 12-0 season. Playing in their first year, this travel team of thirteen 10 year olds, rode a strong offense, led by point guard Dalaisja “Dee” Chunn. The contributions to the offense by Taylor Kaplan, Jessica Hicks, Romi Sofi, Shaminta Hamidian, Laura Bokser and Leila Shirian were essential to the team’s success. On defense, a tenacious, focused group, Ella Rastegar, Rachel Linden, Jamie Spiel, Keren Slepack, Linoi Sivan and Liane Bluth drove them to victory week after week. Each team member can take pride in her efforts this season.
Winter weather may be here, but the county continues to provide ample opportunity for golfers to work on their games, with four courses and all three driving ranges remaining open through the season, as weather allows. All the courses open at around 7 a.m. during the winter.
At the Eisenhower Park golf facility, the 18-hole Blue and White courses will be open seven days a week. The par-72 Blue course was designed in 1951 by Robert Trent Jones, a major 20th-century architect of American courses, and measures 6,026 yards. The White course, designed in 1950 by Jones, is 6,932 yards. Centrally located in East Meadow off Merrick Avenue, 930-acre Eisenhower Park is the flagship of the Nassau County Parks system. For Eisenhower golf information, call 572-0327/28 (all phone numbers are “516” area code).
The Long Island Association of Football Officials is seeking individuals to become certified Nassau County High School Football Officials. Classes begin March 1 at Bethpage High School, at 7 p.m. in the Mini Theater. The first class will be an orientation class.
The fee is $150, which includes books, papers, practice exams, the state exam and certification, 2010 dues, door prizes and miscellaneous giveaways.
Over the Martin Luther King Holiday weekend, Jan. 14 to 18, the Skate School Competitive Team (member of the Ice Skating Institute) of the Great Neck Park District competed in Lake Placid, New York. Under the direction of Shannon Lenihan, the team placed an impressive second place overall. Thirty six skaters competed in both group and individual events including synchronized skating, Ice Theatre, team compulsories, artistic and solo programs.
The team competed against 15 teams from all over the North Atlantic region. Assistant director Christina Tache, synchronized head coach Audra Smith, assistant production director Moriko Betz, coach Milada Stastny, all assisted Shannon Lenihan, who led the team to successfully collect multiple gold, silver and bronze medals. The competitive team, including Rachel Berkower, Jared Betz, Brooke Cenname, Hayley Brooke Cohen, Rachel Coons, Pellegria Cronin, Tracey Dolan, Arielle Farhi, Shaindy Ferster, Hannahbella Ferster, Rachel Ferster, Meria Ferster, Shiley Grinbaum, Carly Hirshon, Samantha Hui. Kaitlyn Hui, Callie Ives, Eirini Kyriannis, Kristen Machado, Samantha Malatos, Vicky Malatos, Alexa Marden, Jillian Marden, Danielle O’Hara, Stephanie Pearl, Carolline Peiser, Jordan Peiser, Kyla Rosenberg, Marissa Schiener, Lucy Seavey, Ruby Seavey, Ilana Sedaka, Ilana Sherman, Jessica Storozum, Cassie Tache, and Ashley Wu, has been working diligently since September.
This winter Great Neck PAL’s programming includes indoor basketball and indoor soccer as well as Aikido, dance and speed/conditioning. For those who may be unfamiliar with Great Neck PAL it might be interesting for you to learn that the Great Neck Police Activity League (formerly Police Athletic League) has been offering youth sports programming in Nassau County and Great Neck continuously since the 1940s.
Great Neck PAL is run mainly by a group of local volunteer parents all of whom have children who are either current or past participants in PAL activities. These volunteer “commissioners” currently include Sunil Sani (co-ed soccer), Steve Cronin (basketball) and Phil Bornstein (baseball). The current PAL president is Don Rickey, also a local parent who volunteers more than 15 hours of time each week simply to organize the various programs- a job which includes the ordering of equipment and uniforms, hiring umpires/referees, recruiting parent coaches, obtaining fields/gyms and other duties too numerous to mention.
The Great Neck Park District once again has the best answer to keep children happy and busy at a Holiday Mini Camp over the February break! There will be three options to choose from: tennis and skate camp, tennis camp or skate camp. The program runs from Monday, Feb. 15 through Friday, Feb. 19 at the Parkwood Sports Complex on Arrandale Avenue. For Skate Camp call 487-2975, Ext 114; for more information about the Tennis & Skate Camp and the Tennis Camp call 829-9050. You may also visit www.greatneckparks.com.
The 2010 RXR/TIAA-CREF Long Island Marathon, the “Festival of Races,” is set for the weekend of April 30 to May 2, 2010. It is recognized as one of Long Island’s most prestigious sporting events.
The One Mile Race, the 5K Race, and the “Kids Fun Run” will start from Mitchel Athletic Complex on Saturday, May 1. On Sunday, May 2, the Long Island Marathon, Half-Marathon and 10K races take place. The weekend celebration also includes a pasta party for runners on April 30, at the Cradle of Aviation Museum and a “Runners’ Expo” at Mitchel Athletic Complex from April 29 to May 1.
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