Centre Island Beach in Bayville will be the place to be for summer fun when the American Red Cross in Nassau County celebrates its 20th Annual Swim-A-Cross, Saturday, Aug. 8, with a huge family-friendly party on the beach.
“It’s hard to believe that this event began two decades ago with just a handful of swimmers,” said Frank Cassano, chief executive officer of the Nassau Red Cross. “We really want to celebrate the efforts of those who started this event while inviting family, friends and spectators to join in the fun on the shore.”
Festivities will begin at 11 a.m. and last until 4 p.m. There will be a number of activities open to beach-goers for a small fee. The New York Islanders ICE Tour, complete with a variety of inflatable games and bouncers for kids of all ages, will be on site. Music will be provided by radio stations WBAB and WBLI, as well as live bands. Burgers and hot dogs will be grilled up by Big Daddy’s of Massapequa. Participation in the Beach Bash is $10; $5 for ages 12 and under.
In just their first season together, the Great Neck Condors U-10 soccer team finished strong, taking home the Memorial Day Tournament Trophy, as well as winning first place in the Long Island Junior Soccer League.
Great Neck’s Terrance Livingston won the New York State Track and Field 800 meter championship for the second consecutive year this past Saturday, June 13 at Cicero-North Syracuse High School.
Taking the lead from the gun, the University of Tennessee-bound Livingston pulled the pack of followers, led by his main rival Zavior Brown of Pine Bush, New York, through splits of :54.76 and :55.56 en route to a personal best and meet record time of 1:50.32. Brown pulled within a step of his lead in final 80 meters, only to have Livingston pull away to the victory
The season concludes this weekend at the Nike Outdoor National Championships at North Carolina A & T in Greensboro, NC, where Livingston hopes to improve upon last year’s All-American 3rd place finish.
The Great Neck PAL boys 5/6th grade lacrosse team has finished its 2009 season by defeating Oceanside 10-8 and losing to Jericho in the final minute of the season ending game played at the LI PAL festival, 8-7.
“The boys really progressed as the season went on,” said PAL lacrosse director/coach Artie Diamond. “We were a bit thin on numbers this season but played everyone close. This team has tremendous character. By the time they get to high school the lacrosse community will know who they are. While the wins over Freeport and Oceanside are the highlights, the real success is watching the boys execute the fundamentals under game conditions. For us, it’s all about teaching and having a good time,” Diamond said.
Hayley Brooke Cohen, a seventh-grade student at Great Neck South Middle School, skates in the Solo Compulsories in the Ice Skating Team Competition rating a score of 65.6 placing Hayley in first place winning the gold.
In addition, there could be some elite runners competing for future races, including those of longer distances, in the field. Dan McGrath, a past winner of the Long Island Marathon, and recent victor of a 10-miler in Nassau County, indicated that he is considering being among the entrants in the field.
As we come to the end of the regular season every game has been a hard fought battle. In the final three games of the season the league leading Marlins tied the Orioles 10-10, defeated the Braves 8-7 and suffered their first loss to the WhiteSox 9-5.
During that span the Marlins were paced by the hitting of Yves Trokel, Juan Leyva and Jonathan Farkas. Solid defense was provided by Ari Ben-Sorek and solid pitching efforts were provided by Jason Seidman and Jared Schwartz. The WhiteSox staged their upset behind the combined pitching and hitting of Michael Ayala, Alec Molina, Jake Seidenberg and Josh Messite.
After five memorable years, the Great Neck Grizzlies, Great Neck’s soccer travel soccer team of 8th graders from South and North, won their very last game of tournament play during a recent commemorative final weekend event at Disney World’s Sports Complex in Orlando, Florida. While the Grizzlies always bring a special spirit to their play, the prospects for a win on the field did not look so promising against Florida’s top teams until the last minute of the game, during which the Grizzles scored the only goal, grabbing a 1-0 triumph. What better way to end five years together than with a last minute, but altogether not surprising, victory!
Memorial Day weekend featured 6 games played on a beautiful Friday afternoon and a scorching hot Sunday afternoon. The Marlins had a successful weekend defeating the White Sox 11-6 and the Phillies 13-11. The Marlins were led by Michael Hershenhorn with 4 RBIs, Yves Trokel with 3 RBIs and Jason Seidman who had 5 RBIs and pitched two scoreless innings. In addition to their close loss to the Marlins the Phillies defeated the Orioles 13-3. Hitting stars for the Phillies over the weekend included Alex Bruni and Jonathan Perlman who each had multiple hit games including Jonathan’s record breaking 6 hits in a single game. Michael Cummings also stroked a double.
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