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.
While the season came to an abrupt end with a playoff loss, there is only one way to describe the St. Aloysius 6th grade CYO girl’s basketball season: an unqualified success. The girls excelled in the regular season posting a sparkling 10-2 record and qualified for post-season play. More importantly, all of the girls exhibited great sportsmanship and were great ambassadors for Great Neck and the St Aloysius CYO program.
Blending new talent with returning players, the team was able to establish remarkable chemistry. With 17 girls on the roster, practices were spirited as the girls pushed each other to excel. Despite the large roster, team members Ariel Gold, Avery Strongin, Camryn Weinbaum, Clara Goldberger, Cori Shalit, Gabriella Veras, Hanah Weinberger, Jillian Bergman, Olivia Uribe, Makenzie Griffin, Raquel Bedard, Lauren Farkas, Samantha Mindel, Nicole and Daniella Vazquez, and Isabelle Glennon blended seamlessly into a cohesive unit.
Just recently, United States Merchant Marine Academy freshman guard Demi Van Der Wal sank 21 of 22 free throws in a game which the Mariners needed every point to edge the Gophers of Goucher College 68-67 in double overtime. Hitting her first 20 attempts, she tied an NCAA Division III record for most consecutive free throws made in a single game.
Van Der Wal’s 21 of 22 bested the previous US Merchant Marine Academy record held by Larry Jordan ’86 whose mark of 17 for 19 from the charity strike in a 1985 ECAC semifinal match stood for the past 27 years. She nailed two from the line near the end of regulation to send the game into overtime and hit seven of eight down the stretch in the two overtime periods, capping her career high of 29 points on the night.
Helen’s Walk, the annual 5K event presented by the Helen Keller National Center for Deaf-Blind Youths and Adults, is scheduled for April 29. Recently, the event committee at HKNC created a very user-friendly and interactive Facebook page for the Helen’s Walk.
You can find this new page by signing onto Facebook and going to Helen’s Walk HKNC) or, you can log onto www.HKNC.org and follow the links to the walk and to Facebook.
Once you “like” the page, the Helen’s Walk (HKNC) will keep all participants up-to-date with the latest news about the walk. You can also get to the registration link on this page as well. HKNC is expecting a strong turnout for this event. Every year, this event becomes more popular. The walk provides a great way to enjoy the beauty of Sands Point as you walk with a purpose, to support people who live without sight and sound.
“Home ice advantage” is a common expression used throughout the National Hockey League, and one usually utilized for good reason: as of Jan. 16, only two out of the 30 NHL teams had a winning percentage below .500 on home ice.
For New York Islanders’ forwards Matt Martin and Matt Moulson, playing at the Nassau Veteran’s Memorial Coliseum represents more than just a statistical advantage as the two athletes host a different member of the armed forces and his or her family for each of the team’s 41 home games. Win or lose, regulation, overtime or shootout, Martin and Moulson meet with their guests after games near the Islanders’ locker room – where, uncharacteristically, hockey isn’t the only topic of conversation.
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