University of Maryland Baltimore County junior guard Michelle Kurowski matched her career high with 30 points and the UMBC women’s basketball team (8-8, 2-1 America East) cruised to a 55-38 victory over America East rival Binghamton Bearcats (9-7, 2-1 AE) recently at the RAC Arena. The Retrievers have now won seven of their last 10 games.
UMBC’s America East Player of the Game, Kurowski made a career-best 12 of 19 attempts, including three of seven from three-point range. She last scored 30 points on Dec. 5, 2008, against Navy, and she moved into 14th place on UMBC’s all-time scoring list with 1,044 career points. She is the first Retriever to score 30 points in a game since Carlee Cassidy tallied 33 on Jan. 28, 2009, at Boston University, and she is the second player in the America East to do so this season, joining the Terriers’ Alex Young, who scored 30 against Boston College in the season opener.
The Eagles were home Friday night when St. William the Abbott came into town, fresh off their Tommy Orlando Tournament win.
The game started out fast and furious with a back-to-back scoring. The Eagles had a tough job ahead that night while missing point guard Martin Egan was out with a sprained ankle and Robbie Schulz was out with a broken nose. The offensive scoring came from Anthony Rolston with 26 points, Damian Cardelena with six points, Justin Rodriguez with four points and Connor Reilly and Ray Pietzak both with three points.
Matt Mascia and Ray Pietzak owned the defensive boards. Pietzak, playing as the very physical big man from St. Williams, brought down 20 rebounds (Tommy Orlando MVP). The Eagles fell short this time losing 45-42 and brought their overall record to 9-2.
It may be bitterly cold outside, and swimming may be the last thing on many Long Islanders’ minds, yet according to the American Red Cross there is no better time to get youth into the water.
“In many ways, we dread the beginning of summer because as soon as the weather gets nice, we know that a child will drown because they find themselves falling into or going too deep into a backyard pool—and into trouble—because they don’t know how to swim,” said Frank Cassano, chief executive officer of the Nassau County Red Cross.
Sadly, the drowning rate is three-times higher in low-income communities where, according to USA Swimming, the issue is access to facilities or the ability to afford lessons.
Students from Tiger Schulmann’s Mixed Martial Arts of Hicksville competed victoriously at the Challenge of Champions XXVI Mixed Martial Arts competition, held at the Raritan Exposition Center in Edison, NJ on Sunday, Dec. 12, 2010. It was the third time the event has been held at this world-class 150,000 square foot facility.
Challenge of Champions XXVII hosted almost 2,000 mixed martial arts students of all ages and belt ranks to participate in this demanding test of skill and expertise. The event took place in front of a sold-out crowd of over 4,000 spectators and staff.
“Challenge of Champions provides the opportunity for competition amongst fellow students from throughout the five states that host Tiger Schulmann’s locations. For months in advance, they train hard and focus on maximizing their skills for this demanding competition,” said Sensei Curran, head instructor at the Tiger Schulmann’s Mixed Martial Arts School in Hicksville. “Our students gain self-confidence, focus and determination by preparing for and competing in this event. I’m very proud of each and every one of them.”
The Greater Long Island Wheelchair Athletic Club’s Long Island Lightning Junior Wheelchair Basketball Club recently hosted its annual Junior Wheelchair Basketball Invitational at St. Paul’s Athletic Facility in Garden City.
Sponsored by the Nurse Practitioner Association of Long Island, the two-day competition featured the best junior wheelchair basketball players and teams in New York and the Mid-Atlantic. While the Junior Lightning did not win the championship, it did win the event’s consolation game.
The HASC Uniform Drive to benefit Passback.org was a great success. The shipment, which contained over 100 various items of athletic gear, was shipped to St. Lucia in November with TOCO (www.theyoftencryoutreach.org). The club collected the following items: soccer shorts, 52 pairs; soccer cleats, 37 pairs; football cleats, three pairs; baseball cleats, 10 pairs; shin guards, 17 pairs; knee pads, two pairs; training cones, four; socks, 38 pairs; baseball pants, nine; baseball shirts, four; baseball hats, three; batting helmet, one; sport shirts, nine; sweatpants/soccer pants; two, HASC reversible jerseys, 72; soccer bag, one.
Congratulations Steppin-n-Style dance team on their outstanding performances at Starbound Regional Dance Competition. The dancers won high gold awards and placed first in the category for hip-hop, took second and third places overall in trio dances, second overall in production dances and 10th overall in group dances. Owners Laura Bowen and Jean O’Connell of Hicksville are so proud of their dancers.
Dan McGrath of Sunnyside scored his 12th overall victory of the year, Katie DiPietro of Floral Park took top honors among the women and Peter Hawkins of Malverne completed yet another wheelchair win, as beautiful skies and brisk temperatures greeted the competitors in the 23rd annual Carter, DeLuca, Farrell & Schmidt Ho Ho Ho Holiday Run on Dec. 18. A total of 1060 runners, walkers and wheelchair athletes navigated the streets of Bethpage before crossing the finish line at the John F. Kennedy Middle School.
A strong contingent of runners from Hicksville did exceptionally well in this year’s Run. The first Hicksville finisher to cross the finish line was Kevin Kremler, who finished in 21 minutes, 58 seconds, followed closely by 27-year-old Sujata Pandya, who took top honors in the Athena 160-pound weight division in 22:08.
While not quite as nice as last year’s weather, the weather for this year’s 18th annual edition of Long Island Blood Services Rob’s Run was a good deal better than in 2008, and this year’s finale of the USATF-Long Island Cross Country season welcomed 528 finishers to the Stillwell Woods course on Nov. 28.
Run organizers were pleased to welcome Eddie Lauterborn to the Run once again this year. The Run is conducted in the memory of Eddie’s brother Rob, an outstanding runner and wonderful human being, who left us far too soon 15 years ago.
The top finisher from Hicksville was 16-year-old Taylor Plank, who scored in 32nd place OA in18:14. Rafael Medalla of Hicksville also had an outstanding race, taking third place honors in the 40-44 Age Group with a time of 19:23.
Chris Mammone of the Bellmore Striders won top honors for the third year in a row, with a 15:31 finish that was 10 seconds faster than his 2009 winning time. Chris’ Bellmore teammate Matt Walsh was the runner-up, 13 seconds behind Chris. Noni Accetturi took top honors in the Women’s Division in 18:10, leading a 1-2-3 Bellmore sweep in the Women’s Division.
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