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.
Many people recoil in horror when considering running 26.219 miles, but Kate Ahlers, who performed a majority of her training throughout Hicksville, took to the challenge in stride.
On Nov. 7, Ahlers, in her 25th marathon, ran alongside over 40,000 competitors in the ING New York City Marathon, one of the largest races in the world. Her boyfriend, Patrick Pendas, of Hicksville, helped her train locally and ran with her during miles 22 to 24 of the race.
“Afterwards you’re excited and bubbly and all that, but what’s funny is you really need to walk after the race or you really stiffen up.
The newest generation of the Hicksville Hurricanes is rapidly making a name for themselves.
The 10U (11U this spring) Team, who all summer were giving some of the best teams around a run for their money, took first place in the Bethpage Fall Classic in a sweet fashion.
After a slow and tired start, and a lineup tweaking by the coaches, the young Canes roared through the playoff rounds. They took out the Plainview Hawks in the quarterfinal, and thanks to the outstanding outing by the lefty Terence Wong, they crushed the Farmingdale Mudcats in the semifinals.
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