The New York Islanders are currently several years deep into their rebuilding process, but seven months from now, the team fully intends on securing one of eight playoff spots in the National Hockey League’s Eastern Conference.
At the Islanders Media Day on Tuesday, Sept. 21, Anton Newspapers was invited to an on-ice practice and locker room session with the team during training camp, and the energy surrounding the team mirrored its playoffs-or-bust mentality.
Forward Matt Moulson, a 30-goal scorer for the Islanders during his first season with the team in 2009-2010, noted the team had made significant strides last year and is ready to take the next step as an organization.
Brian Lang, of Hicksville, recently contributed to the For the Love of the Game (FLG) lacrosse program during the summer. The Massapequa-based FLG Boys 2015 Lacrosse Team had a successful record, winning four out of six tournaments. Several tournaments were held at the seventh-grade level and others at the eighth-grade level, and while the increase in age level was harder, it helped prepare the 23 players for better competition. As the season progressed, the team developed a much greater intellect for the game. During the season and while attending the FLG one-week summer camp, lifelong friendships were ultimately built.
Team try-outs for boys 2015, 2016 and 2017 teams will take place on Sunday, Oct. 3 at Cold Spring Harbor High School. Try-outs are one day only so please complete the online registration form on the “Welcome Page” of the FLG website www. 4theloveofthe game.org.
Junior midfielder Courtney Breen, a Hicksville resident, was recently named the Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) Women’s Soccer Player of the Week.
Breen was recently named the Most Valuable Player of the Hofstra Invitational after leading the Pride to a 3-1 win over Rhode Island and a 4-1 win over Fordham. She assisted on the game-winning goal in the second half of the Rhode Island win, then scored twice in the second half of the Fordham victory for her first career two-goal game.
“Courtney has become a big-time player. She plays with such tremendous composure on the ball that she brings a sense of calm and confidence to the entire team. She consistently makes good decisions, and gives us a big lift on both ends of the field. She’s been a huge part of our success so far this season,” said Simon Riddiough, head coach.
On Aug. 28 the Underdogs and Ricky’s G’s held the 2nd annual Ricky Greene Memorial Softball Game and Fundraiser on what would have been Ricky’s 25th birthday. This year they were raising money for a scholarship in Ricky’s name that is given to a Hicksville High School student who excels in theater. Friends, family and fans gathered around field D while trying their luck on over fifty raffles and scratch-off prizes. They enjoyed the music of DJ Jimmy Montana and were greeted by special guest Long Island Ducks mascot, Quackerjack. For the second year in a row the teams split the doubleheader with Ricky’s G’s taking the first game 20-18 and the Underdogs taking game two by a score of 26-7. Robert Greci (Underdogs) and Sean Greene (Ricky’s G’s) took home game MVP honors as voted on by the players. A special thank you to all that came out to help us fundraise over $3,800 for the scholarship.
Hicksville Community Tennis 2010 Long Island Regional Championship team, Hicksville Smash, traveled to Schenectady to represent the Long Island Region at the 2010 United States Tennis Association (USTA) Eastern Summer Sectional Championship.
Coached by Steven Abbondondelo and captained by David Engelhardt, the team of Anthony Pastecchi, Scott Jackson, Domenick Evangelista, Danielle LaPierre, Jennifer Carnovale, and Danielle Byrnes, finished a close second in the 18 and under division to Sports Plex BNCTA from Buffalo.
Team member Danielle Lapierre was honored with one of two Sportsmanship Awards presented in their division.
The USTA Eastern Section hosted a party for participants at the completion of match play on Saturday.
A special thanks to all the parents for their continued support.
The Hicksville Heat summer recreational baseball team had a remarkable season winning all six of the games they played. The team competed in the Garden City Travel League for ages 13-15. They defeated rival teams from Garden City, New Hyde Park, Mineola, Malverne and Williston Park. The members of the team were Paul Brohan, Kevin Cashman, Chris Castaldo, Ross Castaldo, Andrew Haszto, Kyle Krauch, Patrick Lavin, Sydney Mojica, Matt Pagan, Matthew Prusak, Bryan Sarnelli, Anthony Stama, Daniel Sheehan, Corey Syracuse, David Vidad and Eric Werenberg. Richard Castaldo and assistants Charlie Sheehan, Glen Werneberg and Ron Stama coached the team.
St. Ignatius Basketball announced that registration for the 2010-2011 basketball season continues through Sept. 30. Instructional leagues for kindergarten through first-grade and second and third-grade are now forming and will start the weekend after Thanksgiving. Travel boy’s teams are also forming for fourth through eighth-grades, with league play set to start in November.
Join the growing St Ignatius CYO program. Coaches are welcome and needed at every level. For more information, visit us at www.stignatiouscyo.org.
On Saturday, Aug. 7, Mastermind Unit (MMU) partnered with the Michael Magro Foundation, a Hicksville organization dedicated to safeguarding and enhancing the lives of pediatric cancer patients and their families, to translate an 18-team soccer tournament into a mega-charity event that raised close to $10,000 to benefit the Foundation and its mission on behalf of children with cancer.
The sudden spike in soccer interest generated by the World Cup games made the Mastermind Unit’s Third Annual Soccer for a Cause Tournament an obvious crowd-pleaser. A non-profit group empowering individuals to take a leadership role in their community, MMU members are challenged to leverage their skills by creating new ideas, helping others and serving as catalysts for change.
The 13- and 14-year-old Cardinal Baseball teams competed in a split squad game on July 30 at historic Doubleday Field in Cooperstown. The boys prepared for the trip all spring, participating in numerous fundraisers and raffles throughout the year so as to maximize their experience.
In addition to playing on the field, a field where hundreds of Major League players and future Hall of Famers also played, the trip included a tour of the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum.
Training camp for the 11-year-old Hicksville Crusaders is now in full swing. Marty Ketelsen is beginning his seventh year as head coach for this group of Crusaders. Once again Peter Capel, Kevin McPartland, Rob McBride, Steve Delaney and Tom Fleming have returned as assistant coaches to help Ketelsen with the team.
During the first few weeks, the focus will be on conditioning. In this way, the boys will be well prepared for the vigors of what they are about to face. As the team gets further into training, the emphasis will be on techniques: blocking, tackling as well as running and passing plays will be the order of the day.
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