Friday, 07 December 2012 00:00
Seaford senior Lindsay Montemarano has signed a national letter of intent to play softball at her dream school – the University of Michigan — next year. The athlete, who has played the sport with intensity since she was nine years old, will now set her sights on winning for the Wolverines and studying kinesiology, sports management or another major that will lead to a coaching career at the university or high school level.
“Lindsay is the epitome of a scholar-athlete,” said Tom Condon, Seaford’s director of athletics. “She is committed to being the best she can be; she makes all of us proud; she’s a true example of Seaford Pride.”
Ranked 15th in her class, Montemarano is a highly motivated student who is a member of marching band and pep band. She was all-conference track and soccer, and has played volleyball and basketball. A longtime back injury that became aggravated throughout the years almost made her question whether she could play sports again. But after surgery for a herniated disc that was disintegrating her spinal cord, she says she feels better than ever.
“She accomplished a great deal in a short amount of time,” said Coach Rob Perpall. “In terms of her potential, the sky’s the limit; that’s how good she is.”
With a true passion for the sport, Montemarano said, “What I love about the game is that it can change with one swing. I also love how it’s a team sport, but there are opportunities to challenge yourself when you’re at bat and it’s just you and the pitcher.”
Montemarano has competed on a traveling team from the time she began playing and by age 14 she played on the 18 U Gold traveling team and started showcasing for colleges and universities. When she was a sophomore, the Seaford softball team captured the Long Island Championship title.
“Hanging in the gym is a championship flag that has one last spot open for a championship title. I hope to fill it with the state championship title this year,” she beamed.
Wednesday, 20 August 2014 00:00
Nassau County drivers are up in arms due to the recent implementation of school zone speed cameras, which have issued numerous violations since they were installed just weeks ago. The source of residents beef with the county’s speed cameras stems from the cameras issuing speed violations even when school wasn’t in session.
Director of Nassau County Traffic Safety Chris Mistron said that while some residents were taken by surprise, summer school hours are still considered a violation period.
Saturday, 16 August 2014 00:00
One local mom was concerned about her shy daughter’s first acting class at the newly opened Neighborhood Entertainment Arts and Theatre (NEAT) at 166 Center Lane in Levittown; but after her daughter’s lesson with Theatre Director Watson Miller, she was surprised to hear her daughter broke out of her shell, singing not one, but two songs for the class.
“My husband has a very special gift with kids,” Koula Miller said. “He brings out the best in them.”
Thursday, 14 August 2014 00:00
Golfer Annie Park, 19, of Levittown came close at the U.S. Women’s Amateur tourney, but missed the cut, finishing at 149, 9 strokes over par and just one stroke away from the match-play cut-off.
“I couldn’t make any putts, so then I had more pressure into my shots to get it closer,” Park said, “but obviously that’s not going to work.”
Thursday, 07 August 2014 00:00
It might not be what you think of as a traditional sport, but at Eisenhower Park people are doing flips in the air and dangling from harnesses, training at I.FLY, a recreational flying trapeze and circus arts program.
Anna Marie Cagnazzi is a fairly new convert. “I love the freedom that I feel and the sense of accomplishment that I get,” Cagnazzi said. “Everyone always cheers, and I feel so good about myself. You don’t get to feel that in your everyday life.”
Over a year ago the 30-year-old Bethpage resident had no idea that a regular person could trapeze recreationally. Then a co-worker suggested they try a I.FLY class together.