Coming off a 7-10 season with seven contributing seniors graduating, the Island Trees Bulldogs approached this year with the goal of continuing to improve each day. Led by returning starters and co-captains Andrew Kramer and Daniel Connelly, the Bulldogs have started the season 6-5 and have placed themselves in a competitive position for the final six games in Conference A-3.
Kramer set himself up for a great final season by being named to the Nassau County Top 40 game in the preseason. He has proven his worth on a nightly basis, averaging over 18 points and 15 rebounds per game, highlighted by a 19-point, 24-rebound explosion in a win over county power Floral Park and dominating the Glen Cove game with 33 points and 17 rebounds. His point per game average places him 12th in the county—even more impressive considering he regularly faces double teams. Kramer is one of the better shot blockers in the county.
Salk completed its intramural wrestling program, which was open to all students in grades 6-8. Over 70 student-athletes, ranging from beginners to advanced wrestlers, took advantage of this great opportunity. New wrestlers were able to learn the fundamentals of wrestling, while the more experienced wrestlers learned advanced strategy and technique. The intramurals concluded with a dual meet takedown tournament. The winning team was led by eighth graders Doug Harden, Jake Hunter, Calvin Louie, Joe Novak, Sebastian Romero and Danny Steinman. Coach Lassen and Coach Luball are excited for the Salk Middle School wrestling season and wish all student-athletes the best of luck in the future.
— Submitted by the Levittown Public Schools
On Jan. 18, 44-year-old Levittown resident John Kane finished the 10-mile Run to the Brewery in 34th place overall, and took 6th in the 40-44 age group. Kane crossed the finish line in 1 hour and 5 minutes, a pace of 6:35 minutes per mile.
A total of 1085 runners were on hand for the 4th annual Sayville Running Company’s 10-mile run to the Blue Point Brewery—Long Island’s largest 10 mile race—held on the roads of Patchogue, Blue Point and Bayport. The Run was co-sponsored by the Blue Point Brewery, the Sayville Running Company, AirWeld, and All Round Foods. Race management was by the Greater Long Island Running Club, with GLIRC’s Ric DiVeglio serving as the Race Director.
— Submitted by the Greater Long Island Running Club
On Dec. 11, the Nassau County High School Football Coaches Association held their annual awards ceremony. This year Island Trees had four young men recognized for their outstanding achievements during the football season.
Winners from Island Trees include: Brian Eletti, all-conference and academic all-conference; John Pascali, all-county honorable mention; Andres Quintero, unsung hero; Joe Piscopio, scholar athlete.
— Submitted by James Cranmer, Island Trees Director of Health, Physical Education, and Athletics
Levittown’s Division High School girls JV basketball team took a hit after a 34-10 loss to the Manhasset squad, which continues its season undeafeated.
Alexia Terenzi led the scoring with eight points, but the real story was the complete dominance on the defensive side of the ball. Their full-court pressure wrecked havoc on Division, who was unable to establish any sort of rhythm on offense. Manhasset’s Head Coach Tara Marsigliano was impressed with the performance but regrets her decision to play with such intensity late in the blowout.
Junior guard Christina Merrill of Levittown was recently named Skyline Conference Player of the Week for her actions on the court to help the Farmingdale State Rams to a 65-37 victory, over Medgar Evers.
After nearly a month long break, Merrill scored a team-high of 14 points on 5-of-7 shooting opportunities and knocked down 4-of-5 shots from 3-point range in just 14 minutes of action. She added two rebounds, an assist and a steal. Merrill matched her single game career-high with four field goals from beyond the arc.
— Submitted by the Farmingdale State College Athletics Department
Pictured (l-r) Coach Mike Gattus, Nicolette Agnostinacchio, Melissa Pierre, Jennifer Race, Ryan Clifford, Steve Morra, Kristin Politi and Kirsten Gaertner.
Submitted by Cheryl Clifford
The Farmingdale State women’s basketball team hosted non-conference opponent Medgar Evers (2-10) for their first game of the new year, claiming a 65-37 victory. The Rams improved to 3-4 overall with the win.
During the match, the Rams shot 62-percent from long range, knocking down 5 out of 8 three-point attempts, including three made by junior guard Christina Merrill of Levittown. Merrill finished with a team-high 14 points, while senior guard Nicky Young from
Queens, totaled 12 points, three assists and three steals. Junior guard Camille Romero also dished off six assists and Freshman forward Chelsea May from Baldwin totaled eight points and two rebounds.
This has been an exceptional season for student-athletes at Division Avenue and MacArthur high schools. The students realized success on and off the field, with four individuals designated as scholar-athletes. During the fall sports season, athletes secured 14 All-
County, seven All-Class, 24 All-Conference, one All-Division and two All-County Honorable Mention designations.
In addition, swimmers Jessica Giuliani, Libbie Sudweeks, Whitney Sun and Danielle Thomas set a new school record for the 200-yard medley relay. Whitney also broke a record for the 500-yard freestyle. Senior athletes Robert Andreoli, Brianna DeMilia, Adam
Heidenfelder, Kirsten Kelley, Thomas McAndrew, Steven Schneider and Joe Spitaleri also signed National Letters of Intent to continue their sports at the collegiate level.
The Levittown West Little League’s winter baseball camps will be held on Jan. 5, 12, 19 and Feb. 2. Sessions for kids ages 8-10 will run from 9 - 10:30 a.m. Sessions for kids ages 11-14 will run from 11-12:30 p.m.
Winter camps cost $40 per session or $130 for all four dates. Registration forms are available online at Levittownwestlittleleague.com.
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