Expectations were high at the start of this year’s basketball season for the girls of Division Avenue High School. No one knew what to expect after last year’s Long Island Championship and the graduation of a few key players. Trying to replace defensive standout Kristen Costello (now at the University of Delaware) and conference scoring leader Nicolette Parmese (attending Bryn Mawr University) would prove a challenge for the Blue Dragons.
Filling in nicely for the graduated players are Nicolette McCreary and Kristen Stuart both at the forward positions. Swingman Christina Rea, shooting guard Julie Ballantyne, and point guard Taylor Malings round out this season’s starting lineup.
A pair of dominating performances on the offensive boards by junior forward Kevin Roach helped lift the MacArthur boys basketball team to consecutive wins against Herricks and Port Washington as the Generals improved to 4-1 in league play.
Since foul trouble limited his contribution in a non-conference loss against Farmingdale, Roach has averaged 17.3 points per game over a four-game span. That stretch was capped by a 23-point performance in MacArthur’s 61-52 win at Port Washington on Friday, Jan. 14. Roach’s output that night — which included 13 of MacArthur’s 15 first-quarter points — established a new career high, surpassing a 20-point performance Roach had as a freshman against Syosset on Jan. 14, 2009.
Junior guard William Cheshire shot the MacArthur boys’ basketball team into the finals of the Jeff Shaw Memorial Tournament. A day later, the host Generals won the four-team event by beating Island Trees, 51-40, in the championship game on Thursday, Dec. 23.
MacArthur took a game-high 23-point lead late in the third quarter against the Bulldogs on consecutive baskets by junior forward Dan Svenelid en route to the tournament title. Senior guard Kevin Monahan finished with a team-high 15 points. Senior forward Evan Gardner and senior guard Jamie McAndrew contributed six points apiece against Island Trees.
This winter the MacArthur Boys Track and Field team looks to continue and expand upon their success from last year. The boys’ team expects to be one of the top teams in their conference and possibly Nassau County.
Seniors Vin Danetti and Mike Hester lead the Generals distance squad. Juniors Kenny Balling and Joe McClean support them. Many great performances are also expected from underclassman talents Sean Aquilino and Yuri Triglia, who are both coming off an impressive Cross-Country season.
At the Nassau County Football Coaches Association annual awards dinner, four Generals were honored for their successful seasons. Senior Tom Joyce and Junior Brett Ellers were named All County players, and Seniors Nick Meadows and Kevin Monahan were named All-Conference players.
Meadows was thrilled by the honors and said, “It was a great season; I’m going to miss playing with these guys and all of the coaches.”
Monahan said, “We had good running backs, and a great offensive line; it’s good to be recognized individually, but you can’t do it alone.”
On Tuesday, Dec. 28 wrestlers from MacArthur High School hosted the MacArthur Long Island Challenge (Wrestling Tournament). Teams present at the tournament where: Garden City, Islip, Brentwood, and MacArthur. Mahopac was scheduled to participate, but canceled due to inclement weather.
MacArthur senior Chris Perez is no stranger to athletic accolades. His wrestling career, which began in 7th grade, has been replete with honors and awards. His academic record, however, has been equally successful; his 94 GPA reflecting four years of challenging courses including Honors, Accelerated, and Advanced Placement classes.
Perez is a superior scholar-athlete who has crowned his achievements by formally committing to Princeton University.
Perez loves to wrestle. He said, “It’s an individual sport; what you put into it, is what you get out of it.”
The Island Trees Wrestling team opened the season with a fourth place finish out of 12 teams at the tough Uniondale Knight Classic. The team had six wrestlers finish in the top four in their respective weight classes.
Freshman Nick Fogarty, sophomore Lucas Panebianco and junior Anthony Barletta each took fourth place. Juniors Marcus Comodo and Matthew Jimenez each took home the silver for the Dogs.
In the final match of the evening, senior Joseph Manna posted a 6-2 victory over the number one ranked wrestler in the county to take home the title. Manna is currently ranked second in Nassau County and fourth on Long Island.
Tradition has always been thought of as one important part of the holiday season. For the community of General Douglas MacArthur High School, one important tradition was recently celebrated for the third straight year, all in the name of a close friend.
The third annual Rick Bailey Memorial Turkey Bowl was held on Saturday, Nov. 27 in honor of Richard Bailey. Bailey was a student at the University of Albany when he was shot and killed in October 2008. MacArthur, where Bailey was a 2004 graduate, hosted the tournament.
“The support of the community has just been incredible,” said Steve Mazziotti, one of the co-founders of the tournament. “This year is our biggest year yet, and it’s just incredible to see everyone come together for such a great cause in honor of such a great kid.”
This year’s Bailey Bowl was a daylong event held in freezing temperatures and gusty winds. Over 300 players on 20 teams competed for the tournament’s trophy, with a separate six-team women’s bracket being introduced for this year’s event. Players who braved the weather conditions said that their attendance was all in honor of a man who had been their teammate and friend for years.
Trailing by 10 points in the second quarter in its conference opener at Hicksville, the MacArthur boys basketball team received a lift from its youngest member.
Sophomore guard Gerard Cunningham hit three three-pointers in the final 2:27 of the first half to move the Generals within a point at the break. MacArthur went on to produce its first win of the 2010-11 season, 48-43 over Hicksville on Friday, Dec. 17, to take an early lead in the Conference AA-II standings.
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