The Island Trees Bulldogs baseball team proudly announces the verbal commitment of senior third baseman Mike Manganiello to accept a baseball scholarship to Concordia College, where he will study business and major in accounting. Manganiello is a three-year starter for the Bulldogs and has been a big part of the team’s success the past two seasons. As a sophomore in 2009, he hit .400 with 3 home runs and 20 RBI’s as Island Trees made it all the way to the Nassau County Class-A finals. The Nassau County Baseball Coaches Association named him All-Conference that year. Last season as a junior, Manganiello hit .392 with 4 home runs and 25 RBI’s. He was named All County as the Bulldogs advanced to the semifinals for the fourth year in a row and was named captain as a junior for the leadership he provides to Bulldogs both on and off the field.
Ryan Clifford, an eighth grader at
Jonas Salk Middle School in Levittown,
won the 2010 “Angels on the Bay” 5K on
Sunday, Sept. 19 in Jericho.
The Island Trees U11 girls soccer team won first place in the Oceanside Labor Day tournament. Top row: Amrita Parmar, Sarah Caruso, Jenna Stankes, Alexa Turnbull, Ashley Jones, Alyssa Ramirez. Bottom row: Lauren Grieshaber, Veronica Scruggs, Jenna Reilly, Alexandra LaMagna, Ashley Garbacki, Michelle Cina, Mackenzie Byrne with coaches JR Ramirez, Sue Caruso and Bill Scruggs.
Everyone was keeping a watchful eye on the track of Hurricane Earl just a couple of days before the 6th annual Main Street Mile in Farmingdale, but the weather could not have been better for this great event which was held on Saturday, Sept. 4, producing two record breaking performances for both the men’s and women’s races. This Labor Day tradition has grown every year since the first race in 2005. The event was presented by Runner’s Edge, Croxley Ale House, B103 Radio, and Dr. Larry Lembo. The co-race directors were the team of: Runner’s Edge owner, Bob Cook; Mark Leff of Cisco Systems; Mindy Davidson of the Greater Long Island Running Club and BOCES; Eric Bressler of Wikham, Bressler, Gordon and Geasa; and Craig Gluf of Henry Schein. Proceeds exceeding $5,000 from the Main Street Mile were donated to support the Companions in Courage Foundation (CiC), founded by former New York Islander and Hockey Hall of Famer Pat LaFontaine, who also participated in the event. The race finished in front of the Farmingdale Firehouse and Village Hall, with the post race awards ceremony taking place at the Gazebo on the Village Green. There were 289 participants in the race, 37 of them from Farmingdale and many from surrounding local towns such as Massapequa and Seaford, and as far away as Maryland and Charlotte, North Carolina.
What do you get when you cross the NHL with NASCAR and the NHL? Roller Derby is what, and it’s happening right here on Long Island. On Saturday, Sept. 4 the local derby divas, the Long Island Roller Rebels, hosted a tournament at Skate Safe America in Bethpage against seven other teams from across New York State. Hundreds of spectators gathered, arriving often and early to get the coveted rink-side seating for their favorite team’s battle.
The teams completed 12 bouts over the course of the day, operating in the facility’s two flat track rinks. Gotham Girls Wall Street Traitors won the tournament.
Local friends, Jason Orsini and Don Micheletti of Levittown have been qualified and are entered in the 2011 National Ironman Triathlon Championships to be held in Lake Placid on Sunday, July 24. The Ironman: which consists of a 2.4-mile swim, 112-mile bike, and a 26.2-mile marathon run, is considered the world’s most challenging endurance event. Micheletti, 50, is simply training to be able to complete his first triathlon at the Ironman. Orsini, 30, has higher aspirations and is training to qualify for the world championships to be held in Hawaii. The Ironman has a 17-hour limit; Orsini is training to finish under 10 hours. Both athletes will embark on a yearlong training program to successfully participate.
The Levittown Hot Shotz took part in a three-day tournament this summer in Wallingford, CT and returned undefeated. The first round was played under cloudy skies and resulted in one win and one tie. The second round was filled with rain but the team still won two games, qualifying them for the finals on the last day.
Island Trees Football is seeking alumni players from 1950 through 2009 for participation in its first annual Football Alumni Day to be held Saturday, Oct. 2. Pat Seminario will be in attendance, leading the National Anthem. In addition, there will be color guard representatives, a homecoming parade, and a field rededication to William Henighan, alumni of Island Trees who was killed in Vietnam. The group is also asking for assistance in gathering any news articles and photos from the past 60 years. Contact Chairman Nick Tonno at (516) 477-1892 for additional information.
With a whopping 409 points, swimmers of the Slate Lane Swimming Team are the Summer 2010 Levittown Swimming Association (LSA) Champions.
“It’s about the kid’s having fun, first and foremost, and improving each swimmer’s skills,” said Slate Lane Head Coach Mark Bardolf. “There is nothing more rewarding than meeting the new kids each year when they are not so sure of themselves, and then watching them receive their first medals and ribbons a mere eight weeks later.”
Senator Kemp Hannon attended the swim meet to congratulate all the swimmers for participating in LSA this summer. The LSA will be in its 61st season next summer. Visit www.levittownswimming.com for more information.
Congratulations to the Island Trees Wildcats U11 girls travel team for winning first place in the West Islip Fun in the Sun Tournament. Back row: Veronica Scruggs, Ashley Garbacki, Alexa Turnbull, Alyssa Ramirez, Mackenzie Byrne, Michelle Cina, Alexandra LaMagna. Front row: Jenna Stankes, Lauren Grieshaber, Emily Garbacki, Sarah Caruso, Amrita Parmar with coaches JR Ramirez, Susan Caruso and Bill Scruggs.
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