The Division Avenue High School students, faculty and staff welcomed their alumni back to an outstanding homecoming on Saturday, Oct. 23. This year’s theme, “Through the Decades,” galvanized the school community and inspired a feeling of unity and common spirit throughout the building.
The football team played very hard despite the many injured players they had on the team.
The day’s festivities began with a parade led by Assistant Superintendent of Administration and Personnel, Darlene Rhatigan, Levittown Board of Education President Michael Pappas, Vice President Peter Porrazzo, and Board of Education Trustee Ed Powers, Legislator Dennis Dunne and Comptroller George Maragos.
Congratulations to the MacArthur Varsity Cheerleading Squad, coached by Lisa Nessler, for the excellent exhibition of sportsmanship and camaraderie that they displayed at the football game on Saturday, Oct. 30. At halftime, the fans were treated to a joint cheer provided by both the MacArthur and Freeport High School squads. The girls on both teams know each other from regional tournaments, although they do not compete in the same division. Nessler, along with Freeport coaches Laurie Kolodny and Cheryl Gayle, choreographed the cheer that suited both squads’ talents and abilities, and arranged for two practices.
The Generals’ co-captain, Dominique Micheletti was thrilled with the performance and the reception of the crowd.
Levittown speedster Thomas Glenn scored second place out of 1,029 finishers, and first in the 30-34 age group in the third annual Grillo Associates Blazing Trails 4 Autism 4-Mile run on Sunday, Oct. 24.
“Our hearty congratulations to Levittown’s Tom Glenn, and our sincere thanks to Rich Grillo of Grillo & Associates,” said Race Director Robyn Schneider of the hosting Greater Long Island Running Club. “Everyone who took part in the run can take pride in having helped Eden II and the Genesis Foundation in their efforts to support children and adults with autism through specialized programs designed to help them achieve the highest possible quality of living throughout their lives.”
The 34-year-old Glenn crossed the finish line in 22 minutes, 44 seconds, a pace of 5:42 per mile.
On Monday, Oct. 18 the Lady Dragons of Division Avenue High School captured the conference 4 championships with a 1-1 tie with Garden City. Junior Maggie Carew scored the only Blue Dragon goal on a corner kick from junior Krista Fitzpatrick. Carew and Fitzpatrick are Nassau County All Stars from last season and are looking to repeat that feat this year. This was a hard fought battle that saw junior Sue Ballantyne go down with a season ending injury. Ballantyne is one of the leading scorers in Nassau County and her injury will change the on field look for the Dragons.
Over six hundred runners and walkers made their way to Oyster Bay for the 27th annual edition of the Oyster Bay Town Supervisor’s 5 Kilometer Run. A clear, crisp autumn morning made conditions perfect for a very competitive event!
Chris Mammone of Massapequa (15:21) outlasted Matt Walsh of Wantagh (15:33) to score his second consecutive win in the Oyster Bay Run, earning himself the $500 winner-take-all prize graciously provided by Bob Cook and The Runner’s Edge.
The Island Trees Boys Varsity Soccer team has gotten off to a strong start to the 2010 season. They are currently 7-1-0 at the midway point of the season. They also have earned a prestigious fourth place ranking in Nassau County.
Levittown’s U11 Shooting Stars won the North Hempstead Columbus Day Tournament. The team went undefeated, shutting out their opponents on all four games. Pictured: Head Coach Joe Rubbino, Emily Rubino, Kalyn Sotomayor, Amy Rzemieniewski, Mackenzie Zorn, Christina Nelson, Tara Brophy, Abigail Person, Coach Tim Zorn. Bottom: Gianna Spinelli, Cassie Renart, Jenna Lanin, Taylor Moy, Mackenzie Tierny, Alanna Hallahan and Erin Cassano.
After almost two years of asking the Board of Education for approval, and Keith Snyder being able to arrange his athletic budget, Division Avenue and MacArthur now have a District Swim Team. The girls (and boys beginning November) from both high schools will compete against other local high schools. The girls have gotten off to a great start with winning their first two swim meets against Uniondale and Lynbrook, and on Saturday, Sept. 25 they placed 5th at Relay Carnival at Eisenhower’s Aquatic Center, swimming against the 20 other local high schools.
This season the Girls Varsity Soccer Team at Division Avenue High School has a very familiar look. The team is virtually the same squad that went to the Nassau County Finals last season. There is only one change to last year’s starting lineup and that is in goal. With the graduation of all-league keeper Nicolette Parmese the job of tending the net fell to senior keeper Brianna Spitaliere. Spitaliere has led the Lady Dragons to an undefeated first half of the season in their conference, and has recorded two shutouts in six games.
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