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.
Senior guard Kevin Monahan scored a game-high 14 points, but the MacArthur boys’ basketball team dropped its season opener to Manhasset, 55-38, in Long Beach High School’s annual “Battle of the Classes” Tournament on Saturday, Dec. 11.
After the Generals fell in an 8-0 hole, Monahan scored the first six points of the season for MacArthur. And when junior forward Kevin Roach then hit a jumper with 3:03 remaining in the first quarter, the Generals had pulled even.
The Island Trees varsity football team had three players recognized at the Nassau County Football Dinner on Wednesday, Dec. 8. Senior running back and linebacker Dave Grecsek received All-County honors while senior offensive/defensive lineman Joey Manna received All-Conference recognition. Senior offensive/defensive lineman Charlie Bours earned a special recognition as the result of the Island Trees Football Coaches recommendation.
The MacArthur High School Generals football team was well represented at the 45th annual Nassau County High School Football Coaches Association Gridiron Banquet held at the Crest Hollow Country Club in Woodbury.
For the Conference I Generals, senior Tommy Joyce and junior Brett Ellers were the anchors of their offense and defense as running backs and linebackers, respectively.
Each received All-County honors and were joined by fellow running back, Nick Meadows and quarterback, Kevin Monahan, who received All-Conference awards.
The MacArthur boys’ basketball team tips off its season on Saturday, Dec. 11 at 5 p.m. at Long Beach High School in the “Battle of the Classes” tournament against Manhasset, which is coached by former New York Nets guard George Bruns.
Under fifth-year coach Eric Rubin, the Generals return 81 percent of last year’s scoring, including senior Kevin Monahan (10.5 ppg last season), junior William Cheshire (8.0 ppg) and junior Kevin Roach (6.0 ppg).
On Wednesday, Nov. 24, Dave Grecsek and Joey Manna represented the Island Trees football program in the annual Senior All-Star Game at Mitchell Field. Grescek was an All-County RB/LB and Manna was an All-Conference OL/DL.
Both Grecsek and Manna started for the Nassau Conference I/IV team. Grecsek played weak side linebacker on defense and Manna played left guard on offense.
This year’s game went back to the old format of Conference I/IV playing against Conference II/III from Nassau County. Conference II/III took the edge this year with a 25-22 victory over Conference I/IV.
On Saturday, Nov. 6 the Nassau County Cross Country Championships were held at Bethpage State Park. The race is comprised of runners from large or “A” schools and small or “B” schools.
The weather was perfect as approximately 200 athletes left the starting line with hopes of becoming county champs in either the team or individual categories. All the runners in this race earned the right to compete at this prestigious event.
Although the Lady Dragons of Division Avenue were ranked second in the Nassau County Class “A” Girls’ Soccer Playoffs, they experienced a heart breaking loss in the first round to a tough Jericho team. Despite an unprecedented (third in a row) conference title the Lady Dragons were denied a second trip to the county finals this year.
Even though 11teammates of the Dragons will graduate at the end of this school year, they have an exceptionally talented group of underclassmen returning next season.
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