As midterm exam week approaches and with it the halfway point of the girls’ basketball season, the Lady Dragons of Division Avenue High School are in first place in conference A1.
This year’s team is dominated by a very talented group of seniors. In fact the Blue Dragon’s starting lineup is entirely seniors!
Running the point guard position is senior all star Taylor Malings. Malings is a three-year varsity player and has been the starting point guard for the past two seasons. She has led the lady dragons in assists the past two seasons and is one of the top five assist leaders in Lady Dragon history.
The Island Trees Varsity Kickline team coached by Nicole Santoriello, competed in the Scholastic Kickline Competition on Sunday, Jan. 9 at Nassau Community College. The team competed in three categories: Hip Hop, Kick and Pom. The team placed third in their category bringing home their first trophy in two years. This is a great accomplishment since all teams attending Scholastic competitions are highly competitive. Come support Varsity Kickline at their second competition at Nassau Community College on Sunday, Feb. 6. See them perform at all girls and boys varsity home basketball games! Congrats ITVK!
The MacArthur Boys Basketball team upped its winning streak to four games and moved within a game of clinching its first playoff berth in three years with victories against East Meadow and Hicksville.
The Generals (8-4, 6-1 league) beat East Meadow, 48-39, on Tuesday, Jan. 18 behind 15 points from junior forward Kevin Roach and 11 points from junior guard William Cheshire.
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.”
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