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.
The Island Trees boys cross-country team led by conference champion John Duffy qualified for the team county championships. Duffy continued his outstanding season at the meet taking the lead with 200 meters to go and powering home in a school record time of 16:25.6. This time broke the record he set last week by 11 seconds. Duffy’s efforts and leadership have brought him personal success and helped to inspire the entire team.
The Levittown Seaford Wantagh Athletic Association’s (LSWAA’s) 10-year-old travel team completed their season with wins in the LSW 10-Year-Old Travel League, and the Island Trees Labor Day Tournament. They were runners up in the Ed Rall Tournament and Baseball Heaven Fall Classic.
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.
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