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.
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.
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