Thursday, 20 June 2013 00:00
Four months into her freshman year, Tara Belinsky was approached by Track and Field throwing coach Russ Anbinder, asking if she would be interested in throwing the shot put. Like most Manhasset High School girls, she had grown up playing PAL youth lacrosse and planned to play lacrosse for Manhasset. Even though she didn’t know much about the shot put, she decided to give it a try during that freshman indoor season. That first season, Belinsky qualified and medaled at the NYS Indoor State Championships, setting off a series of events that no one could have expected.
Ever since her first practice throw of the eight-pound shot put, it has been a steady progression resulting in first place at the 2013 New York State and Federation Championship in shot put with a PR of 44' 3" at Middletown High School on June 8. Tara has now medaled in three of the four State Championships she has qualified for. She goes into next year as the number-one ranked shot putter in New York State.
Former Manhasset Track and Field coach Richard Marks confirmed that Belinsky became only the second Manhasset High School girl to win a NYS Outdoor State Championship, joining Shauna Byfield, who in 1999 won in the High Jump. Belinsky has had a stellar year, as she has placed second at the NYS Indoor State Championships, was named an Indoor Track and Field All-American, came in fourth place at Nationals, and medaled at the Penn Relays. She was also named to the All Long Island Indoor Track and Field. In a little more than two years, Belinsky has become one of Manhasset’s most accomplished Track and Field athletes—and she still has her senior year to add to her athletic resume.
Coach Steve Sproul is happy that he has Belinsky for one more year and believes that she will continue to improve. “Tara is a hard worker who has an intense desire to succeed. She has worked hard on improving her technique, speed and strength and that effort has led to her success. Tara is also a positive leader for our program,” Sproul said. Coach Anbinder commented that he is impressed with how quickly she has developed into a nationally ranked shot putter.
Belinsky currently holds the Manhasset High School records for indoor and outdoor shot put and for discus. Coach Sproul hopes to see her break these records many more times during her senior year.
Wednesday, 04 December 2013 10:48
Preparations are underway for the Annual Christmas Tree lighting to be held this Friday, Dec. 6 at Mary Jane Davies Park on Plandome Road. The event is scheduled to begin at 4:15 p.m.
Workers have been busy decorating the gazebo with garland and lights to make the this year’s celebration the best yet. Sponsored by the Manhasset Chamber of Commerce, The Town of North Hempstead and the Manhasset Park District, the event will feature holiday music performed by the Manhasset High School Brass Choir.
The program will begin with the Pledge of Allegiance and the blessing offered by Rev. Dr. Steven D. Pierce of the Community Reformed Church. The winners of the poster contest will be announced during the ceremony followed by the anticipated lighting of the Manhasset Christmas tree. The Manhasset Parks Department will be dispensing hot chocolate and treats, too.Santa Claus will make a ‘surprise’ appearance on Manhasset-Lakeville’s Fire truck and volunteer firefighters will be handing out candy canes to girls and boys. Come on down and celebrate the beginning of the season.
Friday, 29 November 2013 00:00
It seems as though the real estate market is not the only thing hot in Manhasset. A number of new stores are popping up throughout the community making Manhasset the go-to location for business. On Plandome Road, facades are being renovated to add a fresh new look. The change is updating the appearance of the existing storefronts and causing the opening of new businesses. The exterior facade of Vincents Cleaners, Tony’s Shoe Repair and Manhasset Hair Stylists are brand new both front and back. The renovation beckons customers to come in to shop on a new trendy main street.
Last week a new tenant moved into the space that adorns the renovated new storefront called ivivva. ivivva is a new store from lululemon featuring clothing for young girls age 4 to 14. And the trend continues. Just this weekend, two new businesses, Adelina Boutique and Barrel Grapes, and new members of the Manhasset Chamber of Commerce opened their doors here. They held grand opening events on Friday and Saturday night.
Thursday, 28 November 2013 00:00
On Saturday, November 9, the MHS Girls Swim Team competed in the Nassau County Team Championships. After a strong preliminary performance on Friday, the girls had their sights set on swimming even faster on Saturday at the finals. On Friday, Manhasset qualified 14 individual swims in the top 10 and all three relays. The team also had an additional 7 swims in the consolation finals (places 11-20). On Saturday, the top 20 individuals and relays compete in each event, all finishers scoring points towards their team total.
In the championship’s opening event, the 200 yd. medley relay team from Manhasset set the tone for what turned out to be a historic day in Manhasset Girls Swimming. The relay team of Grace Kenlon, Allegra Sodi, Megan Smith and Meredith Johnson finished third and set a new school record time of 1:51.96, also qualifying for the New York State Championships.
Thursday, 28 November 2013 00:00
The Indians' regular season came to a close recently, but not before the boys locked up several more post-season honors to complete a highly successful campaign that brought an undefeated season as well as Division and Conference Championships. Manhasset headed into the post-season with high aspirations and battled it out with rival Wantagh High School for two weekends in a row—at both the Class Country Championships and the State Qualification race—coming up just short on both occasions, but achieving many milestones along the way.