The Manhasset Rebels completed a very rare sweep of two major soccer tournaments by defeating the Sachem Alliance in a penalty shootout at the Long Island Junior Soccer League’s LI Cup Championship. The dramatic victory made for a perfect bookend to the Rebels victory in the Eastern New York Youth Soccer State Cup Final earlier this month. These tournament victories capped a strong overall season for this team, made up of local high school sophomores and freshmen. The roster includes several players that have grown up in Manhasset playing together for the local Manhasset Soccer Club since 1st and 2nd grade. Complimenting this Manhasset-bred core are players from several area towns.
Both the State Cup and the LI Cup demand that teams navigate a series of preliminary round matches before they reach the finals. Reaching one final takes a bit of luck. Reaching two Cup Finals in the same season is very rare indeed.
Manhasset Storm won the U8 Elite Division of the 40th Annual Pat McComiskey Father’s Day Soccer Tournament. The team was undefeated in all five games. The team beat the LI Rough Riders in the final game with a score of 3-0. The Father's Day tournament of the Massapequa Soccer Club, was renamed, this year, after the club's founder and first president, William Pat McComiskey, who died in 2009. For forty years the club has played all the games during the tournament on the Friday and Saturday of Father’s Day weekend, but did not schedule any of the competition for Sunday. On the actual holiday, team members celebrate Father’s Day with their families. This year, the Manhasset Storm also celebrated their win.
The Manhasset Cubs battled the Manhasset Nationals for the Sixth Grade Championship on June 18. The game was played in a steady rain on Valley’s new field of state-of-the-art turf. Early on, both teams played a solid defensive game despite miserable weather conditions. The Cubs started the game with their fireballer, Winston “Winny” Park, while the Nats countered with Alex “Rac” Racanelli. Both pitchers came out firing strikes, it was clear early on that opposing batters would have to dig in and battle.
Park pitched 3 2/3 brilliant innings and also chipped in with a home run for the Cubbies. Midway through the game, the Cubs jumped out to a 3-1 lead. In the fourth, the Nats came roaring back with a two-out rally, putting four runs across to take a 5-3 lead.
Approaching the 2013 season, Manhasset’s baseball team had great expectations to perform well. Coming off the best season in the school’s history, there was much to expect of this team with nine returning seniors displaying considerable experience.
Unfortunately, this year’s team was plagued with injuries from the start of the season and faced tremendous adversity. But the team pulled through, proving to be a success by earning a sixth seed in the playoffs, and a conference title. Although Manhasset lost in the second round, overall, the season can be considered a great one.
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.
Last year, the Auburndale/Bayside Tigers defeated the Manhasset Rebels, 2-1, in the Arch Capital Group Cup final. Manhasset returned the favor this year in the ENY Upper 90 Cup final on June 2 at Stringham Park in LaGrange by defeating Auburndale/Bayside by the same 2-1 score.
During the postgame celebration, the coaches of the friendly rivals, miles apart in the Long Island Junior Soccer League (LIJSL), considered having the rubber match next year—maybe in the Eastern New York Youth Soccer Association (ENYYSA) State Open Cup final?
For the first time since 2005, the Manhasset Indians won the Long Island championship and took home a quarterfinal win last week on Motamed Field at Adelphi University. Unfortunately, the dream of a state championship ended in upstate Cortland, as the girls’ lacrosse team fell to Brighton in the Class B girls’ lacrosse semifinal.
Though obviously frustrated and disappointed in coming so close to the state finals after a long and promising season, the ladies of Manhasset can still see the promise in the future of the team.
Three members of the Manhasset Varsity Softball team were honored at the Nassau County Softball Coaches Association awards dinner at the Crest Hollow Country Club on June 4. Head Coach Lauren Majewski escorted the three players as they were honored by the Association for their outstanding play, and contribution to the Nassau County Softball League. These awards are significant as they are selected by the league coaches. This year, Manhasset had the distinction of three honorees recognized by the league.
Senior Ariana Larocca and freshman Murphy McGorry both received All-Division honors while senior Katherine Giesecke was awarded the All-Conference honor. The Manhasset High School Softball Program, under the keen guidance of Coach Majewski, has become a perennial playoff contender.
The Plandome Country Club kicked off summer golf fun with its Memorial Day mixer patterned on an old-fashioned state fair. A carousel horse was front and center for rides, members tried their strength at ringing the bell, and fortunes were read at the first tee. After a challenging 18 holes in swirling winds, all were entertained with adorable piglet and miniature dachshund races during the cocktail hour. The day was such a success that Chairpersons Maura Connolly and Laura Grimes were booked on the spot for the 2014 event.
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