Friday, 07 December 2012 00:00
Sisters Molly and Cara Treble recently shined at the NYSPHSAA swimming and diving championships at Ithaca College. Molly placed first in the 500-yard freestyle to win the state championship with a time of 4 minutes and 52.27 seconds. In addition to setting a Massapequa record, she is automatically an All-American. In addition, Molly placed third in the 200-yard freestyle with All-American consideration. She finished this event with a time of 1 minute and 50.73 seconds.
“She’s a great kid and a very hard worker,” said her coach, Natalie Gallagher. “She’s very dedicated and is a very versatile swimmer. During the season, you could put her in any event and she does her best.”
Gallagher, the Massapequa girls varsity swimming coach, says she was extremely impressed by Molly’s determination in the 500-yard freestyle. The coach said that Treble was vying with another competitor before just accelerating through the final four laps to earn the victory.
Younger sister Cara also had a fine day. The freshman competed in the 200-yard freestyle consolation and finished with a time of 1 minute, 55.84 seconds to shatter her own Massapequa record and finish 15th overall in the state. She had placed third in Nassau County for this event. In addition, she competed in the 100-yard freestyle, finishing with a time of 52.97 seconds, which also breaks the Massapequa record, which she held. Cara also finished 15th overall in the state for this event.
“She is young and has so much potential,” Gallagher remarked about Cara. “You can put her in anything for the benefit of the team. I only see great things for her and I know next year she is going to be in that final and knock them out.”
Gallagher added that, while it’s natural to compare the two siblings, they are actually different swimmers. Cara is more of a sprinter, while Molly excels at longer distances. However, they both are talented and share a commitment to their teammates, as well as a positive attitude.
“These girls do not ask for recognition, they want to have fun,” Gallagher said of the sisters.
The coach also had praise for the entire team, which finished 6-1 in their conference and placed fifth in Nassau County, a Massapequa best. The Trebles joined with Casey Signorelli and Sarah Woods to finish third in Nassau County in the 200-yard freestyle relay, combining for a time of 1 minute and 45.77 seconds. Gallagher said that the team members go on a 45-minute bus ride, each day to Brentwood, where the team practices and also hosts it meets. The girls usually get home at 8:30 p.m., but remain enthusiastic and dedicated.
“They have a good attitude and just come together at all times, not just at the right time,” said Gallagher. “It’s a coach’s dream. They have a lot to look forward to.”
The team also gave back to the community. They participated in “Swim For A Cure,” in support of the fight against breast cancer. The team wore pink swimming caps, and each member wore the name of someone affected by the disease on their arms. The event raised about $600. In addition, they also did a fundraiser to support Cohen Children’s Hospital and the battle against pediatric cancer.
“They’re a very giving team,” said Gallagher.
The coach praised senior Melanie Sheehan, who is also the valedictorian. Sheehan is one of the captains of the team.
“Melanie is always helping everyone do their homework on the bus,” said her coach. “She’s getting my sportsmanship award.”
Saturday, 07 December 2013 00:00
Ask anyone on Long Island where to go to get a quality cup of coffee, and you’ll probably hear a variety of answers; however, ask the same question in the Massapequas, and one response you’ll hear more often than not is “Massapequa Perk.”
Located at 117 Front Street in Massapequa Park, across from the Long Island Rail Road station, Massapequa Perk first opened its doors five years ago in August of 2008. They deal with tea, smoothies, and various food and dessert items, but their bread and butter, so to speak, is coffee — selling it, roasting it and educating people about it, said co-owner Lisa DiBenedetto
Friday, 06 December 2013 00:00
A recent lawsuit against Northrop Grumman Corp. for groundwater contamination has the Massapequa Water District ensuring residents that its drinking water is safe for public consumption.
Bethpage Water District officials recently filed a federal lawsuit against Northrop Grumman Corp., claiming the company’s facilities caused “irreparable harm” by creating a toxic plume that has contaminated the groundwater, costing the district millions of dollars and threatening more than 33,000 customers in Bethpage, Old Bethpage, Farmingdale, Levittown and Plainview — while coming close to Massapequa.
Thursday, 05 December 2013 00:00
With the Nassau County title on the line, junior kicker Zach Kolodny was the most composed player on the field. With time expiring, he booted the game-winning kick to send the Farmingdale Dalers into the Long Island Championship with a 29-26 victory over the Massapequa Chiefs.
“It’s a great feeling,” said Kolodny. “I was confident from the beginning that I would make the kick,” he added. “We practice this every day.”
The game featured a bevy of twists and took on a completely different feel in the fourth quarter than it did for the first three quarters.
Thursday, 28 November 2013 00:00
It was a historic day for the Chiefs as both the boys and girls varsity soccer teams capped the season with state championship titles. The win was the first state championship for the boys, who defeated Fairport, 1-0 at SUNY Cortland and the fifth for the girls, who beat North Rockland, 2-1 in Middletown, New York.
The winning goal for the boys team was scored by sophomore Dylan Nealis, who just the day before scored the winning goal in the AA state semifinal.