Written by Ronald Scaglia, firstname.lastname@example.org Friday, 25 January 2013 00:00
For seven years Massapequa Boys Winter Track Coach Rich Degnan has been on a mission to bring home the Nassau County Championship to Massapequa. Although the team has been quite formidable in recent years, Massapequa has not captured that elusive championship since 1969. However, Degnan and his assistant coach Keith Hinnant believe that this year’s team can end that streak.
“This is the best group of athletes that I’ve had in the seven years that I’ve coached in Massapequa,” he remarked. “We’ve always been one of the best four teams, but this team has a legitimate shot at winning the county championship.”
The county championship will be decided on Feb. 8 at St. Anthony’s. This season, Massapequa has already enjoyed much success. At the Hispanic Games, held at the Armory Track and Field Center in New York City, Massapequa captured first place in the Varsity Boys’ 4 x 800 Meter Relay Final, defeating 32 other teams with a mark of 8:06.48, which set a Massapequa record. That qualifies the team for the 2013 Millrose Games to be held on Feb. 16. Ryan Cooney, Dan DeLuna, Mike Pulieo and Lars Vedlilago were the Massapequa athletes who earned the victory. According to the team’s coach, DeLuna is the top ranked 800-meter runner in New York State and broke a record at the Molly Stanner Games by running 1,000 meters in 2:32.41. DeLuna was also a two-time winner at a recent conference championship held at St. Anthony’s in the 600 meter and 1,000 meter events.
“Danny DeLuna is our team captain,” said Degnan. “He is one of the finest middle distance runners I’ve coached. He’s what most Division I coaches would want on their team.”
Not to be outdone, Ryan Miller, also a team captain, is the number two-ranked miler in Nassau County. Miller won three events at that recent conference championship, in which Massapequa placed second, losing to Farmingdale by a mere nine points. Also earning all conference distinction were Don Grupski in the 55 meter hurdles, Mike Puleio in the 1,000 meter and 1,600 meter competitions, and Kyle Smith in the 3,200 meter event. The team of Ryan Cooney, Joe Pinto, Anthony Tesorerio and Mike Puleio combined to snag the conference championship at that event.
Another team captain, Alex Mercado, established a new school record of 48 feet four inches at the Millrose Trials in the 25 lb weight throw, and has qualified for national championships in March.
Friday, 07 March 2014 00:00
On Feb. 27, parents in the Levittown, East Meadow, Massapequa and Farmingdale school districts came together for an informal pannel discussion on the New York State Education Department and the implementation of the state Common Core Learning Standards. Panelists included New York State Assemblyman Thomas McKevitt, Jeanette Deutermann of the Long Island Opt Out Facebook page, and former public school teacher David Greene, who came to the Farmingdale Public Library to talk with local parents about key concerns and questions with the curriculum.
Outspoken parent and founder of the Long Island Opt Out movement, Deutermann, delved into some of the factors behind what led to the state’s adoption of the Common Core, and how the state education department cites High School graduation rates as its reasoning behind the curriculum.
Thursday, 06 March 2014 09:33
The iPad, the laptop, the smartphone; everyday instruments to many people all throughout the world, but to someone just being indoctrinated into the world of cutting-edge technology these tools might seem rather daunting. Unless there is a patient hand guiding the way.
Those guides were at the Massapequa Public Library’s Bar Harbour branch recently, where they offered a session of their ongoing Electronic Device Demonstration and Tutoring series, where community teenagers donate their time to turn tech-deficient adults into masters of the digital domain; free of charge and all within the span of one hour or less.
Thursday, 06 March 2014 09:47
One of Major League Soccer’s top front office executives has many fond memories of growing up in the Long Island Junior Soccer League (LIJSL). Bill Manning, the President of Western Conference champion Real Salt Lake and the club’s field, Rio Tinto Stadium, played for the LIJSL Select Team from 1979 to ‘83 as well as the Massapequa Soccer Club from 1972 to ‘83.
Manning’s Massapequa teams had virtually the same players from Under-10 to Under-19, but kept changing their name depending on who their coach was. He played for the Massapequa Flying Dutchmen (coached by Kurt Knoblauch), the Massapequa Bugs (Dick Roche), the Massapequa Cosmos (Jerry Lyons) and the Massapequa Bulls (coached by his father, also named Bill Manning). The Bulls might have lost in the Eastern New York Youth Soccer Association (ENYYSA) State Open Cup finals to B/W Gottschee in overtime in 1983, but his teams won the LIJSL division championship in 1974, ‘76 and ‘79 plus the Long Island Cup in 1980 and ‘83.
Thursday, 27 February 2014 10:58
If the games were played on paper, Massapequa would’ve had no shot. The Chiefs faced a tall order last week playing Elmont, which boasted a 12-3 record and four premier scorers. They gave a tremendous effort, but ultimately had their season cut short, 69-62, despite Alex Cosenza leading the scoring with 29 points.
“I can’t ask for anything else from these guys,” said Head Coach Matt Voigt. “I am so proud of them. I applaud their efforts,”