Written by Ronald Scaglia, Rscaglia@antonnews.com Friday, 08 March 2013 00:00
Whether it’s the Nassau County class AA championship game, or the entire season thus far, the Massapequa Girls Varsity Basketball team has been in total control. The team captured the Nassau County class AA title by defeating Uniondale 52-35 in the title game held at LIU Post on Saturday. The undefeated team has won 19 games thus far and captured the first county title for Massapequa Varsity Girls Basketball since 2006. The Chiefs will now take on Sachem East in the Long Island Class AA championship to be held Friday night at 8 p.m. at Hofstra University.
“I’m very proud of what they have accomplished,” said coach Shari Roessler. “They key is they work as a total team.”
The Chiefs got off to a flying start in the title game. Lauren Van Buren scored four of the first six points in the game, and when Danielle Doherty connected on the first of an incredible five 3-point shots she would drain in the game, Massapequa was off to a 9-0 lead. Uniondale had a mild rally towards the end of the first quarter but Massapequa responded and by the end of the opening quarter, Massapequa had an 18-8 lead.
In the second quarter, Massapequa’s defense was simply incredible. The Chiefs held Uniondale to only four points throughout the quarter. When Doherty hit her third 3-pointer of the game, with about a minute left in the second quarter, it capped an 11-point run that Massapequa went on at the end the first half, and the Chiefs went to the locker room with a commanding 31-12 lead. Massapequa remained steadfast throughout the remainder of the game and captured the title.
Doherty led Massapequa in scoring with 17 points including five 3-pointers. Van Buren finished with 10 points, Melanie Hingher added nine and Morgan Roessler contributed with eight for Massapequa.
Massapequa has not been seriously challenged this season. The team has won all of its games by double-digit margins. After completing the regular season with 16 wins overall, Massapequa took on Freeport to open the playoffs. In that game, Roessler led Massapequa with 19 points, and a total team effort helped the Chiefs cruise to a 75-43 victory. In the semifinals, Hingher and Van Buren each scored 12 points, Roessler added 10 and Melanie McCabe poured in nine as Massapequa easily beat MacArthur High School 64-41 in a game played at Garden City High School. That victory propelled Massapequa into the county finals against Uniondale.
This year’s title game was a return appearance in the Nassau Class AA Championship for Massapequa. The team had taken a similar route to the finals last season, going 15-2 overall before defeating Freeport in the conference quarterfinal and MacArthur in the semifinals. However, in the finals, Massapequa met up with a tough Baldwin team seeking its third consecutive county conference title, and was defeated.
“We were determined to get back,” said Roessler.
A year has a made a world of difference. And this time, instead of disappointment, Massapequa left the title game with a championship and a chance to play for Long Island honors.
Wednesday, 11 December 2013 00:00
Blankets have comforted children ever since the first knitter put needle to fabric at some point along the timeline of human history. And Our Lady of Lourdes in Massapequa Park continues that tradition in a special way — by hosting a blanket-knitting program every Wednesday, with the handcrafted creations going to children undergoing cancer treatment through the nonprofit organization, We Care Blankets.
And recently the knitting ladies at Our Lady of Lourdes, 855 Carmens Rd., hit a milestone, donating their 1,000th blanket to the worthy cause of comfort.
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
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.