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.
Saturday, 08 March 2014 00:00
With kids today obsessed with all the latest electronic gaming gadgets — the Playstation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo 3DS, and the like — you’d think that the comparatively antiquated concept of pushing a piece of plastic along a sheet of cardboard would be eschewed by your average teenager; however, judging by the crowd of kids at the Massapequa Public Library’s Board Game Café, this actually may not be the case.
Young Adult Services librarian Peter Cirona, who created the Board Game Café at the library’s Central Avenue branch (in addition to a whole host of other young adult programs), said that it’s a great way for kids to socialize and play some classic board games in a fun and friendly environment.
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 09:47
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,”