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Rough Riders Invite Soccer Players to Camp Academy

Massapequa is crazy about soccer and this summer fans and athletes alike will get a chance to sharpen in-game skills thanks to the Long Island Rough Riders.

South shore players between the ages of 5 and 13 are invited to register for the Rough Riders’ Soccer Academy at Cedar Creek Park in Wantagh, August 5 through 8 from 5 until 8 p.m. each night. There will be daily instructional themes including dribbling, passing and receiving and shooting, as well as technical instruction in age and skill based groups and small-sided games at the end of each daily session.

“Players of different ages have to be trained differently and we are very aware of the specific demands of youth soccer,” said Daan Oomen, camp director. “In our 19 years of soccer camp experience, we feel we have achieved an ideal balance between technical training and an entertaining atmosphere so players can enjoy their camp day while constantly learning something new.”

The Long Island Rough Riders camps are designed to improve the game of every soccer player. Campers will have the opportunity to learn new skills while improving those skills previously learned in a fun, and challenging environment. The Rough Riders extensive camp programs offer the perfect activity for soccer players of all ages and abilities.

At this soccer camp, children will benefit from the Rough Riders’ 19 years of soccer camp excellence, professional licensed coaching instructors, an on-field camp director and full time office staff, a proven curriculum for player development, groups based on age and skill level and free Adidas camp shirts for all campers.

“A maximum number of touches on the ball and a pressure free environment have proven to be ideal for positive, lasting player development,” said Oomen.

The price is $175 per child, with group and sibling discounts available. For more information and online registration, check out For a personalized camp consultation, call 516-622-3900 ext. 1003.


Two hundred business students from high schools across Nassau County, including Massapequa High School, competed for scholarships and cash awards—more than $33,000 in all—from various sponsors at Nassau County’s annual Comptroller’s Entrepreneurial Challenge.

The events on Sept. 11, 2001 had a profound effect on nearly all in the tri-state area, but for first responders, the effects were overwhelming. Long-time Massapequa resident Michael Smith, a member of the New York Fire Department, experienced those effects firsthand.

“While I’ve always been a person that could appreciate life, after 9/11 I became so distraught,” he said. “I realized I need to do something I want to do — something I love to do.”

A 30-year veteran of the fire department, Smith retired in 2002. He and his wife of 33 years, Teresa, began to look for a place they could enjoy life. This mindset brought them to the East End of Long Island, where they often went for day trips. They settled down in a home in Orient Point in 2004; in a home that needed quite a bit of work. And when it was time to landscape the property, a new idea took root — a vineyard.


Massapequa athletes recently received honors from their coaches at Kellenberg Memorial High School.

Each season, the coaches of all of the Kellenberg teams choose one member of their team who stands out as an athlete that has worked hard to improve themselves in their chosen sport.

The Farmingdale State women’s lacrosse team won the first game of their Spring Break trip to North Carolina with a victory over Greensboro College. In wet and muddy conditions, the Rams (8-1) held an 8-5 lead at the half and took the eventual 13-10 win.

In the first half and tied 2-2, the Pride (7-5) pulled ahead 4-2 with two unassisted goals by junior attack Nadya Fedun. Farmingdale State answered with four straight scores for a 6-4 advantage, on goals by juniors Alyssa Handel, Nicole Marzocca and Massapequan Jackie Kennedy.

Sophomore attack Ashlynn Parks put Greensboro within a goal at the 7:03 mark, but the Rams scored two more to lead 8-5 at the halftime break.


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