Written by Observer Staff, firstname.lastname@example.org Friday, 27 December 2013 00:00
A crop of nine young Massapequans were recently honored by Kellenberg Memorial High School for noteworthy acheivements in drama and sports. The students, in different grades at the school, were all recognized for continually going above and beyond in their chosen field.
Massapequa Park resident and Kellenberg junior, Austin Nalaboff was a lead in this year’s Kellenberg Memorial Drama Club Production of “Disney’s Beauty and the Beast.” Austin was chosen from dozens of students to play the supporting role of “Gaston” where he performed in three shows to over 2,000 people.
Freshman Chris Love was named most valuable player on the boys cross country team. The coaches chose the Massapequa resident for his exceptional contributions. The same honor went to Massapequa resident and sophomore Mackenzie Miller, who was named most valuable player on the girls junior soccer team. Coaches also named Kylie Roberts, a sophomore, a most valuable player on the girls junior varsity soccer team as well.
Coaches named sophomore and Massapequa resident Sophia Nemeth as the most improved player for the Kellenberg girls junior varsity soccer team. Nemeth’s hardwork on the field set her apart and highlighted a noteworthy season for the athlete. Also on the soccer field, sophomore Meghan Connolly, a Massapequa resident, was awarded the junior varsity commitment award for her outstanding effort and devotion to the team. Coaches said her actions at practice and in competition netted her the award.
Meanwhile, Massapequa resident and freshman Jessie Brower was award the most improved player award for the Kellenberg girls junior varsity volleyball team. Brower‘s effort over the course of the season has set her apart as an athlete worthy of recognition for her improvement.
In boys soccer, Massapequa resident and Kellenberg sophomore Trevor Sheridan was honored with the Commitment Award for his outstanding effort and devotion to the boys junior varsity soccer team. And Ryan Romeo, a Massapequa resident and junior, received the Commitment Award for his on the field dedication to the boys varisty soccer team.
Wednesday, 12 March 2014 00:00
Taking a successful step in the music business requires plenty of talent, but also a measure of luck. And for a trio of local musicians, a recent one-off performance sparked a whirlwind of attention and video clicks.
Carolyn Miller of Massapequa, Mikel James of Farmingdale and David Wong of Huntington Station were on separate musical paths before convening to record a cover of “Say Something,” a song originally released by A Great Big World and then re-released featuring Christina Aguilera.
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.
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,”