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.
Massapequa congratulates the St. Rose CYO 5th/6th grade girls basketball team on winning the 2013-2014 championship and closing out their season in style. The team includes Top row: Michaela Conway, Alli Riggi, Nicole Preisel, Amanda Melillo and Coach Rich Vignogna; Bottom row: Gabby Auz, Nicolette Vignogna, PJ Hansen and Gianna Manzolillo — Observer Staff
The St. Rose of Lima eighth grade CYO baseketball team were named 2013-2014 champions recently and the school, along with the communtiy, congratulates them on this monumental achievement. The boys worked hard in practice and gave basketball fans plenty of thrills during the playoffs. Every game was close and came down to the end. The chemistry on the team was strong, giving the boys the strength they needed to prevail as champions. Pictured: coaches Steven DiRaimondo and Phil Piarulli, players Jake Bresnihan, Steven DiRaimondo, Nick Piarulli, Daniel Hepworth, Sean Mitchell, Mathew Melillo, Jack D’Errico, Messiah Reid, Mike Evangelista and Joseph Nolan.
— Observer Staff
The dream of any high-school cheerleading team is to be able to take its talents all the way to the national competitions. For the Massapequa High School cheerleading team, that dream became a reality last month when it competed in the National Cheerleaders Association Open Nationals in Louisville, Kentucky.
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.
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,”
The St. Rose of Lima CYO basketball team in Massapequa, coached by John Cosenza, won their first playoff game recently. Every player on the team scored one or more baskets on the way to the victorious final score of 40-25. The team is looking forward to continuing their winning ways in their next playoff game.
Massapequa Park resident Kim DeCesare is taking her considerable soccer skills to New England to play for the Boston Breakers, who selected her in the National Women’s Soccer League Draft last month in Philadelphia.
The 22-year-old played two years for the Olympic Development Program (ODP) of the Eastern New York Youth Soccer Association (ENYYSA) and one year on Region 1 ODP.
In the Long Island Junior Soccer League (LIJSL), Kim played from Girls-Under-10 to Girls-Under-18 with the Massapequa Power. After she and her teammates graduated from high school, the Power no longer existed so Kim then played two summers with the LIJSL’s HBC Arsenal.
Winning has become a rite of passage for the student-athletes of Massapequa, even playing in the ultra-competitive AA-I conference. And according Head Coach Tom Sheedy, the toughest conference in the league is about to get even more competitive. “This year Hicksville and Oceanside are added to the conference and Uniondale is out, which makes it even more difficult,” said Sheedy, the 11-year head coach at Massapequa. “Every team is playoff caliber. Usually one or two teams are solid but last year all six teams made it to the playoffs.”
But the coach said that will only motivate the Chiefs more this year, as the team came off another Nassau County title in which they finished the season at 20-6. They were defeated in the Long Island Championship game 1-0 at Dowling College. Sheedy said it was an excruciating way to end the season, but certainly nothing to be ashamed about. Both teams had terrific pitchers on the mound, and only one team can be victorious.
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