Jacklyn Oleksak, a senior student-athlete at Plainedge High School, has signed a National Letter of Intent to attend Stonehill College in Massachusetts this fall. Jacklyn’s athletic/academic scholarship is now final as per the NCAA process and requirements, and she will compete on the school’s softball team. In addition, Dolores Diemicke has been named Nassau County Soccer Goalie of the Year. The Plainedge girls soccer team had been designated All-County as well as Second Team All-State Soccer Team. Both of these athletes are now performing on the girls basketball team and will defend their Nassau County title in softball this spring.
Freshman Joanne Josephson of Massapequa helped the Muhlenberg College volleyball team to a winning season in 2012. Josephson played in 26 of 28 matches and led the Mules with 57 blocks. She also was third on the team with 160 kills and a .218 hitting percentage. She reached double figures in kills three times, with a high of 13 in a five-set win against York, and had her high of five blocks at Dickinson. Josephson was one of several freshmen to play key roles on a young Mule team that finished with a record of 17-11 after combining for only 15 wins the previous two seasons. The 17 wins were the most for Muhlenberg since 2008.
The Massapequa Cyclones 11U boys baseball team recently defeated the Wantagh Long Island Indians for the 2012 Nassau County Fall Championship held at Mitchel Field in Uniondale. The team had a 6-1 record during the regular season schedule and was undefeated during the two game playoff eliminations.
Karen Conkling and Norman Hershkowitz, both residents of Massapequa, earned awards in the 5th Annual Grillo and Associates Blazing Trails 4 Autism 4 Mile Run, which was recently held on the streets of North Bellmore and North Merrick. Conkling was the first place finisher in the women’s 45-49 age group, completing the four-mile run in 29 minutes, 1 second. The entire net proceeds of the event were once again dedicated to the Eden II and Genesis Foundation, which supports children and adults with autism through specialized programs designed to help them achieve the highest possible quality of living throughout their lives.
On Oct. 13, Massapequa celebrated Homecoming and the Chiefs didn’t disappoint their fans, as Massapequa defeated Hempstead 42-8 in varsity football. Prior to the game, there was a parade down Park Boulevard. At halftime of the football game, the top fundraisers from each elementary school for the first annual “Steps for YES” campaign were recognized. In response to county cuts for youth program, the campaign was launched to support YES Community Counseling Center. Students raised $5,625 for the center. In addition, Athletic Director John Piropato graciously took a pie to the face for the cheerleaders’ St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital fundraiser, which raised $426.
On Friday, Oct. 12, the Massapequa girls tennis team played their last regular season match against East Meadow. While this match was significant in that is marked the end of the Chiefs season, it also symbolized a greater feat in the team’s fight against breast cancer. With one of every eight women expected to develop breast cancer during their lifetime, the tennis team took it upon themselves to help combat this debilitating disease.
In order to raise money and awareness for breast cancer, the girls dedicate one match every year in their efforts to help find a cure. For the third year in a row, the Massapequa girls tennis team held their annual “Think Pink” event with the match against East Meadow.
“Congratulations for all of your hard work,” Massapequa Park Mayor James Altadonna told the players. “The sacrifices that your parents make and the sacrifices that your coaches make should be cherished. It’s about fostering leadership, sportsmanship and making an individual grow. It’s about having a place to remember, where you grew up.”
“Our goal is to get back upstate and get another shot at McQuaid,” said Mariano. “We know we can beat them. Losing last year has left us with a goal.”
“If you had him as a teacher, you would understand why this wrestling room is being dedicated to him,” said Gary Mims, Massapequa’s former wrestling coach of many years who succeeded Bevilacqua. “I wouldn’t be here if it wasn’t for him.”
Denise Ligouri, a freshman at Farmingdale State College and a member of the women’s tennis team, was named to the Skyline Conference Player of the Week Honor Roll after she earned a 7-6, 7-6 victory in singles play and picked up an 8-4 win in doubles play in a match against Mount Saint Mary College on Oct. 6.
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