For Massapequa wrestlers and others in surrounding communities, Saturday, May 16 was a day to remember. Through the collaborative efforts of Massapequa Public School District wrestling coach Joe Catalanotto, District Director of Health, Athletics and Physical Education John Piropato, and the Friends of Massapequa Wrestling (FOMW) Inc., young wrestlers had the unique opportunity to spend time training with current Olympic Gold Medalist Henry Cejudo. Massapequa Wrestling is a strong tradition that continues to grow thanks to community and school district support that helps make events like the one featuring Cejudo possible.
One of the community groups that was instrumental in planning and facilitating the Henry Cejudo Clinic was the Friends of Massapequa Wrestling (FOMW) Inc. The organization, made up of parents of alumni, began three years ago as an offshoot of Massapequa’s booster club.
The mighty Massapequa High School baseball dynasty rolls on.
Think of the New York Yankees in Major League Baseball, the Boston Celtics in the National Basketball Association, the Green Bay Packers in the National Football League, or the Montreal Canadiens in the National Hockey League.
Now you have the Massapequa Chiefs in Nassau County high school baseball.
At the June 16 meeting of the Greater Long Island Running Club, Annmarie Charno of Plainedge High School will be awarded the club’s Herb Grayson Memorial Scholarship. The scholarship is given each year to a very deserving high school senior and this year, Ms. Charno qualified for that honor.
The tragic story of a Massapequa girl who became a top-flight college soccer star, only to lose her life in an automobile accident, is now the subject of a book, one that examines the relationship between Patricia Louise Masotto and her father, Peter.
Dad’s Masterpiece: The Patricia Masotto Story, authored by Mineola resident Jeffrey M. Clark, is available from Strategic Book Publishing.
Congratulations to Brendan Mims of Massapequa Park, Christopher Hamilton of Massapequa, Frank Lamagna of Massapequa, and Warren Drezen of Massapequa, each of whom successfully completed the Long Island Greenbelt Trail 25 Kilometer Run on Saturday, May 9.
The 29-year-old Mims completed the 31.107 mile course from the Plainview trailhead on Sunnyside Boulevard to the Cold Spring Harbor terminus of the Trail and back in 2 hours, 22 minutes, 13 seconds, putting him in 4th place overall. Hamilton finished in 45th place overall (3:12:11). Lamagna finished in 52nd place overall (3:18:22), and Drezen scored in 75th place overall (3:50:23).
The office of Massapequa High School – Main Campus Principal Dr. James Grossane was filled with joy and good wishes as two members of the Varsity Volleyball team, coached by Carol Ann Habeeb-Kiel, met with their families, Dr. Grossane, and district director of health, athletics and physical education John Piropato to sign on the dotted line and accept scholarship money from two institutions of higher education.
Olympic Gold Medalist Henry Cejudo will hold a Freestyle Wrestling Clinic at Massapequa High School providing high school wrestlers (USAW registered) with a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to train with the best.
Some of the most competitive high school wrestlers from Long Island and across New York State will be participating in this unique clinic. Coaches will also have an opportunity to learn from this Olympic Champion in action. Following the clinic, a Freestyle dual meet will take place between Massapequa High School and Long Beach High School, which is sure to add excitement to an already memorable day.
The Long Island Rough Riders women’s team recently announced that United States Under-20 National Team player Gina DiMartino would be joining the W-League side for the 2009 season.
A native of Massapequa Park, DiMartino split time this past fall playing for Boston College and the United States team that won the 2008 FIFA Under-20 Women’s World Cup in Santiago, Chile. In 60 career games with Boston College, DiMartino has compiled 30 goals and 20 assists. She was also named to the 2007 and 2008 preseason Hermann Trophy Watch List.
At a May 4 Media Day press conference, United States Golf Association officials and local politicians praised U.S. Open organizers and offered information about the upcoming event.
USGA President Jim Vernon said the organization took an historic step in 1996 when it awarded the 2002 U.S. Open to the Bethpage Black Course.
During 1938, Nassau County acquired by a tax action the land that was to be developed for homes. However, because of the many streams, ponds and marsh land the builders decided to forgo the project.
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