Another great season for the Massapequa High School baseball squad is over. With the season ended, it was time for the Chiefs to reap the benefits of their championship year.
And so, the Massapequa High School Baseball Awards dinner was held on Thursday, June 11.
This year, for the fourth consecutive time, the Massapequa Chiefs baseball squad won both the Nassau County and Long Island Class AA baseball titles. However, also for the fourth straight year, the Chiefs bid for a state title ended in disappointment. On Saturday, Massapequa traveled to Binghamton, only to lose in the semifinal game to Mamaroneck, 4-3.
The Massapequa High School boys’ baseball team isn’t the only championship squad coming out of that fine institution these days.
The girls’ track team had a remarkable 2009 season in their own right. They were division champs, conference champs and now for the first time in the school’s history, they are Nassau County Class AAA Champions in Outdoor Track & Field.
On Monday, June 8, the Chiefs traveled to Farmingdale State, where they defeated North Babylon, 8-3 for the Long Island crown.
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).
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