Plainview-Old Bethpage Middle School will once again serve as the starting and finishing line of the Heart & Sole 5-Kilometer Run.
The 11th annual event, organized by the Greater Long Island Running Club and sponsored by Central Island Heath Care, will hit the ground running Saturday, July 20 at 8:30 a.m.The fundraising run, at Central Park Road and Southern Parkway and hosted by Plainview and Syosset hospitals, is being held to raise awareness of diabetes and to help fund scholarly activities and community outreach programs.
When the glaciers stopped advancing about 18,000 years ago, they halted smack in the middle of Long Island. The result is that the southern half of Long Island is relatively flat, but things get increasingly hillier the further north of Jericho Turnpike you travel.
This Long Island geological fact has important implications for the participants in the annual Long Island Greenbelt Trail 50 Kilometer and 25 Kilometer Runs, hosted once again on May 10 by the Greater Long Island Running Club. The course starts at the GLIRC Clubhouse on Dupont Street in Plainview, enters the Greenbelt Trail at the Sunnyside Boulevard trailhead and proceeds due north up the trail to its Cold Spring Harbor terminus by Long Island Sound. The runners then turn around, head south on the Trail back to Sunnyside Boulevard, at which point the 25 Kilometer runners head back to the finish line at the GLIRC Clubhouse. The 50 Kilometer runners turn back onto the trail and do the whole thing again before returning to the finish.
The Farmingdale State men’s lacrosse team had five players, including two from Plainview, named All-Skyline in voting conducted among the conference’s seven head coaches.
Sophomore midfielder Ryan Corbett and freshman midfielder Daniel Desimone, both from Plainview, received second-team honors, while junior attack Philip Schaefer of Holbrook was named to the first team. The awards were rounded out by freshman defender Steven Marxhausen of Levittown and Donovan Devaney of Northport, who both received second team honors.
A tennis player and graduate of Plainview-Old Bethpage John F. Kennedy High School is being lauded by his college for sportsmanship.
Senior Shaun Bernstein is the University of Michigan’s Sportsmanship Award honoree. The student-athletes chosen for the Big Ten Sportsmanship Award are individuals that have distinguished themselves through sportsmanship and ethical behavior. In addition, the student-athletes must be in good academic standing and have demonstrated good citizenship outside of the sports-competition setting. A three-time captain, Bernstein owns 121 career victories for the Maize and Blue, including 76 doubles wins, which rank 10th all-time in program history.
— Herald Staff
Stifling an opponent’s offensive output is task that Bethpage resident Melissa Rohr has down to a science.
The LIU Post lacrosse player recently earned Co-Defenseive Player of the Year honors, a major award from the East Coast Conference. Rohr was joined by teammates Jackie Sileo, of Wantagh, who won ECC Player of the Year; and Katie Hannan, of Gansevoort, N.Y., who won Goalkeeper of the Year.
Following a 2012 campaign that saw the Plainview-Old Bethpage John F. Kennedy varsity softball team go 12-4 overall and earn a spot in the Class AA-III playoffs, the Lady Hawks struggled in 2013, winning just one time in its 15 games.
Local residents came out in droves to run in the All Rounds Foods 10k Run for Aspire recently at Mattlin Middle School.
Among the award winners from the local area were 13-year-old Christian Schiavone of Plainview, who scored second in the 14 and under age group; Alison Meyer of Plainview, second female in the 14 and under age group; Evan Melle of Plainview, third in the 14 and under age group; Matthew Wontz of Bethpage, who scored with third place honors in the 0-34 age group; Barry Jerson of Plainview, who scored first in the 65-69 age group; and Howard Kestenbaum and Odd Sangesland, both of Plainvew, who scored second and third in the 80-84 age group.
An international soccer conference featuring the legendary Pelé is coming to the local area. Soccer as the Beautiful Game: Football’s Artistry, Identity and Politics is at Hofstra University in Hempstead through April 13.
“Pelé transformed and transcended the game of soccer,” said Hofstra President Stuart Rabinowitz. “While the world first came to know him for extraordinary athletic feats, his soccer career was, in many respects, simply a prelude to an extraordinary life of service as a philanthropist and advocate. He understands the power and responsibility his soccer legacy carries, and has used it to improve the lives of others.”
A fourth-grader at Pasadena Elementary School in Plainview won first place at the annual Knights of Columbus Free-Throw Contest, beating out the competition from all of downstate New York.
Dylan Banner now heads to the New York State Championship at West Point April 5. Banner plays on the St. Pius X fourth grade team, where the initial contest representing the in-house Knights of Columbus chapter. Dylan then competed against other local Knights’ chapters at Pius again in which he won to advance to the Nassau regionals. At the Nassau regionals at Holy Trinity, Dylan drained 24 of 25 free throws to represent all of Nassau County. On March 23 at Chaminade High School, he beat out three other contestants from Brooklyn, Queens and Suffolk to represent downstate New York next week at West Point. Thanks to Dylan too for wearing the St. Pius X sweatshirt and jersey throughout the competition representing St. Pius and Plainview.
— Herald Staff
Five local soccer stars were recently inducted into the Long Island Soccer Player Hall of Fame. Among them, Levittown’s Ritchie Kotschau was inducted after a 10-year Major League Soccer career.
Kotschau played for the Plainview-based Long Island Junior Soccer League’s Levittown Soccer Club, then competed for the Hicksville Hawks, winning the Triple Crown (State Cup, Chase Cup, LIJSL division title) with the Hawks. Ritchie also played for LIJSL Select and Eastern New York ODP.
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