On Friday February 15, St. Pius X Church’s very own fifth-grade girls basketball team was named the CYO Long Island Division Champions. The season-long effort from the Plainview based team resulted in them placing first out of 68 teams in both Nassau and Suffolk Counties.
The girls, coached by Michael Mastorides and Jamie Ortsman, defeated St. Frances in a close and exciting championship game. St. Pius X was trailing St. Frances the entire game, but with 20 seconds left in the fourth quarter, Pius tied up the game by sinking two foul shots. The game then went into overtime, 15-15.
The intensity from the game carried through into overtime, where neither of the teams scored for a majority of the three-minute period. In the final seconds, a St Pius player, who was trapped in the corner, shot the ball into the air. The final buzzer went off as the ball ricocheted around the rim and dropped through the net. Both the team and the crowd in the gym went wild in celebration of the girls 17-15 championship win.
On Thursday, Feb.14, for the third time in the last four years, the Portledge Varsity Girls and Boys Basketball teams both became the champions of IPPSAL (Independent Private and Parochial School’s Athletic League). The evening’s opening act, the IPPSAL Varsity Girls Basketball Championship game between Portledge School (Locust Valley) and Waldorf School of Garden City, turned out to be nothing but a formality as the Portledge Lady Panthers raced their way to their fourth consecutive IPPSAL crown. The 63 to 28 victory, which became Head Coach Skip Amadio’s 100th win at the Portledge helm, demonstrated the team’s dominant style of pressure defense and fast break attack. Sophomore Morgan Follet (Bayville) was unstoppable early, as she totaled 20 first half points, most of which came after a Portledge steal or blocked shot. As always the Lady Panthers’ great defense was keyed by the quick hands of junior guard Tamara Simpson (North Babylon) and the long arms of senior center Ceci Mulry (Glen Cove). Whenever Waldorf managed to avoid a steal by Simpson, who is being heavily recruited by many Division I college programs, Mulry was there to swat away their attempts to score.
It’s been an impressive season for the POBJFK HS Wrestling Team.
Eight wrestlers, including eighth-grader Peter Pappas, were named All-Conference, while two were named All County: Pappas and Dylan Schmidt. Both Pappas and Schmidt came in third (in their respective weight classes) in the county at the Nassau County Tournament, held at Hofstra University on Tuesday, Feb. 12.
Clinics designed to help children learn the basics of soccer are planned for this spring at both Cantiague Park and Cedar Creek Park. In addition to learning the rules of the game, children will also learn about teamwork and good sportsmanship. All clinics will be held from 6 to 7 p.m. on their respective days.
Kids of all ages are welcome to come play hockey at Cantiague Park in Hicksville, and this winter is no exception. Both shape-up sessions for those who want to get in shape for hockey season and tryout dates have been announced. The schedule, broken down by age group, is as follows:
Fees vary by class. Payment is due by 5 p.m., Feb. 17. Last chance registration begins at 8 a.m., Feb. 22 for any remaining spots, and the first day of classes is Monday, Feb. 25. For a detailed listing of class offerings and more registration information, call the center at 572-0501 or visit the Nassau County Parks website at www.nassaucountyny.gov/parks.
Call it a coincidence, but the timing for Chris and Peter Ferraro’s announcement of the creation of a new hockey and recreation facility couldn’t be any better.
Two days before the National Hockey League was set to drop the puck for a shortened, 48-game season beginning on Jan. 19, the Ferraro twins – former NHL players and Olympians themselves – broke ground on their $15 million, privately financed Twin Rinks Ice Center at Eisenhower Park.
“It is our passion to support Long Island families so that they will no longer have to be torn apart or have their family life disrupted just because a child excels in hockey and wants to try to make it to the NHL,” said Chris Ferraro. “This facility will enable us to create a hockey hot bed right here on Long Island.”
While each family celebrates the new year in their own way, skating enthusiasts and members of United States Figure Skating (USFS) have their own tradition: kicking off the year with a National Skating Month event at their local rink.
Throughout January, skating clubs across the country celebrate the sport by hosting a myriad of skating-themed activities to create a fun-filled afternoon, or in this case, morning. On Sunday, January 13th, Great Neck Figure Skating Club (GNFSC) kept over 120 skaters and their families entertained during two hours of festivities.
A West Hills Day camper, 9-year-old Lauren Brandenstein, was selected by the camp’s senior leadership to attend a swim clinic featuring instruction by Michael Phelps, the winner of a record-setting eight gold medals in the 2008 Summer Olympics. Mr. Phelps has accumulated a total of 14 Olympic gold medals in his career.
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