The Town of Oyster Bay will host the large school division of the New York State Club School Hockey Tournament – sanctioned by the AAU (Amateur Athletic Union) from Friday, Feb. 28 through Sunday March 2, according to Town Supervisor John Venditto. Some of the best high school teams from throughout New York State will come to the Town of Oyster Bay Ice Skating Center, 1001 Stewart Ave. in Bethpage, for this prestigious tournament. The admission/donation for the event will be $10 for adults for the day or $15 for the weekend. Students with school ID will be $5 and children under 12 are free.
“Ice Hockey, throughout Long Island and New York State, is continuing to grow in popularity, producing accomplished players who have gone on to compete at very high levels,” Venditto said.
A strong field of 319 enthusiastic runners took aim at the Old Bethpage Village Restoration finish line in the first of the 2014 Jonas Chiropractic Run Nassau races.
Plainview was well-represented in the race, with Shari Klarfield finished in 19 minutes, 54 seconds for a pace of 6:25 per mile. That was good enough for second overall in the women’s category and earned her top honors in the 30-34 age group.
The Plainview-Old Bethpage John F. Kennedy High School baseball team is coming off a poor 2013 season in which it finished at 5-12. But after that below-.500 showing, the program now looks to enter a period of prosperity with a new era under first-year head coach John Givargidze.
The team’s assistant coach from 2005-09, Givargidze is optimistic that the team is headed in the right direction.
Plainview’s Peter Collins Soccer Park was the sight of a season-long charity effort this past fall, as the Long Island Junior Soccer League donated 1,130 pounds of food to Long Island Cares, Inc., The Harry Chapin Food Bank. The food was collected through donations by players, parents, coaches and spectators during the league’s food drive at the soccer park on Old Country Road throughout the 2013 fall season.
“On behalf of all of the children and families served by Long Island Cares, Elana Sissons, Food Drive Coordinator, and I are truly grateful for your support,” said Paule Pachter, executive director of Long Island Cares. “This donation will go a long way towards ensuring that more Long Island children and families do not go hungry.”
After more than five decades of buying and selling sports memorabilia, Plainview resident Les Wolff is pitching his expertise to the collecting public.
Using a series of local presentations, Wolff decided to hand-off his knowledge to other collectors in the hopes of informing them about the ins and outs of collecting; and hopefully help others make a mint in memorabilia. But more than that, Wolff wanted to help people save precious valuables from destruction.“I started my lectures because I saw what happened with Hurricane Sandy, I saw whole collections devastated,” said Wolff. “A lot of people don’t know whow to protect memorabilia. I show them how to collect, but also how to protect and preserve. And not just sports memorabilia, but also things like family photos and albums.”
The Plainview-Old Bethpage Central School District’s John F. Kennedy High School recently announced the following student-athletes as the District’s Athletes of the Month for December 2013: These students personify the School District's emphasis on athletic participation while maintaining focus on academic achievements.
A Plainview youngster was one of 40 athletes from across tthe country who competed in the NFL Punt, Pass & Kick National Finals in Denver during the AFC Divisional Playoff game Jan. 11.
Representing the New York Jets, Sebastian Lippman, 8, launched two punts, passes and kicks as he attempted to score on distance and accuracy. The second-grader from Pasadena Elementary School put on an impressive display, but ultimately came up short in the competition, finishing in fourth place.
A record field of 1,266 runners and walkers crossed the finish line on Saturday morning, Dec. 21 at the 26th annual Carter, DeLuca, Farrell & Schmidt Ho Ho Ho 5 Kilometer Run, which started and finished at the John F. Kennedy Middle School in Bethpage.
Mark Valentino of Smithtown and Nick DiBenedetto of Wantagh went stride for stride for the entire race, with Valentino repeating his 2012 win by edging out DiBenedetto at the finish line by less than a second. Katie McGrath of Oakdale had a much easier time of it, winning the women’s division by 42 seconds over Lauren Jasinski of Plainview.
Plainview-Old Bethpage Central School District John F. Kennedy High School senior student Chris Tracz recently signed his letter of intent to play baseball at Marist College. Chris has been a leader in the classroom as well as on the field, earning a 92.95 grade point average. He also is a member of JFK High School’s basketball team. Chris signed his letter of intent with his family, coaches and academic advisors in attendance.
— Herald Staff
Bethpage High School senior Francisco Almanzar signed a National Letter of Intent on Nov. 14 to play Division II baseball for Dominican College in the fall, where he was accepted on early admission. The catcher for the Bethpage varsity baseball team received not only an athletic scholarship, but an academic scholarship as well. The combined scholarships will cover most of his tuition.
Francisco was joined at the signing by Coach Fischer, Principal Michael Spence, Athletic Director John Franchi, his parents Elizabeth and Javier, and his brother Miguel, a freshman who also plays baseball for Bethpage.
— Submitted By The Bethpage Union Free School District
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