Winning isn’t everything. But it certainly seems to have manifested itself into the culture of Plainview volleyball over the past 20 seasons. That’s how long Coach Russi Villalta has reigned over the courts at Plainview-Old Bethpage John F. Kennedy High School.
With seven county championships and fifteen appearances in the finals, Villalta has tirelessly molded talent into titles. She is the winningest high school volleyball coach in New York with 382 wins entering the 2013 season.
But seldom in her two decades with the Hawks has she had the tool she possesses this season: A 6-foot-4 junior with the ability to play any position on the floor.
Back-to-back overall winner in 2011 and 2012 of the Oyster Bay Town Supervisor’s 5-K, Conor Shelley of Rockville Centre, and 2009 and 2010 winner Chris Mammone of Massapequa (who holds the course record of 14:43) went stride for stride for most of the Oct. 19 race before Shelley pulled ahead near the finish for a five-second win. Shelley’s winning time was 15 minutes, 27 seconds.
The 5 Kilometer Oyster Bay course is a classic jaunt through the heart of Oyster Bay hamlet, starting on South Street by the firehouse, with a long uphill trek on Berry Hill Road, a steep downhill challenge on Sandy Hill Road, and a stretch down East Main Street to the last turn into the Townsend Square parking field to the finish line.
The Plainview-Old Bethpage John F. Kennedy High School Marching Band recently performed at the 51st annual Newsday Marching Band Festival at Hofstra University’s James M. Shuart Stadium. The festival allowed POBJFK Marching Band, Flag Line and Kick Line to showcase the halftime shows that they perform at football games. The event gives marching bands across Long Island a chance to perform for a large audience.
‑ Herald Staff
Long Island Aquatic Club recently announced that Plainview residents Moca Tanaka and Zoe Katevatis have qualified to compete at the National Age Group Challenge Meet. These athletes are two of 67 LIAC swimmers invited to attend this prestigious competition.
This is the fifth year that LIAC has qualified swimmers to race in the meet. The LIAC athletes will compete in single age groups against swimmers from all over the east coast. In 2011 LIAC had 90 individual swims in the top 8. After being sidelined by Hurricane Sandy in 2012, the coaches and swimmers look forward to returning to the competition and improving on that performance this year.
National Age Group Challenge will be held November 2 and 3 in Germantown, Maryland. Results of the meet can be found live on LIAC’s website www.longislandswimming.com.
October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and in recent years the Long Island Junior Soccer League clubs and teams have used this time to raise funds, raise awareness and bring and bring their communities together through their efforts off the field.
One such example this season is the efforts of the GU14 Elwood Thunder and the GU10 Elwood Mustangs. Both teams actually raised funds for the Avon Walk for Breast Cancer a year ago. This year they are taking their efforts to another level. In addition to a recent bake sale that raised over $350, the Thunder are looking forward to taking part in the Estee Lauder Breast Cancer Awareness Day at the Peter Collins Soccer Park in Plainview later this month.
Baseball is America’s pastime and should be enjoyed by everyone, including children with special needs.
That has been the thrust of Long Island Challenger Baseball since it was established in 1989 -- to give physically and mentally challenged children from across the island the opportunity to play baseball in an environment structed to their abilities.
The founders of the Long Island’s Fight for will host a Boxer Matchup Cocktail Reception on Monday, Oct. 7, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., at Carlyle at the Palace, in Plainview to announce the boxer matchups for this year’s 10th Main Event.
Kevin “Spider” Kelly, a Plainview resident and co-president and CCO of BigBuzz Marketing Group, is one of over 20 volunteer boxers from the business community who will gather with committee members, sponsors and fans to meet, network and learn who the boxers’ opponents will be in November.
The Peter C. Collins Soccer Park in Plainview plays host to the Estee Lauder Companies’ Breast Cancer Awareness Day Sunday, Oct. 20.
Forty teams of under-14 girls will be playing at the park that day to help raise funds and awareness for the Breast Cancer Research Foundation.
Local athletes, Ken Colantuoni, Tracy Ruhling and Alan End of Plainview, Doug Berkowitz and John Mulvey of Syosset, Stevie Weinstein of Woodbury and Steve Schloss of Muttontown, each earned an award at the second annual UJA-
Federation of New York Summer’s Not Done AquaRun. The event, which consisted of an 800-Meter Swim, followed by a 3-Mile Run, was held at Tobay Beach in Massapequa on Sept 15.
Councilman Chris J. Coschignano announced that registration for the Town of Oyster Bay Youth Ice Hockey Program will take place on Saturday, Oct. 5 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., and Wednesday, October 9 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., at the
Town of Oyster Bay Ice Skating Center in Bethpage.
Following those dates, registration will continue in the Recreation office at Town Hall South, located at 977 Hicksville Rd. in Massapequa, from Oct. 10 through 31 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
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