Plainview runners motored through Syosset-Woodbury Community Park in the 5th annual Blue Ribbon Run for Prostate Cancer, a 5-kilometer road race on Sunday, Nov. 17
Among the Plainview participants winning awards were top Clydesdale Weight Division finishers Ken Colantuoni; David Drebsky, second in the 30-34 age group; Steven Weiss and Matthew Gregory, who were first and third respectively in the 35-39 age group; Barry Jerson, first in the 65-69 age group; and Howard Kestenbaum, second in the 80-84 age group.
The Town of Oyster Bay will host two Saturday night prime time high school ice hockey contests this season as part of its High School Hockey Night in Oyster Bay series held at the Town of Oyster Bay’s Ice Skating Center on Stewart Avenue in Bethpage, according to Oyster Bay Town Supervisor John Venditto.
Starting off the series will be the Massapequa Chiefs taking on the Syosset Braves on Saturday, Dec. 14 at 8 p.m. The second contest, featuring the Cold Spring Harbor Seahawks and the Bethpage Golden Eagles, is scheduled for Saturday, Feb. 1, at 8 p.m.
Students enrolled in the Plainview-Old Bethpage Central School District’s Pasadena Elementary School recently completed a fitness goal by cumulatively running and walking 26 miles, the same distance as the New York City Marathon. The “Running of the Marathon,” a physical education based program, taught students about setting positive goals, living a healthy lifestyle and the five boroughs — which are included in the marathon’s path. Students ran and walked one quarter-mile lap each day at the beginning of recreational time, resulting in one mile a day. To highlight their achievement, the students decorated paper sneakers to symbolize their participation and dedication to the goal.
— Herald Staff
The Plainview-Old Bethpage Central School District’s John F. Kennedy High School recently announced the following student-athletes as the District’s Athlete of the Month for October:
Zachary Zeises – Senior – Boys’ Varsity Soccer
“Zach is a senior and four-year varsity player. He has really improved in the last half of the season. Zach has shown great leadership, leading the team into the playoffs. With his effort this season he earned All-County Honors.”
– Christine Ho, Head Coach, Boys Soccer
Alix Katz – Senior – Girls’ Varsity Tennis
“Alix has been on the Girls’ Varsity Tennis team for all four years of her high school career. This year she was the team captain, and faced some of the best players in the county during each of her 14 regular season matches. While she played hard and practiced regularly, Alix was able to keep with her schoolwork that included four AP courses and two college level courses. Alix has an overall GPA of 97.34, which puts her in the top 10 percent of this school year’s senior class. Alix is a perfect example of a true student-athlete.”
– Neil Lasher, Head Coach, Girls Soccer
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.
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.
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