Congratulations to the Class of 2013 athletes who will be playing sports in college:
Shun Akai, SUNY-Albany — Soccer
Diego Almarza, Nassau Community — Soccer
Olivia Anderson, Mercy College — Field Hockey
Brenna Betsch, Sacred Heart University — Lacrosse
The Joseph C. Zoller Memorial Fund is having its ninth annual Golf Classic on Monday, July 22 at the Sands Point Golf Club. In Joe’s memory, the family established a scholarship fund at Fordham University, his alma mater. Through the love and support of many friends, over $350,000 has been raised to provide much needed scholarships for students attending Fordham.
This is a great day at one of the finest private courses in Nassau County. It includes brunch, golf, a lavish cocktail hour, dinner and a spectacular auction of unique items. The Zoller family is looking forward to another successful event supporting a very worthy cause. If you have any questions, please call Richard H. Zoller at 883-4810. Additional information can also be found on the website at www.zollermemorialfund.org.
Paddling around Manhasset Bay on Saturday, July 27 will not only be great fun for all but will also benefit the Community Chest, a Port Washington organization that funds non-profit organizations in Port Washington. This annual event, now in its 9th year, will begin at 10:00 am with a bang, literally a blast from a canon, as participants take off in kayaks (or canoes) on Manhasset Bay. Participants can paddle at their own pace, leisurely or full steam ahead, along the Bay’s five mile course to designated locations where they pick up raffle tickets.
At 12:30 p.m., upon hearing the canon fire again, paddlers go ashore and head for Town Dock, where a raffle drawing is held. The lucky top prize winner will receive a kayak.
It’s the 25th Anniversary of Block Island Race Week, that iconic race the Storm Trysail Club holds every other year. It is known for great wind, unbelievable competition, terrific tent parties each night, the best race management going – all of which create a loyal following that brings teams coming back year after year (on the off years) to race. After 5 decades of racing, the event is only getting better. First held in 1965, the five-day competition, originally patterned after Cowes Week, is one of the few weeklong regattas that still exist. Over 1500 sailors competing on 182 teams, BIRWXXV has something for everyone. To celebrate this special edition of BIRW, the powers that be reinstated post-race revelry with gusto – that is in addition to the tent party, of course. So in addition to the “usual” festivities at the post-racing party, teams were playing Cornhole (kind of like a ring toss using a 16 oz. sack aimed at a mark). Volleyball, badminton, jousting are also available each day and are free.
The induction of two new members into the Port Washington Youth Activities Hall of Fame highlighted PYA’s 50th Anniversary Dinner Dance on June 14 at the North Hempstead Country Club.
Billy Omeltchenko and the late Steve “Zack” Zaccherio were the inductees. This was PYA’s 23rd annual Hall of Fame ceremony. Omeltchenko, who has been on the board of directors since 1998 and also served as PYA President from 2005-2009, was elated to receive the Hall of Fame designation. “I was so thrilled and honored to be part of the festivities and share the evening with family, friends, and supporters of PYA,” he said.
The Port Washington Panthers Girls team (GU14) won the Long Island Cup tournament on Sunday, June 16, with a 3 to 1 win over the South Huntington Strikers. The LI cup is the largest soccer tournament in the country with over 137 teams participating. The elimination tournament started in March and required four wins to make it to the Finals held in Stony Brook. Pictured are (bottom row, left to right), Nicole Preuss, Allison Winter, Ashley Royer, Carly Perlmutter and Cory Levy. (Second row, left to right) Caitlyn Tien, Mia Papiro, Kate Carraro, Rebecca McCallin, Meaghan Papiro, Natalia Basso, and Madeline Leto. (Top row, left to right) Coach Greg Winter, Assistant Coach Dave McCallin, Lizzy Stein, Talia Goldstein, Caroline Leland, Eva Tamkin, Trainer Walter Zapeda, and Assistant Coach Peter Stein. Not pictured: Stephanie Rothberg.
In less than two months, the Sands Point Preserve’s scenic woodlands and picturesque cliffs will transcend their mere aesthetic beauty and be used for more noble purpose. The Preserve will host the 7th annual Sands Point Sprint for the Feinstein Institute, a 5K race that donates all of its net proceeds to the Feinstein Institute of North Shore-LIJ Health System and its Chronic Lymphoma Leukemia research and treatment program. The race will take place on Saturday, August 10, with the opening horn set to blow at 9 a.m. sharp.
The annual Long Island Women’s Lacrosse awards dinner took place on June 10 at the Crest Hollow Country Club. It is officially called the “Nassau County Girls Lacrosse Coaches Association Awards Dinner,” which honors outstanding high school lacrosse players from Nassau County. The girls pictured all attend Paul D. Schreiber High School in Port Washington. From left to right: Asst. Coach Mary Romano, Coach Raquel Piraino, Senior-Danielle Rosmarin (All-County Award), Junior Natalie Ledwitz (All-County Award), Senior-Allison Seltzer (Honorable Mention All- County Award), Senior-Lauren Desimone (All Conference), Senior-Kristin Kujan (Scholar Athlete), Junior- Michelle Lammers (All Conference) and Freshman-Allison Shamir (Unsung Hero Award).
Among the many Port community groups and individuals that contributed to the success of the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life fundraising campaign this year, one group, Port Coaches-Who-Care, was specially honored during last weekend’s ceremonies at Schreiber High’s track.
Over 20 coaches, including Port’s Athletic Director Stephanie Joannon, were highlighted for their work with students at Schreiber and Weber Middle in coordinating and organizing their athletes to support fundraising efforts throughout the school year.
On May 23, the Port Washington Badminton team won its second straight Nassau County Championship by defeating Calhoun by a score of 4-3. This is the third year in a row that Port has played Calhoun in the county finals, with each contest decided by a score of 4-3. In many ways this season followed the same pattern as last year. Of the thirty five teams in the county, Calhoun and Port entered the playoffs as the one and two seeds, respectively. They were Conference I co-champions, but because Calhoun’s margin of victory was greater than Port’s in their two regular season matches, the Colts got the number one seed.
On April 16, Port travelled to Calhoun and lost 1-6. The final team score, however, did not reflect how close the match actually was. Four of Calhoun’s wins came in three set matches (matches are best of three) that came down to the final few points. According to Coach David O’Connor, “It was the best 1-6 loss I’ve ever seen. We walked out of their gym very confident that we could beat them in the future. It may have been a major loss on paper, but I think it really got our players motivated for the rest of the season.”
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