Approximately 30 children, accompanied by parents and grandparents, shared an afternoon of sports, pizza, and fun at Family Super Sports Sunday. This fundraiser event, hosted on Feb. 17, was made possible through generous in-kind donations from some of our community business owners, the Port Washington Children’s Center family community, and members of its board. Children ages 3-11 and their families participated in a number of fun sports activities and games facilitated by Unlimited Sports Action and enjoyed a pizza lunch donated by Carlo’s, Frank’s, and Pepe Rosso. Highlights from the day included obstacle course; parachute; dodge ball; and children vs. parents’ tug-of-war.
For more information about the Port Washington Children’s Center, visit the website at http://www.portwashington childrenscenter.org.
Port Washington residents Madeline Competello, Caitlin Knight, and Derek Knight have qualified to compete at the 2013 Metropolitan Swimming Junior Olympics. These young swimmers will compete representing the nationally ranked host team, Long Island Aquatic Club (LIAC). Each year, LIAC sends a large squad to the Junior Olympics to compete for the titles as the best age group swimmers in the Metropolitan LSC. Bridget Moody is a qualifier for the Junior National Championship meet to take place in Orlando Florida the same week. This is an extremely admirable accomplishment as only a select number of swimmers nationwide qualify each year. Bridget got her start at the Metropolitan Junior Olympics as an age group swimmer and is proud to represent LIAC and Long Island at the national level.
The Port Washington Class of 2022 lacrosse team completed an undefeated winter season by slipping past previously undefeated Farmingdale and the LI Express in back-to-back games at the Long Island Sports Hub. Port also defeated Syosset, Northport, North Shore and the Roughriders en route to the Winter League Championship. The little laxers were impressive as they outscored their opponents 81-30 on the season.
Playing for the winter champs were Jasper Abrahams, Andrew Avazis, Andy Feinstein, Cristo Freitas, Max Garmisa, Hudson Greenberg, Henry Haberman, Sean Jacobs, Ben Krefetz, Gavin Lemeiux, Nicolas Sonnenklar, Kevin Taylor, James Tyras and Nicholas Valente.
The boys look forward to getting outside and competing for PYA in the PAL spring league starting on March 14.
The Port Washington Youth Activities (PYA) girls basketball teams, grades third through seventh, had a special day on Saturday, March 2, in honor of Sydney, a Port Washington resident and PYA athlete who is recovering from a serious sledding accident.
Each player received a wristband in Sydney’s favorite colors of light blue and purple to wear as a sign of solidarity and support for Sydney and her family. The backboards to the basketball hoops and the entrance to the Weber Gym were decorated with light blue and purple bows that were generously donated by S.F. Falconers.
At an emotional ceremony today at the St. Francis Yacht Club in San Francisco, Johnny Heineken (Larkspur, Calif.) and Jennifer French (St. Petersburg, Fla.) were celebrated as US Sailing’s 2012 Rolex Yachtsman and Yachtswoman of the Year. Formally announced in January after being chosen for their outstanding on-water sailing accomplishments in 2012, the honorees were joined by family, friends, sailing dignitaries, fellow sailors and members of the media for a luncheon program.
The event was emceed by former US Sailing President Gary Jobson and the luncheon included a multi-media retrospective of their rise to the top of the sport. Heineken, the 2012 Kiteboarding Course Racing World Champion, and French, the 2012 Paralympic Silver Medalist in the SKUD-18 class, each gave heartfelt speeches after being awarded specially engraved stainless steel and platinum Rolex Oyster Perpetual Yacht-Masters, symbolic of their achievements in excellence, by Rolex Watch U.S.A. President and CEO Stewart Wicht.
On a bitterly cold Sunday in late January, the Port Washington Yacht Club held its annual meeting, which included the installation of new officers. While this annual event at all yacht clubs is important for the future of each club, the one this past January at PWYC was significant. With a vote of total confidence, the members of the PWYC elected their first woman Commodore, Theresa Capoziello. She is the 50th Commodore of the club. The first Commodore was H.B. Rankin.
A demanding three-hour six-days-a-week practice schedule, combined with the ability to balance that schedule with the requirements of a rigorous academic program, has paid off with a unique honor for the Schreiber High School boys’ volleyball team.
The Vikings have been named the 2012 New York State Scholar-Athlete Champions by the state’s Public High School Athletic Association, an award that was established 12 years ago. It’s also the first time that any team from Schreiber has achieved this distinction.
Back in 1938, a Mr. Otway Hebron Chalkley was on the cover of Time for its `July 4 edition (price: 15 cents). For many readers, that name has no meaning, but for skippers of the Manhasset Bay One Designs (MBOD), he is known as “Father of the Class.” He changed the name of this one design class from the Junior One Design to its present name and formed the MBO class at Manhasset Bay YC. Ever since then, the MBODs have been a vibrant and social fleet. Considering that these boats are wooden and take tons of upkeep, their long history is quite remarkable.
This past month, the group gathered at the home of Nancy and Lew Lane to celebrate the fun times and award annual trophies. But this being the MBODs, the best part of the evening, besides the tremendous food and libation, were the “ha ha” awarded at the end of the meeting.
The boatyards are busy places this time of year. And if you happen to stroll along the waterfront on the beautiful walkway in Port Washington North, you will see boats of all kinds populating Manhasset Bay. Warm weather sailing and racing is upon us. Bay racing on the weekends has already started and Thirsty Thursday evening racing will begin tonight. So boat owners are happy, their boats are happy doing what they do best, and landlubbers have the increases waterscape of beautiful sail coming and going out to Long Island Sound. And don’t forget the kayakers who love to explore the nooks and crannies of the bay. This is just the beginning of yet another great season.
The Port Washington Soccer Club will be conducting open tryouts for rising U-10 teams (current third graders) on Friday, May 18 at the Harbor Links field #3, located at One Fairway Drive in Port Washington. The boys will try out from 5:30 to 7 p.m. and the girls will try out from 4 to 5:30 p.m. May 22 will be the rain date if the scheduled tryout is canceled due to weather.
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