In an earlier column this month, mention was made of the Yachtsman and Yachtswoman of the Year awards. For the first time since the early 60s, this ceremony took place at St. Francis Yacht Club in San Francisco rather than at the New York Yacht Club in Manhattan. Yours truly has attended most of these up until it was moved out west this year, and it was one ceremony not to be missed. Over the years, each winner has an inspiring story to tell, and Gary Jobson, the MC of the event for what seems like forever, adds the perfect touch to make the afternoon a highlight of the year in sailing.
A local Port Washington youth, 9-year-old Daniel Gibson, has qualified to compete in the 75 lb weight class in the 2012 New York State – USA Wrestling Kids Folkstyle Championship held on March 2 through March 4 in Bethpage. Daniel, a fourth grade student at St. Peter of Alcantara school, has been wrestling since the age of 6 for Teeth of The Dog wrestling club based out of Glen Cove, coached by 2012 Hall of Fame inductee and former Michigan wrestler Michael Dergarabedian.
For over 30 years, the fifth grade students at Manorhaven Elementary School have produced and performed in a gymnastics show for their teachers, parents and fellow students. The show is called the Fred Yarosh Gymnastics Show in honor of retired Manorhaven Physical Education Teacher, Fred Yarosh.
The show took weeks of preparation. Every fifth grade student participated. There was a welcome dance and routines on the floor, vault, rings, uneven bars and parallel bars. In addition, many students were required to work stage crew. This year’s theme was “Manorhaven at the Hop” and all music was from the 1950’s. Manorhaven Principal Bonni Cohen says, “The Gymnastics Show showcases the athleticism, coordination, and agility of the fifth grade students. Very often in our audience we have parents and siblings who have also performed in this show as a Manorhaven student. This is a wonderful tradition.”
The Schreiber High School Wrestling Program had another outstanding season. The team accomplishments include finishing a strong 16-6 in dual meets while qualifying for the Nassau County Dual Meet Playoffs where the team made the quarter finals. The team also won four dual meets in a row beating teams from both Nassau and Suffolk counties to be named Champion of Champions at the Wheatley Tournament, took a hard-fought second place in the eight team Busby Classic and second place at the PSAL Tournament which included teams from New York City, Nassau, Suffolk and upstate New York.
In individual competitions, the Vikings had an outstanding Section VIII Qualifying Tournament where they came out with a record nine All-Conference wrestlers that included Michael Froccaro, Tony Kim, Nick Dilucia, Noah Tanenbaum, Chris Castillo, Anton Vlahek, Wayne Baker, Elmer Mendez and Anthony D’Aversa.
The Yachtsman and Yachtswoman of the Year awardees have been announced and it seems to be no surprise that both of them are match racers, with all the new interest in match racing taking hold of racers across the United States. But what might be surprising is that both these terrific racers have ties to our community. Bill Hardesty has been to Manhasset Bay Yacht Club during the Knickerbocker Cup in past years and Anna Tunnicliffe has raced in two Knickerbocker Cup regattas. And all those tons of volunteers that make the Knickerbocker Cup a reality would agree that these two individuals are most deserving of their award – not only for their skills on the water but also for being great, down-to-earth people. Both give back to the sport of sailing, both are fair and honest sailors, and best of all, they are a lot of fun to be around.
Etchells World Champion Bill Hardesty (San Diego, CA) and Anna Tunnicliffe (Plantation, Fla.) were named US Sailing’s 2011 Rolex Yachtsman and Yachtswoman of the Year a few weeks ago. A shortlist of eight male and seven female sailors – determined from nominations submitted by members of US Sailing – was evaluated by a panel of sailing journalists who selected these two sailors for the noteworthy distinction. The winners will be honored on Feb. 22 during a luncheon at the St. Francis Yacht Club in San Francisco, when they will be presented with specially-engraved Rolex timepieces.
With the cold air moving out and no sign of snow in the forecast that can only mean one thing – Port Washington Youth Activities’ spring sports season is about to begin. PYA has announced that the final registration date for its spring sports is March 17 so sign up quickly to be part of the action.
This spring PYA once again offers a full slate of sports for all boys and girls that includes baseball, softball, tennis, developmental lacrosse and roller hockey. PYA baseball, softball and lacrosse fields located at the end of Glen Lane in Port Washington are some of the best playing fields on Long Island. PYA’s baseball and softball programs are sanctioned by Little League, which also has approved PYA’s safety plan for its facilities.
Please read below for more details on the various programs PYA offers.
The results of the Knights of Columbus #1227 Basketball “Shoot Out” are as follows.
1. Mike Gallagher
2. David Cytryn
1. Anthony Sila
2. Sebbastian Reyes
The Wildcats went undefeated and finished first in their U16 division for the second time in two years in the Long Island Junior Soccer League. Team consisted of the following players: Jordan Abrams, Daisy Aguilar, Katy Ansel, Juliana Chester, Rachel Chieco, Sydnie Cohen, Emily D’Annunzio, Mara Davis, Alexandria Dover, Stephanie Martinez, Anna Meyding, Kayla Pollock, Hanna Rosenblum, Emma Schildkraut, Avanti Shroff, Gabriella Tardera, Kim Zhirzhan. Coaching staff consisted of Head Coach Dominic D’Annunzio of Prudential Douglas Elliman Real Estate, Assistant Coach Artie Dover, and Trainer Lee Rogers.
Monika Dorman, a resident of Sands Point, and an avid rower, had a dream for many years of starting a rowing club for the children of Port Washington. In 2010, Monika, along with Mitch Tamkin, a former high school, college and U.S. Junior Team rower, Bo Hansen, a former Danish National Lightweight rower and Steve Panzik, a former high school, collegiate and U.S. Junior Team member, and community advocates, formed Friends of Port Rowing. In April 2011, under the leadership of Steve Panzik, executive director and head coach, 94 novice rowers in seven (donated) boats took to the water from the Village Club of Sands Point. Within a year – they are celebrating their first year anniversary right about now – this group bought boats, hired coaches, and launched what was to become an incredibly successful rowing club.
In just one year they have become the largest rowing club on Long Island, with over 150 new and experienced rowers enrolled in the “sold out” Winter Training Program. Since that first day in April, 2001, the team won five races at their first regatta, the Big Duck Regatta, a gold medal for boys four at the Long Island Championship, and a huge win for the girls four at the New York State Championship. And that was just the spring season. In the fall, the team won two races at the Head of the Passaic, coming in second in the team points race and winning 13 medals (five Gold, four Silver and four Bronze) at the Snowflake Regatta in Riverhead. The varsity boats also competed at the Head of the Charles in Boston and Head of the Schuylkill in Philadelphia. For those who are unfamiliar with rowing, these last two regattas are major competition.
The Schreiber High School Wrestling Program is having an outstanding season! Their current dual meet record heading into playoffs is a strong 15-3.
After starting the season with a 48-39 win over Westbury at home, the Vikings have gone on a convincing roll beating opponents by scores of 72-12 Carle Place, 40-17 South Side, 57-21 Oceanside, 50-30 Hampton Bays, 70-9 Hempstead, 57-27 Wheatley, 71-9 Garden City, 43-28 Uniondale, 58-21 Carle Place, 60-21 Hicksville, 72-12 Bellmore, 51-31 North Shore and 54-30 Mineola. Port’s tough losses this season came at the hands of Powerhouse Baldwin, Farmingdale and Chaminade.
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