For the players in the regular Sunday morning softball game that takes place in East Hills, the first week of March means a trip to Longboat Key, FL to play softball. In fifteen years, 105 games have been scheduled. Only 2 games have ever been rained out. The trip is the brainchild of Jeff Gass, who works for Rein and American Trails West Teen Tours. Two things Jeff could not plan for this year was the birth of a granddaughter and the weather in New York. New York was hit by snowstorms that week; on both Wednesday and Thursday nights. As our advance man, Jeff arrived in Florida on Tuesday and anxiously awaited our arrival. The rest of the group beat the storms and arrived on Wednesday, with the games to begin on Thursday morning. Instead of heading to the ballfield on Thursday morning, Jeff flew back to New York to be with his wife, Linda, son, Adam and daughter-in-law, Perri for Kyle’s arrival. Jeff then returned to Florida in time for dinner Friday night, setting a team record for most miles traveled in one weekend. In Jeff’s absence, Larry Popkin ably took control of Jeff’s credit card, and we managed somehow to survive without Jeff.
Roslyn residents Kaitlin Hsieh, Isabela Antoniuk, Alice Ye, and Camellia Ye have qualified to compete at the 2013 Metropolitan Swimming Junior Olympics. These 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.
Whether or not spring shows its softer side, there will be plenty of fishing enthusiasts drowning sandworms on April 1st in pursuit of winter flounder. The two-month-long flounder season opens in April and is Long Island Sound’s harbinger of spring, offering what many consider the most delicious fish in our waters.
North Shore High School Director of Athletics Don Lang announced that five senior athletes signed National Letters of Intent (NLI).
A Letter of Intent is a binding agreement between a prospective student-athlete and an institution. Once signed, the institution agrees to provide that student with financial aid (if eligible under the NCAA rules) for one academic year in exchange for that student’s agreement to attend the institution for one academic year.
Additionally, all colleges and universities that participate in the NLI program agree to not recruit these student athletes once he or she signs the NLI.
The five are: Elizabeth Caldwell who will enter Stony Brook University in the fall; Jessica Donohue who will be a freshman at University at Albany; Brianna Ruane attending Providence College; Myles Kutscher going to Oswego State in the fall, and Daniel Grabher, who was accepted at U.S. Military Academy at West Point.
Roslyn Heights residents Alice and Camellia Ye have qualified for the Metropolitan Swimming Junior Olympics to be held in West Nyack.
The swimmers will be competing for their club team Long Island Aquatic Club during the three-day competition. The team regularly sends swimmers to compete at regional and national competitions, and has already qualified seven swimmers for the USA Swimming Olympic Trials this summer.
“Alice and Camellia have aspirations to become nationally ranked swimmers in the future. Their hard work and experience at the junior level will help prepare them for the road that lies ahead,” said LIAC coach Ginny Nussbaum. “We look forward to their success this weekend.”
The Metropolitan Junior Olympics take place March 16 – 18.
Pictured here are the champions of the Roslyn fifth grade girls’ Booster Basketball League. With a 6-2 record, they tied for first place with two other teams. The Bulldogs-to Be advanced to the final round with a decisive 20-14 win. There were five teams in the league.
Although Sydney Rothschild led the team with 16 points (including a buzzer beater from the corner that left everyone gasping), the game MVP award went to Sophia Remnek who played tenacious defense for four quarters. Jillian was always an offensive threat, having scored double digits in previous games. Avigail Neman, Hanah Philip, Angelina Remnek and Ryan Gordon were lauded for their tight defensive efforts and rebounding skills.
While Sydney and Jillian play for the Roslyn Wolverines travel team, most of the other players had never played organized basketball. Under the guidance of two rookie coaches, the girls brushed off their opening day loss, worked on their defensive skills, developed a cohesive team spirit and went to win a playoff spot and the championship.
In their two previous encounters, the Roslyn Bulldogs couldn’t solve their archrivals, Jericho High School and last Saturday’s Nassau County Conference A-I championship game was no different as the Bulldogs fell, 62-45, ending a terrific season in which Roslyn compiled a superlative 15-5 record overall and an 8-3 mark in conference play.
For the Roslyn Bulldogs, the 2012-13 regular season ended in disappointment with a tough 50-47 loss to archrival Jericho. However, the mighty Bulldogs bounced back last Friday, defeating Bethpage, 52-39 in the first round of the Class A playoffs. In the post season, the top stars always come through and for Roslyn that means turning to Mark Gjonlekaj. In the win, Mark had a triple-double, scoring 10 points, pulling down 14 rebounds and most impressively, blocking 10 shots. In recent contests, Terrence Pierce has complimented Gjonlekaj on offense and the Friday win was no different as the senior guard came up huge in the final frame, scoring 10 of Roslyn’s 14 points as the Bulldogs pulled away for the road win. Andrew Slutsky chipped in with 10 points. Next for Roslyn was a quarterfinal game against Mineola, which The Roslyn News will report on in its next issue.
Damiana is the captain of the Roslyn High School gymnastics team and has qualified for All-County honors on Vault and Floor Exercise. A senior, she is currently ranked third in Nassau County on Vault. She has been the Most Valuable Player for the past three years. She is the athlete with the highest vault average in Nassau County that is not a “club” gymnast. She also qualified for the All-County Track Tournament in Winter Track for the high jump.
Luke, also a senior at Roslyn High School, won two of four major Indoor Invitational events this season at the armory. He won the Bishop Loughlin Games and the Stanner Games with a time of 7.64 in the 55 hurdles that is a Long Island best this year. At the Stanner, he also anchored the Shuttle Hurdle Relay to a Long Island Best time of 32.4. In the Hispanic Games he placed third while at the New Balance games he placed second. In these invitational meets he competed against only the best from the eastern seaboard. He won conference and county championships in the 55 hurdles readily while also anchoring the 4x400 meter relay to first and third finishes in those same championships. He is currently looking forward to state qualifiers and, if all goes according to form, a state Class B Championship.
Former SUNY College at Old Westbury right-handed pitcher Robert Whitenack has been named to the Chicago Cubs’ 40-man roster, the first Panther in school history to make a major league roster.
Since 2009, he has spent time with the Boise Hawks (2009), Peoria Chiefs (2010) and Daytona Cubs (2010-11, 2012), and the Tennessee Smokies (2011). In 2009, the Chicago Cubs made Whitenack the first Division III player selected in the draft, acquiring him in the eighth round.
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