Every year, the crowds keep getting larger at the Empire Challenge High School All-Star game, one that pits the best football players from Long Island against those from New York City. This year, on Tuesday, June 19, 12,418 people packed into Hofstra’s Shuart Stadium to witness one of the most lopsided wins in the game’s history as a talented Long Island squad defeated the city team, 31-7.
The game benefits an array of charities, including the Boomer Esiason Foundation for cystic fibrosis research, the Gunnar H. Esiason (Boomer’s son) Scholarship Fund and various youth football programs. Esiason is an East Islip native who starred at both the University of Maryland and in the National Football League for the Cincinnati Bengals and the New York Jets. Esiason also hosts the popular morning sports talk show, “Boomer and Carton In The Morning” on WFAN and that, too, has contributed to the game’s increasing popularity.
New York State Senator Jack Martins recently congratulated the Herricks Wrestling team on a successful season. He is with co-captains Mike Vespe and Andrew Farrell as well as coaches Mike Miller and Cliff Forziat, who presented Senator Martins with a Herricks wrestling sweatshirt.
Nina Hadzibabic of Roslyn High School and Ariel Fieldman and William Schiela, both of The Wheatley School, are among the Long Island students who have been named as Scholar Athletes by News 12 Long Island and Capital One Bank. Katherine Paolano of Cold Spring Harbor and Kasey Stolba of Harborfields High School are the 2011–2012 high school Scholar Athlete Scholarship recipients.
Additionally, each of the 30 students received $1,000 scholarships from Capital One Bank. The scholarships were presented at the 25th Annual News 12 Long Island Scholar Athlete awards dinner at the Woodbury Country Club on Monday, June 11.
Tom Lipari of Greenvale crosses the finish line with a time of 16:56 at the Sixth Annual 5K Run/Walk and Children’s Fun Run at Sid Jacobson JCC. Lipari finished first place in a field of 150 participants. The race raised funds for Strength to Strength, the JCC’s free cancer wellness group, and various special needs fitness programs. Needless to say, the Lipari’s are the First Family of long distance runners on Long Island.
The 126 pound jockey said it was an unbelievable race, even though the win didn’t come with spoiling history. I’ll Have Another was scratched one day before a chance to push Affirmed aside in the history books as the last to win all three jewels of the Triple Crown. The horse became the second since 1936 to win the first two legs, only to be unable to compete in the “Test of Champions.”
While many may not have made the trek to Elmont this year without the treat of a Triple Crown, longtime racing fan Louis Howe still made the 3-hour drive from North Hampton, MA to see the race.
Ray Lumpp visited Kiwanis members as part of its joint meeting with the Wheatley High School Key Club. There, Ray talked about traveling to London that year and the pride he felt in helping to win the gold medal for his country.
Connor Hehn, a North Shore eighth-grader who turned 14 in April, pitched a no-hitter for the Glen Cove Cougars on May 11 against the Bellport Blue Claws in Baseball Heaven. The game was scoreless until the Cougars scored in the seventh inning on a walk, a bunt and a series of hits. Hehn finished the seventh inning by getting two groundouts and the final strikeout to complete the no-hitter. Hehn walked two batters and struck out seven, winning the game by a final score of 6-0. Hehn has played for the Glen Cove Cougars since he was 7 years old, coached by Thom Cappobianco, Tom Scott and David Hehn.
The Wheatley Girls Track Team finished with an 11-3 record (7-1 league record) this season. Ariel Fieldman, who was conference champion in three events this past Monday, May 14, led them. Alana Leahy won the triple jump. Kristina Turnok, Allison Chadbury, Jade Marcus, Nicole Cutinella, Katie Keller placed in two events as well as Morgan Hanel and Maura Koszalka.
On Sunday, May 6, the Nassau Region of Hadassah held a Walkathon for Stem Cell Research. The walk took place on locations throughout Long Island. Over 400 members and their family and friends of the Nassau chapters participated in the event.
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