Written by Cory Twibell Friday, 01 March 2013 00:00
Expectations were high this season for Carle Place High School wrestler Matt Jarvis – and the 126-pound senior did not disappoint.
Jarvis recently earned his first Nassau County Division 2 title and coaches at the tournament named him the Most Outstanding Wrestler.
“It was a surreal feeling knowing that all of the hard work, sacrifice and dedication finally paid off,” said Jarvis, who had his arm raised as a champion on his home mats at Carle Place.
Wrestling is a sport more demanding than any other, with a culture only known to those who have donned the singlet and headgear. The season is gruelingly long and maintaining weight is a challenge for young wrestlers, who are constantly growing throughout high school.
“During the season, it can be pretty tough to stay focused but that’s where your friends, family, teammates and coaches come in and help you refocus on your goals,” said Jarvis.
Carle Place coaches Tim Moran and Mike Smith, who both wrestled at Carle Place High School, knew the program had something special in Jarvis before he even started middle school.
“It’s been an awesome journey to watch Matt come through the program. He used to come down as a little kid and we kind of knew he was going to be successful back then,” said Moran, who dubbed Jarvis “the most technically sound wrestler we’ve ever coached.”
Though wrestling is one-on-one, instruction is a crucial aspect of the sport.
“Coach Moran and Coach Smith are huge influences and both know what it’s like to be in the same situation. They always pushed me past my comfort point and were always there for me through my hard times,” said Jarvis, who despite suffering a concussion earlier in the season, finished with a 30-2 record.
Jarvis, who was traveling to Albany for the New York State High School Wrestling Tournament at press time, finished his high school career with 96 wins. He plans on wresting at the collegiate level at a Division 3 program.
Thursday, 06 March 2014 00:00
Westbury High School students are teaching younger children from Park Avenue Elementary School valuable life lessons about money and business skills through the High School Heroes program.
In this program, high school students that are taking Renate Johnson’s Junior Achievement class will go into first grade classrooms to teach 45-minute lessons.
“It is a program that gives high school and younger students confidence and teaches them about business and financial literacy,” said Johnson.
Saturday, 08 March 2014 00:00
The Westbury Historical Society will host Dr. Natalie Naylor, professor emerita at Hofstra University and author of Women in Long Island’s Past: Eminent Ladies and Everyday Lives at their next meeting on March 9.
Naylor’s presentation will focus on the place of women in Long Island’s history, including several prominent women from Westbury’s past.
Thursday, 20 February 2014 00:00
Albertson resident and Kellenberg sophomore Gabby Schreib qualified for the Millrose Games in New York City. Schreib qualified as a member of the Sprint Medley Relay along with Danielle Correia, Bridget McNierney, and Jazmine Fray.
The Kellenberg relay’s close second place finish in January’s Millrose Trials has moved them closer to defending the title they won in the same relay at last year’s Millrose Games. Schreib and her teammates time is currently second in the United States for girls track and field performances.
Thursday, 20 February 2014 00:00
Congratulations to Westbury athletes Michael Esposito, Eileen Harris, Brett Harris, and Michael Going, each of whom won awards in Race # 1 of the Jonas Chiropractic Run Nassau Series co-hosted by Nassau County and the Greater Long Island Running Club.
Michael Esposito, age 15, took home the second place award in the 15-19 age group with a time of 23 minutes, 6 seconds. Eileen Harris, age 42, earned the first place award in the women’s 40-44 age group. She completed the race with her 45 year old husband, Brett Harris, who was the third place award winner in the men’s 45-49 age group. Michael Going, age 41, scored third place honors in the 40-44 age group with a time of 20 minutes, 51 seconds.