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.
Saturday, 15 June 2013 00:00
Everyone wants to know that their neighborhood is safe. But an omnipresent police force is impossible and extensive home security can be expensive. So the watchful eye of a neighbor can come in handy.
Now in its second year, the Westbury Neighborhood Watch is a small group of residents who stick to the phrase “see something, say something.” Director Jacquelyn McCullough says that the group, comprised mostly of seniors, keeps an eye out for suspicious behavior and looks out for their neighbors. She encourages them to report any odd behavior to her, so she can relay it to the appropriate authorities.
Friday, 14 June 2013 00:00
In the span of three years, Westbury’s Maria Hernandez had three huge events to plan. She had her wedding, her daughter’s sweet sixteen and her mother’s retirement party. All three events were very different, but would need the same excellent entertainment.
But once she met Raphael Sicinski, from The Sound Connection, she knew she had found a solution.
Thursday, 13 June 2013 00:00
Deidree Golbourne has been running track and field all four years she has been at Westbury High School. Her passion for the sport comes from knowing that “you can put your all into it. It’s not a team sport where you have to depend on other people. You get out as much as you put into it.”
Golbourne is also seeded fourth in the state for discus throwing. She says that when she initially picked up discus her freshman year, she wasn’t a fan.
Thursday, 06 June 2013 00:00
The U.S. Tennis Association Eastern Long Island Region recently honored Westbury resident Susan Alvy at a celebratory dinner, presenting her with the Hy Zausner Lifetime Achievement Award for her longtime commitment to tennis. The Crest Hollow Country Club in Woodbury hosted the 23rd annual awards dinner, which honors tennis champions from Nassau and Suffolk County.