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.
Wednesday, 11 December 2013 00:00
Once a week, Robert Blume goes to Virpa Convenience on Carman Ave. to buy breakfast and lottery tickets. When he bought his Mega Millions and Powerball tickets on Sunday, Oct. 20, it was just like any other day. But when he went in to Virpa to check his tickets later that week, life changed forever.
He won $7 with his Mega Millions ticket, and then ran his Powerball ticket through the ticket check. Instead of the usual reading of “Sorry You Are Not A Winner,” he saw a message that said ‘Big Winner. See Retailer.’
Friday, 06 December 2013 00:00
“Art is beautiful. It's all around us and makes you see the world in a different way. Anyone can learn to paint, it just takes time, but when you do, you never look at clouds the same way or water the same way or even at the beach the same way.” These are the words of Westbury’s own artist and teacher Laura Meshover. Her captivating oil paintings exhibit the very essence of photo realism.
“I always knew I wanted to be an artist even from way back at a young age,” explained Meshover. “I used to take painting lessons in my neighbor’s basement when I was a little girl. You can’t do that kind of stuff anymore,” she said with a laugh.
Thursday, 12 December 2013 00:00
Congratulations to the Westbury boys varsity basketball team who defeated East Meadow High Schoool 57 to 51 to win the championship game of the Coaches vs. Cancer tournament.
The tournament was dedicated to Coach Martin “Bunky” Reid and the 1985 state championship team. Before the finals of the tournament, a poster signed by many of the players from the 85’ team was presented to Mrs. Reid to honor her son.
Thursday, 05 December 2013 00:00
The wrestling team at Westbury High School looks forward to a fresh start this season. Last year, they struggled to stay atop the Nassau Conference, but this time, the team has a lot of valuable pieces that are crucial for them to flip the script and potentially climb to the top of the standings.
One of the shining stars in the school’s team this year is the dominating Raeco Jackson. For the past two seasons, Jackson has had an extraordinary winning record in the 113 and 120 weight classes. “Last year, my record was 28-5 and the year before that it was 30-5,” he said. With a total record of 58 wins and 10 losses, he has won 85 percent of his matches. His impressive feat helped Jackson receive all-county honors last season.