(Editor’s Note: Chris Ceruti is Director of Athletics, Physical Education, Health and Family & Consumer Sciences for the Carle Place School District.)
Over the past decade, the Carle Place High School Wrestling program has struggled; getting enough student/athletes interested in the sport to put a respectful team on the mat was a challenge.
This year’s team had to change their focus from not only filling weight classes and increasing participation, but to also win team matches while doing so. It was very refreshing to see that 34 boys came out for the team this year and the majority of them finished the grueling season and managed to win their share of individual and team matches. As a team and individually, Carle Place turned some heads at tournaments and dual meets. The community and the spectators were interested in Carle Place wrestling once again.
For the first time in more than a decade, the Carle Place High School Girls Varsity Basketball Team has advanced to the Class B Nassau County finals. This was the final chapter of an excellent season for the Lady Frogs. The marathon season; winter sports began in November and ended in a tough loss to Locust Valley. But, from the beginning, the story lines pointed toward the chance to win the coveted championship.
The 2009-2010 Westbury High School Varsity Boys Winter Track Team won their third consecutive Nassau County Championship on Feb. 8.
Westbury High School junior Owen Skeete was the event’s brightest star, winning the 3200M with a time of (9:59.59; the 1000M with a time of 2:42.14; and the 1600M with a time of 4:37.37. to become the first Nassau County running to win these three distance races at the county meet. Additionally, Darnelle Mickens won the 55M with a time of 6.76 and the 300M with a time of 36.70.
According to the World Food Program, more than one billion people are malnourished and more than 5 million children die from hunger-related causes each year.
For the past 30 years, “Stop World Hunger” has been sponsoring a variety of tennis programs to increase awareness, raise funds for famine relief and collect food for hungry people across Long Island.
First up for 2010 will be a tennis party on Saturday evening, March 20 at Carefree Racquet Club in North Merrick. For $15, players will be guaranteed two hours of playing time and light refreshments. Canned goods will be collected for a local food pantry.
Next will be the annual “Stop World Hunger” Spring tennis Tournament, recreational tournaments with divisions for intermediate, advanced intermediate and advanced players. Events consist of singles for men, women and seniors (60+) as well as doubles for men, women and mixed teams.
Matches are scheduled by the participants at mutually convenient times and sites. The cost is $6 for singles and $10 for doubles.
Tournament format consists of round-robin, no elimination play. All matches must be played between April 3 and June 13, 2010. The registration deadline is March 20.
For applications and/or more information call Matt at (631) 789-3618 or write to Stop World Hunger Tennis, 53 Elm Place, Amityville, NY 11701.
The Westbury Wolverines Football, Cheerleading and Dance teams held their first Awards Banquet recently at the Papa Razzi Restaurant. The event was a huge success, with the turnout exceeding well over 100 guests celebrating the Wolverines’ successful football season!
Coaches Andrew and Melissa Stewart would like to congratulate the players and the cheerleaders on receiving their awards and they would like to offer a heartfelt thanks to all of those who attended, including parents, relatives and friends, and shared in the festivities.
Come join Long Island’s only all-female Roller Derby team, the Long Island Roller Rebels, at their 2010 season opener as they take on the Jersey Shore Roller Girls on Saturday, March 13 at Skate Safe America, 182 Bethpage Sweet Hollow Road in Old Bethpage. Doors open at 7 p.m. and the whistle blows at 8 p.m. Tickets $10 in advance; $15 at the door, under 8 free. For information, contact Skate Safe America at 249-1717 or visit www.LongIslandRollerRebels.com.
The East Meadow Soccer Club will hold its 32nd Annual East Meadow Soccer Tournament, sponsored by Covanta, on Aug. 28 and Aug. 29. The tournament is one of the largest in the northeast and offers an excellent opportunity to get your team ready for the fall season. Yearly more then 400 teams compete in this tournament, which is held at over 17 locations on some of the finest fields located throughout Nassau County. Applications are being accepted online only at https://www.gotsport.com//forms/app/Default.aspx?eventid=9240.
Runners, walkers and wheelchair athletes of all ages and levels of ability are invited to the H.B. Mattlin Middle School in Plainview on Saturday, March 27 for the 33rd Annual Nationwide Insurance 10 Kilometer Run for ASPIRE, Long Island’s oldest continuously held 10K run.
In celebration of youth hockey, the New York Islanders recently hosted the 2010 Lighthouse International Tournament as peewee hockey teams (ages 11-13) from Finland, China, Japan and the United States converged on the Nassau Coliseum ice.
Team Nassau made it to the semifinals, but was taken out by Team China, with a score of 8-2. Team China then went on to a championship game against Team Suffolk, where they fell, losing 6-2. Suffolk County was named the Tournament gold medal winner. Immediately after the game, there was a medal ceremony with special presenters, Islanders General Manager Garth Snow and Team President Chris Dey.
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