More than 100 student-athletes were honored during Westbury High School’s Fall Athletic Awards Night on Dec. 1. The well-attended program, held at the high school, recognized the dedication and achievements of student-athletes from the varsity and junior varsity football, boys varsity and junior varsity soccer, girls varsity soccer, girls varsity and junior varsity volleyball, girls tennis, cross country and varsity cheerleading teams.
Westbury’s Director of Athletics Doric Capsis thanked Superintendent of Schools Dr. Constance R. Clark-Snead, central administrators, the board of education and building administrators who have worked collaboratively with the athletic department in building a strong athletic program that emphasizes the priority of academics.
The athletic department congratulates all students-athletes and coaches who participated this season, with special commendation to the students who were awarded “All-Conference” and/or “All-County” Honors. In addition, during the ceremony, students from each team were presented with special awards in recognition of their outstanding efforts. These included:
On Nov. 22, the Long Island Shidokan Association conducted its third annual karate tournament at the Westbury Village Sports Center, 346 Post Avenue. The Long Island Shidokan Association, which is made up of the following three Long Island dojos – Westbury Okinawan Karate, Budokan Karate in Hicksville and Budokan of Little Neck – and over 60 students from these dojos competed against each other.
Male and female multilevel blackbelts to 4-year-old whitebelts competed before an audience of family, friends and other visitors, including Westbury Village Mayor Peter Cavallaro, who welcomed all of the participating students and wished them well, and Village Clerk Ted Blach. Additionally, the blackbelts of all three dojos acted as judges, as well as competed in the tournament and put on a Kata demonstration.
Play It Again Sports announced that it has teamed up again with Bauer Hockey to offer the “Practice of a Lifetime” sweepstakes for the second straight year in the United States. Featuring a grand prize one-hour hockey practice for up to 20 participants on the winner’s home ice, NHL pro Jack Johnson of the Los Angeles Kings will lead the sweepstakes winner and his or her teammates through the session. The promotion is being held through Dec. 31, 2009 at participating Play It Again Sports stores throughout the United States, including the store at 223 Glen Cove Road in Carle Place.
The Westbury Wolverines, Inc. was organized in 2009 and is part of the American Youth Football/New York Big Apple Football League. The team is operating for the benefit of community spirit, health awareness, body fitness/training and competitive play.
Melissa and Andrew Stewart welcome all newcomers for either team to sign up for the 2010 season. The Wolverines organizers promise yearlong education, play and fun through football, cheerleading and dance.
For information, call 451-0484.
The Wolverines, Westbury’s new football team, is a force to be reckoned with! The Mighty Mights division not only won every game during the regular season but also shut out their opponents in every game. The Wolverines dominated the Harlem Jets and the Brooklyn Legendz, respectively, in the playoffs and continued their unscored upon season.
On Oct. 24, more than 120 volunteers representing the Westbury Public Schools-Project GRAD partnership participated in the first Westbury Walk for Success. Westbury teachers, parents, administrators, school board members, administrative staff and high school students were joined by Project GRAD board members and volunteers from across Long Island in a remarkable demonstration of community spirit.
Alexander’s Angels 3rd Long Island Buddy Walk attracted over 1,000 participants, under rainy and blustery conditions at the Nassau Community College Field House on Oct. 18. The extreme weather conditions reminded many of the first Buddy walk held on Long Island, which was successful under similar conditions.
The Chiefs 8-year-olds won a tight one 19-18 this past Sunday at home over the East Rockaway Raiders. The Chiefs are now playoff bound as this victory brings their winning record to 8-1 for the season.
The Chiefs offense controlled the ball with great blocking by the offensive line centered by Michael LaGinestra and anchored by Kevin Parente, Michael Sinisi, Joe Martello, Andrew Cho, with tight ends Jason Eccher and Lance Costa. Key runs by running backs Thomas Albig, Jack Duff, Andrew Casoria and Michael O’Connell helped the Chiefs offense control the ball along with first time starting quarterback Matt Sluka.
The Chiefs defense made gang tackles all over the field. The defensive line of Parente, Aidan Hornberger, Jeremy Samuel, Matty O’Connell, Philip Arnold, Dylan Vincenti and Spenser Warantz kept the heat and pressure on East Rockaway’s offense throughout the day. Linebackers and cornerbacks attacked the ball and finished off the Raiders; they were led by Albig, Andrew Casoria, Anthony Giunta, Patrick McTiernan and Ryan Calderone.
Arnold and Michael O’Connell made a big defensive stop on the last play of the game, a game tying extra point when they tackled the Raider running back in the backfield to hold onto the 19-18 victory.
Once again all the boys played and participated in the victory. Scoring is summarized as follows:
• Matt Sluka: 30-yard touchdown run (xpoint run by Michael O’Connell)
• Michael O’Connell: 52-yard touchdown run (xpoint failed)
• Jack Duff: 17-yard touchdown run (xpoint failed)
On the chilly evening of Nov. 7, the Westbury Wolverines arrived at another victory when they took on the Harlem Jets. The Jets, however, did not go down without a fight. There was a spark within their team’s heart that screamed “we have a chance to finally beat the undefeated Wolverines.”
Neither team scored in the first half and both defenses were worthy of honorable mention. The Harlem Jets’ spark soon turned into a flame. The excitement grew as the Jets pushed on defending their goal, trying with all of their might and determination to score against the Wolverines. Westbury, however, extinguished their flame in the second half when the offense became too fluid for the opposition.
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