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Stephanie Joannon Enters Hall Of Fame

Stephanie Joannon has been teaching and coaching in the Port Washington School District all of her career. In her first year out of college, Stephanie coached three varsity sports: girls soccer, basketball and softball. She was the first coach of the girls soccer and softball teams at Port Washington, winning more than 10 conference championships. She coached softball for 20 years and continued to coach soccer and basketball until she moved into administration eight years ago.Stephanie020316A

Coach “Jo” will enter the New York State Basketball Hall of Fame, ranked among the top 15 coaches in all-time victories on Long Island, with 326. She was the first female coach in Nassau County to reach the 300-win milestone. Coach Jo has led the Port Washington team to the playoffs in 23 of her 26 years as coach. Her teams have reached the county finals twice.

Outside of Port, she coached in the first Newsday Classic Game at the Nassau Coliseum and was an Empire State Games scholastic and open division head coach (with both teams winning medals). She is a five-time Coach of the Year in Nassau County and was a noted clinician at various camps, speaking on pressure defenses.

Additionally, she is in her eighth year as the Section VIII Basketball coordinator responsible for the direction and implementation of basketball in Nassau County. Joannon is also a past president of the Section VIII Athletic Council. [Read more…]

The America’s Cup Returns To New York

After a hiatus of almost a century, the America’s Cup is returning to New York. In two years, the greatest sailors on the planet will descend on Bermuda to take on ORACLE Team USA as she defends her 2013 America’s Cup title. These very same teams will be right here in our backyard, racing on the Hudson for the first time since 1920. You can be part of this historic event. The Yacht Racing Association of Long Island Sound (YRALIS) is chartering the Aqua Azul on Saturday, May 7, for an up-close viewing of the Louis Vuitton America’s Cup World Series (ACWS).

OTB020316C OTB020316I OTB020316J OTB020316K OTB020316E The Louis Vuitton America’s Cup World Series is a racing circuit featuring the best sailors in the world, competing on foiling, wingsailed catamarans, an updated version of the AC45 raced in the last series. It is the first stage of competition in the 2017 America’s Cup and begins in the summer of 2015. The circuit is an early opportunity to put points on the board that carry forward into the next stage of the competition. Overall ranking position in the Louis Vuitton America’s Cup World Series determines the starting points score of the teams in the America’s Cup Qualifiers in 2017.

Jimmy Spithill, ORACLE Team USA, said this about the World Series: “The New York event is going to be spectacular. Racing on the lower Hudson River, in front of that Manhattan skyline, will be a huge hit. New Yorkers are massive sports fans and I think this will be something very special: thrilling, top-level racing right in the heart of the city. It’s going to be a great event for the America’s Cup and a great event for New York.”

The New York event is historic because America’s Cup racing was held in New York harbor and environs from 1870 to 1920, representing the first 13 challenges for the oldest trophy in international sport.

OTB020316DRacing will take place on the lower Hudson River off the Battery Park City Esplanade and will bring the America’s Cup community back to the city that has the longest connection to the trophy, which was held by the New York YC from 1851 to 1983. “The Cup was bolted down here for a long time,” Spithill said. “So it’s kind of funny that we’re bringing it back, and I think New Yorkers will be in a bit of a shock when they see what it’s all about. Once you see these things tearing around the Hudson, they won’t be able to walk past without stopping and just being in a bit of shock, I reckon.” The World Series will be raced in AC45 catamarans. To add to the excitement, the World Series teams compete head-to-head rather than the traditional match racing of only two boats.

OTB020316HThe five challengers joining Oracle Team USA at the New York World Series are Artemis Racing (Sweden), Emirates Team New Zealand, Land Rover Ben Ainslie Racing (Britain), Groupama Team France and SoftBank Team Japan. Three World Series events have taken place in 2015 with three different winners, with the New York event promising continued hard-fought racing on the foiling AC45F catamarans that fly above the water.

The World Series racing circuit forms part of the 35th America’s Cup program, with ACWS scoring contributing to the selection of the 2017 America’s Cup Challenger. After three events, Emirates Team New Zealand is in the lead, points-wise (122), followed by Oracle Team USA (112), Land Rover BAR (109), Artemis Racing (105) and SoftBank Team Japan (100).OTB020316F

Check out the video link about the ACWS with great racing sequences: www.youtube.com/watch?v=rsva5caV4gA.

Back in the day, when the America’s Cup boats were designed and built on City Island and Cup racing was in Newport, Manhasset Bay had the distinction of being the training ground (water) for the America’s Cup boats. Teams would race in Manhasset Bay to test the boat and try out the teams in preparation for the “big event” in Newport. Local sailors from those glory days: the late Edward du Moulin, Sands Point resident and Knickerbocker YC and New York YC member, was the manager of seven America’s Cup campaigns. Victor Romagna, Port Washington YC, has been involved with 12-meter yachts, specifically Cup defender Columbia. Duke Dayton, from Port Washington YC, was involved with 12 meters Mariner and Valiant in 1974, and Courageous in 1977. The late Harman Hawkins, Manhasset Bay YC, was involved with the America’s Cup during this time. (Sources: One Hundred Years of Knickerbocker History, Port Washington Yacht Club Centennial 1905-2005, The America’s Cup and Me: Recollections of 63 years and 7 Campaigns by Edward du Moulin.)OTB020316G

If you want to experience the excitement of the AC45F cats racing, go to the YRALIS website, www.yralis.org. For more information, email office@yralis.org.

 

Four Schreiber Teams Conference Champs

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Coach Betsy Eickelberg, Coach Dumpson, Coach Pope, Coach Donado and Coach Jennifer Cajou.

Sportschamps020316CFour Schreiber High School varsity teams have won their Conference Championships: the boys and girls winter track and field, girls bowling and boys swimming.

Girls Varsity Track and Field

Head Coach Jeremiah Pope is a former professional football player who has played in the NFL for the Philadelphia Eagles (2004) and is a current co-owner of Port Fitness Studio in Port. Pope has coached for six seasons.

“We were extremely excited to win our championship again because not too many teams win with a team made up of mostly freshmen and sophomores,” said Pope. “So we were not only happy to see the underclassmen step up, but also to see some girls earn their first team championship ever.”

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Coach Donado, Coach Dumpson, Coach Pope

The assistant coach is Elizabeth Eickelberg. “This is her first season as a coach and her first championship,” said Pope. “She has taken
over the role of our powerhouse long-distance group and race­walkers. She is a former runner at
Adelphi University and competes professionally. I mainly work with sprinters, mid distance and relays.”

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Captain Beatriz Chavarria. She was the 600m Conference Champion as well as the 300m Conference Champion.

Pope continued, “We have achieved so much over the last six years, winning four back-to-back Conference/Division Championships, earning two back-to-back County Championship runner-up plaques, as well as me earning Coach of the Year last season. We have numerous All-State, All-Long Island, All-County and All-Conference athletes that have come through our program. In addition, we have shattered many school records. Last season we broke our schools 4x400m relay, which earned us a spot at the NYS Championships and we raced away with a 6th-place medal and NYS ranking.” [Read more…]

Row For Autism 2016

On April 16, the 5th Annual Row for Autism will take place at Hempstead Beach Park. Cosponsored with the Town of North Hempstead, the Friends of Port Rowing will host a U.S. Rowing-sanctioned regatta with competitive races for junior and adult rowers. The day will feature competitive rowing events for adaptive rowers on the autism spectrum. The event is free for spectators and families. All are welcome to cheer on the rowers and enjoy the activities and vendors along the promenade. Racing begins at 8 a.m.

Each year since its inception, Row for Autism donates a portion of the proceeds to an autism advocacy program with local ties. The remaining proceeds support Port Rowing’s Adaptive Program. [Read more…]

12th Annual Polar Plunge

The 12th Annual Polar Plunge will be held on Saturday, March 5, at North Hempstead Beach Park. Registration for the “Freezin’ for a Reason” event begins at 10 a.m. with the plunge at noon. Those not looking to take the plunge can join the “Chicken Coop,” which allows people to help raise money without taking the plunge.

Each winter, Special Olympics Polar Plunges are held throughout the country to attract thousands
of thrill seekers to engage in a worthy and exhilarating fundraising event. Last year, more than 6,000 plungers and 15,000 spectators were part
of the plunge season, raising nearly $1 million statewide, with more
than 600 taking part in the event at North Hempstead Beach Park. All funds support Special Olympics New York’s programs. [Read more…]

Measuring Success In Smiles

A couple dozen hockey players left the ice on Jan. 5 at the Town of Oyster Bay Rink in Bethpage, trudging to the locker room to take off their skates. A new wave of skate-less athletes filed in and unpacked their sleds, ready for some ice time of their own. [Read more…]

Nautical Presentations At The Library

The Nautical Advisory Council (NAC) of the Port Washington Public Library (PWPL) will present three multimedia presentations about Long Island Sound during the months of January through March. The Sound is arguably Long Island’s greatest natural resource, and is an essential part of what makes Long Island a unique and favored place to live. This series will focus on three topics: environment, nautical history and recreation on the Sound. Presentations start at 7:30 p.m. at the library. The presentation is free. [Read more…]

Gymnastics Team Somersaults To A Win

Schreiber’s gymnastics team won a home meet against Carle Place High School on Wed., Jan. 6. Port won with a tallied total score of 129.25 points compared to Carle Place’s 123.1 points. This season, the team won two home meets and shows no signs of slowing down. [Read more…]

A Night With Mike Francesa

The Manhasset Chapter of AHRC Nassau is hosting A Night With Mike on Friday, Jan. 29, from 7:30 p.m. to midnight (a week before Super Bowl) at the Manhasset Bay Yacht Club. Francesa, of television and sports radio, will conduct a lively discussion and Q&A.

Francesa is New York’s number one sports radio host with a daily show on WFAN Sports Radio. He is the recipient of two Marconi Awards for Major Market Personality of the Year. He has been ranked number one three times as the most important sports talk radio host in America by Talkers magazine. [Read more…]

Free Throw Contest

The Port Washington Knights of Columbus is holding a Free Throw contest on Tuesday, Jan. 26, at 7:30 p.m. at the Manorhaven Elementary School gymnasium. Boys and girls ages 10
to 14 are welcome. Do not bring basket­balls. Trophies for first and second place in each division will
be awarded. [Read more…]