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On The Bay

Spring has finally arrived. And with it, thoughts of cleaning up after the long, harsh winter are beginning to take root. For boaters, this means tackling the long “to-do” list so that the boat can be launched and ready to go. Maybe spring is also a good time to start thinking of cleaning up our water.

Sailors enjoying Manhasset Bay on an evening race last year that took them out to Long Island Sound and back

Sailors enjoying Manhasset Bay on an evening race last year that took them out to Long Island Sound and back

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Port Wrestlers County Champions

It’s been 38 long years since the Schreiber High School wrestling team had a county champion. Now, they can add two new champions to their highly successful wrestling program.

Senior captains Sam Goldman and Elmer Mendez were crowned county champs this season for the Vikings. They make up half of the school’s four county champions in team history. Port Washington was one of only two Nassau County teams to place two champions.

Sam Goldman and Elmer Mendez with District Director of Athletics Stephanie Joannon and Schreiber High School Principal Ira Pernick

Sam Goldman and Elmer Mendez with District Director of Athletics Stephanie Joannon and Schreiber High School Principal Ira Pernick

The team has had winning seasons dating back to the early 1970’s. Head Coach Anthony Schettino, a Schreiber High School alumnus and former wrestler, has led the Vikings for the past 23 years. He believes that there is no secret to the program’s success.

“Success in wrestling is a direct reflection of ‘what you put in you get out,’” said Schettino. “If you decide to put in more time and work a little harder, then you will undoubtedly earn greater success.”

This philosophy not only helps the group excel on the wrestling mat, but in the classroom as well. In fact, they earned the N.Y. State Scholar Athlete Team distinction for the sixth consecutive year.

Coach Schettino believes that wrestling has had a positive impact on these young athletes not only in the classroom but in all aspects of life in general.

“Hard work, drive, perseverance, sacrifice, responsibility, and self confidence . . . are all taught through the sport of wrestling, and are all essential life skills for those seeking success,” said Schettino. “In essence, as wrestling coaches, we are utilizing our sport to not only mold successful wrestlers and athletes, but also individuals with the skills necessary to succeed in life.”

Many of these attributes were displayed by this year’s squad. County champs Goldman and Mendez are prime examples of the team’s success.

Goldman, along with being a Nassau County champion, is also a four-time scholar athlete, three-time all-conference and an all-county athlete. He has even earned the distinctive News12 Scholar Athlete Award. However, his biggest achievement was finishing fourth in the 126-pound weight class at the State Wrestling Championships in Albany in February. Goldman was also the recipient of one of Nassau County’s top scholarship awards, given to the best of the best student athletes. He was recruited by several Ivy League schools.

“Sam’s work ethic, drive, sacrifice and time put into the sport was second to none” said Schettino.

Mendez is another well-deserving county champion. He is a standout in his 220-pound weight class. He also earned a trip to the State Wrestling Championships, where he finished seventh in his weight class. Mendez will continue his wrestling career at the State University of New York at Brockport.

“Mendez’s work ethic, and time put into his extremely high level of conditioning, put him in the position to win those close, big matches, and that is exactly what he fought through before standing on top of the podium at the Nassau championships,” said Schettino.

Coach Schettino believes that all the hard work and training put into this season has paid off immensely for his boys.

 

PAL Diamond Backs Honorary Bat Girls

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The Port Washington PAL (Police Athletic League) Diamond Backs 12U travel softball team, comprised of 7th and 8th grade girls from Port Washington and surrounding towns, cheered on the St. Johns University women’s softball team as honorary bat girls on Saturday, April 11, during a doubleheader against Big East Conference rival Providence. The PAL team is led by coaches Robert Elkins, Robert Nachimson, James Chu and Richard Bohack.

 

Helen’s Run/Walk April 19

The staff at Helen Keller National Center for Deaf-Blind Youths & Adults (HKNC) are mobilizing their forces for this year’s annual Helen’s Run/Walk, which will take place on Sunday, April 19, at the Sands Point Preserve. The course will offer participants panoramic views of Sands Point as they run or walk with a purpose – to support people who live with a combined vision and hearing loss. The race will be supervised by Start to Finish Corp., based in Long Beach, Long Island. [Read more…]

Coaches vs. Cancer

Varsity Softball Coach Eric Sutz and Varsity Baseball Coach Matt Holzer working together to support a great cause

Varsity Softball Coach Eric Sutz and Varsity Baseball Coach Matt Holzer working together to support a great cause

Two exciting games are planned by Schreiber coaches to raise money for cancer research. On April 25, the Schreiber baseball squads will play a triple header against Mineola. They will also sandwich in a Parents Softball Game. The following weekend, on May 2, the softball teams will play host to Valley Stream North in their own three game set. Both events are being held in an effort to raise money for the American Cancer Society. [Read more…]

Girls Lax Starts Strong

Coach Kaitlyn Carter, Kathleen Lennon and the Port Washington Girls Varsity Lacrosse team

Coach Kaitlyn Carter, Kathleen Lennon and the Port Washington Girls Varsity Lacrosse team

After winning their first two conference games of the new season, the Schreiber High School Girls Varsity Lacrosse team will look to keep the momentum going. The girls finished last season at 9-6 overall and 7-2 in conference play. They fell to Oceanside in the quarterfinals.

This season, the team is ranked third in Nassau Conference II, behind Long Beach and Plainedge. Under the helm of first-year coaches Kaitlyn Carter and Kathleen Lennon, it looks to be an interesting year for the Lady Vikings. The 2015 edition of the Port Washington girls team seems like a very athletic and talented bunch who can be scrappy and aggressive. [Read more…]

Kayak Club Begins Second Decade

The North Shore Kayak Club kicks off its second decade of existence with an organizational meeting to be held on Wednesday, May 6 at 7:30 p.m. in the Hagedorn Room on the top floor of the Port Washington Public Library.KayakClub_040815 [Read more…]

Schreiber Softball Starts

The Girls of spring are back. The 2015 softball season is officially underway as the Schreiber High School varsity softball team prepares for another successful season under the helm of seventh year coach
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Ice Hockey Wins County Championship

On Tuesday, March 24, the Port Washington/ Manhasset high school ice hockey won the Nassau County JV championship, with a resounding 6-3 defeat over the rival Bellmore-Merrick Bulldogs. The Storm, as the team is known, finished the High School Hockey League of Nassau County season with a record of 15-4-1, and defeated Plainview in the semi-finals to reach Tuesday’s championship game. The Storm is led by Head Coach Alex Caruso, Assistant Coaches Linda Caruso, Jordan Caruso and Jake Lublin, and is supported by the Port Washington Skating Center under the direction of Fred Nielsen. Port Washington players include captain Dan Feldman, Marko Cohen, Matthew Dieber, Andrew Gottfried, Kyle DiLeo, Thomas Carillo, Justin Cenname, John McDonald, Sam Contino, Gianfranco Stacconi and goaltenders William Longmire and Ben Schildkraut. Manhasset players include Corey McCluskey, Kevin Barrett, Jack Boyle, Aram Dadourian, and Markus Mildt. Additional players are Henry Bushell, Andrew Colgan and Noah Kniesly.IceHockey_040815A

 

Playing It Safe: New Helmets For Varsity Lacrosse

The Schreiber High School boys’ varsity lacrosse team will enter the new season with brand new state-of-the-art lacrosse helmets. The new helmets were made possible by a generous grant from the Peter and Jeri Dejana Family Foundation.
Their donation of 40 helmets to the Port Washington school district enables these young athletes to play the game with the highest safety rated head gear. It now frees up more room in the district’s budget to provide helmets to the Weber Middle School squad.

Front row (from left): AAPW Board VP Steve Grossman, Dejana Foundation volunteer Mariann Dalimonte, Dejana Foundation Grant Administrator Jim Avena, Port Washington School District Athletic Director Stephanie Joannon, varsity lacrosse Coach Rooney  and AAPW Board President Peter Smith. Behind them are Schreiber’s varsity boys’ lacrosse team showing off their new helmets.

Front row (from left): AAPW Board VP Steve Grossman, Dejana Foundation volunteer Mariann Dalimonte, Dejana Foundation Grant Administrator Jim Avena, Port Washington School District Athletic Director Stephanie Joannon, varsity lacrosse Coach Rooney
and AAPW Board President Peter Smith. Behind them are Schreiber’s varsity boys’ lacrosse team showing off their new helmets.

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