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Green Dragons Fall In Overtime

In what turned out to be a heck of a game, the Green Dragons boys basketball team fought hard to force overtime but ended up losing to the home team, Freeport, 68-59 in Thursday’s playoff quarterfinals game at Freeport High School.

The game started off at a fast clip as both teams tried to feel each other out in the early going. The Roughriders found the outside shooting touch early and their size and strength made it difficult for Westbury to get points in the paint. With Freeport taking the 19-14 lead at the end of the first quarter, the Green Dragons needed to figure out a way to get points without having to force shots inside. [Read more…]

Dream Season Comes To A Close

After winning their first playoff game since 2005, the Carle Place Frogs had their incredible season halted by losing to Malverne 69-46 in the Class B championship on Feb. 20.

Head coach John Cantwell spoke glowingly about his players in an emotional postgame interview.

“These kids right here have paved the way for the future,” said Cantwell. “They always had that drive to get to CW Post—that was our goal every day in practice,” he added. [Read more…]

WBY Dominates In First Round Of Playoffs

It was a dominating performance by the Westbury boy’s basketball team on Saturday, Feb. 14, as they rolled to a 76-40 victory over Hicksville in the first round of the County playoffs at Westbury High School. The fifth seeded Green Dragons will now face the number four seed Freeport this Thursday in the quarterfinals round. [Read more…]

WBY Budget Talks Begin

Westbury School District Superintendent Dr. Mary Lagnado presented the proposed 2015-’16 budget at the Feb. 12 board of education meeting. The proposed budget of $129,368,994 is an increase of 4.57 percent from last year, with a 2 percent lax levy. 

The district is still waiting to hear how much state aid they will receive, but Lagnado anticipated receiving $38.6 million (up from $37.7 from last year). [Read more…]

Teens Hit High Notes In Music Contest

Two Carle Place teens are getting the chance to break into the musical big time, after making huge waves at the recent Your Big Break showcase series at the Gold Coast Arts Center.

Now in its third year, Your Big Break allows talented singers from all over Long Island an opportunity to win over industry experts, for a chance at gaining a priceless foothold in the music world. The contest drew over 1,000 entries this year, which was narrowed down to 16 teens. Two entrants—Carle Place’s Emily Lutz and Sydney Perruzza—blew the judges and audience away during the show, and are now one step closer to achieving musical stardom. [Read more…]

Rock & Roll Electrifies WHS

“We don’t need more string players. We need more musicians.” Mark Wood, virtuoso electric violin player, explained last Friday, Feb. 6, before his Velocity Tour concert with the string orchestra students from the Westbury Middle and High schools. Wood has created a highly successful music education program called “Electrify Your Strings!” that brings rock and roll to youth orchestras.

Wood is a legend in the rock and classical world. He founded the classical-rock crossover band, Trans-Siberian Orchestra, and has pioneered the creation of electric string instruments. His shop, Wood Violins, sells some of the best electric violins, violas and cellos in the country. Through Electrify Your Strings, he has used his musical success to mentor the next generation of string players. [Read more…]

Boys BBall Dominates

In an annual tradition at Westbury High School, the 29th anniversary of the Reid-Robeson Classic was held at the Martin S. Reid gymnasium on Saturday, Feb. 7. The school’s boys JV and girls and boys varsity basketball teams played in three different games to honor the late, great boys varsity coach, Martin “Bunky” Reid, who passed away in 1993 and Civil Rights activist Paul Robeson. 

“We hold this event the first Saturday in February to honor former Westbury player, teacher, administrator and boys basketball coach, Martin Reid,” said Westbury’s Athletic Director Doric Capsis. “We also commemorate Black History Month by honoring Paul Robeson who was an outstanding student and athlete. Robeson was the first African American to receive an athletic scholarship to Rutgers University.” [Read more…]

Math Whiz Gives Back

Andrew Zuckerman, a junior at The Wheatley School, was pleasantly surprised, when he found out he got a perfect score on the math section of the SATs. He recently decided to give that knowledge back, by starting a peer tutoring program at the Westbury Memorial Public Library. 

On Tuesday nights, Zuckerman leads tutoring sessions at the library, where he helps sophomores and juniors from the Westbury and Carle Place school districts master math problems they would typically find on standardized tests. [Read more…]

Bright Season For Girls Swim

Led by eight year head coach, Patty Trongone, the Westbury girls swim team had a solid fall 2014 season. For their achievements, they had four swimmers selected to the All-Conference team. Collectively, the team was awarded with the Sportsmanship Award. This is given to one team by the officials of Nassau and Suffolk. For their grades, they were named a New York State Scholar-Athlete team. [Read more…]

Boys Swim Builds Strong Core

According to second year head coach Tim Mueller, the Westbury boys swimming team was a “rather young team compared to many of our competitors.” They did not use that as an excuse, however, and still fought to the finish line.

“Our athletes have been successful in creating a team that focuses on personal progress and sportsmanship. Through practice and hard work, many have continuously dropped time,” he added. [Read more…]