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Wrestlers To Watch

Westbury wrestling is poised for a strong season, with a dozen experienced seniors on the team. Here’s a look at some of the key players to keep an eye on this season. 

Raeco Jackson

Wrestling_RaecoJacksonSenior, 126 weight class
“I’m looking forward to going to counties and then going to states. I’m trying to fly through Nassau and go to states because that’s where I lost last year. I want to beat the person who beat me last year,” Jackson said.
Jackson currently has several colleges looking at him and is hoping to get a wrestling scholarship.
“There’s a lot of new kids. We teach them moves and if anyone needs help, it’s team first and then the individual,” he said.

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Westbury Wrestling Poised For Strong Season

Westbury Varsity wrestling head coach Pat McGovern is feeling very optimistic about this year’s season. And with good reason.

“This is the strongest program we’ve had in the last couple years,” said McGovern. “It’s a strong team with lots of seniors and a good underclassman group.” [Read more...]

In Their Blood

It was a remarkable season for Carle Place’s varsity field hockey team.

After crushing their competition all season (including highly-contested Garden City—which they hadn’t beaten in 15 years—and Oyster Bay), the girls went on to compete in counties, Long Island championships and then on to states. After advancing against East Rochester in the semi-finals, the girls lost to Whitney Post 1-0 in the Nov. 15 game in Binghamton. It was a tough loss for the team, but they’re not discouraged.

“This loss will help us work harder next year to achieve that goal,” said tenth grader Samantha Reed. [Read more...]

Fun Run Unites Carle Place

This past Saturday, the Carle Place community came out to celebrate one of the most deep-rooted traditions in town — the 34th Annual Fun Run put on by the Carle Place Civic Association. The Association uses the Fun Run as it’s only major fundraiser for the year, which allows them to give scholarships and put on other programs.

“It’s no easy task,” said John Hommel, president of the Carle Place Civic Association. “Our vice president, Christine Imrie, spends a lot of time coordinating everything from t-shirts and logos to sponsorships.” [Read more...]

Locals Win Big In Aqua Run

Congratulations to Westbury residents Heidi Roussis and Rochelle Holden, each of whom won an award in the third annual UJA-Federation of New York Summer’s Not Done Aqua Run, consisting of an 800 meter swim and 3 mile run, held at TOBAY Beach. [Read more...]

Local Walk To Fight ALS

Power walks in the ALS walk

Power walks in last year’s ALS walk with his wife, who passed away from the dieseas 

Westbury’s John Power will once again be participating in the Walk to Defeat ALS at Eisenhower Park on Sept. 20. He will be heading up Team Power in honor of his wife, Joan, who passed away last year from ALS.

ALS (Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis, or Lou Gehrig’s disease) is a neurodegenerative disease that affects nerve cells in the brain and the spinal cord. People with ALS lose their ability to initiate and control muscle movement, which leads to total paralysis and death within 2 to 5 years.

Power is still active with the ALS Association and their support group. In addition to research, funds also go to the association to ease the lives and care for those stricken. The Powers both have benefited immeasurably from the ALS association by their loan closet and support groups.

The walk is a great family event, which features food, entertainment and more. Visit http://webgny.alsa.org/goto/johnpower2014 to join Team Power or make a donation.

In addition to the walk, Power will be holding a Zumba-athon on Sunday, Oct. 5 at the Phipps Sports Center at 346 Post Ave from 3 to 4:30 p.m. Certified Zumba instructors will keep Zumba enthusiasts and beginners moving and grooving. $15 each. For more information contact John at 516-333-8489.

Strength In Numbers For Tunnel Run

Last year, a contingent of 80 local runners embarked on their first trek to lower Manhattan for the Tunnel To Towers 5K Run through the Brooklyn Battery Tunnel toward the World Trade Center site. This year, the United Mavericks, a networking group of local business people that support local charities and causes, are gearing up to surpass that number. Mavericks reps say they’re half way to gathering 1,000 people to run in the event’s 13th year on Sunday, Sept. 28.

Tunnelstowers_091914AThe run honors fireman Stephen Siller, who was enjoying a day off planning to play golf before he learned the Twin Towers were hit by two airplanes during the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks. He was one of the 343 firefighters who died when the towers collapsed. [Read more...]

Carle Place Looks To Build On Solid Season

It’s hard to not be encouraged by Carle Place’s four-win improvement from 2012 to 2013. Now, the team will be returning many of those key playmakers and will look to take the next step in their development.

Head Coach Tim Moran, entering his ninth season, will be counting on his captains to ignite the offense. Quarterback Andrew Hastings, RBs Lucas Golon, Luis Costa and Eric McCloskey—all seniors—will look to lead a powerful running attack that employs the double-wing ala Navy.

“The run game will definitely be our strength,” said Moran. “I expect to move the ball on offense.” [Read more...]

High Hopes For Westbury Football

There is no shortage of optimism among the Westbury football circles about the upcoming season. Head Coach Savalis Charles, entering his third year at the helm, is confident that this is the season that his team takes the leap from talented to contention.

“This should be our best year yet,” he said. “Everyone has been working hard, the expectations are high. It’s the first time in a long time here.” [Read more...]

Locals Score At Heart And Sole

Congratulations to Westbury’s Johnny Schmück and Jenney Tesoriero, each of whom won an age group award in the 11th annual Heart & Sole 5 Kilometer Run held on the streets of Plainview recently. [Read more...]