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Round Two For Joe Palumbo

Joe Palumbo is at it again. The Westbury resident is stepping into the boxing ring for the second time for Long Island Fight For Charity, an annual event that pits local business owners against each other to raise money for several local causes.  [Read more...]

NBA Player To Host Sports Clinic

Nate Robinson helps kids at last year's camp

Nate Robinson helps kids at last year’s camp

NBA star Nate Robinson will be conducting a three-day basketball clinic at the “Yes We Can” Community Center July 21 through July 23. Robinson will train girls and boys ages 11-18 from 6 to 9 p.m.

Robinson, currently on the NBA’s Denver Nuggets, has played in the NBA for nine years and is a three-time NBA Slam Dunk Champion. [Read more...]

Local Named Skyline Pitcher Of The Year

By Vinny Messana
westbury@antonnews.com

It was just one bad game, but it still is not easy to get over. “I had one bad game,” said Tim Ingram, starting pitcher for SUNY Old Westbury.“But it could not have come at a worse time.”

Ingram is referring to his playoff start against rival Farmingdale State in which he threw 4.1 innings and allowed seven runs on 11 hits. The loss stung because it put them on the brink of elimination and sent the Rams to the championship game, which they ultimately won for the seventh consecutive season. [Read more...]

Boys Track Named Champions

The Westbury boys track team recently took home the title of Conference 2 Champions, finishing their season undefeated.

With about 32 members on the track team, Westbury boys track is not a very large team to begin with. However, the team has a small amount of guys on the team that head coach Donald Ross can consistently count on to score in events. That group of athletes holds the team together. Ross calls that group of athletes the “Nucleus.”

“That ‘nucleus’ is the foundation of the Westbury track team,” said Ross. [Read more...]

Frogs Fall To Glen Cove

Softball_041614AThe Carle Place JV softball team was recently defeated by Glen Cove 18-5. Glen Cove’s cleanup hitter, Maria Kirsch had a tremendous game, going 4-for-5 with a walk and eight RBI. On two occasions she came to the plate with bases loaded and drove in all three runs with an extra base hit. 

The Frogs were in the game for the first two innings. They were able to score two runs in the first innings, thanks to discipline at the plate and nice hitting from Kailee Pagnotta and Gina Pascarella. They put together three runs in the first two innings.

They were unable to, however, keep the score close. Pagnotta, the ace of the team, was unable to pitch due to an injured arm. In her absence, freshman Alyssa Mifsud, took the mound but struggled with control. Mifsud was able to strike out four batters, but hit eight batters and they all came around to score runs. [Read more...]

Not Your Average Boxing Gym

boxingMost people who come into the Westbury Boxing Club do not just come here for boxing. Some of the kids who come in are angry, frustrated, suffer from bullying, and are looking to find a fighting chance in life.

The Westbury Boxing club is a free boxing club located in the basement of the M. Phipps Sports Center. Anyone is welcome to come and train at the facility.

The club owners, Gerard Wilson and Kevin Collins, volunteer their time to help keep the club running. “The gym was set up in order to help people,” said Collins. “It gives them an identity.”

Although they don’t receive a paycheck for their work, the feeling of helping a troubled kid find a purpose is more rewarding than any paycheck they could receive, according to Wilson. “That’s how we end up getting paid,” he said. [Read more...]

Reinvigorating Baseball Locally

baseballIf baseball is dying among the adolescents in the nation, Ray Negron doesn’t want to hear it. Negron, a special assistant to the New York Yankees, is committed to providing young kids the opportunity to excel in the game of baseball through his baseball clinic which is taught by professional players.

“The goal of the clinic is to teach kids to love the game of baseball,” he said. “People forget what’s it’s about. From the era I’m from—which includes Mickey Mantle and Bobby Murcer—learning from them is what it’s about. Teaching that to the kids of today is what it’s about for me,” he added.

The annual clinic began on March 17 and continues the following three weeks through April 7 at Fundamental Sports Training in Westbury. Negron said that it is his “responsibility as an adult to make kids realize how beautiful the game of baseball can be.” He added that“it’s a graceful arm form and parents should teach kids to love the game.”

When asked if the game has lost its luster among children, he responded that “I don’t want to believe that’s the case, but if it is we need to pull them back.” [Read more...]

Klein Signs Letter Of Intent

letterCarle Place High School senior Dylan Klein has signed a National Letter of Intent for a full scholarship to play soccer for Hofstra University beginning next fall.

During his athletic career, Klein has been named a 2013 NSCAA All-American, All-Region 1st team, All-State 1st team, All-County, Conference III Player of the Year, All-Long Island 1st team, Nassau County points leader with 13 goals/18 assists and Jim Steen/County Player of the Year. Most recently, he was named Gatorade’s 2013-2014 New York Boys Soccer Player of the Year, ranking him as the state’s best high school boys soccer player.

Klein has been playing on the Carle Place School District varsity soccer team for four years and helped lead the team to a state championship title this past fall — a first in the district’s boys varsity soccer history.
— From the CP School District

Our Lady Of Hope Basketball Teams Recognized

The Our Lady Of Hope sixth grade CYO basketball team.

The Our Lady Of Hope sixth grade CYO basketball team.

The Carle Place Civic Association recently recognized the fifth and sixth grade Our Lady Of Hope CYO basketball teams. Both teams recently earned the title of Long Island B Division Champions.

The fifth grade team is comprised of Erin Leary, Lea Iglesias, Abby Chiappone, Karina Mogavero, Ashley Hommel, Elizabeth Hommel and Kayla Steckler, and is coached by Patrick and Karin Leary and Eric Mogavero. [Read more...]