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A Season To Cheer About

In its first year as a recognized sport by New York State, the Carle Place varsity cheerleaders performed at three competitions this year and placed in each of them. The team placed fourth in a competition held at Valley Stream North, second in one at MacArthur High School and third in one at Eastport-South Manor. The competitions encompassed the best of Sections VIII and XI in sectional and invitational competitions. This was an outstanding season against tough competitors in Nassau and Suffolk counties alike. The team is led by senior captains Julianna Baratta and Diana Alvarado. —Submitted by the Carle Place School District


A Fitting Defense

Tucked away in a parking lot off South Oyster Bay Road, day laborers, physicians, plumbers, electricians, nurses and law enforcement of all kinds come together to do one thing: fight.

Blitz Krav Maga, which has been Long Island’s premier self-defense and specialized training facility since 2001, may not be known by the whole community. But Long Island men, women and children who have discovered krav maga—Hebrew for “contact combat”—have learned its many benefits.


A member executes a high-rising scissor kick

The self-defense system was developed by Hungarian-Israeli martial artist Imi Lichtenfeld in the 1930s as a way to defend the Jewish quarter in Czechoslovakia. A decade later, he began training the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) in what would be labeled krav maga, tactics focused on neutralizing threats and executing spurts of aggressive counter-attacks. [Read more…]

Donation Helps Boxing Club

Nassau County Legislator Laura Schaefer recently facilitated a very generous donation to boost a local Westbury nonprofit organization. Schaefer coordinated with Matthew Berrell of The Fitness Resource in Plainview to meet the owners of the Westbury Boxing Club (WBC) on Post Avenue.

WBC is a nonprofit organization that provides a safe environment for youths and adults of all boxing skill levels to learn, train and “live” boxing. There are no membership dues or fees. [Read more…]

Westbury Athletes Honored

Two Westbury High School seniors were recently honored for being selected the female and male recipients of the “Nassau Zone of NYSAHPERD Outstanding Physical Education Student Award.” Janay Lamb was the Westbury High School female award winner and Ronaldo Rennie was the male award winner.

AthletesHonored__012016AThe Nassau Zone of NYSAHPERD Outstanding Physical Education Student Award Dinner was held at the Crest Hollow Country Club. Congratulations to Janay Lamb and Ronaldo Rennie for winning this prestigious physical education award. Westbury High School physical education teacher and soccer coach, Chris Valentini and Westbury Director of Athletics, Health, and Physical Education, Doric Capsis represented Westbury High School and attended the dinner with the students being awarded.



Measuring Success In Smiles

A couple dozen hockey players left the ice 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.

Informal salutations joyfully echoed the rink, as Long Island Sled Hockey, Inc. officially conquered the space. The collection of boys and girls as young as 9-years-old to grown men in their 60s, each with a physical or mental disability of some kind, prepared in haste for the bi-weekly hour-long practice that transports them to a place void of limitations.

“It’s very uplifting,” said Nick Capparelli, 63, an Oceanside resident with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS). “When you’re on the ice, you forget that you’re handicapped. Nobody complains, everybody is out there having fun.” [Read more…]

A LAX Foundation

Program sets young athletes up for future success

By Justin Grant

It’s easy to find lacrosse programs on Long Island. But Lil Kids Lax is carving out a niche, teaching the island’s youngest athletes the fundamentals of the game. Designed for youngsters between the ages of 3 and 7, Lil Kids Lax teaches athletes character, team spirit, coordination and confidence, all within an engaging environment.
The program opened its doors in October 2014 at Nickerson Beach with approximately 25 young athletes-to-be.

“This program helps youngsters learn to listen to directions, develop fine motor skills and coordination,” said Director Tom Kessler, 35, of Hicksville. With five locations in Massapequa, Freeport, Oceanside, Manhasset and East Meadow, the program coaches teach life fundamentals and skills of the game, he added. [Read more…]

Athletes Put Best Foot Forward

Despite a low turnout on the opening night of Samba 360’s futsal clinic at Westbury’s “Yes We Can” Community Center, 9-year-old Alexis Martinez smiled from ear to ear. Receiving soccer instruction from the organization’s founder and president while wearing new and donated soccer clothing and equipment made him feel like he had made a team.

“I thought it was pretty awesome because it was my first time on a team or a soccer practice. I felt pretty excited like I was proud of myself that I made it all the way up to a coach,” said Martinez.

“I wasn’t expecting that [Samba 360] was going to give him uniforms and everything,” added his mother, Yesselin Reyes, a Westbury resident. “That’s very nice of them.” [Read more…]

Local Has Winning Personality

Although Zef Kabashi might be the project manager for a Manhattan construction company, Metropolitan Building Services, he is known in the ever-growing soccer community for constructing top soccer teams and coaching them to championships while emphasizing player development and sportsmanship. The Carle Place resident has coached the Queensborough Community College men to the past three City University of New York (CUNY) community college titles and four championships out of the last five years and was recently honored by the Eastern New York Youth Soccer Association as December’s Personality of the Month. [Read more…]

Carle Place Basketball Rises To The Top

After a successful last season, Cantwell looks to make the team one to watch

Working with a team of athletes rather than a squad of basketball players, Carle Place head basketball coach John Cantwell turned the Frogs program around last season.

With a run-and-gun style offense centered around ball movement, his team—who had combined for five wins the previous two seasons—won 12, stunning No. 1 seed Oyster Bay, 56-36, in the Nassau Class B semifinals during their first playoff appearance since 2005.

After an outbracket victory against Wheatley to reach the playoffs, Coach Cantwell wanted to switch things up against the team who had beaten them by double digits twice during last year’s regular season. [Read more…]

Sign Up For Soccer

North Hempstead Town Supervisor Judi Bosworth and Councilwoman Viviana Russell announced that the town will be offering a Futsal program for children at the “Yes We Can” Community Center this winter. Futsal is a 5-on-5 indoor soccer game played on a hardwood surface. The weekly co-ed futsal clinic is being offered for up to 20 children ages 8 to 11 years old and will last from December 2015 to March 2016. [Read more…]