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A Sporting Foundation

KidsLax__010616AIt’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. [Read more…]

Syosset Receiver Catches Award


Varsity head football coach Paul Rorke congratulates Mike Elardo for winning the Jet Receiver Award as Nassau County’s top wide receiver.

Syosset High School senior Mike Elardo won the 2015 Jet Receiver Award as Nassau County’s top wide receiver in varsity football. This marks the second consecutive year that he has won the award. [Read more…]

Sled Hockey Nets Success


Bryan Blomquist instructs his players during practice at the Town of Oyster Bay rink in Bethpage. (Photo by Ben Strack)

A couple dozen hockey players left the ice at the Town of Oyster Bay Rink in Bethpage recently, 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. [Read more…]

Soccer Team Gives A Warmer Winter

By Kristen Linsalata

SoccerWarmer_120915AMembers of the LIU Post men’s soccer team, which this fall won its second straight NCAA Division II East Region Championship, traveled to New York City armed with 20 winter jackets, 20 hats, 20 scarves and 20 pairs of gloves to hand out to the homeless on Nov. 20. The initiative, organized by LIU Post senior international studies major Alexander Billington, was named #WarmerWinter. [Read more…]

B-Ball League Courts Kids From Across Island


Dylan, 6, and Justin, 8, have each been regulars at the basketball clinic for several years. (Photos by Chris Boyle)

Every Saturday at that Howard B. Mattlin Middle School, the gymnasium is ablaze with the scuttling and bouncing of rubber on hardwood. It’s the members of the Plainview Basketball Club hard at work at their weekly clinic, learning the ins and outs of the sport from a master and having a ball while doing so. [Read more…]

Syosset Athletes Make Commitments


Syosset boys lacrosse players who have committed to play college athletics.

Syosset High School held its National Commitment Day for athletes on Nov. 10. Fifteen of Syosset’s most distinguished student athletes signed a Letter of Intent to play their respective sports at the collegiate level. [Read more…]

A ‘Blue Ribbon’ Day For Runners


Susan Anderson of Syosset

It was one of those picture perfect mid-fall days, with temperatures around 55 degrees and bright sunshine highlighting the efforts of 500 runners and walkers to conquer their choice of the 5-kilometer or 10-kilometer distance—everyone working together for better men’s health and to fight prostate cancer at Syosset-Woodbury Community Park on Nov. 15. [Read more…]

Syosset Golfer Lands On The Green


Pohalski successfully made the transition from baseball to golf. (Photos by Harris Rappel)

Originally on a collegiate baseball track, SUNY Old Westbury’s Andrew Pohalski derailed from the plan. But the sophomore didn’t crash, instead becoming a golfer and earning the program’s first Skyline Conference Rookie of the Year honor. [Read more…]

Athletes Score In Supervisor’s Run


Dan Gargaro of Jericho was the first local runner to cross the finish line.

No locals were running on empty at the recent Town of Oyster Bay Supervisor’s 5K Run Oct. 17. [Read more…]

Winter Skating Lessons

Lace up the skates, it’s time to hit the ice.

The Town of Oyster Bay’s Learn to Skate program is back and open for registration at the Bethpage Community Park ice skating center.

“Anyone interested in learning to skate or in sharpening their abilities will be happy to learn that the ice skating center offers skating classes for residents all throughout the year,” said town Councilwoman Michele Johnson said. “Registration for Series 2 (Nov. 1 through Dec. 19) will begin on Oct. 18. Those interested can register at the rink, online ( or by phone at 516-797-4126.”

The program offers group skating lessons to beginners through advanced levels. Skaters are paired based on age and skill, ranging from pre-school and basic skills through advanced levels. The program is seven weeks in length with the exception of Thursday and Friday classes which are prorated for six weeks. All classes are 30 minutes in length. For residents, the fee is $135 for the session. For non-residents the fee is $175. The schedule is: Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 4 to 6 p.m.; Tuesdays and Thursdays, 10 a.m. to noon; Saturdays, from 11:50 a.m. to 12:50 p.m.; and Sundays from 12:15 to 12:45 p.m. The rink will be closed on Thanksgiving (Nov. 26) and no classes will be offered on Nov. 27.

Registration costs include admission into the session for which you are registered on the day of the lesson, membership in the United States Figure Skating (USFS) Basic Skills Program, USFS record book for new members, along with stickers and USFS badges upon mastering of each level. There will also be an evaluation on week seven with a recommendation for the next series. There will be no refunds or makeups and skate rental is not included in price. Helmets, gloves or mittens and warm layers are recommended for all skaters.

“The Rinx Skating School staff is consists of experienced and qualified professionals, governed by US Figure Skating, USA Hockey and Professional Skaters Association,” said Johnson. “This team of professionals places a major focus on educating the fundamentals of ice skating but most importantly, having fun. The town is happy to offer such outstanding programs that are enjoyable for skaters of all ages.”

For more information, visit, or call the Rinx office at the Town of Oyster Bay Ice Skating Center at 516-797-4126.