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Sports Digest: Dec. 8-10

An interactive, daily digest of scores from schools in the Town of Hempstead and a place for you to add information and images for all youth sports.

In addition to receiving regular updates from parents, coaches and schools, the Daily Sports Digest is designed for you to add your best photo and/or video to share (instructions here). If you see anything in our scores, standings or schedules that requires updating, please email Alex Oppenheimer at alexopp87@aol.com or call 516-448-7006.

BELLMORE 

Kennedy

Wrestling: Kennedy won the team championship at the Sprig Gardner Tournament at Mepham High School on Saturday with 288.5 total points. Robert Person won first place at 120 pounds, as well as the most outstanding wrestler award. Richie Luxmore won at 132 pounds and John Luxmore won at 182 pounds for the Cougars. The team had five champions overall on the day. 

Mepham

Boys Basketball: Mepham equaled its win total from last season after defeating Half Hollow Hills East, 77-67, to move to 2-0. Kyle Wechsler scored a career-high 35 points to lead the Pirates. J.T. Elsasser, Chris Brucato and Dan Kaminsky all scored in double-digits as well.

Girls Basketball: Mepham won the Hicksville Sports Boosters Tournament with a 59-44 win over Roslyn followed by a 56-46 win over host Hicksville. Nicole Castaldo scored a combined 29 points in the two games, but eighth-grader Ally Murphy was named the Tournament MVP after a 16-point performance in the finals.

Wrestling: Host school Mepham finished in fourth place at the Sprig Gardner Tournament with a total of 204 points. Jamie Dunn led the way with a first place finish at 106 points.

EAST MEADOW

Clarke

Girls Basketball: Clarke lost to East Islip in a non-league game, 39-11, during the Herricks Holiday Tournament. Danielle Ferrara led the Lady Rams with five points.

Wrestling: Clarke finished in a solid second place as a team at the Sprig Gardner Tournament with 251 total points. The Rams had five wrestlers in the finals, with Dave Amann winning the lone title in the 138-pound weight class.

Bowling: Clarke swept Westbury in a dominating effort on Thursday. Chris Johnson, Mike Destefano and Glenn DeGennaro led the way in the effort for the Rams. On the girls side, the Lady Rams swept the Westbury girls behind Jessica Spindell and Jennifer Raichel.

East Meadow

Boys Basketball: East Meadow dropped its season opener to Glen Cove in the “Battle of the Classes” at Long Beach High School by a 63-41 final score. Joe Campay led the Jets with 19 points, which was also a game-high.

Girls Basketball: East Meadow defeated Glen Cove in a consolation game in the Oyster Bay Tournament on Friday. The Lady Jets collected a 64-43 win behind 15 points from both Jen Gundrum and Meghan Cleary. Jenna Dragoon and Marrol Cajoles each scored 12 points as well.

Bowling: The East Meadow boys swept Uniondale on Thursday behind the growing leadership of Jeffrey Juarez.

EAST ROCKAWAY 

Boys Basketball: East Rockaway defeated Bridgehampton by a 73-60 final in a non-league game over the weekend. David McClure scored 27 points to lead the Rocks to the win. Sean Bohan also scored 10 points and 11 rebounds on the day.

Girls Basketball: East Rockaway had a tough second quarter, getting outscored 17-2, which eventually led to a 52-26 loss to Herricks in the finals of the Herricks Holiday Tournament. The Lady Rocks defeated East Islip in their opening game of the tournament on Wednesday.

FIVE TOWNS

Hewlett

Boys Basketball: Hewlett has been living on the edge through its first two games this year, and winning while doing it. Following up a two-point win over Roosevelt, the Bulldogs defeated West Hempstead on the road, 61-60, after Weldon Irvine (16 points, 11 rebounds) made a go-ahead lay up with five seconds left. Avery Feldman led the way with 22 points and 13 rebounds and Harrison Brenner added 11 points.

Girls Basketball: Hewlett dropped a non-league road game to Wheatley last Friday, falling 58-49. Sam DiSalvo scored a team-high 25 points and Gabby Casanova added 16, but Olivia McCracken, who scored 26 points along with 28 rebounds, outmatched the Lady Bulldogs.

Wrestling: Hewlett defeated Lynbrook on Saturday, 54-34. Oren Revivo won a match at 126 pounds by a 12-11 decision, Simon Greebel picked up a pin at 113 pounds in the second period and Troy Smith pinned his opponent in just 53 seconds at 160 pounds for the Bulldogs.

Lawrence

Boys Basketball: Lawrence, conference champions just a season ago, are off to the start the team was looking for with a pair of wins on Friday and Saturday. The Golden Tornadoes first defeated Oceanside, 74-57, behind 28 points from Dwayne Daniel and 19 from Eddie Robinson. The next day, the team defeated Westbury, 64-47, led by Robinson with 27 points. Robinson, a junior, made a combined eight three-pointers in the pair of wins for 2-0 Lawrence.

Girls Basketball: Lawrence lost to Oceanside on Friday by a 55-33 final. Gabi Golan led the Lady Golden Tornadoes with a game-high 15 points, but three other teammates managed a combined 18 points as the Lady Sailors pulled out the early season win.

Wrestling: Lawrence finished in sixth place out of nine teams at the Sprig Gardner Tournament at Mepham with a total of 148 points. Karl Ravilus won first place at 195 pounds for the Golden Tornadoes and Pankil Chander took a second place finish at 120 pounds.

Bowling: Lawrence swept Baldwin in a match on Thursday with the help of Nick Mayo and Dan Solash.

Lawrence Woodmere Academy

Boys Basketball: LWA remained undefeated on the season with a narrow 73-72 win at Bay Ridge. Jake Lundenberg, who had 16 points, including four three-pointers, and eight assists, stole a pass and set up to Trent Parrish (14 points) for the go-ahead basket with eight seconds left. Rokas Lapsys poured in 15 field goals for a game-high 34 points along with 12 rebounds.

GARDEN CITY

Boys Basketball: Garden City edged out Mineola on Thursday, 44-41, after holding off a late comeback by the Mustangs. Eddie Blatz led the Trojans with 12 points and 17 rebounds, but Devin Dwyer sealed the win with line lone basket of the game with seconds remaining. This was the first win of the season for Garden City.

Girls Basketball: Garden City has been cruising through opponents early on in its schedule. After defeating Long Beach by a 57-25 score, the Lady Trojans defeated Syosset, 54-37, to claim the Syosset Holiday Invitational Tournament championship and move to 4-0 on the season. Sam Auricchio the tournament MVP, scored a combined 35 points in the two games and Kim Ryan added 23. Christina Mangels had 30 total rebounds and Katie Trimmer collected 23 in the tournament.

Wrestling: Garden City competed in a dual meet tournament over the weekend. The Trojans defeated Great Neck North (67-6), Scarsdale (53-21), Sewanhaka West (51-21) and Deer Park (58-18), before losing to Suffern by a score of 43-32 in the finals. Tom and Joe Reina, as well as Mike Lofrese, led Garden City on the day.

LEVITTOWN

Division

Boys Basketball: Division fell to Island Trees in the opening game of the Jeff Shaw Memorial Tournament at MacArthur by a 49-45 final. The next day in a consolation game, the Blue Dragons fell to Plainedge, 56-54, despite a late comeback. Colby Lapp scored a combined 43 points in the two games followed by 36 points from Ryan Birmingham.

Girls Basketball: Division lost on the road to Seaford 36-32 to fall to 1-1 on the season. Laura Stuart scored a game-high 14 points and Susan Ballantyne added eight points in the effort. 

Bowling: The boys team swept aside Plainedge on Thursday behind a strong effort from Bobby Caccamo and Chris Pidoto. The girls side lost to the Plainedge girls by a 2-1 score.

Island Trees

Boys Basketball: Island Trees split two games at the Jeff Shaw Memorial Tournament at MacArthur. The Bulldogs defeated Division in the opening game, 49-45, but then fell to host MacArthur in the finals, 55-38. Vinny Vetrone was named to the All-Tournament team after scoring a combined 33 points in the two games.

Girls Basketball: Island Trees won in the finals of the Oyster Bay Tournament against host school Oyster Bay, 58-26. Maggie scored 16 points in the game to be named the tournament MVP. Brianna Wilson added nine points and seven assists for the Lady Bulldogs.

MacArthur

Boys Basketball: MacArthur hosted and won the Jeff Shaw Memorial Tournament with a 62-41 win over Plainedge and a 55-38 win over Island Trees. Senior Kevin Roach was named tournament MVP after totaling 34 points in the two games for the Generals.

Girls Basketball: MacArthur edged out a 35-33 win over Freeport on Thursday. Courtney Noakes (six points) scored the game-winning basketball with just five seconds to go. Jenna Cozza had a game-high 15 points, along with six rebounds and five assists in the season opener. 

LONG BEACH

Girls Basketball: Long Beach dropped both of its games in the Syosset Holiday Invitational Tournament last week. The Lady Marines first lost to Garden City, 57-25, and then to Mineola, 33-26, in a consolation game on Saturday. Molly Martin had a team-high 10 points for Long Beach in the first game. The team is 0-3 on the season.

LYNBROOK

Boys Basketball: Lynbrook lost another close game, this time a 47-43 result at Kings Park. Matt Murphy, Matt Strobel and Mike McVeigh all scored nine points for the Owls, who have lost their first two games by a combined five points.

Girls Basketball: Lynbrook won a consolation game with a 42-28 result over Wantagh in the Wantagh Tournament. Brooke Gerstman scored 45 combined points in two games during the tournament. She posted a double-double against Wantagh with 18 points and 10 rebounds.

Wrestling: Lynbrook dropped a dual meet to Hewlett on Saturday by a 54-34 score. Brandon Warshall pinned his opponent in just 38 seconds at 138 pounds and the Espinosa brothers both picked up pins at 182 pounds and 285 pounds

MALVERNE

Bowling: The Malverne girls bowling team lost a close match to Valley Stream South last Thursday. The girls are now 0-2 on the season.

MERRICK

Calhoun

Boys Basketball: Calhoun took on a tough Freeport team in non-league on Friday, falling by a 74-51 final. Danny Trepel scored 12 points for the Colts, who fall to 0-2 on the season.

Girls Basketball: Calhoun gave up a late lead to Uniondale and eventually fell in overtime by a 62-60 final on Thursday. Jessica Ruggerio scored a team-high 21 points and Danielle Losee added 17. Losee and Dana Silvester made a combined seven three-pointers in the loss.

Wrestling: Calhoun finished in seventh place out of nine teams at the Sprig Gardner Tournament with 130 points. Dan Picarello and Jenard Rosemond each took a second-place finish at 160 pounds and 285 pounds, respectively, for the Colts.

MINEOLA

Chaminade

Boys Basketball: Chaminade defeated White Plains on Saturday, 55-45, in the Upstate-Downstate Challenge hosted at Uniondale High School. The Flyers are now 3-1 on the season, largely in part to Patrick Farrell, who has recorded a double-double in every game this season. Farrell scored 13 points and added 15 rebounds. John Gallego scored a team-high 18 points and was later named the MVP.

Mineola 

Boys Basketball: Mineola dropped a close game to Garden City last Thursday by a 44-41 final score. Malcolm Brown scored 21 points and Mike Waszchuk added 13 in the effort for the Mustangs.

Girls Basketball: Mineola finished with a 1-1 record at the Syosset Holiday Invitational Tournament last week. First, the Lady Mustangs lost to Syosset, 63-41, but then followed it up with a 33-26 win over Long Beach. Kerri Medlock led the team, scoring 27 points and pulling down 22 rebounds in the two games.

ROCKVILLE CENTRE

Boys Basketball: South Side edged out JFK Somers on Saturday, 62-58, in the Upstate-Downstate Challenge hosted at Uniondale High School. Ryan Spadaford was named the MVP for the game after scoring 18 points and adding 13 rebounds. Darren Nickelson and Rob Pichioni both scored 12 points for the 2-0 Cyclones.

Wrestling: South Side competed at the Sprig Gardner Tournament hosted at Mepham High School on Saturday. The Cyclones had one champion on the day, that of Ryan Holzgruber at 99 pounds. 

SEAFORD

Boys Basketball: Seaford picked up a win at home over Carle Place in the season opener on Friday. Brian Graziose scored a team-high 15 points, followed by James Curley with 14 and Kyle Kolodinsky with 11.

Girls Basketball: Seaford won for the first time this season after defeating Division 36-32 on Thursday, which included an 11-0 run to begin the game. Jessica Rini scored a team-high 11 points and Meaghan Curley added eight points and 11 rebounds.

WANTAGH

Girls Basketball: Wantagh lost a consolation game to Lynbrook by a 42-28 final in the Wantagh Tournament on Thursday. Alex Parlato scored a team-high 10 points, but the fourth-quarter woes were the key in the game. The Lady Warriors were outscored 18-4 in the final frame.

Bowling: Led by Nick Dasilva, the Wantagh boys defeated MacArthur last Thursday by a split 2-1 score to move to a 4-1 overall record on the season.

WEST HEMPSTEAD

Boys Basketball: West Hempstead seemingly had a win against visiting Hewlett last Friday in a non-league game, but a late comeback downed the Rams by a 61-60 final score. Tyree Glascoe led the team with 22 points and Ray Alexander added 18 in the effort.

Girls Basketball: The Lady Rams defeated Westbury on the road last Friday by a 40-34 final score. Sisters Jackie and Nicole Christenson scored 14 points and 13 points, respectively, to lead West Hempstead, which is now 2-1 on the season. 

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