March 1, 2012 .. District News

Massapequa, NY: For Immediate release, MARCH 1, 2012

This special edition of the Beacon- Chief Chat is provided to honored members of the Hall of Fame to inform them as to news about current student activities at MassapequaHigh School. With permission from  School Superintendent Charles Sulc, articles from a recent edition of the district newsletter “Insight” are included in this newsletter. Alumni from MHS may remember Mr. Sulc as a member/ Chairperson of the Mathematics Department and  later as the Assistant Superintendent for Personnel & General Administration.

Hats Off To:

MHS STUDENT ATHLETES have signed Letters of Intent to play for colleges and universities across the Northeastern United States. Pictured above with Dr. Williams and John Piropato (standing left to right) are: Diving – Gabrielle Signorelli, Seton Hall; Track & Field_ -Heather Sweeney, Brown; Lacrosse -Kelsey O’Brien, U.S. Naval Academy; Brandon Gleason, Stevenson U; Daniel Muller, U of Mass ; Paul Dillon, Adelphi; Laura Waldron, Iona; Rory Sadoff, U of Mass; (Kneeling l-r) Ryan Kirby, Towson U; Joseph Whalen, Pace; Brandon Savona, Stevenson U; and Madalyn Pimental, U of CT

Hats Off Continued..

Honored Hall of Fame member Bill Baldwin and the Massapequa Community Fund, our sister organization,  provided the school district with a grant of $40,000 for teachers to attend Harvard University workshop.

Barbara Mims, Coordinating Chairperson for K-12 Art, is the wife of Gary Mims, a Hall of Fame founder as well as former MHS wrestling coach and alumnus of MHS.

Hats Off: To the Staff of MHS 2012

The Massapequa School District continues its long tradition of
excellence on the athletic field, in the classroom and in extra-currricular activities.
Our students continue a history of success by their admission into the finest colleges and universities in the country and succeed in myriad fields that bring honor and distinction to the District.  We ask that you, as alumni, continue to remain actively involved and supportive of the District and the Hall of Fame. Please stay connected and visit  the new District  site which has separate pages for each school.     (“Our Schools”)

The Massapequa girls basketball team’s inspired season ended Saturday when the Chiefs ran into two-time defending Nassau champion Baldwin. Behind senior guard Alex Hampton’s 24 points, No. 1 Baldwin beat the second-seeded Chiefs, 62-41, for the Nassau Class AA title before a crowd of 800 at LIU Post.

Hampton delivered a third straight county title for the Bruins (19-1), converting 6 of 7 free throws down the stretch to put the game out of reach.Baldwinhit 14 of 19 foul shots in the fourth quarter as Massapequa tried to extend the game.

But the crowd got an early indication of where the game was headed as the Chiefs missed their first seven shots from the floor and committed five turnovers.Baldwin’s defense denied drives to the basket and contested every shot.

“First five minutes without scoring is tough,” said Massapequa Coach Shari Roessler, whose team beat MacArthur in the semifinals.

Morgan Roessler’s three-pointer putMassapequaon the board at 6-3 with2:50left in the first quarter. Roessler, a junior guard and daughter of the longtime coach, led the Chiefs with 13 points.

The younger Roessler closed the gap to 18-13 on a free throw with3:47left in the half. That was as close asMassapequa(17-3) would get.

When Baldwin’s Mariah Butler left the game with a leg cramp, freshman Jade Aponte stepped in and promptly drilled a killer three to beat the shot clock and push Baldwin’s lead to 39-25 with2:11 left in the third. It was that kind of afternoon for the Chiefs.

But at least Massapequa was relevant once again. After two years away from the championship-game spotlight, the berth marked a return to form for one of Long Island’s storied basketball programs.

“It was exciting to be back here,” the elder Roessler said.

The Chiefs have played in 12 county finals over the last 17 seasons, but have not won since 2006.

Maybe next year.Massapequa graduates four seniors – Sarah Grzybowski, Joanne Josephson, Melissa Maini and Nicole Scicutella – but returns a strong core.

Baldwin moves on to the Long Island Class AA championship game and will face Riverhead March 9 at 7:30 p.m.at FarmingdaleState.

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