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Bundling Up for the Winter Sports Season: Highlights and Upcoming Events

Girls' Varsity Cheerleading gets ready to compete in Disney World!

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Whether it be in the snow or in below zero temperatures, students in the Massapequa athletic programs continue to excel and push forward through the frost.

With continuous impressive results from students on the courts and track, the high school sports programs have always shown the strength of Massapequa and its talented students.  

The 2016 – 2017 winter season has been no exception to this tradition, as there are many highlights from recent and upcoming events that will have students talking. Results from games, competitions, meets and more demonstrate the high ranks of Massapequa’s athletes and show how the Chiefs have been pushing through the ice.

Girls Varsity Basketball: Get your head in the game and come continue to support the girls basketball team and the talent they have devoted to the sport. With an impressive overall record so far of 9-2, the girls have shown an impressive amount of teamwork and skill against rival schools such as St. John’s, Freeport, and Sacred Heart. With upcoming home games against Freeport and Syosset in early February, the girls are shaping to be better than ever this season.                           

Girls Varsity Cheerleading: Tumbles, flips, and stunts…these girls do it all. Even though the football season is over, the girls now cheer on the Chief basketball players. They had the opportunity to show off their skills up in the Pocono Mountains, where they qualified for nationals. The girls will be heading down to Disney later this spring. However you can see the cheerleaders in action on January 28 cheering in a home game at MHS.                                     

Boys Varsity Track: Training on the track and in the halls has led the members of the track team to new ranks of improvement and personal records compared to the start of the season in November.  With many opportunities to showcase achievements in previous trips to Saint Anthony’s, The Armory, and Rhode Island, anyone from a freshman to senior has had the chance to work towards the gold. Upcoming meets for the team include the county champs and state qualifiers at St. Anthony’s in early February and state / national championships at The Armory and Ocean Breeze in early March.

“I feel like our team has greatly improved since November,” track throwing captain Stephen Urli said. “I am excited about the championship season including the county championship and state championship;  I believe Massapequa will be represented in both.”

Girls Varsity Track: Running on the same path to success, the girls track team has found their footing so far this winter season with improvements in personal times. Practice after school and past trips to meets including St. Anthony crossovers and The Armory have prepared the team for the rest of the season, with hopes that the girls will qualify for the national championships to come in March. With an upcoming invitational to Ocean Breeze and continued meets at the Armory in late January and early February, the future of the team is looking to melt the competition.

“We all never give up and always have a goal to strive for,” junior track team participant Nicole Iannuzzi said. “I’m looking forward to see how much my times have improved from the beginning of the season to the end.”

Boys Varsity Basketball: Hard training and dedication to the sport on the courts have led the team to overall success and a current steady record of 7-5 against previous competitors such as Uniondale, Freeport, and Farmingdale. Looking ahead to the future, the team will once again compete against Farmingdale on January 28 on the home courts, and will be playing against other towns to improve their records going into the playoffs in February.

“Overall, our main goal is to win our conference” junior varsity basketball team participant Connor Payne said. “We play Chief basketball and for each other, then we are very capable of reaching our goal. As long as we execute and play to the best of our abilities we will be in good shape.”

Whether it’s scoring the winning basket or placing first in a race, our athletes definitely have something to be proud of. For further information on where teams will compete, full schedules for each team can be accessed on the school website under the “Athletics” section.

Make sure to come chill with the Chiefs at an upcoming event.

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