Chiefs Wrap Up Season
With Win Over East Meadow
Massapequa High wrapped up
the basketball season with a 63-
59 win over East Meadow. The
win was the second for the
Pequans oVer East Meadow this
season and was a present to
Coach Joe Mayer', who just became
a proud father of a first
son after four daughters.
Craig Clancy led the Chiefs
attack with 21 points.
The win came on the heels
of a 59- 53 loss to Valley Stream
Other league victories were
posted over Oceanside and Baldwin
twice for a 5- 9 league record.
The Chief's also posted
wins over Berner and Seaford
in non league action.
Seniors Kevin Bellew, Nick
Dutka, Rich Gruenthal, Brian
Loftus, Bill Murphy, Arden
Sterling and Manager Matt
Schectman will be gone. Mike
Barrett, Tom Bontemps, Andy
Laurits, Tom Kelly and Stephen
Russo will form the nucleus of
next year's cage squad.
Dalers Nip Clarke To Avoid
Farmingdale High closed out
the season with a 60- 50 win over
Clarke and allowed the losers
to keep sole possession of the
cellar spot in the North Shore
Division I league.
Steve Woodford with 14 points
led the Daler attack to pull them
away from a 21- 20 halftime deficit
and a third quarter 31- 31
Earlier the Dalers were
dumped by Hicksvilte 65- 53 despite
an 18 point effort by Jim
Coach Bob Mulligan will lose
practically his entire starting
five by graduation. The group
includes Steve Woodford, Dave
Mableton, Jim Woods, Alfred
Jones and Arnold McDaniel.
Farmingdale wound up with a
4- 14 overall record.
Berner Meets Uniondale
Coach Chris Sweeney's Berner
High Cage Team copped a berth
in the Nassau County basketball
tournament by finishing the
season in a second place tie
in the South Shore Division n
The Bisons dropped two of
their last three games to wind
up in a tie.
Berner drew Uniondale as their
opponent in a game slated for
this Friday at Wantagh High
School at 8: 00 P. M. Uniondale
with a 16- 2 record, wound up in
second place in the South Shore
Division I league..
The Bisons posted a 53- 48
win over Hewlett after dropping
a 62- 53 encounter with Freeport
and a 65- 49 clash to Long Beach.
Bill Cowden, a native of Farmingdale,
has quietly built up a
remarkable record at Ithaca College
and currently holds five of
seven School gymnastic team records
in the sport. " Without a
doubt, Bill is the best gymnast
this School has ever had," Coach
Gordon Eggleston remarked.
It all started for Bill Cowden
at an 8th grade gymnastics club
in Farmingdale where former
Springfield College great, Chuck
Smartley, directed activities.
The next stop for Cowden was
Plainedge High School where he
competed for four years. The
first three were built around activity
on the high bar and in the
tumbling events where he was a
consistent winner. As a sophomore
in the State A. A. U. competition,
he won bronze and silver
medals in each event. Not until
his senior year did he begin
to compete in the All Around,
which calls for proficiency in seven
events. He also managed a
fourth place finish in the State
competition in the high bar as a
farewell gift to high school activity.
The future for Cowden is fairly
well set. He is engaged to be
married after graduation and will
then go after his Masters in Physical
Education. After that, he will
coach high school gymnastics.
Berner wound up regular
season action 8- 4 in league and
8- 8 overall.
Seniors Tom McGrath and Joe
DeDonato, both members of the
starting five and three letter-men
will close out their high
school careers during tournament
DeDonato starred in lacrosse,
football and basketball while Mc
Grath excelled in baseball, basketball
The Oyster Bay Town Recreation
Department is sponsoring the
Long Island Judo Tournament at
Farmingdale HighAichool this
Sunday, March 3, from 1 to 6
Over 150 youngsters between
the ages of eight and 19, representing
various judo clubs on Long
Island will participate in the
tournament. Winners will qualify
for the National High School
Championship in Flint, Michigan,
on March 15. The national
winners will compete against the
Japanese winners on March 17
at the Ballager Field House of the
Flint Community College.
The tournament, sanctioned by
the Amateur Athletic Union and
the United States Judo Federation,
is one of the recreation
programs conducted by the Town
of Oyster Bay Department of
Recreation and Community Activities.
The Farmingdale High Wrestling
team, which wound up as
league champions, also copped
the North Shore title for the
second straight year in which
28 teams participated by a 61-
The Dalers came up with three
North Shore individual champions.
Bruce Brondi at 106 lbs;
Fred Hahndorf, 115 lbs and William
Hewitt at 136 lbs.
The Dalers then participated
im - Nassau County competition
with Fred Hahndorf copping the
County title and will represent
the county in Statewide competition.
Hahndorf is the first
Farmingdale wrestler to win a
William Hewitt earned second
place in County competition.
End With 12- 0
The Berner Rifle team,
coached by Mr. Russell Cera,
concluded an undefeated season
last Friday by defeating Wantagh
904- 837. The Bison marksmen
posted a 12- 0 record while
capturing the South Shore Division.
With five veteran varsity
shooters, Berner's only real
competition was provided by
a dangerous Hewlett team, whom
they defeated 902- 887 in their
first match. The highlight of
the season was a 905- 904 victory
in the final match against Hewlett.
Berner averaged 906 while
scoring double victories over
Kennedy, Wantagh, Freeport,
Mepham, and Long Beach.
Senior, Bob St. Thomas led
the team with a high individual
average of 187 and placed him
second among the shooters on the
South Shore. His 100- 95- 195 was
the highest score shot in the
county. Richard Buschatzke,
David Deitz, Dennis Dunning, said
Doug Glidden, all seniors, also
turned in fine performances during
Plainedge High pulled down
the curtain on a overall 9- 9
basketball reason by beating
Clarke 52- 47 and their losing
to MacArthur 59- 51 in the season
Carl Amendola and Mike Ryan
pulled Plainedge ahead in the
third quarter after Coach Jerry
Fiorenza's lads had trailed for
most of the early going. Amendola
and Ryan each had 16 points.
In the MacArthur game, the
winners came from behind in the
final minutes to down the Red
Devils, who had posted an earlier
win over MacArthur. John Spies
led the Plainedge attack with
No Sophomore Jinx For Bob Martin
ine celebrated sophomore jinx
hasnt bothered Bob Martin one
The 19- year- old athlete from
466 Charles Avenue Massapequa
Park, is nearing the end of an
outstanding season play ing center
for the Bentley College varsity
basketball team in Boston.
A starter in almost every
game, he is currently averaging
12 points a game as the Falcons
show a current 11- 8 record with
three games left.
Last season as a freshman,
Martin did double duty at Bentley
by playing full time for the freshman
team and part- time for the
varsity. He averaged 12 points a
game for the frosh, and scored 90
points and grabbed 90 rebounds in
18 games for the varsity.
Bentley head coach Al Shields
is very impressed with his big,
agile 6- 5 sophomore. " Bobby has
a fantastic touch around the basket,
and he's getting better every
game," Shields said this
Martin is a 1966 graduate of
Farmingdale High School. A top
basketball player there, he averaged
in double figures every
season, and in his senior year
, saw his club win the North Shore
I Division crown.
" Bobby has come along tremendously
this year," Shields
noted. " We still feel he has yet
to show how good he is.
" He's got two more years to
play, and he's going to have a big
role in our basketball picture
during the next two seasons.
" Before he g r a d u a t e s he'll
prove he's every bit as good as
we know he i s ."
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two Oyster Bay Town hockey players the art of stick- handling
as Councilman Edmund A. Ocker, second right, prepares to drop
puck. The players are: Doug Rottlein, left and Tim Swartwout, both
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