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Golf Outing To Honor Manhasset’s Bill Miller

by Eileen Symmons

Frank Coughlin and Bill Miller

Frank Coughlin and Bill Miller

Bill Miller is to receive the Timothy J. Coughlin ’76 Memorial Award for outstanding contributions to St. Mary’s. Although he was not born in town, Miller is undoubtedly the ultimate Manhasset man. Throughout the years, he has maintained a wonderful relationship with the schools of St. Mary beginning with his beloved wife, Angela, who graduated from St. Mary’s High School in 1955. The couple married at the Church of St. Mary on June 22, 1957 and began raising their family. They sent their children to school at St. Mary’s, and that legacy continues today. Three generations of Millers have attended The Schools of St. Mary because of the special relationship that started between Angela and Miller.

It was probably true that Angela pushed the children toward Catholic education at St. Mary’s, but as a smart husband, Miller did not resist. He was educated at Chaminade, and always understood the importance of a strong faith for his children in their upbringing. As 9 of his 11 children (Miller ’76, Eugene ’78, Kevin ’79, Angel ’81, Dean ’84, Patrick ’88, Drew ’93, Kory ’96 and Ryan ’09) attended St. Mary’s, Miller was always there to support their efforts.

Miller has been involved with Manhasset lacrosse for over 40 years and still serves on the board of the Manhasset PAL. With his involvement, the program developed players that went on to play at St. Mary’s High School and at the collegiate level in every division. Miller coached players like John Driscoll, John Gagliardi, Dave Pietramala ’85, Conor Denihan, Daniel Denihan and Sean Denihan.

Miller was instrumental in the development of the girls’ lacrosse program beginning in the spring of 1993. He and Angela recruited Brandy Schnitzer to coach, and with additional support the program was born and still flourishes today.

GolfOuting_090215ADue to Miller’s great example of coaching and volunteerism, many of his former players have followed his example and returned to their own schools and programs to do the same. Lacrosse programs in particular have benefitted from his hard work and dedication to youth athletics. Players such as Frank Bice, Ryan Miller, Kory Miller and Jen Nolan are some of the alumni that have returned to St. Mary’s to give back. Countless others have found the calling of coaching based on their experience with Coach Miller as a kid.

Miller is an avid fan of the sport of lacrosse, his family, his friends and St. Mary’s Schools. He had fun with all of the kids on the field and with friends like Tom Raleigh, who was his long-time partner in all of these efforts.

Miller continues to reside in Manhasset and attend events at St. Mary’s. He helps care for his grandchildren who attend St. Mary’s Elementary School, and he continues to attend Mass at St. Mary’s Church.

On Thursday, Sept. 24, Saint Mary’s High School will host their 23rd Annual Don Monti Memorial Golf Classic and Fall Alumni Dinner at Plandome Country Club. In celebration of Miller’s dedication and unwavering commitment to St. Mary’s and the youth of Manhasset, he will be presented with the Timothy J. Coughlin ’76 Memorial Award for Outstanding Contributions to St. Mary’s. The award emanates from Tim’s beloved family who chose to keep his memory alive after he perished in the attacks on 9/11 at the World Trade Center. Tim Coughlin’s spirit, dedication and love for St. Mary’s are truly found in those who receive this special award in his name.

St. Mary’s invites all who wish to celebrate Miller and his lifelong work in the community to attend the event. All of the money raised directly benefits current St. Mary’s students. To learn more about the event or to register online, visit or contact Kristin Lynch Graham, Director of Development and Alumni Relations at 516-627-2711, ext. 1162.

U.S. Grand Slam Match Racing Series Continues

OTB_090215AThe Grand Slam U.S. Match Racing Series continues to surprise. First of the four venues was right here in Manhasset Bay, at the Manhasset Bay Yacht Club Match Race for the Knickerbocker Cup. Eric Monnin, SUI, Team Sailbox, won the Cup. Then out at Oakcliff Sailing Center, in Oyster Bay, Matt Jerwood, USA, Redline Racing, was the overall winner. Out in Chicago, the third venue of the Grand Slam, David Storrs, 71, defeated the young teams to capture the Chicago Match Cup. The press release from the Chicago Match Race Center captured the excitement: Connecticut-based David Storrs and his Pequot Racing team of Taylor Canfield, Andy Escourt and Hayden Goodrick have won the ISAF Grade 2 Chicago Match Cup Grand Slam. Storrs and team were undefeated today, beating Chris Steele and his 36 Below Racing team from New Zealand, the top-ranked team at the event, on a definitive score of 3-0 in the finals, after also defeating CMRC’s Don Wilson 3-0 in the semi-finals.

“This is the most exhilarating feeling in my life in sailing,” said Storrs. “At age 71, there are not many things that can get me excited any more, but this was certainly the best sailing regatta I’ve ever had. The team work was phenomenal, like a well-oiled machine, and Taylor and I were in sync so that our moves were smooth because we were anticipating situations and not just reactive. This was really great!”

The day’s breezy southerly conditions topped out at 23 knots, and after some early morning showers gave another day of perfect conditions for the eight teams on the water today to finish all the matches and declare a winner.

Storrs had high praise for the event, the boats and match race sailing in the US: “This was outstanding for us to have this opportunity to compete among the top teams in the world. Between here, Oakcliff Sailing Center and other facilities in the U.S., we have so many ways to get people into this thrill of match race sailing. I wish to see more people take this up, as it really is exciting. I also really like it here in Chicago because these TOM 28’s are great boats to sail in all conditions.”

Topping a field of 12 teams from five nations, this is Storrs’ best result yet at a Chicago Match Race Center event and in this year’s 2015 USA Grand Slam series, where he now takes the runner-up position on 185 points. The current Grand Slam leader is Sam Gilmour and his Neptune Racing Team from Australia, who by placing third here in Chicago now has 210 points in the series.

The next stop in the Grand Slam series is the Detroit Cup at Bayview Yacht Club, with racing on Thursday, Aug. 27 and proceeding daily through Sunday, Aug. 30. Ten teams will be on hand, with seven coming from Chicago coming to join the competition in Detroit. The top team in the series will be determined in Detroit, and will receive an automatic invitation to the oldest match race event in the U.S., the 2016 edition of the Congressional Cup next spring in Long Beach, CA.
For those who know Storrs, this is a huge win for him, and it couldn’t happen to a nicer guy. Your columnist has known David for a long time and to be able to report his joy in winning out in Chicago is a thrill! Way to go, David!

Last week this column mentioned the sorry conditions of Guanabara Bay, the sailing venue for the 2016 Olympics in Rio. More news has become available since last week. In what many “in the know” sailors and racers found disturbing was the lack of respose from sailing’s governing body. As the debate heated up in the past few months, International Sailing Federation (ISAF) was quiet on the subject. That changed last week when the powers had been finally warned that the events at the Rio Olympics could be moved out of Guanabara Bay. According to an Associated Press investigation, levels of raw sewage pose a serious health risk to athletes. A course inside the bay was closed for a test event because of floating waste. “If we can’t get the water to a level, then we’ll move it to the Atlantic Ocean,” said International Sailing Federation’s chief Peter Sowrey.
Three of the courses earmarked for the Olympics are in the bay and three are in the Atlantic, with up to 1,400 athletes set to compete in water sports at the Games.

South Korean windsurfer Wonwoo Cho was taken to hospital during the week-long test event on Thursday, with his coach Danny Ok claiming the cause was “probably from the water” at Guanabara Bay. Sowrey also complained he had received no data during the test event from the state body that monitors water quality.

“We are not happy as a federation from the reporting on the water,’’ Sowrey said. “We’re not getting the reporting we expected to get.’’ Sowrey added that otherwise the test event had gone “pretty well” from an operational viewpoint. Sailors in Guanabara Bay have reported seeing pollution including furniture and floating animal carcasses. According to the AP investigation, the Rodrigo de Freitas lake, which will host rowing and canoeing, is also badly polluted. Nearly 70 percent of sewage in the Brazilian city is spilled raw into its waters, according to

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Now for some scores from weekend racing.

Saturday, July 17, Manhasset Bay Yacht Club was Race Committee: Sonars: Race 1 & 2: 1. Delight, #396, Bob Kirtland, 2. Windy, #470, Bill McCollum/Reed Whittemore. MBOs: Race 1:1. Blackjack, #25, Adrian Alley/George Graf, and 2. Malachite, #26, David Sigal/Lew Lane. Race 2:
1. Malachite, 2. Blackjack.
July 25, Port Washington Yacht Club was Race Committee: Sonars, Race 1: 1. Delight, 2. Laurie B 2, 568, Bob Baskind., 3. Old Flame, #479, Ed King/Andy Weissman/Bill Palafox/Mary Lu Dempsey-Palafox. Race 2:
1. Delight, 2. Old Flame, 3. Laurie B 2. MBOS, Race & 2: Dogged, #14, John Silbersack, and 2.Blackjack.
July 26, North Shore Yacht Club was Race Committee: Sonars, Race 1:
1. Ping, #451, John Browning/Sue Miller, 2.Dreadlox, #442, Neil Bercow, and 3.Whimsey, #678, Ted Toombs/Cindy Jordan. The MBOs and the Ideal 18s did not race.

Charity Cup Regatta September 12-13

CharityCup_090215AThe 18th Port Washington Yacht Club Annual Charity Cup Regatta will be held on Sept. 12 and 13 with AVON 39: The Walk to End Breast Cancer benefiting the Avon Foundation for Women as its charity of choice. A gala Cocktail Party for Hope is planned for Saturday, followed by a regatta and a daylong barbecue on Sunday.

According to, about one in eight U.S. women (about 12 percent) will develop invasive breast cancer over the course of her lifetime. In 2015, an estimated 231,840 new cases of invasive breast cancer are expected to be diagnosed in women in the U.S., along with 60,290 new cases of noninvasive (in situ) breast cancer. And breast cancer is not just an issue for women; about 2,350 new cases of invasive breast cancer are expected to be diagnosed in men in 2015. A man’s lifetime risk of breast cancer is about 1 in 1,000.

CharityCup_090215BThe weekend of parties and racing begins with a gala dinner dance on Saturday, Sept. 12. Music throughout the night under the tent on the south terrace will set the mood for those who stroll down the dock to enjoy the popular wine tasting from Long Island wineries. Attendees can also check out the terrific items in the silent auction and raffle. And the evening wouldn’t be complete without the extra special dinner menu and a terrific band scheduled to keep people dancing throughout the night—well, maybe not all night. The following day is the regatta and barbecue. The regatta is a Clean Regatta and is registered with Sailors for the Sea. The overall winning boat owner will receive a framed oil painting of his or her boat by Lawrence Chrapliwy, artist-in-residence for the Cow Bay Historical Society and a member of the American Society of Marine Artists.

CharityCup_090215CTo sponsor this event and/or make reservations for the gala, email or call 516-767-1614. For donations to Avon 39, visit, click Donate, click on Team, then enter PWYC Team Aurora.

To race in the regatta, visit

Girls Swimming Defeats Garden City

Manhasset High School scored a stunning win on Thursday, October 8 when the Indians faced off with the Garden City Trojans in girls swimming defeating them 84 to 82. GirlsSwim_101415AThese two rivals have always had a fierce but friendly competition over the years, but this was the first time in the history of the sport that Manhasset defeated Garden City in a closely matched dual meet. [Read more…]

John Walker Baseball Champs

10UBaseball_090215AThe Manhasset Indians 10U team won the John Walker Championship in Hicksville, defeating the LSW Astros 10-5. The Indians went an undefeated 8-0 in the tournament. Team members are Christian Alacqua, Christian Antonopolous, Mikey Brunetti, Nate Chen, Mark Deguadenzi, Landon Kissell, Jake Moss, Jack Petersen, Tommy Tsongas, Dylan Rorech and Michael Waltos.

Girls Swim Team Sprints To A Great Start

DSCN4488The Girls Varsity Swim Team began their 2015 season with a league meet vs. Massapequa on Wednesday night, Sept. 9. The meet opened up in an exciting fashion with Manhasset posting a 1-2 finish in the 200 Medley Relay. The girls swam a great meet, recording many mid-season type of times in the first dual meet. In the meet’s sixth event, 100yd Butterfly, Manhasset junior Megan Smith qualified for the New York State Championships. This is the first time in team history that a swimmer qualified for states in the first meet.

On Saturday Sept. 12, the Indians competed at the Nassau County Relay Carnival, held at Eisenhower Aquatic Center. For the second consecutive season, Manhasset took first place out of 17 Nassau County teams who participated at the Relay Carnival. The girls followed up the Relay Carnival effort with victories against Conference opponents Jericho and Great Neck South to improve their team record to 3-0.

DSCN4487Highlights from the Relay Carnival, Massapequa and Jericho meets include many strong early season performances.

Senior Kylie Mulholland swam a 2:01.28 in the 200yd Freestyle. Grace Kenlon swam a 57.55 in the 100yd Freestyle. Julia Henry swam a 2:08.47 in the 200yd Freestyle. Allegra Sodi swam a 1:13.62 in the 100yd Breaststroke. Meredith Johnson swam a 1:04.71 in the 100yd Backstroke. Delaney Flynn swam a 27.50 in the 50yd Freestyle. Kaitlin Baranello swam a 28.38 in the 50yd Freestyle. Grace Amato swam a 1:13.08 in the 100yd Backstroke. Michelle Sciarrino scored 141.76 points in 1m diving. Julie Alonso swam a 1:15.53 in the 100yd Backstroke.

Junior Megan Smith swam a 2:16.40 in the 200yd IM. Maddy Kang swam a 57.74 in the 100yd Freestyle. Olivia Garvey swam a 1:06.95 in the 100yd Backstroke. Maggie Brogan swam a 2:24.59 in the 200yd Free. Amanda Lennon swam a 1:16.89 in the 100yd Butterfly. Ashley Fanning swam a 1:09.89 in the 100yd Freestyle.

DSCN4491Sophomore Claire McNeary swam a 2:15.81 in the 200yd IM. Garrity Kuester swam a 1:12.82 in the 100yd Breaststroke. Michaela DePhillips swam a 1:06.64 in the 100yd Butterfly. Rose Marie Donnell swam a 1:00.56 in the 100yd Freestyle. Vanessa Zhang swam a 27.33 in the 50 yd Freestyle. Ariana Terenzi swam a 30.05 in the 50 yd Freestyle. Maddie Cecchini scored 210.23 points in 1 m diving.

Ninth grader Francesca Antonopoulos swam a 1:15.44 in the 100yd Breaststroke. Lara McCusker swam a 2:17.97 in the 200yd Freestyle.

Next up for the Indians is Bellmore Merrick.

Manhasset 11U Brings It Down To The Wire


James Allen, Daniel Cataldo, Robert Held, Stefanos Kapetanos, Ryan Kolin, Benett Maley, Luke Melkonian, Ted Mouhlas, Justyn Park, Noah Rubin, Devin Sheridan, Johnny Simoldoni, Joey Terenzi and Brendan Trotta

The Manhasset Indians 11U baseball team, competing all summer against town and club teams from Nassau County and Queens, finished the regular season with 8 wins, 7 losses and 1 tie, earning themselves the seventh seed in the Nassau County Youth Baseball League (NCYBL) playoffs held Aug. 21, 22 and 23.

In the playoff quarterfinals, the Indians faced the second-seeded Astoria Storm Blue, a team the Indians had beaten twice during the regular season. The lead went back and forth up until the top of the sixth and final inning when, down by one run, Manhasset rallied for two to take the lead and held on for a dramatic 9 to 8 finish.

In the semifinal game, the Indians squared off against the top-seeded Valley Stream Hawks to whom they had lost on two prior occasions. The game started off fairly even until the Hawks took a 3 to 2 lead in the third inning. However, the Indians stormed back with four runs in the top of the fourth inning and added four more runs in the top of the sixth to secure a 10 to 3 win and a spot in the championship game the next morning against the powerful Batting 1000 Seminoles, a club team out of Freeport, LI.

Unfortunately, after the Indians fell behind to the Seminoles in the third inning and with little gas left in the tank, the team couldn’t muster yet another comeback and had to settle for the second-place trophy.

All in all, it was a great season for the Manhasset 11U team and a testament to the hard work the boys put in to compete at a higher level of baseball against some of the better 11U teams on Long Island.

Frozen Swimmers At Senior Night

girls swimmingManhasset and Port Washington managed to eek out the last outdoor swim meet on Thursday, Oct. 1 at Port Washington Yacht Club. The girls were outside in the steady rain which made conditions extremely raw until the girls dove into the heated swimming pool. Parents dressed in down coats, shivered beneath the canopy as they watched the girls race in the 60 degree weather. Superintendent of Schools Charlie Cardillo came to watch the meet. “I can’t believe this is going on,” said Cardillo as went to support the Manhasset girls swim during the inclement weather. [Read more…]

Emma Hanley: Chooses

Emma Hanley has been a four- year member of the Manhasset rowing team. Last year, she had a tremendous season.

Most elite athletes base their college selection solely on maximizing their exposure. It’s a very poor method and often follows with disappointing results. Fortunately, Manhasset’s star coxswain, Emma Hanley, is an exceptionally smart student athlete who made her decision while considering several factors. For this reason, she chose to attend Stanford University in the fall.

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Fall Baseball Clinics

Manhasset PAL fall baseball clinics start at Manhasset Valley Park (MVP) on Saturday, Sept. 12. [Read more…]