Though lightning delayed the start and interrupted the first quarter of the 20th UnitedHealthcare Empire Challenge football all-star game on June 23, causing a combined delay of 71 minutes, Long Island stormed to a 15-point halftime lead and withstood a pair of late New York City touchdowns to win for the fifth consecutive year, 34-27.
When ticking off the many and varied phys. ed. programs that Saul Lerner has brought to the Bellmore-Merrick Central High School District, you quickly realize what a profound and lasting impact he has had on the lives of thousands of students, his colleagues say.
Among the programs are girls’ lacrosse, boys’ badminton, bicycling in gym classes, and first aid/cardiopulmonary resuscitation for all students, a program begun with the Merrick-based Robbie Levine Foundation, to name just a few.
Lerner is the Central District’s director of physical education, health, athletics, driver’s education and adult education. After 19 years in the district and 35 years in education, Lerner, 58, will retire on June 30. “It’s been a great run,” he said during an interview last week, “and I loved every minute of it, and I love the community.”
Needing at least one point in last Saturday night’s finale to capture the North American Soccer League (NASL) spring season championship, the New York Cosmos settled for a wild 3-3 draw with the expansion Jacksonville Armada before a crowd of 7,353 at Hofstra.
Of the 1,200-plus athletes drafted in last week’s Major League Baseball 2015 Draft, East Meadow and Salisbury residents may recognize a familiar name — Tim Ingram, a 2011 W.T. Clarke High School graduate who was selected by the Tampa Bay Rays in the 31st round, with the 928th pick.