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Hines Proves No Task Is Unattainable

Helene Hines sparkled in her moment of glory, drawing a

standing ovation. So inspiring was her story that it left soccer star Sara

Whalen in awe.

The Jewish Sports Hall of Fame held its annual induction ceremony Sunday at

the Suffolk Y Jewish Community Center in Commack, saluting Jewish women in

sports. Though there were more familiar names - Whalen, figure skater Sarah

Hughes, broadcaster Suzyn Waldman and golfer Amy Alcott - Hines stole the show.

The former physical education teacher from Lido Beach ran 27 marathons

before multiple sclerosis forced her into a wheelchair. She began running

marathons for therapy. When she could no longer run, she learned how to compete

in a wheelchair and has won in the marathon wheelchair division in the last

three races in New York and last two in Boston.

"My husband taught me to walk again like I was a child, then he taught me

to run and now he has a monster," Hines, 54, said. "Four months after I learned

how to use the handcycle, I won New York. It's amazing what you can do when

you put your mind to it."

In addition to the five inductees, the Hall honored 14 other women,

including ESPN's Linda Cohn, ice hockey goalie Sara DeCosta, athletic trainer

Neila Jacobson, Hofstra volleyball coach Fran Kalafer and two of her players,

Brie Katz and Jessica Levy, NBA executive Zelda Spoelstra and sportswriter Lisa


Other awards went to high school scholar-athletes: Oceanside's Jesse

Koller, Port Washington's Jarryd Levine and Jericho's Courtney Zale;

collegians: Michigan's Eric Nystrom, UCLA's Mike Saffer and Pittsburgh's Laine

Selwyn; former Islander Bobby Nystrom and former high school basketball coach

Ken Fiedler.

Masterful Runners

Kathryn Martin of Northport and Marie-Louise Michelsohn of Stony Brook were

triple-winners at the USATF National Masters indoor track championships, March

28-30 in Boston.

Michelsohn, 61, broke her world and American records for the women's

60-and-over mile in 6:02.49. The Bohemia Track Club broke its American record

in the women's 40-44 age group 4x400-meter relay in 4:34.23. Long Islanders won

29 medals, 18 gold.

Fame for Mormando

Nick Mormando of Levittown, a proprietor for more than 50 years, was

inducted into the American Bowling Congress Hall of Fame on March 13. Mormando

is already enshrined in the Bowling Proprietors Association of America wing at

the International Bowling Museum and Hall of Fame in St. Louis. He has

dedicated more than 20 years to the Hall of Fame as its most successful

fund-raiser. He chaired the site-selection, design and construction committees

and has been an advocate for the sport his entire life.


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