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Over The Hill Gang Report

Singleton’s captures OTHG Reilly Cup

Singleton’s are the 2012 Reilly Cup champions after defeating LaCorte’s Family Auto in two tightly contested games on Friday evening Oct. 26. LaCorte forced a second game after winning game one 10-8 and Singleton’s responded by winning the deciding game 11-8. Both squads benefited from good defense, good pitching, and some timely hitting - both games were total team efforts. The 2012 finals highlighted the increasing competitiveness and parity within the league.  

LaCorte had a historic run in the 2012 tournament - a 12 seed with wins against each of the top five seeds. There is no doubt it will propel them into the 2013 season, and the players from Singleton’s take their hats off to the players from LaCorte for their competitive spirit during the finals as well as the entire tournament.

Singleton’s continued an impressive run with their fifth finals appearance and third championship in the last six years. The 2012 Singleton’s team consisted of Paul Canallatos, Bob Davis (manager), Nick Gadinis, Frank Gordon, Larry Greishaber, Steve Luccarelli, Jimmy McQuade, Tony Paccione, Dennis Passaretti, Steve Raifer, Alan Rapfogel, Gary Saccaro, Mike Sanders, Pete Scozzari, Rich Smindak, Tommy Sorrentino, and Bill Wenzel. We can’t forget Rich Brancaccio, who has been a driving force behind this team for 27 years as a player and manager. Brancaccio relocated out of state mid-season and handed over the reins to Bob Davis, who earned his first championship as manager. Lastly, we thank Frank Gordon, a team leader and true gentleman, who is retiring after 27 years on the team, and will assist Davis with managing the team next year.

News

It’s been more than 50 years since the Farmingdale High School class of 1964 roamed the halls of their beloved high school, but that doesn’t mean that the memories have faded. The class—the first to graduate from Farmingdale High—came together on Saturday, October 18 at the Marriott in Islandia to celebrate all of the good times past and make new memories as a class.  

Despite the national media attention about Ebola in recent weeks, there is one virus that is actually affecting Long Islanders, Enterovirus D68 (EV-D68), with one of the first cases identified in North Hempstead on Sept. 18 and a recent case on Oct. 15 in Suffolk County, which school officials called for the closing of school, as a health precaution. 

 

In Farmingdale, school district officials have been vigilant in their efforts to combat the virus. 


Sports

3rd Grade Division

The Giants and Jets met for the 2nd time this season, with the Giants again getting the victory over the Jets.  Jalen Gordon scored late into the 1st half for the Giants, which turned out to be the only points in the half.  The Giants shut the Jets down for both halves, keeping the offense off the board.  The Jets strong point this weekend was the defense, with Kyle June and Jake Kuller picking up the weekly William June Foundation awards.  In what is turning into a rough offensive season for the Jets, these awards continue to remind the boys of the perseverance and determination of the award’s namesake and his “never say quit” attitude.

 

—Submitted by Paul Caputo


William Merola, a member of the Farmingdale School District’s wrestling program, was recently selected to attend the third annual U.S. Marine Corps Summer Leadership and

Character Development program, which is limited to 150 sophomores and juniors throughout the nation.

 

Over the summer, from July 20-26, Merola attended the third annual Marine Corps recruiting command summer leadership and character academy at the USMC base in Quantico. 

 

The SLCDA (Summer Leadership and Character Development Program) educates high school leaders about Marine Corps Officer Programs by participating in classroom academics, ethics training, accelerated college prep, physical fitness training, a field exercise, a community service component and a field trip to Washington, D.C.


Calendar

Networking Event - October 29

Halloween Parade - October 31

Holiday Craft and Vendor Fair - November 2


Columns

1959: The Year The Music Stopped Playing
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